CB’s Weekly Fishing Reports

Capt. Bruce Burkhart’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 23rd, 2017 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

Last week the fishing aboard the Casual Lies out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters was up and down. Fishing the grass around the passes the fishing would be good for an hour and then slow up for a half hour. With the CAL shad tail jigs, we did catch some nice Mackerel, Trout, Jacks, Ladyfish and Pompano.

With the live shrimp under a popping cork, we caught Ladyfish and Trout but not as steady as the jig fishing. This next week the fishing should get back to being steady 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.C.G. Captain’s license.


Capt. Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 22nd, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Some decent bluefish were landed this week.

Some decent bluefish were landed this week.

Clients on fishing charters out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key spent most of the fishing time focusing on action and variety this week.

This type of fishing is best for novice anglers and children and makes up the majority of visiting anglers this time of year.

Casting Bass Assassin 4" Sea Shad baits and drifting live shrimp over submerged grass beds in 6' to 10' of water resulted in many bent rods and a lot of happy clients.

Emily Englander from Chicago caught this Spanish mackerel and more on Friday afternoon.

Emily Englander caught this Spanish mackerel on Friday.

Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, bluefish, jack crevalle, gag grouper, and a bunch of ladyfish were landed, with the Middlegrounds being the top spot.

Big Sarasota Pass was slow early in the week but then really got hot towards the end, with the action being fast on ladyfish with a few blues and mackerel mixed in.

We did do a little snook fishing in Robert's Bay with fair results, landing a few small ones on shrimp.

Capt. Jim Klopfer

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


Capt. Roy Strings’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 19th, 2017 by Capt. Roy String

 

Myles Peterson and his 8 year old son Noah had a nice day out on Sarasota Bay.

Myles Peterson and his 8 year old son Noah.

The fishing this past week has been really good with schools of trout, ladyfish, bluefish. The snook bite is also doing good when I am able to catch bait.

I fished with Noah and Myles Peterson from New York today. We started out jig fishing the flats and caught ladyfish, trout, in and then we went Snook fishing. We had a great time and young Noah, who is 8 years old, caught ten Snook while Myles caught four Snook, a couple of jacks, and small snapper.

Tarpon fishing is just around the corner so if you have never caught a Tarpon now is the time to book a trip to beautiful Sarasota Fl.

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 Spotted Sea Trout. He fishes with live and artificial bait, as well as fly, all from his 2015 24 ft custom T-Craft using Shimano and Orvis tackle.


Capt. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 18th, 2017 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

Maris Friedman displays a nice redfish she caught.

Maris Friedman with a nice redfish she caught.

This week’s top angler goes to Maris Friedman of New Jersey with a bay slam. She caught a small snook, slot trout, and a nice-sized redfish that measured just over 24 inches.

It put up a long battle before it could be netted (note the hook fell out when the big fish was in the net) and released.

Honorable mention goes to her son Colby who caught a nice pompano that gave him a great fight. Clients also caught Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, black drum, mangrove snapper, bluefish, Key West grunts, jack crevalle and blue runner. The fish were caught on live shrimp, jigs, and topwater lures. Stripped nibblers included squirrel fish, lizard fish, pinfish and one large scorpion fish.

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. Andy Cotton’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 18th, 2017 by Capt. Andy Cotton

 

That is one fine looking Sarasota bay snook in his hands.

That is one fine looking Sarasota bay snook in his hands.

Anglers aboard my boat the O'Fish All out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key caught and released several species of fish this week. The deeper grass flats in Sarasota bay are holding trout, mackerel, bluefish and flounder.

You can catch these fish using a DOA CAL shad tail and 1/4 ounce jig head. The snook bite has still been steady using live baits fished in the appropriate snooky kind of areas. White flies and DOA CAL Shad tails in color 308 glow/holo flk have been producing snook at night around lighted docks, bridge fenders, and sea walls.

Light tackle bottom fishing in the gulf is producing grunts and snappers. While bottom fishing use a chum bag to help draw in other predators like Spanish mackerel, kingfish, and cobia. Keep a rod handy for casting to these fish rigged with a jig or live bait.

Capt. Andy Cotton

Capt. Andy Cotton is the owner/operator of O'Fish All Guide Service "LLC" in Sarasota and is an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide out CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 15th, 2017 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Mark Wayde, from MI, with a bluefish he caught and released on Ultra Hair Clouser flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Mark Wayde with a bluefish he caught and released.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught trout, bluefish and flounder in Sarasota Bay on flies and CAL jigs with shad during the past week.

Ed Nordgren and Bob Mozurkewich, both from Ft. Myers, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday. We fished skinny water where they caught a couple of nice flounder and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria Island and Gary Marple, from Sarasota, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday. It was their last trip of the spring before heading back north and they had some action with trout to 18” on Ultra Hair Clouser flies.

Steve Dornbos, from MI, with a trout caught and released on Ultra Hair Clouser flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Steve Dornbos with a trout he caught and released.

Mark Wayde and Steve Dornbos, both from MI, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Thursday. They had good action catching and releasing trout to 21” and bluefish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies fished on intermediate sink tip fly lines. They finished strong as the action got fast at the top of the tide with some quality trout.

Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more should also be good options on deep grass flats and passes of Sarasota Bay. You should also find larger trout in shallow water along with snook and reds when conditions are good. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures continues to be a good option.

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: April 15th, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

A nice early morning snook for Siesta Key resident Gary Reichard.

Siesta Key's Gary Reichard with an early morning snook.

Clients on fishing charters out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key had good action this week, landing snook, redfish, jack crevalle, flounder, mangrove snapper, speckled trout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and loads of ladyfish.

As is the case during the Easter holiday, many of the trips involved children and novice anglers. Big Pass provided fast action for anglers drifting live shrimp and casting jigs. Ladyfish were plentiful along with bluefish and the occasional Spanish mackerel.

As is the case during the Easter holiday, many of the trips involved children and novice anglers.

Many trips this week involved children and new anglers.

The deep grass flats at Marina Jack, Robert's Bay, and Middlegrounds were productive as well, with speckled trout, bluefish, mackerel, snapper, and ladyfish hitting Bass Assassin jigs, plugs, and live shrimp.

I also had a couple of trips with more experienced anglers, and we spent some time targeting snook, with pretty good success. Friday morning was particularly good as we landed a dozen snook along with several nice snapper, jacks, and a 21" flounder using plugs and live shrimp.

Capt. Jim Klopfer

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


Capt. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 12th, 2017 by Capt. Ed Hurst

 

Mike Bridges and his daughter Naomi on the water with Capt. Ed Hurst.

Mike Bridges and his daughter Naomi having fun.

Mike Bridges and his daughter Naomi, from Asheville NC, along with his mother Mable, from Sarasota fished with me this past week. They caught some trout, ladyfish, bluefish and a cobia. The cobia wasn't legal size but still a nice looking fish. We then fished the Middle Grounds and Sarasota's Big Pass.

Mike was fly fishing and Naomi and Mable were spin fishing. DOA glow shad tails on 1/4 jig heads were very productive. Mike was using Clouser tan and white with gold flash deep minnow patterns.

I'd like to wish a Happy Easter to all my friends and fellow anglers.

Capt. Ed Hurst

Sarasota has been Ed's home since 1956 and he's fished these area waters since he was nine years old. From 1995 until the present he's guided anglers exclusively in and around the back­wa­ters of Sarasota Bay. Fly fishing is his passion and he's also an Orvis Endorsed Out­fit­ter Guide.


Capt. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 11th, 2017 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

Fishing was tough this week with high winds the culprit for most of the week. Trips made saw clients catching snook, redfish, jacks, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, speckled trout and black drum using live shrimp, jigs, and top water lures.

Top angler goes to Derrick White, 11 of Michigan with a nice snook and a redfish. 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: April 9th, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Ruby Bruce pitched in with several jack crevelle.

Ruby Bruce with a nice looking several jack crevelle.

Clients on fishing charters out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters this week did pretty well despite breezy conditions. Winds were up around 20 knots early in the week before a strong front moved through on Thursday, shutting down the fishing for a couple of days.

Big Sarasota Pass offered some protection from the wind and provided decent action on ladyfish, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, and snapper.

Schools of bait moved into the bay and netting some and fishing docks and mangrove shorelines in Robert's Bay on the Siesta Key side produced snook, jack crevalle, and snapper.

By the weekend the pass was once again full of ladyfish while fishing the flats on the east side of the bay resulted in sporadic action on trout and ladyfish. East winds are forecast all week and action should resume back in the Gulf of Mexico.

Capt. Jim Klopfer

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


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 9th, 2017 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Jack Detweiler had good action catching and releasing snook.

Jack Detweiler had action catching and releasing snook.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught trout, bluefish and Spanish mackerel in Sarasota Bay and caught and released snook, reds, trout and flounder in the Terra Ceia area and snook at night in the ICW on flies and CAL jigs with shad during the past week.

A persistent wind made fishing challenging, but fish cooperated. Jack and Chris Detweiler, from PA, fished dock lights in the ICW with me on Sunday night.

With a wind forecast of 25-mph + for Monday, we opted to snook fish the night before. They each caught and released their first snook and had steady action on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly!

Paul Browring, from the UK, had good action catching and releasing snook and reds on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing the Terra Ceia area with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Paul Browring had good action with reds and snook.

Barry Slee, from Lake Forest, IL, and Paul Browring, from the UK, fished a couple of days in the Terra Ceia area with me on Tuesday and Thursday. They had good action catching and releasing a total of more than 15 snook, several reds, flounder and a Spanish mackerel on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria Island and Gary Marple, from Sarasota, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday and Jim Festa and Rich Nastan, both also from Sarasota, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday.

They had some action with trout, Spanish mackerel and bluefish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.

I was the instructor for a CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School on Saturday, which was the last school of the spring season. Classes will resume in the fall but in the meantime, I’m available for private fly casting instruction.

Look for action in the coastal gulf to take off with king and Spanish mackerel, cobia, and tripletail. Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more should also be good options on deep grass flats and passes of Sarasota Bay. You should also find larger trout in shallow water along with snook and reds when conditions are good. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures continues to be a good option.

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. Terry Simmons’ Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 8th, 2017 by Capt. Terry Simmons

 

The Marrano brothers, from the western panhandle of NY.

The Marrano brothers, from the western panhandle of NY

Inshore: Anglers on my boat “Coastal Fishing Adventures” out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key caught and released several species of fish, including Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, spotted sea trout, bluefish, pompano, sheepshead, Jack crevalle and flounder, using DOA shad tail lures on 1/4 to 3/8oz jig-heads on a moving tide in deeper grass flats.

We also used live pilchards to catch spotted sea trout and snook along the mangroves and in potholes on the shallow flats.

Nearshore Gulf: Anglers caught Spanish mackerel and small sharks using live shrimp, pilchards, and DOA shad tail lures on3/8oz redhead jigs while working the birds and channels on a moving tide.

Night snook: The Marrano brothers, from western panhandle of New York, fished at night with me and caught 5 redfish with the largest being 27” and 8 snook, the largest was 26”. We worked lighted docks around the bay using live shrimp.

“Even though the weather, moon, and tides have been challenging, anglers were eager to go on an adventure and caught and released or kept a fish or two to enjoy for dinner and all had a great time.”

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: April 6th, 2017 by Capt. Clark Wright

 

Mackerel and kingfish fishing in the Gulf are taking off.

Mackerel and kingfish fishing in the Gulf are taking off.

Fishing continues to remain strong despite the windy conditions we have been experiencing the last several days. Leading up to the front, we have been having steady action on both artificial lures and live baits.

Big Pass has been producing a lot of ladyfish and a few mackerel for anglers tossing jigs and spoons. The deeper grass flats inside the passes and up in the north bay have had pretty good action with trout.

The trout fishing will continue to improve as we get further into April. I expect the mackerel and king fishing in the nearshore Gulf to start to take off after this front moves thru.

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. Andy Cotton’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 6th, 2017 by Capt. Andy Cotton

 

Nice pompano caught while jigging the pass .

This nice pompano was caught while jigging the pass.

Anglers aboard my boat the 'O'Fish All' out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key caught and released several species of fish this week. Sheepshead, pompano and mangrove snapper are still being caught in and near the passes with the occasional school of mackerel breaking the surface on the moving tides.

Snook and spotted seatrout were at the top of the list this week, with anglers catching some really nice fish. We are catching these fish using live pilchards fished along the edges of sandbars, potholes and mangrove shorelines on the shallow flats.

In the coastal gulf nearshore, we are catching small sharks, kingfish, and tripletail on days that the weather allows us to get out there. The deeper grass flats in Sarasota bay are holding trout, mackerel, bluefish and flounder. You can catch these fish using a DOA CAL shad tail and a 1/4 jig head.

Capt. Andy Cotton

Capt. Andy Cotton is the owner/operator of O'Fish All Guide Service "LLC" in Sarasota and is an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide out CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key.


Capt. Roy String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 3rd, 2017 by Capt. Roy String

 

Will, Jacob and Brett displaying their triple Snook catch.

Will, Jacob and Brett displaying their triple Snook catch.

The fishing last week really started to heat up both inshore and nearshore. The nearshore bite was Spanish Mackerel and Black Tip Sharks, and the fish were less than a mile from the beach.

There were so many sharks you could catch them til you were worn out. The mackerel were scattered all up and down the beach and would hit anything you moved super fast. The inshore bite also picked up with good numbers of keeper trout and lots of ladyfish around all deep water grass flats.

I fished today with Brett, Dawn, Jacob and his brother Will. We started the day fishing the pass and caught ladyfish on every cast for an hour and then we moved to the grass and managed a few Trout. I ran and netted bait and we headed to try to catch a few Snook before we ended the da. After 22 Snook were caught and release we headed for the dock.

This week looks a little trying because of the winds that are predicted so we will go day to day and hope the Wind stays down during the morning hours.

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 Spotted Sea Trout. He fishes with live and artificial bait, as well as fly, all from his 2015 24 ft custom T-Craft using Shimano and Orvis tackle.