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Good Action on Little Sarasota Bay & Gasparilla Sound Flats

Capt. Rick Grassett
January 12, 2019
Sarasota - Saltwater Fishing Report

Capt. Rick Grassett's Fishing Report for 1/12/2019

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing trout and snook in Gasparilla Sound on CAL jigs with shad tails recently. Anglers fishing closer to home with me caught and released snook, jacks and trout on flies and DOA Lures on several trips in Little Sarasota and Terra Ceia Bays. With cooler water behind a couple of fronts we didn't catch big numbers of fish, but we caught and released a few good ones in skinny water.

Keith McClintock, his son-in-law Rick Anderson and grandson, Nate, from IL, had a good trip with me in Little Sarasota Bay. We fished docks where they caught and released snook and jacks on CAL jigs with shad tails. They also caught and released about a dozen trout in deeper water on CAL jigs and DOA Deadly Combos.

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Keith and Jack McCulloch, from Lakewood Ranch, FL, fished Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me on another trip on a blustery day. The day behind a front, it was cold and windy to start. They fished hard and caught and released a couple of good trout and a 28" snook on a CAL jig with a shad tail!

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Fishing dock lights in the evening is usually a good option for catch and release snook fishing this time of year, although it is dependent on tide and conditions. Fishing shallow flats is both challenging and rewarding. It usually requires fishing hard to find and catch fish. You may not catch big numbers of fish but you may catch some good ones. Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by 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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