GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Rick Grassett.
The deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay have been producing nice trout, and the Intracoastal Waterway near the Venice Inlet has been hot for snook. Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout to 22 inches and scattered bluefish up to 3 pounds on the flats recently.
Fly anglers scored with snook up to 24 inches in the Intracoastal near Venice at night on flies and with trout and bluefish on the west side of Sarasota Bay near Bishop Point with flies fished on sink-tip fly lines.
Anglers using spinning tackle had good action near Long Bar and Buttonwood Harbor with trout to more than 3 pounds, bluefish and a nice flounder on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos.
Captain Jim Klopfer of Adventure Charters reported fast action this week in Big Pass and near Bird Key with Spanish mackerel, bluefish, pompano, flounder, trout and blacktip sharks on free-lined live shrimp and Cotee jigs with gold and olive grubs.
A fly angler fishing with Klopfer caught and released several trout to 18 inches on an olive fly near Midnight Pass.
Tides will improve toward the end of next week as we get farther away from the full moon.
Fishing deep grass flats for trout and the Intracoastal for snook at night should continue to be good options.