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 several tarpon and landing a couple in the coastal gulf on a DOA Baitbuster and flies during the week of June 16. Singles, doubles and small schools of tarpon, probably recently spawned fish, outnumbered large schools during the past week.
Harry and Jiske Ong, from Tampa, tarpon-fished in the coastal gulf with me on June 16. We had good action for the first couple of hours of the day with numerous schools of tarpon passing. Harry caught and released an estimated 75-pound tarpon on a DOA Baitbuster. The Baitbuster has been hot this season, often jumping and catching tarpon when they didn't eat live baits.
Fly angler David Morgan, from Sarasota, tarpon-fished with me on June 17. It was his first time fly fishing for tarpon and he did well. He had numerous shots at tarpon, but it was his first shot that was the best. He hooked up, jumping and bringing the fish, an estimated 75-pound tarpon, to the boat, where it was leadered after a short battle.
We had numerous shots at tarpon with a fly on June 18 and 19. We didn't hook up on Wednesday but on Thursday we jumped two and had another bite. Wind shifted to the west on Friday and tarpon were fewer, deep in the water column and didn't give us many shots.
Tarpon should school heavily as we reach a new moon Friday. Catch-and-release snook fishing should also be good in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes. Look for reds and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars in Sarasota Bay or fish deep grass flats for trout, blues and more.
Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.