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, Spanish mackerel and pompano in Sarasota Bay on flies, CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos during the week of Jan. 27. Despite water in the low 60s, Spanish mackerel are still around with blues, trout and pompano in the mix.
My sister, Michelle Mumford, and nephew, Eli Mumford, both from Dagsboro, Del., and my wife, Karen, and I fished Sarasota Bay on Jan. 27. We caught and released several nice Spanish mackerel on DOA Deadly Combos and Ultra Hair Clouser flies at the Middleground and Radio Tower flats. Bill Flader, from Madison, Wis., fished Sarasota Bay with me on Jan. 28. He had a great day with a fly rod catching and releasing numerous trout, large ladyfish and Spanish mackerel to 4 pounds on Ultra Hair and Coyote Clouser flies, fishing deep grass flats on both sides of the bay. The last fish of the day was the largest mackerel, which quickly took him into his backing. A great way to finish!
A front came through on Jan. 29, when Bill Moore, from Libertyville, Ill., fished Sarasota Bay with me. It was cool and cloudy with a north wind, so we fished Stephens Point on the east side of the bay. An antique WWII bomber buzzed us while we fished. The things you see on the water! Despite tough conditions, Bill had good action with trout, ladyfish and a couple of pompano to 3½ pounds on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. Jan. 30 and 31 were cool and rainy with not much sun, so no fishing.
Look for reds and big trout in potholes when the tide is low. They may also feed on shallow grass flats on sunny afternoons when the tide is high. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay for trout, Spanish mackerel, blues and more should continue to be a good option.
Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.