Sarasota Bay, Florida Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Sarasota Bay, Florida Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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The best action may be with trout, jacks, blues and more on deep grass flats. Fish the coastal gulf for false albacore (little tunny), Spanish mackerel and tripletail when conditions are good.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Sarasota Bay is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Fishing conditions: Fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout, Spanish mackerel and blues in Sarasota Bay and tripletail in the coastal gulf before we were affected by Hurricane Eta recently. Trevor Harrison. from NY, had good action catching and releasing numerous Spanish mackerel, trout and bluefish on Clouser flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with me. Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers president, Ken Babineau from Sarasota, and Gene Mayberry, from Bradenton, fished the coastal gulf with me on another trip. Gene caught and released his first tripletail on a shrimp fly pattern. Great job! False albacore have been hit or miss in the coastal gulf off Sarasota. A fly angler fishing with me caught and released one on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly recently. Albie's were mixed with larger schools of mackerel and jacks. 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: 75 Degrees F

Offshore temperature: 74 Degrees F

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

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

Fishing season: Fall

Nearest airport: Sarasota, FL

Person Fishing in a stream

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, tarpon and snook in shallow water. 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.

7-Day Forecast

Fish the coastal gulf for false albacore (little tunny), Spanish mackerel and tripletail when conditions are good. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is also a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, blues and Spanish mackerel. Shallow water action for reds and snook should turn on as the water cools.


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