Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff, the Snook Fin-Addict out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action, jumping and catching and releasing tarpon on spin and fly tackle in the coastal gulf in Sarasota during the week of June 22.
Andrea Lutz, from Atlanta, and Hal Lutz, from Parrish, tarpon-fished with me on June 22 and 23. They had good action catching and releasing a pair of tarpon on live baits.
Fly anglers also got in on the action, getting numerous shots at tarpon, several bites and jumping one. The fish was fought for several jumps and was back on the fly line when the hook pulled.
Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf should continue to be strong near a full moon. Catch-and-release sight fishing for snook in the surf with flies or DOA Lures should also be a good option. You may find trout, Spanish mackerel, blues or pompano on deep grass flats, particularly close to passes. Look for reds, snook and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars.
Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.