Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota Fishing Report for 2/20/2022
Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing reds, snook and trout in Gasparilla Sound, reds, trout and pompano in Sarasota Bay and snook and blues in the ICW at night on flies and DOA Lures recently. 
Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL fished Sarasota Bay recently with me and caught and released a couple of nice reds and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails. He also fished backcountry areas of Gasparilla Sound on a couple of other trips with Stephen Liska, from Naples, and Eric Mueller, from IL and they had some action catching and releasing several reds, trout and snook. 
Martin Marlowe, from NY, had a couple of great trips catching and releasing numerous snook and blues on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing the ICW at night with me recently. Mike Perez, from Sarasota, and Dennis Kinley, from IN, also got in on the action catching and releasing numerous snook on flies on another trip. Fly anglers Gary Mintz and Taylor Owen, from CO, fished Sarasota Bay with me recently and Taylor caught and released a nice Spanish mackerel on a Clouser fly
Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria Island, his son, James and grandson, Patrick, from MA, fished Sarasota Bay with me and had good action with trout to 17” and a nice pompano on CAL jigs with shad tails and Clouser flies. 
Look for reds, snook 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. Snook at night around dock lights in the ICW is also a good option depending on conditions. 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 OutfittersOrvis Outfitter of the Year-2011Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, and E-mail 923-7799 (office/land line)

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