CB’s Weekly Fishing Reports

Capt. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: February 21st, 2019 by Capt. Chuck Cress

 

Jenna and Travis had a great day out on the water.

Jenna and Travis had a great day out on the water.

Great day on the water. Jenna and Travis flew into Sarasota to attend a wedding at old Spanish Point this weekend and decided to take a couple extra days beforehand to do some fishing and relaxing on the beach.

For the first time in quite in a while, we found Game fish cruising the skinny flats in Sarasota Bay. The couple were experienced fly fisherman from the Colorado area and were able to catch redfish, snook, large jacks and ladyfish using artificial bait on spin casting outfits.

The warm temperatures and spring-like weather are a real boost to the local fishing. So what are you waiting for… make some time and throw out a line or two!

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: February 20th, 2019 by Capt. Brandon Naeve

 

Both Father and Son have a great day out on the water.

Both Father and Son have a great day out on the water.

Fishing has slowed down over the past few days but still it's been pretty decent overall. The water temperatures have been slowly rising and the bite should get going again strong by tomorrow or the next day at the latest.

I had a wonderful father and son fishing excursion yesterday. The son caught a huge pompano and was the top rod on the boat for the day. I look forward to taking them shark fishing, possibly in the spring, I think they'd really like that.

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 Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: February 20th, 2019 by Capt. Kelly Kurtz

 

Water tempatures are rising on the southern gulf coast.

Water tempatures are rising on the southern gulf coast.

With the water temps rising to around 70 degrees fishing has started to improve in our area. Anglers fishing with me out of CB's have had some decent action fishing with live bait. Sheepshead, snapper, have provided most of the action as well as some large jacks. We also caught and released a few snook as well.

Hopefully this year we will not see a repeat of last years red tide and our fisheries will be able to recover. I’d really like to stress the importance of releasing most of our gamefish as they are the future of fishing in our area.

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. Bruce Burkhart’s Weekly Fishing Report

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

 

We've had some good fishing over the past few weeks.

We've had some good fishing over the past few weeks.

Anglers fishing with me aboard the Casual Lies out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters had some good fishing over the past few weeks as the weather has been nothing short of spectacular.

Throwing CAL jigs in Little Sarasota Bay my anglers caught Mackerel, Jacks, Ladyfish, Trout and some Pompano that have been showing up more and more lately.

Fishing docks with live shrimp worked out well with a few Sheephead and Mangrove Snappers that we were able to catch.

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: February 19th, 2019 by Capt. Kelly Stilwell

 

Angler's aboard the Tide Tuit had some great action over the last week. The hottest action was provided by sheepshead, and mangrove snapper around docks on Siesta Key. The night snook fishing has also been good. Anthony, Chris, and McKenzie Cole had a fun night, catching 20 or more snook as well as some big jack crevalle on shrimp and flies.

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: February 9th, 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 bluefish on flies in the ICW at night recently. Catch and release night snook fishing continues to be the most dependable fly fishing option.

Martin Marlowe, from NY, had a great evening trip recently catching and releasing snook and blues on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing the ICW with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Martin Marlowe had a great evening trip recently.

Martin Marlowe, from NY, fished the ICW at night for snook on a trip with me. He had fast action catching and releasing snook and several bluefish on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Great action!

I will be speaking at the Florida Sportsman Show at the Lee County Civic Center on Sunday, Feb 9 on the Ankona Boats Fly Fishing stage at 10:30 AM on “SW Florida Winter Fly Fishing Tactics” and at 2 PM on “Fly Fishing for Snook at Night”.

I’ll also be hanging out with my friends at DOA Fishing Lures and Mangrove Coast Flyfishers while I’m not speaking.

Fishing dock lights in the evening is usually a good option for catch and release snook fishing this time of year, although it is dependent on tide and conditions. Fishing shallow flats is 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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: February 1st, 2019 by Capt. Brandon Naeve

 

Big Momma, from western PA, caught over 20 fish.

Big Momma, who hails from somewhere outside of Pittsburgh, PA, forced her husband and best friends to go fishing on one of the coldest days of the year. With water temperatures hovering around 52 degrees we headed out in search of some fish.

As luck would have it she smoked the boys with over 20 fish caught and topped it off with a snook at the end. What a great gal and a great fisherman as well.

Can’t wait to see them again next year!

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: January 27th, 2019 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had fast action catching and releasing snook and hefty blues on flies in the ICW at night recently. Spin fishing anglers also had some action with reds and trout on DOA Lures in Gasparilla Sound.

Hal D'Orazio, from IL, with a trout caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing the backcountry of Gasparilla Sound near Boca Gande with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Hal D'Orazio with a trout he caught and released.

Hal D’Orazio and Keith McClintock, both from IL, fished Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me one day. The water was cold, behind a front and action was slow to start. It warmed enough in the afternoon for them to catch and release a couple of small reds and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto and Rich Hunter, from Longboat Key, fished the ICW at night for snook on a trip with me recently. They had their personal best trip catching and releasing snook and bluefish to 5-lbs on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Fishing dock lights in the evening is usually a good option for catch and release snook fishing this time of year, although it is dependent on tide and conditions.

Tim Hearon, from Siesta Key, with a snook caught and released on a fly while fishing the ICW at night in the ICW with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Tim Hearon with a snook caught and released on a fly.

Tim Hearon, from Siesta Key, and Martin Marlowe, from NY, also got in on the action. They also caught and released numerous snook and nice blues on the same fly on another trip. Great action and the blues are a welcome addition since they fight as hard as or harder than snook of the same size!

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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

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

 

Team Army was all in and all aboard.

Team Army was all aboard dispite cooler temperatures.

Team Army was on board this past week as a former Army football Coach and some ex-players wanted to brave the elements no matter what the temps. I was more than happy to oblige. It was a crisp 55 degrees with 52-degree water temps as we headed out in the morning with two cases of antifreeze on board.

There were plenty of mangrove snapper, a trout, some snook, redfish, and we had a miracle inshore Boat Slam. So if your itching to get out during this cold weather spell, roll the dice and maybe a day like this will happen for you. One thing for sure it'll never happen inside a condo. Call CB's Saltwater Outfitters and book that fishing charter today.

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: January 18th, 2019 by Capt. Brandon Naeve

 

There are lots of Dolphins in the intercoastal this time of year because of the cold water in the gulf..

Lot's of Dolphins in the intercoastal this time of year.

We’ve had some very cold mornings that have affected the fishing and slowed it down until the sun gets out and the warmer water prevails. About 8:30 the bite begins to turn on and from there on out it’s a great day.

There are lots of Dolphins in the intercoastal this time of year because of the cold water in the gulf. If you like to fish and see some Dolphins at the same time Sarasota Bay is the place to be. There are plenty of large jack crevalle, trout, and ladyfish in the bays and fun fishing is at a premium.

There are a few pompanos here and there if you’re looking for one for dinner. CB's tackle has some inexpensive combo rod and reel setups with line perfect for seawall fishing while you visit. At the end of your stay give it to a kid and make his or her vacation fantastic.

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: January 12th, 2019 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Rick Anderson, from IL, with a snook he caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Little Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Rick Anderson with a snook he caught and released.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing trout and snook in Gasparilla Sound on CAL jigs with shad tails recently.

Anglers fishing closer to home with me caught and released snook, jacks, and trout on flies and DOA Lures on several trips in Little Sarasota and Terra Ceia Bays. With cooler water behind a couple of fronts we didn’t catch big numbers of fish, but we caught and released a few good ones in skinny water.

Keith McClintock, his son-in-law Rick Anderson and grandson, Nate, from IL, had a good trip with me in Little Sarasota Bay. We fished docks where they caught and released snook and jacks on CAL jigs with shad tails. They also caught and released about a dozen trout in deeper water on CAL jigs and DOA Deadly Combos.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a 28 inch snook caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Keith McClintock with a snook caught and released.

Keith and Jack McCulloch, from Lakewood Ranch, FL, fished Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me on another trip on a blustery day. The day behind a front, it was cold and windy to start. They fished hard and caught and released a couple of good trout and a 28” snook on a CAL jig with a shad tail!

Fishing dock lights in the evening is usually a good option for catch and release snook fishing this time of year, although it is dependent on tide and conditions. 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. Terry Simmons’ Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: January 9th, 2019 by Capt. Terry Simmons

 

Catching this one made for one happy ending.

Catching this one made for one happy ending.

Fishing aboard the "Gone Coastal" with Captain Terry Simmons, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key.

This week was challenging with cold fronts and a few foggy mornings moving through. Clients were able to catch several different species including Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, Mangrove Snapper, Sheepshead, large Atlantic Sail-Cats and some small Grouper.

We had a chance for some Pompano but didn't hook up. The fish were chasing the tides moving around looking for food.

Capt. Terry Simmons

Terry was born and raised in Bradenton, FL and has been guiding clients since 2000, fishing on Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico with live bait, artificial lures and fly fishing aboard his 22’ Bay Ranger which accommodates up to 4 anglers.


Capt. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: January 6th, 2019 by Capt. Ed Hurst

 

Ken Mackenzie and son Mason, from Chicago, with a nice looking snook

Ken Mackenzie and son Mason, with a nice snook.

Ken Mackenzie and son Mason, from Chicago, enjoyed a breezy foggy morning fishing with me out of CB’s Outfitters this past week. The conditions were a little challenging but nowhere close to unfishable.

Ken caught a beautiful snook on a white Mister Twister Exude. Ken and Mason also caught trout, ladyfish and a few small snook.

We fished Little Sarasota Bay south of Pointe Crisp. All fish caught were released and a great time was had by all. 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.


Capt. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: January 3rd, 2019 by Capt. Chuck Cress

 

Corbin and his girlfriend Sarah, teased a nice redfish.

Corbin and his girlfriend Sarah, teased a nice redfish.

Corbin, shown here with his girlfriend Sarah, teased a nice redfish for a hook up on a topwater lure. Corbi and Sarah, fishing with Corbin’s dad Shannon, caught and released several nice fish on what proved to be one beautiful day out on the water.

The trio from Indiana was down with the family staying on Siesta Key for the holidays. Besides the redfish, they caught trout, snook, and a jack that almost pulled Sarah into the water.

All in all a great way to start the new year!

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: December 31st, 2018 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

Harriett King with a nice redfish she landed.

Harriett King with a nice redfish she landed.

Happy New Year to everyone, I Hope you had a great 2018 and that 2019 will be even better. Fishing this week has produced snook, pompano, redfish, jack crevalle, black drum, ladyfish, sheepshead, and mangrove snapper.

The bite has been a bit sporadic. The fish were caught on live shrimp and bucktail jigs working canals and docks. Catch of the week honors go to Harriett King with a beautiful five spotted, 26-inch 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.