Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 12-7-2011

Sarasota, FL Fishing Report
Capt. Rick Grassett

It was cool and breezy following a front early last week, dropping water temperatures in Sarasota Bay about 5 degrees. My Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, was in the shop for several days last week for scheduled maintenance and waiting for parts to correct a problem with the outboard’s lower unit. However, I was able to get out on Thursday to do some scouting with a friend and we had a few shots at reds and trout in north Sarasota Bay. We cast lightly weighted flies on sink tip fly lines to get our flies down to fish that were along an edge where a shallow flat dropped off to deeper water.

Many species of fish are starting to get into a winter pattern. Fish DOA shrimp and CAL jigs slow and close to the bottom in channels, creeks, canals and along drop offs when it is cool. Fly anglers may score with sink tip fly lines and weighted flies. Afternoons may fish better than mornings as fish move onto shallow grass flats that have been warmed by the sun. Fish ahead of approaching fronts or in windows of good weather between fronts for the best action.

Next week’s tides will improve towards the end of the week as we approach a full moon on Dec. 10th. Look for reds, trout and flounder in shallow water and trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more on deep grass flats. Action with Spanish mackerel and albies (little tunny) in the coastal gulf should resume when sea conditions improve.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
(941) 923-7799
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Look for flounder in skinny water, in potholes and along the edges of bars, in the same areas where you may find reds and trout. Tony Ryan, from Osprey, FL caught this flounder on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett several weeks ago.

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