Capt Roy String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 17th, 2014 by Capt. Roy String

 

The fish­ing this past week was really good. I’m still fish­ing the deep grass flats and doing well on Trout, blue­fish, and lady­fish. I’m using live pilchards, and the bait is easy to get. We’re aver­ag­ing about 50 fish per 4 hour trip. Live bait fish­ing will last well into Novem­ber and as we get into next month the snook and red­fish will be back in the bay. At that time I’ll start tar­get­ing them on a daily basis. Hope all is well with every­one and Happy Fishing!

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 Special Report From Montana

Reported: August 16th, 2014 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Capt. Jack Ryan on the water in Twin Bridges, MT

Capt. Jack Ryan on the water in Twin Bridges, MT

I hosted a group of friends and clients on a fly fish­ing trip at Crane Meadow Lodge www.cranemeadow.addr.com in Twin Bridges, MT last week. We fished the Beaver­head, Big Hole, Jef­fer­son, Ruby and Madi­son Rivers, a cou­ple of spring creeks and a high alti­tude alpine lake, either wad­ing or float­ing, where we caught and released numer­ous brown, rain­bow, cut­throat and brook trout. Many fish were caught with a vari­ety of hop­per dry fly patterns.

This is an annual trip for me and was our 13th year at the lodge. Nick Red­ing, from the St. Louis, MO area, Mike Perez and Den­nis Kin­ley, from IN, Tony Merlis from NH and I met up in Boze­man on Fri­day after­noon, 8/8 and made the 90-mile drive south­west to the lodge in Twin Bridges. We ran into Jimmy Carter in the air­port. He was on the same flight from Atlanta with Tony, who said the for­mer pres­i­dent trav­eled in coach and made his way through the entire plane shak­ing everyone’s hand on board. The fly fish­ing world is a small world!

I floated the Jef­fer­son with Tony Merlis one day and the Big Hole with Nick Red­ing another day with guide Dan Allen. We caught and released rain­bows and browns on both trips. We saw a moose along the Big Hole and a cou­ple of eagles locked talons in a bat­tle that almost put them in the river! Nick and I waded the Ruby with guides Tom Caf­frey and Matt and I caught my first cut­throat! The vari­ety of fish­ing avail­able is one of the best things about Crane Meadow Lodge. As long as I have been going there, I fished new water every day except for one this trip.

Crane Meadow Lodge guide Dave King had good action catching and releasing big browns on hoppers.

Dave King had good action on the Beaver­head River

Mike Perez and I floated the Beaverhead with guide Dave King and had good action catching and releasing browns to over 20”. Mike and Dennis Kinley also had a good day wading with guide Dave King, catching and releasing numerous rainbows and browns over 20”. Dennis and Nick had good action with brookies on the Big Hole with guides Tom and Matt another day. Tony had a couple of good days with guide Dan including some big brown trout.

The last day was one of the best when the entire group fished a high altitude alpine lake with guides Dave, Tom and Dan and Crane Meadow Lodge operator, Cody Meine. Cody and his staff of guides have become good friends over the years, which makes it even more enjoyable. The scenery was amazing as we took an hour-long drive up to about 7500’. We caught and released cutthroats and rainbows and grilled burgers for lunch. A great way to end our trip!

The weather and scenery in southwest Montana is outstanding. Temperatures ranged from a very comfortable low to mid-50’s in the morning to 80’s in the afternoon with low humidity, a welcome relief from SW Florida’s heat and humidity in August. In addition to beautiful valleys surrounded by rugged mountains, the wildlife is amazing! We saw whitetail and mule deer, hawks, eagles, ducks, geese and sand hill cranes to mention a few. We also saw numerous moose and lots of whitetails around the lodge most mornings. In addition to great fishing, we enjoyed some outstanding meals prepared by Chef Nick every evening.

Back in Sarasota, catch and release snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges and trout, blues and more on deep grass flats should be good options. Reds should be schooling up on flats of Sarasota Bay and there should still be some tarpon in the coastal gulf. You should also find tarpon in upper Charlotte Harbor and areas of Sarasota and Tampa Bay. Juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks or around bridges are also good options.

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: August 16th, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Fish­ing was steady once again this week on a vari­ety of species. Red­fish, cobia, speck­led trout, Span­ish mack­erel, blue­fish, man­grove snap­per, gag grouper, black sea bass, lady­fish, and more fell vic­tim to pilchards, threadfins, and pin­fish. Bait is plen­ti­ful and easy to catch on the flats near both passes and out on the beach. Marina Jacks, Radio Tower, and Mid­dle­grounds were the best spots for me this week.

Jake Button from Greensboro, NC caught this redfish near Selby gardens

Jake But­ton caught this red­fish near Selby gardens

I started my week off on Mon­day with Don­ald But­ton and his boys Jake and Nick. Bait was easy and after load­ing the well we fished 2 spots near Bird Key, catch­ing a half dozen Span­ish mack­erel (nice to see them back in Sara­sota Bay), speck­led trout, man­grove snap­per, gag grouper, sea bass, lady­fish, and more. Chum­ming with bait brought them up to the boat. We fin­ished up on a bar near Marina Jacks, where Jake caught a nice slot redfish.

Fish­ing was bit tougher on Tues­day for Lori and Jack McLaugh­lin from Bel­lica, MA. The tide was slack for an hour mid morn­ing, and it was dif­fi­cult get­ting any­thing going. We hit a bunch of spots, catch­ing a few fish at each one. Still, they caught speck­led trout, man­grove snap­per, gag grouper, lady­fish, sea bass, and a small cobia.

Andrew Dannehy from North Haverhill, NH landed several nice mangrove snapper at the Middlegrounds

Andrew Dan­nehy with a nice man­grove snapper

Action picked up later in the week for Michael Dan­nehy from North Haver­hill, NH and his boys Kee­gan (7) and Andrew (9). It was the boys first fish­ing trip, and they did great! I caught bait, and hit Marina jacks and the Radio Tower where the boys landed man­grove snap­per to 14″, speck­led trout to 18″, blue­fish, lady­fish, and big sail­cats. The tide quit and so did the bite, but I made a quick stop in New Pass to “re-load” with bait, and the tide turned to come back in. I anchored up at the Mid­dle­grounds, where they caught sev­eral more nice mangs and some Span­ish mack­erel to 2 pounds before we called it a morn­ing. The week ended with some unsta­ble weather in the morn­ing and a cou­ple of days off for me!

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 cus­tom suited to the clients sched­ule, expe­ri­ence level, expec­ta­tions, and location.


Capt. Bruce Burkhard’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 10th, 2014 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

Last week the tides and moon slowed fish­ing, but we still had good days on the water. Anglers fish­ing aboard the “Casual Lies ” with me had steady times of fish and slack times also. We did have some good catches of Blue­fish, Floun­der, Black Sea Bass, Trout, and Lady­fish fish­ing the deeper grass flats. We did go out to see if we could find some Red­fish, we ended up with a few short fish but got a nice 34 inch Snook.

The next week should be a great week for fish­ing in the Sara­sota area.

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. Coast Guard Captain’s license.


Capt Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 9th, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Haley Marquardt caught this huge mangrove snapper on a pilchard in Sarasota Bay

Haley Mar­quardt caught this huge man­grove snapper

Fish­ing var­ied between steady and very good this week, despite the heat. The best bet is to get out there early (or late) and make the best of the morn­ing bite. For­tu­nately, bait has been thick just off the beach and in the passes, and that has been the key to suc­cess for clients on char­ters this week. Mar­grove snap­per and speck­led trout fish­ing was VERY good, with mangs to 17″ and sev­eral speck­led trout between 24″ and 27″ being caught and released. I can not stress enough the impor­tance of releas­ing those big trout unharmed, they are cru­cial to the con­tin­ued great action that we have been expe­ri­enc­ing. Han­dle them care­fully, take a quick pic­ture, and revive them for a few moments.

Eric Naum­burg, Chris Con­ery, and John Parry fin­ished the last of four char­ters with me on Mon­day. They had already caught a bunch of nice speck­led trout and other species, so we decided to try Big Pass for snook. Unfor­tu­nately, it was quite breezy and I just could not get them going. We fin­ished up with trout, blue­fish, snap­per, and lady­fish at the Middlegrounds.

Riley Bowman from North Carolina caught this big speckled trout near Bird Key

Riley Bow­man caught speck­led trout near Bird Key

On Tues­day morn­ing, Tim Bow­man and his 10 year old daugh­ter Riley expe­ri­enced steady action on the flats near Bird Key. Free lin­ing live bait resulted in speck­led trout, man­grove snap­per, lady­fish, jack crev­elle, and for what­ever rea­son, a bunch of cat­fish. Riley had the best fish, land­ing a gor­geous 24″ speck­led trout! Wednes­day was a “rain out”, with thun­der­storms all around the passes.

Keith Williams from the UK sent his boys Thomas and Joe out fish­ing, along with his father-in-law. Fish­ing was very good, with non-stop action being found at the Marina Jack flat using pilchards. Speck­led trout, includ­ing a 27″ beauty, man­grove snap­per, lady­fish, sea bass, and grouper kept the boys busy. We tried for a shark for a bit near the end, no luck and it was bru­tally hot, so we called it a morning.

Tom Marquardt from Milwaukee, WI landed two nice trout, including this 27" beauty.

Tom Mar­quardt landed this beau­ti­ful 27″ trout

I had a ter­rific char­ter on Thurs­day with Tom Mar­quardt and his daugh­ter Haley (15) from Mil­wau­kee, WI. after catch­ing bait, I hit sev­eral deep grass flats near Bird Key. Tom caught (and released, gotta let those big girls go) a 25″ and 27″ speck­led trout. Both Tom and Haley caught slot trout, lady­fish, man­grove snap­per, sea bass, and cat­fish. Haley fin­ished up the trip with a VERY nice 17″ man­grove snap­per, great fish for the bay!

Fish­ing was not quite as good on Sat­ur­day for Kyle Drake and his teenage sons Conor and Eric, though it was still fairly steady. The prob­lem was the cor­morants; they kept eat­ing the chum and the baits! Still, they prob­a­bly caught 50 fish, includ­ing some nice man­grove snap­per, speck­led trout, lady­fish, sea bass, grouper, and blue­fish. Marker # 5 was the best spot.

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 cus­tom suited to the clients sched­ule, expe­ri­ence level, expec­ta­tions, and location.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 7th, 2014 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Jim Dempsey, from IL, caught and released this big jack on the new 4" CAL shadtail/swimbait while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jim Dempsey from IL, caught and released this big jack

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 with snook, blues and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails, DOA Deadly Com­bos and flies in Sara­sota Bay dur­ing the past week. An angler also caught and released a big jack on a CAL 4” swim bait while tar­pon fish­ing in the coastal gulf.

Denis Clo­hisy, from WI, and Jim Dempsey, from IL, fished with me on Mon­day and Tues­day. We tar­pon fished in the coastal gulf on Mon­day, which was our plan for both days. We had a west wind and rough water on Mon­day and with lim­ited sun­light, it was tough to see fish. Jim made a quick cast and caught and released a 12-pounder on a CAL 4” shad tail/swim bait when we got blitzed by a big school of jacks. We often get shots at other species while tar­pon fish­ing in the coastal gulf. We also had shots at sev­eral large cobia while tar­pon fish­ing recently. It pays to be ready!

It was too rough to fish the coastal gulf for tar­pon on Tues­day, so we fished the west side of Sara­sota Bay, which offered some pro­tec­tion. They caught and released trout and blues on Clouser flies, DOA Deadly Com­bos and CAL jigs with shad tails.

Elizabeth Heidler, from OH, with a Sarasota Bay bluefish caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Eliz­a­beth Hei­dler of Ohio holds a Sara­sota Bay bluefish

Scott Hei­dler, his son, Scott and daugh­ter, Eliz­a­beth, fished Sara­sota Bay with me on Wednes­day before the kids went off to col­lege. We started in the dark and they had good action catch­ing and releas­ing a dozen snook to 24” on CAL jigs with shad tails. We moved to deep grass flats along the west side of the bay after dawn where they caught and released trout and blues on DOA Deadly Com­bos and CAL jigs with shad tails. Action with blues on deep grass flats has been good! They are also fun to catch with top water plugs or fly poppers.

There should still be some action with tar­pon in the coastal gulf. How­ever as they thin out in the coastal gulf, they are mov­ing to inside areas where you may find them rolling on deep grass flats or in passes at first light. You also should find trout, blues and more on deep grass flats of Sara­sota Bay. Catch and release snook fish­ing should be good in the surf, in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes.

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. Roy String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 5th, 2014 by Capt. Roy String

 

The fish­ing this past week has been really good with catches of 50 to 75 fish on a 4 hr trip being com­mon right now. We are catch­ing mostly trout, with a few lady­fish mixed in. The key to the great fish­ing is the abun­dance of live bait!

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. Jack Ryan’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 3rd, 2014 by Capt. Jack Ryan

 

Nice haul… on the water with Capt. jack Ryan.

Com­ing home car­ry­ing these makes it all worth while

Show up early on the water with white bait (pilchards) decent live shrimp and some good tidal flows and you are in the thick of things for sure. Our cus­tomers caught good catches of Trout up to 20”, Man­grove Snap­per, Sea Bass, Bon­net head sharks and Red­fish. Our areas of best results were Roberts Bay, and the Mid­dle grounds. Chum­ming was the best method with the white bait and live shrimp under corks.

Off­shore we also had good results. In 45– 52 feet of water near the Ice Box ledges and chum­ming live Pilchards, cut Squid, and small Pin­fish we put fish in the cooler. Man­gove snap­per, Yel­low­tail snap­per, Por­gies, Key West grunts, Scamp, and smaller Gags were bend­ing all of our rods and cus­tomers were hav­ing a ball. We also caught lots of red grouper some up to 27 1/2”. Great days on the water.

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 Florida. We offer both Inshore and Off­shore Fish­ing Char­ters cov­er­ing areas from Venice south, straight on up through Braden­ton Beach.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 2nd, 2014 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Derek Harmer, from Orlando, FL, caught and released this snook on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing lighted docks in Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Derek Harmer fish­ing lighted docks in Sara­sota Bay

Fly anglers fish­ing the coastal gulf in Sara­sota with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Salt­wa­ter Out­fit­ters on Siesta Key, con­tin­ued to have action with tar­pon dur­ing the past week. In addi­tion, spin fish­ing anglers caught and released snook, blues, trout and man­grove snap­per on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Com­bos in Sara­sota Bay.

Tar­pon thinned out in the coastal gulf dur­ing the past week, but anglers still had a dozen or more shots per trip at fish on sev­eral trips early in the week. One tar­pon, an esti­mated 90-pound fish, was caught and released on Friday.

Tom Harmer, from Sara­sota, FL and his son, Derek Harmer from Orlando, FL, fished a predawn trip in Sara­sota Bay with me on Thurs­day. They caught and released 7 or 8 snook to 24” around lighted docks before mov­ing to the flats at dawn. They also caught and released trout, blues and man­grove snap­per on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Com­bos on deep grass flats on both sides of the bay.

Tar­pon are thin­ning out in the coastal gulf but they are aggres­sive. Most are sin­gles, dou­bles or small schools, which are post spawn fish that are hun­gry. As they thin out in the coastal gulf, they are mov­ing to inside areas where you may find them rolling at first light. You also should find trout, blues and more on deep grass flats of Sara­sota Bay. Catch and release snook fish­ing should be good in the surf, in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes.

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: August 2nd, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Chris conery from colorado holds a decent bluefish that he caught near the ringling Mansion

Chris Con­ery from Col­orado hold­ing a decent bluefish

The week started off a bit slow with slack tides and stiff breezes, but con­di­tions improved and by the end of the week fish­ing was fan­tas­tic! The speck­led trout bite really turned on, com­pli­ment­ing the already good man­grove snap­per fish­ing. Blue­fish, Span­ish mack­erel, sharks, jacks, floun­der, grouper, sea bass, and lady­fish were also landed by clients on char­ters this week. The key to fish­ing this time of year is the bait. Fish are sim­ple crea­tures and will be found near the “gro­ceries”. Find the bait and you will find the fish.

All of the flats near the passes are loaded with bait, as are the Rin­gling flats, Moor­ings, and But­ton­wood flats. The Marina Jack flats, Radio Tower, and the east side of Sara­sota Bay north of the Rin­gling Man­sion were the best spots for me this week. Catch­ing live bait and chum­ming the fish up resulted in con­stant action for clients this week. Sil­ver dol­lar sized pin­fish under floats also pro­duced some nice fish, espe­cially early in the morning.

I started my week off on Sun­day with Sara­sota res­i­dent Laura Ritchie and her dad Bill who was vis­it­ing from Akron, OH. Action was steady, mostly man­grove snap­per but also speck­led trout, floun­der, grouper, and lady­fish. We used live pilchards exclu­sively. The fish­ing would have been bet­ter but the cor­morants were really a nui­sance, eat­ing all of my chum! Still, they put plenty of fish in the boat with some tasty mangs pro­vid­ing a nice meal.

Teagan Lunn from Richmond, VA with a 22" speckled trout that hit a pilchard near Big Pass.

Tea­gan Lunn with a 22″ speck­led trout near Big Pass

On Mon­day Phil Lunn from Rich­mond, VA took his chil­dren Bren­den (14) and Tea­gan (11) out on a char­ter. Again, action was steady early before slow­ing down a bit later in the morn­ing. Man­grove snap­per, Span­ish mack­erel, gag grouper, speck­led trout, and sea bass were caught on live bait near Big Pass. Tea­gan had the fish of the trip with a 22″ speck­led trout.

On Tues­day I was part of a group trip with sev­eral fam­i­lies from Kansas. Fish­ing was a bit tough as we were greeted with 15–20 knot winds. But, we worked hard and put 8 fish, includ­ing keeper trout, mack­erel, snap­per, and sea bass on ice. The Radio tower was the best spot.

Eric Naumburg from MD caught this slot trout using live threadfin herring.

Eric Naum­burg from Mary­land caught this slot trout

Eric Naum­burg, Chris Con­ery, and John Parry fished with me for 3 days this week. On Wednes­day we worked the Bird Key and Radio Tower flats and caught small trout, sev­eral nice snap­per, a blue­fish, and lady­fish using bait. On Thurs­day we headed north from Cen­ten­nial Park and did very well, catch­ing four 20″ speck­led trout, a blue­fish, lady­fish, and 2 small black­tip sharks on Gulp! Shrimp under corks and live pin­fish. The action slowed and I net­ted up bait in New Pass and we fin­ished up with steady action at the Radio Tower. Fri­day morn­ing was even bet­ter. Once again, I ran up north near the Rin­gling Man­sion at first light. Live pin­fish caught a few fish, but it was a bit slow.

Bait was every­where, so I net­ted up a bunch of threadfins and the bite was insane! In a cou­ple of hours, the boys landed 20 or so slot trout to 23″, a half dozen man­grove snap­pers, two blue­fish, and a bunch of lady­fish using the live bait. Chris even caught sev­eral trout and lady­fish on fly. The bite quit around 9:00, so I “reloaded”: with bait and headed to New Pass in search of snook. The tide was run­ning too fast, but i spot­ted fish break­ing in the pass, so we motored over and they turned out to be big lady­fish. We had fun with them for half an hour then called it a morning.

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 cus­tom suited to the clients sched­ule, expe­ri­ence level, expec­ta­tions, and location.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Monthly Forecast for August 2014

Reported: August 2nd, 2014 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Tar­pon will move to inside waters of Sara­sota Bay, Char­lotte Har­bor and Tampa Bay this month. You may also find juve­nile tar­pon in creeks, canals and turn­ing basins. Reds will school on shal­low flats and big trout will prowl the same waters at dawn. Also look for trout on deep grass flats mixed with blues, pom­pano, Span­ish mack­erel and more. Catch and release snook fish­ing should be good around lighted docks at night or in the surf. Look for false alba­core (lit­tle tunny) to show up in the coastal gulf later in the month.

Tar­pon addicts will still be able to get their fix this month. You should still find a few tar­pon in the coastal gulf early in the month. Drift­ing live baits or cast­ing flies, DOA Bait­busters, DOA shrimp, DOA Air­heads and the new 4” CAL shad tail should all work. As tar­pon thin out along beaches, they will move to inside waters where you may find them school­ing around bridges or rolling on deep grass flats. They will also feed in schools of lady­fish that are feed­ing on the sur­face. You should also find juve­nile tar­pon from 10 to 30-pounds in creeks, canals and turn­ing basins. Your snook tackle will work fine for smaller tar­pon although you’ll need a leader of 40 to 60-pounds to keep them from going through it. Fly anglers should score with 8 or 9-weight fly rods, sink­ing lines and scaled down tar­pon flies. These smaller tar­pon are the per­fect size for DNA sam­pling and since they are young, they may pro­vide a data for years to come.

Snook sea­son remains closed this month so han­dle them gen­tly and use tackle heavy enough to catch and release them quickly. You’ll find them around lighted docks and bridges in the ICW and in the surf. Small white flies, like my Gras­sett snook Min­now, DOA shrimp or CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms should all work well. The same lures and flies will work at night and in the surf, although you should be obser­vant of what size baits are in those areas.

Reds will school up this month. You’ll find them on shal­low flats of north Sara­sota Bay, lower Tampa Bay and Gas­par­illa Sound. They’ll be eas­ier to find in shal­low water when the tide is low. Look for “ner­vous” water when it is slick calm or a slick patch of water when there is a rip­ple on the water. They may push a wake that looks like a boat wake. I try to be as quiet as pos­si­ble in shal­low water, pol­ing to locate them. Once you’ve located a school of reds, try to get ahead of them to inter­cept them, much like tar­pon fish­ing. If you work around the edges of the school, you may be able to catch a few of them before they spook. We often also find big jacks, blues and other preda­tors in the mix along with reds. Top water plugs and fly pop­pers or Gur­glers may draw some big bites. The new DOA Air­head should also be a hit with school­ing reds.

Trout fish­ing should be good this month. You may find a big trout in skinny water at first light. Focus on mul­let or bait schools to find them. Top water plugs, fly pop­pers or Gur­glers should be very effec­tive at that time of day. I always release big trout over 20”, since they are usu­ally females that may be full of roe. I like the same areas for big trout that I like for reds.

After it gets bright and starts to warm up, drop out to deeper grass flats (4’ to 8’) for trout, blues, Span­ish mack­erel and more. I like to drift and cast ahead of my drift with CAL jigs and shad tails or jerk worms or an Ultra Hair Clouser fly fished on a sink tip fly line. I make a series of drifts to locate fish and then shorten the drift or anchor depend­ing on con­di­tions. Lady­fish may feed in glass min­now schools and if they stay up long enough, it will attract trout, blues, mack­erel, tar­pon or sharks. Wide pro­file plas­tic baits or flies fished slowly around the edges of break­ing fish will help keep lady­fish off your lure or fly and give you a chance to catch a tar­pon. When blues, Span­ish mack­erel or sharks are in the mix add 6” of wire or heavy flu­o­ro­car­bon. Also look for triple­tail around crab trap floats, buoys or chan­nel mark­ers in inshore waters this month. A CAL shad tail or DOA shrimp rigged weed­less or my Gras­sett Flats Min­now fly with a weed guard should get the job done.

You might find false alba­core (lit­tle tunny) or Span­ish mack­erel in the coastal gulf this month. Look for bait­fish to find them. The Tampa Bay ship chan­nel from the Sky­way Bridge to Egmont Key is often one of the first areas where I find them this time of year. Small white flies, like my Gras­sett Snook Min­now, pop­pers or Crease flies should all work well. Spin anglers should score with CAL jigs and shad tails. You’ll need to add wire or heavy flu­o­ro­car­bon when toothy fish are around.

Even though it is one of the hottest months of the year, there are lots of options this month. I usu­ally tar­pon fish as long as I can either in the coastal gulf or in inside waters. An early start for snook or tar­pon around lighted docks or bridges and then on the flats for reds, trout and more is a good option. What­ever you choose to do, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

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 Monthly Forecast for August 2014

Reported: August 2nd, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Fishing is terrific in and around the waters of Sarasota here in August

There is a lit­tle secret here in Sara­sota; the fish­ing is ter­rific in August! Many anglers assume that the heat slows down the action, but this is far from true. The real­ity is that due to daily rain show­ers, the water tem­per­a­ture is actu­ally lower in August than it is in June. Hordes of bait fish cover the flats. This com­bi­na­tion results in excel­lent con­di­tions for anglers to suc­ceed. The best action will be early morn­ing, late after­noon, and at night.

Snook love the infu­sion of fresh water into the bay. Phillippi Creek, South Creek, Hud­son Bayou, Big Pass, New Pass and the Venice inlet are all good spots to cast a plug in search of snook as they migrate back into the bays after spawn­ing out on the beach. Shal­low div­ing plugs such as the Rapala X-Rap are very effec­tive baits. They cover a lot of water and pro­duce explo­sive strikes. Scented soft plas­tics also work well. Live shrimp, pin­fish, and pilchards will also catch a lot of snook, par­tic­u­larly once the fish are located. Out­go­ing tides at first light and in the evening are the best times to fish.

Red­fish will begin to school up in large num­bers in August. Tra­di­tion­ally, the best spots are the expan­sive flats in north Sara­sota Bay. Long Bar north to Tidy Island on the east side and the Moor­ings north to Sis­ter Keys on the west are great area to look for school­ing reds in August. The bars south of Siesta Drive are also worth a try. Weed­less gold spoons and scented soft plas­tic baits on a 1/8 ounce jig head are proven baits. Hand-picked shrimp cast into pot holes is a deadly tech­nique, too. Low, incom­ing tides are best.

The deep grass flats at Marina Jack, Bird Key, Radio Tower, Moor­ings, Bishop’s Pt., But­ton­wood, and Stephen’s Pt. will be good spots to tar­get speck­led trout. High tides in the morn­ing will pro­duce plenty of fish. Span­ish mack­erel, pom­pano, blue­fish, lady­fish, jack crev­elle, sharks, small gag grouper, and man­grove snap­per will also be caught by anglers drift­ing the deep grass. A live shrimp under a pop­ping cork works very well. A jig with a grub tail is the pre­ferred arti­fi­cial bait but plugs and spoons are also effective.

The bars form CB’s Salt­wa­ter Out­fit­ters at Stick­ney Pt. south to Black­burn Pt. will hold some very nice trout. This area does not get a lot of pres­sure in the sum­mer­time. This is an early morn­ing bite and a high tide is pre­ferred. Any oys­ter bar that drops off sharply from shal­low water into four or five feet with grass is a likely spot. Live shrimp work very well either free lined or under a cork. Rootbeer/gold and olive/red Cotee jigs are pro­duc­tive lures to cast. Red­fish and snook will also take a bait that is intended for a big speck­led trout.

In the last sev­eral years man­grove snap­per fish­ing has been out­stand­ing! Grass flats that drop off into deep water with some cur­rent flow should pro­duce plenty of nice snap­per this month. Live bait works best and bait­fish will usu­ally catch larger fish than shrimp. A 1/0 live bait hook tied on a 24” piece of 20 pound flouro­car­bon leader with just enough split shot to get to the bot­tom is the sim­ple but effec­tive rig.

Tar­pon will still be an option in the inshore Gulf, but their num­bers will be dimin­ish­ing and they will not be “show­ing” like they do ear­lier in the sea­son. Live pin­fish floated out under a cork at Point of Rocks will still pro­duce a fish or two.

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 cus­tom suited to the clients sched­ule, expe­ri­ence level, expec­ta­tions, and location.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 27th, 2014 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Kirk Grassett from Middletown, DE, had great action jumping, catching and releasing tarpon on flies while fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Kirk Gras­sett tar­pon fish­ing in the waters off Sarasota

Fly anglers fish­ing the coastal gulf in Sara­sota with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Salt­wa­ter Out­fit­ters on Siesta Key, had great action with tar­pon dur­ing the past week. We had numer­ous shots each day, jump­ing 9 tar­pon and catch­ing and releas­ing 3.

Mike Roth, from PA, tar­pon fished a few days early in the week with me. With many fac­tors it often takes numer­ous shots for it all to come together. He had numer­ous shots and it all came together for him when con­di­tions changed and he jumped 2 tar­pon on back to back casts. He fought one of the fish for 20 to 30-minutes before it chewed through the 80-pound bite tip­pet with the fish close to the boat. Per­sis­tence pays off!

My brother, Kirk Gras­sett, from Mid­dle­town, DE, vis­ited and fished a few days with me later in the week. We had good action with numer­ous shots each day, hook­ing up with 7 tar­pon and catch­ing and releas­ing 3, includ­ing an esti­mated 130 to 140-pound fish. One of the fish was DNA sam­pled and mea­sured before being suc­cess­fully released. Great action!

Tar­pon are thin­ning out in the coastal gulf but they are aggres­sive. Most are sin­gles, dou­bles or small schools, which are post spawn fish that are hun­gry. As they thin out in the coastal gulf, they are mov­ing to inside areas where you may find them rolling at first light. You also should find trout, blues and more on deep grass flats of Sara­sota Bay. Catch and release snook fish­ing should be good in the surf, in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes.

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: July 27th, 2014 by Capt. Jack Ryan

 

Landon Forde had a great day offshore fishing aboard the Sea Dog with Capt. Jack Ryan.

Lan­don Forde cel­e­brated his birth­day off­shore fishing

Lan­don Forde, birth­day boy and son of Doug Forde who is the man­ager of CB’s Out­fit­ters had a great day off­shore fish­ing with the char­ter boat SEA DOG w/ Capt Jack Ryan also out of CB’s. On a trip off Venice, Lan­don landed a nice Lit­tle Tunny about 12lbs. He also boated small sharks, Red Grouper, Yel­low­tail and lots of Man­grove snap­per of good size. It was a pro­duc­tive day for sure.

Inshore fish­ing this past week was also very good for Man­grove snap­per, Blue­fish, Bonnet-head sharks and lots of Trout 15–19 inches. Shrimp and white bait were our bait of choice, but on most trips EARLY morn­ing bite was the answer for our suc­cess because of the extreme July heat.

Loudes Gio­vanetti from Madrid, Spain was our for­eign exchange stu­dent from Span­ish Legacy for the month of July and fished with us a cou­ple of times. She caught many species of fish includ­ing this nice Trig­ger­fish out in the gulf.

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 Florida. We offer both Inshore and Off­shore Fish­ing Char­ters cov­er­ing areas from Venice south, straight on up through Braden­ton Beach.


Capt. Roy String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 27th, 2014 by Capt. Roy String

 

The sum­mer fish­ing is get­ting into high gear now with abun­dant bait and the fish school­ing on all of the deeper grass flat. I’m aver­ag­ing 50–75 fish per 4 hr trip, with the major­ity being speck­led trout and man­grove snap­per. There are also a lot of jacks, lady­fish, and a few mack­erel. The snook are still out on the beach and we are catch­ing a few in the bay. The key to the fish­ing right now is first the bait, and sec­ond start­ing as early as pos­si­ble. The water temp in the bay is now close to 90.

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.