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Action Improving on Sarasota Bay Flats

Capt. Rick Grassett
July 24, 2019
Sarasota - Saltwater Fishing Report

Fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with tarpon in the coastal gulf on several trips during the past week. Tarpon were jumped on several trips and Hal Lutz, from Parrish, FL, landed one. Great job!

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Action on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is improving. Jeff and Matt Babik, from IL, jumped a juvenile tarpon on a DOA TerrorEyz and had good action with trout in Sarasota Bay on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. Tim and Cooper Campbell, from Singapore, caught and released trout on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay and Spanish mackerel in the coastal gulf on Clouser and Grassett Snook Minnow flies and CAL jigs with shad tails on another trip.

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Tarpon are thinning in the coastal gulf but are aggressive this time of year. They will move to inside areas of Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay as they thin out in the gulf. Fishing mangrove shorelines for catch and release reds and snook may also be a good option. Night fishing for snook and more is a dependable option and a good way to beat the heat.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, 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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Capt. Rick Grassett, owner of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc., is a full time fishing guide and outdoor writer based in Sarasota, FL. He has been guiding since 1990 and is an Orvis Endorsed Outfitter fly fishing guide at CBs Saltwater Outfitters in Sarasota. Specializing in fishing with flies and lures on light spinning tackle, Capt. Rick fishes the bays, back country and coastal gulf waters from Tampa Bay to Charlotte Harbor in his 18 Action Craft flats boat.

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Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
2447 Waneta Drive
Sarasota, FL 34231
Phone: 941-923-7799
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