Fishing Report from For Shore Fishing.
Capt. Rick Grassett/Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service
January 14, 2018
Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters had decent action with trout and bluefish in Sarasota Bay on flies, D.O.A. Deadly Combos and D.O.A. CAL jigs with shad tails along with snook and bluefish on flies in the Intracoastal Waterway at night during the past week. Sunny afternoons and calm winds allowed the water to warm back into the 60’s following last week’s strong front. This resulted in the trout moving into shallow water, reports Capt. Rick Grassett of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service (941-923-7799).
Marshall Dinerman, of Atlanta, Georgia, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday afternoon. With the water temperature in the high 50’s, action was slow. We caught and released a few trout on D.O.A. CAL jigs with shad tails and D.O.A. Deadly Combos on deep grass flats. The largest trout was caught on a D.O.A. CAL jigs with shad tail in less than two feet of water. This was also the warmest water, Grassett said.
Keith McClintock and Victor Feldman, both of Illinois, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday. It was slow to begin, but trout turned on in the afternoon as the sun warmed shallow water as warm as 65 degrees in a couple of spots. Snook also moved onto the edges of bars to warm up, Grassett reports.
With water temperatures back in the 60’s after several days of warming; Martin Marlowe, of New York, fished the Intracoastal Waterway with me on Thursday night. He had good action catching and releasing snook and several bluefish around dock lights on my Grassett Snook Minnow Fly. The fish were actively feeding and swimming away strong. Afternoons and evenings will usually have the warmest water of the day. The sun warms the shallow water as it flushes out of the bays on the outgoing tides, Grassett reports.
Another cold front pushed through on Friday. This began a few days of below average temperatures. Steve Kost, of Lakewood Ranch, and his son Nick Kost, of New York, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Saturday. It was very windy, rough, and tough to find any protected water to fish. Despite the adverse conditions, they had some action with bluefish, trout, and ladyfish on flies. “I worked with Nick on his fly casting technique and he scored his first fish on a fly; a ladyfish, in 25-mph wind,” Grassett said.
The toughest fishing this time of year is usually the day of a front or the day after the wind blows from the northwest and cold air comes rushing in, causing water temperatures to fall. Water temps may drop back into the 50’s next week, so temperature sensitive fish should be avoided at that time. Anglers should fish opportunities of stable weather between fronts for the best action. Sunny afternoons with some protection from the wind should produce better this time of year as a result of warmer water. There should be good action with trout, blues, pompano, and more on the deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Shallow water action for larger trout and redfish should also be a good option, Grassett reports.
Capt. Rick Grassett, of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, is a full time fishing guide based in Sarasota. He specializes in fishing for redfish, snook, trout, and tarpon with flies and lures on light spinning tackle in the bays, back country, and coastal waters of Sarasota Bay, lower Tampa Bay, and Charlotte Harbor. He has been guiding since 1990 and is an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guide and was the 2011 Orvis Outfitter of the Year at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key in Sarasota. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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