Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 6/1/2013
Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had great action with tarpon on live crabs and a variety of bait fish in the coastal gulf during the past week. In addition to jumping and landing numerous tarpon, anglers fishing with me also caught and released a couple of sharks and a huge king mackerel!
Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, Steven Liska from Flanders, NJ, Dave Kinnamon from Milwaukee, WI and Dan Kinnamon from Miami, FL tarpon fished all week with me and Capt. Jack Hartman. Keith and Steven fished on my boat every day except for Friday when Jack McCulloch, from Englewood, FL, fished with Keith and me. They jumped a total of 7 tarpon, landing 4 of them and had the others on for a good battle on live crabs, pinfish, grunts and threadfins. Despite tough conditions with winds gusting above 20-mph out of the east/southeast a couple of days, they had great action every day.
In addition to several tarpon, Steven caught and released a 15-pound lemon shark one day and a kingfish that was more than 30-pounds another day (it bottomed out my 30-pound Bogagrip scale). Jack landed his first tarpon and fought a 50 to 60-pound shark for about 20 minutes before it bit through his 80-pound leader with the fish close to the boat. All tarpon that were landed were successfully measured and DNA sampled and ranged in weight from 75 to 125-pounds.
Dave and Dan had great action with Capt. Jack jumping and landing numerous tarpon, the largest of which was estimated at 150-pounds, on live crabs and a variety of baitfish. They also caught and released a few sharks, including a 25-pound blacktip.
Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf should be good next week as we approach a new moon. Look for reds and big trout in shallow water in Sarasota Bay early in the day. Catch and release night snook fishing in the ICW from Sarasota to Venice or in the surf should also be a good option.
Capt. Rick Grassett
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Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, battles a couple of tarpon, the largest of which was a 125-pounder, caught and released in the coastal gulf off Sarasota while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.
Steven Liska, from Flanders, NJ, caught and released this 15-pound lemon shark on a live pinfish while fishing the coastal gulf off Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.
Steven Liska, from Flanders, NJ, caught and released this 110-pound tarpon on a live crab while fishing the coastal gulf off Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.
Steven Liska, from Flanders, NJ, caught and released this more than 30-pound kingfish on a live threadfin while fishing the coastal gulf off Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.
Jack McCulloch, from Englewood, FL, caught and released his first tarpon, a 75-pounder, on a live crab while fishing the coastal gulf off Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.