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Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Mike Perez, from Sarasota, with a red he caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub tail while fishing Sarasota Bay recently with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Mike Perez, from Sarasota, with a red he caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub tail while fishing Sarasota Bay recently with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing trout on deep grass flats and redfish in shallow water on CAL jigs with grub tails and flies in Sarasota Bay recently.

Tarpon numbers are increasing in the coastal gulf and a fly angler fishing with me caught and released the first tarpon of the season recently. In light of the current situation, social distancing and sanitizing procedures were followed on the boat.

Vince Sharp, from Sarasota, caught and released his first tarpon on a fly while fishing the coastal gulf with me. He was a student in a CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school and wanted to hone his saltwater skills with tarpon as a goal. Well done!

Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria, with a nice trout caught and released on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay recently with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria, with a nice trout caught and released on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay recently with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria, fished Sarasota Bay with me on another trip and had some action catching and releasing trout to 19”on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly. Mike Perez, from Sarasota, connected with several reds on a CAL jig with a grub while fishing Sarasota Bay with me recently.

Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf is a good option now depending on conditions. Fishing shallow flats for catch and release reds and snook is also a good option. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel. Fishing dock lights in the ICW at night is usually dependable for snook and more.

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. Rick GrassettCapt. 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 Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

The Faveta family had a great day out on the water with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

The Faveta family had a great day fishing Sarasota Bay.

The fishing in Sarasota Bay has been consistently good. Last week the Faveta family had a good day out on the warm waters of Sarasota Bay. They caught lots of nice spotted seatrout, a shark or two, spanish mackerel, and ladyfish.

Everything was caught on jigs and live shrimp. Fish seem to love it! With the general lifting of the lockdown regulations we should start seeing more boats on the water. The fish have had a lot of time to themselves the past month or so, I’d say it’s high time we began interrupting them.

Capt. Kelly StilwellCapt. 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

It felt as thought I had Sarasota Bay all to myself.

It felt as thought I had Sarasota Bay all to myself.

Over the last couple weeks I’ve had a chance to scout around on the water and do some fishing on my own. What I’ve discovered is that the fishing is the best I’ve seen since the pre-red tide outbreak. This is the only silver lining I’ve found in this dark cloud that is the Coronavirus Pandemic.

I’ve been catching some of the biggest, and some of the very heftiest trout I’ve seen in a very long, long time. Redfish and snook are also cooperating. All of the fish I’ve been catching have been caught on artificial Lures.

Chuck CressCapt. Chuck Cress

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


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

They’re back! This morning’s trip with Christopher and Danielle out of the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas was very Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with reds, snook and trout in shallow water in Sarasota Bay and Gasparilla Sound on CAL jigs with jerk worms, shad and grub tails and with snook on flies in the ICW at night recently.

Mike Perez, from Sarasota, with a nice trout caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Mike Perez with a nice trout caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Fly and spin fishing anglers also had some action on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with trout and more. Anglers practiced social distancing on the boat and we were miles from another boat or person during the course of my trips.

Martin Marlowe, from NY and Bruce Marlowe, from SC, fly fished the ICW at night with me and had good action catching and releasing snook and a couple of blues on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Mike Perez, from Sarasota, and Louis and Mikalah Smith, from IN, caught and released trout, Spanish mackerel and bluefish in Sarasota Bay on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with a variety of tails recently.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, fished a couple of days with me and had good action catching and releasing several reds, snook and trout on CAL jigs with jerk worms, shad and grub tails in Gasparilla Sound. The best action was with reds in skinny water in Sarasota Bay.

Fishing shallow flats for catch and release reds and snook is a good option now. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel.

Check the coastal gulf for tripletail, Spanish mackerel or false albacore when conditions are good. Fishing dock lights in the ICW at night is also a good option for snook and more.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, had good action catching and releasing numerous reds and snook on CAL jigs with grub tails while fishing in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, had good action catching and releasing numerous reds and snook.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, had good action catching and releasing numerous reds and snook on CAL jigs with grub tails while fishing in Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick.

Dave had good action using CAL jigs with grub tails fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, fished a couple of days in Sarasota with me and had great action catching and releasing numerous reds to 26 inches, several snook to 30 inches and trout to 20 inches on CAL jigs with grubs.

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. Rick GrassettCapt. Capt. Rick Grassett

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


Capt. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Solomon Holton with a nice Spanish mackerel.

Solomon Holton with a nice Spanish mackerel.

Spanish Mackerel are getting thick along the area beaches and lots of fun to catch with the occasional shark crashing the party. On light tackle it makes for exciting fishing.

King mackerel are also beginning to show up inshore as well. Both mackerels as well as the sharks readily eat shrimp, threadfins, pilchards and pinfish which can be caught with sabiki rigs in the same areas you find the mackerel.

We are finding black sea bass on hard bottom areas and catching them on live shrimp.

Remember, the best time to go fishing is when you can and be sure to save some for seed!

Capt. Jeffri DurranceCapt. Capt. Jeffri Durrance

Jef­fri is a fourth generation native Floridian who grew up in Bowling Green, Florida, located in Hardee County. While growing up on a cattle and citrus operation Jef­fri fished many creeks and lakes in the central Florida area as well as the Peace River.


Capt. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Bill McRoy, from Chelsea MI, celebrated his 82nd birthday on the water

Bill McRoy celebrated his 82nd birthday on the water.

Bill McRoy, from Chelsea MI, celebrated his 82nd birthday fly fishing with me in Sarasota Bay. Bill has had celebrated his birthday fishing with me for a long, long, time. Both of us are moving a little slower these days but we’re still out there and enjoying more than ever.

We had a beautiful morning fishing Sarasota Bay. Bill caught numerous trout and several jack caravelle. We fished Enrico Puglisi baitfish patterns on a sink tip 8 wt fly line. The weather this past week has been nothing short of spectacular and there’s never been a better time than now to enjoy the solitude that only a day on the water with a pole in your hand can give you.

John Calhoun, from Ohio, sure looks happy to be on the water.

John Calhoun, from Ohio, sure looks happy to be out on the beautiful waters of Sarasota Bay.

John Calhoun, from Cincinnati OH, enjoyed a near picture perfect morning fishing Sarasota Bay and Big Pass with me this week.

John was spin fishing using DOA Terrorize root beer jigs. The fish kept John busy all morning as he managed to catch some trout, jacks, ladyfish and a few bluefish. It’s a great time to be away from the TV and outside enjoying yourself.

Unless you’re living under a rock you know a lot of activities have been curtailed these past few days. There are no crowds on the water and the weather has been absolutely gorgeous.

Mike caught this beautiful pompano fishing from the beach on Casey Key.

Mike Pemberton, from MI, caught this nice looking pompano fishing off the beach on Casey Key.

Finally Mike Pemberton and Sam Maffie, from Grand Rapids MI, fished Little Sarasota Bay with me this past week. Mike spin fished and Sam fly fished. They each caught normally legal size sea trout, ladyfish and jacks. All fish were released.

Mike caught a beautiful pompano pompano fishing from the beach on south Casey Key. Come on out and enjoy the wonderful weather. It’s a great time to be outside with an small group of family or friends enjoying nature. Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that help you keep everything in perspective. Tight lines and big smiles.

Capt. Ed HurstCapt. 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. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Sean, on the left, and his son Ryan, we’re down visiting Sarasota for the first time from the state of Iowa.

Sean, on the left, and his son Ryan, we’re down visiting Sarasota for the first time from the state of Iowa.

Sarasota Bay waters are beautiful shade of blue and the fishing has never been better. Rylan and his dad Sean we’re down visiting Sarasota for the first time from the state of Iowa and booked a fishing charter with me out of CB’s Outfitters on Siesta Key.

They’re pictured here holding two of the numerous trout we caught. Rylan, who outfished his dad, also landed snook, jacks, mackerel and some ladyfish. We were looking to catch a redfish to complete the inshore slam but were unable to find one.

However, we talked to other captains after we got in and they were very successful in finding redfish. This time of year is probably the best time to find this kind of fishing success.

Chuck CressCapt. Chuck Cress

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


Capt. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

NYC's Three Amigos, Joe, Bob, and Mike did some fishing together this past week.

NYC’s Three Amigos, Joe, Bob, and Mike did some fishing together this past week.

The three amigos. Joe, Bob, and Mike, all from New York were visiting this area this past week and booked a trip with Let’s Get Em Charters’ out of CB’S Outfitters on Siesta Key.

Our first stop in the morning didn’t produce much at all however as we kept working our way along grass line we started to pick up beautiful big trout. Most of the fish were caught using a DOA shrimp under a popping cork. Even though we had nice size shrimp the DOA combo worked the best.

All the fish were released safely back into the water as there is a moratorium on redfish, snook, and trout.

Chuck CressCapt. Chuck Cress

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


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

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

Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto, with snook he caught and released on a fly while fishing the ICW at night.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with reds and trout in shallow water on CAL jigs with jerk worms, shad and grub tails and with snook on flies in the ICW at night.

Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto and Rich Hunter, from Longboat Key, and Mike Perez and Dennis Mattingly, from Sarasota, fly fished the ICW at night with me on a couple of different trips recently and had good action catching and releasing snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, and Jack McCulloch, from Lakewood Ranch, fished skinny water with me and had good action catching and releasing several reds, trout and a 29” snook on CAL jigs with jerk worms, shad and grub tails.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, had good action catching and releasing a nice snook and several reds on CAL jigs with a variety of plastic tails while fishing shallow waters with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, had good action catching and releasing several nice looking snook.

I will be the instructor for a CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School on Saturday, March 14. Students will be schooled in fly casting and saltwater fly fishing techniques.

This will be the last class of the spring season until fall. Cost for the 6-hr class is $195 per person and includes the use of premium Orvis fly tackle, workbook and lunch. There are still a couple of spots left so contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 to sign up.

Fishing shallow flats for catch and release reds is a good option now. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel. Fishing dock lights in the ICW at night is also a good option for snook and more.

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. Rick GrassettCapt. Capt. Rick Grassett

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


Capt. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Ben Friedman of New York with a nice black drum.

Ben Friedman of New York with a nice black drum.

Speckled trout, ladyfish, black drum, mangrove snapper, Spanish Mackerel and jack crevalle were all on the current list of the fish being landed the past few days.

Customers used live shrimp, buck tailed jigs and DOA CAL jigs to hook and catch this variety of species. Several large gafftop sailcats were also in the mix as strong winds made the fishing a bit tougher.

Remember, the best time to go fishing is when you can and be sure to save some for seed!

Capt. Jeffri DurranceCapt. Capt. Jeffri Durrance

Jef­fri is a fourth generation native Floridian who grew up in Bowling Green, Florida, located in Hardee County. While growing up on a cattle and citrus operation Jef­fri fished many creeks and lakes in the central Florida area as well as the Peace River.


CB’s Fishing Charters

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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 $450.00
(6) Hours $650.00
(for 1 to 3 anglers + $50 for 4th)

Gulf and Reef (up to 9 miles)

(4) Hours $550.00
(6) Hours $800.00
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Tarpon Fishing

(Mid-May thru July)
(6) Hours $700.00
(for 2 anglers + $50 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 + $50 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 + $50 for 3rd)

Fly-Casting Instructions

Private Instructions
$75.00 per person/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.

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