Tarpon action continues to be good in the coastal gulf off Sarasota beaches; however west wind prevented us from tarpon fishing a couple of days this week. Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, jumped several tarpon and brought one to the boat. We also caught and released trout and bluefish in Sarasota Bay.
An angler fishing the coastal gulf on my boat on Monday jumped a pair of tarpon on flies. Although there are still plenty of large schools of tarpon; singles, doubles and small schools have responded best to the fly.
Jennifer Brady, from Sarasota, and her guests, Sheila and Connie, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday. They caught and released more than 15 trout and a bluefish on DOA Deadly Combos along the west side of the bay near Bishop’s Point.
Virl Mullins, from Lakewood Ranch, FL, and Al Coke, from Smithfield, VA, tarpon fished in the coastal gulf off Sarasota with me on Friday and Saturday. They had good action on Friday, jumping 3 tarpon and bringing 1 of them to the boat. One of the fish was on a live crab, one on a DOA Baitbuster and one on a fly. The DOA Baitbuster has been very dependable this season, accounting for numerous hook ups.
Al’s goal was to catch a tarpon on a fly and he was successful. He hooked and jumped the first tarpon that he cast to and successfully fought the fish to the boat after an hour long battle. Virl jumped a pair of tarpon, fought one for quite a while and had it close to the boat before the hook pulled. With big game fish like tarpon, some fish will jump off or break off, hooks will pull loose or there may be missed bites, but it’s all a thrill! When all goes well we will bring them all the way to the boat. Saturday was a much different day with fewer fish and no hook ups.
Tarpon action should be good as we head away from last Wednesday’s full moon. Deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay should also be a good option for trout, blues, Spanish mackerel and more.
Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor