Outdoors | Hot sports fishing report

Action continued in the coastal gulf early in the week of Dec. 26 due to the unseasonable warm weather we’ve had.

However a front pushed through on Dec. 27, dropping water temperatures by several degrees. Action slowed for a couple of days, but by Dec. 29, the water warmed back up a couple of degrees and fish responded favorably. 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 false albacore (little tunny), Spanish mackerel, tripletail, snook, trout, pompano, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and a small shark.

This week’s tides will improve toward the end of the week as we approach a full moon. Look for reds and trout in potholes on negative low tides. Fish deep grass flats for trout, blues, Spanish mackerel and pompano or the ICW at night for catch-and-release snook. I use tackle heavy enough to land snook quickly and avoid catching them at all during cold snaps. It’s worth checking the coastal gulf for false albacore (little tunny), Spanish mackerel, tripletail and cobia when conditions are good.

Happy New Year and a special thanks to all of my customers who fished with me during the past year.

Capt. Rick Grassett

Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.


Happy New Year, everyone! Wow, what a year 2011 was, even though we started with some almost record-breaking temps. Back in the beginning of spring, it really came around. From killer red and trout action in the spring to one of the best tarpon seasons I have ever seen and then the offshore grouper fishing along with the big AJ’s and on and on. I am happy we are having a normal winter season as opposed to the past two winters, and this should roll right over into spring.

We have a lot of things going on out there right now compared to the past two winters, and I am looking forward to every bit of it. I am already booking for the spring season, so if you have a specific date you want to get out, please book it, especially if you will need several days. I am looking forward to a great 2012 and can’t wait to get it started.

Capt. Shawn Crawford