Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota & Gasparilla Sound, FL Fishing Report for 2/25/2018

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing trout in Sarasota Bay on CAL jigs with shad tails and flies and reds, snook and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande during the past week. With water temperatures in the 70’s, shallow water fishing is turning on.

Sam Diviase, from Longboat Key and Mark Rinalli, from PA fished deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with me on Monday and Tony Merlis, from NH, fished the same area with me on Tuesday. They had good action catching and releasing trout to 18” and more on CAL jigs with shad tails and Ultra Hair Clouser flies.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL and Ron Shay, from SC, fished the backcountry of Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me on Wednesday. They had good action catching and releasing trout to 4-pounds, reds and snook on CAL jigs with shad tails. Larry Wachtel, from Boca Raton, FL and Stan Brady, from OH, fished the same area with me on Thursday. They also had some action catching and releasing trout to 21” and a nice red, also on CAL jigs with shad tails.

I was the instructor for a full class at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School on Saturday. Students received fly casting instruction and also learned leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly fishing techniques. The next school will be on March 24th. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations.

There should be good action with trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Fishing shallow water for big trout, snook and reds should also be a good option. Our natural resources are under constant pressure, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

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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