Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 7/8/2017
Fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, continued to have some action with tarpon during the past week. On several trips following the holiday, we had numerous shots at tarpon each day, jumping several and catching and releasing one.
Conditions were good all week, with good sunlight and light winds. Steve Gibson, from Sarasota, fly fished for tarpon with me on Wednesday. Steve hooked up and fought the fish for several jumps and runs. Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, fly fished for tarpon with me on Thursday. He also hooked up, getting numerous jumps and runs before bringing the fish to the boat in about 20-minutes. We jumped another tarpon that day and had lots of shots and a brief hook up on another trip.
Tarpon fishing should be good next week as many fish are post spawn and aggressive. This is a good time frame to sight fish for snook in the surf. However, snook season remains closed on the west coast of Florida until Sep 1st, so please handle them gently and release them quickly. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures also continues to 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.