Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 2/11/2017
Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released snook at night in the ICW near Venice and trout and blues in Sarasota Bay on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms during the past week. The best action was catch and release snook fishing in the ICW at night.
Gary Marple, from Sarasota, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday. He had some action catching and releasing trout on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly while fishing deep grass flats on the west side of the bay. Marshall Dinerman, from Atlanta, GA, and Edwin Rothberg, from NC, fished the same areas with me on Wednesday. They had good action with trout and several blues on CAL jigs with shad tails.
Martin Marlowe, from NY, fished dock lights in the ICW near Venice with me on Thursday night. He had steady action catching and releasing snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. A great trip!
Fish in shallow water have been very spooky due to clear water and calm conditions making them tough to catch, although you should find snook, larger trout and reds there when conditions are good. Wading with a fly rod or making long casts with spinning tackle are good tactics for fishing shallow water. Catch and release night snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges in the ICW with flies and DOA Lures should also be a good option. Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more should be good options on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay.
Capt. Rick Grassett
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