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Capt. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Carrie, from Hayward WI, with a nice looking Red.

Carrie, from Hayward WI, with a nice looking Red.

I had the pleasure to take out fishing Steve and his wife Carrie. They are from the musky capital of the world Hayward, Wisconsin. The early part of the trip was slow however as the tide came in things started to pick up.

Both are excellent fisherman, and managed to catch and release, pompano, trout and some beautiful silver colored redfish. All of the fish were caught using a quarter ounce jig head with gulp or mirror lure little John tails.

Capt. Chuck Cress

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


I had the pleasure to take out fishing Steve and his wife Carrie. They are from the musky capital of the world Hayward, Wisconsin. The early part of the trip was slow however as the tide came in things started to pick up.

Carrie, from Hayward, WI, with a nice looking Red.

Carrie, from Hayward WI, with a nice looking Red.

Both are excellent fisherman, and managed to catch and release, pompano, trout and some beautiful silver colored redfish. All of the fish were caught using a quarter ounce jig head with gulp or mirror lure little John tails.

Capt. Chuck Cress

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


Capt. Kelly Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

You can just see the pure joy in this young mans face.

You can just see the pure joy in this young mans face.

Last week the water temps have started to rise above 68 degrees and the fishing has started to improve. The snook bite especially has been improving lately and they’re hungry after this winter.

Anglers fishing with me caught and released an average of 6 snook per trip as well as plenty of ladyfish, jacks, sheepshead, and Spanish mackerel.

We’ve had a good run of pompano as well on the right tides which is really an exciting fish to catch because of how they fight.

I’ve been really stressing catch and release as we need seed for the future. Sarasota Bay is under a lot of pressure from all the anglers on the water nowadays. So remember when you’re fishing today, you’re also fishing for tomorrow.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Kurtz

Kelly is a Sarasota native and the owner and operator of Mangrove Charters. He's pas­sion­ate about fishing and hunting. As a full-time fishing guide Kelly operates out of a 22 ft. Bayscout and specializes in light tackle using both arti­fi­cial and live bait. Redfish are his favorite.


Last week the water temps have started to rise above 68 degrees and the fishing has started to improve. The snook bite especially has been improving lately and they’re hungry after this winter.

Anglers fishing with me caught and released an average of 6 snook per trip as well as plenty of ladyfish, jacks, sheepshead, and Spanish mackerel.

You can just see the pure joy in this young mans face.

You can just see the pure joy in this young mans face.

We’ve had a good run of pompano as well on the right tides which is really an exciting fish to catch because of how they fight.

I’ve been really stressing catch and release as we need seed for the future. Sarasota Bay is under a lot of pressure from all the anglers on the water nowadays. So remember when you’re fishing today, you’re also fishing for tomorrow.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Kurtz

Kelly is a Sarasota native and the owner and operator of Mangrove Charters. He's pas­sion­ate about fishing and hunting. As a full-time fishing guide Kelly operates out of a 22 ft. Bayscout and specializes in light tackle using both arti­fi­cial and live bait. Redfish are his favorite.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Stephen Liska, from Naples, with a red caught on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Stephen Liska, from Naples, with a red caught on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Spin fishing anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with reds and trout in Charlotte Harbor and Sarasota Bay recently. Fly anglers had some action with trout, pompano and snook at night.

Keith McClintock, from IL, fished a couple of days in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me, catching and releasing reds and several nice trout on CAL jigs with shad tails. Stephen Liska, from Naples, joined him on one of the trips and also got in on the action with redfish. Keith also had similar action with several reds and trout on another trip in Sarasota Bay.

Alan Sugar, from MI, fished a couple of trips in Sarasota Bay with me recently. He caught and released a nice pompano on a Clouser fly on one of the trips. He was joined by Joel Sugar, from IL, on another trip and they had some action with trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and Clouser flies.

Keith McClintock, from IL, with a nice sized red.

Keith McClintock, from IL, with a nice sized red.

Keith is shown here with  a nice spotted trout.

Keith is shown here with a nice spotted trout.

Winter residents, Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto and Rich Hunter, from Longboat Key, had some action with snook on flies and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the ICW at night with me recently.

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters will hold an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, Mar 9, 2024. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults. It will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection.

I will be the instructor of the class, which will run from 8:30 AM to approximately 2 PM. Cost is $225 per person and includes the use of fly tackle, a workbook and lunch. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 to make reservations.

Alan Sugar, from MI, with a pompano caught and released on a Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Alan Sugar, from MI, with a pompano caught and released on a Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Palmetto winter resident, Jerry Poslusny, with a snook caught and released on a fly while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Palmetto winter resident, Jerry Poslusny, with a snook caught and released on a fly while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Look for reds, trout and snook in skinny water and snook around dock lights. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout and seasonal species such as pompano and Spanish mackerel.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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.


Spin fishing anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with reds and trout in Charlotte Harbor and Sarasota Bay recently. Fly anglers had some action with trout, pompano and snook at night.

Keith McClintock, from IL, fished a couple of days in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me, catching and releasing reds and several nice trout on CAL jigs with shad tails. Stephen Liska, from Naples, joined him on one of the trips and also got in on the action with redfish. Keith also had similar action with several reds and trout on another trip in Sarasota Bay.

Keith McClintock, from IL, with a nice sized red.

Keith McClintock, from IL, with a nice sized red.

Alan Sugar, from MI, fished a couple of trips in Sarasota Bay with me recently. He caught and released a nice pompano on a Clouser fly on one of the trips. He was joined by Joel Sugar, from IL, on another trip and they had some action with trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and Clouser flies.

Winter residents, Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto and Rich Hunter, from Longboat Key, had some action with snook on flies and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the ICW at night with me recently.

Alan Sugar, from MI, with a pompano caught and released on a Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Alan Sugar, from MI, with a pompano caught and released on a Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters will hold an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, Mar 9, 2024. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults. It will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection.

I will be the instructor of the class, which will run from 8:30 AM to approximately 2 PM. Cost is $225 per person and includes the use of fly tackle, a workbook and lunch. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 to make reservations.

Stephen Liska, from Naples, with a red caught on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Stephen Liska, from Naples, with a red caught on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Look for reds, trout and snook in skinny water and snook around dock lights. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout and seasonal species such as pompano and Spanish mackerel.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. Capt. Rick Grassett

Rick is the owner of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc. He's a full time fishing guide and outdoor writer based in Sarasota, FL. He’s been guiding since 1990 and is an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guide here at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, the 2011 Orvis Out­fit­ter of the Year.


Capt. Terry Simmons Weekly Fishing Report

Marshall's brother-in-law with nice trout.

Marshall’s brother-in-law with nice trout.

I recently chartered Marshall from Georgia with his brother-in-law on a four hour inshore bay trip. With the cool bay waters and low incoming winter tides we started around 9:30 and fished around the shallow grass flats and deeper holes for speckled sea trout and redfish.

Although we found a few redfish, they weren’t interested in eating. As the sun started warming up the bay water’s we started catching several speckled sea trout using artificial baits in the deeper holes and channels, working them very slowly through the grass beds.

Capt. Capt. Terry Simmons

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


I recently chartered Marshall from Georgia with his brother-in-law on a four hour inshore bay trip. With the cool bay waters and low incoming winter tides we started around 9:30 and fished around the shallow grass flats and deeper holes for speckled sea trout and redfish.

Marshall's brother-in-law with nice trout.

Marshall’s brother-in-law with nice trout.

Although we found a few redfish, they weren’t interested in eating. As the sun started warming up the bay water’s we started catching several speckled sea trout using artificial baits in the deeper holes and channels, working them very slowly through the grass beds.

Capt. Capt. Terry Simmons

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


Capt. Kelly Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

It's a long way from N. Dakota to Siesta Key.

It’s a long way from N. Dakota to Siesta Key.

The fishing this last month in between the cold fronts has been very consistent on the right tides. When the water temperature rises a few degrees the fish start to feed. We’ve had a good run of pompano as well as sheepshead, ladyfish and a few jacks.

Last week I took out Blane from N. Dakota along with his wife, and had a really good trip. We jigged for pompano, caught ten, and released all but two. His wife had the hot rod, we also landed a few jacks and ladyfish. With migration starting I’m looking forward to a great spring!

Capt. Capt. Kelly Kurtz

Kelly is a Sarasota native and the owner and operator of Mangrove Charters. He's pas­sion­ate about fishing and hunting. As a full-time fishing guide Kelly operates out of a 22 ft. Bayscout and specializes in light tackle using both arti­fi­cial and live bait. Redfish are his favorite.


The fishing this last month in between the cold fronts has been very consistent on the right tides.

When the water temperature rises a few degrees the fish start to feed. We’ve had a good run of pompano as well as sheepshead, ladyfish and a few jacks.

It's a long way from N. Dakota to Siesta Key.

It’s a long way from N. Dakota to Siesta Key.

Last week I took out Blane and his wife from N. Dakota and had a really good trip. We jigged for pompano, caught ten, and released all but two. His wife had the hot rod and we managed to land a few jacks and ladyfish as well.

With the spring migration starting I look forward to a great spring.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Kurtz

Kelly is a Sarasota native and the owner and operator of Mangrove Charters. He's pas­sion­ate about fishing and hunting. As a full-time fishing guide Kelly operates out of a 22 ft. Bayscout and specializes in light tackle using both arti­fi­cial and live bait. Redfish are his favorite.


Capt. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

That's one cool looking fish on one cool day.

That’s one cool looking fish on one cool day.

Wil Humphreys, from NY, and Casey Sheehan from WY, enjoyed a cool but sunny day of fly fishing with me this past week.

Fishing Sarasota and Roberts Bay’s, and using Enrico Puglisi baitfish patterns produced steady catching for both Wil and Casey. They caught sea trout, ladyfish, jacks and some snook.

As usual we fished out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key.

See you on the water!

Capt. Capt. Ed Hurst

Sarasota has been Ed's home since 1956. He's fished these area waters since he was nine years old. From 1995 until the present he's guided anglers exclusively in and around the back­wa­ters of Sarasota Bay. Fly fishing is his passion and he's an Orvis Endorsed Guide.


Wil Humphreys, from NY, and Casey Sheehan from WY, enjoyed a cool but sunny day of fly fishing with me this past week.

That's one cool looking fish.

That’s one cool looking fish on one cool day.

Fishing Sarasota and Roberts Bay’s, and using Enrico Puglisi baitfish patterns produced steady catching for both Wil and Casey. They caught sea trout, ladyfish, jacks and some snook.

As usual we fished out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key.

See you on the water!

Capt. Capt. Ed Hurst

Sarasota has been Ed's home since 1956. He's fished these area waters since he was nine years old. From 1995 until the present he's guided anglers exclusively in and around the back­wa­ters of Sarasota Bay. Fly fishing is his passion and he's an Orvis Endorsed Guide.


Capt. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

The Birochak family had fun catching some fish this past week.

The Birochak family had fun catching some fish.

The inshore reefs have been good recently.

The Birochak family had fun catching sheepshead, small snapper, and even a really nice permit on the reef.

Live shrimp were the bait of choice.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Stilwell

Kelly has lived and fished in this area for over 30 years. His specialties are artificial bait, fly fishing, tarpon, and live bait fishing in Sarasota Bay and the nearshore Gulf. He's an Orvis Endorsed Guide and currently runs a 2400 Ranger Bay boat which accommodates five.


The inshore reefs have been good recently.

The Birochak family had fun catching some fish this past week.

The Birochak family had fun catching some fish this past week.

The Birochak family had fun catching sheepshead, small snapper, and even a really nice permit on the reef.

Live shrimp were the bait of choice.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Stilwell

Kelly has lived and fished in this area for over 30 years. His specialties are artificial bait, fly fishing, tarpon, and live bait fishing in Sarasota Bay and the nearshore Gulf. He's an Orvis Endorsed Guide and currently runs a 2400 Ranger Bay boat which accommodates five.


Capt. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

My brother, 'Coffee-Man Jack', out for a day of fishing.

My brother, ‘Coffee-Man Jack’, out for a day of fishing.

I took my brother, the one and only ‘Coffee-Man Jack’ out for a day of fishing this past week. We landed and released several nice size redfish, using jigs with Little-John tails and gulp.

The water was extremely low, but we found some deeper pockets that also held plenty of sea trout. Waiting till the sun to warms things up a little bit is a big help on these cooler days.

January is usually the coldest month of the year, with the average temperature being around 62 °F but things warm up quickly come February.

Capt. Chuck Cress

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


I took my brother, the one and only ‘Coffee-Man Jack’ out for a day of fishing this past week. We landed and released several nice size redfish, using jigs with Little-John tails and gulp.

My brother, 'Coffee man Jack', out for a day of fishing.

My brother, ‘Coffee man Jack’, out for a day of fishing.

The water was extremely low, but we found some deeper pockets that also held plenty of sea trout. Waiting till the sun to warms things up a little bit is a big help on these cooler days.

January is usually the coldest month of the year, with the average temperature being around 62 °F but things warm up quickly come February.

Capt. Chuck Cress

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


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Dave King, from Dillon. MT, with a nice snook caught and released on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dave King, from Dillon. MT, with a nice snook caught and released on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with reds and trout in Sarasota Bay recently. Fly anglers had fast action catching and releasing snook on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.

Dave King, of King Outfitters in Dillon, MT, and his dad Jim King, from UT, had fast action catching and releasing snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly and CAL jigs with shad tails.

Keith McClintock and Rick Anderson, from IL and Jim Asch, from WI, had a good trip in Sarasota Bay catching and releasing several reds and trout on CAL jigs with grubs. Keith also had a decent day fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me, catching and releasing a couple of reds and several nice trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and grubs.

Jim Asch, from WI, had some action catching and releasing reds on CAL jigs with grubs while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Jim Asch had some action catching and releasing reds on CAL jigs with grubs while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Jim again, this time with a nice trout he caught on CAL jigs with grubs fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Jim again with a trout caught on CAL jigs with grubs fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Look for reds, trout and snook in skinny water and snook around dock lights. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout and seasonal species such as pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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.


Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with reds and trout in Sarasota Bay recently. Fly anglers had fast action catching and releasing snook on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.

Dave King, of King Outfitters in Dillon, MT, and his dad Jim King, from UT, had fast action catching and releasing snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly and CAL jigs with shad tails.

Jim Asch, from WI, had some action catching and releasing reds on CAL jigs with grubs while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Jim Asch had some action catching and releasing reds on CAL jigs with grubs while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Keith McClintock and Rick Anderson, from IL and Jim Asch, from WI, had a good trip in Sarasota Bay catching and releasing several reds and trout on CAL jigs with grubs.

Keith also had a decent day fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me, catching and releasing a couple of reds and several nice trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and grubs.

Dave King, from Dillon. MT, with a nice snook caught and released on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dave King, from Dillon. MT, with a nice snook caught and released on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Look for reds, trout and snook in skinny water and snook around dock lights. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout and seasonal species such as pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. Capt. Rick Grassett

Rick is the owner of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc. He's a full time fishing guide and outdoor writer based in Sarasota, FL. He’s been guiding since 1990 and is an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guide here at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, the 2011 Orvis Out­fit­ter of the Year.


Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Mighty might Jorden from Ohio fished Sarasota Bay.

Mighty might Jorden from Ohio fished Sarasota Bay.

Mighty might Jorden from Ohio caught this beautiful trout, and many more while fishing through the cold snap this past week on a CB’s Fishing Charter with Capt Brandon.

It’s been relatively cold so far this January but it is an excellent time to fish in Sarasota Bay for sheepshead, black drum, spotted sea trout and redfish.

These species prefer cooler water temperatures and can be found in deeper channels and near structures like docks and bridges.

Dress appropriately and get out on the water, it’ll do you a world of good.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


Mighty might Jorden from Ohio caught this beautiful trout, and many more while fishing through the cold snap this past week on a CB’s Fishing Charter with Capt Brandon.

Mighty might Jorden from Ohio fishing Sarasota Bay.

Mighty might Jorden from Ohio fished Sarasota Bay.

It’s been relatively cold so far this January but it is an excellent time to fish in Sarasota Bay for sheepshead, black drum, spotted sea trout and redfish.

These species prefer cooler water temperatures and can be found in deeper channels and near structures like docks and bridges.

Dress appropriately and get out on the water, it’ll do you a world of good.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

A wonderful family fun day out on the water for this group visiting from Portugal.

A wonderful family fun day out on the water for this group visiting from Portugal.

This wonderful family from Portugal fished with me on the first day of 2024. Tommy, Mia, Megan, and one proud dad all caught fish on this beautiful day.

It was a nice family day out on the water and some great memories were made to last a lifetime.

It will start to warm up on Friday as winds shift to the east and then south throughout the day. We will see partly cloudy skies with highs in the low to mid 70’s with no threat of rainfall.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


This wonderful family from Portugal fished with me on the first day of 2024. Tommy, Mia, Megan, and one proud dad all caught fish on this beautiful day.

A wonderful family fun day out on the water for this group visiting from Portugal.

A wonderful family fun day out on the water for this group visiting from Portugal.

It was a nice family day out on the water and some great memories were made to last a lifetime.

It will start to warm up on Friday as winds shift to the east and then south throughout the day. We will see partly cloudy skies with highs in the low to mid 70’s with no threat of rainfall.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

It's that oddball fish time of year.

It’s that oddball fish time of year.

Winter is the time for most oddball fish, while your fishing for trout, bluefish, jacks, mackerel and redfish you might also catch pufferfish, searobin, needlefish or the super rare porcupine puffer.

Keep the cameras ready, Xmas trips can be booked through CB’s Outfitter on Siesta Key.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


Winter is the time for most oddball fish, while your fishing for trout, bluefish, jacks, mackerel and redfish you might also catch pufferfish, searobin, needlefish or the super rare porcupine puffer.

It's that oddball fish time of year.

It’s that oddball fish time of year.

Keep the cameras ready, Xmas trips can be booked through CB’s Outfitter on Siesta Key.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, with a bluefish caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, with a bluefish caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout, blues and pompano in Sarasota Bay recently.

Fly anglers scored with sink tip fly lines fished over deep grass while spin fishing anglers got it done with DOA Lures. Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, had good action catching and releasing trout, pompano and a nice bluefish on Clouser flies while fishing with me recently.

My brother Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, visited for a few days and had similar action with trout, blues and pompano on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. Alan Sugar and Ray Hutchinson, from MI, also had some action catching and releasing bluefish and pompano on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with me.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a pompano, all caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a pompano, all caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, with a Sarasota Bay bluefish caught and released on a DOA Deadly Combo while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, with a Sarasota Bay bluefish caught and released on a DOA Deadly Combo while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, 1249 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota, FL, will hold Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing schools on Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 9 and Apr 13, 2024. The courses, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults.

I will be the instructor and I will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection. Cost for the class is $225 per person and includes the use of fly tackle, workbook and lunch. Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations. Gift certificates are available for fly schools and private fly casting instruction.

Look for reds and snook in skinny water and snook around dock lights. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action for trout and seasonal species such as pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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.


Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout, blues and pompano in Sarasota Bay recently.

Fly anglers scored with sink tip fly lines fished over deep grass while spin fishing anglers got it done with DOA Lures. Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, had good action catching and releasing trout, pompano and a nice bluefish on Clouser flies while fishing with me recently.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, with a bluefish caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, with a bluefish caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

My brother Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, visited for a few days and had similar action with trout, blues and pompano on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. Alan Sugar and Ray Hutchinson, from MI, also had some action catching and releasing bluefish and pompano on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with me.

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, 1249 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota, FL, will hold Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing schools on Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 9 and Apr 13, 2024. The courses, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults.

I will be the instructor and I will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection. Cost for the class is $225 per person and includes the use of fly tackle, workbook and lunch. Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations. Gift certificates are available for fly schools and private fly casting instruction.

Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, with a Sarasota Bay bluefish caught and released on a DOA Deadly Combo while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, with a Sarasota Bay bluefish caught and released on a DOA Deadly Combo while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

My brother Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, visited for a few days and had similar action with trout, blues and pompano on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. Alan Sugar and Ray Hutchinson, from MI, also had some action catching and releasing bluefish and pompano on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with me.

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, 1249 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota, FL, will hold Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing schools on Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 9 and Apr 13, 2024. The courses, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults.

I will be the instructor and I will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection. Cost for the class is $225 per person and includes the use of fly tackle, workbook and lunch. Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations. Gift certificates are available for fly schools and private fly casting instruction.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a pompano, all caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a pompano, all caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Look for reds and snook in skinny water and snook around dock lights. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action for trout and seasonal species such as pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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. Kelly Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

Pompano have been feeding heavily of late and this beauty being displayed here is proof positive.

Pompano have been feeding heavily of late and this beauty being displayed here is proof positive of that.

The fishing the last couple weeks has been very good. Fishing Nearshore on the calmer days spanish mackerel, bonito, kingfish, and tripletail have been feeding on the schools of baitfish migrating south.

Also fishing the passes with jigs has been very good on the right tides. On three trips last week the pompano were feeding heavily as well a large schools of jacks, ladyfish, snapper, silver trout, and some small grouper .

The water temps are in the low 70’s and is very clean, hopefully this will continue into the upcoming Christmas holidays.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Kurtz

Kelly is a Sarasota native and the owner and operator of Mangrove Charters. He's pas­sion­ate about fishing and hunting. As a full-time fishing guide Kelly operates out of a 22 ft. Bayscout and specializes in light tackle using both arti­fi­cial and live bait. Redfish are his favorite.


The fishing the last couple weeks has been very good. Fishing Nearshore on the calmer days spanish mackerel, bonito, kingfish, and tripletail have been feeding on the schools of baitfish migrating south.

That's one beautiful looking pompano.

That’s one beautiful looking pompano.

Also fishing the passes with jigs has been very good on the right tides. On three trips last week the pompano were feeding heavily as well a large schools of jacks, ladyfish, snapper, silver trout, and some small grouper .

The water temps are in the low 70’s and is very clean, hopefully this will continue into the upcoming Christmas holidays.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Kurtz

Kelly is a Sarasota native and the owner and operator of Mangrove Charters. He's pas­sion­ate about fishing and hunting. As a full-time fishing guide Kelly operates out of a 22 ft. Bayscout and specializes in light tackle using both arti­fi­cial and live bait. Redfish are his favorite.


Capt. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Capt. Ed Hurst fishing Sarasota Bay.

Capt. Ed Hurst fishing Sarasota Bay.

Jim Thompson and his son, Wil both excellent fly casters and fishermen, enjoyed a non stop morning of catching in Sarasota Bay. Jim came to Sarasota from TN to spend Thanksgiving with friends and family.

While fishing Jim and Wil used my Orvis 7 and 8 weight Helios fly rods, and we mostly fished sink tip fly lines. Clouser deep minnows flies and Puglisi bait fish patterns got the job done. They were taken by numerous sea trout. I didn’t count them but very conservatively I’d say they caught fifty plus trout.

Most were under legal size but they caught several that would have been legal to keep. All the fish were released, I’m not in the fish killing business. Now that the water temperatures have cooled I’m seeing more and better size fish in the bay.

Jim and Wil also caught small gag grouper, some ladyfish, and a world record blizzard fish (LOL). Jim did have a fish get him into the backing before the hook pulled. Maybe a big mackerel or cobia? We’ll never know. That’s how they get big.

This time of year it’s very pleasant to be out on the water, even on days like this when the fish can be very, cantankerous indeed.

Capt. Capt. Ed Hurst

Sarasota has been Ed's home since 1956. He's fished these area waters since he was nine years old. From 1995 until the present he's guided anglers exclusively in and around the back­wa­ters of Sarasota Bay. Fly fishing is his passion and he's an Orvis Endorsed Guide.


Jim Thompson and his son, Wil both excellent fly casters and fishermen, enjoyed a non stop morning of catching in Sarasota Bay. Jim came to Sarasota from TN to spend Thanksgiving with friends and family.

While fishing Jim and Wil used my Orvis 7 and 8 weight Helios fly rods, and we mostly fished sink tip fly lines. Clouser deep minnows flies and Puglisi bait fish patterns got the job done. They were taken by numerous sea trout. I didn’t count them but very conservatively I’d say they caught fifty plus trout.

Capt. Ed Hurst fishing Sarasota Bay.

Capt. Ed Hurst fishing Sarasota Bay.

Most were under legal size but they caught several that would have been legal to keep. All the fish were released, I’m not in the fish killing business. Now that the water temperatures have cooled I’m seeing more and better size fish in the bay.

Jim and Wil also caught small gag grouper, some ladyfish, and a world record blizzard fish (LOL). Jim did have a fish get him into the backing before the hook pulled. Maybe a big mackerel or cobia? We’ll never know. That’s how they get big.

This time of year it’s very pleasant to be out on the water, even on days like this when the fish can be very, cantankerous indeed.

Capt. Capt. Ed Hurst

Sarasota has been Ed's home since 1956. He's fished these area waters since he was nine years old. From 1995 until the present he's guided anglers exclusively in and around the back­wa­ters of Sarasota Bay. Fly fishing is his passion and he's an Orvis Endorsed Guide.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s South Andros, Bahamas Report

South Andros, the Bahamas

South Andros, the Bahamas

I hosted a group of friends and clients at Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge in South Andros, Bahamas on my annual trip there recently. Stewart Lavelle, from Sarasota, Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, Rick Happle from St. Pete, Bill Crelin, from WI and I drove from Sarasota to Ft. Lauderdale Executive airport.

We met up with other group members John from NY, Joe Nourigat, from MD and Tracy and Cullen Baker, from NC and traveled to Congotown, South Andros on Makers Air.

Conditions were good most of the time, with good sunlight and not a lot of wind. We waded vast sand flats and also fished from flats skiffs for everything from large cruising or tailing single and double bonefish to large schools of fish. We had good action most days and there were also a couple of slower days.

Capt Rick Grassett Mars with a Bay bonefish.

Capt Rick Grassett Mars with a Bay bonefish.

Another beautiful Mars Bay bonefish.

Another beautiful Mars Bay bonefish.

There were numerous bonefish in the 4 to 6-pound class and several 8 to 9-pound fish caught and released. Top producing flies during the week were Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp, Fitz flies, Ververka’s Mantis Shrimp, Gotchas and Gotcha variations.

Kirk Grassett from Middletown, DE, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

Kirk Grassett, from DE, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

Kirk Grassett with a Mars Bay 'Cuda.

Kirk again, this time with a Mars Bay ‘Cuda.

Bill Howard, the resident owner/operator, does a great job making things run smoothly at the lodge. We dined on a variety of excellent authentic Bahamian dishes including fresh fish, lobster and conch.

One of the best things about Mars Bay Lodge, the southernmost lodge on South Andros, is fishing the vast sand flats and scattered mangrove keys to the south. Being the southernmost lodge on South Andros also means about a 10-mile shorter boat run each way and more fishing!

Joe Nourigat, from MD, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

Joe Nourigat, from MD, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

Rick Happle, from Tampa, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

Rick Happle, from Tampa, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

South Andros has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. This trip, as well as my Montana trip, are annual trips so if you have an interest in any future trips contact me or go to the Destination Trips page of my web sites.

Back home in Sarasota, deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay have been producing trout, blues and pompano on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. Tripletail have also been a good option depending on conditions.

Capt. 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.


I hosted a group of friends and clients at Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge in South Andros, Bahamas on my annual trip there recently. Stewart Lavelle, from Sarasota, Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, Rick Happle from St. Pete, Bill Crelin, from WI and I drove from Sarasota to Ft. Lauderdale Executive airport.

We met up with other group members John from NY, Joe Nourigat, from MD and Tracy and Cullen Baker, from NC and traveled to Congotown, South Andros on Makers Air.

Capt Rick Grassett Mars with a Bay bonefish.

Capt Rick Grassett Mars with a Bay bonefish.

Conditions were good most of the time, with good sunlight and not a lot of wind. We waded vast sand flats and also fished from flats skiffs for everything from large cruising or tailing single and double bonefish to large schools of fish. We had good action most days and there were also a couple of slower days.

Kirk Grassett from Middletown, DE, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

Kirk Grassett from Middletown, DE, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

There were numerous bonefish in the 4 to 6-pound class and several 8 to 9-pound fish caught and released. Top producing flies during the week were Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp, Fitz flies, Ververka’s Mantis Shrimp, Gotchas and Gotcha variations.

Rick Happle, from Tampa, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

Rick Happle, from Tampa, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

Bill Howard, the resident owner/operator, does a great job making things run smoothly at the lodge. We dined on a variety of excellent authentic Bahamian dishes including fresh fish, lobster and conch.

One of the best things about Mars Bay Lodge, the southernmost lodge on South Andros, is fishing the vast sand flats and scattered mangrove keys to the south. Being the southernmost lodge on South Andros also means about a 10-mile shorter boat run each way and more fishing!

Joe Nourigat, from MD, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

Joe Nourigat, from MD, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

South Andros has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. This trip, as well as my Montana trip, are annual trips so if you have an interest in any future trips contact me or go to the Destination Trips page of my web sites.

Back home in Sarasota, deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay have been producing trout, blues and pompano on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. Tripletail have also been a good option depending on conditions.

Capt. Capt. Rick Grassett

Rick is the owner of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc. He's a full time fishing guide and outdoor writer based in Sarasota, FL. He’s been guiding since 1990 and is an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guide here at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, the 2011 Orvis Out­fit­ter of the Year.


Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

This 40" Cobia, caught and released,  was a real beauty.

This 40″ Cobia, caught and released, was a real beauty.

Near shore fishing is going off with mackerel, Cobia, king mackerel and Bonita out there for the catching.

I recommend you book a nearshore trip out of CB’s Outfitters yourself and maybe you will get a beauty like this 40″ Cobia this young man is proudly displaying.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


Near shore fishing is going off with mackerel, Cobia, king mackerel and Bonita out there for the catching.

This 40" Cobia, caught and released, was a real beauty.

This 40″ Cobia, caught and released, was a real beauty.

I recommend you book a nearshore trip out of CB’s Outfitters yourself and maybe you will get a beauty like this 40″ Cobia this young man is proudly displaying.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


Capt. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Amanda and Sabina from the Jacksonville area won a Coastal Conservation Association fishing trip with me.

Amanda and Sabina from the Jacksonville area won a Coastal Conservation Association fishing trip with me.

Amanda and Sabina, both from the Jacksonville area in northern Florida, won a Coastal Conservation Association fishing trip with me this past week.

I have to say these two really fun ladies were excellent passengers, and as anglers too. They did very well catching the inshore slam.

They managed to catch several Redfish, Snook and trout, using a popping cork with live shrimp and all around had a great day out on the water.

Capt. Chuck Cress

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


Amanda and Sabina, both from the Jacksonville area in northern Florida, won a Coastal Conservation Association fishing trip with me this past week.

Amanda and Sabina from the Jacksonville area won a Coastal Conservation Association fishing trip with me.

Amanda and Sabina from the Jacksonville area won a Coastal Conservation Association fishing trip with me.

I have to say these two really fun ladies were excellent passengers, and as anglers too. They did very well catching the inshore slam.

They managed to catch several Redfish, Snook and trout, using a popping cork with live shrimp and all around had a great day out on the water.

Capt. Chuck Cress

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


Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Brandon Naeve and Coach Bobby Knight.

Brandon Naeve and Coach Bobby Knight.

25 years ago I was lucky enough to fish Coach Bobby Knight twice, he was one of the most interesting fishermen I’ve ever had out and one of the best Storie tellers of all time!

We never talked about basketball because I was sure he wouldn’t want to. He was an excellent fly caster and he caught many Snook under the lights on those evenings. I saw him in a different light because he was doing what he truly loved outside of basketball! Rip Coach Knight.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


25 years ago I was lucky enough to fish Coach Bobby Knight twice, he was one of the most interesting fishermen I’ve ever had out and one of the best Storie tellers of all time!

Brandon Naeve and Coach Bobby Knight.

Brandon Naeve and Coach Bobby Knight.

We never talked about basketball because I was sure he wouldn’t want to. He was an excellent fly caster and he caught many Snook under the lights on those evenings.

I saw him in a different light because he was doing what he truly loved outside of basketball! Rip Coach Knight.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


Capt. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Great memories are made of moments like these.

Memories are made of moments like this.

Wow, the fishing really took off over the last couple weeks.

The nearshore Gulf has been great, we’ve been seeing fantastic numbers of delicious spanish mackerel, big jack crevalle, false albacore, and an occasional cobia.

The mackerel and jacks have been caught on jig heads with plastic tails. While the cobia was caught using a freelined live shrimp.

On days when the weather doesn’t allow us to fish in the Gulf, we have been catching a lot of small spotted seatrout, as well as some bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, and occasionally a nice pompano.

The night time snook fishing has also been good when the tide is moving. with catches of up to 20 fish in a 4 hour trip.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Stilwell

Kelly has lived and fished in this area for over 30 years. His specialties are artificial bait, fly fishing, tarpon, and live bait fishing in Sarasota Bay and the nearshore Gulf. He's an Orvis Endorsed Guide and currently runs a 2400 Ranger Bay boat which accommodates five.


Wow, the fishing really took off over the last couple weeks. The nearshore Gulf has been great, we’ve been seeing fantastic numbers of delicious spanish mackerel, big jack crevalle, false albacore, and an occasional cobia.

The mackerel and jacks have been caught on jig heads with plastic tails. While the cobia was caught using a freelined live shrimp.

Great memories are made of moments just like this.

Memories are made of moments like this.

On days when the weather doesn’t allow us to fish in the Gulf, we have been catching a lot of small spotted seatrout, as well as some bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, and occasionally a nice pompano.

The night time snook fishing has also been good when the tide is moving. with catches of up to 20 fish in a 4 hour trip.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Stilwell

Kelly has lived and fished in this area for over 30 years. His specialties are artificial bait, fly fishing, tarpon, and live bait fishing in Sarasota Bay and the nearshore Gulf. He's an Orvis Endorsed Guide and currently runs a 2400 Ranger Bay boat which accommodates five.


CB’s Fishing Charters

“For the experienced to the novice angler”

Our Guides offer exciting Fishing Adventures for anglers of all ages from novice to the expert. We offer Inshore, Backcountry and Offshore fishing charters for both fly-fishing and spin anglers.Sarasota and her surrounding areas have much to offer as an estuary for some of the most targeted gamefish species in the world. Those species include tarpon from mid-May through July, Snook, and Trout and Redfish (to name a few) that are found in and around the Sarasota & Charlotte Harbor area waters year-round.

Inshore Sarasota Bay Fishing

(4) Hours $500.00
(6) Hours $700.00
(for 1 to 3 anglers + $100 for 4th)

Gulf and Reef (up to 9 miles)

(4) Hours $600.00
(6) Hours $850.00
(for 1 to 3 anglers + $100 for 4th)
Call to Book Your Fishing Charter

Tarpon Fishing

(Mid-May thru July)
(6) Hours $700.00
(for 2 anglers + $100 for 3rd)
The clear blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico offer sight-fishing for tarpon at its best from May through mid-July. Tarpon of 120 pounds or more jumped daily during the season on fly, plug and spin tackle. Even though the water ranges from 12 to 25 feet in depth, many of the fish are encountered on the surface or just below.
Limited to 2 anglers per trip.

Snook Alley Evening Trip

Night Snook Fishing
(4) Hours $550.00
(for 1-2 anglers + $100 for 3rd)
A portion of the intercoastal waterway between Sarasota and Venice that many claim has one of the largest populations of snook found anywhere in the state. Most of the snook fishing takes place at night around lighted docks. Literally, dozens of snook will cruise around the structures and feed on bait that is attracted by the lights. It is night sight fishing that can be fast, furious and fun! Redfish and speckled trout also are encountered on these trips.

Charlotte Harbor

(6) Hours $750.00
(8) Hours $900.00
(for 1 to 2 anglers + $100 for 3rd)

Instructional Fly-Casting Lessons

Private Instructions
$100.00 per person/per hour
$150.00 two persons/per hour

2-hr minimum for the initial session. Limited availability, usually a weekend morning when not guiding that day.

Instructional Fly-Fishing Trip

(4) Hours $400.00

Put the casting skills you have learned to use on the water. This will give you an opportunity to deal with fishing situations from the deck of a boat or by wading. Learn how to cast under mangroves and docks and how wind and current affect different fishing situations. You may have an opportunity to practice sight fishing, which is one of the most rewarding forms of fly-fishing.

Offshore Gulf

Please Call For Info

*2 week cancellation notice
*gratuity not included

Capt. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Carrie, from Hayward WI, with a nice looking Red.

Carrie, from Hayward WI, with a nice looking Red.

I had the pleasure to take out fishing Steve and his wife Carrie. They are from the musky capital of the world Hayward, Wisconsin. The early part of the trip was slow however as the tide came in things started to pick up.

Both are excellent fisherman, and managed to catch and release, pompano, trout and some beautiful silver colored redfish. All of the fish were caught using a quarter ounce jig head with gulp or mirror lure little John tails.

Capt. Chuck Cress

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


I had the pleasure to take out fishing Steve and his wife Carrie. They are from the musky capital of the world Hayward, Wisconsin. The early part of the trip was slow however as the tide came in things started to pick up.

Carrie, from Hayward, WI, with a nice looking Red.

Carrie, from Hayward WI, with a nice looking Red.

Both are excellent fisherman, and managed to catch and release, pompano, trout and some beautiful silver colored redfish. All of the fish were caught using a quarter ounce jig head with gulp or mirror lure little John tails.

Capt. Chuck Cress

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


Capt. Kelly Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

You can just see the pure joy in this young mans face.

You can just see the pure joy in this young mans face.

Last week the water temps have started to rise above 68 degrees and the fishing has started to improve. The snook bite especially has been improving lately and they’re hungry after this winter.

Anglers fishing with me caught and released an average of 6 snook per trip as well as plenty of ladyfish, jacks, sheepshead, and Spanish mackerel.

We’ve had a good run of pompano as well on the right tides which is really an exciting fish to catch because of how they fight.

I’ve been really stressing catch and release as we need seed for the future. Sarasota Bay is under a lot of pressure from all the anglers on the water nowadays. So remember when you’re fishing today, you’re also fishing for tomorrow.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Kurtz

Kelly is a Sarasota native and the owner and operator of Mangrove Charters. He's pas­sion­ate about fishing and hunting. As a full-time fishing guide Kelly operates out of a 22 ft. Bayscout and specializes in light tackle using both arti­fi­cial and live bait. Redfish are his favorite.


Last week the water temps have started to rise above 68 degrees and the fishing has started to improve. The snook bite especially has been improving lately and they’re hungry after this winter.

Anglers fishing with me caught and released an average of 6 snook per trip as well as plenty of ladyfish, jacks, sheepshead, and Spanish mackerel.

You can just see the pure joy in this young mans face.

You can just see the pure joy in this young mans face.

We’ve had a good run of pompano as well on the right tides which is really an exciting fish to catch because of how they fight.

I’ve been really stressing catch and release as we need seed for the future. Sarasota Bay is under a lot of pressure from all the anglers on the water nowadays. So remember when you’re fishing today, you’re also fishing for tomorrow.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Kurtz

Kelly is a Sarasota native and the owner and operator of Mangrove Charters. He's pas­sion­ate about fishing and hunting. As a full-time fishing guide Kelly operates out of a 22 ft. Bayscout and specializes in light tackle using both arti­fi­cial and live bait. Redfish are his favorite.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Stephen Liska, from Naples, with a red caught on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Stephen Liska, from Naples, with a red caught on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Spin fishing anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with reds and trout in Charlotte Harbor and Sarasota Bay recently. Fly anglers had some action with trout, pompano and snook at night.

Keith McClintock, from IL, fished a couple of days in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me, catching and releasing reds and several nice trout on CAL jigs with shad tails. Stephen Liska, from Naples, joined him on one of the trips and also got in on the action with redfish. Keith also had similar action with several reds and trout on another trip in Sarasota Bay.

Alan Sugar, from MI, fished a couple of trips in Sarasota Bay with me recently. He caught and released a nice pompano on a Clouser fly on one of the trips. He was joined by Joel Sugar, from IL, on another trip and they had some action with trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and Clouser flies.

Keith McClintock, from IL, with a nice sized red.

Keith McClintock, from IL, with a nice sized red.

Keith is shown here with  a nice spotted trout.

Keith is shown here with a nice spotted trout.

Winter residents, Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto and Rich Hunter, from Longboat Key, had some action with snook on flies and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the ICW at night with me recently.

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters will hold an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, Mar 9, 2024. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults. It will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection.

I will be the instructor of the class, which will run from 8:30 AM to approximately 2 PM. Cost is $225 per person and includes the use of fly tackle, a workbook and lunch. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 to make reservations.

Alan Sugar, from MI, with a pompano caught and released on a Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Alan Sugar, from MI, with a pompano caught and released on a Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Palmetto winter resident, Jerry Poslusny, with a snook caught and released on a fly while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Palmetto winter resident, Jerry Poslusny, with a snook caught and released on a fly while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Look for reds, trout and snook in skinny water and snook around dock lights. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout and seasonal species such as pompano and Spanish mackerel.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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.


Spin fishing anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with reds and trout in Charlotte Harbor and Sarasota Bay recently. Fly anglers had some action with trout, pompano and snook at night.

Keith McClintock, from IL, fished a couple of days in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me, catching and releasing reds and several nice trout on CAL jigs with shad tails. Stephen Liska, from Naples, joined him on one of the trips and also got in on the action with redfish. Keith also had similar action with several reds and trout on another trip in Sarasota Bay.

Keith McClintock, from IL, with a nice sized red.

Keith McClintock, from IL, with a nice sized red.

Alan Sugar, from MI, fished a couple of trips in Sarasota Bay with me recently. He caught and released a nice pompano on a Clouser fly on one of the trips. He was joined by Joel Sugar, from IL, on another trip and they had some action with trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and Clouser flies.

Winter residents, Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto and Rich Hunter, from Longboat Key, had some action with snook on flies and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the ICW at night with me recently.

Alan Sugar, from MI, with a pompano caught and released on a Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Alan Sugar, from MI, with a pompano caught and released on a Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters will hold an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, Mar 9, 2024. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults. It will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection.

I will be the instructor of the class, which will run from 8:30 AM to approximately 2 PM. Cost is $225 per person and includes the use of fly tackle, a workbook and lunch. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 to make reservations.

Stephen Liska, from Naples, with a red caught on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Stephen Liska, from Naples, with a red caught on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Look for reds, trout and snook in skinny water and snook around dock lights. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout and seasonal species such as pompano and Spanish mackerel.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. Capt. Rick Grassett

Rick is the owner of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc. He's a full time fishing guide and outdoor writer based in Sarasota, FL. He’s been guiding since 1990 and is an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guide here at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, the 2011 Orvis Out­fit­ter of the Year.


Capt. Terry Simmons Weekly Fishing Report

Marshall's brother-in-law with nice trout.

Marshall’s brother-in-law with nice trout.

I recently chartered Marshall from Georgia with his brother-in-law on a four hour inshore bay trip. With the cool bay waters and low incoming winter tides we started around 9:30 and fished around the shallow grass flats and deeper holes for speckled sea trout and redfish.

Although we found a few redfish, they weren’t interested in eating. As the sun started warming up the bay water’s we started catching several speckled sea trout using artificial baits in the deeper holes and channels, working them very slowly through the grass beds.

Capt. Capt. Terry Simmons

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


I recently chartered Marshall from Georgia with his brother-in-law on a four hour inshore bay trip. With the cool bay waters and low incoming winter tides we started around 9:30 and fished around the shallow grass flats and deeper holes for speckled sea trout and redfish.

Marshall's brother-in-law with nice trout.

Marshall’s brother-in-law with nice trout.

Although we found a few redfish, they weren’t interested in eating. As the sun started warming up the bay water’s we started catching several speckled sea trout using artificial baits in the deeper holes and channels, working them very slowly through the grass beds.

Capt. Capt. Terry Simmons

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


Capt. Kelly Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

It's a long way from N. Dakota to Siesta Key.

It’s a long way from N. Dakota to Siesta Key.

The fishing this last month in between the cold fronts has been very consistent on the right tides. When the water temperature rises a few degrees the fish start to feed. We’ve had a good run of pompano as well as sheepshead, ladyfish and a few jacks.

Last week I took out Blane from N. Dakota along with his wife, and had a really good trip. We jigged for pompano, caught ten, and released all but two. His wife had the hot rod, we also landed a few jacks and ladyfish. With migration starting I’m looking forward to a great spring!

Capt. Capt. Kelly Kurtz

Kelly is a Sarasota native and the owner and operator of Mangrove Charters. He's pas­sion­ate about fishing and hunting. As a full-time fishing guide Kelly operates out of a 22 ft. Bayscout and specializes in light tackle using both arti­fi­cial and live bait. Redfish are his favorite.


The fishing this last month in between the cold fronts has been very consistent on the right tides.

When the water temperature rises a few degrees the fish start to feed. We’ve had a good run of pompano as well as sheepshead, ladyfish and a few jacks.

It's a long way from N. Dakota to Siesta Key.

It’s a long way from N. Dakota to Siesta Key.

Last week I took out Blane and his wife from N. Dakota and had a really good trip. We jigged for pompano, caught ten, and released all but two. His wife had the hot rod and we managed to land a few jacks and ladyfish as well.

With the spring migration starting I look forward to a great spring.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Kurtz

Kelly is a Sarasota native and the owner and operator of Mangrove Charters. He's pas­sion­ate about fishing and hunting. As a full-time fishing guide Kelly operates out of a 22 ft. Bayscout and specializes in light tackle using both arti­fi­cial and live bait. Redfish are his favorite.


Capt. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

That's one cool looking fish on one cool day.

That’s one cool looking fish on one cool day.

Wil Humphreys, from NY, and Casey Sheehan from WY, enjoyed a cool but sunny day of fly fishing with me this past week.

Fishing Sarasota and Roberts Bay’s, and using Enrico Puglisi baitfish patterns produced steady catching for both Wil and Casey. They caught sea trout, ladyfish, jacks and some snook.

As usual we fished out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key.

See you on the water!

Capt. Capt. Ed Hurst

Sarasota has been Ed's home since 1956. He's fished these area waters since he was nine years old. From 1995 until the present he's guided anglers exclusively in and around the back­wa­ters of Sarasota Bay. Fly fishing is his passion and he's an Orvis Endorsed Guide.


Wil Humphreys, from NY, and Casey Sheehan from WY, enjoyed a cool but sunny day of fly fishing with me this past week.

That's one cool looking fish.

That’s one cool looking fish on one cool day.

Fishing Sarasota and Roberts Bay’s, and using Enrico Puglisi baitfish patterns produced steady catching for both Wil and Casey. They caught sea trout, ladyfish, jacks and some snook.

As usual we fished out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key.

See you on the water!

Capt. Capt. Ed Hurst

Sarasota has been Ed's home since 1956. He's fished these area waters since he was nine years old. From 1995 until the present he's guided anglers exclusively in and around the back­wa­ters of Sarasota Bay. Fly fishing is his passion and he's an Orvis Endorsed Guide.


Capt. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

The Birochak family had fun catching some fish this past week.

The Birochak family had fun catching some fish.

The inshore reefs have been good recently.

The Birochak family had fun catching sheepshead, small snapper, and even a really nice permit on the reef.

Live shrimp were the bait of choice.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Stilwell

Kelly has lived and fished in this area for over 30 years. His specialties are artificial bait, fly fishing, tarpon, and live bait fishing in Sarasota Bay and the nearshore Gulf. He's an Orvis Endorsed Guide and currently runs a 2400 Ranger Bay boat which accommodates five.


The inshore reefs have been good recently.

The Birochak family had fun catching some fish this past week.

The Birochak family had fun catching some fish this past week.

The Birochak family had fun catching sheepshead, small snapper, and even a really nice permit on the reef.

Live shrimp were the bait of choice.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Stilwell

Kelly has lived and fished in this area for over 30 years. His specialties are artificial bait, fly fishing, tarpon, and live bait fishing in Sarasota Bay and the nearshore Gulf. He's an Orvis Endorsed Guide and currently runs a 2400 Ranger Bay boat which accommodates five.


Capt. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

My brother, 'Coffee-Man Jack', out for a day of fishing.

My brother, ‘Coffee-Man Jack’, out for a day of fishing.

I took my brother, the one and only ‘Coffee-Man Jack’ out for a day of fishing this past week. We landed and released several nice size redfish, using jigs with Little-John tails and gulp.

The water was extremely low, but we found some deeper pockets that also held plenty of sea trout. Waiting till the sun to warms things up a little bit is a big help on these cooler days.

January is usually the coldest month of the year, with the average temperature being around 62 °F but things warm up quickly come February.

Capt. Chuck Cress

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


I took my brother, the one and only ‘Coffee-Man Jack’ out for a day of fishing this past week. We landed and released several nice size redfish, using jigs with Little-John tails and gulp.

My brother, 'Coffee man Jack', out for a day of fishing.

My brother, ‘Coffee man Jack’, out for a day of fishing.

The water was extremely low, but we found some deeper pockets that also held plenty of sea trout. Waiting till the sun to warms things up a little bit is a big help on these cooler days.

January is usually the coldest month of the year, with the average temperature being around 62 °F but things warm up quickly come February.

Capt. Chuck Cress

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


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Dave King, from Dillon. MT, with a nice snook caught and released on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dave King, from Dillon. MT, with a nice snook caught and released on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with reds and trout in Sarasota Bay recently. Fly anglers had fast action catching and releasing snook on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.

Dave King, of King Outfitters in Dillon, MT, and his dad Jim King, from UT, had fast action catching and releasing snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly and CAL jigs with shad tails.

Keith McClintock and Rick Anderson, from IL and Jim Asch, from WI, had a good trip in Sarasota Bay catching and releasing several reds and trout on CAL jigs with grubs. Keith also had a decent day fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me, catching and releasing a couple of reds and several nice trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and grubs.

Jim Asch, from WI, had some action catching and releasing reds on CAL jigs with grubs while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Jim Asch had some action catching and releasing reds on CAL jigs with grubs while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Jim again, this time with a nice trout he caught on CAL jigs with grubs fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Jim again with a trout caught on CAL jigs with grubs fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Look for reds, trout and snook in skinny water and snook around dock lights. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout and seasonal species such as pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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.


Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with reds and trout in Sarasota Bay recently. Fly anglers had fast action catching and releasing snook on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.

Dave King, of King Outfitters in Dillon, MT, and his dad Jim King, from UT, had fast action catching and releasing snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly and CAL jigs with shad tails.

Jim Asch, from WI, had some action catching and releasing reds on CAL jigs with grubs while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Jim Asch had some action catching and releasing reds on CAL jigs with grubs while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Keith McClintock and Rick Anderson, from IL and Jim Asch, from WI, had a good trip in Sarasota Bay catching and releasing several reds and trout on CAL jigs with grubs.

Keith also had a decent day fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me, catching and releasing a couple of reds and several nice trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and grubs.

Dave King, from Dillon. MT, with a nice snook caught and released on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dave King, from Dillon. MT, with a nice snook caught and released on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Look for reds, trout and snook in skinny water and snook around dock lights. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout and seasonal species such as pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. Capt. Rick Grassett

Rick is the owner of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc. He's a full time fishing guide and outdoor writer based in Sarasota, FL. He’s been guiding since 1990 and is an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guide here at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, the 2011 Orvis Out­fit­ter of the Year.


Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Mighty might Jorden from Ohio fished Sarasota Bay.

Mighty might Jorden from Ohio fished Sarasota Bay.

Mighty might Jorden from Ohio caught this beautiful trout, and many more while fishing through the cold snap this past week on a CB’s Fishing Charter with Capt Brandon.

It’s been relatively cold so far this January but it is an excellent time to fish in Sarasota Bay for sheepshead, black drum, spotted sea trout and redfish.

These species prefer cooler water temperatures and can be found in deeper channels and near structures like docks and bridges.

Dress appropriately and get out on the water, it’ll do you a world of good.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


Mighty might Jorden from Ohio caught this beautiful trout, and many more while fishing through the cold snap this past week on a CB’s Fishing Charter with Capt Brandon.

Mighty might Jorden from Ohio fishing Sarasota Bay.

Mighty might Jorden from Ohio fished Sarasota Bay.

It’s been relatively cold so far this January but it is an excellent time to fish in Sarasota Bay for sheepshead, black drum, spotted sea trout and redfish.

These species prefer cooler water temperatures and can be found in deeper channels and near structures like docks and bridges.

Dress appropriately and get out on the water, it’ll do you a world of good.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

A wonderful family fun day out on the water for this group visiting from Portugal.

A wonderful family fun day out on the water for this group visiting from Portugal.

This wonderful family from Portugal fished with me on the first day of 2024. Tommy, Mia, Megan, and one proud dad all caught fish on this beautiful day.

It was a nice family day out on the water and some great memories were made to last a lifetime.

It will start to warm up on Friday as winds shift to the east and then south throughout the day. We will see partly cloudy skies with highs in the low to mid 70’s with no threat of rainfall.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


This wonderful family from Portugal fished with me on the first day of 2024. Tommy, Mia, Megan, and one proud dad all caught fish on this beautiful day.

A wonderful family fun day out on the water for this group visiting from Portugal.

A wonderful family fun day out on the water for this group visiting from Portugal.

It was a nice family day out on the water and some great memories were made to last a lifetime.

It will start to warm up on Friday as winds shift to the east and then south throughout the day. We will see partly cloudy skies with highs in the low to mid 70’s with no threat of rainfall.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

It's that oddball fish time of year.

It’s that oddball fish time of year.

Winter is the time for most oddball fish, while your fishing for trout, bluefish, jacks, mackerel and redfish you might also catch pufferfish, searobin, needlefish or the super rare porcupine puffer.

Keep the cameras ready, Xmas trips can be booked through CB’s Outfitter on Siesta Key.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


Winter is the time for most oddball fish, while your fishing for trout, bluefish, jacks, mackerel and redfish you might also catch pufferfish, searobin, needlefish or the super rare porcupine puffer.

It's that oddball fish time of year.

It’s that oddball fish time of year.

Keep the cameras ready, Xmas trips can be booked through CB’s Outfitter on Siesta Key.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, with a bluefish caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, with a bluefish caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout, blues and pompano in Sarasota Bay recently.

Fly anglers scored with sink tip fly lines fished over deep grass while spin fishing anglers got it done with DOA Lures. Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, had good action catching and releasing trout, pompano and a nice bluefish on Clouser flies while fishing with me recently.

My brother Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, visited for a few days and had similar action with trout, blues and pompano on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. Alan Sugar and Ray Hutchinson, from MI, also had some action catching and releasing bluefish and pompano on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with me.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a pompano, all caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a pompano, all caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, with a Sarasota Bay bluefish caught and released on a DOA Deadly Combo while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, with a Sarasota Bay bluefish caught and released on a DOA Deadly Combo while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, 1249 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota, FL, will hold Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing schools on Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 9 and Apr 13, 2024. The courses, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults.

I will be the instructor and I will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection. Cost for the class is $225 per person and includes the use of fly tackle, workbook and lunch. Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations. Gift certificates are available for fly schools and private fly casting instruction.

Look for reds and snook in skinny water and snook around dock lights. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action for trout and seasonal species such as pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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.


Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout, blues and pompano in Sarasota Bay recently.

Fly anglers scored with sink tip fly lines fished over deep grass while spin fishing anglers got it done with DOA Lures. Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, had good action catching and releasing trout, pompano and a nice bluefish on Clouser flies while fishing with me recently.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, with a bluefish caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, with a bluefish caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

My brother Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, visited for a few days and had similar action with trout, blues and pompano on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. Alan Sugar and Ray Hutchinson, from MI, also had some action catching and releasing bluefish and pompano on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with me.

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, 1249 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota, FL, will hold Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing schools on Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 9 and Apr 13, 2024. The courses, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults.

I will be the instructor and I will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection. Cost for the class is $225 per person and includes the use of fly tackle, workbook and lunch. Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations. Gift certificates are available for fly schools and private fly casting instruction.

Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, with a Sarasota Bay bluefish caught and released on a DOA Deadly Combo while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, with a Sarasota Bay bluefish caught and released on a DOA Deadly Combo while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

My brother Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, visited for a few days and had similar action with trout, blues and pompano on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. Alan Sugar and Ray Hutchinson, from MI, also had some action catching and releasing bluefish and pompano on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with me.

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, 1249 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota, FL, will hold Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing schools on Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 9 and Apr 13, 2024. The courses, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults.

I will be the instructor and I will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection. Cost for the class is $225 per person and includes the use of fly tackle, workbook and lunch. Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations. Gift certificates are available for fly schools and private fly casting instruction.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a pompano, all caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a pompano, all caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Look for reds and snook in skinny water and snook around dock lights. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action for trout and seasonal species such as pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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. Kelly Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

Pompano have been feeding heavily of late and this beauty being displayed here is proof positive.

Pompano have been feeding heavily of late and this beauty being displayed here is proof positive of that.

The fishing the last couple weeks has been very good. Fishing Nearshore on the calmer days spanish mackerel, bonito, kingfish, and tripletail have been feeding on the schools of baitfish migrating south.

Also fishing the passes with jigs has been very good on the right tides. On three trips last week the pompano were feeding heavily as well a large schools of jacks, ladyfish, snapper, silver trout, and some small grouper .

The water temps are in the low 70’s and is very clean, hopefully this will continue into the upcoming Christmas holidays.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Kurtz

Kelly is a Sarasota native and the owner and operator of Mangrove Charters. He's pas­sion­ate about fishing and hunting. As a full-time fishing guide Kelly operates out of a 22 ft. Bayscout and specializes in light tackle using both arti­fi­cial and live bait. Redfish are his favorite.


The fishing the last couple weeks has been very good. Fishing Nearshore on the calmer days spanish mackerel, bonito, kingfish, and tripletail have been feeding on the schools of baitfish migrating south.

That's one beautiful looking pompano.

That’s one beautiful looking pompano.

Also fishing the passes with jigs has been very good on the right tides. On three trips last week the pompano were feeding heavily as well a large schools of jacks, ladyfish, snapper, silver trout, and some small grouper .

The water temps are in the low 70’s and is very clean, hopefully this will continue into the upcoming Christmas holidays.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Kurtz

Kelly is a Sarasota native and the owner and operator of Mangrove Charters. He's pas­sion­ate about fishing and hunting. As a full-time fishing guide Kelly operates out of a 22 ft. Bayscout and specializes in light tackle using both arti­fi­cial and live bait. Redfish are his favorite.


Capt. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Capt. Ed Hurst fishing Sarasota Bay.

Capt. Ed Hurst fishing Sarasota Bay.

Jim Thompson and his son, Wil both excellent fly casters and fishermen, enjoyed a non stop morning of catching in Sarasota Bay. Jim came to Sarasota from TN to spend Thanksgiving with friends and family.

While fishing Jim and Wil used my Orvis 7 and 8 weight Helios fly rods, and we mostly fished sink tip fly lines. Clouser deep minnows flies and Puglisi bait fish patterns got the job done. They were taken by numerous sea trout. I didn’t count them but very conservatively I’d say they caught fifty plus trout.

Most were under legal size but they caught several that would have been legal to keep. All the fish were released, I’m not in the fish killing business. Now that the water temperatures have cooled I’m seeing more and better size fish in the bay.

Jim and Wil also caught small gag grouper, some ladyfish, and a world record blizzard fish (LOL). Jim did have a fish get him into the backing before the hook pulled. Maybe a big mackerel or cobia? We’ll never know. That’s how they get big.

This time of year it’s very pleasant to be out on the water, even on days like this when the fish can be very, cantankerous indeed.

Capt. Capt. Ed Hurst

Sarasota has been Ed's home since 1956. He's fished these area waters since he was nine years old. From 1995 until the present he's guided anglers exclusively in and around the back­wa­ters of Sarasota Bay. Fly fishing is his passion and he's an Orvis Endorsed Guide.


Jim Thompson and his son, Wil both excellent fly casters and fishermen, enjoyed a non stop morning of catching in Sarasota Bay. Jim came to Sarasota from TN to spend Thanksgiving with friends and family.

While fishing Jim and Wil used my Orvis 7 and 8 weight Helios fly rods, and we mostly fished sink tip fly lines. Clouser deep minnows flies and Puglisi bait fish patterns got the job done. They were taken by numerous sea trout. I didn’t count them but very conservatively I’d say they caught fifty plus trout.

Capt. Ed Hurst fishing Sarasota Bay.

Capt. Ed Hurst fishing Sarasota Bay.

Most were under legal size but they caught several that would have been legal to keep. All the fish were released, I’m not in the fish killing business. Now that the water temperatures have cooled I’m seeing more and better size fish in the bay.

Jim and Wil also caught small gag grouper, some ladyfish, and a world record blizzard fish (LOL). Jim did have a fish get him into the backing before the hook pulled. Maybe a big mackerel or cobia? We’ll never know. That’s how they get big.

This time of year it’s very pleasant to be out on the water, even on days like this when the fish can be very, cantankerous indeed.

Capt. Capt. Ed Hurst

Sarasota has been Ed's home since 1956. He's fished these area waters since he was nine years old. From 1995 until the present he's guided anglers exclusively in and around the back­wa­ters of Sarasota Bay. Fly fishing is his passion and he's an Orvis Endorsed Guide.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s South Andros, Bahamas Report

South Andros, the Bahamas

South Andros, the Bahamas

I hosted a group of friends and clients at Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge in South Andros, Bahamas on my annual trip there recently. Stewart Lavelle, from Sarasota, Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, Rick Happle from St. Pete, Bill Crelin, from WI and I drove from Sarasota to Ft. Lauderdale Executive airport.

We met up with other group members John from NY, Joe Nourigat, from MD and Tracy and Cullen Baker, from NC and traveled to Congotown, South Andros on Makers Air.

Conditions were good most of the time, with good sunlight and not a lot of wind. We waded vast sand flats and also fished from flats skiffs for everything from large cruising or tailing single and double bonefish to large schools of fish. We had good action most days and there were also a couple of slower days.

Capt Rick Grassett Mars with a Bay bonefish.

Capt Rick Grassett Mars with a Bay bonefish.

Another beautiful Mars Bay bonefish.

Another beautiful Mars Bay bonefish.

There were numerous bonefish in the 4 to 6-pound class and several 8 to 9-pound fish caught and released. Top producing flies during the week were Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp, Fitz flies, Ververka’s Mantis Shrimp, Gotchas and Gotcha variations.

Kirk Grassett from Middletown, DE, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

Kirk Grassett, from DE, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

Kirk Grassett with a Mars Bay 'Cuda.

Kirk again, this time with a Mars Bay ‘Cuda.

Bill Howard, the resident owner/operator, does a great job making things run smoothly at the lodge. We dined on a variety of excellent authentic Bahamian dishes including fresh fish, lobster and conch.

One of the best things about Mars Bay Lodge, the southernmost lodge on South Andros, is fishing the vast sand flats and scattered mangrove keys to the south. Being the southernmost lodge on South Andros also means about a 10-mile shorter boat run each way and more fishing!

Joe Nourigat, from MD, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

Joe Nourigat, from MD, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

Rick Happle, from Tampa, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

Rick Happle, from Tampa, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

South Andros has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. This trip, as well as my Montana trip, are annual trips so if you have an interest in any future trips contact me or go to the Destination Trips page of my web sites.

Back home in Sarasota, deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay have been producing trout, blues and pompano on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. Tripletail have also been a good option depending on conditions.

Capt. 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.


I hosted a group of friends and clients at Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge in South Andros, Bahamas on my annual trip there recently. Stewart Lavelle, from Sarasota, Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, Rick Happle from St. Pete, Bill Crelin, from WI and I drove from Sarasota to Ft. Lauderdale Executive airport.

We met up with other group members John from NY, Joe Nourigat, from MD and Tracy and Cullen Baker, from NC and traveled to Congotown, South Andros on Makers Air.

Capt Rick Grassett Mars with a Bay bonefish.

Capt Rick Grassett Mars with a Bay bonefish.

Conditions were good most of the time, with good sunlight and not a lot of wind. We waded vast sand flats and also fished from flats skiffs for everything from large cruising or tailing single and double bonefish to large schools of fish. We had good action most days and there were also a couple of slower days.

Kirk Grassett from Middletown, DE, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

Kirk Grassett from Middletown, DE, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

There were numerous bonefish in the 4 to 6-pound class and several 8 to 9-pound fish caught and released. Top producing flies during the week were Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp, Fitz flies, Ververka’s Mantis Shrimp, Gotchas and Gotcha variations.

Rick Happle, from Tampa, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

Rick Happle, from Tampa, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

Bill Howard, the resident owner/operator, does a great job making things run smoothly at the lodge. We dined on a variety of excellent authentic Bahamian dishes including fresh fish, lobster and conch.

One of the best things about Mars Bay Lodge, the southernmost lodge on South Andros, is fishing the vast sand flats and scattered mangrove keys to the south. Being the southernmost lodge on South Andros also means about a 10-mile shorter boat run each way and more fishing!

Joe Nourigat, from MD, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

Joe Nourigat, from MD, with a Mars Bay bonefish.

South Andros has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. This trip, as well as my Montana trip, are annual trips so if you have an interest in any future trips contact me or go to the Destination Trips page of my web sites.

Back home in Sarasota, deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay have been producing trout, blues and pompano on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. Tripletail have also been a good option depending on conditions.

Capt. Capt. Rick Grassett

Rick is the owner of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc. He's a full time fishing guide and outdoor writer based in Sarasota, FL. He’s been guiding since 1990 and is an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guide here at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, the 2011 Orvis Out­fit­ter of the Year.


Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

This 40" Cobia, caught and released,  was a real beauty.

This 40″ Cobia, caught and released, was a real beauty.

Near shore fishing is going off with mackerel, Cobia, king mackerel and Bonita out there for the catching.

I recommend you book a nearshore trip out of CB’s Outfitters yourself and maybe you will get a beauty like this 40″ Cobia this young man is proudly displaying.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


Near shore fishing is going off with mackerel, Cobia, king mackerel and Bonita out there for the catching.

This 40" Cobia, caught and released, was a real beauty.

This 40″ Cobia, caught and released, was a real beauty.

I recommend you book a nearshore trip out of CB’s Outfitters yourself and maybe you will get a beauty like this 40″ Cobia this young man is proudly displaying.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


Capt. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Amanda and Sabina from the Jacksonville area won a Coastal Conservation Association fishing trip with me.

Amanda and Sabina from the Jacksonville area won a Coastal Conservation Association fishing trip with me.

Amanda and Sabina, both from the Jacksonville area in northern Florida, won a Coastal Conservation Association fishing trip with me this past week.

I have to say these two really fun ladies were excellent passengers, and as anglers too. They did very well catching the inshore slam.

They managed to catch several Redfish, Snook and trout, using a popping cork with live shrimp and all around had a great day out on the water.

Capt. Chuck Cress

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


Amanda and Sabina, both from the Jacksonville area in northern Florida, won a Coastal Conservation Association fishing trip with me this past week.

Amanda and Sabina from the Jacksonville area won a Coastal Conservation Association fishing trip with me.

Amanda and Sabina from the Jacksonville area won a Coastal Conservation Association fishing trip with me.

I have to say these two really fun ladies were excellent passengers, and as anglers too. They did very well catching the inshore slam.

They managed to catch several Redfish, Snook and trout, using a popping cork with live shrimp and all around had a great day out on the water.

Capt. Chuck Cress

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


Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Brandon Naeve and Coach Bobby Knight.

Brandon Naeve and Coach Bobby Knight.

25 years ago I was lucky enough to fish Coach Bobby Knight twice, he was one of the most interesting fishermen I’ve ever had out and one of the best Storie tellers of all time!

We never talked about basketball because I was sure he wouldn’t want to. He was an excellent fly caster and he caught many Snook under the lights on those evenings. I saw him in a different light because he was doing what he truly loved outside of basketball! Rip Coach Knight.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


25 years ago I was lucky enough to fish Coach Bobby Knight twice, he was one of the most interesting fishermen I’ve ever had out and one of the best Storie tellers of all time!

Brandon Naeve and Coach Bobby Knight.

Brandon Naeve and Coach Bobby Knight.

We never talked about basketball because I was sure he wouldn’t want to. He was an excellent fly caster and he caught many Snook under the lights on those evenings.

I saw him in a different light because he was doing what he truly loved outside of basketball! Rip Coach Knight.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

I've been a fishing guide the Sarasota , Boca Grande area for over 25 years. My Sarasota trips are mostly family oriented 1/2 day fishing trips involving kids who love to catch all the family fun fish. My Boca Grande trips are for the more experienced spin or fly fishing angler.


Capt. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Great memories are made of moments like these.

Memories are made of moments like this.

Wow, the fishing really took off over the last couple weeks.

The nearshore Gulf has been great, we’ve been seeing fantastic numbers of delicious spanish mackerel, big jack crevalle, false albacore, and an occasional cobia.

The mackerel and jacks have been caught on jig heads with plastic tails. While the cobia was caught using a freelined live shrimp.

On days when the weather doesn’t allow us to fish in the Gulf, we have been catching a lot of small spotted seatrout, as well as some bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, and occasionally a nice pompano.

The night time snook fishing has also been good when the tide is moving. with catches of up to 20 fish in a 4 hour trip.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Stilwell

Kelly has lived and fished in this area for over 30 years. His specialties are artificial bait, fly fishing, tarpon, and live bait fishing in Sarasota Bay and the nearshore Gulf. He's an Orvis Endorsed Guide and currently runs a 2400 Ranger Bay boat which accommodates five.


Wow, the fishing really took off over the last couple weeks. The nearshore Gulf has been great, we’ve been seeing fantastic numbers of delicious spanish mackerel, big jack crevalle, false albacore, and an occasional cobia.

The mackerel and jacks have been caught on jig heads with plastic tails. While the cobia was caught using a freelined live shrimp.

Great memories are made of moments just like this.

Memories are made of moments like this.

On days when the weather doesn’t allow us to fish in the Gulf, we have been catching a lot of small spotted seatrout, as well as some bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, and occasionally a nice pompano.

The night time snook fishing has also been good when the tide is moving. with catches of up to 20 fish in a 4 hour trip.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Stilwell

Kelly has lived and fished in this area for over 30 years. His specialties are artificial bait, fly fishing, tarpon, and live bait fishing in Sarasota Bay and the nearshore Gulf. He's an Orvis Endorsed Guide and currently runs a 2400 Ranger Bay boat which accommodates five.


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