Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: November 18th, 2018 by Capt. Rick Grassett
Tom Sprague, from MA, caught and released a variety of fish including this jack.

Tom Sprague caught and released this jack in the bay.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing a variety of species on DOA Lures in Little Sarasota Bay during the past week.

Tom Sprague and Laurie Anderson, from MA, fished Little Sarasota Bay with me on Monday. The action wasn’t fast but they caught and released snook, trout, sheepshead and a large jack. We fished DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with shad tails on the flats and CAL jigs with shad tails around docks.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL and Jack McCulloch, from Lakewood Ranch, FL, fished the same area with me on Friday and had similar action catching and releasing several snook, jacks, trout and a bluefish on CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms.

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.

Fishing dock lights in the evening or before dawn 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.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by agricultural and residential runoff, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. Rick Grassett

Rick is the owner of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc. He's a full time fishing guide and outdoor writer based in Sarasota, FL. He’s been guiding since 1990 and is an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guide here at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, the 2011 Orvis Out­fit­ter of the Year.