Sarasota Bay, Florida Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Sarasota Bay, Florida Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf is a good option now depending on conditions. You might find snook or reds in skinny water and trout, jacks, blues and more on deep grass flats. Fly fishing for snook at night should also be a good option.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Sarasota Bay is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Fishing conditions: Capt. Rick Grassett's Sarasota Fishing Report for 7/5/2020 Fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with tarpon in the coastal gulf recently. Cliff Ondercin, from Sarasota, jumped a tarpon on a fly while fishing with me. Other fly anglers had plenty of shots at tarpon and had a couple of other hook ups. We are coming to my favorite time of year-post spawn tarpon in the form or singles, doubles and small schools that are happy! 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: 90 Degrees F

Offshore temperature: 90 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: 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 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

Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf is a good option now but conditions are important. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is also good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, blues and Spanish mackerel. Fishing dock lights in the ICW at night is usually dependable for snook and more.

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