Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff, the Snook Fin-Addict out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action jumping numerous tarpon and landing several in the coastal gulf and catching and releasing trout and bluefish in Sarasota Bay on DOA Baitbusters, live baits and flies during the week of June 9.
Cliff Ondercin, from Sarasota, and his dad, Dennis Ondercin, from Ohio, tarpon-fished all week long with me. They had great action jumping 14 tarpon and landing three during the week. Even though conditions deteriorated toward the end of the week as a west wind pattern roughed up the water and caused numerous thunderstorms, the action was good through June 12. We drifted live crabs and baitfish while waiting to cast DOA Baitbusters and live crabs to passing schools. The DOA Baitbuster was on fire, accounting for half of the tarpon jumped! In addition to doing a great job with the fish, they also did a great job shooting photos while I was handling their fish. June 13 was too rough to fish the coastal gulf for tarpon in my boat. We tried to fish Sarasota Bay but were chased off the water by a large thunderstorm before we even got started.
Fly angler Frank Angelona, from West Virginia, fished with me on June 14. Due to the rough water in the coastal gulf the previous two days, we planned to fish Sarasota Bay and possibly tarpon later in the day if conditions in the coastal gulf improved. He caught and released several trout and bluefish on a Half & Half fly (Half Clouser & Half Lefty's Deceiver) fishing deep grass flats on the west side of the bay. Conditions improved by late morning, so we went to the gulf to check conditions for tarpon fishing. We were pleasantly surprised to find the swell was way down and although visibility wasn't great, it was fishable. We only stayed a short time, but had several shots. Frank laid a back cast down to a small school of tarpon trying to sneak by only 20' behind us and jumped one on a tarpon bunny fly. A great way to end the week!
Tarpon-fishing should be good this week as we head away from a full moon. Catch-and-release snook fishing should be good in the surf, in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes. Fishing deep grass flats for trout, blues and more should also be a good option. Look for reds and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars in Sarasota Bay.
Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.