CB’s Weekly Fishing Reports

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.


Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 26th, 2019 by Capt. Brandon Naeve

 

BFK displays the 25 pound kingfish he caught.

BFK displays the 25 pound kingfish he caught.

BFK (aka Big Fish Karl) was back on the boat this past week. Last year he caught a 6-foot Shark, and this year managed to hook a 25-pound kingfish that needed the two men on the boat to help hold it up for him.

I can’t wait to take him fishing next year, who knows what he'll come up with on his next excursion. The weather continues warming up as spring settles in, and the water temperatures are into the low 70's.

In many ways, it's the best time of year to be on the water so what are you waiting for.

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: March 25th, 2019 by Capt. Chuck Cress

 

Team Barracuda members, Marin, Kaelyn, Abby and Ellie.

Team Barracuda members, Marin, Kaelyn, Abby and Ellie.

Team Barracuda, consisting of Marin, Kaelyn, Abby, Ellie challenged some friends fishing on Kelly Stillwell's boat to a fishing contest.

I’m not sure if a winner was declared. However, on my boat, 'Lets Get Em' Charter's out of Cb's Saltwater Outfitters. Team Barracuda caught several very nice fish.

The waters were beautiful and the ladies were able to catch a nice pompano, snook, and a few ladyfish.

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: March 25th, 2019 by Capt. Kelly Stilwell

 

Jordyne Castonguay got started early Saturday morning and it paid off.

Jordyne Castonguay got started early Saturday morning.

In spite of some difficult weather, this past week anglers fared pretty well. Fly-fisher Jordyne Castonguay started early Saturday morning and caught her first snook on a string bean fly.

She and her friend Matt then enjoyed some great ladyfish action and finished up catching some tasty sheephead to round out a good morning. Sunday Chip McCallum and his father-in-law Dave also caught some feisty ladyfish on flies and jigs then we ventured out in the Gulf to catch some nice Spanish mackerel.

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. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 24th, 2019 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

Zoe Garfinkel with a nice Spanish mackerel.

Zoe Garfinkel with a Spanish mackerel he hooked.

Spanish mackerel are cooperating along the beaches with a few kingfish in the mix as well.

Inside the bay, anglers are finding sheepshead and snook. Clients are catching the Spanish and king mackerel on jigs, small baitfish, various lures, and shrimp.

Pictured left is Zoe Garfinkel with a nice Spanish mackerel he managed to hook and land this past week.

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.