Sarasota Bay, Florida Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Sarasota Bay, Florida Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fish the coastal gulf for tarpon when conditions are good.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Sarasota Bay is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Fishing conditions: Capt. Rick Grassett's Fishing Report for 7/15/2019 No tarpon trips during the past week due to west winds. Prior to that fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with tarpon in the coastal gulf. Despite a big swell and choppy conditions on several days that we fished, some tarpon schools were high in the water column and several tarpon were jumped. Jeb Mulock, from Bradenton and Jeff Handlin, from CO, fished with me recently. They had lots of shots and Jeb landed a fish. Great job! A fly angler had a dozen or more shots on another trip but no bites. Tight Lines, Capt. Rick Grassett FFI Certified Fly Casting Instructor Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide at CB's Saltwater Outfitters Orvis Outfitter of the Year-2011

Inshore temperature: 85 Degrees F

Offshore temperature: 85 Degrees F

Type of bait fish are feeding on: Glass minnows, pinfish, crabs and shrimp

Fish species: Tarpon, snook, trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, false albacore and tripletail

Fishing season: Summer

Nearest airport: Sarasota, FL

Sarasota Bay Description

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 ...

Techniques & Tips

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

7-Day Forecast

Look for tarpon in the coastal gulf. If conditions are poor in the gulf, you may find them in protected inside waters where fishing mangrove shorelines for catch and release reds and snook may also be a good option. Night fishing for snook and more is a dependable option and a good way to beat the heat.


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