CB’s Weekly Fishing Reports

Capt. Bruce Burkhart’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 19th, 2019 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

The fishing last week in Little Sarasota Bay was pretty good. The CAL jigs seem to do the best drifting around the grass flats but live shrimp caught better fish. Fishing grass flats anglers caught Mackerel, Jacks, Trout, and Ladyfish.

Live shrimp around oyster bars and docks produced bigger Trout to 19 inches, Mangrove Snapper and a couple of Snook to 23 inches. The kingfish are starting to show up on the beach so I’m looking forward to getting out there.

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. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 19th, 2019 by Capt. Kelly Stilwell

 

We've been catching some good-sized king mackerel.

We've been catching some good-sized king mackerel.

Although the inshore fishing has been pretty slow the nearshore reefs and area passes have been providing some excellent opportunities for anglers. Duane Christian took his adult grandchildren out on a morning trip Monday. They had a great time catching plenty of tasty sheepshead in Big Pass on live shrimp.

In the afternoon anglers, Nate and Anna Boal caught some nice sheepshead then we're able to get outside in the nearshore Gulf where they landed some healthy Spanish mackerel on jigs and fought some big black tip sharks.

Nearshore fishing has also been producing some good-sized king 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 18th, 2019 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

Pat Patterson of Houston, TX with a nice Spanish mackerel.

Houston's Pat Patterson with a nice Spanish mackerel.

Fishing is improving with folks catching Spanish and king mackerel along the beaches and sheepshead and snook inside the bay. Temperatures in the Gulf are slowly starting to rise and Spanish and King Mackerel are being caught on jigs, small baitfish, various lures, and shrimp.

With the humidity relatively low this time of year and the air temps being as comfortable as they are right now it's a great time to be on the water. 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. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 17th, 2019 by Capt. Ed Hurst

 

Jeff Handchel and Harris Buckli spent some time on the water.

Jeff Handchel and Harris Buckli enjoying themselves.

Jeff Handchel and Harris Bucklin fished with me this past week out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters'. They managed to catch a 30 inch Snook on a DT Special fly and had plenty of action most of the time out on the water.

They also caught some smaller snook, ladyfish, and trout on flies. There are some nice fish around but you have to be willing to work for them. They got big for a reason so be prepared to exert yourself.

All the fish caught on this excursion were released.

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. Kelly Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 17th, 2019 by Capt. Kelly Kurtz

 

It don't get much better than this.

It doesn't get much better than this.

The fishing the last couple of weeks has been consistent. On most days I’ve been fishing the passes with live bait. Sheepshead has provided most of the action as well as some snapper, black drum, pompano.

We also caught and released several snook. On a couple of calm days, I went to some of the nearshore reefs, and the fishing was pretty much the same. On one day we caught and released at least 6 kingfish as well as Spanish mackerel, snapper, grunts and a few gag grouper.

Right now there’s a lot of bait coming into our area and I look for good spring migration.

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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 17th, 2019 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a nice trout caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing shallow water with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Keith McClintock with a trout he caught and released.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing snook, trout and a red, on CAL jigs with shad tails and trout on Clouser flies in the Terra Ceia area and snook at night on flies in the ICW recently.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, fished the Terra Ceia area with me and had good action catching and releasing snook, several trout and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms.

Alan Sugar, from MI, had some action catching and releasing trout on Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines over deep grass in the same area.

Martin Marlowe, from NY, and his son Bruce Marlowe, from SC, with a couple of snook caught and released on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Martin Marlowe and his son Bruce Marlowe night fishing.

Martin Marlowe, from NY, and Bruce Marlowe, from SC, fished the ICW at night for snook with me and had some action catching and releasing snook to 26” on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. The action wasn’t fast but the quality was good!

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

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. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 11th, 2019 by Capt. Ed Hurst

 

Keith McClintock and Dan DiCaro, from Chicago.

Keith McClintock and Dan DiCaro, from Chicago.

Keith McClintock and Dan DiCaro, from Chicago, fished Terra Ceia Bay with me out of CB’s Outfitters this past week.

They caught snook, trout, ladyfish and a beautiful Tripletail on white Mr. Twister Exuded on 1/4 oz jig heads.

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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 10th, 2019 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Sarasota winter resident, Denton Kent, with a permit caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Denton Kent with a permit caught and release.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing snook, trout, a red and a bonus, permit, on CAL jigs with shad tails and flies in the Boca Grande and Terra Ceia areas recently. As we head towards spring, baitfish are becoming more plentiful and action is improving on both shallow and deep grass flats.

Sarasota winter residents Mike Perez and Denton Kent fished with me recently. It was slow but late in the day Denton caught and released a permit out of a pothole in a backcountry area on a CAL jig with a grub.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a red he caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Keith McClintock with a red he caught and released.

I’ve caught permit mixed with pompano in our area before, usually in deeper areas, but this was a first for me in skinny water!

Alan Sugar and Ray Hutchinson, both from MI, also fished with me recently and had some action catching and releasing trout and ladyfish on deep grass flats on Clouser flies and a couple of snook in skinny water on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly. Keith McClintock also fished with me and had good action catching and releasing numerous snook, a red and several trout on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a nice trout caught and released on a Clouser fly with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Ray Hutchinson with a nice trout he caught and released.

Fishing shallow flats are both challenging and rewarding. It usually requires fishing hard to find and catch fish. 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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 8th, 2019 by Capt. Brandon Naeve

 

Shelly caught and released this big ladyfish.

Shelly caught and released this big ladyfish this week.

Fishing has slowed down the last few days due to the cold mornings, but it will soon pick up with this warm weather we have coming in the next week.

We are still catching a few pompano ladyfish, bluefish, and trout. Shelly caught this big ladyfish and when we released it a bald eagle swooped down and snatched it off 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. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 6th, 2019 by Capt. Kelly Stilwell

 

Fishing over the last week has been pretty good aboard the Tide Tuit. The nighttime snook fishing has been the best for fly-fishers seeking game fish. Scott Tassinari caught several snook and some big jack crevalle's on dt special flies. Daytime trips have been producing mostly Ladyfish, a few spanish mackerel, and the occasional spotted sea trout for fly-fishers.

Spin fishers have been doing well on sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and a few snook around docks and in the passes on live shrimp.

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. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 5th, 2019 by Capt. Chuck Cress

 

Dr. Jean Perry hooked this nice looking Red.

Dr. Jean Perry hooked this nice looking Redfish.

Dr. Jean Perry And her husband Tom snuck away from the cold Wisconsin weather to Warmer Siesta Key. The morning started off a little slow until Jean hooked into a Nice redfish.

Moving a short distance away we saw lots of Mullett and bait and Jane hooked into another red. Tom throwing topwater baits had a huge follow-up but missed the hookup. The wind picked up a bit and made things a little more challenging, however, Jean who out fished her husband Tom did hook into a nice size Jack that gave her a great fight.

I told them about the Tarpon just off the beaches come May and June and Tom thinks he may come back down to try his luck catching one of the big silver kings.

I hope to see them both again as they were a great team and Good company.

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. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 2nd, 2019 by Capt. Chuck Cress

 

Paz, visiting from Miami, had a great day on the water.

Paz, visiting from Miami, had a great day on the water.

Paz and his wife came up to Sarasota from Miami to enjoy his birthday weekend. His wife went shopping in Siesta Key Village while Paz fished the flats with me on the Let’s Get Em' Charter out of CB’s Outfitters.

Paz is a very experienced fisherman and I had him throwing topwater artificial baits and jigs with Gulp shrimp. He had several fish smack the topwater bait however they kept missing it.

Using the jig with Gulp he caught and released two nice Redfish, a Snook, and a very large Jack Crevalle. I probably saw more Mullett and bait than I have in quite some time, a sure sign that the game fish are close by.

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 Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: March 1st, 2019 by Capt. Kelly Kurtz

 

Last week we saw a lot of action on nearshore reefs.

Last week we saw a lot of action on nearshore reefs.

Last week the fishing action was very good. On several days the seas were calm and we fished some of the nearshore reefs. Sheepshead, Mangrove Snapper, and Key West Grunts as well as some large Spanish Mackerel made for some exciting trips.

On several days I fished inshore on the docks and passes with live bait. We caught and released a few redfish and snook up to 28 inches. Sheepshead and snapper also provided for some productive trips.

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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: February 24th, 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 on CAL jigs with shad tails and flies in the Terra Ceia area and snook on flies in the ICW at night recently. Water temperatures are in the mid 70’s now, baitfish are becoming more plentiful and action is improving on shallow and deep grass flats.

Jerry Poslusny, from NY, fished the ICW at night for snook on a trip with me recently. Despite a good tide, snook were picky that night but he had some action catching and releasing several nice snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.

Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria Island and his grandson, Chris, from Boston, fished a couple of days recently with me in the Terra Ceia area and had some action catching and releasing trout and ladyfish on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.

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 and released.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, also fished a day with me in that area. He had good action catching and releasing about a dozen snook, a red, several trout and a pompano. Great day!

I was the instructor for a CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School on Saturday. 2/23. Students received instruction in fly casting, leader construction, fly selection, and saltwater fly fishing techniques.

Future schools will be held on Mar. 16 and Apr 13, 2019. Cost for the 6-hr class is $195 per person and includes the use of premium Orvis fly tackle, workbook, and lunch.

Look for migratory species, such as Spanish mackerel, in bays, passes, and the coastal gulf as we head into spring. Fishing shallow flats are both challenging and rewarding. It usually requires fishing hard to find and catch fish. You may not catch big numbers of fish but you may catch some good ones. 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. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: February 22nd, 2019 by Capt. Ed Hurst

 

Greg Hollis, from Wilmington DE, enjoyed a couple of beautiful mornings with me this past week.

Greg Hollis enjoyed a couple of beautiful mornings.

Greg Hollis, from Wilmington DE, enjoyed a couple of beautiful mornings fly fishing with me this past week. Greg caught ladyfish, mackerel, and some snook.

The best fly was the Puglisi white baitfish pattern. We were using sink tip fly lines on 7 and 8 weight Orvis Helios 3 rods. We fished the docks and oyster bars between the Stickney Point and Blackburn Point Bridges. The snook were on the docks and bars. The mackerel were in the channel and the ladyfish were on the flats. Happy Fishing!

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.