Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Sarasota Bay Tarpon 7-4-2012

Sarasota, FL Fishing Report
by Capt. Rick Grassett

Conditions were poor in the coastal gulf for tarpon fishing every day last week. Water was very dirty as rough seas combined with 8”-10” of rain due to Tropical Storm Debby. Although the swell came down significantly toward the end of the week, water clarity in and around passes remained poor due to silt and still draining flood waters, making sight fishing impossible. My experience has been that a weather event such as TS Debby will often disrupt tarpon patterns until conditions return to normal.

However, Sarasota Bay is looking good and fishing well in areas away from passes, such as Stephens and Bishop Points. Several guide friends of mine fished Sarasota Bay recently and had steady action with trout and scattered blues, Spanish mackerel and several reds on DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with glow shad tails. Best action should be early in the day on both shallow and deep grass flats. Schools of reds may push wakes in shallow water. Look for bait dimpling the surface or “breaking” jacks, blues or ladyfish on deep grass flats. Be ready for a variety of species, including tarpon, to show up and join the fray, particularly if the surface activity continues for a while.

Sea conditions in the coastal gulf are getting better every day and tarpon action should resume as visibility improves and we head towards a full moon next week. Drift live baits and be ready to cast a live bait or DOA Baitbuster to tarpon that may pop up fast in 10’-20’ of water early in the day. Fly anglers should do best with tarpon in shallow water later in the day when visibility is best.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Rick Grassett
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Tarpon action in the coastal gulf should resume when conditions return to normal. Capt. Rick Grassett leaders a fish in the coastal gulf off Sarasota just before TS Debby.

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