Capt. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: September 1st, 2014 by Capt. Kelly Stilwell

 

Fish­er­men and women had a great week on the Tide Tuit. Cody Raf­ferty did well with the snook on Fri­day morn­ing. Catch­ing fish to 24 inches on white plas­tic jigs and shrimp. John Bace and Bill Rich­ley had a good trip Sat­ur­day catch­ing red­fish to 26 inches, and trout to 6 pounds , as well as jacks, lady­fish, man­grove snap­per, and span­ish mackerel.

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. Bruce Burkhart’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 31st, 2014 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

Anglers fish­ing aboard the “Casual Lies” with me last week caught a vari­ety of fish. Tues­day we caught Black Drum to 17 inches, Snook to 37 inches and Floun­der. Fri­day and Sat­ur­day we fished the deeper grass flats around Sara­sota Bay with Silver/glow C.A.L. jigs. Some nice Trout were caught along with Floun­der, Mack­erel, Lady­fish, Blue­fish, Black Sea Bass but the best fish for 11 year old CJ was a big Puffer fish. All the fish we caught were released to be caught again.

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 Monthly Forecast for Sept 2014

Reported: August 31st, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Now that's some kind of eating. On the water with Capt. Jim Klopfer.

It really just doesn’t get much bet­ter than this does it.

Sep­tem­ber is the month that red­fish begin school­ing up in Sara­sota. The expan­sive shal­low flats in north Sara­sota Bay are tra­di­tion­ally the most pro­duc­tive areas to fish. Long Bar is a great place to start search­ing for fish. A low, incom­ing tide in the morn­ing is pre­ferred, allow­ing anglers to see the large schools of reds. As the tide rises, the fish will work up from the edges of flats and holes onto the grass to feed. Locat­ing the fish can be dif­fi­cult under flood tide con­di­tions; there is just too much water up on the flat to effec­tively sight fish.

Arti­fi­cial baits that work shal­low and don’t get hung up in the grass are the most effec­tive baits. This includes soft plas­tics on a light jig head, weed­less spoons, and top­wa­ter plugs. A gold John­son weed­less spoon is a proven lure. It can be cast a long way and cov­ers a lot of water. Scented soft plas­tics such as Gulp! baits are extremely effec­tive, par­tic­u­larly once fish are located. They allow anglers to work an area slowly and thor­oughly. Spe­cial weighted hooks are made specif­i­cally for this appli­ca­tion, but a 1/8 ounce jig head also works well. Large live shrimp and bait fish will also pro­duce; how­ever live bait can be dif­fi­cult to fish in shal­low grass.

Speck­led trout fish­ing has been out­stand­ing this year and this should con­tinue in Sep­tem­ber. Deeper flats will pro­duce more fish, while the larger spec­i­mens may be found in shal­low water. A Rapala Skit­ter Walk or X-Rap worked over bars at first light is a deadly tech­nique for fool­ing gator trout. Along with trout, anglers fish­ing the deep grass will catch a vari­ety of species this month includ­ing blue­fish, Span­ish mack­erel, man­grove snap­per, pom­pano, gag grouper, and lady­fish. Both live bait and arti­fi­cial lures will catch plenty of fish. A Bass assas­sin Sea shad on a ¼ ounce jig head is a great choice for anglers who enjoy cast­ing arti­fi­cial lures. Olive (08) X-Raps and other plugs are also effec­tive along with gold and sil­ver spoons. A live shrimp under a pop­ping cork is a time-proven tech­nique for catch­ing “specks” on the West Coast of Florida.

We expe­ri­enced a fan­tas­tic late sum­mer tar­pon frenzy the last sev­eral years off of But­ton­wood Har­bor. Giant tar­pon will ter­ror­ize schools of glass min­nows and lady­fish early in the morn­ing. Live lady­fish and pin­fish drifted behind a boat will pro­duce strikes, as will large plugs cast to rolling tarpon.

Snook will migrate from the beaches back into the bays. Both passes will be great spots to fish, espe­cially on after­noon out­go­ing tides. The bars and man­grove shore­lines along Siesta Key are prime spots as the fish move towards their fall feed­ing areas. Arti­fi­cial baits will allow anglers to cover more water, while a well full of pilchards prac­ti­cally guar­an­tees suc­cess. Red­fish, large speck­led trout, jack crevalle, and man­grove snap­per may also be encoun­tered while pur­su­ing the mighty snook. Lighted docks and bridges are snook mag­nets and will pro­vide great action for anglers look­ing to catch fish and escape the sum­mer sun. Live and arti­fi­cial shrimp free lined in the tide are deadly, as are small white flies.

The rocks and bridges in both New Pass and Big Pass will be excel­lent spots to tar­get man­grove snap­per this month. These tasty salt­wa­ter pan­fish will be migrat­ing out of the bay and into the Gulf of Mex­ico. Slack tides are the best times to drop a live shrimp or bait fish along the struc­ture. Don’t be sur­prised if a big snook inter­cepts a bait meant for a mang!

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. Jack Ryan’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 31st, 2014 by Capt. Jack Ryan

 

On the water and having fun with Capt. Jack Ryan.

On the water and catch­ing fish with Capt. Jack Ryan

With some good incom­ing tides and plenty of Pilchards (small white bait) and some live shrimp our results were very good this past week. Our cus­tomers had a good time with Span­ish Mack­erel, Trout up to 19”, Lady­fish, and Man­grove snap­per to just over 12”. Floun­der up to 21” were put on the ice. Bon­net­head sharks were on the prowl at the Mid­dle grounds and Bird Key flats. While chum­ming with our white baits and catch­ing a vari­ety of fish, the sharks came in to get their fair share and the action was quite excit­ing for all on board. It was scream­ing reels and scream­ing anglers for sure.

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. Roy String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 31st, 2014 by Capt. Roy String

 

The fish­ing this past week was really good with catches of snook,redfish,speckled trout and mul­ti­ple other species in the mix. I fished Travis and Deb­bie Mar­tin from Hous­ton Tx on Fri­day and we had red­fish to 27 inches and snook to 24 inches using white bait around area docks and the flats, we also caught 40–50 trout on the deeper grass flats in north Sara­sota bay. The fish­ing will stay great all thru the summer!!!

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: August 30th, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Man­grove snap­per fish­ing con­tin­ues to be out­stand­ing on the grass flats through­out the area. The best action on char­ters this week con­tin­ued to be over the deep grass flats near the passes. Marker #5, marina Jacks, Bird Key, and the Radio Tower were the top spots for me. Bait is plen­ti­ful and the water is cleaner and cooler. Speck­led trout to 26″, blue­fish, Span­ish mack­erel, gag grouper, sea bass, sharks, lady­fish, and more came into the chum and hit free lined pilchards and threadfins. The keys to suc­cess this time of year are a livewell full of bait and get­ting out there early.

Carvel Gould from Atlanta GA, with a fat slot trout at the Marina Jack flat.

Carvel Gould from Atlanta GA, with a fat slot trout

I started my week off on Sun­day with Carvel and Frank Gould from Atlanta, GA. Bait was easy, two tosses and I was loaded up. It took a cou­ple of short moves, but we got them fired up at the Marina Jack flat. For two hours it was a bite on every cast! Speck­led trout to 26″, Span­ish mack­erel, man­grove snap­per, gag grouper, sea bass, and lady­fish kept the rods bent. It was very hot with no breeze, so when the bite slowed we called it a morning.

Denise Dietz from Canfield, OH landed several gag grouper near Bird Key

Denise Dietz from Ohio landed sev­eral gag grouper

On Tues­day the Denise and Jamie Dietz from Can­field, OH had a VERY good char­ter with their sons James (14) and Luke (10). None of them had fished very much, but they could all cast well enough, so after fill­ing up with bait, I hit a deep flat in the Yacht Club Chan­nel. It was quite breezy, but we had some pro­tec­tion. Action was steady, but slowed as the tide quit and then turned. I moved to a flat near Selby Gar­dens and action was non-stop until it was time to go. Speck­led trout, blue­fish, mack­erel, grouper, snap­per, sea bass, and lady­fish all came to the chum.

I fin­ished off my week with a good char­ter with Aaron Edwards from Kansas City, MO, his mom and dad Mar­cia and Brian, and 5 year old son Mason. Bait was easy in Big Pass despite a fairly stiff breeze. A cou­ple stops near Bird Key pro­duced a few fish, but not what I was look­ing for, though Mar­cia caught a nice lit­tle bon­netthead shark. A move to the Radio tower flat proved to be a good deci­sion as we sat in one spot and caught fish for over two hours. Action was steady on speck­led trout, Span­ish mack­erel, lady­fish, sea bass, snap­per, and cat­fish. The man­grove snap­per bite was very good, with twenty or so grovers to 14″ com­ing to the boat.

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. Terry Simmons’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 28th, 2014 by Capt. Terry Simmons

 

In August, catch­ing bait early is the key, get­ting them before the wind comes up. Anchor­ing up, chum­ming with live pilchards and stay­ing in one spot that had been pro­duc­ing on pre­vi­ous trips has saved many of my August days. When I’ve had chil­dren onboard dur­ing TV’s shark week, all they could talk about was catch­ing sharks. For­tu­nately, the small sand sharks were around for some action, along with lady­fish, Crevalle Jack, Gaftop sail cat­fish, blue­fish, small trout, man­grove snap­per and a few juve­nile grouper. Incom­ing tides pro­duced the best because of the fresh Gulf water that was cleaner and a bit cooler.

Kenny Mateau for­merly of north­ern Vir­ginia and now of Siesta Key, took his brother-in-law and his two boys and caught small sharks, blue­fish, Gaftop sail cat­fish, lady­fish, small grouper, man­grove snap­per and under­sized trout in Sara­sota Bay Mid­dle­grounds. The kids espe­cially wanted to catch a shark, after all it was shark week on TV.

Michael Git­o­mirski of Rich­mond, Vir­ginia area and wife Olga, caught about the same except for shark. Erik Planck, of Lex­ing­ton, Ken­tucky area brought his chil­dren, Ryan 12, Kat­lyn 8. After Ryan caught a shark, they went back and forth swap­ping places on the boat. They also caught lady­fish, small trout, Gaftop sail cat­fish and blue­fish. Brian Blaski, Steve Ellis, Chris Corado of the Syra­cuse, New York area caught Sp. Mack­erel, lots of blue­fish. When the bite sub­sided, I started throw­ing out some of the dead pilchards try­ing to get the fish on the bot­tom stirred up. I wanted to get some of the sharks going again. We got some of those and sev­eral Gaftop sail cat­fish; not being able to get away from them! Lots of fun and pull on the rod but not exactly a prized fish to brag about! But we’re doing it any­way because it was that kind of day! When the client has a fun time and they haven’t had a pull like those big‘ns can do, it is a good trip. We lost a big fish that nearly spooled us. It was never seen because it didn’t even give me the chance to get the anchor up before it just “came loose”.

Capt. Terry Simmons

Terry was born and raised in Braden­ton, FL and has been a licensed fish­ing guide since 2000. He guides his clients fish­ing in Sara­sota Bay and the Gulf of Mex­ico using live bait and arti­fi­cial lures, he also does some fly fish­ing aboard his 22’ Bay Ranger. He can fish up to 5 anglers.


Capt. Clark Wright’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 28th, 2014 by Capt. Clark Wright

 

On the water in late August with Capt. Clark Wright

Late August on the water with Capt. Clark Wright

Sum­mer is here and Fall is just around the cor­ner. We will expe­ri­ence some of the best fish­ing of the year over the next cou­ple of months. The live bait (scaled sar­dines, aka ‘white­bait’) is plen­ti­ful and action is nearly guar­an­teed when fish­ing with live bait this time of year. The inshore fish­ing for snap­per and trout has been as good as it gets.  

A few Span­ish mack­erel have started to show up in the passes and in the bay. This is also the best time of year to fish for snook, with the right bait its not uncom­mon to catch 30 or 40 snook in a trip. For those look­ing to tag a big tar­pon, there are still plenty of tar­pon around for those will­ing to make the 40 minute drive from Siesta Key to the tar­pon grounds. This time of year the tar­pon stage up in the black­wa­ter estuary’s where they gorge in antic­i­pa­tion of migrat­ing away in late September.

Capt. Clark Wright

Clark was born and raised in Venice, Florida and has been fish­ing these local waters since he could walk. Grow­ing up in a fam­ily of fish­er­men and hunters and uses this expe­ri­ence to help anglers from all over the world catch last­ing mem­o­ries on his fish­ing charters.


Capt. Kelly Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 27th, 2014 by Capt. Kelly Kurtz

 

On the water with Capt. kelly Kurtz

In Sara­sota bay on the water with Capt. Kelly Kurtz

Fish­ing this past week has been very good due to the moon phase. The deeper grass flats pro­duced lots of action . A lot of trout up to 26″, Span­ish mack­erel , man­grove snap­per , juve­nile grouper and a few floun­der in the sand holes.

Fish­ing the passes with clean water flow man­grove snap­per bite has been strong with a lot of 11–14″ with a few 15″. The snook bite has also been good as well. A well full of white­bait has been the key to good fishing .

The fish­ing at night has been very good with a lot of keeper trout, snook and red­fish. Look­ing for­ward to cooler weather.

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. Kelly’s favorite fish to pur­sue is the redfish.


Capt. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 25th, 2014 by Capt. Kelly Stilwell

 

Clients aboard the Tide Tuit had great action this week. On Sat­ur­day anglers Pete, Jason, and Tom caught a total of close to 100 fish. They were a mix of trout, blue­fish, jacks, lady­fish, and man­grove snap­per. The jacks and blue­fish were the best fight­ers with some in the 4 lb. range. All of these fish were caught on Jigs with DOA plas­tic of var­i­ous colors.

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. Roy String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 24th, 2014 by Capt. Roy String

 

Dave Sugar holding a real beauty on the water with Capt. Roy String

2014 Sara­sota Tar­pon Tour­na­ment win­ner Dave Sugar

This week I fished with David Sugar win­ner of this years’s 84th Annual Sara­sota Tar­pon Tour­na­ment, his son Jack, and my wife Barb. We started the trip run­ning out on the beach to catch bait. One throw of the net got 1,000 pilchards and we started fish­ing a Marina Jacks flat and just picked at them catch­ing some trout and a few snapper.

We headed for the north bay find­ing some break­ing fish and stayed there for cou­ple hours catch­ing or get­ting a bite on every cast. After that we then headed north and found a huge school of red­fish but only man­aged to catch only one which weighted in at about 10 to 12lb.

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 24th, 2014 by Capt. Jack Ryan

 

On the water with Capt. Jack Ryan

Last week our char­ters ran mainly in Sara­sota Bay with cus­tomers of long stand­ing catch­ing lots of 14 to 18″ Trout, gag grouper and Man­grove snap­per, Lady­fish, and Drum through­out the Bay mainly on the deeper grass flats of Bird Key and the Mid­dle grounds.

Off­shore fish­ing is still pro­duc­ing the larger Man­grove snap­per, Gag and Red Grouper, good size Key West grunts, Por­gies, and sharks. For best results it is impor­tant to get out there early with a good assort­ment of live and cut baits. Be care­ful to watch out for those storms that pop up.

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: August 24th, 2014 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

Last week was a great week on the water in Sara­sota Bay. Tues­day and Thurs­day Bill and Clyde fished with me early in the morn­ing for Snook. Tues­day was the best day with nine Snook up to 37 inches, after the sun came up we caught some Lady­fish and headed off­shore. We cut the Lady­fish and set them on the bot­tom, in three hours they caught 17 sharks up to 29 lbs. Thurs­day we had five Snook to 26 inches, Floun­der, and Red­fish to 31 inches, Fri­day Brad and I headed to the north Bay, the snook were small but did get a 19 inch Floun­der for his din­ner that night.

On the way back we make a quick stop on the west side of the bay where Brad landed a nice 30 inch Red­fish on a Gulp jig. Sat­ur­day I had Bret, Colby and Craig to just go and catch fish what­ever they were.They caught Blue­fish, Mackerel,Trout, Black Sea Bass, Jacks and Lady­fish. I was very busy and don’t know how many they caught, but Colby counted his and ended up with 52 fish for him. All the fish Sat­ur­day were caught on arti­fi­cial baits (sil­ver CAL jigs).

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 Andy Cotton’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 23rd, 2014 by Andy Cotton

 

Anglers fish­ing with me this past week aboard the O’Fishall out of CB’s Salt­wa­ter Out­fit­ters on Siesta Key caught a vari­ety of species like spot­ted seatrout, Span­ish mack­erel, blue­fish, pom­pano, man­grove snap­per and sharks.

The Nel­son fam­ily from Iowa fished with me for 3 days this past week. Jim, Heidi, Tomas and Mateo fished with on Fri­day. Despite numer­ous thun­der­storms in the area we man­aged to stay dry. We con­cen­trated on the deeper grass flats near the passes. We caught man­grove snap­per, pom­pano and spot­ted seatrout using live shrimp under DOA Clack­ers. Mon­day Stephanie, Mateo and Tate had a bet­ter weather con­di­tions. We fished the deep grass around Stephens Pt. and Bish­ops Pt. the boys caught blue­fish to 5 pounds, jack crevalle , man­grove snap­per and spot­ted seatrout using live shrimp and DOA CAL Shad Tail jigs.

Wednes­day Stephanie, Tate, Tomas and Rus­lan didn’t get enough fish­ing in the first 2 days. I found some break­ing fish­ing and birds feed­ing on the sur­face ear­lier in the week in Sara­sota bay, so we set out to keep the rod bent for a cou­ple hours. We had a lit­tle bit of a slow start until the tide changed and then the birds start­ing work­ing over the bait schools. We tar­geted the break­ing fish with DOA Cal Shad Tail jigs and the kids scored with jack crevalle, lady­fish, Span­ish mack­erel and sharks. Sev­eral jacks that we had reeled up next to the boat were bit in half by sharks, which was pretty excit­ing for everyone!!

The deeper grass flats with good mov­ing water have been the most pro­duc­tive for me the past few weeks. With water temps still hold­ing close to 90 degrees the bite has been early in the morn­ing or late in the afternoon.

Andy Cotton

Capt. Andy Cot­ton spe­cial­izes in light tackle, lure and fly fish­ing for anglers of all ages and skill lev­els. Andy is a Florida native who grew up in Polk County, Florida. He started fish­ing at an early age for Large­ mouth Bass in the area’s lakes then moved to Sara­sota in 1983.


Capt Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 23rd, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Lance Lutrell caught the cobia on a pilchard near Marina Jack

Lance Lutrell caught this cobia close by Marina Jack’s

The only thing hot­ter than the weather in Sara­sota this week was the fish­ing! The pat­tern has been to get out there at first light, load up on bait, and chum the deep grass flats near the passes where the water is cleaner and a bit cooler. The Radio Tower, Mid­dle­grounds, and Marina Jack flats con­tinue to be the best spots. Also, that is where the bait is con­gre­gat­ing. Bait is also thick just off the beaches near the passes. This resulted in schools of break­ing fish, which are easy tar­gets, mostly lady­fish with mack­erel and jacks mixed in. Clients expe­ri­enced fast action using the 4″ Bass Assas­sin Sea Shad (any light color with a lit­tle flash will work fine) and #8 Rapala X-Raps. High­light of the week was a 50 lb tar­pon that hit a large threadfin in 5′ of water near Bird Key on a light spin­ning out­fit. Cobia, Span­ish mack­erel, red­fish, speck­led trout, man­grove snap­per (the snap­per bite con­tin­ues to be VERY strong), jack crev­elle, gag grouper, black sea bass, lady­fish, and more were hooked this week on charters.

Jake Luttrell from Dallas, TX with a nice spanish mackerel on the water with Capt. Jim Klopfer

Jake Lut­trell from Texas with a nice span­ish mackerel

Mike and Amee Lut­trell from Texas took out their teenage sons Jake and Lance on Sun­day morn­ing. Action was very good the first cou­ple of hours as they landed Span­ish mack­erel, speck­led trout, man­grove snap­per, lady­fish, gag grouper, and a cobia fish­ing the deep flats near Big Pass. We headed in for a break, it was VERY hot, even for this fam­ily from the Dal­las area, and the last hour or so was a bit slow. We went in a lit­tle early, they had caught a lot of fish and it was just too hot to sit out there.

On Mon­day Bill Wells and his son-in-law Steve Jack­son has sim­i­lar results. Plenty of action from grouper, snap­per, trout, and lady­fish for the first two hours. We decided to try a spot in Robert’s Bay, where Steve had a nice red­fish on which pulled the hook at the boat. We fin­ished up at the Radio Tower with good action once again until it was time to head in. Tues­day was a boat and truck main­te­nance day.

John Englander landed this mackerel near the Radio Tower

John Eng­lan­der landed this mack­erel near Radio Tower

Action was vir­tu­ally non-stop all morn­ing on Wednes­day for Sara­sota res­i­dents Doc Dojutrek and John Eng­lan­der, both Chicago trans­plants. We started off drift­ing near Marker # 5 when I spot­ted some fish work­ing near Bird Key. For 2 hours we caught fish on almost every cast using Bass Assas­sin Sea Shad jigs and Rapala X-Raps between Bird Key and the mouth of Big Pass. The boys finally had enough, so I caught some bait and hit a cou­ple of spots. The tide had turned to go out and I had the fish chummed into a frenzy at the Radio Tower, just about every bait that hit the water got vio­lently attacked! Span­ish mack­erel to 2 1/2 pounds, man­grove snap­per to 13″, speck­led trout to 18″, jacks, sea bass, and more lady­fish kept the rods bent until it was time to go home. We did not keep count, but I am sure the pair caught well over 100 fish! Great morning!

John Rel­lah from Mor­ris­town, NJ had an inter­est­ing char­ter with me at the end of the week. I started off by catch­ing bait, which was easy with the incom­ing tide. A run to a flat near Bird Key pro­duced a few fish before John hooked a fish that just slowly swam, away. Clearly, it was large, so I pulled the anchor and ran it down. I thought it was a shark, but it turned out to be a 50 lb tar­pon; hooked on 10 lb spin­ning gear! We fought it for a while, then increased the pres­sure to try and land it and broke it off. We caught some lady­fish in Big Pass and fin­ished up with Span­ish mack­erel, speck­led trout, sea bass, man­grove snap­per, lady­fish, and more near Marina Jack and the Radio Tower.

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.