CB’s Weekly Fishing Reports

Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: December 17th, 2018 by Capt. Brandon Naeve

 

Water temps are down and the fish are biting.

Pompano are starting to frequent the flats as water temperatures are way down into the '60s and spiking up into the '70s by midday.

This makes the fish more active and aggressive as they go after artificial baits. CB's Outfitters has a great selection of artificial baits and the knowledgeable staff can help you find what is hot now.

My group from Michigan has a great day out on the water this past week and caught this beautiful pompano on white artificial shrimp.

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 Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: December 15th, 2018 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing trout on flies and trout, reds and snook on CAL Shad tails and topwater plugs in Tampa Bay recently.

Jerry Roth, from Sanford, FL, with a snook caught and released on a top water plug while fishing Tampa Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jerry Roth displays a snook he caught and released.

Anna Maria Island winter resident, Bill Morrison, fished with me on Weds and caught a few trout on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly. Jerry Roth, from Sanford, FL, fished with me on Thursday and had some action catching and releasing snook on a topwater plug. It’s always fun to watch a snook "blow up" on a topwater plug!

The best trip was on Friday, with the worst conditions, when Jon Yenari and Kyle Ruffing, from Sarasota, fished with me. The weather forecast was for wind and rain late in the day, which was wrong as it rained on us almost the entire day.

 Kyle Ruffing, from Sarasota, had good action catching and releasing reds and trout on CAL Shad tails while fishing Tampa Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Kyle Ruffing had good action while fishing Tampa Bay.

When it finally quit raining the wind bumped up to above 20-mph. Despite that, they caught and released 3 reds, about 10 trout, and a snook to complete their slam on CAL shad tails. Great job!

Fishing dock lights in the evening is usually a good option for catch and release snook fishing this time of year, although it is dependent on tide and conditions. Fishing shallow flats is both challenging and rewarding. It usually requires fishing hard to find and catch fish.

One of the keys to success is finding clean water, whether it is on the flats or in the ICW. Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by 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: December 10th, 2018 by Capt. Ed Hurst

 

Steve Totte, from Cleveland OH, enjoyed a productive morning of fly fishing.

Steve Totte, enjoyed a productive morning of fly fishing.

Steve Totte, from Cleveland OH, enjoyed a productive morning of fly fishing for snook with me this past week fishing out of CB’s Outfitters.

We used Enrico Puglisi white baitfish patterns and the snook seemed to prefer fly. We fished Snook Alley in the early morning hours on an outgoing tide.

It turned out to be a nice catch and release early morning exercise as all snook must be released this time of year.

Happy fishing and peaceful times!

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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: December 9th, 2018 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Mike Watkins, from Sarasota, with a snook caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing dock lights at night recently with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Mike Watkins with a he snook caught and released.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing snook on flies and DOA Lures at night in Little Sarasota Bay recently.

Mike Watkins, from Sarasota, fished dock lights for snook on a trip with me and had some action catching and releasing snook on CAL jigs with shad tails before dawn. We fished docks and bars after daylight and caught and released a couple more snook on the same lures.

Hilton Bruch and Jan Bailey-Bruch, from St. Pete, also fished dock lights for snook on a night trip with me recently. With a good tide, they had fast action catching and releasing numerous snook and a nice bluefish on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.

Jan Bailey-Bruch, from St. Pete, had good action catching and releasing snook on Grassett Snook Minnow flies while fishing dock lights at night recently with Capt.

Jan Bailey-Bruch caught and released this snook.

I was the instructor for an “Orvis Fly Fishing 101” introductory fly fishing clinic on Saturday. Students were introduced to the sport of fly fishing and had an opportunity to cast a fly rod. The next fly fishing event will be an Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School on Jan 19, 2019. The school will cover fly casting, leader construction, fly selection, and saltwater fly fishing techniques.

The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basics but also work with intermediate casters on correcting faults and improving casting skills. Cost for the class, which will run from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, is $195 per person and includes the use of premium Orvis fly tackle, workbook, and lunch. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations.

Fishing dock lights in the evening is a good option for catch and release snook fishing. The key to success is finding clean water, whether it is on the flats or in the coastal gulf. Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by 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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: December 4th, 2018 by Capt. Brandon Naeve

 

December is a great month to fish these waters.

December is a great month to fish these waters.

December is here and it’s jigging time, so get out your favorite jig and cover lots of water. Snook are dormant this time of year due to the cold so don’t bother targeting them until spring. However, trout, bluefish, ladyfish, and Jack crevalle are there for the taking.

CB's tackle has a large selection of jigs and tails, they also get input from their guides on what is working best. If you have small kids along take along a few dozen shrimp for the slower paced dock fishing.

Also, remember that Florida has a high moisture content in the air on most mornings and it can be much colder on the water then what the temperature gauge might indicate.

I always travel with a Patagonia lightweight rain jacket as a windbreaker rain jacket combo! CB's Outfitters has them in colorful choices and they make a great Christmas gift for the ladies.

I'll be back from PA on December 6th… Let’s Go Fishing!

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. Bruce Burkhart’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: December 2nd, 2018 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

On the water with Capt. Bruce Burkhart.

We had some decent fishing last week in the bay.

Anglers fishing with me on the Casual Lies out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters had some decent fishing last week. Some spots we had been fishing had dirty water in them but we did find good fishing in the clean water and around some deeper docks.

CAL jigs in gold and white did the trick on the Trout, Jacks, and Ladyfish. Topwater lures caught a few big Jacks but not like it was a couple of weeks ago.

The best fishing came using live shrimp under the deeper docks. Lots of Mangrove Snapper, a few Black Drum, and some nice Sheep Head are showing up if you're patient.

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. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: December 2nd, 2018 by Capt. Ed Hurst

 

John and Emily Sagle, VA, enjoyed a spectacular morning fishing with me in Little Sarasota Bay. We’re finally experiencing cooler temperatures and being out on the water is a pleasure now. It’s been a long hot summer.

John and Emily caught trout, ladyfish, and bluefish using both spin and fly tackle.

Tight lines and happy hearts.

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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: November 25th, 2018 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing snook on flies at night and a variety of species on DOA Lures in Little Sarasota Bay during the past week.

Stewart Lavelle' from Sarasota, had some action catching and releasing snook on flies while fishing dock lights on a couple of different trips recently with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Sarasota's Stewart Lavelle working on his night moves.

Fly angler Stewart Lavelle, from Sarasota, fished dock lights for snook with me on Monday evening. He had good action catching and releasing numerous snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.

Sarasota winter residents, Mike Perez, and Denton Kent fly fishing the same area with me on Tuesday night.

A front passed through that morning and slowed the action a little although they still had decent action catching and releasing snook on flies.

Michael Dinerman, from Atlanta, with a 23" trout caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Little Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Michael Dinerman, from Atlanta, with a nice 23" trout.

Marshall Dinerman and his son Michael, from Atlanta, fished Little Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday. They caught and released jacks, ladyfish, snook and several trout, including a 23” trout.

We fished DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with shad tails on the flats and CAL jigs with shad tails around docks.

Fishing dock lights in the evening or before dawn is still a good option for catch and release snook fishing. This is also a great time of year to fish the coastal gulf for false albacore, tripletail, and Spanish mackerel when conditions are good.

The key to success is finding clean water. Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by agricultural and residential runoff, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation. Remember to 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: November 24th, 2018 by Capt. Chuck Cress

 

A true family affair as Mother, Father, and Son all had a great time on the water.

A true family affair as everyone had a great time.

There are many things to be thankful for during the Thanksgiving holiday. One thing as a fisherman I’m thankful for is the red tide is disappearing in our area.

As the water gets cleaner the fishing gets better. In fact, the mother, father, and son trio from Pennsylvania that I took out today were able to catch the inshore slam. Redfish, snook, and trout.

The redfish had the most spots on its tail that I’ve seen in quite some time. Austin, the son was very enthusiastic and fished extremely hard to make it happen. Not only did we enjoy some cleaner water but it was a gorgeous day on the bay.

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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: November 21st, 2018 by Capt. Brandon Naeve

 

These two Canadian boys from Toronto braved the red tide and frigid 82 degree day to catch a few snook and enjoy what Sarasota is famous for.

These two Canadians braved the frigid 82 degree temps.

Late last week I had a young Chicago Bears fan, Little Mo, who was as happy as could be after catching his first snook on a half day charter.

This week I had two Canadian boys from Toronto who braved the red tide and frigid 82-degree temperatures. Just kidding, those boys thought they died and went to heaven.

Hand-picked shrimp from CB's was the bait of choice as we headed out for a day on the water. We caught a few snook and enjoyed what Sarasota is really famous for.

All in all, I'd say those boys from north of the border had more fun than scoring a hat-trick in a Stanley Cup Final… well maybe not that much fun but they sure enjoyed themselves.

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. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: November 18th, 2018 by Capt. Kelly Stilwell

 

Angler Paul Ortenzio had a good day on Wednesday.

Angler Paul Ortenzio had a good day on Wednesday.

As the Gulf and Bay waters cool the fishing as well as the water conditions are improving.

Angler Paul Ortenzio and his Sister Barbara had a good day Wednesday catching lots of scrappy ladyfish on flies and jigs.

Friday they switched to live shrimp and caught some nice snook, a redfish, sheepshead, and several mangrove snappers.

Remember, if you'd like to get out on the water drop me a line, I'd be happy to oblige.

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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: November 18th, 2018 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Tom Sprague, from MA, caught and released a variety of fish including this jack.

Tom Sprague caught and released this jack in the bay.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing a variety of species on DOA Lures in Little Sarasota Bay during the past week.

Tom Sprague and Laurie Anderson, from MA, fished Little Sarasota Bay with me on Monday. The action wasn’t fast but they caught and released snook, trout, sheepshead and a large jack. We fished DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with shad tails on the flats and CAL jigs with shad tails around docks.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL and Jack McCulloch, from Lakewood Ranch, FL, fished the same area with me on Friday and had similar action catching and releasing several snook, jacks, trout and a bluefish on CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms.

I was the instructor for CB’s Saltwater Outfitters first Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School of the season on Saturday. Students received instruction in fly casting, leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly fishing techniques. Future schools will be held on Jan 19, Feb. 23, Mar. 16, and Apr 13, 2019. Cost for the 6-hr class is $195 per person and includes the use of premium Orvis fly tackle, workbook and lunch.

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters will also hold an “Orvis Fly Fishing 101” introductory fly fishing clinic on Saturday, Dec 8, 2018, from 9 am – 11 am. Their staff of Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guides will cover fly casting basics, fly tackle rigging and fly casting with premium Orvis fly tackle. There will also be special in-store offers on Orvis and other fly fishing products. Cost for the clinic is $25. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations.

Fishing dock lights in the evening or before dawn is still a good option for catch and release snook fishing. This is also a great time of year to fish the coastal gulf for false albacore, tripletail, Spanish mackerel when conditions are good. The key to success is finding clean water.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by 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. Bruce Burkhart’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: November 16th, 2018 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

The snook were biting quite nicely this past week.

The snook were biting quite nicely this past week.

With the Red Tide out of the area, the fishing has been really good. We have been fishing south Little Sarasota Bay with live shrimp, CAL jigs and topwater lures.

Fishing the oyster bars with the topwater lures anglers aboard the Casual Lies out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters caught nice Snook up to 25 inches, and Redfish to 23 inches. One morning we had nineteen Snook, three Redfish and the next two days we had ten Snook and Wednesday we had eight.

Along with the Snook and Redfish, the Trout were hitting jigs so we had someone catching an inshore slam each day. As a little bonus the big Jacks and big Bluefish were slamming the topwater lures and jigs, if you got into a school of them you could easily catch a dozen of them.

I am really looking forward to seeing if we will get the Kingfish and Mackerel out on the beach with this cold front coming by.

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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: November 12th, 2018 by Capt. Brandon Naeve

 

Brian Schafer, of Delaware, caught and released this 13 lb beauty on a 1/2 day trip out of CB's

Brian Schafer caught and released this beauty.

Fishing this pass Friday produced this beautiful big jack crevalle caught in Roberts Bay on live minnows or whitebait.

Brian Schafer, of Delaware, caught and released this 13 lb beauty on a 1/2 day trip out of CB's Outfitters on Siesta Key.

The red tide has pushed big offshore fish inshore and produced some exciting moments in the shallow water areas off of Sarasota, so get out there if you can.

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 with a South Andros bonefish caught and released on a fly while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

Capt. Rick Grassett with a South Andros bonefish.

I hosted a group of friends and clients at Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge in South Andros, the Bahamas during the past week.

Stewart Lavelle from Sarasota, FL, Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, Nicholas Delle Donne, from Lancaster, PA, Bill Crelin, from Milwaukee, WI and I drove from Sarasota to Ft. Lauderdale last Saturday where we met up with John and DJ, from NY, and traveled to Congotown, South Andros on Watermakers Air.

Jerry Poslusny, from Rochester, NY, met up with us at the lodge via Nassau.

We fished hand-picked tides on the quarter phase of the moon, low tide in the morning progressing to slightly later each day throughout the week and it paid off. We did a lot of wading and fished everything from large schools of bonefish to cruising or tailing singles and doubles. Conditions were good and action was also good, including quite a few fish in the 4 to 8-lb category and a couple double-digit fish.

John caught and released a bonefish of a lifetime, 33” and an estimated 14-lbs! Top producing flies during the week were Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp, Mars Bay Special, Ververka’s Mantis Shrimp, Gotchas and Gotcha variations. Like fishing anywhere, there were some great days and some slower days, but overall it was a great trip to a great lodge!

Bill Howard, the resident owner/operator, does a great job making things run smoothly during our stay at the lodge. We dined on a variety of excellent authentic Bahamian dishes including fresh fish, lobster, and conch. One of the best things about Mars Bay Lodge, the southernmost lodge on South Andros, is fishing the vast sand flats and scattered mangrove keys to the south. South Andros has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth! This trip, as well as my Montana trip, are annual trips, so if you have an interest in any future trips contact me or go to the Destination Trips page of my websites.

Back home in Sarasota, night snook fishing and tripletail and Spanish mackerel in the coastal gulf have been the best options depending on conditions. Fish peak tidal flows for snook and look for bait schools, diving birds or breaking fish to find mackerel or albies.

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.