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 Spanish mackerel and trout in Sarasota Bay; snook, redfish and blues in the ICW at night; and tripletail in the coastal gulf on flies and DOA Shrimp during the week of Dec. 15.
Emerick Corsi and Julia Westermann, from Chicago, fly fished in Sarasota Bay with me on Dec. 15. The best action was at the Middleground flat and near Stephens Point, where they caught and released several Spanish mackerel to 4 pounds on Ultra Hair Clouser flies.
Parke Cooper, from Stuart, and Steve Strobl, from Tampa, fished with me on Dec. 16. Our plan was to fish the coastal gulf for false albacore and tripletail, and conditions were perfect. We found some bait in a couple of places with birds resting nearby but no albies, so we hunted tripletail. They had good action catching tripletail to more than 10 pounds, including a couple of 8-pounders on bloodworm DOA Shrimp. They had numerous shots at tripletail and hooked another big tripletail that gave us a couple of beautiful jumps!
Anna Maria Island and Sarasota winter residents, Bill Morrison and Gary Marple, snook fished with me on the evening of Dec. 17. We fished lighted docks in the ICW, where they caught and released several blues, snook and a red on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Bill had 2/3 of a slam with snook and redfish when he caught and released a trout on one of our last spots to complete his slam!
Steve Traves, owner of Anna Maria Island Outfitters, and I got in on the tripletail action in the coastal gulf when we fished with Rusty Chinnis on Dec. 18, hooking up several times on Lefty's Deceiver and my Grassett Flats Minnow flies. It was slow to start, however after the sun warmed the water some and visibility improved, we started to find them. A great sight fishing opportunity!
Tripletail and false albacore should be good options in the coastal gulf depending on conditions. Look for albies feeding near the surface and tripletail around crab trap buoys. Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, jacks and more should also be good options on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Look for reds and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats. Catch-and-release night snook fishing in the ICW is also a good option now. Fish peak tidal flows for the best action.
Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.