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Michael, who hails from the Chicagoland area, spent the day on the water with Capt. Cress.

Michael, who hails from the Chicago area, shows off a nice looking Redfish caught in Sarasota Bay.

Last year at this time Sarasota Bay was hurting from the red tide. It’s unbelievable the turnaround in the quality of the Fish and bait that we now have back in our bay. I had a charter out of CB’S on Siesta Key with Michael, Diana, his wife, and their daughter Jenny who hailed from the Chicago area.

Our four hour charter produced numerous fish with each family member catching and releasing some nice sized redfish, trout, jacks and ladyfish. The bait of choice were jigs with gulp and live shrimp under a popping cork.

Talking to some of the other captains at the dock I heard there are plenty of pompano in the bay as well.

Chuck CressCapt. Chuck Cress

Fishing has been a lifetime passion for me. Depending on the skill level of my clients what I like to do is put them on big fish using artificial lures. I like to educating and passing on my knowledge of local history and the many sights the area has to offer while we are on the water.