GO FISHING is a daily look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Rick Grassett.
Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released a variety of fish during the past several days. Snook, trout, bluefish and ladyfish were caught and released with Estaz Marabou and Clouser flies in Gasparilla Sound and Turtle Bay. Other anglers fishing in Sarasota Bay caught and released snook, reds, trout, ladyfish and bluefish with flies, jigs and plastic shrimp under clacker floats. The best action was along the west side of Sarasota Bay from Bishop Point to Buttonwood Harbor. In addition, fly anglers got shots at tarpon in the coastal gulf waters off Lido and Longboat keys.
With the water temperature in the high 80s on the flats of Sarasota Bay, the best action has been early in the day.
Although the action usually slows on the flats by late morning, it is a great time of the day to fly fish for tarpon in shallow water along the beaches. Tarpon schools have thinned out to singles, doubles and small schools, but since they are post spawn fish they seem to bite better.
Spin anglers can also score with tarpon in deeper water by drifting live baitfish or crabs under flats.
A good plan is to snook fish around lighted docks and bridges close to passes before dawn and then move to the flats for the best action of the day.