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Trout, reds good shallow-water options in Sarasota

Posted Feb 6, 2012 by Tribune Sports

Updated Feb 6, 2012 at 06:23 PM


Anglers fishing with me caught and released trout, reds and sheepshead in shallow water and trout, bluefish and Spanish mackerel on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay on flies recently.

A client waded several bars on both sides of the Bay and caught and released a pair of reds and an over-slot trout on a fly on one trip. A couple of days later, we caught and released a couple of sheepshead to five pounds and several trout, including a six pounder. The big trout was caught and released on a fly with a 6-weight rod! A couple of other trips produced trout, blues and Spanish mackerel on flies on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay.

Capt. Jim Klopfer, of Adventure Charters, reported good action with silver and speckled trout, flounder and whiting in deep dredge holes and canals around Bird Key on live shrimp. His anglers also caught blues in Big Pass on jigs and plugs.

Next week’s negative low tides in the morning should concentrate reds and trout in potholes of Sarasota Bay. Fishing shallow grass flats for reds and trout and deep grass flats for trout, Spanish mackerel, blues and pompano should be good options.

Rick Grassett runs the Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key. For more details, contact him at (941) 923-7799 or visit his websites: or

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