CATCH OF THE WEEK
Bill Rhodes, from Hernando Beach, Fla., caught and released this false albacore (little tunny) on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing the coastal gulf off Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.
BRADENTON – Law makers have prohibited lionfish aquaculture in Florida. The changes will go into effect Dec. 1. More than 1,000 largemouth bass exceeding eight pounds were documented and released in Florida in less than two years. Weather Underground is predicting the arrival of a cold front Tuesday afternoon, however wind and seas will decrease throughout the week as the front settles over Florida.
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, had some action catching and releasing trout on DOA lures, top water plugs and flies in Sarasota Bay during the past week.
It was breezy on Friday as a tropical system moved across south Florida when Greg Stepanski, from Tampa, FL and Tom Frankfurth, from Terra Verde, Fla., fished Sarasota Bay with me. We fished deep grass flats on both sides of the bay where they caught and released trout to 18 inches on DOA Deadly Combos, CAL jigs with shad tails, top water plugs and flies.
I spent some time at the DOA Fishing Lures booth at the Florida Sportsman Fishing Show in Tampa on Saturday. The newest bait from DOA is the 4 inch CAL shad tail and it should be a hit, especially when larger profile baits are around. The lure, which can be rigged on a long shank CAL jig head or on a weedless hook, has an amazing wiggle and vibration!
You should find trout, blues, mangrove snapper and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Look for bait schools, diving birds or breaking fish to find them. You may find reds schooling on edges of bars or shallow grass flats when the tide is low. Snook fishing should also be good around lighted docks and bridges at night or on shallow flats early in the day.
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 north of the waters will begin to weaken and slip south into the coastal waters Monday and Tuesday. A weak cold front will approach the northeast Gulf Tuesday night then move very slowly southward through the waters Wednesday and Thursday. Seas may be as high as 3 feet well offshore Monday, but the overall trend will be for decreasing winds and seas over the next couple of days as the ridge settles in over Florida. The only hazards expected during the period will be higher winds and seas in the vicinity of thunderstorms.
Southeast winds around 5 knots then becoming south around 5 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters smooth. Scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Monday night will bring west winds around 5 knots then becoming southwest after midnight. Bay and inland waters smooth. Scattered thunderstorms.
2014/09/15 Mon 04:48 AM 2.39 H
2014/09/15 Mon 01:30 PM 0.53 L
2014/09/15 Mon 08:40 PM 1.61 H
2014/09/15 Mon 11:47 PM 1.52 L
Southwest winds around 5 knots then becoming west around 5 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters smooth. Isolated thunderstorms in the morning ... then scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Tuesday night will bring north winds around 5 knots then becoming west after midnight. Bay and inland waters smooth. Scattered thunderstorms.
2014/09/16 Tue 05:52 AM 2.3 H
2014/09/16 Tue 02:48 PM 0.56 L
2014/09/16 Tue 10:11 PM 1.67 H
West winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth. Scattered thunderstorms in the morning ... then numerous thunderstorms in the afternoon. Wednesday night will bring southwest winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth. Numerous thunderstorms in the evening ... then scattered thunderstorms after midnight.
2014/09/17 Wed 01:22 AM 1.57 L
2014/09/17 Wed 07:20 AM 2.22 H
2014/09/17 Wed 03:58 PM 0.55 L
2014/09/17 Wed 10:58 PM 1.75 H
West winds around 5 knots then becoming northwest in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters smooth. Scattered thunderstorms. Thursday night will bring north winds around 5 knots then becoming east after midnight. Bay and inland waters smooth. Scattered thunderstorms.
2014/09/18 Thu 03:09 AM 1.53 L
2014/09/18 Thu 08:54 AM 2.2 H
2014/09/18 Thu 04:56 PM 0.53 L
2014/09/18 Thu 11:29 PM 1.82 H
Northeast winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth. Scattered thunderstorms.
2014/09/19 Fri 04:27 AM 1.4 L
2014/09/19 Fri 10:07 AM 2.24 H
2014/09/19 Fri 05:41 PM 0.54 L
2014/09/19 Fri 11:54 PM 1.88 H
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