We fish the shal­low back coun­try waters in and around Sara­sota Bay, and the inshore reefs of the Gulf of Mexico

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The char­ter ser­vice you choose could 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.

CB’s Char­ter Captains

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Capt. Rick Grassett

Rick, owner of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Ser­vice, Inc., is 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, which was the Orvis Out­fit­ter of the Year for 2011, on Siesta Key FL.

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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 TBO.com. He has been fea­tured in arti­cles by other writ­ers in Florida Sports­man, Salt­wa­ter Sports­man, Sport­fish­ing, The Fish­er­man and Fly Fish­ing in Salt­wa­ters mag­a­zines.

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Capt. 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.

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Capt. Kelly Stilwell

Kelly 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.

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Capt. Roy String

Roy’s been fish­ing these Sara­sota waters for the past 32 yrs., and he’s as pas­sion­ate today as the day he started. Tar­pon is his favorite, but he’s also pas­sion­ate about Snook, Red­fish and the Spot­ted Sea Trout as well. Roy fishes with live bait, arti­fi­cial, and fly, all from his 21 ft. Mav­er­ick Mas­ter Angler, and uses all Shi­mano and Orvis tackle.

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Capt. 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.

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Capt. 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.

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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.

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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. 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.

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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 and 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.

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Capt. Mer­rily Simmons

Cap­tain Mer­rily Sim­mons 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.

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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.

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Capt. Bruce Burkhart

Bruce 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 obtained his United States Coast Guard captain’s license becom­ing a pro­fes­sional guide.

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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.

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Capt. Terry Simmons

Terry was born and raised in Braden­ton, Florida. He became a licensed fish­ing guide in 2000 and guides clients to fish on Sara­sota Bay and the Gulf of Mex­ico using live bait, arti­fi­cial lures and some fly fish­ing aboard his 22’ Bay Ranger.

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He is a full-time guide who loves tar­pon fish­ing but any of our sea­son­ally avail­able fish should be wary of the hook. His boat can fish up to 5 anglers and fam­i­lies with chil­dren will enjoy his fun sense of humor.

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Capt. 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. He 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.

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Kelly oper­ates a kid-friendly busi­ness and will accom­mo­date 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.

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Capt. Clark Wright

Capt. Clark Wright was born and raised in Venice, Florida and has been fish­ing these local waters since he could walk. Grow­ing up in a fam­ily of fish­er­men and hunters, Clark was intro­duced to the great out­doors at a young age, and it is his pas­sion. He uses his expe­ri­ence to help anglers from all over the world catch last­ing mem­o­ries on his fish­ing charters.

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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.

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Capt. Andy Cotton

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

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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.

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Capt. Keven Wessel

Capt. Kevin Wes­sel of Bare­foot Fishin’ Char­ters was born and raised in Sara­sota, FL. He has always had a pas­sion for the ocean, and if he is not fish­ing then he is surf­ing or diving.

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He has taken sev­eral marine biol­ogy courses at State Col­lege of Florida and he has also pur­sued his other hobby of pho­tog­ra­phy by tak­ing courses at Rin­gling School of the Arts. He takes peo­ple of all ages and expe­ri­ence out fish­ing and espe­cially enjoys tying and fish­ing with his own flies.

Capt. Kevin fishes out of his 22’ Pathfinder equipped with a Minn Kota trolling motor and Minn Kota shal­low water anchor. He fishes fly fish­ing and light tackle spin gear.

Capt. Kevin loves his job guid­ing because every day is a new and dif­fer­ent expe­ri­ence on the water.

Fish Known to be Caught in Our Area

Light Tackle Fish Species

Blue­fish, Bonito, Cobia, Jack Crevalle, King­fish, Lady­fish, Lane Snap­per, Man­grove Snap­per, Pom­pano, Snook, Span­ish Mack­erel, Speck­led Trout, Tar­pon, Tripletail.

Flat Fish Species

Blue­fish, Cobia, Jack Crevalle, Lady­fish, Man­grove Snap­per, Pom­pano, Red­fish, Snook, Speck­led Trout, Tar­pon, Tripletail.

Off­shore Fish Species

Bar­racuda, Black Grouper, Black­tip Shark, Blue­fish, Bonita, Cobia, Dol­phin, Gag Grouper, Greater Amber­jack, Ham­mer­head Shark­Jack, Crevalle, King­fish, Lane Snap­per, Lemon Shark, Lit­tle Tunny, Man­grove Snap­per, Nurse Shark, Per­mit, Tar­pon, Tripletail.

Note: Florida Fish and Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Com­mis­sion Reg­u­late the tak­ing of cer­tain salt­wa­ter species by species, min­i­mum size lim­its, closed sea­son and daily bag limit. Months marked X below are closed season.

SPECIES
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
BLUE FISHXXXXX
BONITAXXXXXX
COBIA
FLOUNDER
RED GROUPER
GAG GROUPERXXXXXXX
BLACK GROUPER
KINGFISHXXXXXX
REDFISH
RED SNAPPERXXXXXXXXMay 24 — July 14X
SNOOKXXXXXXX
SPANISH MACKERELXXXXXX
SPECKLED TROUT
TARPON
TRIPLETAIL