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 catching and releasing snook, redfish and trout on DOA Lures and flies in Sarasota Bay during the week of Sept. 15.
Fly angler Rob Merritt, from Springfield, Mo., fished Sarasota Bay with me on Sept. 15. We fished lighted docks before dawn, and it paid off when Merritt caught and released several snook to 24 inches and a 28-inch red on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. We worked bait schools on deep flats on the east side of the bay after daylight, and he caught and released trout and a couple more snook on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly. He finished with a bang when he caught and released a mullet on the same fly while we worked a mullet school looking for reds. Not only did he score a slam with a fly, he also caught one of only three or four mullet caught in the mouth with a lure or fly on my boat in more than 30 years of fishing here!
You may find reds schooling on edges of bars or shallow grass flats when the tide is low. Snook fishing should be good around lighted docks and bridges at night or on shallow flats early in the day. You might also find reds and trout along with snook on lighted docks this time of year. Trout, blues, mangrove snapper and more should be good options on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Look for bait schools, diving birds or breaking fish to find them.
Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.