Monday, October 03, 2011

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 10-3-2011

Rick Grassett’s Sarasota Fishing Report

Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, blues, Spanish mackerel and redfish during the past week. The best action was on deep grass flats where blues and trout fed in glass minnow schools. Reds in the low 20” range were scattered on shallow grass flats and along bars.

We were met with lightning and sloppy sea conditions on Monday morning, so we rescheduled our trip into the coastal gulf for little tunny and Spanish mackerel. Aledia Tush, owner of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, and Melissa Littlewood, both from Sarasota, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday. They caught and released trout to 18” and blues to 3-pounds on CAL jigs with shad tails at Stephens Point. Melissa connected with a nice red in skinny water on a weedless rigged CAL shad tail near Buttonwood Harbor.

Steve Partain, from Atlanta, and his son Chris Partain, from OK, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday. The action was slow to start due to a slack tide but as the water started to move the action got hot! They caught and released numerous trout to 19”, blues to 4-pounds and a Spanish mackerel at Stephens Point and near Whale Key on top water plugs, DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with shad tails. Chris also caught a red on a weedless-rigged CAL shad tail along a bar on the east side of the bay.

Ray Miles, from NY, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday morning. He caught and released trout and ladyfish at Stephens Point and near Whale Key on CAL jigs with shad tails, DOA Deadly Combos and top water plugs. He also caught a red in skinny water on a weedless rigged CAL shad tail.

Outgoing tides in the morning this weekend should be good! Action should continue to get better in both shallow water and in the coastal gulf as water cools. Mornings are still fishing better than afternoons due to afternoon heat.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
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Chris Partain , from OK, and his dad, Steve Partain from Atlanta, GA, with a Sarasota Bay bluefish double caught while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Ray Miles, from NY, caught this red on a weedless rigged CAL shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

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