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 trout, blues and Spanish mackerel on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay, snook in the ICW near Venice and snook, trout and flounder in the Terra Ceia area on CAL jigs with shad tails, DOA Deadly Combos, DOA Shrimp and flies during the week of Jan. 12.
Keith McClintock and Victor Feldman, both from Illinois, fished the Terra Ceia area with me on Jan. 12. They caught and released trout, flounder and several snook on CAL jigs with shad tails.
Marshall Dinerman and his son Michael, from Atlanta, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Jan. 14. They had some action with trout, including one that was more than 3 pounds, on CAL jigs with shad tails, DOA Deadly Combos and an Ultra Hair Clouser fly on deep grass flats on both sides of the bay. Martin Marlowe, from New York, snook-fished with me on the evening of Jan. 14 in the ICW near Venice and caught and released eight or 10 snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.
Tom Lamb, from Geneva, Switzerland, and Roy Glah, from Sarasota, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Jan. 16. Despite a slow tide, action was steady. We fished deep grass flats on the west side of the bay, where they caught and released several blues, Spanish mackerel and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Shrimp.
Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more should be good options on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Look for reds and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars. Afternoons may fish better than mornings when water is cool. Catch-and-release night snook-fishing may also be a good option depending on conditions.
Capt. Rick Grassett
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