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 and flounder in Sarasota Bay on flies and DOA Shrimp and snook at night in the ICW near Venice on flies during the week of April 7.
Siesta Key winter resident, Frank Watson and his grandson, Eric Watson, both from Ohio, fished Sarasota Bay with me on the morning of April 7. With an approaching front and a strong south wind, we headed south of the Ringling Bridge for some protection. The wind cranked up to more than 20 mph by the end of our trip, and they had good action with trout to 18 inches, a nice black sea bass and flounder caught and released on DOA Shrimp. Anna Maria and Sarasota winter residents Bill Morrison and Gary Marple snook-fished with me in the ICW near Venice that evening. We fished only a couple of spots, and they caught and released a few snook and ladyfish on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly before a mechanical problem sent me to the dock early.
A front came through on April 8 with heavy rain and wind, and the wind continued to blow above 20 mph all day April 9, so we didn't fish those days. David Morgan, from Sarasota, fished Stephens Point in Sarasota Bay with me on the morning of April 10 and caught and released a few trout on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly. Mark Wayde, from Michigan, snook-fished with me in the ICW near Venice that evening and had good action catching and releasing numerous snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.
Longtime friend, client and Sarasota winter resident, Norm Boardman from Connecticut, fished Sarasota Bay with me on April 11. We fished deep grass flats on both sides of the bay, where he caught and released trout and ladyfish on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly. The action wasn't fast, but it was steady with some decent trout to 18 inches.
With a full moon on Tuesday, tides will be good this week, particularly outgoing tides in the afternoon. Look for reds, snook and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars in Sarasota Bay. Fishing deep grass flats for trout, Spanish mackerel, blues, pompano and more should continue to be a good option. There should also be good action in the coastal gulf with Spanish and king mackerel, false albacore (little tunny) and tripletail depending on conditions.
Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.