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Full Moon, Calm Winds, Could Trigger Beach Action

Capt. Rick Gassett says what should, and has been, biting in and around Sarasota Bay

Capt. Rick Grassett report there has been good action on both shallow and deep grass flats of Sarasota  Bay during the past week.

Anglers fishing with him on his Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout to four pounds, reds to nine pounds, flounder to three pounds, blues, Spanish mackerel, sheepshead and a pompano on jigs and flies.

"The weather turned towards the end of the week as a front pushed through on Friday morning and slowed the action a little," he said.

On Saturday, Grassett said the wind wasn’t too bad when John  Freeman, from Venice and his daughter Chris Ryan, from Osprey, fished  Sarasota Bay with Grassett.

"They caught and released trout, bluefish and a couple of flounder along the east side of the bay on CAL jigs with a variety of plastic tails and DOA Deadly Combos," he said.

Jon Grimes, from Longboat Key, and his dad, Jim Grimes from Virginia, fished the same areas with Grassett in the afternoon. He said they caught and released trout on Ultra Hair Clouser flies, CAL jigs and DOA Deadly  Combos.

Grassett said tides are good this week during a full moon that began Thursday.

"Look for reds in potholes and deep edges of flats on negative  low tides in the morning," Grassett said. "Action with Spanish mackerel and false albacore  (little tunny) should explode in the coastal gulf when sea conditions calm  down."

Grassett can be reached for a charter at 941-923-7799.

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