Sarasota Bay, Florida Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Sarasota Bay, Florida Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Search for clean water to find action. Red tide is usually patchy and fish may move away from it and concentrate in other areas. Remember that snook and reds are off limits on portions of the west coast now. The Florida FWC has enacted a temporary modification of regulations for reds and snook, in the areas affected by the recent red tide. The area extends from Pasco County, south to the south bank of Gordon Pass in Collier County. Reds and snook are catch and release only in that zone until May 10, 2019. I applaud them for taking this action to protect our fishery. Full details including exact boundaries can be found at .
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Sarasota Bay is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Fishing conditions: Capt. Rick Grassett's Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 11/18/2018 Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing snook at night and Spanish mackerel and tripletail in the coastal gulf on flies recently. Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE and Nick Delle Donne, from Lancaster, PA, snook fished with me in Sarasota before heading over to Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge to fly fish for bonefish. We fished before daylight and had good action catching and releasing numerous snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. We fished the coastal gulf after daylight and caught and released Spanish mackerel and a tripletail on my Grassett Snook Minnow and Flats Bunny fly. I also had a couple of trips in Little Sarasota Bay during the past week. They weren't fly fishing trips but anglers caught and released snook, trout, jacks, sheepshead and bluefish on jigs. I was the instructor for CB's Saltwater Outfitters first Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School of the season on Saturday. Students received instruction in fly casting, leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly fishing techniques. Future schools will be held on Jan 19, Feb. 23, Mar. 16, and Apr 13, 2019. Cost for the 6-hr class is $195 per person and includes the use of premium Orvis fly tackle, workbook and lunch. CB's Saltwater Outfitters will also hold an "Orvis Fly Fishing 101" introductory fly fishing clinic on Saturday, Dec 8, 2018 from 9 am - 11 am. Their staff of Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guides will cover fly casting basics, fly tackle rigging and fly casting with premium Orvis fly tackle. There will also be special in store offers on Orvis and other fly fishing products. Cost for the clinic is $25. Contact CB's Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or to make reservations. 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: 71 Degrees F

Offshore temperature: 74 Degrees F

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

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

Fishing season: Fall

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, snook and trout and intermediate sink tip fly lines and weighted flies 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 dock lights in the evening or before dawn, which is the coolest time of day, is still a good option for catch and release snook fishing. This is also a great time of year to fish the coastal gulf for false albacore, tripletail, Spanish mackerel when conditions are good. The key to success is finding clean water.

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