Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff, the Snook Fin-Addict out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing trout on DOA lures, top-water plugs and flies in Sarasota Bay during the week of Sept. 8.
It was breezy on Sept. 12 as a tropical system moved across south Florida when Greg Stepanski, from Tampa, and Tom Frankfurth, from Terra Verde, fished Sarasota Bay with me. We fished deep grass flats on both sides of the bay, where they caught and released trout to 18 inches on DOA Deadly Combos, CAL jigs with shad tails, top-water plugs and flies.
I spent some time at the DOA Fishing Lures booth at the Florida Sportsman Fishing Show on Saturday in Tampa. The newest bait from DOA is the 4-inch CAL shad tail and it should be a hit, especially when larger profile baits are around. The lure, which can be rigged on a long shank CAL jig head or on a weedless hook, has an amazing wiggle and vibration!
You should find trout, blues, mangrove snapper and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Look for bait schools, diving birds or breaking fish to find them. You may find reds schooling on edges of bars or shallow grass flats when the tide is low. Snook fishing should also be good around lighted docks and bridges at night or on shallow flats early in the day.
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Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.