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Capt. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

My niece Lauren, along with her two daughters, Shelby and Ava, shows off a Redfish she caught.

My niece Lauren, along with her two daughters, Shelby and Ava, shows off a Redfish she caught.

I took my niece Lauren and her two daughters, Shelby and Ava along with her husband Jake, fishing ‘Little Sarasota Bay’ while their family is down from Memphis, Tennessee visiting.

We avoided early morning showers and managed to catch and release plenty of fish. The two young girls helped reel in several trout and a snook, and Lauren did a wonderful job reeling in this nice redfish.

All the fish were caught with live shrimp using a cork. The water is a little dark but the fish still have to eat. Good luck 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.


I took my niece Lauren and her two daughters, Shelby and Ava along with her husband Jake, fishing ‘Little Sarasota Bay’ while their family is down from Memphis, Tennessee visiting.

My niece Lauren, along with her two daughters, Shelby and Ava, shows off a Redfish she caught.

My niece Lauren, along with her two daughters, Shelby and Ava, shows off a Redfish she caught.

We avoided early morning showers and managed to catch and release plenty of fish. The two young girls helped reel in several trout and a snook, and Lauren did a wonderful job reeling in this nice redfish.

All the fish were caught with live shrimp using a cork. The water is a little dark but the fish still have to eat. Here’s wishing all good luck 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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, with a blueish caught and released on a Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Pat Beckwith with a blueish caught and released on a Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with trout, blues and redfish in Sarasota Bay and tarpon in the coastal gulf recently I primarily fished the coastal gulf for tarpon but fished a few days in the bay when conditions weren’t good in the gulf or when targeting other species.

Fly angler Bob Snover, from NH, fished shallow water with me and caught and released his first red on a fly. Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, fished deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay and had some action with bluefish on Clouser flies on another trip.

Bob Snover, from NH, with his first red caught and released on a Grassett Flats Minnow fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Bob Snover with his first red caught and released on a Grassett Flats Minnow fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dennis Ondercin, from OH, with one of a couple of tarpon he caught and released while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dennis Ondercin with one of a couple of tarpon he caught and released while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Longtime friends and clients also had some action with tarpon in the coastal gulf. Dave Reinhart, from MA, fished a couple of days with me and was joined by his son Dan Reinhart, from VT, for one of the days. They jumped a couple of tarpon on live crabs and we leadered one. Dennis Ondercin, from OH and Cliff and Mason Ondercin, from Sarasota, fished a couple of days with me and had good action, jumping several tarpon and bringing 2 to the boat. Cliff also fly fished for tarpon with me on another trip and had a hook up in tough conditions. Great job!

Tarpon have thinned out but should continue to be an option in the coastal gulf. Look for snook and juvenile tarpon around dock lights. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout.

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 some action with trout, blues and redfish in Sarasota Bay and tarpon in the coastal gulf recently I primarily fished the coastal gulf for tarpon but fished a few days in the bay when conditions weren’t good in the gulf or when targeting other species.

Fly angler Bob Snover, from NH, fished shallow water with me and caught and released his first red on a fly. Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, fished deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay and had some action with bluefish on Clouser flies on another trip.

Bob Snover, from NH, with his first red caught and released on a Grassett Flats Minnow fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Bob Snover with his first red caught and released on a Grassett Flats Minnow fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Longtime friends and clients also had some action with tarpon in the coastal gulf. Dave Reinhart, from MA, fished a couple of days with me and was joined by his son Dan Reinhart, from VT, for one of the days. They jumped a couple of tarpon on live crabs and we leadered one. Dennis Ondercin, from OH and Cliff and Mason Ondercin, from Sarasota, fished a couple of days with me and had good action, jumping several tarpon and bringing 2 to the boat. Cliff also fly fished for tarpon with me on another trip and had a hook up in tough conditions. Great job!

Dennis Ondercin, from OH, with one of a couple of tarpon he caught and released while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dennis Ondercin with one of a couple of tarpon he caught and released while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Tarpon have thinned out but should continue to be an option in the coastal gulf. Look for snook and juvenile tarpon around dock lights. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout.

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. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Young Cooper caught and released this 9 pound redfish.

Young Cooper caught and released this 9 pound redfish.

Charters out of CB‘s Outfitters located on Siesta Key to fish Sarasota Bay have produced some quality redfish and trout. The heavy rains a couple of weeks ago dirtied up the water, however it didn’t affect the fishing in most areas.

Over the last couple of days, the water has really cleared up and I had the pleasure to take my grandson Cooper out today. Cooper caught and released a nine pound redfish using a popping cork and a live shrimp. Several trout were also caught and released along with a few catfish.

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.


Charters out of CB‘s Outfitters located on Siesta Key to fish Sarasota Bay have produced some quality redfish and trout. The heavy rains a couple of weeks ago dirtied up the water, however it didn’t affect the fishing in most areas.

Young Cooper caught and released this 9 pound redfish.

Young Cooper caught and released this 9 pound redfish.

Over the last couple of days, the water has really cleared up and I had the pleasure to take my grandson Cooper out today. Cooper caught and released a nine pound redfish using a popping cork and a live shrimp.

Several trout were also caught and released along with a few catfish. All in all it was a beautiful day out on the warm waters of Sarasota Bay.

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

On the water with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

On the water with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

Casy from Indiana caught this beautiful trout while fishing with family on a CB’s guided fishing Charter trip this past week.

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.


Casy from Indiana caught this beautiful trout while fishing with family on a CB’s guided fishing Charter trip this past week.

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

Lisa Knox, a native of Chicago, holds a nice size Pompano.

Lisa Knox, a native of Chicago, with a nice Pompano.

Lisa Knox, a native of Chicago and Siesta Key, caught this beautiful Pompano while fishing Sarasota Bay on a CB’s Outfitter’s charter this past week with Capt. Brandon.

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.


Lisa Knox, a native of Chicago and Siesta Key, caught this beautiful Pompano while fishing Sarasota Bay on a CB’s Outfitter’s charter this past week with Capt. Brandon.

Lisa Knox, a native of Chicago, holds a nice size Pompano.

Lisa Knox, a native of Chicago, holds a nice size Pompano.

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

Lindsey displays her first saltwater ladyfish.

Lindsey displaying her first saltwater ladyfish.

Lindsey, visiting from Pittsburgh, caught her first saltwater ladyfish with Capt Brandon this past week on a half day bay trip out of CB’s Outfitter’s on Siesta Key.

The weather was spectacular and the fish were jumping as the say. All in all it made for a great half-day on the water as Lindsey got to pocket some great memories.

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.


Lindsey, visiting from Pittsburgh, caught her first saltwater ladyfish with Capt Brandon this past week on a half day bay trip out of CB’s Outfitter’s on Siesta Key.

Lindsey displays her first saltwater ladyfish.

Lindsey displays her first saltwater ladyfish.

The weather was spectacular and the fish were jumping as the say. All in all it made for a great half-day on the water as Lindsey got to pocket some great memories.

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

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

Alan Sugar with a trout caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Anglers fishing with me recently, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had decent action with reds and trout in Charlotte Harbor and trout in Sarasota Bay.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, fished a couple of trips in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me, catching and releasing several reds and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and grubs. Mike Perez, from Sarasota and Dennis Kinley, from IN, also fished that area with me and caught and released numerous trout on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.

Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay on several trips with me caught and released trout on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, with a red caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dave Reinhart with a red caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dave, shown here with a trout he caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Dave, shown here with a trout he caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett.

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. Also check the coastal gulf for tripletail, false albacore or early arriving tarpon when conditions are good.

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 recently, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had decent action with reds and trout in Charlotte Harbor and trout in Sarasota Bay. Dave Reinhart, from MA, fished a couple of trips in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me, catching and releasing several reds and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and grubs.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, with a red caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dave Reinhart with a red caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Mike Perez, from Sarasota and Dennis Kinley, from IN, also fished that area with me and caught and released numerous trout on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay on several trips with me caught and released trout on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.

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. Also check the coastal gulf for tripletail, false albacore or early arriving tarpon when conditions are good.

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

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

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. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Mark, from Northern Illinois, and his sons Justin and Brandon, enjoyed some good inshore fishing this past week.

Mark and his sons Justin and Brandon.

Great day on the water! Mark, from northern Illinois, and his sons Justin and Brandon, all contributed to catch the family inshore slam.

The inshore slam is catching redfish, snook, and trout all in a single fishing trip and the boys did their part by catching and releasing numerous trout and snook. Their bait of choice was a live shrimp under a popping cork. Mark did his part by catching several trout and this hefty redfish. The young boys were anxious to get out fishing on their Easter break vacation and said they enjoyed the outing very much.

We are finally getting some consistent warmer weather, which has really improved the fishing. Look for this trend to continue.

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.


Great day on the water! Mark, from northern Illinois, and his sons Justin and Brandon, all contributed to catch the family inshore slam.

The inshore slam is catching redfish, snook, and trout all in a single fishing trip and the boys did their part by catching and releasing numerous trout and snook.

Mark from northern Illinois and his sons Justin and Brandon, enjoyed some good inshore fishing this past week.

Mark from northern Illinois and his sons Justin and Brandon, enjoyed some good inshore fishing this past week.

We are finally getting some consistent warmer weather, which has really improved the fishing. Look for this trend to continue.

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. David Collica’s Weekly Fishing Report

Experiencing the thrill of inshore fishing locally around Sarasota.

Experiencing the thrill of fishing Sarasota Bay.

The shallow reefs have been a good spot for sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and cobia. Deeper structure has been holding large gag grouper, big grunts, and the occasional large mangrove.

With water temps getting close to 72, we are starting to see kingfish, Spanish mackerel, and Bonita following schools of sardines. Permit are starting their spring migration as well, they should start showing up on most offshore structure. Target them with free lined crabs and shrimp.

Farther offshore has been hot for African pompano, large yellowtail snapper, large mangrove snapper, and red grouper. Wahoo and big kings are starting to show up as well. You can find them on the outside of wrecks in 130’ and deeper. Red grouper is closed in 120’+, so make sure to stay shallower if you’re targeting them.

Capt. David Collica

Capt. David Collica was born in Georgia but grew up in the Sarasota area. His main target growing up was big snook and sharks off Siesta Key. His inshore trips target snook, trout, and the occasional redfish, he also offers night fly fishing trips.


The shallow reefs have been a good spot for sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and cobia. Deeper structure has been holding large gag grouper, big grunts, and the occasional large mangrove.

With water temps getting close to 72, we are starting to see kingfish, Spanish mackerel, and Bonita following schools of sardines. Permit are starting their spring migration as well, they should start showing up on most offshore structure. Target them with free lined crabs and shrimp.

Experiencing the thrill of inshore fishing locally around Sarasota.

Experiencing the thrill of inshore fishing locally around Sarasota.

Farther offshore has been hot for African pompano, large yellowtail snapper, large mangrove snapper, and red grouper. Wahoo and big kings are starting to show up as well. You can find them on the outside of wrecks in 130’ and deeper. Red grouper is closed in 120’+, so make sure to stay shallower if you’re targeting them.

Capt. David Collica

Capt. David Collica was born in Georgia but grew up in the Sarasota area. His main target growing up was big snook and sharks off Siesta Key. His inshore trips target snook, trout, and the occasional redfish, he also offers night fly fishing trips.


Capt. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Mark Borsari, from MA, enjoyed a good day fishing Sarasota Bay.

Mark Borsari enjoyed a good day fishing Sarasota Bay.

Sarasota was blessed with beautiful weather last week and the coming week looks just as good.

Mark Borsari, from MA, enjoyed a perfect day for fly fishing with a light breeze and clean water. Mark brought his new Orvis Helios rod with him.

He discovered casting the saltwater rod was a little bit different from his favorite trout rod. The new rod felt different but the casting science was the same.

In short order he was sending the Clouser deep minnow out 60-70 feet with ease, and caught numerous trout, ladyfish and a very nice pompano on his new rod. I love it when the stars line up.

I’m looking forward to the coming week. Stay tuned for more great fishing news.

Tight lines and calm winds!

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.


Sarasota was blessed with beautiful weather last week and the coming week looks just as good.

Mark Borsari, from MA, enjoyed a perfect day for fly fishing with a light breeze and clean water. Mark brought his new Orvis Helios rod with him.

He discovered casting the saltwater rod was a little bit different from his favorite trout rod. The new rod felt different but the casting science was the same.

Mark Borsari, from MA, enjoyed a good fishing Sarasota Bay.

Mark Borsari, from MA, enjoyed a good fishing Sarasota Bay.

In short order he was sending the Clouser deep minnow out 60-70 feet with ease, and caught numerous trout, ladyfish and a very nice pompano on his new rod. I love it when the stars line up.

I’m looking forward to the coming week. Stay tuned for more great fishing news.

Tight lines and calm winds!

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 Weekly Fishing Report

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, with a Spanish Mackerel.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, with a Spanish Mackerel.

Spin fishing anglers fishing with me recently, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had decent action with reds, snook and trout in Charlotte Harbor and fly anglers had action with trout and Spanish mackerel in Sarasota Bay.

Tom Keir, from IN, and Alan Sugar, from MI and Farlow Blakeslee, from SC, had some action catching and releasing trout on Clouser flies on a couple of trips in Sarasota Bay with me recently.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, fished Little Sarasota Bay with me on another trip and caught and released trout and Spanish mackerel on Clouser flies. 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.

Farlow Blakeslee, from SC, with a trout, both caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett on a couple of trips recently.

Farlow Blakeslee, from SC, with a trout, both caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing in Sarasota Bay.

Rick Weaver, from Pittsburg, PA, had good action catching and releasing reds, and snook on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande.

Rick Weaver, from Pittsburg, PA, had good action catching and releasing reds, and snook on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound.

Keith McClintock, from IL, fished several trips in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me, catching and releasing several reds, snook, trout and pompano on CAL jigs with shad tails. Rick Weaver, from Pittsburg, joined him on one of the trips and they had great action with reds on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL with a nice looking Red.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL with a nice looking Red.

Keith McClintock is show nhere with a nice sized Pompano.

Keith McClintock is show nhere with a nice sized Pompano.

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters will hold an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, Apr 13, 2024. The course, which will be last one until fall, is designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters. It will focus on basic fly casting principles, saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection and for intermediate anglers, improving casting skills and correcting faults.

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.

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 recently, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had decent action with reds, snook and trout in Charlotte Harbor and fly anglers had action with trout and Spanish mackerel in Sarasota Bay.

Keith McClintock, from IL, fished several trips in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me, catching and releasing several reds, snook, trout and pompano on CAL jigs with shad tails. Rick Weaver, from Pittsburg, joined him on one of the trips and they had great action with reds on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, with a Spanish Mackerel.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, with a Spanish Mackerel.

Tom Keir, from IN, and Alan Sugar, from MI and Farlow Blakeslee, from SC, had some action catching and releasing trout on Clouser flies on a couple of trips in Sarasota Bay with me recently. Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, fished Little Sarasota Bay with me on another trip and caught and released trout and Spanish mackerel on Clouser flies.

Rick Weaver, from Pittsburg, PA, had good action catching and releasing reds, snook and a pompano on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande on several trips there with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Rick Weaver, from Pittsburg, PA, had good action catching and releasing reds, and snook on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande.

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters will hold an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, Apr 13, 2024. The course, which will be last one until fall, is designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters. It will focus on basic fly casting principles, saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection and for intermediate anglers, improving casting skills and correcting faults. 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.

Keith McClintock is show nhere with a nice sized Pompano.

Keith McClintock is show nhere with a nice sized Pompano.

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. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Jenny Goodell, and 13 year old Brooke, holding a Sarasota Bay Trout.

Jenny Goodell, and 13 year old Brooke, two fine anglers.

Pictured holding this Sarasota Bay trout are Jenny Goodell, and 13 year old Brooke. Two very fine anglers, both of these anglers are involved and belong to the International Women’s Fishing Association.

In fact, Brooke is the IWFA reigning top junior freshwater angler from last year. On our recent trip, they kept me quite busy as they caught and released over twenty trout in four hours. Using a popping corn with a DOA shrimp was quite an effective bait.

Besides catching the trout, Jenny landed a beautiful snook using that same bait combo. We couldn’t have asked for a better day as the water was clear, with light winds and the fish biting.

I have taken Brooke out before, she’s a special young lady and hopefully I will get to fish with her again in the future.

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.


Dave also caught and released a 28″ red on a CAL jig with a grub fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Grassett.

Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria, with a big Spanish mackerel caught on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria, with a big Spanish mackerel caught on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Shallow water fishing for reds and large trout is also a good option now, although they are very challenging in clear water. These conditions usually require long casts to avoid spooking fish.

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. 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.


Pictured below holding this Sarasota Bay trout are Jenny Goodell, and 13 year old Brooke. Two very fine anglers, both of these anglers are involved and belong to the International Women’s Fishing Association.

Jenny Goodell, and 13 year old Brooke, holding a Sarasota Bay Trout.

Jenny Goodell, and 13 year old Brooke, holding a Sarasota Bay Trout.

In fact, Brooke is the IWFA reigning top junior freshwater angler from last year. On our recent trip, they kept me quite busy as they caught and released over twenty trout in four hours. Using a popping corn with a DOA shrimp was quite an effective bait.

Besides catching the trout, Jenny landed a beautiful snook using that same bait combo. We couldn’t have asked for a better day as the water was clear, with light winds and the fish biting.

I have taken Brooke out before, she’s a special young lady and hopefully I will get to fish with her again in the future.

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. 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.


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

My niece Lauren, along with her two daughters, Shelby and Ava, shows off a Redfish she caught.

My niece Lauren, along with her two daughters, Shelby and Ava, shows off a Redfish she caught.

I took my niece Lauren and her two daughters, Shelby and Ava along with her husband Jake, fishing ‘Little Sarasota Bay’ while their family is down from Memphis, Tennessee visiting.

We avoided early morning showers and managed to catch and release plenty of fish. The two young girls helped reel in several trout and a snook, and Lauren did a wonderful job reeling in this nice redfish.

All the fish were caught with live shrimp using a cork. The water is a little dark but the fish still have to eat. Good luck 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.


I took my niece Lauren and her two daughters, Shelby and Ava along with her husband Jake, fishing ‘Little Sarasota Bay’ while their family is down from Memphis, Tennessee visiting.

My niece Lauren, along with her two daughters, Shelby and Ava, shows off a Redfish she caught.

My niece Lauren, along with her two daughters, Shelby and Ava, shows off a Redfish she caught.

We avoided early morning showers and managed to catch and release plenty of fish. The two young girls helped reel in several trout and a snook, and Lauren did a wonderful job reeling in this nice redfish.

All the fish were caught with live shrimp using a cork. The water is a little dark but the fish still have to eat. Here’s wishing all good luck 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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, with a blueish caught and released on a Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Pat Beckwith with a blueish caught and released on a Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with trout, blues and redfish in Sarasota Bay and tarpon in the coastal gulf recently I primarily fished the coastal gulf for tarpon but fished a few days in the bay when conditions weren’t good in the gulf or when targeting other species.

Fly angler Bob Snover, from NH, fished shallow water with me and caught and released his first red on a fly. Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, fished deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay and had some action with bluefish on Clouser flies on another trip.

Bob Snover, from NH, with his first red caught and released on a Grassett Flats Minnow fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Bob Snover with his first red caught and released on a Grassett Flats Minnow fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dennis Ondercin, from OH, with one of a couple of tarpon he caught and released while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dennis Ondercin with one of a couple of tarpon he caught and released while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Longtime friends and clients also had some action with tarpon in the coastal gulf. Dave Reinhart, from MA, fished a couple of days with me and was joined by his son Dan Reinhart, from VT, for one of the days. They jumped a couple of tarpon on live crabs and we leadered one. Dennis Ondercin, from OH and Cliff and Mason Ondercin, from Sarasota, fished a couple of days with me and had good action, jumping several tarpon and bringing 2 to the boat. Cliff also fly fished for tarpon with me on another trip and had a hook up in tough conditions. Great job!

Tarpon have thinned out but should continue to be an option in the coastal gulf. Look for snook and juvenile tarpon around dock lights. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout.

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 some action with trout, blues and redfish in Sarasota Bay and tarpon in the coastal gulf recently I primarily fished the coastal gulf for tarpon but fished a few days in the bay when conditions weren’t good in the gulf or when targeting other species.

Fly angler Bob Snover, from NH, fished shallow water with me and caught and released his first red on a fly. Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, fished deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay and had some action with bluefish on Clouser flies on another trip.

Bob Snover, from NH, with his first red caught and released on a Grassett Flats Minnow fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Bob Snover with his first red caught and released on a Grassett Flats Minnow fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Longtime friends and clients also had some action with tarpon in the coastal gulf. Dave Reinhart, from MA, fished a couple of days with me and was joined by his son Dan Reinhart, from VT, for one of the days. They jumped a couple of tarpon on live crabs and we leadered one. Dennis Ondercin, from OH and Cliff and Mason Ondercin, from Sarasota, fished a couple of days with me and had good action, jumping several tarpon and bringing 2 to the boat. Cliff also fly fished for tarpon with me on another trip and had a hook up in tough conditions. Great job!

Dennis Ondercin, from OH, with one of a couple of tarpon he caught and released while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dennis Ondercin with one of a couple of tarpon he caught and released while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Tarpon have thinned out but should continue to be an option in the coastal gulf. Look for snook and juvenile tarpon around dock lights. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout.

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. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Young Cooper caught and released this 9 pound redfish.

Young Cooper caught and released this 9 pound redfish.

Charters out of CB‘s Outfitters located on Siesta Key to fish Sarasota Bay have produced some quality redfish and trout. The heavy rains a couple of weeks ago dirtied up the water, however it didn’t affect the fishing in most areas.

Over the last couple of days, the water has really cleared up and I had the pleasure to take my grandson Cooper out today. Cooper caught and released a nine pound redfish using a popping cork and a live shrimp. Several trout were also caught and released along with a few catfish.

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.


Charters out of CB‘s Outfitters located on Siesta Key to fish Sarasota Bay have produced some quality redfish and trout. The heavy rains a couple of weeks ago dirtied up the water, however it didn’t affect the fishing in most areas.

Young Cooper caught and released this 9 pound redfish.

Young Cooper caught and released this 9 pound redfish.

Over the last couple of days, the water has really cleared up and I had the pleasure to take my grandson Cooper out today. Cooper caught and released a nine pound redfish using a popping cork and a live shrimp.

Several trout were also caught and released along with a few catfish. All in all it was a beautiful day out on the warm waters of Sarasota Bay.

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

On the water with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

On the water with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

Casy from Indiana caught this beautiful trout while fishing with family on a CB’s guided fishing Charter trip this past week.

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.


Casy from Indiana caught this beautiful trout while fishing with family on a CB’s guided fishing Charter trip this past week.

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

Lisa Knox, a native of Chicago, holds a nice size Pompano.

Lisa Knox, a native of Chicago, with a nice Pompano.

Lisa Knox, a native of Chicago and Siesta Key, caught this beautiful Pompano while fishing Sarasota Bay on a CB’s Outfitter’s charter this past week with Capt. Brandon.

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.


Lisa Knox, a native of Chicago and Siesta Key, caught this beautiful Pompano while fishing Sarasota Bay on a CB’s Outfitter’s charter this past week with Capt. Brandon.

Lisa Knox, a native of Chicago, holds a nice size Pompano.

Lisa Knox, a native of Chicago, holds a nice size Pompano.

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

Lindsey displays her first saltwater ladyfish.

Lindsey displaying her first saltwater ladyfish.

Lindsey, visiting from Pittsburgh, caught her first saltwater ladyfish with Capt Brandon this past week on a half day bay trip out of CB’s Outfitter’s on Siesta Key.

The weather was spectacular and the fish were jumping as the say. All in all it made for a great half-day on the water as Lindsey got to pocket some great memories.

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.


Lindsey, visiting from Pittsburgh, caught her first saltwater ladyfish with Capt Brandon this past week on a half day bay trip out of CB’s Outfitter’s on Siesta Key.

Lindsey displays her first saltwater ladyfish.

Lindsey displays her first saltwater ladyfish.

The weather was spectacular and the fish were jumping as the say. All in all it made for a great half-day on the water as Lindsey got to pocket some great memories.

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

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

Alan Sugar with a trout caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Anglers fishing with me recently, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had decent action with reds and trout in Charlotte Harbor and trout in Sarasota Bay.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, fished a couple of trips in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me, catching and releasing several reds and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and grubs. Mike Perez, from Sarasota and Dennis Kinley, from IN, also fished that area with me and caught and released numerous trout on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.

Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay on several trips with me caught and released trout on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, with a red caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dave Reinhart with a red caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dave, shown here with a trout he caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Dave, shown here with a trout he caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett.

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. Also check the coastal gulf for tripletail, false albacore or early arriving tarpon when conditions are good.

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 recently, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had decent action with reds and trout in Charlotte Harbor and trout in Sarasota Bay. Dave Reinhart, from MA, fished a couple of trips in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me, catching and releasing several reds and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and grubs.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, with a red caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dave Reinhart with a red caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Mike Perez, from Sarasota and Dennis Kinley, from IN, also fished that area with me and caught and released numerous trout on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay on several trips with me caught and released trout on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.

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. Also check the coastal gulf for tripletail, false albacore or early arriving tarpon when conditions are good.

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

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

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. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Mark, from Northern Illinois, and his sons Justin and Brandon, enjoyed some good inshore fishing this past week.

Mark and his sons Justin and Brandon.

Great day on the water! Mark, from northern Illinois, and his sons Justin and Brandon, all contributed to catch the family inshore slam.

The inshore slam is catching redfish, snook, and trout all in a single fishing trip and the boys did their part by catching and releasing numerous trout and snook. Their bait of choice was a live shrimp under a popping cork. Mark did his part by catching several trout and this hefty redfish. The young boys were anxious to get out fishing on their Easter break vacation and said they enjoyed the outing very much.

We are finally getting some consistent warmer weather, which has really improved the fishing. Look for this trend to continue.

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.


Great day on the water! Mark, from northern Illinois, and his sons Justin and Brandon, all contributed to catch the family inshore slam.

The inshore slam is catching redfish, snook, and trout all in a single fishing trip and the boys did their part by catching and releasing numerous trout and snook.

Mark from northern Illinois and his sons Justin and Brandon, enjoyed some good inshore fishing this past week.

Mark from northern Illinois and his sons Justin and Brandon, enjoyed some good inshore fishing this past week.

We are finally getting some consistent warmer weather, which has really improved the fishing. Look for this trend to continue.

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. David Collica’s Weekly Fishing Report

Experiencing the thrill of inshore fishing locally around Sarasota.

Experiencing the thrill of fishing Sarasota Bay.

The shallow reefs have been a good spot for sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and cobia. Deeper structure has been holding large gag grouper, big grunts, and the occasional large mangrove.

With water temps getting close to 72, we are starting to see kingfish, Spanish mackerel, and Bonita following schools of sardines. Permit are starting their spring migration as well, they should start showing up on most offshore structure. Target them with free lined crabs and shrimp.

Farther offshore has been hot for African pompano, large yellowtail snapper, large mangrove snapper, and red grouper. Wahoo and big kings are starting to show up as well. You can find them on the outside of wrecks in 130’ and deeper. Red grouper is closed in 120’+, so make sure to stay shallower if you’re targeting them.

Capt. David Collica

Capt. David Collica was born in Georgia but grew up in the Sarasota area. His main target growing up was big snook and sharks off Siesta Key. His inshore trips target snook, trout, and the occasional redfish, he also offers night fly fishing trips.


The shallow reefs have been a good spot for sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and cobia. Deeper structure has been holding large gag grouper, big grunts, and the occasional large mangrove.

With water temps getting close to 72, we are starting to see kingfish, Spanish mackerel, and Bonita following schools of sardines. Permit are starting their spring migration as well, they should start showing up on most offshore structure. Target them with free lined crabs and shrimp.

Experiencing the thrill of inshore fishing locally around Sarasota.

Experiencing the thrill of inshore fishing locally around Sarasota.

Farther offshore has been hot for African pompano, large yellowtail snapper, large mangrove snapper, and red grouper. Wahoo and big kings are starting to show up as well. You can find them on the outside of wrecks in 130’ and deeper. Red grouper is closed in 120’+, so make sure to stay shallower if you’re targeting them.

Capt. David Collica

Capt. David Collica was born in Georgia but grew up in the Sarasota area. His main target growing up was big snook and sharks off Siesta Key. His inshore trips target snook, trout, and the occasional redfish, he also offers night fly fishing trips.


Capt. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Mark Borsari, from MA, enjoyed a good day fishing Sarasota Bay.

Mark Borsari enjoyed a good day fishing Sarasota Bay.

Sarasota was blessed with beautiful weather last week and the coming week looks just as good.

Mark Borsari, from MA, enjoyed a perfect day for fly fishing with a light breeze and clean water. Mark brought his new Orvis Helios rod with him.

He discovered casting the saltwater rod was a little bit different from his favorite trout rod. The new rod felt different but the casting science was the same.

In short order he was sending the Clouser deep minnow out 60-70 feet with ease, and caught numerous trout, ladyfish and a very nice pompano on his new rod. I love it when the stars line up.

I’m looking forward to the coming week. Stay tuned for more great fishing news.

Tight lines and calm winds!

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.


Sarasota was blessed with beautiful weather last week and the coming week looks just as good.

Mark Borsari, from MA, enjoyed a perfect day for fly fishing with a light breeze and clean water. Mark brought his new Orvis Helios rod with him.

He discovered casting the saltwater rod was a little bit different from his favorite trout rod. The new rod felt different but the casting science was the same.

Mark Borsari, from MA, enjoyed a good fishing Sarasota Bay.

Mark Borsari, from MA, enjoyed a good fishing Sarasota Bay.

In short order he was sending the Clouser deep minnow out 60-70 feet with ease, and caught numerous trout, ladyfish and a very nice pompano on his new rod. I love it when the stars line up.

I’m looking forward to the coming week. Stay tuned for more great fishing news.

Tight lines and calm winds!

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 Weekly Fishing Report

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, with a Spanish Mackerel.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, with a Spanish Mackerel.

Spin fishing anglers fishing with me recently, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had decent action with reds, snook and trout in Charlotte Harbor and fly anglers had action with trout and Spanish mackerel in Sarasota Bay.

Tom Keir, from IN, and Alan Sugar, from MI and Farlow Blakeslee, from SC, had some action catching and releasing trout on Clouser flies on a couple of trips in Sarasota Bay with me recently.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, fished Little Sarasota Bay with me on another trip and caught and released trout and Spanish mackerel on Clouser flies. 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.

Farlow Blakeslee, from SC, with a trout, both caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett on a couple of trips recently.

Farlow Blakeslee, from SC, with a trout, both caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing in Sarasota Bay.

Rick Weaver, from Pittsburg, PA, had good action catching and releasing reds, and snook on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande.

Rick Weaver, from Pittsburg, PA, had good action catching and releasing reds, and snook on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound.

Keith McClintock, from IL, fished several trips in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me, catching and releasing several reds, snook, trout and pompano on CAL jigs with shad tails. Rick Weaver, from Pittsburg, joined him on one of the trips and they had great action with reds on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL with a nice looking Red.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL with a nice looking Red.

Keith McClintock is show nhere with a nice sized Pompano.

Keith McClintock is show nhere with a nice sized Pompano.

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters will hold an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, Apr 13, 2024. The course, which will be last one until fall, is designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters. It will focus on basic fly casting principles, saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection and for intermediate anglers, improving casting skills and correcting faults.

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.

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 recently, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had decent action with reds, snook and trout in Charlotte Harbor and fly anglers had action with trout and Spanish mackerel in Sarasota Bay.

Keith McClintock, from IL, fished several trips in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me, catching and releasing several reds, snook, trout and pompano on CAL jigs with shad tails. Rick Weaver, from Pittsburg, joined him on one of the trips and they had great action with reds on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, with a Spanish Mackerel.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, with a Spanish Mackerel.

Tom Keir, from IN, and Alan Sugar, from MI and Farlow Blakeslee, from SC, had some action catching and releasing trout on Clouser flies on a couple of trips in Sarasota Bay with me recently. Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, fished Little Sarasota Bay with me on another trip and caught and released trout and Spanish mackerel on Clouser flies.

Rick Weaver, from Pittsburg, PA, had good action catching and releasing reds, snook and a pompano on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande on several trips there with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Rick Weaver, from Pittsburg, PA, had good action catching and releasing reds, and snook on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande.

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters will hold an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, Apr 13, 2024. The course, which will be last one until fall, is designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters. It will focus on basic fly casting principles, saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection and for intermediate anglers, improving casting skills and correcting faults. 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.

Keith McClintock is show nhere with a nice sized Pompano.

Keith McClintock is show nhere with a nice sized Pompano.

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. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Jenny Goodell, and 13 year old Brooke, holding a Sarasota Bay Trout.

Jenny Goodell, and 13 year old Brooke, two fine anglers.

Pictured holding this Sarasota Bay trout are Jenny Goodell, and 13 year old Brooke. Two very fine anglers, both of these anglers are involved and belong to the International Women’s Fishing Association.

In fact, Brooke is the IWFA reigning top junior freshwater angler from last year. On our recent trip, they kept me quite busy as they caught and released over twenty trout in four hours. Using a popping corn with a DOA shrimp was quite an effective bait.

Besides catching the trout, Jenny landed a beautiful snook using that same bait combo. We couldn’t have asked for a better day as the water was clear, with light winds and the fish biting.

I have taken Brooke out before, she’s a special young lady and hopefully I will get to fish with her again in the future.

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.


Dave also caught and released a 28″ red on a CAL jig with a grub fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Grassett.

Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria, with a big Spanish mackerel caught on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria, with a big Spanish mackerel caught on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Shallow water fishing for reds and large trout is also a good option now, although they are very challenging in clear water. These conditions usually require long casts to avoid spooking fish.

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. 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.


Pictured below holding this Sarasota Bay trout are Jenny Goodell, and 13 year old Brooke. Two very fine anglers, both of these anglers are involved and belong to the International Women’s Fishing Association.

Jenny Goodell, and 13 year old Brooke, holding a Sarasota Bay Trout.

Jenny Goodell, and 13 year old Brooke, holding a Sarasota Bay Trout.

In fact, Brooke is the IWFA reigning top junior freshwater angler from last year. On our recent trip, they kept me quite busy as they caught and released over twenty trout in four hours. Using a popping corn with a DOA shrimp was quite an effective bait.

Besides catching the trout, Jenny landed a beautiful snook using that same bait combo. We couldn’t have asked for a better day as the water was clear, with light winds and the fish biting.

I have taken Brooke out before, she’s a special young lady and hopefully I will get to fish with her again in the future.

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. 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.


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