Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 1/21/2018

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with trout, bluefish, pompano and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails on a trip in Sarasota Bay during the past week. With a strong front approaching fast on Wednesday afternoon, fish turned on.

Marshall Dinerman and Vic Silverman, both from Atlanta, GA fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday. With water temperature in the high 50’s, action was slow to start. However as an approaching front got close to us, action turned on. They ended the trip with several nice trout, bluefish, pompano and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails.

The next couple of trips were cancelled due to extreme conditions, low’s in the 30’s. Fortunately the cold snap only lasted a couple of days before a warm up started. A forecast for sunny afternoons, with air temperatures in the low 70’s early next week should warm water temperatures back into the 60’s within a few days.

I was the instructor for a CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed Fly fishing School on Saturday. Students received instruction in fly casting basics, line control, shooting line and the roll cast. Students also learned leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly fishing techniques. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or to make reservations for the next school on Feb 24th.

Fish the windows of stable weather between fronts for the best action. Sunny afternoons with some protection from the wind should fish better this time of year due to warmer water. Since the last cold front was relatively short in duration, water temperature should warm back into the 60’s within a few days. There should be good action with trout, blues, pompano and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Shallow water action for larger trout and reds should also be a good option.

Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick Grassett
FFI Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters
Orvis Outfitter of the Year-2011
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