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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Capt. Andy Cotton

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.


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.