CATCH OF THE WEEK
Jerry Roth, from the Orlando, Fla. area, caught and released this over slot, 9.5-pound red, on a weedless-rigged CAL shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.
BRADENTON – Snook season is upon us! Starting Sept. 1, snook season opens statewide. Weather Underground offshore afternoon showers and thunderstorms. FWC researchers have reported that transplanted, nursery-raised corral has spawning for the fist time off of Marathon Key. Researchers are seeking tarpon data from Florida anglers by way of a "finger print," or DNA sample, taken from the tarpon during the catch.
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 Sarasota Bay reported good action on deep grass flats with trout, blues, jacks and more on CAL jigs with shad tails, DOA Deadly Combos and flies during the past week. Reds are also beginning to school on Sarasota Bay flats. It is easier to find them when the tide is low. Look for wakes or patches of nervous water when it is calm or slick spots when there is a chop to find schools.
My friend, Capt. Rick DePaiva, invited me to fish Pine Island Sound with him on Wednesday afternoon. Tides were right for reds to tail on shallow grass as the tide bottomed out at about 5 PM, which gave us a window to fish the falling tide and then the incoming just before dusk. We had some shots at reds and snook on the outgoing tide, but as the tide hit low the water slicked off and conditions got right. We got out and waded as reds “snaked” their way back onto a shallow flat, crawling through the exposed grass. I caught and released a 30” red on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly with only a 20’ cast. Very rewarding!
Look for schools of reds staging on edges of bars and flats or tailing on shallow grass flats when the tide is low. There should still be some action with tarpon in the coastal gulf. However as they thin out in the coastal gulf, they are moving to inside areas where you may find them rolling on deep grass flats or in passes at first light. You also should find trout, blues and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Catch and release snook fishing should be good in the surf, in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes.
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.
A ridge of high pressure across the Florida Peninsula and into the northern Gulf of Mexico will keep winds and seas below cautionary criteria through the early part of the week. Sea breezes will develop and turn winds onshore each afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms will move offshore and into the Gulf each afternoon and evening.
East winds around 5 knots then becoming west around 10 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Monday night will bring north winds around 10 knots then becoming southeast around 5 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Numerous thunderstorms in the evening.
2014/09/01 Mon 4:50 a.m. 2.41 H
2014/09/01 Mon 1:00 p.m. 0.55 L
2014/09/01 Mon 7:02 p.m. 1.59 H
2014/09/01 Mon 11:42 p.m. 1.31 L
East winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth. Scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Tuesday night will bring east winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth. Scattered thunderstorms in the evening.
2014/09/02 Tue 5:46 a.m. 2.42 H
2014/09/02 Tue 2:23 p.m. 0.5 L
2014/09/02 Tue 9:02 p.m. 1.54 H
East winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth. Isolated thunderstorms in the morning then scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Wednesday night will bring east winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Scattered thunderstorms in the evening.
2014/09/03 Wed 12:38 a.m. 1.42 L
2014/09/03 Wed 6:55 a.m. 2.44 H
2014/09/03 Wed 3:44 p.m. 0.4 L
2014/09/03 Wed 10:41 p.m. 1.6 H
East winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Isolated thunderstorms. Thursday night will bring east winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth. Scattered thunderstorms in the evening.
2014/09/04 Thu 2:06 a.m. 1.48 L
2014/09/04 Thu 8:17 a.m. 2.49 H
2014/09/04 Thu 4:53 p.m. 0.3 L
2014/09/04 Thu 11:33 p.m 1.67 H
East winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth. Isolated thunderstorms.
2014/09/05 Fri 3:38 a.m. 1.43 L
2014/09/05 Fri 9:37 a.m. 2.57 H
2014/09/05 Fri 5:49 p.m. 0.22 L
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