CB’s Weekly Fishing Reports

Capt. Jack Ryan’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 24th, 2014 by Capt. Jack Ryan

 

On the water with Capt. Jack Ryan

Last week our charters ran mainly in Sarasota Bay with customers of long standing catching lots of 14 to 18" Trout, gag grouper and Mangrove snapper, Ladyfish, and Drum throughout the Bay mainly on the deeper grass flats of Bird Key and the Middle grounds.

Offshore fishing is still producing the larger Mangrove snapper, Gag and Red Grouper, good size Key West grunts, Porgies, and sharks. For best results it is important to get out there early with a good assortment of live and cut baits. Be careful to watch out for those storms that pop up.

Capt. Jack Ryan

Come aboard the Sea Dog with Capt. Jack Ryan and experience some of Florida’s best Saltwater Fishing in the beautiful waters in and around Sarasota. We offer Inshore and Offshore Fishing Charters covering areas from Venice to the south, straight on up through Bradenton Beach.


Capt. Bruce Burkhart’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 24th, 2014 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

Last week was a great week on the water in Sarasota Bay. Tuesday and Thursday Bill and Clyde fished with me early in the morning for Snook. Tuesday was the best day with nine Snook up to 37 inches, after the sun came up we caught some Ladyfish and headed offshore. We cut the Ladyfish and set them on the bottom, in three hours they caught 17 sharks up to 29 lbs. Thursday we had five Snook to 26 inches, Flounder, and Redfish to 31 inches, Friday Brad and I headed to the north Bay, the snook were small but did get a 19 inch Flounder for his dinner that night.

On the way back we make a quick stop on the west side of the bay where Brad landed a nice 30 inch Redfish on a Gulp jig. Saturday I had Bret, Colby and Craig to just go and catch fish whatever they were.They caught Bluefish, Mackerel,Trout, Black Sea Bass, Jacks and Ladyfish. I was very busy and don't know how many they caught, but Colby counted his and ended up with 52 fish for him. All the fish Saturday were caught on artificial baits (silver CAL jigs).

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 Andy Cotton’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 23rd, 2014 by Capt. Andy Cotton

 

Anglers fishing with me this past week aboard the O'Fishall out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key caught a variety of species like spotted seatrout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, pompano, mangrove snapper and sharks.

The Nelson family from Iowa fished with me for 3 days this past week. Jim, Heidi, Tomas and Mateo fished with on Friday. Despite numerous thunderstorms in the area we managed to stay dry. We concentrated on the deeper grass flats near the passes. We caught mangrove snapper, pompano and spotted seatrout using live shrimp under DOA Clackers. Monday Stephanie, Mateo and Tate had a better weather conditions. We fished the deep grass around Stephens Pt. and Bishops Pt. the boys caught bluefish to 5 pounds, jack crevalle , mangrove snapper and spotted seatrout using live shrimp and DOA CAL Shad Tail jigs.

Wednesday Stephanie, Tate, Tomas and Ruslan didn't get enough fishing in the first 2 days. I found some breaking fishing and birds feeding on the surface earlier in the week in Sarasota bay, so we set out to keep the rod bent for a couple hours. We had a little bit of a slow start until the tide changed and then the birds starting working over the bait schools. We targeted the breaking fish with DOA Cal Shad Tail jigs and the kids scored with jack crevalle, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel and sharks. Several jacks that we had reeled up next to the boat were bit in half by sharks, which was pretty exciting for everyone!!

The deeper grass flats with good moving water have been the most productive for me the past few weeks. With water temps still holding close to 90 degrees the bite has been early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Capt. Andy Cotton

Capt. Andy loves fly fishing and light spinning tackle with artificial lures. He fishes out of an Action Craft 1720 flats skiff rigged with the latest electronics and outfitted with Orvis fly equipment and Shimano spinning tackle. Capt. Andy is the owner of O'Fish All Guide Service.


Capt Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 23rd, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Lance Lutrell caught the cobia on a pilchard near Marina Jack

Lance Lutrell caught this cobia close by Marina Jack's

The only thing hotter than the weather in Sarasota this week was the fishing! The pattern has been to get out there at first light, load up on bait, and chum the deep grass flats near the passes where the water is cleaner and a bit cooler. The Radio Tower, Middlegrounds, and Marina Jack flats continue to be the best spots. Also, that is where the bait is congregating. Bait is also thick just off the beaches near the passes. This resulted in schools of breaking fish, which are easy targets, mostly ladyfish with mackerel and jacks mixed in. Clients experienced fast action using the 4" Bass Assassin Sea Shad (any light color with a little flash will work fine) and #8 Rapala X-Raps. Highlight of the week was a 50 lb tarpon that hit a large threadfin in 5' of water near Bird Key on a light spinning outfit. Cobia, Spanish mackerel, redfish, speckled trout, mangrove snapper (the snapper bite continues to be VERY strong), jack crevelle, gag grouper, black sea bass, ladyfish, and more were hooked this week on charters.

Jake Luttrell from Dallas, TX with a nice spanish mackerel on the water with Capt. Jim Klopfer

Jake Luttrell from Texas with a nice spanish mackerel

Mike and Amee Luttrell from Texas took out their teenage sons Jake and Lance on Sunday morning. Action was very good the first couple of hours as they landed Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, mangrove snapper, ladyfish, gag grouper, and a cobia fishing the deep flats near Big Pass. We headed in for a break, it was VERY hot, even for this family from the Dallas area, and the last hour or so was a bit slow. We went in a little early, they had caught a lot of fish and it was just too hot to sit out there.

On Monday Bill Wells and his son-in-law Steve Jackson has similar results. Plenty of action from grouper, snapper, trout, and ladyfish for the first two hours. We decided to try a spot in Robert's Bay, where Steve had a nice redfish on which pulled the hook at the boat. We finished up at the Radio Tower with good action once again until it was time to head in. Tuesday was a boat and truck maintenance day.

John Englander landed this mackerel near the Radio Tower

John Englander landed this mackerel near Radio Tower

Action was virtually non-stop all morning on Wednesday for Sarasota residents Doc Dojutrek and John Englander, both Chicago transplants. We started off drifting near Marker # 5 when I spotted some fish working near Bird Key. For 2 hours we caught fish on almost every cast using Bass Assassin Sea Shad jigs and Rapala X-Raps between Bird Key and the mouth of Big Pass. The boys finally had enough, so I caught some bait and hit a couple of spots. The tide had turned to go out and I had the fish chummed into a frenzy at the Radio Tower, just about every bait that hit the water got violently attacked! Spanish mackerel to 2 1/2 pounds, mangrove snapper to 13", speckled trout to 18", jacks, sea bass, and more ladyfish kept the rods bent until it was time to go home. We did not keep count, but I am sure the pair caught well over 100 fish! Great morning!

John Rellah from Morristown, NJ had an interesting charter with me at the end of the week. I started off by catching bait, which was easy with the incoming tide. A run to a flat near Bird Key produced a few fish before John hooked a fish that just slowly swam, away. Clearly, it was large, so I pulled the anchor and ran it down. I thought it was a shark, but it turned out to be a 50 lb tarpon; hooked on 10 lb spinning gear! We fought it for a while, then increased the pressure to try and land it and broke it off. We caught some ladyfish in Big Pass and finished up with Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, sea bass, mangrove snapper, ladyfish, and more near Marina Jack and the Radio Tower.

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: August 21st, 2014 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Capt. Rick Grassett caught and released this big red at sunset on a Grassett Flats Minnow fly while wading Pine Island Sound with Capt. Rick DePaiva.

Capt. Rick Grassett at sunset on Pine Island Sound

Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay reported good action on deep grass flats with trout, blues, jacks and more on CAL jigs with shad tails, DOA Deadly Combos and flies during the past week. Reds are also beginning to school on Sarasota Bay flats. It is easier to find them when the tide is low. Look for wakes or patches of nervous water when it is calm or slick spots when there is a chop to find schools.

My friend, Capt. Rick DePaiva, invited me to fish Pine Island Sound with him on Wednesday afternoon. Tides were right for reds to tail on shallow grass as the tide bottomed out at about 5 PM, which gave us a window to fish the falling tide and then the incoming just before dusk. We had some shots at reds and snook on the outgoing tide, but as the tide hit low the water slicked off and conditions got right. We got out and waded as reds “snaked” their way back onto a shallow flat, crawling through the exposed grass. I caught and released a 30” red on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly with only a 20’ cast. Very rewarding!

Look for schools of reds staging on edges of bars and flats or tailing on shallow grass flats when the tide is low. There should still be some action with tarpon in the coastal gulf. However as they thin out in the coastal gulf, they are moving to inside areas where you may find them rolling on deep grass flats or in passes at first light. You also should find trout, blues and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Catch and release snook fishing should be good in the surf, in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes.

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: August 17th, 2014 by Capt. Roy String

 

The fishing this past week was really good. I'm still fishing the deep grass flats and doing well on Trout, bluefish, and ladyfish. I'm using live pilchards, and the bait is easy to get. We're averaging about 50 fish per 4 hour trip. Live bait fishing will last well into November and as we get into next month the snook and redfish will be back in the bay. At that time I'll start targeting them on a daily basis. Hope all is well with everyone and Happy Fishing!

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 Rick Grassett’s Special Report From Montana

Reported: August 16th, 2014 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Capt. Rick Grassett on the water in Twin Bridges, MT

Capt. Rick Grassett on the water in Twin Bridges, MT

I hosted a group of friends and clients on a fly fishing trip at Crane Meadow Lodge www.cranemeadow.addr.com in Twin Bridges, MT last week. We fished the Beaverhead, Big Hole, Jefferson, Ruby and Madison Rivers, a couple of spring creeks and a high altitude alpine lake, either wading or floating, where we caught and released numerous brown, rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout. Many fish were caught with a variety of hopper dry fly patterns.

This is an annual trip for me and was our 13th year at the lodge. Nick Reding, from the St. Louis, MO area, Mike Perez and Dennis Kinley, from IN, Tony Merlis from NH and I met up in Bozeman on Friday afternoon, 8/8 and made the 90-mile drive southwest to the lodge in Twin Bridges. We ran into Jimmy Carter in the airport. He was on the same flight from Atlanta with Tony, who said the former president traveled in coach and made his way through the entire plane shaking everyone’s hand on board. The fly fishing world is a small world!

I floated the Jefferson with Tony Merlis one day and the Big Hole with Nick Reding another day with guide Dan Allen. We caught and released rainbows and browns on both trips. We saw a moose along the Big Hole and a couple of eagles locked talons in a battle that almost put them in the river! Nick and I waded the Ruby with guides Tom Caffrey and Matt and I caught my first cutthroat! The variety of fishing available is one of the best things about Crane Meadow Lodge. As long as I have been going there, I fished new water every day except for one this trip.

Crane Meadow Lodge guide Dave King had good action catching and releasing big browns on hoppers.

Dave King had good action on the Beaverhead River

Mike Perez and I floated the Beaverhead with guide Dave King and had good action catching and releasing browns to over 20”. Mike and Dennis Kinley also had a good day wading with guide Dave King, catching and releasing numerous rainbows and browns over 20”. Dennis and Nick had good action with brookies on the Big Hole with guides Tom and Matt another day. Tony had a couple of good days with guide Dan including some big brown trout.

The last day was one of the best when the entire group fished a high altitude alpine lake with guides Dave, Tom and Dan and Crane Meadow Lodge operator, Cody Meine. Cody and his staff of guides have become good friends over the years, which makes it even more enjoyable. The scenery was amazing as we took an hour-long drive up to about 7500’. We caught and released cutthroats and rainbows and grilled burgers for lunch. A great way to end our trip!

The weather and scenery in southwest Montana is outstanding. Temperatures ranged from a very comfortable low to mid-50’s in the morning to 80’s in the afternoon with low humidity, a welcome relief from SW Florida’s heat and humidity in August. In addition to beautiful valleys surrounded by rugged mountains, the wildlife is amazing! We saw whitetail and mule deer, hawks, eagles, ducks, geese and sand hill cranes to mention a few. We also saw numerous moose and lots of whitetails around the lodge most mornings. In addition to great fishing, we enjoyed some outstanding meals prepared by Chef Nick every evening.

Back in Sarasota, catch and release snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges and trout, blues and more on deep grass flats should be good options. Reds should be schooling up on flats of Sarasota Bay and there should still be some tarpon in the coastal gulf. You should also find tarpon in upper Charlotte Harbor and areas of Sarasota and Tampa Bay. Juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks or around bridges are also good options.

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: August 16th, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Fishing was steady once again this week on a variety of species. Redfish, cobia, speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, mangrove snapper, gag grouper, black sea bass, ladyfish, and more fell victim to pilchards, threadfins, and pinfish. Bait is plentiful and easy to catch on the flats near both passes and out on the beach. Marina Jacks, Radio Tower, and Middlegrounds were the best spots for me this week.

Jake Button from Greensboro, NC caught this redfish near Selby gardens

Jake Button caught this redfish near Selby gardens

I started my week off on Monday with Donald Button and his boys Jake and Nick. Bait was easy and after loading the well we fished 2 spots near Bird Key, catching a half dozen Spanish mackerel (nice to see them back in Sarasota Bay), speckled trout, mangrove snapper, gag grouper, sea bass, ladyfish, and more. Chumming with bait brought them up to the boat. We finished up on a bar near Marina Jacks, where Jake caught a nice slot redfish.

Fishing was bit tougher on Tuesday for Lori and Jack McLaughlin from Bellica, MA. The tide was slack for an hour mid morning, and it was difficult getting anything going. We hit a bunch of spots, catching a few fish at each one. Still, they caught speckled trout, mangrove snapper, gag grouper, ladyfish, sea bass, and a small cobia.

Andrew Dannehy from North Haverhill, NH landed several nice mangrove snapper at the Middlegrounds

Andrew Dannehy with a nice mangrove snapper

Action picked up later in the week for Michael Dannehy from North Haverhill, NH and his boys Keegan (7) and Andrew (9). It was the boys first fishing trip, and they did great! I caught bait, and hit Marina jacks and the Radio Tower where the boys landed mangrove snapper to 14", speckled trout to 18", bluefish, ladyfish, and big sailcats. The tide quit and so did the bite, but I made a quick stop in New Pass to "re-load" with bait, and the tide turned to come back in. I anchored up at the Middlegrounds, where they caught several more nice mangs and some Spanish mackerel to 2 pounds before we called it a morning. The week ended with some unstable weather in the morning and a couple of days off for me!

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. Bruce Burkhard’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 10th, 2014 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

Last week the tides and moon slowed fishing, but we still had good days on the water. Anglers fishing aboard the "Casual Lies " with me had steady times of fish and slack times also. We did have some good catches of Bluefish, Flounder, Black Sea Bass, Trout, and Ladyfish fishing the deeper grass flats. We did go out to see if we could find some Redfish, we ended up with a few short fish but got a nice 34 inch Snook.

The next week should be a great week for fishing in the Sarasota area.

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 Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 9th, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Haley Marquardt caught this huge mangrove snapper on a pilchard in Sarasota Bay

Haley Marquardt caught this huge mangrove snapper

Fishing varied between steady and very good this week, despite the heat. The best bet is to get out there early (or late) and make the best of the morning bite. Fortunately, bait has been thick just off the beach and in the passes, and that has been the key to success for clients on charters this week. Margrove snapper and speckled trout fishing was VERY good, with mangs to 17" and several speckled trout between 24" and 27" being caught and released. I can not stress enough the importance of releasing those big trout unharmed, they are crucial to the continued great action that we have been experiencing. Handle them carefully, take a quick picture, and revive them for a few moments.

Eric Naumburg, Chris Conery, and John Parry finished the last of four charters with me on Monday. They had already caught a bunch of nice speckled trout and other species, so we decided to try Big Pass for snook. Unfortunately, it was quite breezy and I just could not get them going. We finished up with trout, bluefish, snapper, and ladyfish at the Middlegrounds.

Riley Bowman from North Carolina caught this big speckled trout near Bird Key

Riley Bowman caught speckled trout near Bird Key

On Tuesday morning, Tim Bowman and his 10 year old daughter Riley experienced steady action on the flats near Bird Key. Free lining live bait resulted in speckled trout, mangrove snapper, ladyfish, jack crevelle, and for whatever reason, a bunch of catfish. Riley had the best fish, landing a gorgeous 24" speckled trout! Wednesday was a "rain out", with thunderstorms all around the passes.

Keith Williams from the UK sent his boys Thomas and Joe out fishing, along with his father-in-law. Fishing was very good, with non-stop action being found at the Marina Jack flat using pilchards. Speckled trout, including a 27" beauty, mangrove snapper, ladyfish, sea bass, and grouper kept the boys busy. We tried for a shark for a bit near the end, no luck and it was brutally hot, so we called it a morning.

Tom Marquardt from Milwaukee, WI landed two nice trout, including this 27" beauty.

Tom Marquardt landed this beautiful 27" trout

I had a terrific charter on Thursday with Tom Marquardt and his daughter Haley (15) from Milwaukee, WI. after catching bait, I hit several deep grass flats near Bird Key. Tom caught (and released, gotta let those big girls go) a 25" and 27" speckled trout. Both Tom and Haley caught slot trout, ladyfish, mangrove snapper, sea bass, and catfish. Haley finished up the trip with a VERY nice 17" mangrove snapper, great fish for the bay!

Fishing was not quite as good on Saturday for Kyle Drake and his teenage sons Conor and Eric, though it was still fairly steady. The problem was the cormorants; they kept eating the chum and the baits! Still, they probably caught 50 fish, including some nice mangrove snapper, speckled trout, ladyfish, sea bass, grouper, and bluefish. Marker # 5 was the best spot.

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: August 7th, 2014 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Jim Dempsey, from IL, caught and released this big jack on the new 4" CAL shadtail/swimbait while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jim Dempsey from IL, caught and released this big jack

Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with snook, blues and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails, DOA Deadly Combos and flies in Sarasota Bay during the past week. An angler also caught and released a big jack on a CAL 4” swim bait while tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf.

Denis Clohisy, from WI, and Jim Dempsey, from IL, fished with me on Monday and Tuesday. We tarpon fished in the coastal gulf on Monday, which was our plan for both days. We had a west wind and rough water on Monday and with limited sunlight, it was tough to see fish. Jim made a quick cast and caught and released a 12-pounder on a CAL 4” shad tail/swim bait when we got blitzed by a big school of jacks. We often get shots at other species while tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf. We also had shots at several large cobia while tarpon fishing recently. It pays to be ready!

It was too rough to fish the coastal gulf for tarpon on Tuesday, so we fished the west side of Sarasota Bay, which offered some protection. They caught and released trout and blues on Clouser flies, DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with shad tails.

Elizabeth Heidler, from OH, with a Sarasota Bay bluefish caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Elizabeth Heidler of Ohio holds a Sarasota Bay bluefish

Scott Heidler, his son, Scott and daughter, Elizabeth, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday before the kids went off to college. We started in the dark and they had good action catching and releasing a dozen snook to 24” on CAL jigs with shad tails. We moved to deep grass flats along the west side of the bay after dawn where they caught and released trout and blues on DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with shad tails. Action with blues on deep grass flats has been good! They are also fun to catch with top water plugs or fly poppers.

There should still be some action with tarpon in the coastal gulf. However as they thin out in the coastal gulf, they are moving to inside areas where you may find them rolling on deep grass flats or in passes at first light. You also should find trout, blues and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Catch and release snook fishing should be good in the surf, in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes.

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: August 5th, 2014 by Capt. Roy String

 

The fishing this past week has been really good with catches of 50 to 75 fish on a 4 hr trip being common right now. We are catching mostly trout, with a few ladyfish mixed in. The key to the great fishing is the abundance of live bait!

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. Jack Ryan’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 3rd, 2014 by Capt. Jack Ryan

 

Nice haul… on the water with Capt. jack Ryan.

Coming home carrying these makes it all worth while

Show up early on the water with white bait (pilchards) decent live shrimp and some good tidal flows and you are in the thick of things for sure. Our customers caught good catches of Trout up to 20”, Mangrove Snapper, Sea Bass, Bonnet head sharks and Redfish. Our areas of best results were Roberts Bay, and the Middle grounds. Chumming was the best method with the white bait and live shrimp under corks.

Offshore we also had good results. In 45- 52 feet of water near the Ice Box ledges and chumming live Pilchards, cut Squid, and small Pinfish we put fish in the cooler. Mangove snapper, Yellowtail snapper, Porgies, Key West grunts, Scamp, and smaller Gags were bending all of our rods and customers were having a ball. We also caught lots of red grouper some up to 27 1/2”. Great days on the water.

Capt. Jack Ryan

Come aboard the Sea Dog with Capt. Jack Ryan and experience some of Florida’s best Saltwater Fishing in the beautiful waters in and around Sarasota. We offer Inshore and Offshore Fishing Charters covering areas from Venice to the south, straight on up through Bradenton Beach.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: August 2nd, 2014 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Derek Harmer, from Orlando, FL, caught and released this snook on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing lighted docks in Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Derek Harmer fishing lighted docks in Sarasota Bay

Fly anglers fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, continued to have action with tarpon during the past week. In addition, spin fishing anglers caught and released snook, blues, trout and mangrove snapper on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos in Sarasota Bay.

Tarpon thinned out in the coastal gulf during the past week, but anglers still had a dozen or more shots per trip at fish on several trips early in the week. One tarpon, an estimated 90-pound fish, was caught and released on Friday.

Tom Harmer, from Sarasota, FL and his son, Derek Harmer from Orlando, FL, fished a predawn trip in Sarasota Bay with me on Thursday. They caught and released 7 or 8 snook to 24” around lighted docks before moving to the flats at dawn. They also caught and released trout, blues and mangrove snapper on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos on deep grass flats on both sides of the bay.

Tarpon are thinning out in the coastal gulf but they are aggressive. Most are singles, doubles or small schools, which are post spawn fish that are hungry. As they thin out in the coastal gulf, they are moving to inside areas where you may find them rolling at first light. You also should find trout, blues and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Catch and release snook fishing should be good in the surf, in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes.

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: August 2nd, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Chris conery from colorado holds a decent bluefish that he caught near the ringling Mansion

Chris Conery from Colorado holding a decent bluefish

The week started off a bit slow with slack tides and stiff breezes, but conditions improved and by the end of the week fishing was fantastic! The speckled trout bite really turned on, complimenting the already good mangrove snapper fishing. Bluefish, Spanish mackerel, sharks, jacks, flounder, grouper, sea bass, and ladyfish were also landed by clients on charters this week. The key to fishing this time of year is the bait. Fish are simple creatures and will be found near the "groceries". Find the bait and you will find the fish.

All of the flats near the passes are loaded with bait, as are the Ringling flats, Moorings, and Buttonwood flats. The Marina Jack flats, Radio Tower, and the east side of Sarasota Bay north of the Ringling Mansion were the best spots for me this week. Catching live bait and chumming the fish up resulted in constant action for clients this week. Silver dollar sized pinfish under floats also produced some nice fish, especially early in the morning.

I started my week off on Sunday with Sarasota resident Laura Ritchie and her dad Bill who was visiting from Akron, OH. Action was steady, mostly mangrove snapper but also speckled trout, flounder, grouper, and ladyfish. We used live pilchards exclusively. The fishing would have been better but the cormorants were really a nuisance, eating all of my chum! Still, they put plenty of fish in the boat with some tasty mangs providing a nice meal.

Teagan Lunn from Richmond, VA with a 22" speckled trout that hit a pilchard near Big Pass.

Teagan Lunn with a 22" speckled trout near Big Pass

On Monday Phil Lunn from Richmond, VA took his children Brenden (14) and Teagan (11) out on a charter. Again, action was steady early before slowing down a bit later in the morning. Mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel, gag grouper, speckled trout, and sea bass were caught on live bait near Big Pass. Teagan had the fish of the trip with a 22" speckled trout.

On Tuesday I was part of a group trip with several families from Kansas. Fishing was a bit tough as we were greeted with 15-20 knot winds. But, we worked hard and put 8 fish, including keeper trout, mackerel, snapper, and sea bass on ice. The Radio tower was the best spot.

Eric Naumburg from MD caught this slot trout using live threadfin herring.

Eric Naumburg from Maryland caught this slot trout

Eric Naumburg, Chris Conery, and John Parry fished with me for 3 days this week. On Wednesday we worked the Bird Key and Radio Tower flats and caught small trout, several nice snapper, a bluefish, and ladyfish using bait. On Thursday we headed north from Centennial Park and did very well, catching four 20" speckled trout, a bluefish, ladyfish, and 2 small blacktip sharks on Gulp! Shrimp under corks and live pinfish. The action slowed and I netted up bait in New Pass and we finished up with steady action at the Radio Tower. Friday morning was even better. Once again, I ran up north near the Ringling Mansion at first light. Live pinfish caught a few fish, but it was a bit slow.

Bait was everywhere, so I netted up a bunch of threadfins and the bite was insane! In a couple of hours, the boys landed 20 or so slot trout to 23", a half dozen mangrove snappers, two bluefish, and a bunch of ladyfish using the live bait. Chris even caught several trout and ladyfish on fly. The bite quit around 9:00, so I "reloaded": with bait and headed to New Pass in search of snook. The tide was running too fast, but i spotted fish breaking in the pass, so we motored over and they turned out to be big ladyfish. We had fun with them for half an hour then called it a morning.

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.