Captain Favorite’s Fishing Forum Feb. 20, 2012

Catch of the Week
 

Sarasota winter resident, Tom Wright, caught and released this nice red on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing a shallow flat in Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

BRADENTON – This month is jam packed with boating events. The 30th Annual Cortez Fishing Fest will be held February 18-19. Miami International Boat Show, Florida’s largest boat show, will be held February from 16-20 and a charity fishing charter will be held in Naples. Trout and redfish fishing has remained steady along the grass flats. 

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Fishing Updates

 

Sailfish Challenge

  • The Sailfish Challenge takes place on February 23-26, 2012  in Lake Worth, Pompano Beach, Miami, Fla. This is a catch and release tournament, eligible species include: sailfish, white marlin and blue marlin.
  • The Sailfish Challenge presented by Mercury Marine has quickly become one of the most popular and arguably the largest Sailfish tournaments in the country. 

79 boats and more than 500 anglers in the 2011 event competed for a one-day cash purse in excess of $220,000. 

The Sailfish Challenge is hosted on property at  the IGFA Hall of Fame Museum, a natural fit for an event of this caliber.  

Two of the most distinguishing features to the Sailfish Challenge are its one day, three inlet format.  Team’s can check out from Government Cut in Miami, Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach or Lake Worth Inlet in West Palm Beach.  This feature is a great compliment to the event’s date in February.  The bite can turn on anywhere up and down the  South Florida coastline this time of the year.

  • Contact: Bluewater Movements, info@bluewatermovements.com, 954-725-4010.

 

Capt. Bob Lewis Billfish Challenge

  •  The Billfish Challenge will take place on March 1-3, 2012 in Miami, Fla.
  • To benefit various South Florida charities, The Capt. Bob Lewis Billfish Challenge announced the 19th annual tournament schedule that includes Weekend Warrior and Pro Am Divisions. Captain’s meeting and awards at Hard Rock Café Miami at Bayside Miami.
  • The Capt. Bob Lewis Billfish Challenge was formed in 1993 and incorporated in 1998. It was named to honor the legendary South Florida professional fishing guide, Capt. Bob Lewis, who died in January 1997. The first tournament, planned on short notice, registered only five boats, but was a great success for those who participated. The proceeds benefit the youth of South Florida, through our youth educational and fishing/diving programs. CBLBC proceeds are donated to beneficiaries who exemplify the ideals of this Tournament. Contributions to Youth programs have reached nearly three hundred thirty thousand dollars as of 2010. All Tournament Directors and committee members serve as volunteers with exception of the Executive Director.
  • Contact: Tracey Preston, Tracey@Billfishchallenge.com, 786-395-0395.

 

Weekly Fishing Report by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with catch and release snook, reds, speckled trout, silver trout, Spanish mackerel and bluefish on flies and jigs during the past week. The best action was with reds and trout in skinny water.

            

Tony Wheeler, from Wheeling, WV, fished Little Sarasota Bay with me on Monday afternoon, 2/13. He caught and released three snook on a Clouser fly while fishing docks near Spanish Point. He also caught and released several trout and ladyfish on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly over deep grass in the same area. Tom and Frank Wright, both from Ohio, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday afternoon, 2/14. They caught and released a pair of reds to 5-pounds and an over slot trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and weedless rigged CAL shad tails near Bishop Point.

            

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, and Steve Liska, from NJ, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday afternoon, 2/15. They caught and released 8 or 10 trout to 22 inches and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails near Bishop Point and Long Bar. Larry Shedden, from Lakewood Ranch, FL, did an instructional fly fishing trip with me on Thursday, 2/16. He went from never having a fly rod in his hand to casting 50’ or more by the end of the trip. He put it all together when he sight fished a four-pound trout out of a pothole in skinny water on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly!

            

Jerry Scranton, his cousin, Gary and stepson, Jeff, all from Ill., fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday, 2/17. They had good action with numerous silver trout to 16” and speckled trout to 19”, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and black sea bass on CAL jigs with shad and grub tails.

            

Next week’s negative low tides in the morning will concentrate reds and trout in potholes of Sarasota Bay as we head away from a new moon. Fish should move over shallow grass at the top of the tide, especially on sunny afternoons. Catch and release night snook fishing in the ICW should also be a good option.

 

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. Rick Grassett

Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.

FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor

(941) 923-7799

E-mail snookfin@aol.com

www.flyfishingflorida.net and www.snookfin-addict.com


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Fishing Forecast

Stalled boundary north of the region will help showers and isolated thunderstorms continue to drift ashore. The boundary is expected to lift north on Saturday ahead of an approaching cold front. The cold front will push south through the area on Sunday with high pressure establishing by Monday. Winds and seas will increase behind the front as the surface gradient increases.

 

Monday

Northeast winds around 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. Monday night will bring east winds around 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.

2012/02/20Mon06:37 AM-0.43L

2012/02/20Mon12:49 PM1.26H

2012/02/20Mon06:00 PM0.6L

2012/02/20Mon11:39 PM1.9H

 

Tuesday

Southeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Tuesday night will bring southeast winds around 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.

2012/02/21Tue07:05 AM-0.3L

2012/02/21Tue01:01 PM1.35H

2012/02/21Tue06:44 PM0.43L

 

Wednesday

Southwest winds around 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.

2012/02/22Wed12:21 AM1.8H

2012/02/22Wed07:28 AM-0.16L

2012/02/22Wed01:14 PM1.46H

2012/02/22Wed07:25 PM0.28L

 

Thursday

Southwest winds around 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.

2012/02/23Thu01:00 AM1.68H

2012/02/23Thu07:50 AM0.0L

2012/02/23Thu01:28 PM1.58H

2012/02/23Thu08:05 PM0.16L

 

Friday

Southwest winds around 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.

2012/02/24Fri01:38 AM1.54H

2012/02/24Fri08:10 AM0.14L

2012/02/24Fri01:46 PM1.71H

2012/02/24Fri08:46 PM0.06L


Solunar Forecast


 

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