CB’s Weekly Fishing Reports

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

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

 

A fly angler fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing snook and tripletail on flies in Sarasota Bay and the coastal gulf recently. Frank Zaffino, from Rochester, NY, fished a couple of days with me during the past week. We were hoping to find false albacore (little tunny) in the coastal gulf but saw only a couple of schools that were up and down very quickly so we didn’t get a shot at them.

Frank Zaffino. from Rochester, NY, had some action catching and releasing snook in Sarasota Bay and tripletail in the coastal gulf on a Grassett Flats Minnow fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Frank Zaffino had action catching and releasing snook.

However, with stone crab season now open, tripletail have more structure available and a few small ones have moved in. Frank caught and released several on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. We also fished Sarasota Bay one afternoon and he had some action catching and releasing snook on the same fly.

I was one of the instructors for a CB’s Saltwater Outfitters “Orvis Fly Fishing 101” clinic on Saturday. Students were given an introduction to fly casting basics and had an opportunity to cast with premium Orvis fly tackle. There are still some spots available in CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, Nov 18, 2017. The school will cover fly casting basics, line control, shooting line and the roll cast.

The comprehensive 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 school, which will run from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, is $175 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle and lunch. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations.

With the water temperature still in the low 80’s, baitfish are plentiful but widely scattered in the coastal gulf. The first cold fronts of the season, which should be arriving within a few weeks, should school baitfish more tightly making Spanish mackerel and false albacore easier to target with a fly and move more mackerel, albies, cobia and tripletail into our area.

Look for action in the coastal gulf to take off in the coming weeks. There should also be good action with trout and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Shallow water action for snook, trout and reds is picking up due to cooler water. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures should also be a good option. You should still find juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks and adult tarpon in upper Charlotte Harbor and some areas of Sarasota and Tampa Bay.

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. Roy String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: October 14th, 2017 by Capt. Roy String

 

I was on vacation all last week so I don’t have an up to the day report. The fishing was awesome on last Friday with over 100 trout couple Snook and quite a few other species jacks, ladyfish, Cobia and Spanish Mackerel. The fishing will continue to be very good with numbers of fish being caught on deeper flats and there should be a good influx of Snook and a few Redfish showing up in the shallow flats from Roberts Bay to Long Bar.

The Spanish Mackerel and kingfish will start to show up as we get a little cooler and they start migrating south for the winter.

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: October 14th, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Bluefish hit Bass Assassin jigs this week.

Bluefish hit Bass Assassin jigs this week.

Fishing was very steady once again on the deep grass flats in Sarasota Bay. Clients on fishing charters out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key did well on a variety of species, with the Middlegrounds and Marina Jacks being the top spots.

We are transitioning into our fall patterns; bait was much harder to find so we switched over to casting jigs, plugs, and free lining live shrimp.

Pompano were landed on every trip and anglers experienced fast action on breaking bluefish, jacks, and ladyfish along with mackerel and trout, as well as blind casting while drifting.

Most of the fish hit Bass Assassin Sea Shad and Gulp baits on a 1/4 ounce jig head. White Rapala X-Raps also produced, especially in shallow water. A few fish were also caught using live shrimp. Look for action in the inshore Gulf of Mexico off of Pt. f Rocks to crank up any day now.

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: October 9th, 2017 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Kyle Ruffing from Sarasota caught and released this snook on a top water plug.

Kyle Ruffing caught this snook using a top water plug.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing snook and trout in the Terra Ceia area on flies, topwater plugs, CAL jigs and a variety of plastic tails during the past week. Due to 15 to 25-mph winds earlier in the week, a couple of fly fishing trips were rescheduled.

Jon Yenari and Kyle Ruffing, both from Sarasota, fished the Terra Ceia area with me on Friday. With a big tide in the morning following a full moon, fish were aggressive. They caught and released more than a dozen snook to 26” and more than 20 trout to 18” on a variety of lures and flies including EP flies, topwater plugs, CAL jigs and a variety of plastic tails.

Jon Yenari, from Sarasota, with a snook he caught and released on a fly while fishing the Terra Ceia area with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jon Yenari with a snook he caught and released.

The best action was on the strong incoming tide in the morning. However, the action slowed in the afternoon due to the extreme high tide.

There should be good action with trout and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Shallow water action for snook, trout, and reds is picking up due to cooler water. Look for action with Spanish mackerel, false albacore (little tunny) and tripletail in the coastal gulf to take off in the coming weeks.

Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures should also be a good option. You should also find juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks and adult tarpon in upper Charlotte Harbor and some areas of Sarasota and Tampa Bay.

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: October 7th, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Emma Kitson from Vancouver with a Big Spanish mackerel caught near Marina Jacks

Emma Kitson of Vancouver with a Big Spanish Mackerel.

Clients on fishing charters out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key did well this week on the deep grass flats near Big Pass.

The water temperature was down into the upper 70s and fish were active ahead of the Tropical Storm Nate. Chumming with pilchards produced Spanish mackerel to 4 pounds, bluefish to 3 pounds, speckled trout, gag grouper, mangrove snapper, jack crevelle, ladyfish, sharks, and more.

Action in the backwaters is increasing as snook move into the back bays. Snook will respond to chum as well if you can get a bait past the voracious schools of jacks.

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: September 30th, 2017 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing snook and Spanish mackerel in Sarasota Bay and the coastal gulf on flies during the past week.

I did some scouting in the coastal gulf on Thursday and had fast action catching and releasing Spanish mackerel on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Sharks in the 50 to 60-lb class also showed up in the fray. One ate a mackerel that I had on and another ate my #4 size fly right next to the boat. I fought the shark to the boat in about 20-minutes on an 8-wt fly rod before it finally chewed through my 40-lb fluorocarbon leader!

Juan Mauel Castro Page and sons, Juan Manuel and Santiago, from Chile, had some action catching and releasing snook on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Juan Manuel Castro Page and sons, Juan and Santiago.

Juan Manuel Castro Page and sons, Juan Manuel and Santiago, from Chile, fished with me on Friday. We fished lighted docks before dawn and they caught and released a few snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. We fished the coastal gulf after that where they had good action catching and releasing Spanish mackerel on a variety of glass minnow fly patterns. The boys also got in on some of the action, stripping the fly and hooking their own fish!

There should be good action with trout and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Look for action with Spanish mackerel, false albacore (little tunny) and tripletail in the coastal gulf to take off in the coming weeks. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures should also be a good option. You may find juvenile tarpon, trout or reds mixed with snook in dock lights. You should also find juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks and adult tarpon in upper Charlotte Harbor and some areas of Sarasota and Tampa Bay.

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 Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: September 26th, 2017 by Capt. Kelly Stilwell

 

Anglers aboard the Tide Tuit had a great trip Saturday fishing in the Gulf. Lenny Lambert, and Tony Durrant caught small red and gag grouper, some nice snapper, false albacore, and a couple of good sized sharks in 40 feet of water while bottom fishing.

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. Andy Cotton’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: September 24th, 2017 by Capt. Andy Cotton

 

Things are getting back to normal.

Things are getting back to normal here in Sarasota.

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 pretty good.

The water around Sarasota is stained up from the recent bad weather, but it still didn't keep the fish from biting. We fished the deeper grass flats in Sarasota Bay and are catching trout, mackerel, bluefish and jack crevalle.

You can catch these fish using a DOA CAL shad tail and 1/4 ounce jig head or whitebait.

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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: September 24th, 2017 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with trout, snook, Spanish mackerel and flounder in the Terra Ceia area and trout in Sarasota Bay on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos during the past week.

After being off the water for more than a week following Hurricane Irma, I got back on the water on Monday to do some scouting and had some action catching and releasing trout on DOA Deadly Combos on the east side of Sarasota Bay. Despite all the rain we’ve had, except for tannin-stained water, the deep grass flats looked fairly good.

Jack McCulloch, from Lakewood Ranch, FL, had some action catching and releasing snook on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the Terra Ceia area with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jack McCulloch had action fishing the Terra Ceia area.

Water conditions were similar when Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL and Jack McCulloch, from Lakewood Ranch, FL, fished the Terra Ceia area with me on Wednesday. They had some action catching and releasing snook in skinny water and trout, Spanish mackerel and flounder in deeper water on CAL jigs with shad tails.

We were fortunate in Sarasota. Except for a tree and lots of tree limbs down, no power for 8-days and some minor exterior damage to our home, all people and pets survived the storm. Hopefully, those that were more heavily impacted will get back on their feet soon. It is great to see people reaching out to others in need!

There should be good action with trout and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. You may find juvenile tarpon, trout or reds mixed with snook in dock lights. You should find juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks and adult tarpon in upper Charlotte Harbor and some areas of Sarasota and Tampa Bay. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook 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. Roy String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: September 23rd, 2017 by Capt. Roy String

 

The fishing this week was as good as it gets in Sarasota Bay. The bait is easy so a couple throws of the net and live-wells are full. The deep flats In The north bay are loaded with trout, jacks, ladyfish and bluefish. 75-100 fish on 4 hr is the norm at this time of year.

Look for things to pick up on area beaches for Mackerel, kingfish, Bonita and small sharks this coming month. The snook fishing will also improve as the fish start moving back into the bay from spending the summer out on the beach. We caught 10 Snook on Thursday in Roberts Bay.

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: September 23rd, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Fishing in Sarasota Bay was very good this week, despite the water still being fairly stained. The influx of fresh water from Irma has not kept the fishing from biting. Clients on fishing charters out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters landed quite a few different species using both live and artificial baits.

Fred Swank from Ohio landed this snook to complete his "Slam".

Fred Swank landed this snook to complete his "Slam".

Fred Swank from Ohio had a good trip on Wednesday, catching an "inshore slam", snook, trout, and redfish using live bait around mangrove shorelines and over deep grass flats.

Chumming the deep flats at Stephen's Pt produced trout, Spanish mackerel, jacks, gag grouper, mangrove snapper, and ladyfish. Some fun surface action was found at the mouth of Big Pass, with breaking jacks and ladyfish hitting Rapala X-Raps on every cast.

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. Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: September 15th, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

I picked up my boat today (Friday, the 15th) from getting serviced and dumped it in to take a quick look around. I ran to New Pass and bait was thick at the Middlegrounds, I loaded the well in two tosses. The water is still pretty dirty, I could barely see the bottom of the well, and the bite was fair.

I chummed heavily at several spots and Beth and I caught a dozen trout and a few grouper in an hour or so. The fish that did bite very softly, I think they are still in a bit of a daze. But, I expect the action to pick up next week and it is probably better if clean water can be found; Buttonwood was very good before the storm.

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. Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: September 9th, 2017 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Barry Hamm from KY with a decent Spanish mackerel.

Barry Hamm from KY with a decent Spanish mackerel.

I got out several days this week to find good action on the deep grass flats. The areas north of New Pass, the Middlegrounds, Bishop's Pt., and Buttonwood were best. Speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, jack crevelle, snapper, grouper, and ladyfish kept anglers on fishing charters out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters busy. Chumming up the fish with live bait was the ticket to success.

The big new for us is Hurricane Irma. It is Saturday morning as I type this and we are fixing to move inland a bit. There is no way to know how this massive storm will affect our area, from both a fishing and damage standpoint, so all we can do is prepare and hope for the 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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: September 4th, 2017 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with snook around dock lights and trout on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay during the past week. This is a great time of year to beat the heat, by fishing dock lights before dawn, which is the coolest time of day. In addition to snook, you may also find juvenile tarpon, trout, and reds in the lights as we head into fall.

Randy Ritzenhaler from TX, and his daughter, Elise, got in on the action catching and releasing trout on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

Randy Ritzenhaler, from TX, with his daughter, Elise.

Labor Day weekend is often “family time” on the water and this weekend was no different as kids had some fun fishing with family members. Fly angler Randy Ritzenhaler and his daughter Elise, from TX, fished a pre-dawn snook/flats trip in Sarasota with me on Thursday. Randy had some action before daylight catching and releasing snook and a nice trout on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly fished on a sink tip fly line. They also had some action catching and releasing trout on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly and a CAL jig with a shad tail on the west side of the bay.

Despite all the rain we’ve had, except for tannin stained water, deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay looked good. I had a couple of trips on Saturday and Sunday and the best action was with trout over deep grass flats.

Al Ribas, from Miami, FL, and his grandson, Michael, from Port Charlotte, had some action catching and releasing trout on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt.

Al Ribas and his grandson Michael had some action.

Al Ribas, from Miami, FL, and his grandson Michael, from Port Charlotte, FL, had some action catching and releasing trout on CAL jigs with shad tails. You may find juvenile tarpon, trout or reds mixed with snook in dock lights. You should also find juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks and adult tarpon in upper Charlotte Harbor and some areas of Sarasota and Tampa Bay. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures should be a good option. This is also a good time frame to sight fish for snook in the surf.

Snook season reopened on Sept 1st on the west coast of Florida. The bag limit is 1 fish per person, per day between 28”-33”. Full regulations can be found at www.myfwc.com Personally, I will continue to ask that snook is released on my boat. They are a magnificent game fish that hits hard and fights strong and smart. If continuing to release them now means more and bigger snook later, I’m all for that.

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. Roy String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: September 4th, 2017 by Capt. Roy String

 

Barb and I fished with our good friends Cheryl Fylstra and her son Nick from Sarasota on Sunday. We started by loading the boat with bait and headed for the north bay. We pretty much had a bite on every cast. We caught Trout, Mackerel, Blue Fish, and Jack Crevalle.

The fishing will continue to be crazy with no end In sight. Look for the Snook and Redfish to improve the next couple months.

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.