Fly anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff, the Snook Fin-Addict out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, continued to have action with tarpon on several trips in the coastal gulf in Sarasota during the week of May 18.
We had multiple shots at tarpon with several bites and jumped one. Tarpon were plentiful as we came off a new moon, but a west wind pattern for most of the week made conditions tough due to rough water.
Jon Yenari, from Sarasota, fished with me on Friday. With very challenging conditions, he hooked up with a tarpon on a fly, got four or five jumps and fought the fish for a few minutes before it chewed through his 80-pound bite tippet. Well done!
Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf should be a good option, especially toward the end of the week when tides improve as we get closer to a full moon. Look for reds, snook and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars. Catch-and-release sight fishing for snook in the surf with flies or DOA Lures also should be a good option. You may also find trout, Spanish mackerel, blues or pompano on deep grass flats, particularly close to passes.
Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.