Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: December 15th, 2018 by Capt. Rick Grassett

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing trout on flies and trout, reds and snook on CAL Shad tails and topwater plugs in Tampa Bay recently.

Jerry Roth, from Sanford, FL, with a snook caught and released on a top water plug while fishing Tampa Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jerry Roth displays a snook he caught and released.

Anna Maria Island winter resident, Bill Morrison, fished with me on Weds and caught a few trout on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly. Jerry Roth, from Sanford, FL, fished with me on Thursday and had some action catching and releasing snook on a topwater plug. It’s always fun to watch a snook "blow up" on a topwater plug!

The best trip was on Friday, with the worst conditions, when Jon Yenari and Kyle Ruffing, from Sarasota, fished with me. The weather forecast was for wind and rain late in the day, which was wrong as it rained on us almost the entire day.

 Kyle Ruffing, from Sarasota, had good action catching and releasing reds and trout on CAL Shad tails while fishing Tampa Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Kyle Ruffing had good action while fishing Tampa Bay.

When it finally quit raining the wind bumped up to above 20-mph. Despite that, they caught and released 3 reds, about 10 trout, and a snook to complete their slam on CAL shad tails. Great job!

Fishing dock lights in the evening is usually a good option for catch and release snook fishing this time of year, although it is dependent on tide and conditions. Fishing shallow flats is both challenging and rewarding. It usually requires fishing hard to find and catch fish.

One of the keys to success is finding clean water, whether it is on the flats or in the ICW. 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.