CB’s Weekly Fishing Reports

Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 15th, 2019 by Capt. Brandon Naeve

 

Another beautiful day on the water.

A nice catch and another beautiful day on the water.

Summer fishing is in full swing with ladyfish, bluefish, and the occasional pompano as well as a few trout that survived the red tide. The weather in and around Sarasota Bay has been nice with water temperatures are in the mid to upper '80s.

I recommend getting started between 7:30 and 8:30 in the morning and get yourself off the water before the storms build up. August is a beautiful month to out on the water here on Florida's southern Gulf Coast. Do yourself a favor and make time to drop a line… or two.

Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Montana Fly Fishing Trip Report

Reported: August 14th, 2019 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

I hosted a group of friends and clients on a destination fly fishing trip in southwest Montana during the past week. This is an annual trip for me and was my 18th year fishing in Montana. I traveled from Sarasota to Bozeman on Sunday, 8/4 and made the 2-1/2 hour drive to the lodge with Marshall Dinerman, from Atlanta, and Steve Coburn, from WI. Mike Perez and Stewart Lavelle, from Sarasota, met up with us at the lodge after fishing the previous week in British Columbia and Dennis Kinley, from IN, drove out and also met up with us at the lodge.

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Montana Fly Fishing Trip.

Capt. Rick Grassett fly fishing in Dillon, MT.

We stayed at Medicine Lodge, on a 100,000-acre working ranch near the Beaverhead River, outside of Dillon. Equipped with an industrial-size kitchen and a large dining room with ranch style seating, it was a great place for our group. Chef Annie Kubicka spoiled us with hearty Montana meals and desserts!

We fished the Beaverhead, Big Hole and Madison Rivers, a couple of lakes and a spring creek with guide Dave King, owner of King Outfitters (406) 596-0209 in Dillon, and his excellent group of guides; Dan, Mark, and Tommy. I’ve fished with these guides for many years since I started fishing Montana. They work hard, do a great job and know their fishery well. We had great action on 5 and 6-weight fly tackle with brown and rainbow trout to more than 20” on streamers, dry flies, dry/dropper and nymph rigs. We also did some still water fishing on a couple of lakes and had good action walking a spring creek, catching and releasing brookies, browns, and rainbows on dry flies with 3 and 4-weight fly tackle. The dry fly action was with a variety of grasshopper patterns, sometimes with a nymph dropper, or with a smaller dry fly and a few other bugs. Like fishing everywhere, there were good days and slower days but overall it was great!

Dave King, of King Outfitters in Dillon, MT, with a rainbow caught and released on a fly by Dennis Kinley (left), from IN.

Dennis Kinley with a rainbow trout caught and released.

The weather and scenery were outstanding with temperatures ranging from a very comfortable high ’40s in the morning to the mid-’80s in the afternoon with only 15% to 20% humidity, a welcome relief from southwest Florida’s heat and humidity in August! In addition to beautiful valleys surrounded by rugged mountains, the wildlife is amazing! We saw whitetail deer, moose, pronghorn antelope, bears, hawks, eagles, ducks, geese and sandhill cranes.

Back in Sarasota catch and release snook fishing around dock lights and bridges and trout, jacks, blues and more on deep grass flats should be good options. There should be tarpon in upper Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay. Juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks may also be a good option. You might also find them in a few places mixed with snook in dock lights.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, 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. Terry Simmon’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 8th, 2019 by Capt. Terry Simmons

 

This week, fishing aboard the "Gone Coastal" with Captain Terry Simmons, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key.

The weather has been a little challenging this week with fast-moving tropical rainstorms early in the morning. BE SAFE, DON'T TAKE A CHANCE WITH LIGHTNING. Willing to endure the rain on Tuesday, I took out the Jeff Akin group for a little fun on the water.

We finally found an opening and started fishing on Robert's Bay. Working around the islands using artificial baits we found baby tarpon but no takers. A quick storm approached and we took cover from the rain under the bridge, until it stopped. After the rainstorm, we went to some grass flats in Sarasota Bay catching small grouper, ladyfish and some Atlantic sail cats.

The birds started diving small baits, so we started working the outgoing tide, picking up several Spanish mackerel, for dinner, using DOA shad tail baits with a 3/8 oz. jig head and small silver spoons.

Let's go fishing when you need a good dose of Vitamin Sea.

Capt. Terry Simmons

Terry was born and raised in Bradenton, FL and has been guiding clients since 2000, fishing on Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico with live bait, artificial lures and fly fishing aboard his 22’ Bay Ranger which accommodates up to 4 anglers.


Capt. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 4th, 2019 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

10 yr old Lawson Pressley of South Carolina with a nice bluefish he caught on a shrimp.

10 year old Lawson Pressley with a nice bluefish.

Sarasota Bay flats and docks were producing speckled trout, ladyfish. bluefish, Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, jack cravalle, and a few redfish along with a variety of other species this past week.

On one trip, a nice Bonnethead Shark was landed after quite a battle on light tackle. Anglers are using CAL jigs and bucktailed jigs as well as 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.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 31st, 2019 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with snook, reds, and jacks in Gasparilla Sound and snook around dock lights in Sarasota Bay on a couple of trips during the past week.

Connor Shoemaker, from Sarasota, with a red he caught and released on CAL Shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Connor Shoemaker with a red he caught and released.

Jon Yenari and Connor Shoemaker, both from Sarasota, fished Gasparilla Sound recently and had great action catching and releasing numerous snook and a couple of reds on flies, CAL Shad tails and topwater plugs. We also encountered several large schools of jacks and had several “doubles” on fly and spin tackle. One of the jacks was eaten by a shark at the side of the boat, topwater plug and all!

Mark Schusterman, from Houston, fished dock lights in Sarasota Bay with me on another trip. He caught and released his first snook on a fly and several other snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow and Gummy Minnow flies. Snook blasted tiny glass minnows and were picky. It took flies as small as #8 to get them to bite. Match the hatch!

Jon Yenari, from Sarasota, with a snook he caught and released on CAL Shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jon Yenari with a snook he caught and released.

Tarpon are thinning in the coastal gulf but are usually curious and aggressive this time of year. If you’ve got the patience to wait them out it can be worth it. They will move into estuaries as they thin out in the gulf. Fishing mangrove shorelines for catch and release reds and snook may also be a good option. Night fishing for snook and more is a dependable option and a good way to beat the heat.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, 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. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 29th, 2019 by Capt. Ed Hurst

 

Robin Calitri, from NH, caught this beautiful 29-inch redfish fishing the dock lights.

Robin Calitri caught this redfish fishing the dock lights.

Robin Calitri, from NH, caught a reel bonus fishing the dock lights for snook. A 29-inch redfish beat a snook to an Enrico Puglisi baitfish pattern fly. It was Robin’s night. The big red ran under the dock dragging the Orvis fluorocarbon leader against the barnacles. Nicked and scraped the leader held and Robin was able to cajole it out into open water.

All this on an Orvis Helios 3 7wt fly rod, the red weighted 10 pounds plus. A little while later he wasn’t so fortunate with a nice snook… that’s how they get big.

He did manage to catch several 20-24 in snook. All the fish were released to continue to build our stocks back. The nice thing about night trips after the afternoon rain, the temperature isn’t in the 90’s and you don’t get sunburnt.

Be careful out there and respect the fish and other fishermen.

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: July 29th, 2019 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

Rockies fan Don Sutherland with a nice red he caught in Sarasota Bay

Don Sutherland with a nice red he caught in the bay.

Live shrimp is still accounting for most of the fish caught this week along with bucktail and CAL jigs. Clients are catching mangrove snapper, black drum, redfish and speckled trout around Sarasota bay flats and docks.

Other species caught were bluefish, Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, and ladyfish. All in all, it's a great time of year to be on the water with a rod and reel in your hands.

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 24th, 2019 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with tarpon in the coastal gulf on several trips during the past week. Tarpon were jumped on several trips and Hal Lutz, from Parrish, FL, landed one. Great job!

Jeff Babik, from IL, with a Sarasota Bay trout caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jeff Babik, from IL, with a Sarasota Bay trout.

Action on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is improving. Jeff and Matt Babik, from IL, jumped a juvenile tarpon on a DOA TerrorEyz and had good action with trout in Sarasota Bay on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. Tim and Cooper Campbell, from Singapore, caught and released trout on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay and Spanish mackerel in the coastal gulf on Clouser and Grassett Snook Minnow flies and CAL jigs with shad tails on another trip.

Tarpon are thinning in the coastal gulf but are aggressive this time of year. They will move to inside areas of Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay as they thin out in the gulf. Fishing mangrove shorelines for catch and release reds and snook may also be a good option. Night fishing for snook and more is a dependable option and a good way to beat the heat.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, 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. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 23rd, 2019 by Capt. Chuck Cress

 

Five-year-old Henry and his dad Ben had a little fishing contest.

Five-year-old Henry and his dad Ben did some fishing.

Five-year-old Henry and his dad Ben had a little fishing contest on board the Lets Get Em Charters boat. Visiting from central Illinois they booked their charter with me out of CB’S Outfitters on Siesta Key.

The weather was quite comfortable and the water was calm to start the contest. Numerous fish were caught such as ladyfish Spanish mackerel catfish lizardfish Jack Crevalle and a few pinfish.

At the end of the day, young Henry was declared the winner by one. Fishing at Sarasota Bay has really picked up over the last few weeks my experience tells me it’s only going to get better.

Capt. Chuck Cress

Fishing has been a lifetime passion for me. Depending on the skill level of my clients what I like to do is put them on big fish using artificial lures. I like to educating and passing on my knowledge of local history and the many sights the area has to offer while we are on the water.


Capt. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 22nd, 2019 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

Will Hartman with a nice redfish he caught this past week.

Will Hartman with a nice redfish he caught this week.

Once again we are finding black drum, redfish and speckled trout around Sarasota Bay flats and docks. Live shrimp accounted for most of the fish caught along with bucktail and CAL jigs.

Other species caught were bluefish, Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, and ladyfish. Catch of the week honors goes to Will Hartman with a nice 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. Andy Cotton’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 16th, 2019 by Capt. Andy Cotton

 

Night fishing has been pretty good this week.

Night fishing has been pretty good this week.

The fishing in Sarasota Bay has picked up pretty good on the deeper grass flats, we are catching trout, bluefish, pompano, jacks, and ladyfish using a DOA CAL jigs and clouser deep minnow patterns.

Night snook fishing has been pretty good this past week. My spin fisherman have been catching them on the DOA 2-inch and 2.75-inch shrimp in the gold glitter color. Fly anglers will score with any small pattern in white.

Capt. Andy Cotton

Capt. Andy loves fly fishing and light spinning tackle with artificial lures. He fishes out of an Action Craft 1720 flats skiff rigged with the latest electronics and outfitted with Orvis fly equipment and Shimano spinning tackle. Capt. Andy is the owner of O'Fish All Guide Service.


Capt. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 16th, 2019 by Capt. Kelly Stilwell

 

The Bayette family had a great trip.

The Bayette family had a great day on the water.

The fishing really heated up last week. The Bayette family had a great trip. They were busy throughout the morning catching bluefish, Spanish mackerel, seatrout, and ladyfish. All the fish were caught on 1/4 ounce jigs with plastic tails.

Lawrence Baxter and his son went for an evening trip on Wednesday. They also saw some nice fish including a big pompano and some snook after dark.

The best time to go fishing is when you can!

Capt. Kelly Stilwell

Kelly has lived and fished in this area for over 30 years. His specialties are artificial bait, fly fishing, tarpon, and live bait fishing in Sarasota Bay and the nearshore Gulf of Mexico. He is an Orvis Endorsed Outfitter Guide and currently runs a 2400 Ranger Bay boat which can accommodate 5.


Capt. Kelly Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 14th, 2019 by Capt. Kelly Kurtz

 

Fishing's been productive the last few weeks.

Fishing's been very productive the last few weeks.

Anglers fishing with me this past week have had some exceptional days. We've been fishing the passes using a combination of live bait which seems to be the key. We’ve caught and released many snook from 16 to 34 inches.

We've also caught Mangrove snapper, jacks, and juvenile grouper as well. On a few of the days, we were out the passes were too rough so we wound up fishing the flats catching and releasing sea trout up to 20 inches.

Tight lines everyone!

Capt. Kelly Kurtz

Kelly is a Sarasota native and the owner and operator of Mangrove Charters. He's pas­sion­ate about fishing and hunting. As a full-time fishing guide Kelly operates out of a 22 ft. Bayscout and specializes in light tackle using both arti­fi­cial and live bait. Redfish are his favorite.


Capt. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 7th, 2019 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

Emma Vincent with a nice black drum, and her brother John with a nice redfish.

Emma Vincent with a nice black drum she caught.

Sarasota bay fishing is good with a variety of species hitting. Clients landed black drum, speckled trout, ladyfish, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, a couple of redfish along with several others.

A nice cobia was in the mix as well but broke off before it could be invited home for dinner! The fish were caught using buck tailed 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.


Capt. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 4th, 2019 by Capt. Chuck Cress

 

Father and daughter Travis and Carly from Kansas City enjoying the beautiful waters in and around Sarasota.

Father and daughter Travis and Carly from Kansas City.

Father and daughter Travis and Carly booked a trip with me on the fourth of July. We met at CB’S Outfitters on Siesta Key early in the morning in search of anything that would bend the fishing pole.

Carly, who was an excellent fisherman and very patient, fished hard even though she had a cast on her left hand from a cheerleading mishap. Our search for a fish was challenging until Travis hooked a snook on a topwater lure.

They were visiting from Kansas City and saw things that they normally would not see such as dolphins, pelicans, and the beautiful waters surrounding Sarasota. I reminded them to remember this day come mid-January.

Capt. Chuck Cress

Fishing has been a lifetime passion for me. Depending on the skill level of my clients what I like to do is put them on big fish using artificial lures. I like to educating and passing on my knowledge of local history and the many sights the area has to offer while we are on the water.