Capt. Andy Cotton’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: October 27th, 2014 by Andy Cotton

 

Capt Andy Cotton

Capt Andy Cot­ton hold­ing a nice tripletail.

The coastal Gulf along the beaches from Long­boat Key to Siesta Key has been pro­duc­ing very well this past week. We have had great action with Span­ish mack­erel, false alba­core, triple­tail and king­fish. With the fastest action being with the Span­ish mack­erel using DOA CAL Shad Tail jigs and spoons trailed behind a clear bob­ber while cast­ing in to schools of break­ing fish or birds div­ing. With the schools of mack­erel, there has been false alba­core work­ing the out­side edges of these fish. You have to be fast on the draw when cast­ing to albies when they are work­ing a pod of bait as they can be in front of you one minute and gone the next.

Triple­tail can be a lit­tle eas­ier on days when con­di­tions allow, with these fish accu­racy is key. You will find triple­tail hang­ing around chan­nel mark­ers, float­ing debris and crab pot floats. Cast a DOA shrimp within the strike zone of these fish and they will pounce on it! Troll for king­fish using lipped plugs and spoons with a no #2 planer. King­fish can be found around arti­fi­cial reef/wrecks, hard bot­tom and some­times seen blast­ing through schools of bait in to the air.

Andy Cotton

Capt. Andy Cot­ton is a native Florid­ian and an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fish­ing Guide out CB’s Salt­wa­ter Out­fit­ters on Siesta Key. He enjoys Fly fish­ing the flats and the coastal Gulf of Mex­ico for Snook, Red­fish, Spot­ted Sea trout, False Alba­core and a vari­ety of other species.


Capt. Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: October 27th, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Action is steady on the deep flats for a vari­ety of species, though most of the speck­led trout have been small. A few nice Span­ish mack­erel are being caught, along with lady­fish, jacks, and other species. Strong north­east winds forced us to con­cen­trate on the east side of Sara­sota Bay. Live shrimp, Bass assas­sin jigs, and Rapala X-Raps all caught fish this week. Snook are mov­ing into the back­wa­ters and onto the flats and bars through­out the area. Span­ish mack­erel and false alba­core are becom­ing more plen­ti­ful in the inshore Gulf of Mex­ico and hit jigs, spoons, plugs, flies, and live bait. That action should really start to heat up with the east winds that are being pre­dicted for the up-coming week.

Sarasota resident Bonnie Czepiel caught this nice speck on a small chartreuse jig in Lake Manatee

Bon­nie Czepiel caught this speck in Lake Manatee

I had some boat main­te­nance to do, and as it is the time of year that I start fresh­wa­ter and river fish­ing, I did a lit­tle “prospect­ing” early in the week. Sum­mer is over and it is time to get back to some fresh­wa­ter and river fish­ing! We did have a LOT of rain in Sep­tem­ber, and the Myakka was at flood stage for sev­eral weeks. The water is reced­ing, how­ever it is still high and fast; not really fish-able. I have spent some time on both Upper Myakka Lake and Lake Man­a­tee this week. Upper Myakka Lake pro­duced a few bream and tilapia, but Lake Man­a­tee was bet­ter, giv­ing up some nice bream, small bass, and the big news; the speck­led perch (crap­pie to out north­ern friends) bite is heat­ing up! Specks are schooled up on the chan­nel edges in 8′ to 15′ of water and are hit­ting small brightly col­ored jigs, Bee­tle Spins, Road Run­ners, and of course, live min­nows. The fish should move up shal­low as it cools off. We actu­ally caught a 22″ snook in the lake on a top­wa­ter plug! The large­mouth bite has been a bit slow but should improve with cool­ing water tem­per­a­tures. Snook will start to show up in both rivers shortly.

Brandon Bodenhamer from Splendora, TX caught this snook on a shrimp near a bridge fender.

Bran­don Boden­hamer shows-off this nice snook.

On Thurs­day Bran­don Boden­hamer, Matt Byers, and Doug Haley, all from Texas and on Siesta Key for a wed­ding, went out on a 6 hour char­ter. The trip started off great, with Bran­don catch­ing a decent snook on his first cast, free lin­ing a shrimp near the Stick­ney Point bridge fender. He then caught a jack near Phillippi Creek on a Rapala. We moved to Big Pass where the boys caught sev­eral lady­fish on Bass assas­sin jigs and live shrimp. As the tide picked up, birds and fish began work­ing heav­ily. Unfor­tu­nately, the wind also cranked up, mak­ing it too dif­fi­cult to fish. We spent the rest of the char­ter cast­ing jigs and live shrimp at Marina Jacks, Radio Tower, and Stephen’s Point. Action was good at each spot, though none of the fish were hugs. Matt landed a nice Span­ish mack­erel, plenty of small trout were caught, as well as gag grouper, sea bass, jacks, sail cats, and ladyfish.

Capt. Jim Klopfer

Jim’s Adven­ture Char­ters is a fam­ily ori­ented guide ser­vice that caters to anglers of all skill lev­els in a relaxed, fun envi­ron­ment . He can accom­mo­date up to 4 anglers on his 20′ Key West bay boat. Char­ters are cus­tomized to the clients sched­ule, expe­ri­ence, expec­ta­tions, and location.


Capt. Jack Ryan’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: October 26th, 2014 by Capt. Jack Ryan

 

Good results inshore with good num­bers of Snook

Good results inshore with good num­bers of Snook

Cus­tomers on the Sea Dog char­ter boat w/ Capt. Jack Ryan out of CB’s had good results inshore with good num­bers of Snook to 23” on live shrimp at Stick­ney Pt. bridge. Also Jacks to 4 lbs. and Man­grove snap­per were hit­ting shrimp. On the area flats such as the Mid­dle grounds some Span­ish Mack­erel and numer­ous small Trout were bend­ing our rods.

Near shore off Big Pass has exploded with Lit­tle Tun­nies to 10 lbs. and more Span­ish Mack­erel. We had a ball out there cast­ing Cotee Jigs any color and enjoy­ing scream­ing drags and long runs and 15 min­utes battles.

Our cus­tomers could not believe the fight these fish put on their arms.

Capt. Jack Ryan

Come aboard the Sea Dog with Cap­tain Jack Ryan and expe­ri­ence some of Florida’s best Salt­wa­ter Fish­ing in the beau­ti­ful waters in and around Sara­sota. We offer both Inshore and Off­shore Fish­ing Char­ters cov­er­ing areas from Venice south, straight on up through Braden­ton Beach.


Capt. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: October 26th, 2014 by Capt. Ed Hurst

 

Cyndy Schram of Sarasota, enjoyed a glorious morning fishing Sarasota Bay

Cindy Schramof enjoyed fish­ing in Sara­sota Bay.

Bruce and Cyndy Schram of Sara­sota, enjoyed a glo­ri­ous morn­ing fish­ing Sara­sota Bay. They man­aged to catch trout, lady­fish, mack­erel, floun­der, jacks and blue­fish. They were spin fish­ing using Cotee 1/4 oz jigs with gold grub tails and Mr. Twister Exudes.

The Rin­gling Flats and Mid­dle Grounds pro­duced the most fish. The weather the past week has been fan­tas­tic. What a time to be out enjoy­ing the good fish­ing and great weather.

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 now he’s guided anglers exclu­sively in the back­wa­ters of Sara­sota local. Fly fish­ing is his pas­sion and he’s an Orvis Endorsed Out­fit­ter Guide.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: October 26th, 2014 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Anglers fish­ing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Salt­wa­ter Out­fit­ters on Siesta Key, had good action catch­ing and releas­ing false alba­core (lit­tle tunny), Span­ish mack­erel, triple­tail, floun­der, snook, reds and trout on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails in Tampa and Sara­sota Bays and Char­lotte Har­bor dur­ing the past week.

Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers member Mike Kwasny had good action catching and releasing false albacore and tripletailon flies in the coastal gulf off Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Man­grove Coast Fly Fish­ers mem­ber Mike Kwasny.

Man­grove Coast Fly Fish­ers mem­bers Mike Kwasny and Ken Babineau fished the coastal gulf off Sara­sota with me on Mon­day. With stone crab sea­son now open, there is plenty of struc­ture to hold triple­tail. We found sev­eral triple­tail and caught and released 2. This is a great sight fish­ing oppor­tu­nity! Later in the morn­ing, we found some false alba­core feed­ing on the sur­face and they each caught and released their first one on my Gras­sett Snook Min­now fly.

Tim Gra­ham, from Nokomis, FL and Dale Voll­rath, from Sara­sota, FL, fished the Terra Ceia area with me on Wednes­day. They caught and released 7 or 8 snook to 27”, 4 reds to 26”, numer­ous trout and a big floun­der on top water plugs and CAL jigs with shad tails. A good day!

Frank Zaffino, from Rochester, NY, got in on the action in the coastal gulf off Boca Grande, catching and releasing numerous false albacore and Spanish mackerel on Clouser and Grassett Snook Minnow flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Frank Zaffino got in on the action in the coastal gulf.

Frank Zaffino, from Rochester, NY, fished the coastal gulf near Boca Grande with me on Thurs­day. Our plan was to fish the back­coun­try for reds and snook, but I checked the coastal gulf before head­ing in that direc­tion and found the action with Span­ish mack­erel and false alba­core too hot to leave. Frank caught and released 4 or 5 albies to 10-pounds and numer­ous Span­ish mack­erel to 3-pounds on Clouser and Gras­sett Snook Min­now flies. The fall bite in the coastal Gulf of Mex­ico is on!

Nick Red­ing, from Long­boat Key, FL, fished Sara­sota Bay with me on Fri­day. We waded sev­eral bars and caught and released trout and jacks on Gras­sett Flats Min­now and Gur­gler flies. Rusty Chin­nis, from Long­boat Key, FL and I fished the 10th annual CCA Florida-Sarasota Chap­ter and Man­grove Coast Fly Fish­ers “Fall Fly Fish­ing Chal­lenge” on Sat­ur­day. Anglers fished for a vari­ety of species in the catch, photo and release, fly fish­ing only tournament.

Capt. Chris Har­giss, from Sara­sota, FL was the win­ner of the Open divi­sion and Justin Ham­blet, from Sara­sota, FL was the win­ner of the Fly Angler divi­sion. Thanks to Orvis, CB’s Salt­wa­ter Out­fit­ters, Econ­omy Tackle, Andy Thor­nal Com­pany, Simm’s, Craig Smoth­ers (saltflys.com) and Capt. Jeff Olsen for donat­ing awards or raf­fle prizes. In addi­tion to good peo­ple, good food and good fish­ing, the event also raises money for CCA’s and MCFF’s con­ser­va­tion efforts.

Span­ish mack­erel and false alba­core in the coastal gulf should be one of the best options now depend­ing on con­di­tions. Look for bait schools, div­ing birds or break­ing fish to find them. Trout, blues, Span­ish mack­erel and more should be good options on deep grass flats of Sara­sota Bay. Snook fish­ing should be good around lighted docks and bridges at night or on shal­low flats early in the day. You might also find reds and trout along with snook on lighted docks this time of year.

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. Jack Ryan’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: October 19th, 2014 by Capt. Jack Ryan

 

Snook fish­ing in the early AM out of CB’s

Snook fish­ing in the early A.M. out of CB’s Outfitters

Snook fish­ing in the early AM out of CB’s pro­duced linesiders from 21–24” around area bridges. We were float­ing good size live shrimp under the lights to get our hits. Lady­fish and Man­grove snap­per were also hit­ting the shrimp. After that we moved into Sara­sota Bay with Pilchards and live shrimp on the grass flats.

Our encoun­ters were Span­ish Mack­erel and Jacks. Most of the Trout were small. We had to fish hard and move to var­i­ous loca­tions to catch some keepers.

Only one Black Nose shark was caught all week. This com­ing week our near shore reefs should pro­duce Span­ish and King Mack­erel. It’s time. Let’s Go Fishing.

Capt. Jack Ryan

Come aboard the Sea Dog with Cap­tain Jack Ryan and expe­ri­ence some of Florida’s best Salt­wa­ter Fish­ing in the beau­ti­ful waters in and around Sara­sota. We offer both Inshore and Off­shore Fish­ing Char­ters cov­er­ing areas from Venice south, straight on up through Braden­ton Beach.


Capt. Bruce Burkhart’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: October 19th, 2014 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

Last week the fish­ing stayed steady all week long. Trout, Grouper, Black Sea Bass, Floun­der, Lady­fish and some three to four foot Sharks were the catch of the week. I am ready to get out on the beach for the Kings, Mack­erel and Tunny if the water temp will drop a few more degrees.

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. Roy String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: October 19th, 2014 by Capt. Roy String

 

The fish­ing this past week started out great with big num­bers of trout,jacks, mack­erel.… I was aver­ag­ing 60–75 fish on a 4 hr trip… We had a cold front move thru and that slowed the fish­ing on Thurs­day and Fri­day… I fished on the flats on Sat­ur­day strictly for snook and red­fish and we had a great day with 30 snook up to 6 lbs and 7 reds fish up to 8 lbs … Fall is def­i­nitely here and we will start see­ing a lot of mack­erel and king­fish show­ing up along the beaches… The bay fish­ing will con­tinue the way it has been!!!! The key to all of the fish­ing I have been hav­ing is def­i­nitely the use of live bait!!!! Hope to see every­one on the water soon!

Capt. Roy String

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


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: October 19th, 2014 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Anglers fish­ing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Salt­wa­ter Out­fit­ters on Siesta Key, had good action catch­ing and releas­ing false alba­core (lit­tle tunny), Span­ish mack­erel, trout, jacks, blue­fish, snook and a tar­pon on flies and DOA Lures in Sara­sota Bay dur­ing the past week.

I par­tic­i­pated in the Florida Coun­cil of the Inter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Fly Fish­ers (IFFF) 2014 “Fly Fish­ing Expo” at the Plan­ta­tion Resort in Crys­tal River, FL last Fri­day and Sat­ur­day. I did pre­sen­ta­tions both days on “Fly Fish­ing the Coastal Gulf for False Alba­core, Triple­tail and Cobia”. The annual event, with head­lin­ers Bob Clouser and Wanda Tay­lor, fea­tured pre­sen­ta­tions on numer­ous fly fish­ing top­ics, fly tying work­shops and fly cast­ing clin­ics. Fly fish­ing indus­try ven­dors, includ­ing Orvis, Sage, TFO, Car­bon Marine and more dis­played the lat­est inno­va­tions in the indus­try. Fly tying guru, Enrico Puglisi, was on hand dis­play­ing his lat­est prod­ucts and tying his cre­ations. Local fly tiers Craig Smoth­ers and Les Fulcher also tied flies at the event.

Dan Olson, from Sarasota, FL had good action catching and releasing false albacore on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms while fishing the coastal gulf off Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Dan Olson catch­ing and releas­ing false albacore.

John Gar­cia, from San Fran­cisco, CA and Dan Olson, from Sara­sota, FL, fished the coastal gulf with me last Sun­day. They had fast action catch­ing and releas­ing 8 albies to 12-pounds and numer­ous Span­ish mack­erel on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with 3” shad tails and 4” jerk worms. The action was fast and furi­ous and even attracted some sharks into the frenzy. Unfor­tu­nately a bull shark attacked one of our fish and was briefly hooked before bit­ing through the leader. Great action!

We caught and released a few trout and a blue­fish on flies, CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Com­bos on Monday’s trip in Sara­sota Bay. Jon Yenari and Kyle Ruff­ing, both from Sara­sota, FL. fished Tampa Bay with me on Tues­day. A strong front came through at about 9 AM that morn­ing and forced us to take cover for a while. They caught and released numer­ous trout and a snook on top water plugs, CAL jigs with shad tails and weedless-rigged plas­tic baits.

Bryce Boothe and Scott Myers, both from Sarasota, FL, doubled up on this Sarasota Bay jack and bluefish and Scott also caught and released a shark on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Bryce Boothe and Scott Myers, both from Sara­sota FL

Bryce Boothe and Scott Myers, both from Sara­sota, FL, fished deep grass flats on both sides of Sara­sota Bay with me on Wednes­day and had good action catch­ing and releas­ing trout, blue­fish, jacks and a nice shark on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Com­bos. We found a large school of reds, jacks and blues all mixed together and they fin­ished the day strong, even catch­ing and releas­ing a shark out of the school!

John Evans, shown below, trav­eled all the way from the UK and fished Sara­sota Bay with me on Thurs­day. He had some action catch­ing and releas­ing trout on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly near But­ton­wood Har­bor. We found some juve­nile tar­pon work­ing in an area and John caught and released his first tar­pon on an Enrico Puglisi fly. Even though it was a small one the thrill was big!

John Evans, from the UK, caught and released his first tarpon on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

John Evans caught and released his first tarpon.

Capt. Ed Hurst, Capt. Kelly Stil­well, Capt. Andy Cot­ton and I were instruc­tors in CB’s Salt­wa­ter Out­fit­ters Orvis “Fly Fish­ing 101” class on Sat­ur­day. The intro­duc­tory fly fish­ing class cov­ered fly cast­ing basics and fly tackle rig­ging. Par­tic­i­pants also had an oppor­tu­nity to cast Orvis fly tackle. Look for future Orvis “Fly Fish­ing 101” classes and Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fish­ing Schools at CB’s Salt­wa­ter Out­fit­ters. The next Orvis-Endorsed school will be held on Nov 22nd. Fly cast­ing basics, line con­trol, shoot­ing line, roll cast, leader con­struc­tion, fly selec­tion and salt­wa­ter fly fish­ing tech­niques will be cov­ered in the course. With a focus on basic fly cast­ing prin­ci­ples, we will also work with cast­ers on cor­rect­ing faults and improv­ing cast­ing skills. Cost for the school, which will run from 8:30 AM to 3 PM, is $150 per per­son and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, a text book and lunch. Con­tact CB’s Salt­wa­ter Out­fit­ters at (941) 349‑4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations.

There is still time to sign up for the Man­grove Coast Fly Fish­ers and the Sara­sota Chap­ter of Coastal Con­ser­va­tion Association’s 10th annual “Fall Fly Fish­ing Chal­lenge” on Oct. 25, 2014. The catch, photo and release, fly fish­ing only event will fea­ture an Open Divi­sion, for guides and guided anglers (all anglers are eli­gi­ble to com­pete in the Open Divi­sion) and a Fly Angler Divi­sion (no guides). Entry fee is $50 and includes an awards BBQ fol­low­ing the tour­na­ment at the Mead­ows Com­mu­nity Asso­ci­a­tion build­ing, 2004 Long­meadow, Sara­sota, FL 34235. There will be an angler meet­ing at 7:30 PM on Fri­day evening, Oct 24 at Gecko’s, 351 N. Cat­tle­man Rd, Sara­sota, FL (for­merly Trader Vic’s) with angler check-in begin­ning at 6:30 PM. Appli­ca­tions are avail­able at area tackle shops or online at www.ccaflorida.org or www.mangrovecoastflyfishers.com .Call me at (941) 923‑7799 for more information.

Look for Span­ish mack­erel and false alba­core in the coastal gulf. Trout, blues, Span­ish mack­erel and more should be good options on deep grass flats of Sara­sota Bay. Look for bait schools, div­ing birds or break­ing fish to find them. You may find reds school­ing on edges of bars or shal­low grass flats when the tide is low. Snook fish­ing should be good around lighted docks and bridges at night or on shal­low flats early in the day. You might also find reds and trout along with snook on lighted docks this time of year.

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. Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: October 18th, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Fish­ing was decent this week, bet­ter ear­lier in the week before a front moved through. Speck­led trout, Span­ish mack­erel, gag grouper, jack crev­elle, man­grove snap­per, floun­der, black sea bass, lady­fish, and sharks were landed by clients using live pilchards and threadfins on the grass flats near Big Pass and Stephen’s Pt. Snook, jacks, and man­grove snap­per hit the live bait near oys­ter bars in Robert’s Bay. Clients landed two small yel­low­tail snap­per this week, a por­tent of things to come??

Allison Ruggari from Morristown, NJ shows off a tasty mangrove snapper

Alli­son Rug­gari shows off a tasty man­grove snapper

I started my week off on Sun­day with a char­ter for Brad Bar­don and his fiance Alli­son Rug­gari, both from Mor­ris­town, NJ. I caught bait and we started off cast­ing threadfins towards the edge of a grass flat near Bird Key. For a cou­ple of hours, action was steady on Span­ish mack­erel, speck­led trout, man­grove snap­per, gag grouper, black sea bass, and floun­der. Brad even caught a small yel­low­tail snap­per; VERY unusual! We decided to fin­ish up look­ing for snook and hit a canal in Robert’s Bay. The cou­ple caught snap­per, snook, and jack crev­elle to fin­ish up the trip.

Long time client and friend Chaz Boyter from New Jer­sey fished with me on Mon­day. We started off cast­ing Rapala top­wa­ter plugs and X-Raps near the mouth of Phillippi Creek on the out­go­ing tide. Chaz had a cou­ple of blow-ups and a small jack hit an X-Rap, but that was about it. I caught bait and Chaz had a bite on almost every cast for over an hour near Big Pass, mostly speck­led trout but a few mack­erel and other species, too. We fin­ished up look­ing for snook and jacks, but only caught one of each.

The weather was bad Tues­day and Wednes­day, no fish­ing for me. Stan Bell, his wife Ash­ley, and boys Blake (2) and Brent (5) from Okla­homa, joined me on Thurs­day. I started off with some live shrimp near the Radio Tower, with young Blake catch­ing an 18″ speck­led trout and the oth­ers pitch­ing in with gag grouper, smaller trout, and sea bass. As expected, Blake did not last too long, he is only two years old after all, so I took him and Ash­ley back to the dock. With Brent and Stan aboard, I loaded up with bait and we sat near Big Pass, catch­ing trout, grouper, snap­per, jacks, and Span­ish mack­erel, get­ting a bite on nearly every cast. Stan wanted a shark, so I cut up a mack­erel and Stan landed a nice 30 lb shark to fin­ish up the trip!

Con­di­tions were tough on Fri­day for Gina and Mike Kymer, from Michi­gan. We were greeted with clas­sic post-friontal con­di­tions, NE wind, blue-bird sky, and high pres­sure. The first few hours were VERY slow, but a run to the Rin­gling flats proved to be a good choice, as they fin­ished up with good action on speck­led trout, Span­ish mack­erel, a lot of jack crev­elle, lady­fish, sea bass, and grouper.

Capt. Jim Klopfer

Jim’s Adven­ture Char­ters is a fam­ily ori­ented guide ser­vice that caters to anglers of all skill lev­els in a relaxed, fun envi­ron­ment . He can accom­mo­date up to 4 anglers on his 20′ Key West bay boat. Char­ters are cus­tomized to the clients sched­ule, expe­ri­ence, expec­ta­tions, and location.


Capt. Andy Cotton’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: October 13th, 2014 by Andy Cotton

 

There was fast action in the coastal Gulf of Mex­ico this past week. Anglers aboard my boat the O’Fish All, out of CB’s Salt­wa­ter Out­fit­ters on Siesta key, scored with cobia, Span­ish mack­erel, sharks and false albacore.

Andrew Wil­son from Ten­nessee fished with me in the bay and the coastal Gulf on Sat­ur­day and again on Mon­day.

Andrew Wil­son from TN used DOA CAL Shad tail jigs

Andrew Wil­son from Ten­nessee and his father-in-law George from Venice, FL fished with me in the bay and the coastal Gulf on Sat­ur­day and again on Mon­day. Andrew and George had great action with cobia, spot­ted seatrout, jack crevalle in the bay and false alba­core in the Gulf using DOA CAL Shad tail jigs.

Thurs­day out­door writer and pho­tog­ra­pher Rusty Chin­nis from Long­boat Key fished with me in the coastal Gulf. Rusty is writ­ing an upcom­ing arti­cle on fall fish­ing off­shore for the Anna Maria Sun paper. We set out into the Gulf and located some large groups of div­ing birds and break­ing fish just off the beaches in Sara­sota. Fly rod in hand, Rusty scored with Span­ish mack­erel and false alba­core. Over the next few hours we caught and landed numer­ous false alba­core and Span­ish mack­erel on fly tackle and spin­ning tackle using DOA CAL Shad tail jigs.

Action should con­tinue to be good in the coastal Gulf when weather per­mits. Look for birds and bait work­ing on the sur­face as this can be a dead give­away that there are preda­tors below.

Andy Cotton

Capt. Andy Cot­ton is a native Florid­ian and an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fish­ing Guide out CB’s Salt­wa­ter Out­fit­ters on Siesta Key. He enjoys Fly fish­ing the flats and the coastal Gulf of Mex­ico for Snook, Red­fish, Spot­ted Sea trout, False Alba­core and a vari­ety of other species.


Capt. Jack Ryan’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: October 12th, 2014 by Capt. Jack Ryan

 

Near off­shore waters were pro­duc­ing Red grouper to 19”, Key West grunts, and Man­grove snap­per up to 14inches.

A good vari­ety were caught on live shrimp under corks

Inshore fish­ing on the Sea Dog out of CB’s was of a good vari­ety of five Bon­net­head sharks, Pom­pano up to 18”, lots of Trout that were 14–18”, Sea Bass, and Span­ish Mack­erel. The area of best inter­est was mark­ers 5 and 7 for the sharks. Our cus­tomers caught all these fish on live shrimp under corks. At the Mid­dle Grounds on the incom­ing tide chum­ming with some small live Pilchards brought in the Trout and the Span­ish Mackerel.

Near off­shore waters were pro­duc­ing Red grouper to 19”, Key West grunts, and Man­grove snap­per up to 14” at the M reefs. There was no need to chum as I often do, just put your bait Pilchard or shrimp and bang they are on. It was a lot of fun for my crew that day.

Capt. Jack Ryan

Come aboard the Sea Dog with Cap­tain Jack Ryan and expe­ri­ence some of Florida’s best Salt­wa­ter Fish­ing in the beau­ti­ful waters in and around Sara­sota. We offer both Inshore and Off­shore Fish­ing Char­ters cov­er­ing areas from Venice south, straight on up through Braden­ton Beach.


Capt. Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: October 11th, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

I was on vaca­tion for sev­eral weeks, it was fun, but nice to be back. Despite a bunch of rain, action was good through­out the area. The deep flats, the passes, and back­wa­ters pro­duced snook, speck­led trout, blue­fish, Span­ish mack­erel, jack crev­elle, black sea bass, man­grove snap­per, gag grouper, floun­der, lady­fish, and a remora. Bass Assas­sin Sea Shad, olive Rapala X-Raps, and live pilchards pro­duced fish on char­ters this week. Snook are mov­ing back into the bays and are being caught near oys­ter bars along with jack crev­elle and snap­per. I had a bunch of bait left over one morn­ing and hit a cou­ple spots in Lit­tle Sara­sota Bay on the way back in. The water was stained, but speck­led trout, blue­fish, and las­dy­fish responded to the chum on bars that dropped off into deeper water.

Bonnie Czepiel caught this fat trout at Stephen's Point. On the water with Capt. Jim Klopfer.

Bon­nie Czepiel caught this fat trout at Stephen’s Point

Mon­day Sara­sota res­i­dent Bon­nie Czepiel had a decent day, expe­ri­enc­ing steady action on a vari­ety of species. We started off in Big Pass, catch­ing break­ing lady­fish using Bass assas­sin 4″ Sea Shad jigs. I then caught bait and we hit sev­eral flats near Big Pass and up at Stephen’s Pt, with Bon­nie land­ing speck­led trout to 18″, Span­ish mack­erel, blue­fish, sea bass, gag grouper, floun­der, lady­fish, man­grove snap­per, and remora.

Bucky Wells from Hunt­ing­ton, MD treated his son in law Paul and grand­son Logan (8) to a char­ter on Tues­day. Action was steady, though it slowed down later in the morn­ing. Lady­fish were once again thick in Big Pass, and after we got tired of catch­ing them three at a time, we moved to the flats. Logan had the hot hand, land­ing the two largest trout and a nice Span­ish mackerel.

David Johnson and his buddies each caught a snook on Saturday morning

David John­son caught a snook on Sat­ur­day morning

Jacob Mirecki and his buddy Tom from Chicago, IL had a very good trip mid-week. We left from CB’s salt­wa­ter Out­fit­ters on Siesta Key and idled north. Along the way we ran across some break­ing fish and stopped to take a look. Hand-sized jacks and a nice 17″ floun­der fell prey to Bass Assas­sin jigs and Rapala X-Raps. The dol­phin moved in and shut them down, so I pro­ceeded to Big Pass. A few lady­fish hit jigs, then I caught some bait. The deep flats near Otter Key pro­duced speck­led trout, sea bass, gag grouper, lady­fish, and other species. Action slowed and I was mak­ing a move when I spot­ted a huge school of break­ing lady­fish. We caught then two at a time until the boys had enough. We fin­ished up in Robert’s Bay catch­ing small snook, man­grove snap­per, and jack crev­elle to 3 pounds on pilchards.

I fished a two boat char­ter with Capt Roy on Sat­ur­day. I had David John­son, Jeff Roche, and Steve Pat­ter­son, all from east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia. I caught bait and we sat in one spot near Bird Key, catch­ing Span­ish mack­erel, speck­led trout, jacks, and snap­per for an hour and a half. The tide was ebbing out and almost slack and the fish quit. I ran south to catch the tide still mov­ing and we had good action at the mouth of a res­i­den­tial canal. Each of the boys caught a snook, along with decent sized jacks and snap­per on live bait.

Capt. Jim Klopfer

Jim’s Adven­ture Char­ters is a fam­ily ori­ented guide ser­vice that caters to anglers of all skill lev­els in a relaxed, fun envi­ron­ment . He can accom­mo­date up to 4 anglers on his 20′ Key West bay boat. Char­ters are cus­tomized to the clients sched­ule, expe­ri­ence, expec­ta­tions, and location.


Capt. Kelly Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: October 7th, 2014 by Capt. Kelly Kurtz

 

It's a great time of year to be on the water

With the fish bit­ing like this you don’t want to miss it

and you don’t want to miss this time of year. Its as good as it gets! Snook, red­fish, man­grove snap­per, trout, floun­der, you name it, it’s feed­ing heav­ily before win­ter time arrives.

Fill your livewell with green­backs and a few shrimp and get ready for a party in your boat. Pick the peak tides with the solar lunar cal­en­dar. It’s only going to get better.

The man­grove bite is fan­tas­tic as well as trout, with man­groves and lot of Span­ish mack­eral on the deeper grass flats.

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. Bruce Burkhart’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: October 5th, 2014 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

Last week in Sara­sota Bay we had some good days catch­ing a vari­ety of fish. Throw­ing CAL jigs and Gulp jigs we had the Mack­erel, Trout, Black Sea Bass, Floun­der, Gag Grouper, Man­grove Snap­per and Lady­fish keep­ing the rods bent.

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.