Capt Jack Ryan’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 21st, 2014 by Capt. Jack Ryan

 

July fish­ing is hot weather fish­ing for sure. So very early a.m. trips are a must along with some good mov­ing water. At var­i­ous bay flats areas such as Stephens Pt. and the Mid­dle Grounds our cus­tomers caught Boonet­head sharks, Man­grove snap­per and small Cobia. Our tech­nique was chum­ming white bait and fish­ing with some decent live shrimp. While float­ing our baits on corks or free lin­ing proved to be the key on the these early out­ings, with Trout, Sea Bass, Lady­fish and Jacks bend­ing the rods.

As the tides slowed and air temps rose high the bite was off. So we were off our­selves to do the same tomorrow.

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: July 20th, 2014 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

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, get­ting numer­ous shots and jump­ing sev­eral. Spin fish­ing anglers caught and released trout and blues in Sara­sota Bay on DOA Lures dur­ing the past week.

Dean Han­ne­mann, from Sara­sota, FL, fished with me on Mon­day. He had numer­ous shots at tar­pon, jumped 1 and bat­tled it through sev­eral jumps before the fish chewed through the 80-lb bite tip­pet. If the fish is hooked with the leader wrapped around the “clip­per” por­tion of the jaw, they can some­times wear through it quickly. Wind blew strong out of the west on Wednes­day and Thurs­day and con­di­tions were not fish­able in the coastal gulf for tar­pon those days.

Jerry Poslusny and Bill Nes­bitt, both from Rochester, NY, tar­pon fished with me on Fri­day and Sat­ur­day. Fol­low­ing a cou­ple of days of west wind and rough water, we were pleas­antly sur­prised to find good con­di­tions and lots of tar­pon. They had numer­ous shots both days but Fri­day was their best day with 3 bites and a cou­ple of hook ups. One of the last casts of the day resulted in a hook up with a large female gave us some great jumps and a smok­ing run. A great way to end the day!

Tim Graham, from Nokomis, FL, caught and released this bluefish on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing  Sarasota Bay  with Capt.  Rick Grassett.

Tim Gra­ham caught and released this bluefish.

Tim Gra­ham, from Nokomis, FL and Aaron Way, from St. Peters­burg, FL, fished Sara­sota Bay with me on Sun­day morn­ing for a change of pace. We fished deep grass flats on the west side of the bay where they caught and released a few trout and blues on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos.

Tar­pon fish­ing should be good next week as we head towards a full moon. Inshore you should find trout, blues and more on deep grass flats of Sara­sota Bay. Look for reds and big trout on shal­low flats or edges of bars early in the day. Catch and release snook fish­ing should also be good 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. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 20th, 2014 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

Steve and Cameron Dombi, Alex Law­son, Mike Del­cour and Grady Mautin fished the Marina Jack Flats and caught speck­led trout, man­grove snap­per and lady­fish. Largest fish goes to Cameron with a nice 16.5 inch trout while most fish went to 7 yr old Grady who had the hot hand. He missed the largest fish when a shark took his bait but chewed through the leader before he could be landed. The group was using live shrimp.

Dr Rudy Gar­ber of Sara­sota along with daugh­ter Janet Taffet of Boul­der, CO had a good morn­ing on the water this week catch­ing trout, man­grove snap­per and lady­fish. The largest trout was 18”. They used live shrimp and jigs to catch the fish and worked the Marina Jack flats and mid­dle ground areas.

There are still plenty of tar­pon around and it looks like the late sea­son action will be good for the few weeks so get out there and jump one! Be sure to keep an eye out and a rod ready for the sil­ver king while fish­ing in the bay as well as off the beaches as I have been see­ing a lot of fish rolling around the passes and deeper edges of sand­bars and grassflats.

Remem­ber, the best time to go fish­ing is when you can and be sure to save some for seed!

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.


Capt Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 19th, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

We had very good action this week, Bluefish were caught on several charters.

Blue­fish were caught on sev­eral char­ters this week.

Clients expe­ri­enced very good action on char­ters this week using live bait­fish. Trips start with bait-catching, which has been easy, only tak­ing ten or fif­teen min­utes, then anchor­ing up over the deep grass flats and chum­ming brought the fish right to the boat.

Speck­led trout to 25″, Span­ish mack­erel, blue­fish, man­grove snap­per, gag grouper, cobia, lady­fish, sea bass, lady­fish, and more were landed this week. Anglers also landed sharks on sev­eral trips using cut lady­fish.

Coquina with a nice Sarasota Bay speckled trout, and boy she sure looks happy.

Coquina caught this nice Sara­sota Bay speck­led trout.

I started my week off with an excel­lent char­ter with Clement O’Connor and Paul Leighton and their girl­friends Tess and Coquina. Action was non-stop at the Marina Jack flat using live pilchards. A half dozen slot trout, a bunch of man­grove snap­per to 13″, blue­fish, Span­ish mack­erel, gag grouper, and lady­fish kept the rods bent.

We caught a small cobia and had a big one eat a small trout, Clement fought it for a few min­utes before it let go. We fin­ished up with a shark on cut lady­fish.

Rob Mowers from Sarasota with a 25" speckled trout

Rob Mow­ers from Sara­sota with a 25″ speck­led trout

The good action con­tin­ued on Mon­day for Sara­sota res­i­dent Rob Mow­ers and his grand­son Andrew Lit­tle who was in town from GA. We started off cast­ing Gulp! at the Radio Tower with Rob catch­ing a bon­net head shark. A move to Big Pass for bait, then chum­ming the nearby flats resulted in quite a few gag grouper, lady­fish, trout, snap­per, and lady­fish. Rob landed a nice 25″ trout. We fin­ished up with a black­tip shark and a 14″ snap­per at Marker # 5.

Long time client Scott Stin­son from MO had a very good trip on Tues­day. I picked him up at Ken Thomp­son Park and idled into New Pass and loaded up on bait. The flats near Marina Jack were very pro­duc­tive, yield­ing speck­led trout to 20″, Span­ish mack­erel, man­grove snap­per, and lady­fish. We fin­ished up at the Radio Tower catch­ing more trout.

Fish­ing was bit tough on Wednes­day for the Wright fam­ily from South Car­olina. It was breezy and over­cast, mak­ing the bait a bit more dif­fi­cult to catch. I hit sev­eral spots just kind of pick­ing at them until we found bet­ter action on a deep flat near Bird Key. We tried a lit­tle shark fish­ing but a fast approach­ing storm sent us scur­ry­ing for cover after only a cou­ple of min­utes. Still, 7 year old Con­nor caught a bunch of fish with Uncle Caleb chip­ping in with the largest trout.

Boris Stoeber's 8 year old daughter Joy caught this fat mangrove snapper fishing with her dad and Capt. Jim.

8 year-old Joy Stoe­ber caught this man­grove snapper.

On Thurs­day morn­ing it was blow­ing 20 knots with thun­der­storms, so I bumped the trip to Fri­day for Boris Stoe­ber from Ger­many and his 8 year old daugh­ter Joy. It was a bit slow to start but then we had a cou­ple of flur­ries using white­bait as chum to get them fired up. Speck­led trout, blue­fish, lady­fish,. sea bass, man­grove snap­per, and gag grouper hit baits at Marina Jacks, Bird Key, and the Radio Tower. Joy caught most of the fish and “helped” with a black­tip shark. We also had some­thing spool one of my shark rods, I think it was a big ray.

The Schultz fam­ily from Ohio fin­ished off my week with an excel­lent char­ter, although it was very hot and still. I caught bait and spent the entire trip at the Radio Tower and Marina Jack flat, catch­ing speck­led trout to 20″, man­grove snap­per to 14″, Span­ish mack­erel, blue­fish, sea bass, lady­fish, and more. Action was very steady with the boys catch­ing close to 100 fish!

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. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 15th, 2014 by Capt. Kelly Stilwell

 

Rj Schupler hooked this tarpon on flies. RJ fought a very determined fish for an hour and twenty minutes

12 yr old Rj Schu­pler hooked this tar­pon using flies.

Anglers aboard the ‘Tide Tuit’ had a good week. On Mon­day 12 yr old RJ Schu­pler and his father Robert both hooked and fought tar­pon on flies. RJ fought a very deter­mined fish for an hour and twenty min­utes when the leader gave out. His dad Robert had a fish on for about 15 min­utes before los­ing iy. Wednes­day Jack Whit­man caught sev­eral snook before the sun came up and then went on to fight a tar­pon for a short while. The snook were caught on jigs and shrimp while the tar­pon was hooked on a live thread-fin herring.

Capt. Kelly Stilwell

Kelly has lived in the area for nearly 30 yrs. and 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 Jack Ryan’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 13th, 2014 by Capt. Jack Ryan

 

On the water with Capt. Jack Ryan

Good day aboard the ‘Sea Dog’ with Capt. Jack Ryan

Off­shore fish­ing this past week had very good results with Yel­low­tail and Man­grove snap­per on the char­ter boat Sea Dog’ with Capt. Jack Ryan out of CB’s. With heavy chum­ming and free lin­ing live shrimp our cus­tomers put Mangs up to 19 inches and Yel­low­tail snap­per to 14 inches on the ice. Gags and Red grouper, along with Key West grunts were bend­ing our rods.

Inshore fish­ing pro­duced some nice Sea Trout 15 to 26 inches at Radio Tower flats along with Bay Man­grove snap­per, Sea Bass, and some Blue­fish. Our bait of choice was live shrimp, small Pin­fish and white bait.

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. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 13th, 2014 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

That's Tim Palmer holding the grouper (right), and Jeff Bell holding the red snapper, on the water with Capt. Jeffri Durrance

Tim Palmer and Jeff Bell are all smiles on the water.

Early this week I fished with my brother Ron­nie Dur­rance, his grand­son 11 year old Seth Dur­rance (my great nephew) and fam­ily friend 13 year old Hunter Sell­ers. We went tar­pon fish­ing and despite the storms mov­ing through we were able to fish and jump sev­eral tar­pon. First I missed a fish as he came right at the boat and would have gone under the boat before I could hand down the rod or climb down out of the tower. Next Hunter hooked into a nice fish and after a 21 minute bat­tle had the fish along side for pic­tures and a DNA sam­ple. Later we hooked two fish with both boys on the rod. An excit­ing wreck occurred when the fish crossed up the lines break­ing both fish off after sev­eral jumps. Finally, a late bite saw Seth hook in to a large tar­pon that with a lit­tle help and coach­ing from grandpa Ron­nie was brought along side the boat for pic­tures and release (out of DNA scrubs). It was a great morning!

Bay action this week saw Aaryn Spell and her boys Logan and Car­son catch a vari­ety of species that included speck­led trout, man­grove snap­per, lady­fish, snook, sheep­head, jacks and a bon­net­head shark. They used live shrimp fish­ing the Stephens Point area. Mom caught the largest fish (the shark) while Car­son caught the most fish and the snook.

Off­shore saw slow but steady action with a lot of qual­ity fish caught on two trips this week. The first trip saw Tim Palmer catch the largest fish, a nice 31” red grouper. Oth­ers in the group were Marty Ben­son, Jeff Bell and Jere­miah Acevedo catch man­grove snap­per, por­gies, gag and red grouper. They also caught and released amber­jack and red snap­per. Bait was live pin­fish, squid and fin­ger mul­let. The sec­ond trip included Jim Long, Mark Grossen­bacher, Jamie Man­ning and Marty Ben­son. The fish­ing pro­duced the same vari­ety as day one but also included a cou­ple of dol­phin as well as lane and ver­mil­lion snap­per. The excite­ment for the day was when Marty had a nice gag grouper eaten by a large bull shark. All he got to the boat was a five pound head. Not what he wanted but excit­ing all the same.

Remem­ber, the best time to go fish­ing is when you can and be sure to save some for seed!

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.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 13th, 2014 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

On the water with Capt. Rick Grassett

On the water with CB’s Char­ter Capt. Rick Grassett

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, get­ting numer­ous shots, jump­ing 5 and catch­ing and releas­ing 1 dur­ing the past week.

Early in the week we saw fewer tar­pon than antic­i­pated, which were mostly sin­gles, dou­bles and small schools of only a few fish. Even though they may be fewer, they are usu­ally curi­ous and aggres­sive. As we reached the full moon on Sat­ur­day large schools of tar­pon became more plen­ti­ful in the mix.

Jerry Poslusny and Jay Peck, from Rochester, NY, fly fished for tar­pon sev­eral days with me last week. Vis­i­bil­ity was poor due to lots of cloud cover as numer­ous thun­der­storms per­co­lated up each day and we took cover from storms a cou­ple of times. Despite tough con­di­tions, they had shots at tar­pon each day and jumped a cou­ple, includ­ing a large female that som­er­saulted 10–12’ in the air as we watched in awe (with no cam­era in hand)!

Vis­i­bil­ity was bet­ter on Fri­day, but we saw only a few tar­pon early in the day. How­ever, as the full moon, out­go­ing tide in the after­noon got stronger, tar­pon began to flow. We had numer­ous shots, jumped 3 and caught and released 1, an esti­mated 100-pound fish. When con­di­tions are right, tar­pon can be very aggres­sive this time of year!

Tar­pon fish­ing should remain strong next week as we head away from a full moon. Tar­pon schools will break up after spawn­ing and these fish should return to the beach as sin­gles, dou­bles and smaller schools that are ready to eat! Inshore you should find trout, blues and more on deep grass flats of Sara­sota Bay. Look for reds and big trout on shal­low flats or edges of bars early in the day. Catch and release snook fish­ing should also be good 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. Bruce Burkhard’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 13th, 2014 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

Anglers fish­ing with me aboard the Casual Lies expe­ri­enced some nice catches last week. In the bay live shrimp, DOA Shrimp, and C.A.L jigs kept the action steady with Blue­fish. Floun­der, Trout, Black Sea Bass, Lady­fish and small Sharks. On the higher tides live shrimp under docks pro­duced some Red­fish to 21 inches and Black Drum to 18 inches. One trip I took a cou­ple of friends that are in their sev­en­ties tar­pon fish­ing. a small pod came by, we casted in front of them and both anglers hooked up at the same time. Bar­bara lost hers after a few min­utes but Clyde landed about an 80 pound tar­pon for a cou­ple of pho­tos. Another check off his bucket list he said. I expect the fish­ing to stay good and steady.

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. Roy String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 13th, 2014 by Capt. Roy String

 

We also caught 8 bonnet head sharks

We man­aged to catch eight bon­net­head sharks

The fish­ing this last week was really good with aver­age catches of 50–60 fish in the bay con­sist­ing mostly of trout. There were also a lot of jacks, span­ish mack­erel, and lady­fish mixed in with the trout. I feel the Tar­pon fish­ing is def­i­nitely wind­ing down now with very few fish to be found on the area beaches. I did fish with Jamie and Amanda Jami­son for Tar­pon on Fri­day and we had a decent day.

We man­aged to catch one Tar­pon, and had three other fish on line. We ended up fish­ing with dead bait on the bot­tom and chum­ming for the Tar­pon. We also caught eight bon­net­head sharks while we were wait­ing for those Tar­pon bite.

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 Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 12th, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Gag Grouper are often caught on the deep grass flats as they were this past week.

Gag grouper are often caught on the deep grass flats

Fish­ing was steady this week on a vari­ety of species, though we did not catch any really big trout. Speck­led trout to 21″, Span­ish mack­erel to 3 pounds, sea bass to 14″, man­grove snap­per to 12″, gag grouper to 16″, floun­der, jacks, sil­ver trout, lady­fish, and more were caught using live bait­fish on char­ters this week. Bait was thick around both passes and a cou­ple of casts with the net filled the well for the entire trip.

The deep grass flats near the passes pro­duced the best action. Sharks of up to 30 pounds hit cut, with some nice lady­fish, mack­erel, and pin­fish near Big Pass.

I ran an after­noon char­ter on Mon­day. Bait was easy but the fish­ing was tough, morn­ings are more con­sis­tent this time of year. We did catch a few nice gag grouper and sev­eral sharks, but fish­ing was on the slow side.

Sara­sota res­i­dent Doc Dojutrek went out early in the week. We started off cast­ing top­wa­ter plugs along a man­grove shore­line, but had no inter­est. A move to catch bait then fish the deep edges near Bird Key resulted in speck­led trout to 21″, Span­ish mack­erel to 3 pounds, along with other species. Doc fin­ished up with 2 nice sharks, going 30 lbs and 25 lbs, great fun on light tackle!

Aiden Gatton from Orlando with a nice slot speckled trout. Hey Dad, look what I caught.

Orlando’s Aiden Gat­ton with a nice slot speck­led trout.

Rob Gat­ton who lives in Orlando treated his dad Bob and son Aiden to a trip on Thurs­day. Bait was easy and action was very steady on mack­erel and loads on lady­fish near the Twin Bridges. We moved to the Radio Tower in search of a few trout to keep and the boys landed sev­eral slot fish along with some man­grove snap­pers, sea bass to 14″, floun­der, and more. I ran a pon­toon char­ter with capt Terry out of CB’s on Fri­day. We caught a dozen or so fish in live shrimp, includ­ing a 14″ man­grove snapper.

Courtney McEvin from Louisville, KY with a tasty mangrove snapper. She sure looks happy doesn't she.

Court­ney McEvin with a tasty man­grove snapper.

Court­ney and Allen McEvin from Louisville, KY took their two kids Kyd­wyn (5) and Has­ten (8) out on their first “real” fish­ing trip on Sat­ur­day. Once again, bait was easy and it did not take long to get fish pop­ping in the chum. We worked the deep grass flats near Bird Key and Marina Jacks and caught sev­eral trout in the slot to 18″, a half dozen Span­ish mack­erel to 2 1/2 pounds, man­grove snap­per to 12″, lady­fish, and sea bass. Has­ten had the hot hand, catch­ing more by him­self than his mom and dad! Nice going!

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 Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 7th, 2014 by Capt. Kelly Stilwell

 

Anglers aboard the Tide Tuit had a good week. On Mon­day 12 yr. old R.J. Schu­pler and his father Robert both hooked and fought tar­pon on flies. RJ fought a very deter­mined fish for an hour and twenty min­utes when the leader gave out. Robert had a fish on for about 15 min­utes before los­ing his. Wednes­day Jack Whit­man caught sev­eral snook before the sun came up and then went on to fight a tar­pon for a few min­utes also . The snook were caught on jigs and shrimp while the tar­pon was hooked on a live thread-fin herring.

Capt. Kelly Stilwell

Kelly has lived in the area for nearly 30 yrs. and 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 Jack Ryan’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 7th, 2014 by Capt. Jack Ryan

 

Fish­ing on the Sea Dog Char­ter boat this past week with Capt. Jack Ryan pro­duced a week of large Trout 18″ to 26″ using white bait on local large and deeper grass flats. Also a fair amount of Man­grove snap­per, Blue­fish, and Jacks were bend­ing our rods.

This time of year with much warmer water it is best to put a few fac­tors together: early morn­ing, good water mov­ing through the bay, and fish­ing most times in a lit­tle deeper water 4 to 9 feet will bring good results.

Near shore on some trips we put larger Man­groves in the ice box. Larger Jacks came in the chum slick giv­ing cus­tomers some good reel burn­ing moments.

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 Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 7th, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Mangrove snapper bit well this week, providing action and excellent table fare.

Man­grove snap­per bit well this week, pro­vid­ing action.

Clients expe­ri­enced another very good week of fish­ing on char­ters this week! Snook, sharks to 30 pounds, speck­led trout to 22″, blue­fish, Span­ish mack­erel, sea bass, man­grove snap­per, floun­der, jack crev­elle, lady­fish and more were landed this week. Most of the fish fell prey to live bait, both shrimp and bait fish, but jigs and Rapalas also fooled a few fish. The water tem­per­a­ture is climb­ing and we could use a bit of rain to cool things down. How­ever, we have strong, incom­ing tides in the morn­ing next week and fish­ing should remain very good.

I started off my week on Mon­day with Tim Mallik from the Cincin­natti area. The man­grove snap­per bite was on as the tide ebbed out. Live shrimp free lined along the edges of deep grass beds pro­duced a dozen nice keeper “mangs”. As the tide turned to come in i net­ted bait and we caught speck­led trout, Span­ish mack­erel, and more, then fin­ished up with 3 sharks on cut ladyfish.

On Tues­day Rocky and Ron Richard­son, along with Joshua Par­nell went out on a char­ter. We started off in Big Pass, catch­ing a bunch of lady­fish on jigs and shrimp on the bot­tom of the out­go­ing tide. As the tide switched, I net­ted bait and they landed speck­led trout, man­grove snap­per, gag grouper, and lady­fish. Josh ended the trip with 3 sharks hooked and 2 landed, one of which was esti­mated at 30 pounds.

Frank Reg­n­ery and his grown sons Bill and Rob, all from CT, had a great char­ter on Wednes­day! We started off from Cen­ten­nial Park at first light and ran across to the Radio Tower flat where there was a lot of sur­face activ­ity, mostly bait but some fish pop­ping. For an hour or so action was steady on blue­fish, trout, lady­fish, jacks, and a nice floun­der using jigs and Rapalas. The bite slowed so we switched to live bait and caught speck­led trout to 18″, man­grove snap­per, jacks, and lady­fish near Bird Key. We fin­ished up in Big Pass with a nice lit­tle snook bite, land­ing a dozen or so and fin­ish­ing up the trip with a snook “triple-header” on the last cast. Nice!!

Sharks provide great sport on light tackle and please anglers like Elizabeth Bissell from Nutley, NJ

Eliz­a­beth Bis­sell with Capt. Jim Klopfer han­dling shark

The wind cranked up a bit on Thurs­day and Fri­day, blow­ing 15 knots or so out of the south­west, which made catch­ing bait more dif­fi­cult. On Thurs­day Norm Shade and a cou­ple of bud­dies expe­ri­enced good action using jigs and live bait, with the Radio Tower flat being the most pro­duc­tive spot. Speck­led trout to 18″, Span­ish mack­erel to 2 pounds, blue­fish, jack crev­elle, sea bass, snap­per, lady­fish, and more kept the boys fairly busy. On Fri­day Ralph Pri­mav­era and his 17 year old son Chris had a good trip. It was still breezy, but bait was eas­ier and the speck­led trout in par­tic­u­lar were on the feed. Chris caught a nice 22″ trout and sev­eral more slot fish came to the boat, along with snap­per to 14″, blue­fish, sea bass, and jacks. Chris fin­ished up the trip with a 3′ long shark.

The wind laid down on Sat­ur­day morn­ing for Johnathan Olmo and his girl­friend Eliz­a­beth Bis­sell from Nut­ley, NJ. Bait was easy in Big Pass with a calm sur­face and the top of the incom­ing tide. Action was steady, mostly on speck­led trout with a few gag grouper and man­grove snap­per mixed in. Noth­ing huge, but a half dozen fat trout in the slot, up to 18″. Liz fin­ished off the trip with a bon­net head shark on a cut up grunt.

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. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 6th, 2014 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

Back in the bay Brian Frank and sons Evan and Tyler caught a vari­ety of fish this week. Dad was the top angler catch­ing a 19” speck­led trout and a bon­net head shark. The trio caught sev­eral other species that included lady­fish and sheep­head. They were using live shrimp and fished the Stephens Point area.

Bryan & MaryAnn Vin­cent along with daugh­ter Emma and son John as well as friend Ally Muller took a bay trip this week and caught a vari­ety of fish. Emma took top hon­ors catch­ing a nice bon­net­head shark for the biggest fish while the oth­ers all boated a species that went home for sup­per. The group used live shrimp to catch speck­led trout to 17”, man­grove snap­per, black drum, blue­fish, lady­fish and jacks.

Josh Compton with this nice 21" trout he caught on Wednesday out fishing with his mom out on the water with Capt. Jeffri Durrance.

Josh Comp­ton with the 21″ trout he caught this week

The Friend­liest Catch saw Josh Comp­ton and his mom Car­lene Beck­ham fish the mid­dle grounds area this week. Josh had the hot hand catch­ing sev­eral species of fish that included speck­led trout, jacks, blue­fish, lady­fish, and man­grove snap­per. The top catch was a beau­ti­ful 21” speck­led trout. The fish were caught on live shrimp, jigs and top water lures.

Jesse Hei­den­thal and Alex Whalen fished the mid­dle grounds and Long­boat Key this week and caught trout, jacks, lady­fish and man­grove snap­per. While Alex caught the most fish Jesse had the biggest with a nice 21” trout. They used jigs and live shrimp.

Remem­ber, the best time to go fish­ing is when you can and be sure to save some for seed!

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.