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Captain Favorite's Fishing Forum: March 11, 2013
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Bruce Marlowe, from RI, caught and released this snook on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing the ICW near Venice at night with Capt. Rick Grassett.
BRADENTON – There are a few seafood festivals coming up over the next few weeks. One is Bradenton's own Desoto Heritage Seafood festival which will be held in downtown Bradenton from April 5-7. With a new moon on Monday, tides will be good for fishing all week since water temperatures have dropped sharply following a couple of strong fronts afternoons may fish better than mornings. You should find trout, Spanish mackerel, blues, pompano and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. You may also find blues and Spanish mackerel in passes when the tide is moving. Look for reds around docks, in potholes and on the edges of bars when the tide is low or on shallow flats on sunny afternoons when the tide is high.
Fort Pierce Seafood Festival March 23
- St. Lucie County, Fla.
- For more information call (772) 466-3880
- Focus: Focus: Enjoy fresh seafood and live entertainment with your family. There will be a free kids zone and other activities from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Arts, crafts, historical displays, the Little Miss and Mr. Taste of the Sea, and the Miss Taste of the Sea Pageant are a part of this year's festival. Admission is free, so come and enjoy the shrimp, crab cakes, clams, oysters, fish and chips and more. Free parking is available.
- Putnam County
- For more information call (386) 325-4406
- Focus: Arts and crafts, beauty pageant, seafood cook-off, parade, kids rides, family entertainment and Memorial Day tribute. Join us for fun, food and excitement and enjoy downtown Palatka.
- Old Main Street, downtown
- Bradenton, Florida
- Focus: The 73rd Annual Desoto Heritage Seafood Festival is a major attraction off the Manatee River with fresh seafood, artisans, live entertainment, and arts and crafts.
Weekly Fishing Report by Capt. Rick Grassett
Tony Merlis, from NH, with a nice Spanish mackerel caught and released on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.
Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, silver trout, Spanish mackerel, blues, pompano and flounder in Sarasota Bay and snook and trout in the ICW near Venice at night on lures and flies during the past week.
Martin Marlowe, from NY, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday. He had steady action with trout to 18 inches, including several in the slot, near Long Bar on Ultra Hair Clouser flies fished on a sink tip fly line. I threw the new DOA Airhead bait for a while over deep grass and caught and released several nice trout on it.
Anna Maria Island and Sarasota winter residents, Bill Morrison and Gary Marple, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday morning. We fished an area of deep water with a mud bottom, which will often hold fish in winter, and caught several silver trout and a flounder on Ultra Hair Clouser flies and a CAL jig with a shad tail. They also had good action with spotted sea trout over deep grass near Long Bar also on Ultra Hair Clouser flies. Tony Merlis, from NH, and his daughter, Jennifer, from MD, fished the same areas with me that afternoon. They also caught and released trout and several nice Spanish mackerel on Ultra Hair Clouser flies.
A front blew through on Wednesday morning and with wind at 20 mph before our start time, that fly fishing trip was canceled. Mike Perez, from Sarasota, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on a blustery day on Thursday afternoon. Following Wednesday’s front it was sunny, but cool and windy. However, he had steady action with trout, Spanish mackerel, blues and a pompano on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails near Long Bar.
Bruce Marlowe, from RI, got out of the northeast just ahead of the latest snow storm just in time to snook fish with his dad, Martin Marlowe from NY, and me on Friday evening. We fished lighted docks in the ICW from Little Sarasota Bay to the Venice Inlet. They had steady action catching and releasing more than a dozen snook to 25 inches and several trout on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.
With a new moon on Monday, tides will be good all of next week. Since water temperatures have dropped sharply following a couple of strong fronts recently, afternoons may fish better than mornings. You should find trout, Spanish mackerel, blues, pompano and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. You may also find blues and Spanish mackerel in passes when the tide is moving. Look for reds around docks, in potholes and on the edges of bars when the tide is low or on shallow flats on sunny afternoons when the tide is high.
Capt. Rick Grassett
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High pressure along the U.S. East Coast will move slowly east as a cold front moves into the central Gulf of Mexico on Monday. This front reaches the eastern Gulf Monday night and crosses Florida during Tuesday. High pressure then builds into the Gulf Wednesday and moves eastward to the Atlantic through Friday.
Southeast winds around 10 knots then becoming south around 15 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. Monday night will bring south winds around 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight.
Southwest winds around 15 knots then becoming west in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. Showers likely in the morning. A slight chance of thunderstorms. Tuesday night will bring northwest winds around 15 knots becoming north around 20 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters choppy.
North winds around 20 knots diminishing to around 15 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters choppy. Wednesday night will bring north winds around 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.
North winds around 15 knots diminishing to around 10 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop becoming a light chop in the afternoon. Thursday night will bring northeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
North winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
Merab is a writer at the Bradenton Times. She can be reached at email@example.com
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