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 several snook, lookdowns, mutton snapper and jack crevalle on DOA Lures in the Indian River at the DOA/River Palm Outdoor Writer Festival out of Jensen Beach and had good action with tarpon in the coastal gulf in Sarasota on DOA Baitbusters and live baits during the week of June 22.
Capt. Andy Cotton and I towed our boats over to Jensen Beach (in the Stuart area) on Sunday for the annual DOA/River Palm Outdoor Writer Festival at River Palm Cottages and Fish Camp. Located right on the Indian River with quaint cottages, a long pier with boat dockage, swimming pool, tiki hut and a boat ramp next door, it's a "cool place to stay" for a weekend or a week long fishing getaway.
Guides, outdoor writers and sponsors were matched up to fish the area on Monday and Tuesday. Nice snook and trout, false albacore (little tunny), tarpon and more were caught and released and numerous tarpon were jumped with DOA Lures by various anglers in the group.
The Notari family, from Longboat Key and the Chicago area, tarpon-fished in Sarasota with me and Capt. Jack Hartman on June 26. Everyone had good action with three out of four anglers landing tarpon and jumping several others. The DOA Baitbuster continues to produce for my anglers with a couple of bites and one tarpon, an estimated 120-pound fish, caught and released by Josh Notari with the lure. The other tarpon were on a variety of live baits. Friday's fly fishing trip had a dozen or more shots at tarpon before conditions went downhill with wind, rough water and thunderstorms closing in on us.
Tarpon fishing should remain strong next week. Look for more singles, doubles and smaller schools as fish return to the beach after spawning. You should find reds and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars in Sarasota Bay or fish deep grass flats for trout, blues and more. Catch and release snook fishing should also be good in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes.
Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.