CB’s Weekly Fishing Reports

Capt. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 28th, 2014 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

This week got off to a slow start as Nick McMullen, Matt Deluca and Scott Hechlik of Sarasota fished hard all morning with little to show for their efforts. The group didn’t even see a tarpon until nearly 9:20 when they spotted several fish milling about off Casey Key. With the exception of one crushed crab they were unable to get the fish to eat. With the wind out of the west it was a bit sloppy but the results were not because of a lack of effort. They’ll get em next time.

The west wind continued to blow on early this week but that did not deter Ben Bates and John Shelton of Sarasota and Ben’s father in law Alan Hobeck of Richmond, VA from getting out and chasing a few tarpon. Even though the seas started out rough we were able to get on a school early with Ben getting the bite. After a four spectacular jumps the fish threw the hook. Approximately an hour later we managed to find another school and this time it was John who got the bite and managed to get the fish hooked long enough to get a long run and one jump. Again the fish won and threw the hook. Alan was up next and he had two crabs stolen by the stealthy tarpon. Along the way we had a pinfish eaten by a small shark. No fish were boated but the action was good till late morning. All of the tarpon bites came on crabs.

Nick Conicella, son Alex and father John gave tarpon a try this week on a much nicer day as the wind was still from the west but much more fishable. During the early morning several schools of fish were presented baits but they were unable to coax a bite. After a move to another beach more schools were found moving along and Alex was able to get a crab eaten. When the line came tight and the fish jumped the leader broke and the fish was gone. They were unable to get another fish hooked up.

Bryan Chesnutt and daughter Kendall of Macon, GA went bay fishing this week where they caught a mixed bag of fish that included speckled trout, flounder, black drum, sheephead, ladyfish, jacks and a nice redfish. Daughter Kendall had the hot hand as she out fished dad catching several nice black drum, the redfish as well as hooked in to a nice snook that was able to throw the hook before she could get it to the boat. They also had a nice mangrove snapper that went home along with the drum for supper!

Back out on the beach the wind kicked up a little early Friday but tarpon were still schooled up and eating. Heath Swihart and son Tyson found several fish that were willing to eat their crabs. Heath finished the morning two out of four on the tarpon and Tyson wrecked the bait fish with the sabiki. It was a busy morning!

To end the week we saw the best and worst of tarpon fishing on my boat. On Saturday local Mike Mumma and friend Tony Bartucci fished and even though we saw a lot of fish and had baits in them multiple times they just could not find a hungry fish. In contrast on Sunday David Holifield found the opposite as he couldn’t put bait in the water that the fish wouldn’t eat and he finished the morning four out of four. (As a side note the captain went a disappointing zero for two jumping both fish off.) It just goes to show how challenging tarpon fishing can be!!!

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: June 28th, 2014 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Capt. Rick Grassett with a St. Lucie Inlet jack caught and released on a DOA shrimp.

Capt. Rick Grassett with a St. Lucie Inlet jack

Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released several snook, lookdowns, mutton snapper and jack crevalle on DOA Lures in the Indian River at the DOA/River Palm Outdoor Writer Festival out of Jensen Beach, FL and had good action with tarpon in the coastal gulf in Sarasota on DOA Baitbusters and live baits during the past week.

Capt. Andy Cotton and I towed our boats over to Jensen Beach (Stuart area) on Sunday for the annual DOA/River Palm Outdoor Writer Festival at River Palm Cottages and Fish Camp. Located right on the Indian River with quaint cottages, a long pier with boat dockage, swimming pool, tiki hut and a boat ramp next door, it’s a “cool place to stay” for a weekend or a week long fishing getaway.

Guides, outdoor writers and sponsors were matched up to fish the area on Monday and Tuesday. Nice snook and trout, false albacore (little tunny), tarpon and more were caught and released and numerous tarpon were jumped with DOA Lures by various anglers in the group.

Outdoor writers, Michael “Mookie” Wilson, with the Lakeland Ledger and Pete Barrett, from Jupiter, FL, fished St. Lucie Inlet with me one day. We found some snook and jacks busting baits along a rock jetty and had some action catching and releasing them on DOA Shrimp. We also caught and released several lookdowns, a member of the jack family, and a mutton snapper around rocky areas of the inlet also on DOA Shrimp. Thanks to Mark Nichols and the entire crew at DOA Fishing Lures (www.doalures.com) and Rufus Wakeman, owner of River Palm Cottages and Fish Camp www.riverpalmcottages.com for hosting the event and to other sponsors, Lazer Trokar Hooks, Shimano, Power Pro, Engel Coolers, Tailin' Toads, Johnson Outdoors (Minnkota & Humminbird), Pilar Rum and Costa Sunglasses.

Josh Notari, from IL, caught and released this estimated 120-pound tarpon on a DOA Baitbuster while fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Josh Notari, from IL, with estimated 120 lb. tarpon.

The Notari family, from Longboat Key, FL and the Chicago area, tarpon fished in Sarasota with me and Capt. Jack Hartman on Thursday. Everyone had good action with 3 out of 4 anglers landing tarpon and jumping several others. The DOA Baitbuster continues to produce for my anglers with a couple of bites and 1 tarpon, an estimated 120-pound fish, caught and released by Josh Notari with the lure. The other tarpon were on a variety of live baits. Friday’s fly fishing trip had a dozen or more shots at tarpon before conditions went downhill with wind, rough water and thunderstorms closing in on us.

Tarpon fishing should remain strong next week. Look for more singles, doubles and smaller schools as fish return to the beach after spawning. You should find reds and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars in Sarasota Bay or fish deep grass flats for trout, blues and more. Catch and release snook fishing should also be good 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: June 28th, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Sharks have been caught consistently on the flats of late

Sharks are beening caught consistently on the flats

Fishing was excellent this week on a variety of species in Sarasota Bay, with spotted sea trout once again being the high point as several fish over 24" were landed. Anglers on charters caught Speckled trout to 25", mangrove snapper to 14", gag grouper, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, sea bass, jack crevelle, ladyfish, and sharks were caught at Marker # 5, Bird Key, and the Radio Tower flats. I only used live bait this week, once the bait shows up thick, using them to chum the fish behind the boat is extremely effective and easy for novice anglers. I have been finishing up most trips with a little shark fishing. Basically, I anchor up on the edge of a flat and drift out cut ladyfish under a float. They are great sport on light tackle and everybody likes sharks!!

The week started off with an excellent trip with Doug Knoblett, his children Chase and Autumn, and her friend Calee Fulling, all from Palestine, IL. We left Centennial Park at first light and I ran straight to the bait. Two tosses of the net resulted in a full well. After that, we sat in one spot for 2 1/2 hours, catching speckled trout to 18", Spanish mackerel to 2 pounds, gag grouper, mangrove snapper to 14", black sea bass, and ladyfish. The action was very steady. We decided to finish up trying for a shark, and Chase landed a nice 40" blacktip on a chunk of cut ladyfish.

I had Bill Kippel and his son on the boat on Tuesday. Action was steady on the deep flats, the Spanish mackerel were particularly aggressive, though none were larger than 1 1/2 pounds. Trout, ladyfish, sea bass, snapper, and grouper were also caught. For whatever reason, the bait was smaller that day, making fishing a bit more difficult. We finished up with a shark near Big Pass.

Seth trout Seth Koppold landed this 25" beauty near Bird Key on a pilchard

Seth Koppold landed this 25" speck­led trout

The bait was better on Wednesday, and so was the fishing, for Lori and Fred Koppold from Noblesville, IN and their 19 year old son Seth. The speckled trout bite was hot with the crew putting a couple of 16" trout on ice and releasing several more up to 25"; gotta let those big ones go back!! Gag grouper, mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, and sea bass kept the rods bent. The shark bite was also on; we hooked three and landed on in less than a half hour on cut ladyfish.

Kyle Moyer and his buddy Greg fished with me on Thursday. Action was fairly steady though there wasn't a lot of "quality" fish and the bait-stealers were more of a nuisance. Still, they put two speckled trout, a mackerel, and a half dozen mangrove snapper on ice as well as catching gag grouper, ladyfish, sea bass, and other species. Once again, the deep flats near Big Pass produced the action. We finished up hooking a nice shark and having it eat through the 100 lb leader after a couple of blistering runs.

Haydon Colon with a VERY nice Sarasota Bay speckled trout caught near the Radio tower

13 year old Haydon Colon with a nice speckled trout

Action was very good on Friday for Bill McClain, Bruce Colon, and Bruce's 13 year old son Hayden. Bait was easy and decent and the flats near Big Pass and New Pass produced a bunch of mangrove snapper, sea bass, speckled trout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, jack crevelle, gag grouper, and one ladyfish, but it was probably the biggest one I have ever seen. Hayden had the hot hand, catching the big ladyfish and a pair of 25" speckled trout. All of the fish hit live pilchards and sardines.

I finished up the week with a good charter with buddies from Rhode Island Steve Jensen and Rob Fleming. Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, sea bass, snapper, grouper and ladyfish came to the chum on the deep grass near Bird Key. Rob caught and released a beautiful 24" trout. We finished up with a shark and another one that ran off and came unbuttoned.

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. Jack Ryan’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 23rd, 2014 by Capt. Jack Ryan

 

Bay fishing at Middle Grounds, Stephens Pt. and Roberts Bay this week produced lots of Trout, Mangrove Snapper to 12”, some Bluefish, Ladyfish and Snook at various docks. High tide with live shrimp casting under these docks brought Snook and Mangrove snapper that keeps our customers happy and busy. The snapper were keepers and the Snook were on the small size.

Offshore fishing produced Yellowtail to 14”, Mangrove Snapper to 17”,and keeper Red Grouper. All gags were released. Free lining live shrimp and chunking cut sardines put the snapper in the ice box. The grouper were hitting fresh cut Key West grunts and Pinfish in 48 feet of water off Sarasota’s Ice Box area.

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. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 22nd, 2014 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

I only managed to get out two days this week to chase tarpon for one reason or another. The first trip saw Sarasota brothers Jake and Josh Foss giving the tarpon a try. Both brothers were able to hook into high flying tarpon with older brother Jake being the lucky one who was able to bring his fish to boat side. The fish turned out to be the largest we have boated this year as it had a girth of 38" and was 74" to the fork of his tail. This charted out to be 150 pounds. The fight lasted 19 minutes with a DNA taken and pictures made before the fish was released. Jake’s fish ate a pinfish while Josh’s fish ate a crab. A great way to get the week started.

The next trip saw new locals Brett and Kristal Koppes give tarpon fishing a try. After a slow morning with lots of fish moving through but hard to get a bait in front of them we managed to put the bait in front of a fast moving school. The fish ate the crab but was gone by the time the slack came out of the line. Another cast produced the same results with the tarpon crushing the crab but not hooked up. Undaunted we fished until we were about to head in when a school was spotted right in the mouth of Big Pass. The fish swam under the boat and a crab put in front of the group was eaten. After a 30 minute battle a beautiful 140 pound tarpon was released at boat side to fight another day.

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. Bruce Burkhard’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 22nd, 2014 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

Well summer is here!! But the fishing is hotter than the temperature out on the water. In the bay anglers fishing with me aboard the Casual Lies had a good week last week. We fished Middle grounds area with silver C.A.L, jigs to fool a veriety of fish. Bluefish up to 5 or 6 lbs, Trout to 22 inches, 18 inch Pompano, Permit and Flounder. With the little kids I had, we hooked up some live shrimp under floats and had some good catches with Ladyfish, Trout, Bluefish, and Mangrove Snapper. The Sharks are still a big hit with the people coming from up north, some have never seen a Shark before and they get a nice picture to take home. The size is still about 15 to 20 lbs but one we had weighed in at 38 lbs.

Out on the beach the Tarpon still willing to eat some crabs, pinfish and threadies. Most of the fish we are getting are only about 85 to 100 lbs but they will still give you some sore muscles. Hopefully they will be around for a few more weeks for people to get a chance at a catch of a lifetime. Thanks Capt Bruce.

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. Roy String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 22nd, 2014 by Capt. Roy String

 

2014 Tarpon Tournament winner David Sugar poses with this years Tarpon Queen Danielle DeSilvestro, and one very proud young man.

2014 Tarpon Tournament winner David Sugar

Congratulations to David Sugar for winning the 84th annual Sarasota Tarpon Tournament. We fished the tournament yesterday and David won with a 38 3/4" fish that I estimated to weigh 140 lbs... Awesome Job!!!!!

The bay fishing is good right now with nice trout, ladyfish, mackerel and good numbers of 15-40 lb sharks in the bay. I am fishing with live pilchards in the bay. The fishing will continue to get better and better. Hope to see everyone on the water! Capt. Roy.

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 Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 21st, 2014 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

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 jumping several tarpon and landing a couple in the coastal gulf on a DOA Baitbuster and flies during the past week. Singles, doubles and small schools of tarpon, probably recently spawned fish, outnumbered large schools during the past week.

Harry and Jiske Ong, from Tampa, FL, tarpon fished in the coastal gulf with me on Monday. We had good action for the first couple of hours of the day with numerous schools of tarpon passing by. Harry caught and released an estimated 75-pound tarpon on a DOA Baitbuster. The Baitbuster has been hot this season, often jumping and catching tarpon when they didn’t eat live baits!

David Morgan, from Sarasota, FL, caught and released his first tarpon on a fly while fishing the coastal gulf off Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

David Morgan of Sarasota reeled in this 75 lb Tarpon.

Fly angler David Morgan, from Sarasota, FL, tarpon fished with me on Tuesday. It was his first time fly fishing for tarpon and he did well. He had numerous shots at tarpon, but it was his first shot that was the best. He hooked up, jumping and bringing the fish, an estimated 75-pound tarpon, to the boat where it was leadered after a short battle.

We had numerous shots at tarpon with a fly on Wednesday and Thursday. We didn’t hook up on Wednesday but on Thursday we jumped 2 and had another bite. Wind shifted to the west on Friday and tarpon were fewer, deep in the water column and didn’t give us many shots.

Tarpon should school heavily as we head towards a new moon next week. Catch and release snook fishing should also be good in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes. Look for reds and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars in Sarasota Bay or fish deep grass flats for trout, blues and more.

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: June 21st, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Finally, the bait has arrived! It is small, but getting better everyday. Most of my fish caught this week were the result of chumming a deep flat and catching fish on hooked pilchards, pinfish, and grunts, though clients also landed fish on shrimp and jigs. Speckled trout were one again the highlight, with trout to 25", silver trout, Spanish mackerel to 2 pounds, bluefish to 3 pounds, black sea bass to 14", mangrove snapper to 12", gag grouper, sharks, flounder to 15", jack crevelle, ladyfish, and more caught by anglers on charters this week. Marker #5, Big Pass, Bird Key, and the Radio Tower were the most productive spots.

On Monday Lori Major took her son Jake and boyfriend Chris out on a charter. They experienced steady action on a wide variety of species. We started off casting Gulp! Shrimp on jig heads and under noisy corks at the Radio Tower, catching bluefish, ladyfish, silver and speckled trout, jacks, and catfish. A move to Big Pass resulted in a few ladyfish and a bluefish on CAL jigs. I netted up some bait and the fish came to the chum. Speckled trout to 17", silver trout, Spanish mackerel, black sea bass, ladyfish, jacks, and snapper kept the rods bent.

Caleb Slabaugh from Hartville, OH with a nice Sarasota Bay bluefish

Caleb Slabaugh with a nice Sarasota Bay bluefish

Fishing was good for Ryan Slabaugh and his sons Grant (12) and Caleb (17) from Hartville, OH on Tuesday. We started off casting jigs at the Radio Tower, catching bluefish, trout, snapper, sea bass, and ladyfish. The bite slowed and I moved to Big Pass, where the ladyfish were plentiful. I netted up some bait and hit Marker #5 and Bird Key, both were a bit slow. We finished off with very good action at the radio Tower on jacks, ladyfish, trout, and Spanish mackerel. Caleb landed a very nice trout, around 25".

Chuck Rakaczky  from Pittsburg, proudly displays this silver trout. On the water with Capt. Jim Klopfer.

Chuck Rakaczky proudly displaying this silver trout.

Chuck Rakaczky and his son Chuckie (15) from Pittsburg, PA went out on a charter with me on Wednesday. Things started off a bit slow, as we cast jigs at Marina Jacks and in Big Pass, just a bluefish and a few ladyfish. I netted up some bait and hit the Radio Tower, where action was non-stop for an hour and a half on speckled trout to 21", silver trout, bluefish, nice sea bass, Spanish mackerel, jack crevelle, and ladyfish.

Richard Brumley from Alpharetta, GA fished with me on Thursday. Richad wanted a few fish for dinner, so we worked the deep grass flats near Bird Key and the Radio Tower. Richard caught a nice flounder, a few short trout, a shark, ladyfish, and for whatever reason, a bunch of catfish on hand-picked shrimp. So, time to net bait and chum, and in short order the trout bite was on! A half dozen speckled trout between 16" and 20" came to the net, along with Spanish mackerel, short trout, ladyfish, and jacks. We finished up near the Twin Bridges, putting two mangrove snapper on ice.

Bob Slayden from Atlanta, GA with a fat speckled trout.

Bob Slayden from Atlanta, with a fat speckled trout.

I finished up my week with a very good trip with Bob Slayden, his son Scott, and grandson Porter (15) all from Atlanta, GA. I went right to my bait spot first thing, loaded up, and from then on the action was good. Free lining pilchards into the chum along deep grass edges produced several speckled trout over 20", more in the slot, a half dozen Spanish mackerel, gag grouper, mangrove snapper, sea bass, ladyfish, jacks and a fun little 3' bonnethead shark. Great trip with a fun family!

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 Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 16th, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Jake Maranville from Uniontown, OH caught this nice trout near Bird Key

Jake Maranville caught this nice trout near Bird Key.

Fishing was kind of hit-and-miss this week. Clients had a couple of fair days, a decent day, and two very good trips. The deep grass flats near Big Pass and New Pass were the best spots, producing sharks, speckled trout to 27", bluefish to 3 pounds, Spanish mackerel, snapper to 14", gag grouper, jacks, and ladyfish. Live hand-picked shrimp under popping corks caught most of the fish. There were also some ladyfish and jacks in Big Pass.

On Sunday Matt Maranville from Uniontown, OH took his sons Jake (13) and Justin (19) out on a charter. Fishing was kind of tough early, we caught some small trout but that was about it. The bite turned on and they put 21", 20", and 18" speckled trout in the boat using live shrimp. We finished up in Big Pass catching a few ladyfish on jigs and shrimp.

Patty Brodbeck from Roanoke, IN and her boys Ethan (11) and Garrett (15) had a very good trip on Monday. The speckled trout bit good at Marker # 5 early, then slowed as the wind died. The deep flats near Bird Key gave up a nice 20" trout, along with a keeper flounder and some sea bass. We moved to Big pass and caught a few ladyfish for shark bait then hit a nearby flat looking for a shark. Surprisingly, Garrett caught a 27 1/2" trout on a chunk of ladyfish! Several minutes later he finished up the trip with a 4' blacktip.

On Wednesday the bite was pretty slow for the Derry family from the UK. We just picked at them all morning, catching a few fish at each spot. They landed speckled trout, mangrove snapper to 15", ladyfish, and jacks at the flats near Big Pass. We did finish up with a shark that spooled us.

The trout bite was on Wednesday morning for Scott Boles and Joe Culloo. We hit Marker #6, Marina Jacks, and the Radio Tower and caught a bunch of trout, probably ten or so were legal, a nice 14" mangrove snapper, a 2 lb bluefish, a 15" gag grouper, jacks, and ladyfish casting hand-picked shrimp under popping corks. A severe line of thunderstorrms was approaching, so we called it a morning, a quite successful morning at that, and headed for home. n Thursday was a "maintenance" day and Friday was a rain-out.

Dan Sawilchik from Chicago, IL landed this bluefish at the Middlegrounds.

Dan Sawilchik from Chicago, landed this bluefish.

I finished up my week with Dan Sawilichik and his father-in-law Mike, both from the Chicago area, on Saturday. Fishing ranged between fair and steady. We started at Marina Jacks using live shrimp and caught a keeper mangrove snapper, jacks, ladyfish, and a couple of small trout. I ran to Big Pass and saw a bunch of bait!! A most welcome sight! It was small, but useable, so I loaded the well. Chumming and fishing with the shiners resulted in a pair of Spanish mackerel, two nice bluefish, several trout, a bunch of ladyfish and jacks, and some hard-pulling catfish.

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: June 15th, 2014 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

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 jumping numerous tarpon and landing several in the coastal gulf and catching and releasing trout and bluefish in Sarasota Bay on DOA Baitbusters, live baits and flies during the past week.

Dennis Ondercin from OH, had great action jumping numerous tarpon and landing several on DOA Baitbusters and live baits while fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett last week.

Dennis Ondercin from OH with Capt. Rick Grassett

Cliff Ondercin, from Sarasota, FL and his dad, Dennis Ondercin, from OH, tarpon fished all week long with me. They had great action jumping 14 tarpon and landing 3 during the week. Even though conditions deteriorated towards the end of the week as a west wind pattern roughed up the water and caused numerous thunderstorms, the action was good through Thursday. We drifted live crabs and baitfish while waiting to cast DOA Baitbusters and live crabs to passing schools. The DOA Baitbuster was on fire, accounting for ½ of the tarpon jumped! In addition to doing a great job with the fish, they also did a great job shooting photos while I was handling their fish. Friday was too rough to fish the coastal gulf for tarpon in my boat. We tried to fish Sarasota Bay, but were chased off the water by a large thunderstorm before we even got started.

Frank Angelona, from WV, caught and released this bluefish on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Frank Angelona of WV caught and released this bluefish

Fly angler Frank Angelona, from WV, fished with me on Saturday. Due to the rough water in the coastal gulf on Thursday and Friday, we planned to fish Sarasota Bay and possibly tarpon later in the day if conditions in the coastal gulf improved. He caught and released several trout and bluefish on a Half & Half fly (Half Clouser & Half Lefty’s Deceiver) fishing deep grass flats on the west side of the bay. Conditions improved by late morning, so we went to the gulf to check conditions for tarpon fishing. We were pleasantly surprised to find the swell was way down and although visibility wasn’t great, it was fishable. We only stayed a short time, but had several shots. Frank laid a back cast down to a small school of tarpon trying to sneak by only 20’ behind us and jumped one on a tarpon bunny fly. A great way to end the week!

Tarpon fishing should be good next week as we head away from a full moon. Catch and release snook fishing should be good in the surf, in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes. Fishing deep grass flats for trout, blues and more should also be a good option. Look for reds and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars in Sarasota Bay.

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. Jack Ryan’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 15th, 2014 by Capt. Jack Ryan

 

We're all smiles aboard the SeaDog with Capt. Jack Ryan

Aboard the SeaDog with Capt. Jack Ryan

Our customers aboard the Sea-Dog with Capt. Jack Ryan out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters caught some big 20” and 21” Trout, Mangrove snapper, Sea Bass, Jacks, and Ladyfish. Cotee jigs and live shrimp did the catching at the Big Pass flats and the deeper waters at the Middle Grounds.

Early Morning tides and temperatures as well as some good moving water were the secret for this weeks fishing success.

Offshore with some heavy chumming produced Mangrove Snapper, Porgies, nice size Key West grunts and Scamp. Grouper up to 21” were put on the ice. We also had Goliath grouper on our bigger rods but they won the fight every time. It was a tough fight for our customers but they really enjoyed it all.

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. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 15th, 2014 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

We started this week fishing offshore targeting red snapper as there was only a nine day season ending Monday night. Fishing with Shaan Pembleton, Marty Benson, Lonnie Miller and Todd Parrish we were able to catch our limit of red snapper. We had to go as far as 65 miles offshore to get it done. Along the way we caught red grouper, blackfin tuna, and mangrove snapper. There were also some very large gag grouper that had to be released as the gag season does not open till July 1. Monday saw Wayne Warren, Miles Judah, Rico Smith and my brother Ronnie Durrance take a second trip offshore. The first stop produced mangrove snapper to 23 inches with several short grouper in the mix. Pushing a bit further offshore a new spot produced a large red grouper in the 30 pound class range. Finally we went out to the 65 mile area and caught red snapper to 13 pounds.

Tuesday Jack and Brenda Swilley and their daughter Ashley tarpon fished Longboat Key where they did battle with three tarpon. The first two battles were five to six minutes each with multiple jumps before the fish managed to throw the hooks. Momma Brenda had to show dad and daughter how to get it done landing her fish in 15 minutes. Her fish also performed jumping multiple times before she brought it along side for pictures and a DNA sample.

Jim McDaniel of Bradenton, Dana Bemis of Orlando and John Bielefeldt of Tampa braved west winds and rough seas and managed to hook and land one tarpon before we came back in the bay. The lucky angler was Dana who fought the fish in less than ideal conditions to boat side. The fish was a nice 90 pounder and had a DNA sample taken, pictures made and it released to fight another day. There are lots of fish moving along the beaches so get out there when you can.

After a bit of west winds and rain this week we were able to get back out on the beach and chase a few tarpon on Saturday with Jim Long, David Holifield and myself. The fish were moving along the beach and both Jim and David had fish on but were unable to keep them buttoned up before they threw the hook. I did manage to land one fish that was in the 90 pound range and collect a DNA sample. All three fish hit on crabs.

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. Andy Cotton’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 8th, 2014 by Capt. Andy Cotton

 

Anglers fishing aboard the 'O'Fish' All out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key had great action with Tarpon this past week. Large schools of Tarpon were found along the beaches in the the coastal gulf.

The week started off with a bang! As I was making my way out in to the gulf I came across a large school of tarpon that was laid up on the surface. I would estimate the school had 500 fish or so in it. I hurried to pin a crab for my client and the first toss in to the school we hooked up. A short fight and we quickly measured and DNA sampled the fish and sent it on its way to fight another day. After a few minutes we were able to spot the school of fish again. We caught DNA sampled and released another tarpon out of the same school of fish.

Tarpon fishing continued to be productive the rest of the week with multiple bites and and fish that were caught DNA sample and released.

Look for schools of Tarpon at first light laid up along the beaches. These fish usually have not been harassed yet and are sometimes more willing to eat. Cast a crab or live bait ahead of the school and hang on! If tarpon is not your game then fishing the deeper flats should produce plenty of action with trout, ladyfish and bluefish. Shallow flats should hold redfish and big trout and look for snook in the passes or along the beaches in the surf.

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. Bruce Burkhard’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 8th, 2014 by Capt. Bruce Burkhart

 

Fishing has remained good in the bay and on the beach. In the bay, anglers aboard the 'Casual Lies' have had good numbers of fish last week. C.A.L jigs produced lots of nice Trout over the twenty inch mark, we have been fishing 7 to 9 feet of water over heavy grass. Also Bluefish, Black Sea Bass, Pompano, Jacks and Ladyfish. Sharks are still a favorite for a lot of fisherman in the last few weeks with some in the forty pound range. Cut Ladyfish fished on the bottom at the Middle grounds in 5 to 6 feet of water has been the best bet for the larger sharks.

Out on the beach the Tarpon are hitting small pinfish and crabs. Daylight and late mourning have the best times the last few days.

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.