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.
Action has been good the past few days in Sarasota Bay with reds, trout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and pompano.
Deep grass flats on both sides of the bay have been productive, particularly Stephens Point on the east side and near Bishops Point on the west side. Trout and bluefish have been most plentiful with Spanish mackerel and pompano a little more scattered.
Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, the past few days had good action with reds, trout, Spanish mackerel and bluefish on jigs and flies in Sarasota Bay.
A couple of large schools of reds in Sarasota Bay have been providing fast action recently. We caught and released more than 10 reds to 30 inches, with the majority of them caught on flies, on one trip.
Since the reds were feeding on large baitfish, wide profile jigs and flies worked best. In addition, we caught and released trout, bluefish and Spanish mackerel on jigs and tan over white Ultra Hair Clouser flies at the Middleground and Radio Tower flats, Stephens Point and near Bishop Point on another trip.
Captain Jim Klopfer and Captain Andy Cotton also reported good action on Saturday and Sunday in Sarasota Bay. Cotton caught and released trout to 21 inches and blues to 3 pounds near Stephens Point on jigs and chartreuse over white Ultra Hair Clouser flies. Klopfer had fast action with trout, bluefish and Spanish mackerel on jigs at the Middleground flat and along the west side of Sarasota Bay from New Pass to Bishops Point.