Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota Fishing Report for 7/2/2022
Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing tarpon in the coastal gulf recently. A couple of Sarasota Bay trips also produced a few trout and bluefish on Clouser flies.
Fly anglers had good action with tarpon, hooking and jumping several. Clark Keator, from Orlando, fly fished with me, jumping 2 tarpon and fighting one to the boat. Mike Storey, from Bradenton, also had some tarpon action, jumping one on a fly.
Dennis, Cliff and Mason Ondercin, from Sarasota, also tarpon fished a couple of days with me. They had good action, jumping several tarpon and fighting one to the boat on live crabs with spinning tackle. They also caught and released a bonus cobia that was sight-fished off the back of a spotted eagle ray with a DOA Shrimp! A great job, not bad for by-catch!
Tarpon fishing should be a good option in the coastal gulf depending on conditions. Look for snook in the surf and reds and larger trout in shallow water. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a usually a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, pompano, blues and more. Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, toxic spills and discharges, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!
Tight Lines,Capt. Rick GrassettFFI
Certified Fly Casting InstructorOrvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide & Fly Casting Instructor at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters
Orvis Outfitter of the Year-2011
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