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Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Randy and Lisa in Sarasota for some R and R.

Randy and Lisa were up for some well deserved R&R.

Randy and Lisa were in Sarasota for some well deserved rest and relaxation (R&R) and managed to catch some beautiful redfish while taking a guided fishing charter with me out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key this past week.

Although we’ve passed the half way mark on the month of September both the temperatures and the humidity are both still running on the high side. Hey this is South Florida, what did you expect. The Redfish were running hot and these two hauled in a few beauties for themselves.

Capt. Brandon NaeveCapt. 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

Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers (MCFF) president Ken Babineau, from Sarasota, with a red and trout caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers (MCFF) president Ken Babineau with a red and trout caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Grassett.

Fly anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with snook, redfish, trout and bluefish recently.

Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers president Ken Babineau, from Sarasota and member Gene Mayberry, from Bradenton, fished a pre-dawn/flats trip with me and had good action catching and releasing several snook and a red out of dock lights on small white flies before dawn

We moved to deep grass flats after daylight and they had steady action with trout to 22” and several blues on weighted flies fished on clear intermediate fly lines. The quality of trout, with quite a few over 20”, continues to improve since the continued red tide closure.

Gene Mayberry, from Bradenton, fished a pre-dawn/flats trip with me and had good action catching and releasing several snook.

Gene Mayberry, from Bradenton, fished a pre-dawn flats trip with me and had good action with snook.

Fishing dock lights before dawn is usually dependable for snook and more and is a great way to beat the heat. Juvenile tarpon and reds may also frequent dock lights in late summer and fall. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, 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. 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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

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I hosted a group of friends and clients on my annual destination fly fishing trip to southwest Montana this past week. Due to the current situation with the pandemic, it was a smaller group this year but the fishing was good as usual!

Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, and I traveled from Sarasota to Bozeman on Sunday, August 2, and made the 2-1/2 hour drive to Medicine Lodge, on a 100,000 acre working ranch near the Beaverhead River, near Dillon, MT. We met up there with Mike Perez and Dennis Kinley, from IN, who drove out to met us at the lodge.

I hosted a group of friends and clients on my annual destination fly fishing trip to southwest Montana this past week. Due to the current situation with the pandemic, it was a smaller group this year but the fishing was good as usual!

Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, and I traveled from Sarasota to Bozeman on Sunday, August 2, and made the 2-1/2 hour drive to Medicine Lodge, on a 100,000 acre working ranch near the Beaverhead River, near Dillon, MT. We met up there with Mike Perez and Dennis Kinley, from IN, who drove out to met us at the lodge.

We fished the Beaverhead and Big Hole Rivers and a spring creek with guide Dave King, owner of King Outfitters (406) 596-0209 in Dillon, and guide Dan Allen. I’ve fished with these guides for almost 20-years when I started fishing Montana. They work hard, do a great job and know their fishery well. We had great action on 5 and 6-weight fly tackle with brown and rainbow trout to more than 20” on streamers, dry flies, dry/dropper and nymph rigs. The dry fly action was with a variety of grasshopper patterns, sometimes with a nymph dropper, or with a smaller dry fly and a few other bugs. Like fishing everywhere, there were good days and slower days but overall it was great!

Equipped with an industrial size kitchen and a large dining room with ranch style seating, it is a great place for our group. Chef Annie Kubicka spoiled us with hearty Montana meals and desserts! The weather and scenery were outstanding with temperatures ranging from a very comfortable mid 40’s in the morning to the mid 80’s in the afternoon with only 15% to 20% humidity, a welcome relief from southwest Florida’s heat and humidity in August! In addition to beautiful valleys surrounded by rugged mountains, the wildlife is amazing! We saw whitetail and mule deer, moose, pronghorn antelope, wild turkeys, hawks, eagles, ducks, geese and sand hill cranes.

Back in Sarasota catch and release snook fishing around dock lights and bridges and trout, jacks, blues and more on deep grass flats should be good options. There should be tarpon in areas of upper Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay. Juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks may also be a good option. You might also find them in a few places mixed with snook in dock lights.

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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

These two brothers Cyrus and Kai had a banner day catching gag grouper up to 20 inches and many beautiful trout too.

These two brothers Cyrus and Kai had a banner day.

These two brothers Cyrus and Kai had a banner day catching gag grouper up to 20 inch and many beautiful trout. Kudos to mom and dad who raised these polite well mannered boys. I am looking forward to seeing them again the next time they’re ready to do a little fishing.

As I’ve said before in the past August is prime time to get out and try your hand at some warm water fishing, there’s really nothing quite like it. If the quarantined life is wearing you down why not book a fishing charter today.

Capt. Brandon NaeveCapt. 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

These two hard working nurses enjoyed a day out on the water fishing complements of Capt. Brandon Naeve.

These two hard working nurses enjoyed a day out on the water compliments of Capt. Brandon Naeve.

These two nurses got a free guided fishing trip with my compliments. I wanted to say thank these two hard working local nurses for being on the front lines saving many of our friends lives.

I urge everyone to think about their fellow Americans and take a moment to put on a mask when you’re out and about. If we work together we can bend the curve on this deadly pandemic and get this country on the road to a full recovery.

The weather has been nothing short of spectacular. Temperatures are running about where they should be but the humidity has been lower than normal, which has made for very comfortable outings. Wear a mask, save a nurse.

Capt. Brandon NaeveCapt. 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

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Fly anglers fishing the coastal gulf with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with tarpon recently. After an extended period of west wind, we finally switched to an east wind pattern for a few days. Justin Hamblett, from Sarasota, fished a day with me and caught and released a tarpon. After a couple of refusals, a fly change resulted in a hook up. Great job!

Dean and Jana Poetzl, from PA, also fished a day in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me recently.

Fly anglers fishing the coastal gulf with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with tarpon recently. After an extended period of west wind, we finally switched to an east wind pattern for a few days. Justin Hamblett, from Sarasota, fished a day with me and caught and released a tarpon. After a couple of refusals, a fly change resulted in a hook up. Great job!

Dean and Jana Poetzl, from PA, also fished a day in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me recently.

They had good action catching and releasing numerous trout to 4-lbs and a red on DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with jerk worms and shad tails.

Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, blues and Spanish mackerel. Fishing dock lights before dawn is usually dependable for snook and more and is a great way to beat the heat.

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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Brian and his two sons had a great day on the water catching over 40 fish.

Brian and his two sons had a great day on the water catching over 40 fish.

Brian and his two sons had a great day on the water catching over 40 fish with the highlight was this beautiful snook who decided to give Brody the thrill of his young life. FYI: because of the unusual circumstances we all find ourselves in I take particular caution with my boat and equipment. My boat is soaped down every day after each trip and I’ll only charter one trip per day until conditions are safer.

The weather has been warm but there have been some nice breezes out on the water. Also I find being out on the water does wonders for one’s mind and spirit.

If you can manage it, do something good for yourself, spend a day fishing.

Capt. Brandon NaeveCapt. 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

Nyghee, and his son Nyghee Jr. with a nice sized Redfish they caught fishing Sarasota Bay this past week.

Nyghee, and his son Nyghee Jr. with a healthy looking sized Redfish they caught fishing Sarasota Bay.

Nyghee, and his son Nyghee Jr. were in town from Augusta, Georgia to play in a peewee football tournament. Dad decided to stay in town an extra day so they could take in a little fishing on Sarasota Bay. We spent the morning throwing some top water lures, and jigs with gulp and live shrimp under a popping cork.

Many nice size trout were caught, as well as Redfish, Bluefish, Catfish and Ladyfish. One giant explosion on the top water lure which could’ve been either a large snook or Tarpon surprised dad who fished on for a short while before it came unbuttoned.

The excited father and son duo can’t wait to get back out and do it again.

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. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

The trout fishing has really taken a turn for the better in Big Sarasota Bay. The Razor family had a great time catching spotted seatrout, big bluefish, and a few ladyfish.

Everything was caught on jigs and soft plastic while in Sarasota Bay.

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. Terry Simmon’s Weekly Fishing Report

With a west wind all week it wasn’t as hot and there was a low to incoming tide in the mornings. Early in the week I chartered the Edward Faicco group and although we were able to catch some trout and bluefish we had to move around a lot, only catching a few fish in each new spot. We were using CAL lures with 3/8 ounce jig heads.

Mid week I chartered the Richard Kerswner group. With an overcast day and the water temps in the high 80’s we were able to catch several trout, bluefish and jack crevelle.

With a west wind all week it wasn’t as hot and there was a low to incoming tide in the mornings. Early in the week I chartered the Edward Faicco group and although we were able to catch some trout and bluefish we had to move around a lot, only catching a few fish in each new spot. We were using CAL lures with 3/8 ounce jig heads.

Mid week I chartered the Richard Kerswner group. With an overcast day and the water temps in the high 80’s we were able to catch several trout, bluefish and jack crevelle.

When you need a good dose of Vitamin Sea… ‘Let’s Go Fishing.’

Capt. Terry SimmonsCapt. 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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Scott Perez, from IN, had good action catching and releasing trout on DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Scott Perez had good action catching and releasing trout while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Grassett.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good catch and release action with trout in Sarasota Bay recently. Scott Perez and his daughter, Harper, from Indiana, fished Sarasota Bay with me and they had steady action with trout, ladyfish and a bluefish on DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with shad tails. A persistent west wind has kept me from tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf recently. Hopefully we’ll go back to a normal weather pattern soon so we’re able to fish the gulf.

Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf should be a good option now but conditions are important. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is also good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, 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. Ed Hursts Weekly Fishing Report

Patrick Walton, from Orlando FL, fished with Capt.Ed Hurst out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters.

Patrick Walton, from Orlando FL, fished with Capt.Ed Hurst out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters.

This past week Patrick Walton, from Orlando FL, fished with me out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters. Patrick caught trout, ladyfish, jacks and sea bass using DOA terrorize lures. The gold and root beer colors seemed to be the color of the day.

We fished Stevens Point and the Marina Jacks flats. My advice to you is to get out early as the temperature goes up quickly as the sun gets high. All it was a great day out on the water, and all fish were caught and released.

Happy Fourth of July, and have a safe and healthy holiday weekend.

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. Terry Simmon’s Weekly Fishing Report

This week, fishing aboard the “Coastal Fishing Adventures” out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key I chartered the Aaron Marsee group and we caught several trout, ladyfish and spanish mackerel on DOA lures using 3/8 ounce jig heads at middle grounds deeper water edge.

This week, fishing aboard the “Coastal Fishing Adventures” out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key I chartered the Aaron Marsee group and we caught several trout, ladyfish and spanish mackerel on DOA lures using 3/8 ounce jig heads at middle grounds deeper water edge.

Mid week I chartered the Jason Cobb group. Even though the water temps are in the high 80’s we were able to catch some really nice trout up to 20 inches. Later in the week I chartered the Bobby Downey group, it was really hot.

We were able to get several little trout and a couple larger ones. Then we targeted some snook at the big pass rocks using live bait.

Capt. Terry SimmonsCapt. 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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Cliff and Mason Ondercin, from Sarasota, with a false albacore (little tunny) that Mason caught and released while tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Cliff and Mason Ondercin displaying a false albacore (little tunny) that Mason caught and released while tarpon fishing in the coastal gul.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with tarpon in the coastal gulf recently. Cliff and Mason Ondercin, from Sarasota, fished several days with me. Cliff had numerous shots at tarpon with a fly one day and despite some refusals, he persisted until he jumped one. They also jumped a couple of other tarpon on spinning tackle with one broken off intentionally at the boat to save it from a hammerhead attack!

Another day we had a “blitz” of false albacore (little tunny) while we were tarpon fishing and they hooked up a couple of times, on a live bait and a DOA Baitbuster. Great job!

Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf is a good option now but conditions are important. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is also good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, 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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

These visitors from Alabama had a good ol' time on the water this past week with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

Visiting from Alabama these guys had a great day on the water with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

June is the month for Tarpon fishing, it’s also the time of year when 10 to 15 lb Bonita run, so the Tarpon are being fussy so keep your eye out for the Bonita Express. I visitors from Alabama fishing with me this past week and believe me they were all smiles. The weather has been spectacular, the waters are warming up, and the fish seem to be plentiful.

As I said before June is prime time for Tarpon fishing so if you’d like to get out and try your hand at some sport fishing, there’s really nothing quite like it, so why not book a charter.

Capt. Brandon NaeveCapt. 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

Clark Keator, from Orlando, fights a tarpon caught and released on a fly while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Clark Keator fights a tarpon caught and released on a fly while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Grassett.

Fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with tarpon in the coastal gulf recently. Conditions were good when Clark Keator, from Orlando, tarpon fished a couple of days with me. He had numerous shots at tarpon with a fly, hooked one and fought the fish through numerous jumps before bringing it to the boat. Great job!

Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf is a good option now but conditions are important. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is also good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, 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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Bill Morrison, from Holmes Beach, with a Spanish mackerel that he caught and released on a Grassett Flats Bunny fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Bill Morrison with a Spanish mackerel he caught and released on a Grassett Flats Bunny fly in Sarasota Bay.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing trout, bluefish & Spanish mackerel on deep grass flats on flies and CAL jigs with a variety of tails in Sarasota Bay recently. In light of the current situation, social distancing and sanitizing procedures were followed on the boat.

Bill Morrison, from Holmes Beach, fished Sarasota Bay with me recently and had good action catching and releasing blues, Spanish mackerel and trout on my Grassett Flats Bunny fly.

Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay has been a good option for action particularly if conditions aren’t good in the gulf for tarpon.

Bill Morrison with a trout that he caught and released fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Bill Morrison with a trout that he caught and released fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf is a good option now depending on conditions. 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 shallow flats for catch and release reds and snook is also a good option. 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 Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

Capt. Kelly Kurtz and a young angler had some fun on the water this past week.

We’ve had some really good days lately on the water.

The fishing the last couple weeks has been very good on the week of the new moon. Anglers fishing with me have had some really good days catching and releasing snook, redfish, black drum, sea bass and mangrove snapper.

After 2018’s red tide it is great to see the fish starting to recover and grow in size, I also see the bay is well on its way to a total recovery. I cannot stress the importance of releasing these fish as the numbers are growing steadily will be returning to normal levels in the future.

Capt. Kelly KurtzCapt. 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

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.

The Faveta family had a great day out on the water.

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.

We were able to get several little trout and a couple larger ones. Then we targeted some snook at the big pass rocks using live bait.

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.


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(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.

Offshore Gulf

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*2 week cancellation notice
*gratuity not included