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 snook, trout, mangrove snapper, tripletail and jumped a tarpon on flies, DOA Shrimp and DOA Deadly Combos in Sarasota during this past week.
Fly angler Will Travis, from Houston, TX, fished a predawn snook/flats trip in Sarasota Bay with me on Monday morning. This is a great trip this time of the year since it puts anglers on the water at dawn, which is a prime time of day. In addition to snook, there is also a chance for tarpon, reds and more around dock lights, and flats action is best at first-light when the water is cooler. Travis caught-and-released a snook, and jumped a tarpon on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly before moving to the flats where he caught-and-released trout and mangrove snapper on a Grassett Flats Bunny and Clouser flies.
Raul Ortiz, from Longboat Key, fished with me on Friday morning. We worked bait schools on deep grass flats where he had good action catching and releasing more than 20 trout to 19" on DOA Shrimp and DOA Deadly Combos. We also found a few tripletail, and he caught-and-released three of them on DOA Shrimp.
Tarpon are fewer in the coastal gulf this time of year, but if you've got the patience to wait on them, it can be very good. They're also moving to inside waters, where you may find them around lighted docks and bridges, on deep grass flats or in upper Charlotte Harbor and areas of Tampa Bay. Catch-and-release snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges close to passes with flies or DOA Lures should be a good option next week as we approach a full moon. You may also find trout, Spanish mackerel, blues and jacks on deep grass flats, particularly close to passes. Look for reds, snook and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars.
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Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.