CB’s Weekly Fishing Reports

Capt. Jack Ryan’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 8th, 2014 by Capt. Jack Ryan

 

Chumming and live shrimp were the main reason for the good catches we had this week. Doesn't that fish look just beautiful. ~ Capt. Jack Ryan

Onboard the Sea Dog charter boat w/Capt. Jack Ryan

Customers on the Sea Dog charter boat this past week had good fishing with lots of keeper Trout, with some up to up to 21". Numerous Sea Bass all week were bending our rods on live shrimp or Cotee jigs on 1/4oz jig heads. Mangrove snapper up to 12" are still on the deeper grass flats at the Middle Grounds caught on live shrimp.

Offshore was busy with very good catches of Mangrove snapper to 19”, Yellowtail snapper to 15”, Red grouper, Gag Grouper (released) Scamp,and Porgies. Chumming and live shrimp were the main reason for the good catches. Our area of best interest was off Siesta Key.

It is early summer and fishing is good. Come aboard the Sea Dog and catch some nice fish for your camera and the dinner table. Oh, yes and a real good time doing so.

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: June 8th, 2014 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Domenick Raschella, from NC, had good action, jumping several tarpon on a couple of trips recently while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Domenick Raschella, from NC, had good action.

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 catching and releasing an estimated 130 to 140-pound tarpon and jumping several others on spinning tackle in the coastal gulf recently. Fly anglers also had their shots at tarpon earlier in the week.

Dave Reinhart, from VA, and Domenick Raschella, from NC, tarpon fished a couple of days with me last week. We drifted live baits while waiting to cast DOA Baitbusters and live crabs to passing schools of tarpon. Domenick jumped 3 tarpon and Dave caught and released a large female after a lengthy battle on live crabs with spinning tackle. A memorable fish!

Large schools of tarpon are more plentiful at this point in the season rather than singles, doubles and small schools. They should be plentiful in the coastal gulf as we approach a full moon next week. Look for reds and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars in Sarasota Bay. Fishing deep grass flats for trout, blues and more should also be a good option. You should find catch and release snook 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. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 8th, 2014 by Capt. Jeffri Durrance

 

This week saw Mark Schindel (formally a Sarasota fishing guide) catch and release a tarpon in the 95 pound range. The fish was caught off Longboat Key and took a pinfish. We missed another bite when a corked crab went down and we didn’t crank down quickly enough. Mark hasn’t tarpon fished in a few years but his eye and fighting techniques were good as he had the tarpon to the boat for pictures and release in 9 minutes!

Ian McFarland and Ian Marr had a great couple of days on the water this week. Following a phone call from Capt Andy Cotton reporting he was on a giant school of tarpon, the two caught four out of the six tarpon they hooked. Putting on the pressure, all of the fish were landed in 10 minutes or less (four DNA’s taken), weighed from 70 to 90 pounds and were released in healthy condition. Thanks again to Capt. Andy for the call as the school must have had 500 plus fish and the action continued on and off all morning. Later in the week the two went after tarpon again but decided snook might be fun so they caught several snook with the largest a nice fish at 30”. They also had a tarpon come up and take a crab right next to the boat where the action was all visible.

Henry Zimmerman, wife Judy, Mike Johnson and Mikel Strall fished along Longboat Key this week and found the fish scattered and moving until later in the morning. Finding a school they threw crabs and pinfish into the dark spot and Mikel was the lucky angler that got the hook-up. After a 25 minute battle the fish was along side the boat for pictures and a DNA sample. The tarpon was measured and taped out at 90 pounds.

Pat Leach of Omaha, NE had a good day on the water this week. Fishing off Lido Key we were able to find a large school of tarpon that were hungry. He hooked, fought and landed a nice fish in the 110 pound range in 30 minutes. After a short rest we moved back in on the school and hooked a second fish. After a 10 minute fight, two jumps and a headshake the hook pulled. The fish both ate crabs.

Finally, this week saw locals Melissa Littlewood, Jeff and Chris Moller and Alex Balestrieri of Wisconsin try their hand at tarpon fishing. Fishing off Longboat the group threw to several fish early with no luck. Mid morning the luck changed when a north bound school we threw to ate a pinfish under a cork. Jeff was the man on the rod and after a short 13 minute battle released a 34” girth fish. Late morning, just when the crew was about to call it a day, a pinfish under a cork went off and then came the yell of fish on! Alex was the next man up and after a 20 minute battle landed and released a nice 35” girth fish for his very first tarpon, giving him an incurable case of tarpon fever.

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 Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 7th, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Fishing was excellent on charters this week on a wide variety of species. The vast majority of fish were caught using large, live shrimp. Snook, speckled trout, sharks, bluefish, flounder, sea bass, red grouper, gag grouper, mangrove snapper, jack crevelle, ladyfish, sailcats, and more were landed by clients fishing with me. I also ran a tarpon trip off of Venice where we hooked 2 but did not land either one, but that's tarpon fishing. Speckled trout on the deep flats in 6'-7' of water continue to be very reliable for anglers fishing live shrimp under popping corks. The Middlegrounds, Radio Tower, and Marina Jack flats have all been quite productive, and the earlier the better! Big Pass is full of ladyfish for those looking to bend the rods. Structure in the pass is holding grouper and snapper, slack tides are the best time to fish for them.

Dave Conway from Maine with a nice speckled trout caught at the Radio Tower, on the water with Capt Jim Klopfe

Dave Conway from Maine with a nice speckled trout.

I started the week off on Sunday with Dan Smart and his son Carrey from Naples Maine, his buddy Dave Conway, and his daughter-in-law Bette, both of whom live in Sarasota.

We started off in Big Pass with good action on jack crevelle and ladyfish using DOA CAL jigs. We moved to the flats where action was slow on artificial baits, so I ran in and got some nice hand-picked shrimp. That resulted in several nice speckled trout between 18" and 20", along with several other slot trout and short trout at the Radio Tower and Middlegrounds. Ladyfish, small sharks, snapper, and other species were also landed.

Brittany caught several good trout, including this beauty near Bird Key on the water with Capt. Jim klopfer

Brittany from Maryland caught several nice trout.

Gregg Gast and his girlfriend Brittany, both from the Easter Shore in MD, had a good trip on Monday. They wanted a couple fish for dinner and in short order a 16" and 18" trout went on ice using live shrimp. A move to Big Pass resulted in a bunch of ladyfish. Brittany wanted to catch a shark, so we moved to a nearby flat and used some cut up ladyfish as bait. We had one dump the spool before it broke off, but that was it. We finished up near Bird Key catching trout, snapper and ladyfish. Brittany caught-and-released a pair of nice 20" speckled trout to end the trip on a high note.

I ran a trip in a CB's pontoon boat for Joe Culloo from Colorado on Tuesday, we do this occasionally with larger groups. They did not catch a lot of fish, but did get several nice ones. The Radio Tower and Marina Jacks were the best spots and they landed a 21" and 20" speckled trout, other smaller trout, a 2 lb bluefish, a very nice black sea bass, jacks, and ladyfish, using live shrimp.

Ralph Talerico from Pittsburg, PA caught this nice looking trout on Wednesday.

Ralph Talerico caught this nice trout on Wednesday.

Ralph Talerico from Pittsburg, PA caught trout and snook on Wednesday.[/caption]Ralph Talerico from Pittsburg, PA had a productive charter on Wednesday, both in terms of action and variety. We left Centennial park and headed over to the Middlegrounds, where he caught a bunch of speckled trout, a couple of gag grouper, and a few ladyfish. Most of the trout were "shorts", but he did land a beautiful 22" fish. A move to an oyster bar resulted in a keeper flounder, jacks, snapper, and a snook. We finished up in Big Pass, working a steep drop-off. Red grouper to 17", gag grouper, and mangrove snapper kept Ralph busy. Most of the fish hit live shrimp, though we did catch a few on Gulp! Shrimp.

I ran a tarpon charter on Thursday with Larry Hamacher from Harrisburg, PA. We found a pretty, laid up school at first light and got bit on a crab. Larry had it on for ten minutes and one jump before the hook pulled. We saw several more schools, but all were moving pretty fast. Late in the morning we found another bunch and after several attempts got in good position and hooked another. None to the boat, but he had two on with many other chances.

Tom Mazziotti from Atlanta, Ga caught this bluefish on a shrimp near Marina Jacks while out on the water with Capt. Jim Klopfer.

Tom Mazziotti from Atlanta GA, near Marina Jacks

The Mazziotti family from Atlanta; dad Tom, his son Thomas (13) and daughters Caroline and Mary Elizabeth had a great trip on Friday morning! We left Ken Thompson at 6:30 and the speckled trout bite was hot. A couple dozen fish came in with quite a few in the slot, though we were not keeping them. Ladyfish, jack crevelle, snapper, sailcats, and a nice bluefish were also landed using live shrimp under corks. The tide turned to go out and we moved to Big Pass, where action was steady on ladyfish and jacks. We saved a few ladyfish for bait and finished up at a spot nearby that I have been doing well on sharks at. We missed 4 or 5 good bites, then Tom Sr stuck one and landed it, a nice 40" black tip. Nice way to end the trip with a great 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. Roy String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: June 5th, 2014 by Capt. Roy String

 

Is that some Tarpon, or is that some Tarpon. On the water with Capt. Roy String's.

SRQ's David Sugar on the water with Capt. Roy String

I fished with Aledia Tush of CB's Saltwater Outfitters and Blake Hadley on Monday. We caught two Tarpon weighing up to 130 lb. and had four other fish on.

On Tuesday I fished with Kyle Gross and his friend Andy from Indiana. We landed two tarpon weighing up to 150 lb. Wednesday David and Max Sugar from Sarasota were on board, we were two for two with David landing the biggest fish. It was 74" long, had a 40" girth, and weighed a estimated 170 to 180 lb.

All of the fish were caught using live crabs for bait just off our area beaches!!! A heads up to all Anglers… Tarpon will continue running for at least another month.

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 1st, 2014 by Capt. Rick Grassett

 

Good action, jump­ing and hook­ing up with tar­pon.

Good action, jumping and hooking up with Tarpon.

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 and hook­ing up with tar­pon on fly and spin­ning tackle in the coastal gulf recently.

Most of my time was spent fly fish­ing for tar­pon and anglers fish­ing with me had numer­ous shots some days, but only a few shots on a cou­ple of other trips. With many vari­ables, includ­ing vis­i­bil­ity, tide and sea con­di­tions, it usu­ally requires numer­ous shots for it all to come together to be successful.

Hal Lutz, from Par­rish, FL and Andrea Lutz, from Atlanta, GA, spent a cou­ple of morn­ings spin fish­ing for tar­pon with me. We drifted live baits while wait­ing to cast to schools with live crabs and DOA Bait­busters. Hal cast a live crab into a happy school of tar­pon and hooked up. He also had a few shots at tar­pon with a fly later in the morning.

Patrice Camil­lieri, from near Paris, France, fly fished for tar­pon a cou­ple of days with me. Con­di­tions were good one day, but we only saw a few fish. We had sloppy sea con­di­tions another day with lots of shots. Despite the tough con­di­tions, he had sev­eral bites, jump­ing one and hook­ing up a cou­ple of more times.

Hal Lutz, from Par­rish, FL, and Jeb Mulock, from Braden­ton, FL, fly fished for tar­pon in the coastal gulf with me on Fri­day. We didn’t see a lot of fish but they made their shots count. Jeb jumped a big tar­pon and fought the fish for about 20-minutes before the hook pulled. His first tar­pon on a fly!

Tar­pon should be plen­ti­ful in the coastal gulf as their spawn­ing migra­tion hits full stride. Look for reds and big trout on shal­low flats or edges of bars in Sara­sota Bay. You should find catch and release snook 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.

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: May 30th, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

The Fernandez family from Miami did well on Speckled trout near Marina Jacks… On the water with Capt. Jim Klopfer.

The Fernandez family from Miami had a great time.

Fishing was decent this week on the deep grass flats and in Big Pass. Speckled Trout continue to be the most reliable species, with fish to 20″ being caught by clients this week. Live shrimp under a popping cork produced the best. Jack Crev­elle and Lady­fish provided some catch-and-release fun. Gag Grouper and Mangrove Snap­per were caught near structure in Big Pass on shrimp. I took the last few days of the week off to get some work done on the house and boat.

On Sunday the Fer­nan­dez family from Miami, FL went out on a fishing charter. We kinda got a late start and the bite on the flats was slow, although we did land a 20″ speckled trout. A move to the deeper water of Big Pass proved a good idea as the gang landed a bunch of keeper mangrove snap­per and several gag grouper on live shrimp. Good action and good eats!

Later in the week, Sarasota resident Nick Fred­er­ick had his son Nick Jr. in town for a trip. Fishing was fair, though it should have been better with the strong, incoming tide. Still, they landed a pair of slot trout (and another nice one shook off) along with plenty of “shorts”, Jack Crev­elle, Lady­fish, and other species. Most of the fish hit live shrimp though we did catch several on jigs. The Mid­dle­ground's were 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. Roy String’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: May 25th, 2014 by Capt. Roy String

 

Capt. Roy String's charter landed three Tarpon on Friday with the largest weighing in at an impressive 130 lbs.

Things are starting to pick up with the Tarpon.

Capt. Roy String’s charter landed three Tarpon on Friday with the largest weighing in at an impressive 130 lb..

It looks like things are going to pick up with the Tarpon fishing. On Friday we landed three tarpon, the largest weighing in at 130 lb.

All of the fish were caught on live crabs. The Tarpon are on all area beaches from Boca Grande right up on through Anna Maria Island.

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: May 25th, 2014 by Capt. Jack Ryan

 

Sea Dog char­ter boat w/Capt. Jack Ryan

Onboard the Sea Dog Charter with Capt. Jack Ryan

Bay fishing in Sarasota Bay on the Sea Dog charter boat w/Capt. Jack Ryan out of CB’s was quiet good this week with Trout up to 19”and others in the slot range which pleased our customers. Jacks, Flounder, Ladyfish, and Sea Bass were also bending the rods. Our choice of baits were live shrimp and Gulp white plastic baits. Our locations were Stephens Pt, Middle Grounds, and the edge of the gulf at New Pass hooking a few Spanish Mackerel.

In the Gulf we caught lots Mangrove and Yellowtail snapper and red grouper to 21” only. Also Scamp were caught but they were just a little short too keep. King Mackerel were present but no takers even with a very good chum line behind the boat. We were all set up for sharks but no takers....That was a little strange....

Come join us on the Sea Dog we do have a good time and you can sit under our very large covered T-top and keep cool.

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 Jim Klopfer’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: May 24th, 2014 by Capt. Jim Klopfer

 

Fishing in Sarasota Bay was decent this week, with Big Pass and the nearby flats being the most productive spots. We did not get big numbers of fish on charters, but clients did land some quality fish along with quite a bit of variety. One morning we found a large school of gag grouper with some mangrove snapper mixed in on a ledge in Big Pass. Speckled trout were the most reliable species, with snook, silver trout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, gag grouper, sharks, jacks, and ladyfish also being caught this week. Live shrimp, jigs, Gulp! Shrimp, and topwater plugs all produced fish. Tarpon fishing was slow for me and for the other guides that I spoke to.

Jennifer Johnstom from Charleston, SC landed this trout on a live shrimp.

Jennifer Johnstom from SC landed this trout.

I started the week off with Ranjiv Saini from Charleston, SC, his girlfriend Jennifer Johnston, son Neal, and Neal's buddy Zach Mills. They had very little fishing experience and this was a kind of lesson to see if they liked fishing. We started off at the Middlegrounds, catching ladyfish and a few small trout. A move to the Bird Key flats resulted in speckled trout to 20", silver trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish, and mangrove snapper. All of the fish were caught on free lined live shrimp.

Leona King from Parksburg, PA showed the boys how it is done!

Leona King showed the boys how it is done!

Leon King from Parksbug, PA treated his children Elmer, Tommy, and Leona to a trip on Tuesday. Action was steady most of the morning, except for a little lull when the tide switched. Bluefish to 2 1/2 pounds, speckled trout to 18", bonnethead sharks to 3', and mangrove snapper hit shrimp under popping corks at Marker #5 and the Marina Jack flats.

We finished up in Big Pass with a flurry on ladyfish and jack crevelle.

Chaz Boyter from New Jersey went out on a tarpon fishing charter on Wednesday. We saw a half dozen schools, but they were all moving fast and not showing well, we really never got a decent shot.

Jason Puckett and his buddy Justin went out on Friday. We left early and did a little topwater fishing near the Siesta Drive Bridge, landing a snook and a jack crevelle. A move to a nearby flat resulted in a keeper trout, a Spanish mackerel, and a few other smaller trout. With no wind at all, we decided to take a peek out in the Gulf and look for tarpon. After an hour an a half without spotting one, we came back inside and caught a nice 18" trout, a bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, a shark, and short trout at the Middlegrounds and Moorings.

Andy Schlick from Woodbury, MN with one of a couple dozen gag grouper they caught in Big Pass.

Andy Schlick from MN caught one in Big Pass.

Jason Exum from Ocala, FL caught this 23" trout near Marina Jacks.

Jason Exum from Ocala, FL with a 23" trout.

I had a very good charter on Saturday morning with Andy Schlick from Woodbury, MN and his friend Jason Exum from Ocala, FL. We left the ramp at 6:45 and minutes later had a 16" and 18" speckled trout in the box. The trout bite was steady, with the boys catching several more keepers to 23" along with some ladyfish.

As the tide waned, i moved into Big Pass where they caught a few ladyfish and then stumbled across a big school of gag grouper. For half an hour it was a bite on every drop, with the gags running between 14" and 20", great fun on light tackle! several mangrove snapper to 14" also fell victim to the shrimp-tipped jigs.

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: May 17th, 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, caught and released trout, bluefish and jacks on DOA Lures in Sarasota Bay and had a few shots at tarpon with a fly in the coastal gulf on several trips during the past week.

Normally there is good tarpon action as they school up ahead of full and new moons to spawn, however there were fewer tarpon than expected as we approached a full moon on Wednesday. A fly angler tarpon fishing the coastal gulf with me on Monday and Tuesday had some shots, but fish weren’t that plentiful and were deep in the water column making it tough to get a fly into the strike zone fast enough.

Bill Moore, from Libertyville, IL, caught this nice blue on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Bill Moore, from Libertyville, IL, caught this nice blue.

Bill Moore, from Libertyville, IL, fished with me on Thursday and Friday. Our plan was to tarpon fish in the coastal gulf but a late season cold front roughed up the gulf and changed our game plan. We fished deep and shallow grass flats on both sides of the bay where he caught and released trout, bluefish and jacks on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos.

Tarpon fishing should be good next week as we head away from a full moon. Look for reds, snook and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars in Sarasota Bay. Fishing deep grass flats for trout, blues, flounder and more should also be a good option.

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.