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Good Action in Sarasota for a Variety of Species

Capt. Rick Grassett
November 17, 2020
Sarasota - Saltwater Fishing Report

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout, Spanish mackerel and blues on DOA Lures in Sarasota Bay and tripletail on flies in the coastal gulf before we were affected by Hurricane Eta recently. Marshall Dinerman, from Lido Key, caught and released numerous trout, a couple of Spanish mackerel and bluefish on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos while fishing Sarasota Bay with me. Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers president, Ken Babineau from Sarasota, and Gene Mayberry, from Bradenton, fished the coastal gulf with me on another trip. Gene caught and released his first tripletail on a fly. Great job!

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There are still a limited amount of spots available for CB's Saltwater Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, Nov 21, 2020. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults. I will be the instructor for the class, which will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection. Cost is $195 per student and includes the use of premium Orvis fly tackle, workbook and lunch. Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB's Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 to make reservations.

Shallow water action for reds and snook should be good as the water cools. Fish the coastal gulf for false albacore (little tunny), Spanish mackerel and tripletail when conditions return to normal. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is also a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, blues and Spanish mackerel. 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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