CB’s Weekly Fishing Reports

Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: May 22nd, 2019 by Capt. Brandon Naeve

 

Glenna from Sarasota with her first Tarpon caught off Venice Florida.

Glenna from Sarasota with her first Tarpon.

The weather in and around Sarasota Bay has been nice with water temperatures are in the mid-'80s. There's nothing is better than the feeling when you hook your first tarpon. Glenna from Sarasota experienced that feeling this week when she hooked her first Tarpon off of Venice Florida with some help from Capt Brandon Naeve.

The Sarasota Tarpon Tournament just entered the second of its scheduled five-week run, and the thrill of catching and releasing one of these world-class fighters is quite a thrill.

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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: May 14th, 2019 by Capt. Brandon Naeve

 

Rhode Island guy Nelson happily displays this big, beautiful redfish he caught and released in Sarasota Bay.

Nelson displays a redfish he caught and released.

We experienced a few overcast days this past week but all in all, it made for some pleasant fishing and time well spent on the water.

Rhode Island guy Nelson happily displays this big, beautiful redfish he caught and released in Sarasota Bay unharmed to spawn many more times. Hopefully, he'll bring us back many more after the nasty red tide issues we had to deal with last year.

Water temps' are continuing to rise in and around Sarasota Bay so get out on the water.

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. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: May 9th, 2019 by Capt. Chuck Cress

 

Connie from Georgia hauled in this prickly lookin' blowfish.

Connie hauled in this prickly lookin' blowfish.

You never know what you might catch or see fishing the beautiful waters around Siesta Key. Marvin and Connie visiting from Georgia booked a charter through CB’S Outfitters on Siesta Key and went fishing with me on the Lets Get Em' Charters boat.

We caught and released several snook as well as losing a few more. Connie, using a popping cork with live shrimp, hauled in this rather handsome looking prickly blowfish. The bay is showing quite an improvement with lots of Mullett and Bait.

Prior to our fishing trip this morning I looked at the gulf waters off Turtle Beach and saw several tarpon rolling just off the beach. This would be a good time to book a trip inshore or off the beach for the Tarpon.

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. Bruce Burkhart’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: May 5th, 2019 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

The last few weeks have been good out on the beach catching Mackerel. The bay fishing is improving with some nice Trout, (catch and release) Ladyfish and Jacks on the grass flats.

Fishing live shrimp around docks we have been catching Mangrove Snapper, a few Sheephead and some small Redfish. The red tide is gone and the bay fish are moving back in the area bays so the fishing should get better with time.

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. Chuck Cress’ Weekly Fishing Report

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

 

Doctors Emma and Joanne visiting from the Philippines.

Doctors Emma and Joanne visiting from the Philippines.

What a pleasure having doctors Emma and Joanne from the Philippines on board fishing. They were in the United States for a class reunion and of course to fish with me on the 'Lets Get Em' Charters out of Cb's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key.

Like many of the Women fishing with me, they did a wonderful job. They managed to catch and release some redfish, trout, and Jackfish while enjoying seeing Manatee, Dolphin, and the nesting osprey in their natural environments. All in all, it was a great day out on the water.

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. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: May 2nd, 2019 by Capt. Kelly Stilwell

 

Anglers aboard the Tide Tuit have seen some decent action recently. We are still catching some Spanish mackerel in the nearshore Gulf. Inshore action has been pretty good with lots of ladyfish, jack crevalle, bluefish, and an occasional spotted seatrout. The night snook trips have been consistent with catches from 6 to 15 fish and many of those measuring up to 26 inches.

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: April 27th, 2019 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing snook and trout in lower Tampa Bay on flies, CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos and snook at night in the ICW on flies recently.

Mike Perez, from Sarasota, with a snook caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing lower Tampa Bay recently with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Mike Perez with a snook he caught and released.

Mike Perez and Stewart Lavelle, both from Sarasota, fished a day with me in lower Tampa Bay and had good action catching and releasing snook to 26” on CAL jigs with shad tails and Grassett Flats Minnow flies.

Bill Beauchamp, from NC, and Greg Beauchamp, from Sarasota, also fished the same area with me and caught and released a few snook and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. Adam and Cass Lawson, from Ennis, MT, fished the ICW at night with me recently and had good action catching and releasing snook to 26” on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.

Adam Lawson, from MT, with a snook caught and released on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing the ICW at night recently with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Adam Lawson, from MT, fishing the ICW at night.

Snook on the flats and around lighted docks in the ICW has been the best option lately which is a good indication that snook regulations are working.

Look for Spanish mackerel and other migratory species in the coastal gulf. Action with trout on deep grass flats is improving as the water warms and baitfish become more plentiful. Catch and release night snook fishing is a dependable option and a good way to beat the heat.

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: April 24th, 2019 by Capt. Brandon Naeve

 

Nurse Shannon with her first saltwater catch.

Nurse Shannon with her first saltwater catch.

Fishing today slowed some with the slow tide and cold water, however, the weather was fantastic and this group from Cleveland enjoyed a day on the water.

Nurse Shannon caught her first saltwater fish and with the Boca grip gladly held it up for a photo! CB's Saltwater Outfitters has boats to get you out on the water and plenty of guides if you want to fish.

With water temps' steadily rising, there's no better time than now to get out on the water.

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: April 14th, 2019 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing snook and bluefish at night in the ICW, trout in lower Tampa Bay and Spanish mackerel in the coastal gulf recently.

Frank Zaffino, from Rochester, NY, with a snook he caught and released on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing the ICW at night recently with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Frank Zaffino with snook he caught and released.

Anna Maria Island winter resident, Bill Morrison, caught and released trout on Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines over deep grass with me in lower Tampa Bay recently. Frank Zaffino, from Rochester, NY, fished the ICW at night for snook with me and had some action catching and releasing snook to 26” and a nice bluefish on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Snook were picky to start but turned on before the bottom of the tide.

Another fly angler had some action catching and releasing Spanish mackerel, also on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly, which is a glass minnow imitation. Baitfish were plentiful and mackerel schools were crashing bait balls!

I was the instructor for a CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School on Saturday. Students received fly casting instruction and also learned leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly fishing techniques. This was the last school for the spring season. Classes will resume in the fall. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com for information on other classes and fly fishing events.

Look for Spanish mackerel and other migratory species in the coastal gulf. Action with trout on deep grass flats is improving as the water warms and baitfish become more plentiful. Catch and release night snook fishing is a dependable option and a good way to beat the heat. 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: April 12th, 2019 by Capt. Brandon Naeve

 

Oden boated a 25 lb, 47-inch cobia.

Oden from MN boated a 25 lb, 47-inch cobia.

The legend of O continues! Oden from Duluth Minnesota boated a 25 lb, 47-inch cobia. It wasn't easy but after a 20-minute fight and 1 broken gaff, it finally was boated.

He was nice enough to bring along his family, Andy, Allie and Jen, after all, somebody’s got to take the pictures.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your kid's and get out on the water as soon as you can because spring fishing is definitely on!

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. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: April 8th, 2019 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

Joey Del Gato hooked this snook on a previous trip with Capt. Durrance.

Joey Del Gato hooked this snook on a previous charter.

Fished inside the bay this week with anglers finding black drum, jack crevalle, ladyfish, mangrove snapper, and snook.

The fish were caught on live shrimp and bucktailed jigs while fishing canals and docks. Along the beach, Spanish mackerel and sharks were cooperating with a few kings in the mix.

As the weather and the water temperatures continue to warm up 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: April 4th, 2019 by Capt. Chuck Cress

 

Snookie had the hot hand.

Snookie, with a noce snook, easily had the hot hand.

Snookie had the hot hand aboard the 'Let's Get Em' charter sailing out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key. By the way, her real name is Jessica and she caught and released several Snook using a popping cork with live shrimp. Her Mom, Dad, and husband, who were also fishing, nicknamed her "Snookie" for the day.

The group, who were vacationing on Siesta Key were down from Michigan were all very happy to be on our local waters and putting their cold winter behind them.

Jessica (a.k.a. Snookie) also hooked some trout and snapper. The rest of the family enjoyed their day on the water getting to see several Dolphin and watching 'Snookie' earned her new nickname.

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: April 3rd, 2019 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

Ana Dorsten with a nice Jack.

Ana Dorsten with a nice Jack.

Fishing is steadily improving in the Sarasota area as temperatures move steadily into the '80s and the water temps continue to rise. Spanish mackerel and Sharks are still cooperating along the beaches hitting jigs, bright lures, and shrimp.

Inside the Bay, anglers are finding Black Drum, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, Mangrove Snapper, and some Snook.

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: March 30th, 2019 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Anglers fishing with me recently, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing snook, trout and reds on CAL jigs with shad tails and trout on Clouser flies in lower Tampa Bay and reds on CAL jigs with shad tails in Gasparilla Sound.

Don Morrison, from MA, with a nice trout caught on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing lower Tampa Bay.

Don Morrison with a nice trout he caught in Tampa Bay.

AMI winter resident Bill Morrison and Don Morrison, from MA, had some action catching and releasing trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines over deep grass in lower Tampa Bay with me. Bill and another guest also had a similar action on another trip in the same area.

Bill Aucoin, from St Pete, and his grandson Leif, from CO, also had good action with me in that area, catching and releasing trout on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, with an over slot red caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing lower Tampa Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Dave Reinhart with a nice red he caught and released.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, fished a couple of days with me and had good action with reds and snook. We fished the backcountry of Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande on one trip and he caught and released several reds on CAL jigs with shad tails.

On another trip in lower Tampa Bay, he had a great day catching and releasing numerous snook, several nice reds including one over slot and a couple of trout to complete his slam. A great way to end a vacation! I’ve said this many times before; fishing hard often pays off!

Fishing shallow flats usually require persistence to find and catch fish but it is worth the effort. You may not catch big numbers of fish but you may catch some good ones. Look for migratory species, such as Spanish mackerel, in bays, passes, and the coastal gulf as we head into spring.

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. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 29th, 2019 by Capt. Chuck Cress

 

Eight year old Collin hooked and reeled in this larger trout.

Eight year old Collin hooked and reeled in this larger trout.

Eight-year-old Collin, by himself, hooked and brought in one of the larger trout I’ve had on board the Lets Get Em Charters in quite a while.

His 10-year-old brother Jack also caught and released a trout and a nice size snapper. Their dad, Justin hooked and got a snook close to the boat before it came unbuttoned.

The family was visiting Siesta Key from Indiana, and the boys made for a good first and second mates while on board.

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.