CATCH OF THE WEEK
Bill Moore, from Libertyville, IL, caught this nice blue on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.
BRADENTON -- Sixty-two people lost their lives in Florida last year in boating accidents, and there have already been 11 deaths so far this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Tarpon fishing should be good next week as we head away from a full moon. Our contributing captain Rick Grassett recommends looking for reds, snook and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars in Sarasota Bay. He says fishing deep grass flats for trout, blues, flounder and more should also be a good option.
WEEKLY FISHING REPORT BY CAPT. RICK GRASSETT
|Capt. Rick DePaiva, from Ft. Myers, FL, battles a tarpon jumped on a fly while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett.|
Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, bluefish and jacks on DOA Lures in Sarasota Bay and had a few shots at tarpon with a fly in the coastal gulf on several trips during the past week.
Normally there is good tarpon action as they school up ahead of full and new moons to spawn, however there were fewer tarpon than expected as we approached a full moon on Wednesday. A fly angler tarpon fishing the coastal gulf with me on Monday and Tuesday had some shots, but fish weren’t that plentiful and were deep in the water column making it tough to get a fly into the strike zone fast enough.
Bill Moore, from Libertyville, IL, fished with me on Thursday and Friday. Our plan was to tarpon fish in the coastal gulf but a late season cold front roughed up the gulf and changed our game plan. We fished deep and shallow grass flats on both sides of the bay where he caught and released trout, bluefish and jacks on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos.
Tarpon fishing should be good next week as we head away from a full moon. Look for reds, snook and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars in Sarasota Bay. Fishing deep grass flats for trout, blues, flounder and more should also be a good option.
Capt. Rick Grassett
FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis- Endorsed Outfitter Guide
CB’s Saltwater Outfitters-2011 Orvis Outfitter of the Year
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
High pressure to our north today and Monday will settle over the eastern Gulf of Mexico by mid week. Winds and seas are expected to remain low through the middle of the week...although sea breeze development each afternoon will lead to locally gusty winds near the coast. Boaters in the near shore waters this afternoon and evening should be alert to the potential for scattered but rapidly developing thunderstorms which will migrate westward off the coast. A few of these storms may contain strong winds and frequent lighting.
Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots then becoming northwest around 5 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a light chop. A slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Monday night will bring northeast winds 5 to 10 knots then becoming east after midnight. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
2014/05/26Mon07:17 PM-0.11 L
Southeast winds around 5 knots then becoming west around 10 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Tuesday night will bring northwest winds around 10 knots then becoming southwest around 5 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
2014/05/27Tue07:58 PM-0.21 L
South winds around 5 knots in the morning then becoming variable less than 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth. A slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Wednesday night will bring north winds around 5 knots then becoming northeast after midnight. Bay and inland waters smooth.
2014/05/28Wed08:35 PM-0.24 L
Northeast winds around 5 knots then becoming northwest in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters smooth. A slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
2014/05/29Thu09:11 PM-0.24 L
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