CB’s Weekly Fishing Reports

Capt. Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 24th, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Bill LaPierre from Massachusetts caught several snook on shrimp.

Bill LaPierre from MA caught several snook on shrimp.

Fishing was very good once again this week in a variety of locations throughout the area. Big Sarasota Pass was full of fish!

Anglers out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key caught Sheepshead, Snapper, and Grouper fishing shrimp around structure and docks. The pass itself held a ton of ladyfish with a few Spanish mackerel mixed in and hit Bass Assassin jigs.

Drifting the grass flats at Marina Jacks, Middlegrounds, and Stephen's Pt. and casting jigs was also quite productive, with clients landing Spanish Mackerel, Speckled Trout, Bluefish, and loads of Ladyfish. Fishing live shrimp around Siesta Key docks in Robert's Bay resulted in snook and Jack Crevalle.

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. Andy Cotton’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 21st, 2017 by Capt. Andy Cotton

 

Marcia with a nice Sarasota Bay seatrout.

Marcia displaying a nice looking Sarasota Bay seatrout.

Anglers aboard my boat the O'Fish All out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key faced some challenging weather conditions this past week. We were still able to produce a variety of species.

There was good action on the deeper flats with spotted sea trout, ladyfish and Spanish mackerel using DOA CAL Shad tail swim baits. Hiding from the wind a couple days we fished docks and had good success pitching live shrimp under them for snook and redfish.

The passes and rock piles are holding sheepshead, snappers and pompano. Fishing the lighted docks at night this week anglers caught and released snook, trout and jack crevalle using small flies imitating shrimp or glass minnows.

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: March 19th, 2017 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout in Sarasota Bay on flies, CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA shrimp during the past week. Trout, Blues, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano and more should be a good option 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.

Look for action in the coastal gulf to take off with King and Spanish mackerel, Cobia and Tripletail. 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. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

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

 

Fishing was good this week when we could get on the water between cold fronts and the high wind. Fish caught included black drum, snook, speckled trout, ladyfish, jack crevalle, mangrove snapper, bluefish and redfish.

Most of the fish were caught on live shrimp and buck tailed jigs. Top angler goes to Charlie Lindeboom who caught a bay slam (trout, redfish and snook). Both the trout and red were slot fish with the snook measuring a bit over 22”.

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: March 17th, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

The winds were kicking up this past week, even near-shore.

Winds were kicking up this past week, even near-shore.

Mother Nature had an impact on fishing this week in Sarasota, Florida. Clients out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters had a good trip on Monday morning, catching trout, ladyfish, mackerel, and more on jigs in Big Pass and the flats at Marina Jacks and Middlegrounds.

A strong front moved through Monday afternoon, shutting down fishing for a couple of days.

I got back out of Thursday afternoon and found the fishing tough. However, it bounced right back on Friday morning with an excellent charter, with the fellas experiencing non-stop action in Big Pass on the north side of Siesta Key.

Bottom fishing produced a bunch of sheepshead along with snapper and a grouper. Drifting the pass produced loads of ladyfish and a nice mackerel using jigs and shrimp. The upcoming weather looks good and the bite should be good in the passes and on the flats.

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. Clark Wright’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 15th, 2017 by Capt. Clark Wright

 

Colin Sembler with a beautiful hogfish from last week .

Colin Sembler with a beautiful hogfish from last week .

The fishing the past week has continued to provide plenty of action both in Sarasota Bay and the nearshore Gulf of Mexico. A fairly strong front is moving thru as I type this, so I am not on the water today but am looking forward to getting back after it once this front moves thru.

I split time between the bay and the gulf again this past week. The bay fishing has remained strong and the trout fishing seems to be improving as we get further into spring.

On the grass-flats we are catching a variety of fish including trout, ladyfish, bluefish, mackeral, jacks, and the occasional pompano. There are also some sheepshead and snapper being caught in the passes and deeper docks.

In the gulf the bottom fishing has been very productive with sheepshead, snapper, grouper, triggerfish and hogfish providing the bulk of the catch. More bait is starting to show up and a few mackeral and larger gamefish will again begin to make their presence known.

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. Roy String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 12th, 2017 by Capt. Roy String

 

On the water with Capt. Roy String.

We had a great day catching Snook, Trout, and Ladyfish.

Fished today with Frank, Lorraine, Kate and Johnston Scandale from New Jersey. We had a great day catching Snook, Trout, and Ladyfish.

There are literally thousands of Ladyfish in Big Pass, a good warm up for ten minutes and then we were off to fish for Snook and Trout.

All of our Snook and Trout were caught on live pilchards.

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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 11th, 2017 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released snook in the ICW at night and trout and bluefish in Sarasota Bay on flies and snook, redfish and trout in Gasparilla Sound on CAL jigs with shad tails during the past week.

Martin Marlowe, from NY, snook fished with me on Monday evening. We fished dock lights in the ICW near Venice and he had good action catching and releasing snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a bluefish caught he and released on Clouser flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Ray Hutchinson with a bluefish he caught and released.

Alan Sugar and Ray Hutchinson, both from MI, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday. We worked deep grass flats on both sides of the bay and they had steady action with trout and a bluefish on Clouser flies fished on sink tip and intermediate fly lines. Alan caught and released a 23” trout, his personal best! Since these big trout are usually females, I feel it is important to the health of our trout fishery that they be released.

I gave a presentation, “Spring on the Fly in Southwest Florida” to an enthusiastic group at the Charlotte Harbor Fly Fishers in Punta Gorda on Wednesday evening. It was good to see some old friends and new faces, too.

Dave Reinhart, from VA, with a snook caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the backcountry of Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Dave Reinhart displays a snook caught and released.

Dave Reinhart, from VA, and Will Patterson, from Tampa, FL, fished the backcountry of Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me on Thursday. They fished hard and it paid off for them late in the day with numerous snook and some very nice trout, including several over the slot, caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails. Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL fished the same area with me on Friday and caught and released a slam including several snook, trout and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more should be a good option on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. You should also find larger trout in shallow water along with snook and reds when conditions are good. Action in the coastal gulf should take off with king and Spanish mackerel, cobia and tripletail. 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. Kelly Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 11th, 2017 by Capt. Kelly Kurtz

 

Spring is here and the fishing is only going to get better.

Spring is here and the fishing is only going to get better.

Last week the fishing was excellent, water temps are rising to around 70 degrees. We fished near shore on the calmer days and the action was steady. The Sheepshead bite remains steady as well as mangrove snapper up to 19", black drum, small gag grouper, and Spanish mackerel.

Fishing inshore on the deeper grass flats the trout fishing is improving. We caught many trout up to 23" which were released, bluefish and a few large Spanish mackerel to which provided a lot of excitement.

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. Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 10th, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Sheepshead are plentiful in Big Pass on the north side of Siesta key.

Sheepshead are plentiful in Big Pass on the north side

Fishing continued to be very productive in Sarasota for clients out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, though we did experience nearly a week of quite breezy conditions.

Sheepshead are plentiful in Big Pass, holding in the ample structure on the north side of Siesta Key. Anglers caught sheepshead, snapper, gag grouper, and pompano bottom fishing with shrimp.

The pass itself was full of ladyfish with quite a few mackerel as well and bluefish and pompano mixed in. Fly and spin anglers did well casting Clouser Minnows and Bass Assassin jigs.

The grass flats nearby were productive, but the better flats fishing was further north near Buttonwood Harbor, where jigs and flies produced speckled trout, pompano, bluefish, ladyfish, and mackerel.

We're hoping to see the schools of Spanish mackerel show up in the inshore 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. Clark Wright’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 6th, 2017 by Capt. Clark Wright

 

Pictured is Jane Smith with a cobia she caught last week in the nearshore Gulf of Mexico.

Jane Smith with a cobia caught nearshore in the Gulf.

Good action continues for anglers fishing with me out of CB's Outfitters. I have not fished the last couple of days due to the extreme wind conditions but the fishing was great last week prior to the wind front arriving. We look to be in great shape with the weather this coming week.

The fishing on the deeper grass flats in Sarasota Bay has been steady with ladyfish, trout, bluefish, and a couple of mackeral and pompano recently. A few more nice trout are being caught, and the trout fishing will continue to improve as we get into spring.

I fished the nearshore Gulf a couple of the calm days last week and the action was great with sheepshead, snapper, grouper, triggerfish and hogfish. We even lucked into a couple of cobia last week.

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. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 5th, 2017 by Capt. Ed Hurst

 

Jon Rudolph from Grand Rapids MI caught this beautiful Pompano last week.

Jon Rudolph caught this beautiful Pompano last week.

Jon Rudolph and Gerry Ball from Grand Rapids MI, and Mark Wetherbee from Charlotte NC fished with me last week before the wind came up. Jon did very good fly fishing, while Mark and Gerry had an excellent day spin fishing.

They caught trout, bluefish and ladyfish with Jon catching a beautiful Pompano on a olive/white Clouser.

Mark and Gerry were throwing DOA shad glow shad tails. The pot holes west of Tidy Island were holding some very nice trout as well as the Pompano. Ladyfish were pretty much everywhere and the bluefish were scattered in with them.

All the fish they caught were released so you know there are some nice fish still out there. Hopefully the wind will calm down a bit this coming week.

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. Roy String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 5th, 2017 by Capt. Roy String

 

The fishing continues strong on the flats fishing with jigs for speckled trout, ladyfish, and mackerel. Pompano are starting to show in better numbers daily, while the passes are still full of sheepshead and mangrove snapper fishing with live shrimp on the bottom.

The fishing will stay the same this upcoming week as the winds will begin to subside by early in the week. We should have a decent snook bite during the day as soon as the bait shows up which should be any day.

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. Bruce Burkhart’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 5th, 2017 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

Fishing last week was very good. Fishing the deeper grass flats with C,A.L. jigs, anglers aboard Casual Lies out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters had steady action all mourning. Stephens' Point and the Middle Ground flats had nice Mackerel, Trout, Jacks, Pompano and Ladyfish.

Fishing up north in the bay we caught Flounder, Pompano, Trout to 18 inches and Mackerel. Heading up farther north in the bay we put some Gulp jigs on and fished the potholes. The anglers enjoyed some small Redfish, Jacks, Bluefish, but some of the Trout were up to 23 inches.

The water temperature is getting into the 70 to 74 degree mark so I am getting ready for the Kingfish, Big Mackerel and Tunnys' to show up.

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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 5th, 2017 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released snook, blues and jacks in the ICW at night on flies, trout in Sarasota Bay and snook and trout in the Terra Ceia Bay area on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Shrimp during the past week. The best action was with snook and bluefish at night on flies.

Tim Hearon from Siesta Key, FL, with a bluefish he caught and released on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing dock lights in the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Tim Hearon with a bluefish he caught and released.

Jerry Poslusny, from Rochester, NY, and Rich Hunter from Longboat Key, FL, snook fished with me on Sunday evening. We fished dock lights in the ICW near Venice and they had good action catching and releasing snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.

Martin Marlowe, from NY, and Tim Hearon from Siesta Key, FL, fished the same area with me on Monday evening. They also had good action catching and releasing snook and some hefty bluefish on the same fly.

Tom Lamb, from Geneva, Switzerland, and Diane Muhlfeld and Roy Glah, from Sarasota, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday. We worked deep grass flats on both sides of the bay and they had steady action with trout, including several in the slot, on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Shrimp. One of the most productive techniques was drifting a DOA Shrimp behind the boat.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a snook caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing the Terra Ceia area with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Keith McClintock with a snook caught he and released.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL fished the Terra Ceia Bay area with me on Thursday. With a front approaching, we found snook aggressive and plentiful on shallow flats and he had good action catching and releasing them on CAL jigs with shad tails.

The following day I had a very good fly angler on board. We fished the same area but behind the front with a 15 to 20-mph north wind and a bluebird sky, the snook shut down. I gave a presentation on “Fly Fishing the West Coast of Florida”, which covered fly fishing options and techniques required for successful fly fishing, at the News Channel 8 Outdoor Expo & Boat Show on Saturday afternoon.

Trout should be a good option on deep grass flats 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.