CB’s Weekly Fishing Reports

Capt. Roy String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 27th, 2017 by Capt. Roy String

 

Kyleigh Matheus from Springfield Illinois displays a baby shark.

Kyleigh Matheus from Springfield IL was shark fishing.

I fished Monday with Scott, Shannon and Kyleigh Matheus from Springfield Illinois. We started the trip at 6:30 and ran and caught bait and headed for the north bay. The fishing was a little slow at first but once the tide started moving good the fishing got to be a bite or fish on nearly every cast.

We were catching Trout to 20" bluefish to4 lbs and jack crevalle to 3 lbs.

Kyleigh said she would like to catch a shark so at the end of the trip we went and anchored up and within 10 minutes Kyleigh was fighting a shark that was 15-20lbs. Kyleigh did an awesome job fighting the shark and we took a picture and let it go!!!!

The bay fishing is starting to really get good and the bait is getting bigger. Look for 100 fish trips to be common the next couple months. The Tarpon fishing continues in the nearshore Gulf with drifting baits being the most productive method at this point. There are still some bigger schools around but they have started to break up and we are seeing more smaller schools of fish.

Capt. Roy String

Roy’s been fishing these Sarasota waters for the past 32 years. Tarpon is his favorite but he’s also passionate about Snook, Red­fish and Spotted Sea Trout. He fishes with live and artificial bait, as well as fly, all from his 2015 24 ft custom T-Craft using Shimano and Orvis tackle.


Capt. Bruce Burkhart’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 25th, 2017 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

Fishing was great the first couple of weeks of June. Snook fishing before the sun came up around lighted docks produced some nice fish along with a few redfish and bigger Trout. After the sun came up we would hit the grass flats with jigs and the Bluefish, Trout, Ladyfish, and Jacks would get you close to a hundred fish day.

Last week it slowed the first part of the week but ended up pretty steady. Fishing the outside of grass flats and rock piles with jigs anglers caught Trout, Bluefish, Gag and Red Grouper, Flounder, Mangrove Snapper and Ladyfish.

I think the fishing will continue to improve next week as the weather stabilizes.

Capt. Bruce Burkhart

Bruce is a Florida native and has lived in Sarasota for thirty years. Capt. Bruce grew up on the east coast of Florida and started fishing with his dad when he was about six years old. Fishing has been a lifetime passion of his and in 2001 he obtained his U.S.C.G. Captain’s license.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 24th, 2017 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Capt. Rick Grassett lands and revives a tarpon caught on a live crab by Nick PePinto, from Dallas, before being successfully released in the coastal gulf in Sarasota.

Landing and reviving a tarpon caught on a live crab.

The weather was again a factor for anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, during the past week. The coastal Gulf was rough most of the week as Tropical Storm Cindy passed to our west causing 4’-6’ seas and dirty water in the gulf. However, we were able to tarpon fish a couple of days, jumping a couple of tarpon and catching and releasing one on a live crab with spinning tackle.

Despite a big swell and dirty water, fly anglers had a few shots on Monday, but conditions deteriorated quickly and we were forced off the water early due to a severe thunderstorm. The next 3 days were unfishable for tarpon in the coastal gulf as Tropical Storm Cindy passed by, roughing up the water.

Clark Keator, from Orlando and his son-in-law, Nick DePinto from Dallas, fished the coastal gulf with me on Friday. Conditions still weren’t great, but it was fishable and fortunately, the tarpon were there. Sometimes several days of rough water will push tarpon out of their normal patterns, but that wasn’t the case. They jumped 2 tarpon and Nick caught and released his first tarpon on a live crab!

Tarpon fishing should improve next week as sea conditions return to normal. Snook season is closed on the west coast of Florida until Sep 1st, so please handle them gently and release them quickly. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures continues to be a good option. This is also a good time frame to sight fish for snook in the surf.

Capt. Rick Grassett

Rick is the owner of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc. He's a full time fishing guide and outdoor writer based in Sarasota, FL. He’s been guiding since 1990 and is an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guide here at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, the 2011 Orvis Out­fit­ter of the Year.


Capt. Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 24th, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

On the warm waters of the Gulf with Capt. Jim Klopfer.

On the warm waters of the Gulf with Capt. Jim Klopfer.

Fishing was tough early this week due to unsettled weather from Tropical Storm Cindy, though it did improve later in the week. A heavy surf resulted in muddy water in the Gulf, which then worked into the bays. The key in that situation was to find "clean" water.

We also had steady winds out of the southeast at 15 to 20 knots early in the week, further complicating things. Persistent clients out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key landed speckled trout to 20", bluefish, jack crevelle, gag grouper, mangrove snapper, and ladyfish.

Most of the fish were caught using live shrimp though a few hit jigs. The Middlegrounds and Buttonwood were the best spots for me this week.

By Saturday the wind let up and water had cleared and the bite was hot for Kim and Ryan Blower from Melbourne, FL and Beth Reis. The action was virtually non-stop as every shrimp that hit the water got devoured. After a frantic hour and a half, the gang tallied around 40 fish, including speckled trout to 17", gag grouper to 21", mangrove snapper to 14", ladyfish, and more.

Capt. Jim Klopfer

Jim's Adventure Charters is a family oriented guide service that caters to anglers of all skill levels in a relaxed, fun environment. He can accommodate up to 4 anglers on his 20′ Key West bay boat. Charters are customized to the clients schedule, experience, expectations, and location.


Capt. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 18th, 2017 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

The fronts and interesting weather patterns we have had so far this tarpon season have made getting to the silver king difficult on some days. However, when you can get out, there has been lots of fish on the beaches with schools moving both north and south.

We have been catching them sight casting and by keeping a corked bait in the water most all of the time. Hats off to angler Amos Renner who while fishing with Bob Clancy, both of Bradenton, landed his first tarpon. The fish was the largest caught on my boat in many years and was over 180 pounds.

It only took Amos 25 minutes to get her to the boat after it nearly spooled him twice. Congratulations Amos! Tarpon fishing should continue well into July so there is still time to get out there for some full contact fishing and land your silver king.

Remember, the best time to go fishing is when you can and be sure to save some for seed!

Capt. Jeffri Durrance

Jef­fri is a fourth generation native Floridian who grew up in Bowling Green, Florida, located in Hardee County. While growing up on a cattle and citrus operation Jef­fri fished many creeks and lakes in the central Florida area as well as the Peace River.


Capt. Roy String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 18th, 2017 by Capt. Roy String

 

Tarpon fishing continues to remain strong.

Tarpon fishing continues to remain strong.

The Tarpon fishing continues to be good on all area beaches we are catching most of the fish on live crabs and pinfish. The Tarpon are averaging 90lbs with fish up to 130 lbs not uncommon.

Look for the Tarpon fishing to continue about another month. The bay fishing has been just ok for me we are catching small trout, jacks, bluefish and ladyfish.

The Snook fishing is very good and continues to remains strong for trips with 1-3 anglers.

Capt. Roy String

Roy’s been fishing these Sarasota waters for the past 32 years. Tarpon is his favorite but he’s also passionate about Snook, Red­fish and Spotted Sea Trout. He fishes with live and artificial bait, as well as fly, all from his 2015 24 ft custom T-Craft using Shimano and Orvis tackle.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 18th, 2017 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Capt. Rick Grassett leaders a tarpon caught and released in the coastal gulf in Sarasota by Barry Slee, from IL.

Capt. Grassett leaders a tarpon by Barry Slee, from IL.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had decent action with tarpon in the coastal gulf in Sarasota during the past week. Spin fishing anglers jumped 6 tarpon, catching and releasing 3 of them on live crabs.

Barry Slee, from IL, and a friend fished several days with me early in the week. They had action every day, jumping a total of 5 tarpon with a couple of other eats, catching and releasing 2 of them.

Denis Clohisy, from WI, and Jim Dempsey from IL, fished several days with me at the end of the week. The action slowed for a couple of days, as tarpon didn’t show very well or eat for us. I moved to a different area on Saturday and they finished strong, catching and releasing one on a live crab.

Tarpon should become more plentiful next week as we head towards a new moon. Snook season is closed on the west coast of Florida until Sep 1st, so please handle them gently and release them quickly. This is also a good time frame to sight fish for snook in the surf when conditions are good. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures also continues to be a good option.

Capt. Rick Grassett

Rick is the owner of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc. He's a full time fishing guide and outdoor writer based in Sarasota, FL. He’s been guiding since 1990 and is an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guide here at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, the 2011 Orvis Out­fit­ter of the Year.


Capt. Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 17th, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Speckled trout to 22" were landed by clients this week.

Speckled trout to 22" were landed by clients this week.

Fishing was steady this week for clients on charters out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters this week. The weather has settled down into the normal summer pattern. Both Big Sarasota Pass and New Pass are holding decent numbers of snook, live bait produced best. Small fry baitfish were plentiful on several flats, especially the Middlegrounds, and this, in turn, attracted the gamefish. Speckled trout to 22", gag grouper, snapper, jacks, bluefish, and ladyfish were landed this week.

On Friday I fished with long-time client Doc Dojutrek. Doc likes to fish with artificial lures, as do I. We started off catching several nice mangrove snapper to 14" and snook to 22" on Rapala X-Raps n Roberts Bay. Jigging in Big Pass produced some ladyfish. Casting Bass Assassin jigs over grass flats near Bird Key and Middlegrounds resulted in steady action on trout, grouper, bluefish, and ladyfish. We finished up near Buttonwood, where we ran across a school of 3-pound jack crevalle busting on the surface. Several "double-headers" occurred each time they popped up in casting range.

Capt. Jim Klopfer

Jim's Adventure Charters is a family oriented guide service that caters to anglers of all skill levels in a relaxed, fun environment. He can accommodate up to 4 anglers on his 20′ Key West bay boat. Charters are customized to the clients schedule, experience, expectations, and location.


Capt. Kelly Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 12th, 2017 by Capt. Kelly Kurtz

 

On the water with Captain Kelly Kurtz.

On the water with Captain Kelly Kurtz.

Despite the heavy rains we had last week we managed to get in a few good trips. The morning bite was somewhat slow but got better with the outgoing tide.

Anglers caught and released many snook up to slot size as well as mangrove snapper, black drum, flounder and a few large jacks.

On the change of tides we fished the deeper grass flats catching trout, and a couple small barracuda. Hopefully, the weather will improve in the coming weeks and the water will clear up.

Capt. Kelly Kurtz

Kelly is a Sarasota native and the owner and operator of Mangrove Charters. He's pas­sion­ate about fishing and hunting. As a full-time fishing guide Kelly operates out of a 22 ft. Bayscout and specializes in light tackle using both arti­fi­cial and live bait. Redfish are his favorite.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 11th, 2017 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with tarpon in the coastal gulf in Sarasota during the past week. Spin fishing anglers hooked up several times on live crabs and brought a couple of fish to the boat.

A tropical weather system moved in on Monday morning and the system lingered all week long. Strong west winds roughed up the Gulf and heavy rain and thunderstorms made it impossible to get into the coastal gulf to fish, so we were unable to tarpon fish through Friday.

Dennis Ondercin, from OH, and Cliff Ondercin, from Sarasota, had good action jumping several tarpon and bringing a couple to the boat on live crabs while fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Dennis Ondercin had good Tarpon action this past week.

Dennis Ondercin, from OH, and Cliff Ondercin, from Sarasota, were scheduled to fish with me all week. We only got a couple of hours in on Monday before the weather chased us off the water. We finally got back out on Saturday and found good conditions. They had a good day, jumping 4 tarpon and bringing 2 to the boat. The severe weather of the previous few days decided to move back north as a warm front, chasing us off the water again!

We are in the middle of the tarpon spawning season. Numbers of tarpon and size of schools should continue to increase and action will pick up as sea conditions improve. Snook season is closed on the west coast of Florida until Sep 1st, so please handle them gently and release them quickly. This is a good time frame to sight fish for snook in the surf when conditions are good. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures also continues to be a good option.

Capt. Rick Grassett

Rick is the owner of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc. He's a full time fishing guide and outdoor writer based in Sarasota, FL. He’s been guiding since 1990 and is an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guide here at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, the 2011 Orvis Out­fit­ter of the Year.


Capt. Roy String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 10th, 2017 by Capt. Roy String

 

Catching Sharks of this size in four feet of water.

We were catching Sharks of this size in four ft. of water.

The weather this past week made for some tough Tarpon Fishing with high seas and a lot of rain. The weather is looking a lot better for this upcoming week. I fished Bill Dillard from Orlando and the Gulf was still a little choppy so we headed for the backcountry in Boca Grande and went shark fishing.

We started out catching some ladyfish and some jacks to use for bait and then headed for the area I planned on fishing. We ended up with one 8ft Lemon Shark, one 6ft Lemon and a 10 ft Nurse Shark.

It really was a cool trip catching Sharks of that size in four feet of water. I fished with David Sugar on Friday and we were 1 for 1 on Tarpon. Look for the Tarpon fishing to only get better as the weather improves.

Capt. Roy String

Roy’s been fishing these Sarasota waters for the past 32 years. Tarpon is his favorite but he’s also passionate about Snook, Red­fish and Spotted Sea Trout. He fishes with live and artificial bait, as well as fly, all from his 2015 24 ft custom T-Craft using Shimano and Orvis tackle.


Capt. Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 10th, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

We found a good trout bite Friday near Selby Gardens.

We found a good trout bite Friday near Selby Gardens.

Mother Nature threw us a curve ball this week as a tropical system moved through the area, bringing rain and the wind and shutting things down for several days. I was able to get out on Friday and Saturday, and as is the case after a storm, the key was to move around and find clean water and feeding fish.

Clients on charters out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters did well both days. It took a bit of prospecting, but on Friday we found a good trout bite near Selby Gardens along with a bluefish, mangrove snapper, and some ladyfish using jigs and live shrimp. The bite was better Saturday as the water cleared a bit.

Clients landed 11 different species free lining live shrimp, including trout, snapper, grouper, jack crevalle, a 20 lb bonnet head shark, ladyfish and more in Big Sarasota Pass and the surrounding flats. Conditions should improve as the water clears and we get off the full moon.

Capt. Jim Klopfer

Jim's Adventure Charters is a family oriented guide service that caters to anglers of all skill levels in a relaxed, fun environment. He can accommodate up to 4 anglers on his 20′ Key West bay boat. Charters are customized to the clients schedule, experience, expectations, and location.


Capt. Roy String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 4th, 2017 by Capt. Roy String

 

Stephanie Sugar fought this Tarpon for 90 minutes.

Stephanie Sugar fought this 120 lb Tarpon for 90 mins.

The Tarpon are here now in pretty good numbers. I fished with Paul and Patrick Bogatz from Sarasota on Friday and we had 3 Tarpon on and landed 1. I fished with Stephanie and David Sugar from Sarasota on Saturday. Stephanie had an awesome fish that weighed around 120 lbs. She fought the fish for an hour and 50 minutes before landing it.

I fished with David Sugar again on Sunday and went 1 for 4 on Tarpon. We also caught 3 Sharks before the weather started turning as the rain moved in we decided to head for the dock.

Look for the Tarpon to be here til mid-July so if a Tarpon is on your bucket list now is the time to fill your dreams.

Capt. Roy String

Roy’s been fishing these Sarasota waters for the past 32 years. Tarpon is his favorite but he’s also passionate about Snook, Red­fish and Spotted Sea Trout. He fishes with live and artificial bait, as well as fly, all from his 2015 24 ft custom T-Craft using Shimano and Orvis tackle.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 4th, 2017 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Dave Reinhart shown fighting the fish to the boat.

Dave Reinhart is shown fighting the Tarpon to the boat.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with tarpon in the coastal gulf in Sarasota during the past week. Spin fishing anglers hooked up several times on live crabs and brought one fish to the boat. Fly anglers got in on the action, also jumping a tarpon.

Fly anglers had plenty of shots on a trip early in the week. After several color changes, we got it right, jumping a tarpon and fighting it for several jumps before it chewed through the bite tippet close to the boat.

Dave Reinhart and Domenick Raschella, both from VA, fished a couple of days with me later in the week. We had action both days, getting several bites and jumping a couple of tarpon on live crabs. Dave had one on for about 30-minute, fighting the fish to the boat where it also chewed through our 80-lb leader.

Tarpon schools should increase in size and number as we approach a full moon on June 9th. Snook season is closed on the west coast of Florida until Sep 1st, so please handle them gently and release them quickly. This is a good time frame to sight fish for snook in the surf when conditions are good. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures continues to be a good option. You should also find larger trout in shallow water along with reds when conditions are good.

Capt. Rick Grassett

Rick is the owner of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc. He's a full time fishing guide and outdoor writer based in Sarasota, FL. He’s been guiding since 1990 and is an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guide here at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, the 2011 Orvis Out­fit­ter of the Year.


Capt. Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 3rd, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

On the water with Capt. Jim Klopfer.

On the water after Memorial Day with Capt. Jim Klopfer.

Fishing was good this week on the grass flats this week for clients out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters, with Middlegrounds being the top spot. Marker #5 and Buttonwood also produced as well.

Speckled trout to 19", Spanish mackerel to 3 pounds, pompano, bluefish, jack crevalle, mangrove snapper, and ladyfish were landed by clients on fishing charters this week. Spin anglers did well using Bass Assassin jigs and live shrimp.

I had a couple of fly fishermen and they both had success with Clouser Minnow patters on sinking lines. Big Sarasota Pass was full of ladyfish, providing some fun action fishing. Christina Potter had a big surprise as a 100 lb tarpon ate a ladyfish right at the boat.

Capt. Jim Klopfer

Jim's Adventure Charters is a family oriented guide service that caters to anglers of all skill levels in a relaxed, fun environment. He can accommodate up to 4 anglers on his 20′ Key West bay boat. Charters are customized to the clients schedule, experience, expectations, and location.