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Schools small, but tarpon biting

GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Rick Grassett. Tarpon action has been very good in the coastal Gulf off Sarasota beaches. 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 success recently. Tarpon schools were smaller, the amount of singles and doubles increased and fish turned on as we headed toward today's new moon. Fly anglers on my boat had numerous chances at tarpon and several bites. They jumped four and landed two, including a 120-pound fish on a Deceiver fly. With tarpon fishing, a big part of the equation is having a lot of chances at fish. Anglers may need numerous opportunities to get it to all come together with the right cast to the right fish. Anglers using spinning tackle on another trip had a great day with several bites on live crabs and two tarpon to the boat, including a 130-pound fish. Captain Jim Klopfer, of Adventure Charters, reported fast action with slot-size trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and flounder on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay near Bird Key and Intracoastal Waterway markers 5 and 7 on live shrimp, pilchards and pinfish. His anglers have done well with live bait recently, and bait has been plentiful.
Fish the outgoing tides in the afternoon for the best tarpon action. The deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay should yield success with trout, Spanish mackerel and more. Sight fishing for snook in the surf or around lighted docks and bridges in the Intracoastal Waterway should also be good options.

Call captain Rick Grassett at (941) 923-7799 or visit www.flyfishingflorida.net or www.snookfin-addict.com.

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