Guide Fishing Reports

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Capt Jamie Allen 3/29/15

Jamie sent use a couple of pictures for this weeks adventures.  First up is Jeffery McCallum from Pa who landed his first fly caught saltwater fish.  30″ snook.  I hope this doesn’t ruin him…

Jeff McCallum

 

Next is a father and son team of Mark and Louie Birk from Ohio.

Mark Birk

 


 

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 3/29/2015

Fly and spin anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout and Spanish mackerel in Sarasota Bay on flies, CAL jigs with shad tails, DOA Deadly Combos and top water plugs during the past week.

 

Beale Ong, from St. Michaels, MD and John Mathis, from University Park, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday afternoon. We worked deep grass flats on both sides of the bay where they caught and released trout and Spanish mackerel on CAL jigs with shad tails and Ultra Hair Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines.

 

Shane Reilly and Austin Bitta, both from Libertyville, IL, fished the same areas with me on Thursday. They had steady action with trout to 18” on CAL jigs with shad tails, top water plugs and DOA Deadly Combos. Orvis social media director Tucker Kimball, from VT, also fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday.  We worked deep grass flats and edges of bars on the west side of the bay where he caught and released trout and jacks on Ultra Hair Clouser and EP flies.

 

You may find trout, Spanish mackerel, blues, pompano or flounder on deep grass flats, particularly close to passes. Look for reds, snook and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars.

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. Rick Grassett

IFFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor

Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters

Orvis Outfitter of the Year-2011

Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.

www.snookfin-addict.com www.snookfinaddict.com and www.flyfishingflorida.us 

E-mail snookfin@aol.com

(941) 923-7799

John MathisShane Reilly

Left:John Mathis from University Park, Fl caught and released this spanish mackeral on a cal jig with a shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay

Right: Shane Reilly (right) and Austin Bitta (left), from Libertyville, IL, with a Sarasota Bay trout caught on a DOA Deadly Combo


 

Fishing, of course! 3/7/15

Capt. Pete Greenan

This past week fishing has been steadily improving.  The water and air are both warming significantly.  It’s a good sign.  Snook are still in good numbers all over the backcountry.  Seatrout are also plentiful, but the sizes are mostly small.  Redfish are scattered and fussy.  One day this week we saw at least two dozen reds in one bay.  Two days later there were only a few.  One target species has been good for us this week, pompano.  In two short days we caught eight between three and five pounds.

The best patterns have been baitfish imitations tied with SF fibers, Gartside Gurglers and Clousers.  For the snook we are using full floating lines and intermediate sinking for the pompano.

Pete and Doug Lawrence caught redfish, seatrout and flounder early in the week.  Dennis Grant and wife Verna along with their friend Sue fished Sarasota Bay with me on a very windy day.  Needless to say fishing wasn’t very good, but we did have a good time.  Dennis Kowal took pompano, seatrout and lots of ladyfish on Friday.

The appearance of sharks in the backcountry tell me tarpon will be arriving soon.  I did see a couple  on Friday.  So be watchful and you may get a shot at an early season tarpon.

Fish Hard,

Capt. Pete

 

 

Capt. Pete Greenan

www.floridaflyfishing.com

2416 Parson Ln.

Sarasota, Fl. 34239

941-232-2960

captpete@floridaflyfishing.com

 


 

Steve Gibson Southern Drawl Fishing Report

February wasn’t the best of months for Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing for a number of reasons.

Chief culprit was wind and cold weather. We often can prepare for cold weather by dressing warmly. There’s little we can do about wind.

For much of the month, we targeted spotted seatrout, perhaps the most plentiful species in Sarasota Bay and surrounding waters. We averaged more than 30 trout per trip, catching a high of 50 on one outing. Most of the fish were below slot (minimum 15 inches), but we did catch a few larger trout to 20 inches.

One highlight took place when we caught five pompano from one of our favorite spots in Buttonwood Harbor. That spot yielded strong pompano action the year prior. However, similar action hasn’t materialized this time around. We caught the pompano on Vudu Shrimp (http://www.egretbaits.com/egret_vudushrimp.html).

We visited The Everglades on a couple of occasions and did well. On the first trip, we caught 50 oscar, 15 largemouth bass to 4 pounds, 20 bluegill and a pair of Mayan cichlid. All of the fish were caught on fly rod and Myakka Minnows.

If you fly fish and have never tried the Myakka Minnow, you should do so. I created this fly for panfish and other species about 10 years ago after a frustrating day on the Myakka River . You can read about it at:

http://gibbysfishingblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/story-of-mighty-myakka-minnow.html

If you like to fly fish in fresh water, you should give the Myakka Minnow a try. You can order then from me. I am the sole source of Myakka Minnows in the country. Minimum order is a dozen. Cost is $60 (plus shipping and handling). I offer them in black, gold, copper and silver. To order, call me at (941) 284-3406 or email me (steve@kayakfishingsarasota.com).

The second trip to The ‘Glades was interesting. Vinny Caruso of Bradenton, Fla., and I visited a spot along U.S. 41. The morning was chilly and the fish were hunkered down. We fished an hour without a hit. So, we loaded the kayaks on the trailer and headed for Alligator Alley.

We caught a number of fish early (Vinny caught his first peacock bass), including bass and bluegill. But the action didn’t get going until it warmed up. That’s when the action  exploded. We caught oscar, Mayan cichlid, largemouth bass, bluegill and shellcracker. I caught the largest bluegill I’ve ever caught in Florida. Vinny caught his largest shellcracker.

All fish were caught on Myakka Minnows.

A cold front moved through the following week, keeping us off the water for nine days. I used the time to tie flies, an activity I had been unable to do prior to my eye surgeries. With great vision, tying flies is now fun and easy!

I tied plenty of Myakka Minnows, plus Clouser Deep Minnows, Gibby’s Trout Dusters, Gibby’s Snook Flies and Gibby’s Big Eye Baitfish.

I visited Tampa Bay on the Fly (www. http://tampabayonthefly.com/), a fine fly shop located in Tampa and owner by Enver Hysni. The shop is a great source for materials and equipment. I also visited Bill Jackson’s (http://www.billjacksons.com/) in Pinellas Park, to pick up tying supplies.

When the weather settled, I returned to Sarasota Bay. Fishing off Stephens Point, I caught 32 spotted seatrout, two impressive Spanish mackerel and several ladyfish on MirrOlure MirrOdines (http://www.shopmirrolure.com/). I prefer the Mini MirrOdine (14MR) in most any color. This is my “go-to” lure in most saltwater situations.

Dave Robinson of Sarasota joined me for a day on Sarasota Bay. We launched at Buttonwood Harbor and did pretty well. We combined to catch 30 spotted seatrout to 20 inches, ladyfish and a pompano. A majority of the fish were caught on the 14MR MirrOdine.  A majority of the trout were slot fish (15 to 20 inches) Richard Ives of Detroit and a buddy fished Buttonwood Harbor with me the next day. We caught plenty of trout, but most were under  slot.

We’re hoping the weather this month is better than February. We’re looking for improved fishing.

MARCH FORECAST: We look for improved action on all fronts. Spotted seatrout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, pompano, jack crevalle and ladyfish should be plentiful over the deep grass on the east and west sides of Sarasota Bay. Redfish action should improve on the flats, particular early in the day on topwater plugs and spoons. Night snook action is expected to heat up  around lighted docks. In fresh water, we anticipate strong action on fly rod in The Everglades for oscar, Mayan cichlid, largemouth bass and bluegill. Locally, bluegill, speckled perch, largemouth bass and channel catfish will cooperate on fly in Lake Manatee and the Manatee River.

March is a busy month and we’re booking daily. Please contact me at your earliest convenience to schedule a trip.

Also, you can keep up with my activities by viewing my blog (http://gibbysfishingblog.blogspot.com/). I also report daily on Twitter (@gibby3474) and on Facebook.

We’ve added a GoPro camera to our arsenal and will begin adding video for you view pleasure.

 

 

Steve Gibson

Southern Drawl  Kayak Fishing

www.kayakfishingsarasota.com

(941) 284-3406

Vinny Caruso Oscar

Vinny Caruso of Bradenton battles a feisty oscar while fly fishing in The Everglades

 


 

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, Venice & Gasparilla Sound, FL Fishing Report for 3/1/2015

 

Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout and pompano in Sarasota Bay on flies, CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Shrimp, snook at night in the ICW near Venice on flies and trout and redfish in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande on CAL jigs with shad tails during the past week.

 

Anna Maria Island winter resident, Bill Morrison and Sarasota winter resident, Gary Marple, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday. We fished deep grass flats on both sides of the bay where they caught and released trout and a nice pompano on Ultra Hair Clouser flies.

 

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, and Ron Shay, from VA, fished Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me on Tuesday. Sea fog rolled in on us early in the day and made it a cool, damp day despite a forecast for sunny and warmer. However, they had good action with trout to 18” and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails.

 

Sarasota winter resident, Mike Perez, snook fished with me on Wednesday night. We fished lighted docks in the ICW near Venice and he caught and released 8 or 10 snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Without much tidal flow due to an outgoing tide being negated by a strong wind blowing the opposite direction, snook were being very picky. Mike finessed them into eating by dead drifting his fly deep in the water column. There aren’t many places where the wind blows 20-mph in dense fog!

 

Tom Lamb, from Geneva, Switzerland, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Thursday afternoon. We fished deep grass flats on both sides of the bay and caught and released a few trout on CAL jigs with shad tails, DOA Shrimp and DOA Deadly Combos.

 

I was a seminar presenter at the News Channel 8 Tampa Outdoors Expo & Boat Show (formerly the Frank Sergeant Outdoors Expo) at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday. Billed as the largest outdoor and boat show in Florida, the show draws big crowds every day. Almost 50 seminars on everything from fresh and saltwater fishing, fly fishing, boating, kayaking, hunting, dog training and more were given by top outdoor experts. I gave presentations on “Saltwater Fly Fishing”, which covered saltwater fly fishing tactics, fly tackle rigging and fly selection and spent some time with my friends at DOA Fishing Lures in their booth.

 

There are still some spots available in CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School next Saturday, Mar 7th. I will be the instructor for the school which will cover fly casting basics, line control, shooting line and the roll cast. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basics but also work with intermediate casters on correcting faults and improving casting skills. Leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly fishing techniques will also be covered. Cost for the school, which will run from 8:30 AM to 3 PM, is $150 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, a text book and lunch. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations.

 

Snook season reopens on the west coast of Florida on Mar 1, although many snook will be under the 28”-33” slot so handle them gently and release them quickly. Full regulations can be viewed at www.myfwc.com .You may find trout, blues, pompano or flounder in channels, troughs, basins or edges of flats, particularly when the tide is low.  Look for reds and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars. Afternoons may fish better than mornings when water is cooler.

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. Rick Grassett

IFFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor

Orvis- Endorsed Outfitter Guide

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters-2011 Orvis Outfitter of the Year

Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.

(941) 923-7799

www.snookfin-addict.com, www.snookfinaddict.com and www.flyfishingflorida.us                                E-mail snookfin@aol.com

Gary Marple

Sarasota winter resident, Gary Marple, caught this nice pompano on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett

Ron ShayRon Shay Redfish

Ron Shay, from Va. with a trout and a red caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt Rick Grassett


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 2/22/2015

Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout and Spanish mackerel in Sarasota Bay on CAL jigs with shad tails, DOA Shrimp and flies and trout and snook in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande on CAL jigs with shad tails during the past week.

Tony Merlis, from NH, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday. We fished deep grass flats on both sides of the bay where caught and released trout and ladyfish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies. One of the best trips of the week was on Tuesday when Frank Zaffino, from Rochester, NY, and sons John and Frank, fished Sarasota Bay with me and had great action catching and releasing numerous Spanish mackerel to 5-pounds and trout to 18”on CAL jigs with shad tails and Ultra Hair Clouser flies. With an approaching front and a stiff south wind, fish turned on!

Wednesday’s instructional fly fishing trip was cancelled due to winds above 20-mph. Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, fished Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me on Thursday. With a strong NW wind, we were hopeful that we could find some protection in the backcountry. With very little water it was tough, but he had good action with trout to 18” and a snook on CAL jigs with shad tails. Friday’s trip was canceled due to the arctic air that blasted us with temperatures in the 30’s following the latest front.

I was the instructor for a CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School on Saturday, Feb 21st. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, focused on basics but also worked with intermediate casters on correcting faults and improving casting skills. The next school will be on Mar 7. Cost is $150 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, a text book and lunch. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations.

You may find trout, blues, pompano or flounder in channels, troughs, basins or edges of flats, particularly when the tide is low. Look for reds and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars. Afternoons may fish better than mornings when water is cooler.

Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick Grassett
IFFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis- Endorsed Outfitter Guide
CB’s Saltwater Outfitters-2011 Orvis Outfitter of the Year
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
(941) 923-7799
www.snookfin-addict.com, www.snookfinaddict.com and www.flyfishingflorida.us E-mail snookfin@aol.com

Frank Zaffino

Frank Zaffino, from Rochester, NY with a big Sapnish Mackerel caught and released on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett