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Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fly Fishing Forecast for December 2012

Blues should be a good option this month on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Frank Zaffino, from Rochester, NY, caught a couple of big blues on Clouser flies in Sarasota Bay recently that each took him into his backing while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

            You may find reds along with big trout concentrated in potholes or along the edges of bars when the tide is low in December. Reds may tail on shallow flats when the tide is low. You may also find reds and sheepshead around docks this month. This  is a good month for catch and release snook action around lighted docks in the ICW. Some lights will also have trout making it possible to get a dock “slam”. There may be good action in the coastal gulf with false albacore (little tunny), Spanish mackerel and tripletail, particularly early in the month,  depending on conditions.

It’s a Jaw – Not a Handle

It’s a Jaw - Not a Handle

Don’t lift a large fish by the lower jaw. Since their connective tissue isn’t designed to hold their weight, lifting large fish by the jaw may tear muscles that they use for eating, and make it difficult for them to eat after being released. Dr. Aaron Adams from his article, “Catch and Release” in Vol 3, No. 5 of Florida Fly Fishing.

High Temps = Low O2

High Temps = Low O2

Warm water contains less oxygen than cold. When fighting a fish in warm water keep the fight as short as possible to avoid over-exhausting the fish. Under those conditions fish also need to be revived longer. Consider using heavier tackle to keep the fight short.

Read more about proper fish handling and catch and release in a special section of Vol, 3. No. 5 of Florida Fly Fishing magazine.

WEST MARINE AWARDS CONSERVATION GRANT TO SNOOK & GAMEFISH FOUNDATION, OTHERS

Grants Support Company’s BlueFuture® Initiative To Help Create a Sustainable Future for our Planet

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (June 8, 2012) – In honor of World Oceans Day, West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, today announced the recipients of their annual Marine Conservation Grants program.  Grants for a total amount of $35,000 are being awarded to organizations throughout the U.S. who are working to “improve and protect marine habitat,” which is part of West Marine’s mission.  This year’s grant recipients are located in Florida, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Hawaii, California and Virginia.

Nothing’s more important than clean water …

Headwater streams are the source of our clean water … and offer great fishing!

Statement from Trout Unlimited:

… which is why we here at Trout Unlimited are scratching our heads at a U.S. House of Representatives vote today that essentially forbids the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing its guidance language for the Clean Water Act so industry and other developers know the proper boundaries and best practices when working around sensitive waters.

Read more at: http://troutunlimitedblog.com/nothings-more-important-than-clean-water/