Sarasota Bay, Florida Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Sarasota Bay, Florida Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Higher phases of the tide have been better for snook and reds in shallow water. Tarpon starting to show up in the coastal gulf.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Sarasota Bay is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Fishing conditions: Capt. Rick Grassett's Fishing Report for 5/12/2019 Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing snook in lower Tampa Bay and snook at night in the ICW on flies recently. We have also seen a few tarpon in Tampa Bay and had a couple of shots with a fly. Mike Perez, from Sarasota, fished a day with me in lower Tampa Bay recently and had some action catching and releasing snook on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly. Adam and Cass Lawson, from Ennis, MT, fished the ICW at night with me recently and had some action catching and releasing snook to 26" on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Snook on the flats and around lighted docks in the ICW has been the best option lately which is a good indication that snook regulations are working. Anglers fishing an inside location (Tampa Bay) saw several tarpon and a couple of large cobia and got shots at them with a fly but no takers. 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: 80 Degrees F

Offshore temperature: 81 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: Spring

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 reds and snook in shallow water and intermediate sink tip fly lines and weighted flies with a 6' or 7' leader to fish deep grass flats for trout, blues and more. 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

Fishing shallow flats usually requires fishing hard to find and catch fish but it is worth the effort. You may not catch big numbers of fish but you may catch some good ones. Look for migratory species, such as tarpon and Spanish mackerel, in the coastal gulf.


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