CB’s Weekly Fishing Reports

Capt. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 16th, 2018 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

Mallory Mayhew of Virginia with a nice redfish she landed.

Mallory Mayhew of Virginia with a nice redfish she landed.

Mallory Mayhew fishing with her dad and friend Gary takes top angler honors this week with a nice 29” redfish she caught using live shrimp.

Dad Gary also caught a nice fat 25” snook and the group managed several black drum and mangrove snapper with the largest a big specimen that went 15” and weighed almost two pounds.

Also caught this week were sheepshead and Spanish mackerel. Dean Friedman also jumped two small tarpon and got a leader touch on one.

The wind and storms have made the fishing a bit tough but the bite has been good when you can get out. 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. Bruce Burkhart’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 16th, 2018 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

Fishing remained steady last week.

Fishing remained steady last week.

Fishing on the Casual Lies out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key remained steady last week. CAL jigs produced Trout to 24 inches, Pompano, Jacks, Ladyfish and Cobia to 22 inches.

Fishing docks with live shrimp anglers caught Sheephead, Snapper and some Small Redfish.

Hopefully, we are done with these cold fronts so we can get out 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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 15th, 2018 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Fly anglers had good action catching and releasing trout in Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently. Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria, got in on the action.

Bill Morrison had good action catching/releasing trout.

Fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action on several trips recently in Sarasota Bay catching and releasing trout to 19”, a red and scattered Spanish mackerel and blues on a variety of flies. We mostly fished deep grass flats from 5’-8’ deep on both sides of the bay with Clouser and Grassett Deep Flats Bunny flies fished on clear intermediate sink tip fly lines.

A persistent wind made finding a place to fish tough and required heavier flies to get them down in the water column on the deep grass flats. Nick Reding, from Longboat Key, and Tony Merlis, from NH, had some action catching and releasing trout on flies on a trip with me in Sarasota Bay.

Nick also waded a bar and caught and released a red on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly. Marshall Dinerman, from Atlanta, had good action with trout to 19” on CAL jigs with jerk worms and DOA Deadly Combos while fishing Sarasota Bay on another trip with me.

Todd Morton, from Sarasota, got in on the action catching and releasing trout in Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Todd Morton got in on the action as well.

I was the instructor for a CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School on Saturday. Students received fly casting instruction and also learned leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly fishing techniques.

This was the last school for the spring season. Classes will resume in the fall. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com for information on other classes and fly fishing events.

There should be good action with trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Fishing shallow water for big trout, snook, and reds with lures and flies is challenging although they should also be a good option now. Fishing dock lights in the ICW at night is always a good option for snook and more. Our natural resources are under constant pressure, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

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: April 11th, 2018 by Capt. Kelly Kurtz

 

On the water with Capt. Kelly Kurtz.

On the water with Capt. Kelly Kurtz.

Fishing the last couple weeks was steady despite some very windy days. Anglers fishing with me out of CB's had some very good days fishing inshore with live bait.

Fishing the grass flats provided good action of Trout, Spanish Mackerel, and Bluefish. We caught and released many trout over 18" as well as a few over 20".

I fished the passes on the calmer days catching Pompano, Sheepshead, and some Mangrove Snapper.

A couple of days we targeted snook in the backwater and they didn't disappoint catching and releasing a few up to 24" as well as a couple redfish.

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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 10th, 2018 by Capt. Brandon Naeve

 

Ernie Robinson of Siesta Key Florida caught this beautiful Snook.

Ernie Robinson caught and released this 25.2 lb Snook.

Water temperatures in the Gulf off of southwestern Florida are back in the 70-degree' range which produced a great snook bite this past week.

Ernie Robinson from Siesta Key caught this beautiful Snook using pilchards in Charlotte Harbor near Boca Grande this past week. The Snook weighed in at a nice 25.2 pounds and was released unharmed back into the wild.

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. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 9th, 2018 by Capt. Kelly Stilwell

 

Fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

Fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

Anglers aboard the Tide Tuit experienced some great fishing as well as terrific weather last week. Wednesday evening Lance Talmage and his buddy RJ had a really good evening trip.

They caught several big trout before dark and then found some snook up to 26 inches around lighted structure in Sarasota Bay.

Mike Foreman and his neighbor Tim had a great time Thursday they enjoyed some good trout action and then tangled with some large schools of jacks up to 5 pounds.

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. Andy Cotton’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 9th, 2018 by Capt. Andy Cotton

 

Working on my night moves with Capt. Andy Cotton.

Working on those night moves with Capt. Andy Cotton.

Anglers fishing aboard my boat the O’ Fish All out of CB’S Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key caught and released spotted seatrout, Spanish mackerel, and blues.

Spotted seatrout seems to be holding on all the deeper flats around the bay. We are catching quite a few fish well into the upper slot and over 20”. While on my boat we release all trout over 20” as these are our breeding stock of fish with good genetics.

DOA Shad tails on a 1/4 or 3/8 oz jig heads fished in 5 to 8 ft of water has been the ticket for me. Along with these trout, we are finding bluefish, mackerel and jack crevalle. Fly anglers are scoring with sink tip fly lines and heavily weighted Clouser fly patterns.

Night snook fishing has been producing well with live shrimp and on the fly using Grassett’s snook pattern.

Capt. Andy Cotton

Capt. Andy loves fly fishing and light spinning tackle with artificial lures. He fishes out of an Action Craft 1720 flats skiff rigged with the latest electronics and outfitted with Orvis fly equipment and Shimano spinning tackle. Fishing a flats skiff allows the captain to pole and access to the surrounded shallow waters for fly and lure anglers. Capt. Andy is the owner of O'Fish All Guide Service.


Capt. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 8th, 2018 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

Seventh grader Conner Lofthouse with a 21 inch speckled trout.

Conner Lofthouse with a 21" speckled trout.

Fishing was good this week with large Spanish mackerel and speckled trout being landed by anglers fishing with me this week.

Also caught were ladyfish, snook and jack crevalle. Clients were using live shrimp, jigs and twitch baits.

It was tough to pick one top angler of the week so it’s shared by 7th grader Conner Lofthouse of Columbus, OH with a nice 21” speckled trout and Cameron MaCaa of Atlanta, GA with a 28” redfish.

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. Bruce Burkhart’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 8th, 2018 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

On the water with Capt. Bruce Burkhart.

Fishinf Sarasota Bay with Capt. Bruce Burkhart.

Fishing last week aboard the Casual Lies out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters was great. The water and air temperature went up 5 or 6 degrees and it turned the fish on in the bay.

Fishing in 4 to 8 feet of water with Glow/silver fleck, Watermelon Red Fleck and Funky Chicken CAL jigs over the grass flats kept the rods bent for a lot of the trips. Anglers enjoyed catching Trout to 21 inches, Grouper, Mackerel to 24 inches, Pompano, Ladyfish and a couple of Cobia, 31 and 32.5 inches.

With the weather holding up temperatures we should be out on the beach in a few days for the big Mackerel, Bonito, and Kingfish.

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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 6th, 2018 by Capt. Brandon Naeve

 

Tate and Nolan from Indiana's Bobby Knight Country.

Tate and Nolan from Indiana's Bobby Knight Country.

Tate and Nolan from Indiana's Bobby Knight Country caught a Cobia along with Trout, a bunch of Ladyfish and a beautiful four and one half foot Sandbar Shark while fishing only a half-day here in Sarasota.

Fishing is generally excellent everywhere and Snook and Red Fish are all over the flats.

Remember, April is a great month to get the kids out for their first fishing experience.

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. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 4th, 2018 by Capt. Ed Hurst

 

Shawn Bailey enjoyed an absolutely beautiful morning fly fishing with me on North Sarasota Bay.

Shawn Bailey enjoyed a beautiful morning fly fishing.

Shawn Bailey, KY, enjoyed an absolutely beautiful morning fly fishing with me on N Sarasota Bay. Shawn had to work hard for every fish. The conditions were just too good I reckon. Shawn caught trout, ladyfish, and bluefish.

My new Orvis Helios 3 rods are a pleasure to cast. The Orvis Mirage reels are bulletproof. And they catch fish to boot. I’ve only been doing this 38 plus years and I still can’t figure out why better fly casters usually catch more fish. So if your casting isn’t as good as you would like do yourself a favor and practice.

The water temperature in the bay today was almost 80 degrees and baitfish are showing up already. The bait will bring the predators we’re looking for. Haven’t seen my first tarpon yet but expect to see them most any time now. All the fish Shawn caught were released.

Capt. Ed Hurst

Sarasota has been Ed's home since 1956 and he's fished these area waters since he was nine years old. From 1995 until the present he's guided anglers exclusively in and around the back­wa­ters of Sarasota Bay. Fly fishing is his passion and he's also an Orvis Endorsed Out­fit­ter Guide.


Capt. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 2nd, 2018 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

A 15-pound Tarpon caught by Chuck Blanchard from Wisconsin this past week.

A nice 15-pound Tarpon caught by Chuck Blanchard.

Anglers fishing with me this week have braved windy conditions to catch a variety of species as the water continues a slow warm up. Catches include speckled trout, snook, black drum, ladyfish, jack crevalle, Spanish mackerel and a couple of large mojarras.

Baits varied from live shrimp, buck tailed jigs to topwater and twitch baits. Angler honors go to Chuck Blanchard of Wisconsin who bested a 15-pound tarpon on light tackle.

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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 31st, 2018 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action in the Terra Ceia area catching and releasing several snook, reds and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails during the past week. We also had some action on a couple of trips in Sarasota Bay catching and releasing trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms, DOA Deadly Combos and flies.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, with a big red caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing the Terra Ceia area with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Dave Reinhart with a big red caught this pass week.

Mike Perez, from Sarasota, and his 9-year old granddaughter, Harper Perez, from IN, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday. She did well casting CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms and DOA Deadly Combos, catching and releasing several nice trout.

Dave Reinhart, from, MA, and Domenick Raschella, from VA, fished the Terra Ceia area with me on Wednesday. Fishing shallow water with lures and flies usually isn’t easy but they fished hard and caught and released several snook, a couple of reds including an 8-pounder and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Mark Nielson, from Seaford, DE, with a trout caught and released on a Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Mark Nielson with a trout caught and released this week.

Fly angler Mark Nielson, from Seaford, DE, fished Sarasota Bay with me on a very windy day on Thursday. Despite a stiff 15 to 20-mph wind, he hung in there and caught and released a nice trout on a Clouser fly.

It’s not often that I have a client from Delaware, much less my hometown, where Mark and I were high school classmates.

Fishing shallow water for big trout, snook and reds are usually challenging although they should be a good option now.

There should also be good action with trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Fishing dock lights in the ICW at night is always a good option for snook and more.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 31st, 2018 by Capt. Brandon Naeve

 

Sharks make for an awesome sight on the water no matter how many times you have seen it.

Sharks always make for an awesome sight on the water.

Sharks, Sharks, Sharks… take your kids' shark fishing during Easter it will be a memorable experience and it’s tons of fun catch and release only.

Little seven-year-old Karl from Chicago caught this beautiful sandbar shark with his dad and sister and mother over Easter holidays it was an experience he will never forget!

Sandbar sharks are strong and can jump out of the water three or 4 feet they are exciting to catch and fun to watch. I look forward to taking you out and putting your children on some great shark fishing.

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: March 26th, 2018 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Joey Grassett and Chris Johnson, both from Seaford, DE, had good action catching and releasing trout and bluefish on CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Joey Grassett and Chris Johnson, both from DE, had good action catching and releasing trout and bluefish.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing trout and blues in Sarasota Bay on CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms during the past week. Water temperature warmed back to the high 60’s and action improved.

My brother Joey Grassett and Christine Johnson, both from Seaford, DE, visited for a few days and had some action catching and releasing trout to 20” and blues to about 3-pounds on CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms while fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with me.

Fishing shallow water for big trout, snook and reds should be a good option. There should also be good action with trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Fishing dock lights in the ICW at night is always a good option for snook and more. Our natural resources are under constant pressure, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

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.