CB’s Weekly Fishing Reports

Capt. Andy Cotton’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: December 12th, 2017 by Capt. Andy Cotton

 

Ryan Paul with a nice trout caught on topwater plug.

Ryan Paul with a nice trout caught on topwater plug.

Anglers aboard my boat the O’Fish All out of CB’S Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta key caught released several species of fish this past week. The inshore bite was good this week with bluefish, trout, ladyfish, and snook.

We found bluefish, jacks and ladyfish feeding on bait schools outside of the deeper grass flats and artificial reefs in the bay.

Look for snook and trout with mullet schools in shallow water, work these areas with a topwater plug or swimbait.

Capt. Andy Cotton

Capt. Andy Cotton is the owner/operator of O’Fish All Guide Service “LLC” in Sarasota and is an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide out CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: December 9th, 2017 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing false albacore (little tunny) and tripletail in the coastal gulf on flies and trout and pompano in Sarasota Bay on CAL jigs with shad tails during the past week.

Michael Robb, from Buffalo, NY, with false albacore (little tunny) caught and released on flies while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Buffalo's Michael Robb with a false albacore (little tunny).

Michael Robb, from Buffalo, fished the coastal gulf with me on Monday and had good action catching and releasing several albies on a fly. In addition, he also caught and released his first tripletail on a fly.

Michael’s dad, Larry, joined him on Wednesday but despite a stable weather pattern, the action with albies in the coastal gulf ended as baitfish moved on.

Walter Poxon, from MN, with a nice pompano caught on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Walter Poxon, from MN, displays a nice pompano.

Walter Poxon, from MN, and Bill Poxon, from Sarasota, celebrated Bill’s birthday with their annual fishing trip with me on Tuesday in Sarasota Bay. They had steady action catching and releasing numerous trout and a nice pompano on the west side of the bay on CAL jigs with shad tails.

With the passing of this weekend’s front, water temperatures will plummet and fish will move. Migratory species could reappear following the front depending on conditions.

After the weather stabilizes, there should also be good action with trout, blues and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Shallow water action for snook, trout, and reds is improving due to cooler water.

Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for catch and release snook with flies and DOA Lures should also 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. Kelly Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: December 8th, 2017 by Capt. Kelly Kurtz

 

On the Gulf of Mexico with Capt. Kelly Kurtz.

On the Gulf of Mexico with Capt. Kelly Kurtz.

Fishing this last week was good before the cold front. Charters are scarce In between the holidays but I managed to get out a few days with friends.

When the seas were calm enough we fished the offshore reefs as well as some hard bottom. Fishing a variety of live and dead baits on the bottom produced grunts, lane and mangrove snapper, grouper and a few hogfish. We also did some fishing inshore in the passes along with some fishing near the docks.

Pompano, flounder, Spanish Mackeral, and mangroves were biting well on a combo of shrimp and whitebait. We also fished the backwaters caching and releasing Snook up to 26" as well as some speckled sea trout. I'm looking forward to the holiday season.

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. Bruce Burkhart’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: December 4th, 2017 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

The fishing last week was great out on the beach.Anglers out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters had good catches with the Tunnies showing up. Ten-year-old Braden caught 11 Tunnies and about 30 Mackerel while his dad and uncle had 10 Tunnies combined.

The fishing in the bay has been good also, the Trout, Pompano, Bluefish, and Ladyfish kept the rods bent. Hopefully, the action stays good on the beach.

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. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: December 4th, 2017 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

This week anglers fishing with me caught a variety of fish that included snook, speckled trout, redfish (the three, if caught by one angler, is known as a bay slam), mangrove snapper, jack crevalle, bluefish, sheepshead, black drum, gag grouper, flounder and ladyfish.

Roger Holman with a nice redfish.

Roger Holman happily displaying a nice 26 inch redfish.

The weather did not always cooperate but we managed to get all of the trips completed but still were able to catch fish. The fish were caught in the bay along the canals and grass flats using live shrimp, jigs, and some topwater lures.

Roger Holman of Texas caught a bay slam that included a 26” redfish that was released to fight another day. He and his brother Mike both landed bay slams.

Chad Taylor and sons Fisher and Finley of Atlanta caught a variety of fish with some additional excitement when a large bluefish came up and cut a nice slot trout in half. That’s what makes fishing saltwater so interesting as you never know what might happen.

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. Andy Cotton’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: December 4th, 2017 by Capt. Andy Cotton

 

On the waters of the coastal gulf with Capt. Andy Cotton.

On the waters of the coastal gulf with Capt. Andy Cotton.

Anglers aboard my boat the O’Fish All out of CB’S Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta key caught released several species of fish this past week. This past week the weather and fishing were great.

Fly Anglers and spin anglers using artificial lures and flies scored with trout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and false albacore. Fly Anglers fishing the coastal gulf with me caught and released tripletail, Spanish mackerel and false albacore using small white flies and deceivers.

The albacore are still keyed in on glass minnow schools. On the deeper grass flats in and around the passes we are catching trout, mackerel, bluefish, and ladyfish with an occasional flounder in the mix. The nearshore reef action with grunts, snapper, and sheepshead has been steady when weather permits.

Capt. Andy Cotton

Capt. Andy Cotton is the owner/operator of O’Fish All Guide Service “LLC” in Sarasota and is an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide out CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key.


Capt. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: December 4th, 2017 by Capt. Kelly Stilwell

 

Flyfishers Pat Pachot and his wife Meg had a good day Monday. They both caught and released false albacore on flies and jigs in the Gulf and then we went in the bay where they caught trout, bluefish, and ladyfish.

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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: December 2nd, 2017 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

The fantastic action and conditions that we’ve had in the coastal gulf continued as fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had great action catching and releasing false albacore (little tunny) and tripletail on flies during the past week.

Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, with false albacore caught and released on flies while fishing the coastal gulf.

Rusty Chinnis with a false albacore caught and released.

We also had some action catching and releasing trout on flies in Sarasota Bay.

I had a chance to fish when Steve Traves, of Anna Maria Outfitters, and I fished the coastal gulf with our friend Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, on Monday.

Conditions were great and we had great action catching and releasing numerous albies to more than 10-lbs on a variety of flies!

Rick and Nanette O’Hara, from Tampa, fished the coastal gulf with me on Tuesday and also had good action catching and releasing their first albies on a fly. In addition, they caught and released trout on flies fished on sink tip fly lines on a Sarasota Bay deep grass flat to end the day!

Nanette O'Hara, from Tampa, had good action catching releasing her first false albacore on flies while fishing the coasal gulf in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Nanette O'Hara her first false albacore this week.

The action continued on Thursday when Lynn Skipper, from Apollo Beach, fished with me. He also had good action catching and releasing several false albacore and a tripletail in the coastal gulf and trout in Sarasota Bay on flies. The tripletail ate a Gurgler fly off the surface like a giant bluegill eating a fly popper!

With the water temperature in the low 70’s, action with Spanish mackerel, albies, tripletail and cobia in the coastal gulf should continue. There should also be good action with trout and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Shallow water action for snook, trout and reds is improving due to cooler water.

Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures should also 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: November 27th, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Candice Riedel from Sarasota with a nice false albacore.

Candice Riedel from Sarasota with a nice false albacore.

Anglers did well this week on a variety of species in both Sarasota Bay and the inshore Gulf of Mexico as well as in area rivers.

Sarasota resident Bill Kish and I hit the Manatee River and encountered some BIG jack crevalle that hit diving plugs with reckless abandon.

In Sarasota Bay, ladyfish were plentiful with speckled trout, pompano, gag grouper, bluefish, jacks, and tons of ladyfish hitting Bass assassin jigs while drifting Big Pass, New Pass, and the nearby flats at Marina Jacks and Middlegrounds.

False albacore fishing has been the best in years in the inshore Gulf of Mexico, with fish working well on the surface and hitting Rapala X-Raps and small flies.

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: November 27th, 2017 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

Tina Hoeksema had a great day on the water.

Tina Hoeksema and her Dad John, had a great day out.

The cooler weather has turned on the fishing. John Hoeksema of Chicago and daughter Tina of Sarasota both caught bay slams this week with Snook to 25 inches, speckled trout to 18 inches, and redfish to 26 inches.

They were using live shrimp for bait and also landed some ladyfish, mangrove snapper, and jacks.

This past week saw schools of large jacks feeding along the east side of the bay and anglers enjoyed some exciting nonstop topwater action when the bite went off.

The jacks averaged over six pounds each. Also hitting topwater lures were bluefish and large gaff top sailcats. 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. Terry Simmons’ Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: November 27th, 2017 by Capt. Terry Simmons

 

Tuesday morning on the Gulf.

Tuesday morning on the Gulf saw strong winds blowing.

This week fishing with Captain Terry Simmons, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, has been very good. With another cold front moving in and cool winds blowing strongly out of the northeast, we started looking for areas to fish.

On Tuesday morning I chartered the Bill Marks group. We started out in Big Pass at 9 AM, as the sun helped warm us. DOA baits enticed some Spanish mackerel and ladyfish but the pompano would have nothing to do with our live shrimp.

The winds kept us close to shore most of the day.

The winds kept us close to shore most of the day.

After a few drifts and improved casting, we ventured into the Gulf, but the winds kept us close to shore. We looked at a few crab trap buoys for tripletail but didn't see any or any activity, so we went inside the bay.

With the beginning of the outgoing tide, we started out looking for clean water. While using a drift sock to slow our drift down, we started out throwing DOA baits over some grass flats catching small speckled sea trout and jack crevalle.

After several drifts, we found a nice area holding fish so we set up and anchored down, using the Power Pole anchor, and threw live shrimp under corks and catching Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, bluefish, and jacks. All in all a very nice day.

Friday started with a cold light drizzling rain, I chartered the Gwendolyn Messer group. Their very large family was here for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. They had chartered three captain's from CB's Saltwater Outfitters. We picked up the group at their dock and after figuring out all the logistics and listening to the bragging rights for a fun mini family tournament we started out.

The Gwendolyn Messer group had a good day on the water.

The Messer group had a good day on the water.

We began in Roberts bay catching ladyfish, then moved on to Big pass catching a lot more ladyfish. After about five or six drifts we went over to the 5 and 7 flats and using the same DOA baits caught several small speckled trout and then out of the blue, the client makes a cast and as the bait hits the water her line got tight and started screaming out drag.

We were unable to control the reel screaming outline, so we quickly brought all the other lines in and stowed the rods.

I cranked up the big motor and started idling toward whatever it was. After several minutes we finally caught up with what the client had hooked. It was the biggest catch of their life, a 50lb loggerhead turtle.

Thanksgiving weekend fishing trip made the holiday.

This Thanksgiving weekend fishing trip made the holiday.

She slowly pulled the turtle close to remove the hook that was caught on the top of the shell, but about ten feet from the boat, the hook pulled loose and everyone was happy.

The winds started to lay down so we went into Sarasota Bay and drifted a grass flat catching speckled sea trout, bluefish on DOA baits and live shrimp. We saw several dolphins playing with fish and a manatee eating some turtle grass.

Considering the weather conditions it was a very nice day on the water especially since they were leaving to go back to fridged Chicago and Michigan. I apologized for our Florida weather and they commented this is a BBQ day back home.

Capt. Terry Simmons

Terry was born and raised in Bradenton, FL and has been guiding clients since 2000, fishing on Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico with live bait, artificial lures and fly fishing aboard his 22’ Bay Ranger.


Capt. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: November 27th, 2017 by Capt. Kelly Stilwell

 

False albacore seemed to be everywhere on Wednesday.

False albacores seemed to be everywhere.

Last week we saw some terrific weather and had some great fishing in the waters off Sarasota. Angler Brad Carlson took his family for a morning trip on Wednesday.

The Carlson's caught some nice trout, bluefish, and pompano in the bay and then went out in the nearshore gulf where they caught seven nice false albacores.

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. Bruce Burkhart’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: November 27th, 2017 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

The last few weeks the fishing aboard the Casual Lies out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters has been pretty good. With a combo of White, Gold and Greenback CAL jigs, anglers caught Trout, Mackerel, Grouper, Ladyfish, Bluefish, and Pompano. Trolling big plugs around the bridges and reefs we hooked a few nice Grouper but none big enough to eat. Out on the beach, the Mackerel and Bonito are hitting spoons and silver jigs.

The catch of the week was a Black Tip Shark about four feet long caught on a chunk of Ladyfish.

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: November 26th, 2017 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Peter Ryan, from CO, with a tripletail he caught and released on flies while fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Peter Ryan with a nice tripletail he caught and released.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released false albacore (little tunny) and tripletail in the coastal gulf on flies during the past week.

Conditions and water temperature have been ideal, most of the time, for migratory species in the coastal gulf and action has been great!

Lynn Skipper, from Apollo Beach, fished with me on Tuesday. We had wind and clouds that day so conditions were tough in the Gulf.

However, despite poor visibility, we found several tripletail and Lynn caught and released his first tripletail on a fly. Great job!

Jim Collins, from Bradenton, with a tripletail he caught and released on flies while fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jim Collins with a tripletail he caught and released.

Jim Collins, from Bradenton, and Peter Ryan, from CO, fished the coastal gulf with me on Wednesday. Conditions were great and fish responded accordingly. They had non-stop action catching and releasing albies to more than 10-lbs and Peter also caught and released a tripletail on a shrimp fly pattern.

The action continued on Saturday when Mike Perez, from Sarasota, fished the coastal gulf with me. He also had great action catching and releasing numerous albies and a couple of tripletail on a variety of glass minnow fly patterns. Rod bending, drag screaming action, love this time of year!

With the water temperature in the low 70’s, action with Spanish mackerel, albies, tripletail and cobia in the coastal gulf should continue. There should also be good action with trout and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Shallow water action for snook, trout, and reds is improving due to cooler water. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures should also 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. Andy Cotton’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: November 26th, 2017 by Capt. Andy Cotton

 

The albacore are keyed in on glass minnow schools and they are gorging themselves.

Caught released several species of fish this past week.

Anglers aboard my boat the O’Fish All out of CB’S Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta key caught released several species of fish this past week. Fly Anglers and spin anglers using artificial lures and flies scored with trout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and false albacore.

Fly Anglers fishing the coastal gulf with me caught and released tripletail, Spanish mackerel and false albacore using small white flies and deceivers. The albacore are keyed in on glass minnow schools and they are gorging themselves.

The deeper grass flats around the bay are holding trout, bluefish, flounder and plenty of ladyfish are bending the rods. Snappers and sheepshead can be caught along the passes using shrimp bits.

Capt. Andy Cotton

Capt. Andy Cotton is the owner/operator of O’Fish All Guide Service “LLC” in Sarasota and is an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide out CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key.