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