CB’s Weekly Fishing Reports

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 14th, 2017 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Capt. Rick Grassett with a Montana brown trout caught and released while stripping streamers with guide Dave King, of King Outfitters in Dillon, MT.

Capt. Grassett with a Montana brown trout in Dillon, MT.

'I hosted a group of friends and clients on a destination fly-fishing trip in SW Montana last week.'

This is an annual trip for me and was my 16th year fishing there. We fished the Beaverhead, Big Hole, Jefferson and Madison Rivers, a couple of creeks and lakes and caught and released numerous brown, rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout during the week.

We used streamers, dry flies and nymphs on 3 through 6-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.

 Tim Siegel, from IN, with cutthroats caught and released on dry flies while fishing an alpine lake at 7500' with guide Cody Meine on his Smallhorn Mountain Ranch.

Tim Siegel, from IN, fishing an alpine lake at 7500 ft.

Tim Siegel, from IN, met up with Lynn Skipper, from Apollo Beach, FL and me in Bozeman on Sunday afternoon, 8/6 and made the 2-hour drive to Dillon. Mike Perez, from IN, met up with us in Dillon after driving out from IN and fishing a few days before the rest of the group arrived. We stayed in a ranch house, remodeled as a fisherman’s vacation home, near the Beaverhead River outside of Dillon.

Mike and I fished a spring creek one day with guide Dave King, owner of King Outfitters (406) 596-0209 in Dillon, and had good action with brookies on hoppers on 3 and 4-weight fly tackle. Lynn and I fished the Big Hole with another guide one day and also had some dry fly action.

Lynn Skipper, from Apollo Beach, FL fishing alpine lake at 7500 ft.

Lynn Skipper from FL fishing an alpine lake at 7500 ft.

Lynn, Mike and Tim fished the Jefferson on a couple of trips with Dave and had good action with rainbow and brown trout on a variety of rigs. Mike, Tim and I also fished some other areas a few days with Dave and caught and released some quality rainbows.

Several of us fished an alpine lake at 7500’ a couple of days with guide Cody Meine on his family’s Smallhorn Ranch and had good action with cutthroats on dry flies. Cody and his daughter, Kayla also hosted us back at the ranch each evening with some great Montana home cooking.

Lynn Skipper, from Apollo Beach, FL, and guide Scott Allison with rainbow trout caught and released on a dry fly while fishing the Big Hole River.

Lynn Skipper and guide Scott Allison with rainbow trout.

One of the best things about fly fishing in southwest Montana is the variety. The fishing there is by either floating or wading. The weather and scenery were outstanding with temperatures ranging from a very comfortable high 40’s in the morning to the mid 70’s or 80 degrees in the afternoon with low humidity, a welcome relief from southwest Florida’s heat and humidity in August.

From tarpon on a 12-weight to brookies and cutthroats on a 3-weight, it’s all good especially with everything that goes along with it! In addition to beautiful valleys surrounded by rugged mountains, the wildlife is amazing! We saw whitetail and mule deer, pronghorn antelope, hawks, eagles, ducks, geese and sand hill cranes.

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

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: August 13th, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

This young angler is proud of her Spanish mackerel.

This young angler is proud of her Spanish mackerel.

Fishing was very good once again this week, though the water temperature reached 89 degrees by the end of the week. Hopefully, evening showers will get that back down a bit.

The majority of my charters out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters involved families, and there is no more productive technique for those clients than to chum with live baitfish on the deeper grass flats.

Anglers with little or no experience can enjoy success doing this. Mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel, and speckled trout were plentiful, with jack crevelle, bluefish, small sharks, gag grouper, catfish, ladyfish, and other species also being landed. The Middlegrounds, Radio Tower, and Marina Jack flats were the top spots.

I had a couple of local, regular clients on Thursday who are a bit more experienced. We started off casting Rapala plugs in Robert's Bay, fooling jacks, sennett, snapper, and ladyfish. We switched to live bait and did well at Marina Jacks, then finished up catching trout on jigs up at Bishop's Point.

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 String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 13th, 2017 by Capt. Roy String

 

The fishing continues to be really good with lots of speckled trout, Mackerel, bluefish and quite a few Mangrove Snapper. The key to my great fishing is the abundance of live bait which takes a few minutes to catch a livewell full of bait.

The fishing will continue to be crazy with no end in sight. The Snook fishing should improve as we get closer to next month, the Snook are on the beach right now and will start to come back to the bay as soon as it starts to cool off a little.

We should also see an increase in large schools of fish feeding on the surface. The schools could be anything from jacks to Redfish and bluefish. As always start early to beat the heat and get the best bite of the 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. Roy String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 7th, 2017 by Capt. Roy String

 

I fished a couple days this week after coming back from vacation and the fishing remains absolutely nuts. The key to my success is the abundance of live bait that takes just a couple minutes to catch. We're catching a lot of Trout, Mackerel, and a few Grouper and Ladyfish mixed in.

The fishing will stay crazy for a least the next couple months. 100 fish in 4hrs is not uncommon. Start early to beat the heat and get the best that Sarasota Bay has to offer.

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. Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 6th, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Mangrove snapper were plentiful on charters this week.

Mangrove snapper were plentiful on charters this week.

The weather was an issue as Tropical Storm Erin breezed through. Thankfully, it moved very quickly and I was back out on the water on Tuesday to find conditions surprisingly favorable.

Mangrove snapper were definitely the "fish of the week" for clients on fishing charters out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key. These feisty and great-eating saltwater panfish are plentiful throughout the area.

Chumming the deep grass flats near Big Pass produced a lot of mangs, as did fishing bridges and docks with live threadfins. Along with the mangs, many speckled trout were landed, with jacks, gag grouper, Spanish mackerel, and ladyfish mixed in.

Mackerel numbers were down from last week, probably due to the water being a bit stirred up, but that action should pick up this week.

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: August 5th, 2017 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Jeb Mulock, from Bradenton, FL, wih a tarpon caught and released on a fly while fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Tarpon fishing continues depending on conditions.

Fly anglers fishing with me recently, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, continued to have some action with tarpon. Despite poor conditions with the passing of Tropical Storm Emily, we got out for a couple of trips.

When fish were high in the water column and visibility was good, we had the best action. We had about a dozen shots and jumped one tarpon on one of the trips.

Tarpon fishing in the gulf should still be an option depending on conditions. You should find juvenile tarpon in creeks, canals, and turning basins. This is also a good time frame to sight fish for snook in the surf. However, snook season remains closed on the west coast of Florida until Sep 1st, so please handle them gently and release them quickly.

Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook and tarpon with flies and DOA Lures should also 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: July 30th, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Newlywed Katherine Westerman caught this nice trout on her honeymoon.

Newlywed Katherine Westerman with a beautiful trout.

Fishing was outstanding again this week for clients on fishing charters out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters. I never wandered far from the passes as that is where the bait was and the nearby grass flats held plenty of fish. Marker #5, Marina Jacks, Radio Tower, and Middlegrounds all produced well.

Speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, gag grouper, mangrove snapper, jack crevalle, flounder, and ladyfish hit free lined live baitfish cast into my chum of live bait.

Each day was different, with speckled trout being numerous early in the week and Spanish mackerel coming on strong towards the end of the week. On Saturday I had long time client Tommy Hyser from Pasadena, MD on the boat.

We ran into something unusual; schools of mangrove snapper and gag grouper busting baits on the surface in 12' of water. There were also mackerel, jacks, and juvenile tarpon mixed in, very cool!

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. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 29th, 2017 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

Amie Falcon and Ked Jackson with a 29" redfish

Amie Falcon and Ked Jackson with a nice 29" redfish.

Clients are catching a variety of fish with some not so expected catches like barracuda in the bay. Some nice sized mangrove snapper are being caught and are still the top fish being invited home for dinner.

They can be found around docks and neighboring grass flats. Also boated are catch and release snook, some nice slot and oversized redfish, black drum, bluefish, jacks, small gag grouper, ladyfish and speckled trout.

Top catch honors goes to Amie Falcon of Louisiana and her fiancé Ked Jackson with a 29” redfish that it took both of them to land on the light tackle. They had a great day on the water. Honorable mention goes to Cathy Jo Jahna of Avon Park, FL with a nice 28” 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. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 24th, 2017 by Capt. Kelly Stilwell

 

Anglers had some great action last week. Spotted Sea Trout and bluefish were the stars of the show but we also caught lots of ladyfish, jack crevalle, and an occasional pompano.

Everything was caught on jigs or Berkley gulp baits in Big Sarasota Bay.

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. Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 23rd, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

It was a great week of speckled trout fishing in Sarasota.

It was a great week of speckled trout fishing in Sarasota.

Fishing was outstanding once again this week, though we did have to deal with some thunderstorms in the morning. Strong incoming tides made bait easy to catch and had the game fish in a mood to feed.

I used live threadfins on all of my charters this week. I never strayed far from either pass, as that is where the bait congregated. Speckled trout were the most numerous species landed by my clients on fishing charters out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters this week.

Jack crevalle, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, snapper, grouper, and ladyfish also provided great light tackle sport this past week. Snook are still relatively plentiful in structure out on the beach and in the passes, live bait worked best.

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. Bruce Burkhart’s Weekly Fishing Report

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

 

Last week we had to move around the bay some to stay out of the rain but the fishing remained good. The DOA jigs worked the best for me. Fishing shallow early and then moving deeper as it got warmer we caught Trout to 24 inches, Mackerel, Bluefish, Mangrove Snapper to 22 inches, Jacks, Ladyfish and small Sharks.

Looks like the weather pattern is going back to normal this week and the rain will move back to the afternoons.

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: July 23rd, 2017 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Fly anglers fishing with me out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, continued to have some action with tarpon recently. We had numerous shots at tarpon each trip, jumping several fish.

Conditions were good some days, however, we dodged thunderstorms and fished windows of good conditions on other days. When fish were “happy”, high in the water column and moving slowly, we had the best action. Days when fish were deep or moving fast, combined with poor visibility were tough.

Tarpon fishing should be good next week as many fish are post spawn and should be aggressive. This is a good time frame to sight fish for snook in the surf. However, snook season remains closed on the west coast of Florida until Sep 1st, so please handle them gently and release them quickly. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures also 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. Andy Cotton’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 23rd, 2017 by Capt. Andy Cotton

 

Carrie Cathey caught and released this Sarasota snook .

Carrie Cathey caught and released this Sarasota snook.

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. Fishing this past week was very challenging with rain, thunderstorms, and severe lightning strikes around the area. We found ourselves ducking for cover on a lot of days.

When we could fish the deeper grass flats in Sarasota Bay are holding trout, mackerel, bluefish and jack crevalle. The jacks and blues have been the easiest to find as you are going to look for showering bait or birds working over bait schools. You can catch these fish using a DOA CAL shad tail and 1/4 ounce jig head or any other favorite lure castes in the path of these fish.

Top water plugs and Puglisi flies were our top producers. The night snook bite has still been steady using live shrimp, small white flies and DOA CAL Shad tails in color 308 glow/holo flk. Fishing at night around lighted docks, bridge fenders and sea walls have been most productive for snook and juvenile tarpon.

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: July 23rd, 2017 by Capt. Roy String

 

The fishing this past week was really good with 100 catch fish days pretty common. I've been fishing the deeper grass flats and catching trout to 4 lbs, jacks, Mackerel, bluefish, and snapper. All of the fish are being caught using live bait and you could say it is catching not fishing.

This fishing will continue for weeks. We are starting the trips early to beat the heat and get the best bite. We are trying to start at 6:30 and be done by 10:30 before it gets too hot. The water temps are in the high 80's.

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. Kelly Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 22nd, 2017 by Capt. Kelly Kurtz

 

On the water with Capt. Kelly Kurtz.

On the warm waters of the gulf with Capt. Kelly Kurtz.

The fishing last week going into the new moon was very productive. Fishing the passes on the outgoing tide produced mangrove snapper, snook, sheepshead and Spanish mackerel.

The baitfish are now very abundant on the deeper grass flats. Trout, mackerel, and snapper were feeding heavily, pushing the bait to the surface.

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.