CB’s Weekly Fishing Reports

Capt. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: May 22nd, 2017 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

The tarpon action is getting hot off the beaches with larger and larger numbers of fish schooling up and making for some fun action. From Anna Maria Beach down to Stump Pass and Boca Grande, hooking up the large silver kings will test your endurance and angling skills.

My bait of choice this time of year is a crab followed closely by a hand-sized pinfish. For those of you who follow Team Top Down, team members David Holifield, Todd Parrish, and Jamie Manning got the year off to a great start and spring. They finished the first half of the king fish circuit at the top of the list in the SKA Division 6 small boat class and 18th in the Wild West standings.

It was some great fishing with the highlight a 48.69 pound king that took top honors at the Pelican Bend KMT in Naples / Marco Island. The team is looking forward to fall tournaments and hope to finish the year on top! 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: May 21st, 2017 by Capt. Roy String

 

Tarpon season is in full swing here in the warters of the Gulf.

Tarpon season is in full swing here in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tarpon season is finally here and getting better every day. The bite right now is at first light and lasting until about 9 am. After 9 the fish are moving pretty fast down the beach and are hard to fish.

I fished with Stephanie and David Sugar on Friday and Sunday this week and Stephanie landed an 80lb fish on Friday and David landed a 100lb Tarpon on Sunday. David had 3 other fish on that got away. All of the tarpons ate live crabs. Look for the fishing to only get better from here on.

The Tarpon fishing will last until mid-July.

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: May 20th, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Mangrove snapper are hitting plugs along Siesta Key shorelines.

Mangrove snapper are hitting plugs along the shorelines.

Fishing was decent this week for anglers out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on fishing charters with me in Big Pass, Robert's Bay, and Sarasota Bay. The first-light bite continued to be productive for clients casting small shallow diving plugs around schools of glass minnows.

Snook, snapper, speckled trout, jacks, ladyfish, and sennet were landed first thing in the morning. Big Sarasota Pass provided good action on ladyfish, jigs bounced along the bottom worked best.

The grass flats at the Middlegrounds, Buttonwood, and Marina Jacks were good for speckled trout and ladyfish. Live shrimp and Bass Assassin jigs both produced well.

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 Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: May 15th, 2017 by Capt. Kelly Stilwell

 

Anglers had a pretty good week aboard the Tide Tuit. David Smid finally landed his first tarpon Friday. It was a good one too. I estimated the weight at 120 pounds. Saturday Lyndon Schlabach and his wife Susan caught some nice trout in Sarasota Bay on jigs.

Capt. Kelly Stilwell

Kelly has lived and fished in this area for over 30 years. His specialties are artificial bait, fly fishing, tarpon, and live bait fishing in Sarasota Bay and the nearshore Gulf of Mexico. He is an Orvis Endorsed Outfitter Guide and currently runs a 2400 Ranger Bay boat which can accommodate 5.


Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: May 14th, 2017 by Capt. Brandon Naeve

 

Mike caught this beautiful 4 foot sea shark.

Mike caught this beautiful four foot Sea Shark this week.

Catherine and Mike from Sterling Heights Michigan caught this beautiful four foot Sea Shark on a half day charter with Captain Brandon Naeve.

They also caught the ladyfish, Jack crevalle, and the bluefish that were used for bait to bring this beautiful shark in. We look forward to seeing these two anglers again next year and possibly catching an even larger one the next time.

NOTE: Shark fishing is catch and release only.

Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: May 13th, 2017 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Tarpon time! Numbers of tarpon increased as we approached a full moon last week and fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with them. Tarpon numbers will continue to increase as we head into late May and June and they form larger schools in preparation for spawning.

Early arriving tarpon is usually more aggressive due to less fishing pressure early in the season. Fly anglers should do well with a variety of baitfish or crab fly patterns fished on floating or intermediate sink tip fly lines. Spin fishing anglers should score with DOA Baitbusters, DOA 4” Shrimp, a variety of live baits and live crabs.

Nothing quite compares to the intense battle between man and tarpon. This photo was taken during the 2016 tournament.

Nothing compares to the battle between man and tarpon.

This is always a good time to talk about tarpon fishing etiquette. Everyone can have a chance to catch fish as long as they are respectful of other anglers and the fish. Give other anglers at least several hundred yards of space in any direction, since fish may be traveling in more than one direction. Be quiet, especially in shallow water.

Running an outboard close to tarpon will spook them and make them harder for everyone to catch. Even though a 4-stroke outboard sounds quiet, it is no substitute for an electric trolling motor.

Even an electric trolling motor should be used sparingly, especially in shallow water. The more that tarpon is “pressured”, the harder they are for everyone to catch.

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: May 13th, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

John Englanded landed this 20" trout using a live shrimp.

John Englanded landed this 20" trout using a live shrimp.

I was up in north Georgia for several days on a little vacation before the summer fishing season. I did get in one trip on Friday after I returned home. I took out locals Doc Dojutrek, Bill Kish, and John Englander, and they had a solid charter.

Bill started off hot with a 16" mangrove snapper on the first cast, then landed a decent snook a few moments later. Doc pitched in with several more snook. We were casting Rapala plugs along shorelines in Robert's Bay.

The bite slowed when the sun came up, so we moved to Big Pass and caught ladyfish, jacks, and a decent Spanish mackerel using chartreuse pompano jigs. I picked up some live shrimp and we did well on speckled trout to 20", bluefish, jacks, and ladyfish at the Middlegrounds and Buttonwood. Saturday was forecast to be breezy, so we decided to reschedule.

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: May 7th, 2017 by Capt. Roy String

 

John Graham having fun in Boca this week.

John Graham having fun in Boca this week.

I fished this past Wednesday and Thursday in Boca Grande. I was guiding a tournament (Boca Grande Classic) which is a charity tournament to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. There was a total of 45 guides and 90 anglers fishing for Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, and Speckled Trout.

The fishing was good both days. I fished with John Graham from Clearwater FL and we managed to catch multiple Snook each day.

We also picked at the Redfish and Trout but didn't fish for Tarpon either day. Charlotte harbor is a national wildlife refuge so even tho there is a fair amount of pressure the fishing still remains very productive.

I am a week away from starting Tarpon season, hopefully, the weather get straightened out and we get back on our east wind pattern so the beach will be calm and there will be a lot of schools on all area beaches.

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: May 6th, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Sarasota resident Doc Dojutrek caught snook on his 70th birthday on Thursday.

Sarasota resident Doc Dojutrek with a nice snook.

Clients on fishing charters did pretty well this week, despite breezy conditions. There were a couple of days that were too windy to fish. The early morning snook bite remains good in Robert's Bay for anglers casting shallow diving plugs.

Big Sarasota Pass provided fast action on ladyfish with a few bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and jack crevalle mixed in. Small pompano jigs and Silly Willy jigs worked best in the strong tides.

The deep grass flats were steady, though we had to move around a bit. Bass Assassin jigs caught most of the fish and Bishop's Pt. and Buttonwood were the best spots.

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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 30th, 2017 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, bluefish, flounder and snook in Sarasota Bay and trout, flounder and snook in Gasparilla Sound on flies, CAL jigs with shad tails and 2.75” DOA Shrimp during the past couple of weeks.

Mark Wayde, from MI, fished a day in Sarasota Bay with me. We worked deep grass flats on both sides of the bay and he had good action catching and releasing trout to 18” and bluefish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies fished on an intermediate sink tip fly line. Marshall Dinerman and a guest, both from Atlanta, also had some action with me in Sarasota Bay with trout and bluefish on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Lew Murray, from Tarpon Springs, FL, had good action catching and releasing snook on flies fishing dock lights before daylight and on Sarasota Bay flats while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Lew Murray had good action catching and releasing snook.

Lew Murray, from Tarpon Springs, FL, fished a pre-dawn snook/flats trip with me in Sarasota Bay on Thursday. He started off strong with several snook to 26” caught and released on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly before daylight. We moved to the flats after daylight and he caught and released a few more on an EP Minnow fly pattern. Great job!

My friends Mark Nichols, owner of DOA Fishing Lures and his wife, Jenny Nichols, fished with me on Friday and Saturday. We fished the back country of Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande on Friday. We had some action catching and releasing a few snook, including a 30” fish that Jenny caught and released on a weedless-rigged CAL Shad tail. A nice snook!

My wife, Karen Grassett, joined us on Saturday to fish the Sarasota CCA Photo All Release Challenge fishing tournament. It is a catch-photo-release format tournament for snook, reds and trout that raises money for conservation. Anglers must fish with identical boxes of donated lures or flies and all fish are immediately photographed and released to fight another day. We caught and released snook, trout, flounder and jacks on the 2.75” DOA Shrimp that was donated to the box by DOA Fishing Lures. Mark caught and released an over slot trout and Karen won the Ladies Trout division with a 19 ½” trout!

Tarpon fishing should take off as the water in the coastal gulf continues to warm. Trout, blues, and Spanish mackerel should also be good options on deep grass flats and passes of Sarasota Bay. Snook season closes from May 1 through Aug 31 on the west coast of Florida, so please handle them gently and release them quickly. You should find larger trout in shallow water along with snook and reds 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.

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: April 30th, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

John Manfroy from CA caught this snook in Robert's Bay.

John Manfroy from CA caught this snook in Robert's Bay.

Clients on fishing charters out of SB's Saltwater Outfitters had a good week, despite some breezy conditions. I fished Sunday, and the bite was good in Big Pass and on the nearby flats. A front moved through and I did no go back out until Thursday.

Despite some churned up water, action was steady. Snook, snapper, jacks, and ladyfish hit plugs fished near schools of glass minnows in Robert's Bay. Big Pass provided steady action for clients using Bass assassin jigs, chartreuse pompano jigs, and live shrimp.

Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, grouper and loads of ladyfish were landed. Deep grass flats at Marina Jacks, Radio Tower, and Middlegrounds was decent, mostly ladyfish wth speckled trout, whiting, bluefish, and mackerel mixed in, though Saturday was quite breezy and the bite a bit tough.

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. Bruce Burkhart’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 23rd, 2017 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

Last week the fishing aboard the Casual Lies out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters was up and down. Fishing the grass around the passes the fishing would be good for an hour and then slow up for a half hour. With the CAL shad tail jigs, we did catch some nice Mackerel, Trout, Jacks, Ladyfish and Pompano.

With the live shrimp under a popping cork, we caught Ladyfish and Trout but not as steady as the jig fishing. This next week the fishing should get back to being steady again.

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. Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 22nd, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Some decent bluefish were landed this week.

Some decent bluefish were landed this week.

Clients on fishing charters out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key spent most of the fishing time focusing on action and variety this week.

This type of fishing is best for novice anglers and children and makes up the majority of visiting anglers this time of year.

Casting Bass Assassin 4" Sea Shad baits and drifting live shrimp over submerged grass beds in 6' to 10' of water resulted in many bent rods and a lot of happy clients.

Emily Englander from Chicago caught this Spanish mackerel and more on Friday afternoon.

Emily Englander caught this Spanish mackerel on Friday.

Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, bluefish, jack crevalle, gag grouper, and a bunch of ladyfish were landed, with the Middlegrounds being the top spot.

Big Sarasota Pass was slow early in the week but then really got hot towards the end, with the action being fast on ladyfish with a few blues and mackerel mixed in.

We did do a little snook fishing in Robert's Bay with fair results, landing a few small ones on shrimp.

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 Strings’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 19th, 2017 by Capt. Roy String

 

Myles Peterson and his 8 year old son Noah had a nice day out on Sarasota Bay.

Myles Peterson and his 8 year old son Noah.

The fishing this past week has been really good with schools of trout, ladyfish, bluefish. The snook bite is also doing good when I am able to catch bait.

I fished with Noah and Myles Peterson from New York today. We started out jig fishing the flats and caught ladyfish, trout, in and then we went Snook fishing. We had a great time and young Noah, who is 8 years old, caught ten Snook while Myles caught four Snook, a couple of jacks, and small snapper.

Tarpon fishing is just around the corner so if you have never caught a Tarpon now is the time to book a trip to beautiful Sarasota Fl.

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. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

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

 

Maris Friedman displays a nice redfish she caught.

Maris Friedman with a nice redfish she caught.

This week’s top angler goes to Maris Friedman of New Jersey with a bay slam. She caught a small snook, slot trout, and a nice-sized redfish that measured just over 24 inches.

It put up a long battle before it could be netted (note the hook fell out when the big fish was in the net) and released.

Honorable mention goes to her son Colby who caught a nice pompano that gave him a great fight. Clients also caught Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, black drum, mangrove snapper, bluefish, Key West grunts, jack crevalle and blue runner. The fish were caught on live shrimp, jigs, and topwater lures. Stripped nibblers included squirrel fish, lizard fish, pinfish and one large scorpion fish.

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.