Fishing Season: Spring

Sarasota Bay - FL

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Inshore Temp:

83

Offshore Temp:

85

Captain Rick Grassett's Tip of the Week

Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, blues and Spanish mackerel. Shallow water fishing for reds and large trout is also a good option now.

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Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 5/10/21

Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel. Check the coastal gulf for tarpon when conditions are good.

Techniques & Tips as of 5/10/21

Use floating lines and 12' or longer leaders for reds and snook in shallow water and sink tip lines with shorter leaders for fishing deep grass flats. Fish the ICW at night for snook or deep grass flats with intermediate sink tip fly lines and Grassett Snook Minnow flies or Shrimp Gurglers on a floating line.

Current Conditions as of 5/10/21

Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel. Check the coastal gulf for tarpon when conditions are good.

Local Species Available Spring

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    snook

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    reds

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    trout

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    bluefish

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    Spanish mackerel

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    bluefish

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    jacks

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    false albacore and tripletail

Captain Rick Grassett's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Grassett's Deep Flats Bunny chartreuse/tan 1 or 1/0
Lefty's Deceiver olive/white or brown 1 or 2
Grassett's Snook Minnow white 2 & 4
Grassett's Flats Minnow olive 2
Grassett Shrimp Tan, white or pink 2
Ultra Hair Clouser Chartreuse/olive 1 or 2
Banger/Rattle popper olive/white 1/0
Shrimp Gurgler white or tan 1 or 2

Grassett's Deep Flats Bunny

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Captain Rick Grassett's Recommended Gear

Description: About Sarasota Bay

Sarasota Bay is a gem, nestled between Tampa Bay to the north and Charlotte Harbor to the south along Florida’s southwest coast. Due to 3 passes that flush the bay and no large tributaries flowing into it, the bay waters are normally very clean and clear. Its turquoise blue waters surrounding the passes may remind you of a Caribbean island and its fine white sand beaches are among the top rated beaches in the country. Although its shorelines are developed, lush sea grass flats are abundant and there are also numerous mangrove shorelines to fish. Approximately 10 miles long and 3 miles wide, Sarasota Bay has numerous mangrove islands and shallow flats with sand bars, oyster bars and potholes. It connects with Anna Maria Sound to the north. As you head south, the waterway narrows into several smaller bays; Roberts Bay, Little Sarasota Bay and Blackburn Bays. These areas have numerous oyster bars, grass flats and residential docks that hold reds and snook throughout the year. Spring and fall are prime times for fishing the flats of Sarasota Bay for snook, redfish, spotted sea trout, pompano, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and more. We also have seasonal migrations of king and Spanish mackerel and cobia in the spring and fall and giant tarpon from May through July. Little tunny (false albacore) thrill fly anglers year ‘round, especially in the fall. Other fall fly fishing options include juvenile tarpon, snook, redfish and trout.

Nearest Airport:

Sarasota, FL

Bait Recommendations:

Glass minnows, pinfish, crabs and shrimp