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Fishing charters can mean the difference between catching the big one; or telling a story about the one that got away. At C.B.’s Saltwater Outfitters, our veteran guides will do their best to make sure your stay in our Sarasota, Siesta Key area is memorable. Let us arrange an exciting trip to the shallow water back country to sightfish for snook, redfish, speckled trout and other species, or trips to the inshore reefs of the Gulf of Mexico for giant tarpon, bonito, cobia, tripletail, jack crevalle, kingfish, spanish mackerel. Fly and Spin fishing for all ages.

Recreational SALTWATER fishing regulations available online


Captain Jeffri Durrance
Captain Jeffri Durrance is a fourth generation Florida native growing up in Bowling Green, Florida, which is located in Hardee County. 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. Each year the family would spend some time on the coastal areas from Anna Maria Island down to Sanibel Island, which gave Jeffri a taste of saltwater fishing that would later become a regular part of his life.

Attending college in Texas he worked on a large cattle ranch that was a soil conservation success story. The Flat Top Ranch was known for its series of lakes and dams that provided a plethora of fishing opportunities while in Texas. He also took advantage of the many public lakes built around the north Texas area near Stephenville.

Upon completion of college he returned to Florida landing in Sarasota where he taught animal science for 16 years and is currently retired as an administrator at Sarasota Middle School after over 31 years in the school district. In Sarasota Jeffri has served the community in a wide variety of areas, which include five years as president of the Sarasota County Fair Board and 20 years as chairman or co-chairman of the Sarasota Tarpon Tournament (the world’s oldest tarpon tournament).

In 1978 & 79 Jeffri went tarpon fishing with friends down at Boca Grande, which is famous for its tarpon fishing. But it was 1980 he discovered the tarpon off the beaches in Sarasota. From the first fish jumped off the Point of Rocks his life has not been the same. Tournament fishing in the early 80’s he and a childhood friend began to gain notoriety for the tarpon caught and the tournament success they were having off the Sarasota beaches chasing tarpon. By 1985 the reality set in that to take people fishing for hire was a real possibility. This resulted in Jeffri earning his Captains license in August of 1985. This provided him with the opportunity to take many individuals tarpon fishing which he used for summer employment while “off for the summer” as a teacher.

Each year since the late 80’s Jeffri has presented his tarpon program to many clubs and organizations in the Sarasota area and he continues to promote the tarpon fishery and tournament here in Sarasota.

Retiring from the school district in June of 2009, Jeffri is currently running a fishing charter business on his 23ft Sea Craft open fishing boat on the waters in and around Sarasota Bay. Jeffri has also been fishing the Southern Kingfish Association circuit successfully since 2004, qualifying for the nationals each year since 2004. Jeffri and team Top Down qualified for the 2009 SKA nationals in second place in Division 11 in the small boat class. He just finished the 2011 season winning the SKA small boat class in both Division 6 & 11 and is headed to Biloxi in early November to compete in the national championship.

Captain Jim Klopfer
Adventure Charters is a family oriented guide service that caters to anglers of all skill levels in a relaxed, fun environment. I can accommodate up to 4 anglers on my 20' Key West bay boat. Charters are custom suited to the clients schedule, experience level, expectations, and location. Live bait is used often. Families with children are most welcome! Dolphins and other wildlife are seen on most trips.

Captain Kelly Stilwell
Captain Kelly Stilwell has lived in the area for nearly 30 yrs. He has been guiding for almost 20 years. He specializes in artificial bait and fly fishing as well as tarpon charters. Captain Stilwell runs an 18' Silver King flats boat.

Captain Rick Grassett
Capt. Rick Grassett, owner of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc., is a full time fishing guide and outdoor writer based in Sarasota, FL. He has been guiding since 1990 and is an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guide at CB's Saltwater Outfitters, Orvis Outfitter of the Year for 2011, on Siesta Key in Sarasota. He is also a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Instructor and an instructor at the Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School at CB's Saltwater Outfitters. Specializing in fishing with flies and lures on light spinning tackle, he fishes the bays, back country and coastal gulf waters of Sarasota Bay, lower Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor in his 17' Action Craft flats skiff.

Destination fishing trips are another specialty of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service. Capt. Rick has lead groups of fly anglers to remote fishing locations around the world. He hosts trips to Andros South bonefish lodge in the Bahamas and Crane Meadow Lodge, MT in the spring and fall every year. He has also hosted several groups to Los Roques, Venezuela and Turneffe Flats Lodge in Belize in the past.

Capt. Rick is a field editor for Saltwater Angler magazine and a columnist for He has been featured in articles by other writers in Florida Sportsman, Saltwater Sportsman, Sportfishing, The Fisherman and Fly Fishing in Saltwaters magazines.

Captain Jack Ryan
Come aboard the Sea Dog with Captain Jack Ryan in Sarasota, Florida and experience some of Florida's best saltwater fishing in Sarasota Florida. We offer both Inshore and Offshore fishing charters here in Southwest and West Central Florida covering fishing areas from Venice fishing charters, Siesta Key fishing charters, and Longboat Key fishing Charters to Bradenton Beach fishing charters. The Sea Dog is a 25' Mako Open Fisherman rigged and ready to take you fishing for many different species. Join us offshore in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico as we fish for Grouper, Snapper, Barracuda, Kingfish and Shark or move inshore into Sarasota Bay and the inlets of Siesta Key and Longboat Key to fish for Pompano, Snook, Redfish and Trout using both live bait and artificial.

Captain Ed Hurst
Sarasota has been my home since 1956. I have fished the area waters since I was nine years old. My fishing career began in the late 1970's. I chartered offshore mostly until 1990 when I bought my first inshore guide boat. From 1995 until now I have guided anglers exclusively in the backwaters of the Sarasota local. Fly fishing is my passion and I'm an Orvis Endorsed Outfitter Guide. I enjoy guiding clients of all skill levels. Clients who don't fly fish are welcomed aboard as well.

Captain Bruce Burkhart

Capt. Bruce Burkhart is a Florida native and has lived in Sarasota for thirty years. Capt. Bruce grewup 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 decided to obtain his United States Coast Guard captain's license and become a professional guide. Since he already spent all of his free time on the water it only made sense that he turn his passion into a business.

Capt. Bruce enjoys fishing Sarasota Bay for redfish, trout, snook, black drum and other species.  His favorite fish to catch is the redfish and fishes local redfish tournaments.  He fishes near shore in the Gulf of Mexico for kingfish, mackerel, tunney and tarpon.  Tarpon season keeps him quite busy and when he is not guiding he is out trying his luck at boating a "Silver King."  The tarpon is his favorite sport fish.

He enjoys taking out anglers of all ages and particularly loves to teach the younger ones how to fish and give them that first experience they will never forget. He was raised fishing and so was his son and feels that the sport instills patience and respect for our fisheries and environment.  He has served on the board of the Coastal Conservation Association for about eight years and currently serves as Tournament Director for the annual CCA Spring Tournament.

Capt. Bruce is owner of Casual Lies Fishing Charters and  operates a Triton 22 LTS with a 200hp Mercury. Any day on the water is a good day for him and he feels very fortunate to be making a living doing what he loves to do the most.

Captain Merrily Dunn
Captain Merrily Dunn is a Florida native, and was raised in Manatee County. Fishing with her Dad at a very early age gave her an appreciation of the outdoors. She started her guiding career in 1992 shortly after becoming a manager for a Sarasota fly fishing outfitter.

Merrily has fished in the IFA, FLW and Oh, Boy Oberto professional redfish tournaments as well as the Sarasota Sportfishing Anglers’ Club Tarpon Tournament, the IWFA Islamorada Light Tackle Tournament and the IWFA Louisiana Reds & Specks/SLAM Tournament for many years and has placed either 2nd or 3rd in several and accomplished a longtime goal in winning the IWFA LTT in 2007 and in 2005, with teammate Capt. Terry Simmons, placed 4th in the Oh, Boy Oberto Redfish Cup out of Chalmette Louisiana.

She enjoys taking anglers of all levels and especially families with children who are just learning to fish. She prefers using artificial lures, jigs and plugs on light spinning tackle, as well as flies on fly fishing tackle but also uses live bait when needed. Through CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, she has held many ladies fishing clinics. Most of the women she has introduced or re-introduced to fishing have become accomplished anglers and friends.

Captain Roy String
Capt Roy has been fishing Sarasota waters the past 32yrs. I am as passionate today as when I started fishing. I fish for Tarpon (favorite) Snook,Redfish and Spotted sea Trout. I fish all of these fish with live bait, artificial , and fly. I fish from a 21ft maverick master angler and use all shimano and orvis tackle. I hope to see you on the water.

Captain Terry Simmons
A native Floridian, Capt. Terry Simmons, developed his passion of the great outdoors and his appreciation of the natural environment while growing up along the Western Gulf Coast. While in high school, he worked at Mictron, Inc. completing a four year apprenticeship to become a tool and die maker. He went on to work at Adlin Automation and enrolled with their engineering department to become an automated machine designer/engineer; this relationship eventually led him to Teleflex's Electrical Division as an electro/mechanical tech designing instrumentation for the marine industry. Shortly after leaving Teleflex, he and his brothers established a custom cabinetry shop in Sarasota. After twenty years of custom work, but because of a slowing housing market, he was looking for a change in careers. Fishing had always been a central part of his life and any spare-time he found he was either working on his boat or fishing from it. Currently Terry occasionally designs ultra high-end custom cabinetry, but only for a select number of clients, while taking up his passion of guiding and pleasure fishing.

In the late 1990’s he formed a friendship with local guide, Capt. Merrily Dunn, and decided to venture into becoming a fishing guide in 2001. He was introduced to his first guided tarpon charter and fell in love with the Silver King! They formed a partnership together as local guides, working out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, and becoming involved in professional redfish tournaments. In 2005 Terry and Merrily finished 4th in the Oh, Boy! Oberto Professional Redfish Tournament held in Chalmette, Louisiana. Terry fishes both live bait and artificial lures and does a few fly fishing charters, as well, aboard his Evinrude powered 2200 Bay Ranger.

Captain Andy Cotton
Capt. Andy Cotton specializes in light tackle, lure and fly fishing for anglers of all ages and skill levels.

He is a Florida native who grew up in Polk County, Florida. He started fishing at an early age for Largemouth Bass in the area’s lakes then moved to Sarasota in 1983. Capt. Andy made the transition to saltwater fishing and has been hooked since. One of his favorite fish to catch is the Tarpon. Tarpon fishing is Big Game fishing with light tackle. With spectacular jumps and drag screaming runs, these fish will put the best tackle and anglers to the test.

Capt. Andy also enjoys Fly fishing the flats and the coastal Gulf of Mexico for Snook, Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, False Albacore and a variety of other species. Capt. Andy is the owner of O’Fishall Guide Service and fishes out of a 20’ Action Craft Coastal Bay Boat that is rigged and ready to fish with Orvis Fly equipment and Quantum spinning tackle.

Captain Clark Wright

Capt. Clark Wright was born and raised in Venice, Florida and has been fishing the area since he could walk. Growing up in a family of fishermen and hunters, Capt. Clark was introduced to the great outdoors at a young age and it is his passion. He uses his experience now to help anglers from all over the world catch lasting memories on his fishing charters. When you spend a day on the water with Capt. Clark and you will see that he guides because he loves it. While he will admit that Tarpon are his favorite fish to pursue,

Capt. Clark specializes in many different types of fishing to accommodate everyone from beginners to advanced anglers looking for a great fishing experience. Capt. Clark guides out of a 23' Dorado that can accommodate four anglers comfortably on fishing charters. The boat is equipped with a full tower and t-top that offers shade.

Captain Kelly Kurtz

Captain Kelly Kurtz is a Sarasota native, who is the owner of Mangrove Charters. He has been passionate about fishing and hunting all of his life.

Captain Kurtz is a full-time fishing guide and operates out of a 22ft Bayscout. He specializes in light tackle using both artificial and live bait. His favorite fish to pursue is the redfish. He operates a kid-friendly business and will accomodate clients of all skill levels. He is a father that understands both fishing and kids require a great deal of patience, and will take the time to assure his client(s) a fun and educational time on the water.

Sarasota Bay
Located within the shadows of downtown Sarasota, the bay offers a variety of fishing. The lush grass flats of the north bay offer fine redfish, snook and speckled trout. Three passes longboat Pass, New Pass and Big Pass provide: pompano, bluefish, sheepshead, black drum, jack crevalle, and others.
  • Half Day Fishing (4) hours $350.00 (6) hours $450.00
  • Full Day Fishing (8) hours Sarasota Bay - $550.00
  • For 1-3 Anglers + $50 for the 4th

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Snook Alley Evening Trip
A portion of the intercoastal waterway between Sarasota and Venice that many claim has one of the largest populations of snook found anywhere in the state. Most of the snook fishing takes place at night around lighted docks. Literally dozens of snook will cruise around the structures and feed on bait that is attracted by the lights. Its night sight fishing that can be fast, furious and fun! Redfish and speckled trout also are encountered on these trips.
  • Night Snook Trip (4) Hours $425.00

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Charlotte Harbor
An all-day trip to the backcountry of world-renowned Charlotte Harbor is wild and wonderful. Miles of mangrove shoreline harbor snook, redfish, speckled trout, tarpon and others. The lush grass flats beckon experienced and beginning anglers alike. Fish Bull Bay, Turtle Bay, the West Wall, Pine Island Sound, Boca Grande, Captiva Pass and Johnson Shoals.
  • Full Day (8 hours) Charlotte Harbor $600.00

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Tarpon Fishing
The clear blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico offer sight-fishing for tarpon at its best from May through mid-July. Tarpon of 120 pounds or more jumped daily during the season on fly, plug and spin tackle. Even though the water ranges from 12 to 25 feet in depth, many of the fish are encountered on the surface or just below. Tarpon fishing charters are limited to two anglers per trip.
  • Mid May - Mid July $550.00 (for 2 anglers + 50.00 for 3rd)

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Book early for Tarpon to ensure you and your party of the best dates. Tarpon season starts May through mid-July. Please make your reservations early.

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Phone: 941-349-4400
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Instructional Fly-Fishing Trip
Put the casting skills you have learned to use on the water. This will give you an opportunity to deal with fishing situations from the deck of a boat or by wading. Learn how to cast under mangroves and docks and how wind and current affect different fishing situations. You may have an opportunity to practice sight fishing, which is one of the most rewarding forms of fly-fishing.
  • Instructional Fly-Fishing Trip (4 hours) $350.00

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Fly-Casting Private Instructions
Fly-Casting Private Instructions $50.00 an hour.

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What You Need to Bring (Available at CB's 7a.m.-6p.m. daily)
  • Fishing hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses Boat shoes or sneakers with light color soles (no blacksoles please) Clothing: cool comfortable clothing in the warm months, (light jackets are sometimes needed on summer mornings); jackets, rain gear, sweaters, sweatshirts, long pants during winter. THINK LAYERS. Food, snacks, drinks
  • Camera (capture that Kodak moment)
What We Provide
  • Professional Guide All fishing tackle provided. Saltwater fishing license - You are covered under our guides license
  • Ice cooler

We do ask for a credit card number (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) to confirm and have a 2 week cancellation notice required *policy unless extreme weather (the guide will make the call on the weather) Confirmed Tarpon Trips have a one month cancellation policy.


Calendar of Fish
Fish Known to be Caught in Our Area
BluefishBonitoCobia Jack Crevalle
KingfishLadyfishLane Snapper Mangrove Snapper
PompanoSnookSpanish Mackerel Speckled Trout
BluefishCobiaJack Crevalle Ladyfish
Mangrove SnapperPompanoRedfish Snook
Speckled TroutTarponTripletail  
BarracudaBlack GrouperBlacktip Shark Bluefish
BonitaCobiaDolphin Gag Grouper
Greater AmberjackHammerhead SharkJack Crevalle Kingfish
Lane SnapperLemon SharkLittle Tunny Mangrove Snapper
Nurse SharkPermitTarpon Tripletail

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1249 Stickney Point Road on Siesta Key
(at Stickney Point Bridge)
Sarasota, Florida 34242
941-349-4400 Fax: 941-346-1148
Open Daily 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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1000 Blvd. of the Arts,
Sarasota, FL 34236
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