Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 12/2/17
The fantastic action and conditions that we’ve had in the coastal gulf continued as fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had great action catching and releasing false albacore (little tunny) and tripletail on flies during the past week. We also had some action catching and releasing trout on flies in Sarasota Bay
I had a chance to fish when Steve Traves, of Anna Maria Outfitters, and I fished the coastal gulf with our friend Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, on Monday. Conditions were great and we had great action catching and releasing numerous albies to more than 10-lbs on a variety of flies!
Rick and Nanette O’Hara, from Tampa, fished the coastal gulf with me on Tuesday and also had good action catching and releasing their first albies on a fly. In addition they caught and released trout on flies fished on sink tip fly lines on a Sarasota Bay deep grass flat to end the day!
The action continued on Thursday when Lynn Skipper, from Apollo Beach, fished with me. He also had good action catching and releasing several false albacore and a tripletail in the coastal gulf and trout in Sarasota Bay on flies. The tripletail ate a Gurgler fly off the surface like a giant bluegill eating a fly popper!
With the water temperature in the low 70’s, action with Spanish mackerel, albies, tripletail and cobia in the coastal gulf should continue. There should also be good action with trout and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Shallow water action for snook, trout and reds is improving due to cooler water. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures should also be a good option.
Capt. Rick Grassett
FFI Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters
Orvis Outfitter of the Year-2011
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.