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Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Two shrimp for two Tripletale, I call that a bargain now matter how you look at it. Another CB’s nearshore fishing trip with Capt. Brandon is in the books… what a great way to spend the day!

Tripletail seemed to be the catch of the day.

Tripletail seemed to be the catch of the day…

That is one healthy looking Tripletail.

Now that certainly is one healthy looking Tripletail.

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.


Two shrimp for two Tripletale, I call that a bargain now matter how you look at it.

Tripletail seemed to be the catch of the day.

Tripletail seemed to be the catch of the day.

That is one healthy looking Tripletail.

That is one healthy looking Tripletail.

Another CB’s nearshore fishing trip with Capt. Brandon is in the books… what a great way to spend the day!

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. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Chaz Hart, from MT, experienced a beautiful morning of fly fishing this past Saturday, Jan.21.

Chaz Hart, from MT, experienced a beautiful morning of fly fishing this past Saturday, on Sarasota Bay.

We fished the deep grass of Sarasota Bay. Chaz caught numerous spotted sea trout. All the fish were protected from the cormorants and released safely.

Most of the trout were fooled by a olive and white Clouser deep minnow. The water temperature was in the mid 60’s and extremely clear. About 30 inches of 20 pound fluorocarbon produced well.

All and all it was a very satisfying on the water, with air tempatures a little chillier than normal but no where near the tempatures back home in Chaz’s native Montana.

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.


We fished the deep grass of Sarasota Bay. Chaz caught numerous spotted sea trout. All the fish were protected from the cormorants and released safely.

Most of the trout were fooled by a olive and white Clouser deep minnow. The water temperature was in the mid 60’s and extremely clear. About 30 inches of 20 pound fluorocarbon produced well.

Chaz Hart, from MT, experienced a beautiful morning of fly fishing this past Saturday, Jan.21.

Chaz Hart, from MT, experienced a beautiful morning of fly fishing this past Saturday, Jan.21.

All and all it was a very satisfying down on the water, with air temps a little chillier than normal but no where near the temps back home in Chaz’s native Montana.

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

Although fishin on area grass flats has been pretty slow we have fortunately been able to find some really nice fish near some of the docks around Sarasota Bay. Fishing with live shrimp anglers have caught some good sized and delicious sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and nice reddish.

Some nice looking Redfish were there for the taking.

Some nice looking Redfish were ripe for the taking.

Sheepshead were were seen lurking around the docks.

Sheepshead could be seen lurking around the docks.

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.


Although fishin on area grass flats has been pretty slow we have fortunately been able to find some really nice fish near some of the docks around Sarasota Bay.

Some nice looking Redfish were there for the taking.

Some nice looking Redfish were there for the taking.

Sheepshead were lurking around the docks.

Sheepshead were lurking around the docks.

Fishing with live shrimp anglers have caught some good sized and delicious sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and nice reddish.

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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Darby, from Nashville, caught this Pompano and had it on the grill in short order.

Darby, from Nashville, caught this Pompano this past week fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

January can be a slow month for fishing as water temperatures lower. Pompano are just starting to come into Sarasota Bay this time of year. Darby, from Nashville, caught this beauty and saw that it made it onto the grill in short order.

As the year begins, temperatures are dropping, which means that the fish are hiding in deeper waters, creeks, and canals. Prized fish, such as Snook, go out of season and become vulnerable when the weather gets too cold. However, Captains out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters have reported steady action of a variety of species with warmer than usual weather last 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.


January can be a slow month for fishing as water temperatures lower. Pompano are just starting to come into Sarasota Bay this time of year. Darby, from Nashville, caught this beauty and saw that it made it onto the grill in short order.

Darby, from Nashville, caught this Pompano this past week fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

Darby, from Nashville, caught this Pompano this past week fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

As the year begins, temperatures are dropping, which means that the fish are hiding in deeper waters, creeks, and canals. Prized fish, such as Snook, go out of season and become vulnerable when the weather gets too cold. However, Captains out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters have reported steady action of a variety of species with warmer than usual weather last 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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Rick Anderson, from IL, with a nice looking Sarasota Bay Trout.

Rick Anderson, from IL, with Sarasota Bay Trout.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing reds and trout on DOA Lures in Sarasota Bay and Tampa Bay recently. Fly anglers also caught and released trout with a couple of blues and pompano in the mix in Sarasota Bay on Clouser flies.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL and several family members fished with me in Sarasota Bay, Gasparilla Sound and Tampa Bay recently.

Rick and Nate Anderson, from IL, fished Sarasota Bay with Keith and caught and released trout and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails. Steve McClintock, from Pittsburgh, joined his dad for a day of fishing in Tampa Bay and caught and released a nice red also on a CAL jig with shad tail.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a Pompano, both caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a Pompano, both caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Stephen Smith, from NJ, with a Bluefish he caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Stephen Smith, from NJ, with a Bluefish he caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

I will be the instructor for CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, Feb 4, 2023. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults. We will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection. Cost for the class, which will run from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, is $225 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, workbook and lunch.

Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations.

Look for reds and trout in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now as long as water temperatures stay above 60 degrees.

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 catching and releasing reds and trout on DOA Lures in Sarasota Bay and Tampa Bay recently. Fly anglers also caught and released trout with a couple of blues and pompano in the mix in Sarasota Bay on Clouser flies.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL and several family members fished with me in Sarasota Bay, Gasparilla Sound and Tampa Bay recently. Rick and Nate Anderson, from IL, fished Sarasota Bay with Keith and caught and released trout and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails. Steve McClintock, from Pittsburgh, joined his dad for a day of fishing in Tampa Bay and caught and released a nice red also on a CAL jig with shad tail.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a Pompano, both caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a Pompano, both caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Stephen Smith, from NJ, fished Sarasota Bay with me recently and had some action catching and releasing trout and bluefish fishing sink tip fly lines over deep grass. Alan Sugar and Ray Hutchinson, from MI, also fished Sarasota Bay and had some action catching and releasing trout, bluefish and a pompano on flies.

I will be the instructor for CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, Feb 4, 2023. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults. We will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection. Cost for the class, which will run from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, is $225 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, workbook and lunch.

Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations.

Rick Anderson, from IL, with a nice looking Sarasota Bay Trout.

Rick Anderson, from IL, with a nice looking Sarasota Bay Trout.

Look for reds and trout in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now as long as water temperatures stay above 60 degrees.

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. Terry Simmon’s Weekly Fishing Report

Enjoying Christmas week fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Terry Simmons.

Enjoying Christmas week fishing in Sarasota Bay.

Fishing this week in the Bay has been a little slow and challenging especially with the varying weather systems from high pressure to early morning fog and water temps ranging from 52-72 degrees. The lower water temps pushed a lot of fish to seek deeper waters offshore.

Although as the water temps began to rise the fish began to slowly migrate back into the bay and the fishing became a little more productive. During the week we caught a few ladyfish, small speckled sea trout, bluefish, sheepshead and mangrove snapper.

Working the deeper areas of the bay and the flats on incoming tides were best using live shrimp and using weedless artificial baits very slowly through the grass on the bottom over the grass flats.

When you need a good dose of Vitamin Sea… “Let’s go Fishing”

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.


Fishing this week in the Bay has been a little slow and challenging especially with the varying weather systems from high pressure to early morning fog and water temps ranging from 52-72 degrees. The lower water temps pushed a lot of fish to seek deeper waters offshore.

Enjoying Christmas week fishing in Sarasota Bay.

Enjoying Christmas week fishing in Sarasota Bay.

Although as the water temps began to rise the fish began to slowly migrate back into the bay and the fishing became a little more productive.

During the week we caught a few ladyfish, small speckled sea trout, bluefish, sheepshead and mangrove snapper.
Working the deeper areas of the bay and the flats on incoming tides were best using live shrimp and using weedless artificial baits very slowly through the grass on the bottom over the grass flats.

When you need a good dose of Vitamin Sea… “Let’s go Fishing”!

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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Marshall Dinerman, from Lido, with a bluefish he caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently

Marshall Dinerman with a bluefish caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing reds, snook and trout on flies and DOA Lures in Sarasota Bay and Gasparilla Sound recently.

Fly anglers fished deep grass flats with sink tip fly lines while spin fishing anglers fished CAL jigs with a variety of tails and had good action catching and releasing trout in Sarasota Bay.

Marshall Dinerma and Mike St. Hilaire fished Sarasota Bay with me and in addition to numerous trout also caught and released a nice red and bluefish on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

Look for reds, snook and trout in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now.

Jon Yenari, from Sarasota, with a red he caught and released on fly and CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Jon Yenari with a red caught and released on fly and CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Marshall Dinerman shown again here with a red caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Marshall Dinerman shown here with a red caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jon Yenari, from Sarasota, fished Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me recently and had a banner day catching and releasing numerous snook, several reds to 26” and trout. After realizing late in the day that we were only 2 trout away from slams on fly and spin we worked hard to find a couple of trout to compete the slams on fly and spinning tackle. Great job!

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

Capt. Capt. Rick Grassett

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


Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing reds, snook and trout on flies and DOA Lures in Sarasota Bay and Gasparilla Sound recently.

Fly anglers fished deep grass flats with sink tip fly lines while spin fishing anglers fished CAL jigs with a variety of tails and had good action catching and releasing trout in Sarasota Bay.

Marshall Dinerman, from Lido and Mike St. Hilaire, from Longboat Key, fished Sarasota Bay with me and in addition to numerous trout also caught and released a nice red and bluefish on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

Marshall Dinerman shown here with a red caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Marshall Dinerman shown here with a red he caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jon Yenari, from Sarasota, fished Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me recently and had a banner day catching and releasing numerous snook, several reds to 26” and trout. After realizing late in the day that we were only 2 trout away from slams on fly and spin we worked hard to find a couple of trout to compete the slams on fly and spinning tackle. Great job!

Look for reds, snook and trout in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now.

Jon Yenari, from Sarasota, with a red he caught and released on fly and CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Jon Yenari with a reds he caught and released on fly and CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande 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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Carter White had a fun day fishing Sarasota Bay last year around this time with his mom and brother.

Carter White, visiting from Nashville, caught this beautiful snook with his mom and brother during Xmas break last year here in Sarasota.

If you’re looking for something that’s really a lot of fun to do this holiday season there’s nothing like spending a day out on the water with friends and family.

So grab your kids and book a X-mas guided fishing trip through CB’s Outfitters and enjoy the holidays. From all of us, here’s wishing you all the best this holiday season and the coming new year!

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.


Carter White, visiting from Nashville, caught this beautiful snook with his mom and brother during Xmas break last year here in Sarasota.

Carter White had a fun day fishing Sarasota Bay last year around this time with his mom and brother.

If you’re looking for something that’s really a lot of fun to do this holiday season there’s nothing like spending a day out on the water with friends and family.

So grab your kids and book a X-mas guided fishing trip through CB’s Outfitters and enjoy the holidays. From all of us, here’s wishing you all the best this holiday season and the coming new year!

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 Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge, South Andros, Bahamas Fishing Report, for Nov. 2022

The spectacular waters of the Bahamas as seen from the plane.

Mars Bay in the Bahamas as seen from the plane.

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

We met up with other group members John and DJ, from NY, and Tracy and Cullen Baker, from NC and traveled to Congotown, South Andros on Makers Air. Conditions were good most of the time, with good sunlight and not a lot of wind. We waded vast sand flats and also fished from flats skiffs for everything from large cruising or tailing single and double bonefish to large schools of fish.

We had good action most days and there were also a couple of slower days, and there were numerous bonefish in the 4 to 6-pound class and several 8 to 9-pound fish caught and released. Top producing flies during the week were Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp, Mars Bay Special, Ververka’s Mantis Shrimp, Gotchas and Gotcha variations. A great trip to a great lodge!

Ed Hurst, from Sarasota was having a great time.

Ed Hurst, from Sarasota was having a great time.

Rick Happle from St. Pete was lovin' every minute of it.

Rick Happle from St. Pete was lovin’ every minute of it.

Bill Howard, the resident owner/operator, does a great job making things run smoothly at the lodge. We dined on a variety of excellent authentic Bahamian dishes including fresh fish, lobster and conch. One of the best things about Mars Bay Lodge, the southernmost lodge on South Andros, is fishing the vast sand flats and scattered mangrove keys to the south.

Capt. Rick Grassett's brother Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE.

Capt. Rick Grassett’s brother Kirk Grassett, from DE.

Capt. Rick Grassett love this annual trip to the Bahamas.

The Captain loves this annual trip to the Bahamas.

Being the southernmost lodge on South Andros also means about a 10-mile shorter boat run each way and more fishing! South Andros has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth! This trip, as well as my Montana trip, are annual trips so if you have an interest in any future trips contact me or go to the Destination Trips page of my web sites.

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

Capt. Capt. Rick Grassett

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


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

We met up with other group members John and DJ, from NY, and Tracy and Cullen Baker, from NC and traveled to Congotown, South Andros on Makers Air. Conditions were good most of the time, with good sunlight and not a lot of wind. We waded vast sand flats and also fished from flats skiffs for everything from large cruising or tailing single and double bonefish to large schools of fish.

We had good action most days and there were also a couple of slower days, and there were numerous bonefish in the 4 to 6-pound class and several 8 to 9-pound fish caught and released. Top producing flies during the week were Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp, Mars Bay Special, Ververka’s Mantis Shrimp, Gotchas and Gotcha variations. A great trip to a great lodge!

Rick Happle from St. Pete was lovin’ every minute of it.

Rick Happle from St. Pete was lovin’ every minute of it.

Bill Howard, the resident owner/operator, does a great job making things run smoothly at the lodge. We dined on a variety of excellent authentic Bahamian dishes including fresh fish, lobster and conch. One of the best things about Mars Bay Lodge, the southernmost lodge on South Andros, is fishing the vast sand flats and scattered mangrove keys to the south.

Ed Hurst, from Sarasota was having a great time.

Ed Hurst, from Sarasota was having a great time.

Being the southernmost lodge on South Andros also means about a 10-mile shorter boat run each way and more fishing! South Andros has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth! This trip, as well as my Montana trip, are annual trips so if you have an interest in any future trips contact me or go to the Destination Trips page of my web sites.

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

Capt. Capt. Rick Grassett

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


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Kirk Grassett with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Kirk Grassett with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail fishing the Bay.

Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing trout, pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel recently. Fly anglers fished deep grass flats with sink tip fly lines and weighted flies while spin fishing anglers fished CAL jigs with a variety of tails.

A couple of my brothers, Joey Grassett from Seaford, DE and Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, visited for a few days and had great catch and release action with a variety of species on flies and CAL jigs.

Al Hirsch and Fred Bargar, from Sarasota, also fished Sarasota Bay with me and had good action with trout and blues on flies. Massimo and Tatiana Giardina, from Switzerland, also had good action with trout, blues and pompano on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.

Massimo and Tatiana Giardina, from Switzerland, with a pompano

Massimo Giardina, from Switzerland, with a pompano caught fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Tatiana Giardina, from Switzerland, with a pompano (top) on a fly and a bluefish (below) on a CAL jig with a shad tail both caught and released while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently

Tatiana Giardina, also from Switzerland, with a bluefish on a CAL jig with a shad tail fishing Sarasota Bay.

I will be the instructor and there are still a few spots left for CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, Nov 12, 2022. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults. The class will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection.

Cost for the class, which will run from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, is $225 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, workbook and lunch. Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 to sign up.

Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, with a pompano on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, with a pompano on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

Kirk Grassett with a blue caught and released on a fly,  fishing Sarasota Bay.

Kirk Grassett with a blue caught and released on a fly, fishing Sarasota Bay.

Fish the coastal gulf for tripletail, Spanish mackerel and false albacore (little tunny) when conditions are good. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Look for reds in skinny water. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now.

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 Sarasota Bay with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing trout, pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel recently. Fly anglers fished deep grass flats with sink tip fly lines and weighted flies while spin fishing anglers fished CAL jigs with a variety of tails.

A couple of my brothers, Joey Grassett from Seaford, DE and Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, visited for a few days and had great catch and release action with a variety of species on flies and CAL jigs.

Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, with a pompano on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, with a pompano on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

Al Hirsch and Fred Bargar, from Sarasota, also fished Sarasota Bay with me and had good action with trout and blues on flies. Massimo and Tatiana Giardina, from Switzerland, also had good action with trout, blues and pompano on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.

Kirk Grassett with a blue caught and released on a fly, fishing Sarasota Bay.

Kirk Grassett with a blue caught and released on a fly, fishing Sarasota Bay.

Fish the coastal gulf for tripletail, Spanish mackerel and false albacore (little tunny) when conditions are good. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Look for reds in skinny water. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now.

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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Kristina Keenan on the water with Capt. Naeve.

Kristina Keenan fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Naeve.

Kristina Keenan, from Zurich, Switzerland, caught this beautiful juvenile Tarpon on the last cast of the day this past week fishing with me. The fishing has been on fire since the hurricane basically because the fish weren’t able to eat during the storm.

Grab a friend or a child you’d like to spend some quality time with and get out on the water. CB’s Saltwater Outfitters will be happy to set you up with whatever you’ll need to make that special time happen.

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.


Kristina Keenan, from Zurich, Switzerland, caught this beautiful juvenile Tarpon on the last cast of the day this past week fishing with me. The fishing has been on fire since the hurricane basically because the fish weren’t able to eat during the storm.

Kristina Keenan on Sarasota Bay with Capt. Naeve.

Kristina Keenan on Sarasota Bay with Capt. Naeve.

Grab a friend or a child you’d like to spend some quality time with and get out on the water. CB’s Saltwater Outfitters will be happy to set you up with whatever you’ll need to make that special time happen.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

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


Capt. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Bob with the Snook in his hands, and his friend John, both from PA, fished Sarasota Bay this past week.

Bob with the Snook in his hands, and his friend John, both from PA, fished Sarasota Bay this past week.

I fished two days this week on Sarasota Bay with John, who’s a regular customer of mine, and his friend Bob, both from Pennsylvania. Numerous trout were caught using DOA shrimp under a cork and or live shrimp under a cork. Using quarter ounce jig head and gulp also produced a number of fish.

Pictured is Bob holding a trophy snook that he successfully landed and released using the DOA shrimp. He had quite a battle as the wiley fish kept trying to escape the hook by going under the boat and around the motor.

To be honest I felt lucky that we were able to land it. John also landed a trophy size snook throwing a Topwater lure over shallow potholes on the flats. Weather and water are beautiful at this time of year and a pleasure to be out fishing.

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 fished two days this week on Sarasota Bay with John, who’s a regular customer of mine, and his friend Bob, both from Pennsylvania. Numerous trout were caught using DOA shrimp under a cork and or live shrimp under a cork. Using quarter ounce jig head and gulp also produced a number of fish.

Bob with the Snook in his hands, and his friend John, both from PA, fished Sarasota Bay this past week.

Bob with the Snook in his hands, and his friend John, both from PA, fished Sarasota Bay this past week.

Pictured is Bob holding a trophy snook that he successfully landed and released using the DOA shrimp. He had quite a battle as the wiley fish kept trying to escape the hook by going under the boat and around the motor.

To be honest I felt lucky that we were able to land it. John also landed a trophy size snook throwing a Topwater lure over shallow potholes on the flats. Weather and water are beautiful at this time of year and a pleasure to be out fishing.

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 Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

Fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

Wow the fishing has really kicked of over the last week. Maybe one of the few good things left from hurricane Ian has been cooler water temperatures.

The spotted seatrout have been biting about as good as I can remember. Most of them are in the 12 to 14 inch range, and keepers are pretty easy to come by as well. Spanish mackerel are showing up and I would expect the kings to be here soon also. There have also been some huge ladyfish, an occasional pompano, and bluefish on the grass flats and in the passes.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Stilwell

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


Wow the fishing has really kicked of over the last week. Maybe one of the few good things left from hurricane Ian has been cooler water temperatures.

On the water with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

Fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

The spotted seatrout have been biting about as good as I can remember . Most of them are in the 12 to 14 inch range but keepers are pretty easy to come by as well. Spanish mackerel are showing up and I would expect the kings to be here soon also. There have also been some huge ladyfish, an occasional pompano, and bluefish on the grass flats and in the passes.

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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, had good action catching and releasing trout on flies in Sarasota Bay on a couple of trips with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Pat Beckwith had good action catching and releasing trout on flies in Sarasota Bay with Capt. Grassett.

Fortunately the Sarasota area fared well during Hurricane Ian compared to areas to our south. Others suffered catastrophic damages that may take years to recover from. Although there is still a large amount of runoff, Sarasota Bay is recovering nicely.

Fly anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing snook, trout and several other species recently. Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, fished deep grass flats with sink tip fly lines and weighted flies on a couple of trips.

In addition to numerous trout, she also caught and released Spanish mackerel. Andrew Terry, from Longboat Key, caught and released a huge jack on a fly with an 8-wt on another trip.

Dave Smid, from Springfield, MO, had good action catching and releasing snook on flies while fishing before dawn in Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dave Smid had good action catching and releasing snook on flies fishing before dawn in Sarasota Bay.

Andrew Terry, from Longboat Key, with a 14-lb jack crevalle caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Andrew Terry with a 14-lb jack crevalle caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay recently.

After a 30-minute battle and dodging numerous obstructions, he brought the 14-lb fish to the boat. Great job! Dave Smid, from Springfield, MO, fished dock lights before dawn in Sarasota Bay with me and had good action catching and releasing numerous snook on flies. He also fished deep grass flats with Clouser flies on sink tip fly lines and had good action with trout.

Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should be a good option now. You may also find juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks and in a few places mixed with snook around dock lights. Look for reds in skinny water. Fishing deep grass flats for a variety of species is also usually a good option for action.

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.


Fortunately the Sarasota area fared well during Hurricane Ian compared to areas to our south. Others suffered catastrophic damages that may take years to recover from. Although there is still a large amount of runoff, Sarasota Bay is recovering nicely.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, had good action catching and releasing trout on flies in Sarasota Bay on a couple of trips with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Pat Beckwith had good action catching and releasing trout on flies in Sarasota Bay..

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, fished deep grass flats with sink tip fly lines and weighted flies on a couple of trips with me and in addition to numerous trout, she also caught and released Spanish mackerel. Andrew Terry, from Longboat Key, caught and released a huge jack on a fly with an 8-wt on another trip. After a 30-minute battle and dodging numerous obstructions, he brought the 14-lb fish to the boat. Great job!

Dave Smid, from Springfield, MO, fished dock lights before dawn in Sarasota Bay with me and had good action catching and releasing numerous snook on flies. He also fished deep grass flats with Clouser flies on sink tip fly lines and had good action with trout.

Andrew Terry, from Longboat Key, with a 14-lb jack crevalle caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Andrew Terry with a 14-lb jack crevalle caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should be a good option now. You may also find juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks and in a few places mixed with snook around dock lights. Look for reds in skinny water. Fishing deep grass flats for a variety of species is also usually a good option for action.

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

Jerry, from Central Florida, caught and released this beautiful looking Red.

Jerry caught and released this beautiful looking Red.

Jerry, a central Florida angler, decided to get on the water after hurricane Ian to see what it looked like. I told him I had been on the water earlier in the week and all looked good to go.

Jerry loves to fish Topwater lures and spoons and he was not disappointed with the results of his efforts. He hooked and landed several snook, redfish, and trout. All were released safely back into the water to be caught another day.

Needless to say other parts of our state were devastated with the hurricane however our area did not suffer the great destruction. If and when you’re ready to try your luck in Sarasota Bay it’s safe to get out and the water looks good.

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.


Jerry, a central Florida angler, decided to get on the water after hurricane Ian to see what it looked like. I told him I had been on the water earlier in the week and all looked good to go.

Jerry, from central Florida, caught this nice looking Red.

Jerry, from central Florida, caught this nice looking Red.

Jerry loves to fish Topwater lures and spoons and he was not disappointed with the results of his efforts. He hooked and landed several snook, redfish, and trout. All were released safely back into the water to be caught another day.

Needless to say other parts of our state were devastated with the hurricane however our area did not suffer the great destruction. If and when you’re ready to try your luck in Sarasota Bay it’s safe to get out and the water looks good.

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

Jeff Lasoski, from WI, with a Tripletail caught and released on a fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jeff Lasoski with a Tripletail caught and released on a fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Fly anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing trout and a variety of other species recently.

Pat Beckwith from Sarasota, and Lyle Beckwith from VA, fished deep grass flats with sink tip fly lines and weighted flies with me and in addition to numerous trout. They also caught and released mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel and a sharpnose shark. Jeff Lasoski, from WI, also had good action catching and releasing trout and a tripletail on flies on another trip.

Lyle Beckwith, from VA, with a Sharpnose shark he caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Lyle Beckwith with a Sharpnose shark he caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Pat Beckwith with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should be a good option now. You may also find juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks and in a few places mixed with snook around dock lights. Look for reds in skinny water. Fishing deep grass flats for a variety of species is also usually a good option for action.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides 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.


Fly anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing trout and a variety of other species recently

Pat Beckwith from Sarasota, and Lyle Beckwith from VA, fished deep grass flats with sink tip fly lines and weighted flies with me and in addition to numerous trout, they also caught and released mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel and a sharpnose shark.

Jeff Lasoski, from WI, with a Tripletail caught and released on a fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jeff Lasoski with a Tripletail caught and released on a fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jeff Lasoski, from WI, also had good action catching and releasing trout and a tripletail on flies on another trip.

Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should be a good option now. You may also find juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks and in a few places mixed with snook around dock lights. Look for reds in skinny water. Fishing deep grass flats for a variety of species is also usually a good option for action.

Jeff Lasoski, from WI, with a Tripletail caught and released on a fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jeff Lasoski with a Tripletail caught and released on a fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides 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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Lauren and Shane from Columbus Ohio caught this cute Tripletale while fishing in Sarasota bay on his birthday.

Lauren and Shane with a Tripletale they reeled in.

Lauren and Shane from Columbus Ohio caught this cute Tripletale while fishing aboard my boat in Sarasota Bay this past week.

It just so happened to be Shane’s birthday too which made their catch and release of the Tripletail just a little more memorable.

Throw in the sunny skies and the warm blue waters of Sarasota Bay and you pretty much got it going.

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.


Lauren and Shane from Columbus Ohio caught this cute Tripletale while fishing aboard my boat in Sarasota Bay this past week.

Lauren and Shane from Columbus Ohio caught this cute Tripletale while fishing in Sarasota bay on his birthday.

Lauren and Shane caught this cute Tripletale.

It just so happened to be Shane’s birthday too which made their catch and release of the Tripletail just a little more memorable.

Throw in the sunny skies and the warm blue waters of Sarasota Bay and you pretty much got it going. All in all it was a great day on the water… you can’t ask for more than that!

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

Sam took his grandma fishing and she caught him this beautiful sea trout for dinner.

Sam took his grandma fishing with Capt. Naeve.

Sam took his grandma fishing and she caught him this beautiful sea trout for dinner! He heads home to Milwaukee today but not before creating memories to last a lifetime.

I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend and remember that unlike up north summer is a long ways from over yet here in Sarasota FL. So if you’re headed down this way try making some time to spend on the water fishing, believe me you won’t regret it.

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.


Sam took his grandma fishing and she caught him this beautiful sea trout for dinner! He heads home to Milwaukee today but not before creating memories to last a lifetime.

Sam took his grandma fishing and she caught him this beautiful sea trout for dinner.

Sam took his grandma fishing and she caught him this beautiful sea trout for dinner.

I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend and remember that unlike up north summer is a long ways from over yet here in Sarasota FL. So if you’re headed down this way try making some time to spend on the water fishing, believe me you won’t regret it.

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 Montana Fly Fishing Trip Report

Capt. Rick Grassett with a nice Beaverhead River brown trout aught and released while fly fishing with King Outfitters out of Dillon, MT recently.

Capt. Rick Grassett with a nice Beaverhead River brown trout aught and released while fly fishing with King Outfitters out of Dillon, MT recently.

I hosted a group of friends and clients on my annual destination fly fishing trip to southwest Montana recently.

I traveled from Sarasota to Bozeman and met up with Kirk Grassett, from DE and made the 2-1/2 hour drive to Medicine Lodge, on a 100,000 acre working ranch near the Beaverhead River, outside of Dillon, MT.

We met up there with Mike Perez and Dennis Kinley, who drove and met us at the lodge. Despite some fishing restrictions due to heat and low water, we caught and released some quality trout.

We fished the Beaverhead, Big Hole and Jefferson Rivers with guide Dave King, owner of King Outfitters (406) 596-0209 in Dillon, and his talented group of guides. I’ve fished with Dave for more than 20-years, his guides do a great job and know their fishery well.

Dennis Kinley, from IN, with a nice Beaverhead River rainbow caught and released while fly fishing with King Outfitters out of Dillon, MT recently.

Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, with a big Montana rainbow caught and released while fly fishing with King Outfitters out of Dillon, MT recently.

I hosted a group of friends and clients on my annual destination fly fishing trip to southwest Montana recently.

I traveled from Sarasota to Bozeman and met up with Kirk Grassett, from DE and made the 2-1/2 hour drive to Medicine Lodge, on a 100,000 acre working ranch near the Beaverhead River, outside of Dillon, MT.

We met up there with Mike Perez and Dennis Kinley, who drove and met us at the lodge. Despite some fishing restrictions due to heat and low water, we caught and released some quality trout.

We fished the Beaverhead, Big Hole and Jefferson Rivers with guide Dave King, owner of King Outfitters (406) 596-0209 in Dillon, and his talented group of guides. I’ve fished with Dave for more than 20-years, his guides do a great job and know their fishery well.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides 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.


I hosted a group of friends and clients on my annual destination fly fishing trip to southwest Montana recently.

I traveled from Sarasota to Bozeman and met up with Kirk Grassett, from DE and made the 2-1/2 hour drive to Medicine Lodge, on a 100,000 acre working ranch near the Beaverhead River, outside of Dillon, MT.

We met up there with Mike Perez and Dennis Kinley, who drove and met us at the lodge. Despite some fishing restrictions due to heat and low water, we caught and released some quality trout.

We fished the Beaverhead, Big Hole and Jefferson Rivers with guide Dave King, owner of King Outfitters (406) 596-0209 in Dillon, and his talented group of guides. I’ve fished with Dave for more than 20-years, his guides do a great job and know their fishery well.

Capt. Rick Grassett with a nice Beaverhead River brown trout aught and released while fly fishing with King Outfitters out of Dillon, MT recently.

Capt. Rick Grassett with a nice Beaverhead River brown trout aught and released while fly fishing with King Outfitters out of Dillon, MT recently.

I hosted a group of friends and clients on my annual destination fly fishing trip to southwest Montana recently.

I traveled from Sarasota to Bozeman and met up with Kirk Grassett, from DE and made the 2-1/2 hour drive to Medicine Lodge, on a 100,000 acre working ranch near the Beaverhead River, outside of Dillon, MT.

We met up there with Mike Perez and Dennis Kinley, who drove and met us at the lodge. Despite some fishing restrictions due to heat and low water, we caught and released some quality trout.

We fished the Beaverhead, Big Hole and Jefferson Rivers with guide Dave King, owner of King Outfitters (406) 596-0209 in Dillon, and his talented group of guides. I’ve fished with Dave for more than 20-years, his guides do a great job and know their fishery well.

Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, with a big Montana rainbow caught and released while fly fishing with King Outfitters out of Dillon, MT recently.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides 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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Liam Grey and Olivia Biterman of West Palm Beach caught many beautiful mangrove, snapper, and spotted sea trout while on a half day guided fishing trip with me out of CB’s Outfitters this past week.

Liam Grey on the water with Capt. Naeve.

Liam Grey on the water with Capt. Naeve.

Young Olivia Biterman of West Palm Beach.

Young Olivia Biterman looks pretty excited.

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.


Liam Grey and Olivia Biterman of West Palm Beach caught many beautiful mangrove, snapper, and spotted sea trout while on a half day guided fishing trip with me out of CB’s Outfitters this past week.

Liam Grey on the water with Capt. Naeve.

Liam Grey on the water with Capt. Naeve.

Young Olivia Biterman of West Palm Beach.

Young Olivia Biterman from West Palm Beach.

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.


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.

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Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Two shrimp for two Tripletale, I call that a bargain now matter how you look at it. Another CB’s nearshore fishing trip with Capt. Brandon is in the books… what a great way to spend the day!

Tripletail seemed to be the catch of the day.

Tripletail seemed to be the catch of the day…

That is one healthy looking Tripletail.

Now that certainly is one healthy looking Tripletail.

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.


Two shrimp for two Tripletale, I call that a bargain now matter how you look at it.

Tripletail seemed to be the catch of the day.

Tripletail seemed to be the catch of the day.

That is one healthy looking Tripletail.

That is one healthy looking Tripletail.

Another CB’s nearshore fishing trip with Capt. Brandon is in the books… what a great way to spend the day!

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. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Chaz Hart, from MT, experienced a beautiful morning of fly fishing this past Saturday, Jan.21.

Chaz Hart, from MT, experienced a beautiful morning of fly fishing this past Saturday, on Sarasota Bay.

We fished the deep grass of Sarasota Bay. Chaz caught numerous spotted sea trout. All the fish were protected from the cormorants and released safely.

Most of the trout were fooled by a olive and white Clouser deep minnow. The water temperature was in the mid 60’s and extremely clear. About 30 inches of 20 pound fluorocarbon produced well.

All and all it was a very satisfying on the water, with air tempatures a little chillier than normal but no where near the tempatures back home in Chaz’s native Montana.

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.


We fished the deep grass of Sarasota Bay. Chaz caught numerous spotted sea trout. All the fish were protected from the cormorants and released safely.

Most of the trout were fooled by a olive and white Clouser deep minnow. The water temperature was in the mid 60’s and extremely clear. About 30 inches of 20 pound fluorocarbon produced well.

Chaz Hart, from MT, experienced a beautiful morning of fly fishing this past Saturday, Jan.21.

Chaz Hart, from MT, experienced a beautiful morning of fly fishing this past Saturday, Jan.21.

All and all it was a very satisfying down on the water, with air temps a little chillier than normal but no where near the temps back home in Chaz’s native Montana.

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

Although fishin on area grass flats has been pretty slow we have fortunately been able to find some really nice fish near some of the docks around Sarasota Bay. Fishing with live shrimp anglers have caught some good sized and delicious sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and nice reddish.

Some nice looking Redfish were there for the taking.

Some nice looking Redfish were ripe for the taking.

Sheepshead were were seen lurking around the docks.

Sheepshead could be seen lurking around the docks.

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.


Although fishin on area grass flats has been pretty slow we have fortunately been able to find some really nice fish near some of the docks around Sarasota Bay.

Some nice looking Redfish were there for the taking.

Some nice looking Redfish were there for the taking.

Sheepshead were lurking around the docks.

Sheepshead were lurking around the docks.

Fishing with live shrimp anglers have caught some good sized and delicious sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and nice reddish.

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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Darby, from Nashville, caught this Pompano and had it on the grill in short order.

Darby, from Nashville, caught this Pompano this past week fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

January can be a slow month for fishing as water temperatures lower. Pompano are just starting to come into Sarasota Bay this time of year. Darby, from Nashville, caught this beauty and saw that it made it onto the grill in short order.

As the year begins, temperatures are dropping, which means that the fish are hiding in deeper waters, creeks, and canals. Prized fish, such as Snook, go out of season and become vulnerable when the weather gets too cold. However, Captains out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters have reported steady action of a variety of species with warmer than usual weather last 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.


January can be a slow month for fishing as water temperatures lower. Pompano are just starting to come into Sarasota Bay this time of year. Darby, from Nashville, caught this beauty and saw that it made it onto the grill in short order.

Darby, from Nashville, caught this Pompano this past week fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

Darby, from Nashville, caught this Pompano this past week fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

As the year begins, temperatures are dropping, which means that the fish are hiding in deeper waters, creeks, and canals. Prized fish, such as Snook, go out of season and become vulnerable when the weather gets too cold. However, Captains out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters have reported steady action of a variety of species with warmer than usual weather last 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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Rick Anderson, from IL, with a nice looking Sarasota Bay Trout.

Rick Anderson, from IL, with Sarasota Bay Trout.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing reds and trout on DOA Lures in Sarasota Bay and Tampa Bay recently. Fly anglers also caught and released trout with a couple of blues and pompano in the mix in Sarasota Bay on Clouser flies.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL and several family members fished with me in Sarasota Bay, Gasparilla Sound and Tampa Bay recently.

Rick and Nate Anderson, from IL, fished Sarasota Bay with Keith and caught and released trout and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails. Steve McClintock, from Pittsburgh, joined his dad for a day of fishing in Tampa Bay and caught and released a nice red also on a CAL jig with shad tail.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a Pompano, both caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a Pompano, both caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Stephen Smith, from NJ, with a Bluefish he caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Stephen Smith, from NJ, with a Bluefish he caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

I will be the instructor for CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, Feb 4, 2023. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults. We will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection. Cost for the class, which will run from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, is $225 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, workbook and lunch.

Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations.

Look for reds and trout in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now as long as water temperatures stay above 60 degrees.

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 catching and releasing reds and trout on DOA Lures in Sarasota Bay and Tampa Bay recently. Fly anglers also caught and released trout with a couple of blues and pompano in the mix in Sarasota Bay on Clouser flies.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL and several family members fished with me in Sarasota Bay, Gasparilla Sound and Tampa Bay recently. Rick and Nate Anderson, from IL, fished Sarasota Bay with Keith and caught and released trout and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails. Steve McClintock, from Pittsburgh, joined his dad for a day of fishing in Tampa Bay and caught and released a nice red also on a CAL jig with shad tail.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a Pompano, both caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a Pompano, both caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Stephen Smith, from NJ, fished Sarasota Bay with me recently and had some action catching and releasing trout and bluefish fishing sink tip fly lines over deep grass. Alan Sugar and Ray Hutchinson, from MI, also fished Sarasota Bay and had some action catching and releasing trout, bluefish and a pompano on flies.

I will be the instructor for CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, Feb 4, 2023. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults. We will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection. Cost for the class, which will run from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, is $225 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, workbook and lunch.

Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations.

Rick Anderson, from IL, with a nice looking Sarasota Bay Trout.

Rick Anderson, from IL, with a nice looking Sarasota Bay Trout.

Look for reds and trout in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now as long as water temperatures stay above 60 degrees.

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. Terry Simmon’s Weekly Fishing Report

Enjoying Christmas week fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Terry Simmons.

Enjoying Christmas week fishing in Sarasota Bay.

Fishing this week in the Bay has been a little slow and challenging especially with the varying weather systems from high pressure to early morning fog and water temps ranging from 52-72 degrees. The lower water temps pushed a lot of fish to seek deeper waters offshore.

Although as the water temps began to rise the fish began to slowly migrate back into the bay and the fishing became a little more productive. During the week we caught a few ladyfish, small speckled sea trout, bluefish, sheepshead and mangrove snapper.

Working the deeper areas of the bay and the flats on incoming tides were best using live shrimp and using weedless artificial baits very slowly through the grass on the bottom over the grass flats.

When you need a good dose of Vitamin Sea… “Let’s go Fishing”

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.


Fishing this week in the Bay has been a little slow and challenging especially with the varying weather systems from high pressure to early morning fog and water temps ranging from 52-72 degrees. The lower water temps pushed a lot of fish to seek deeper waters offshore.

Enjoying Christmas week fishing in Sarasota Bay.

Enjoying Christmas week fishing in Sarasota Bay.

Although as the water temps began to rise the fish began to slowly migrate back into the bay and the fishing became a little more productive.

During the week we caught a few ladyfish, small speckled sea trout, bluefish, sheepshead and mangrove snapper.
Working the deeper areas of the bay and the flats on incoming tides were best using live shrimp and using weedless artificial baits very slowly through the grass on the bottom over the grass flats.

When you need a good dose of Vitamin Sea… “Let’s go Fishing”!

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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Marshall Dinerman, from Lido, with a bluefish he caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently

Marshall Dinerman with a bluefish caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing reds, snook and trout on flies and DOA Lures in Sarasota Bay and Gasparilla Sound recently.

Fly anglers fished deep grass flats with sink tip fly lines while spin fishing anglers fished CAL jigs with a variety of tails and had good action catching and releasing trout in Sarasota Bay.

Marshall Dinerma and Mike St. Hilaire fished Sarasota Bay with me and in addition to numerous trout also caught and released a nice red and bluefish on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

Look for reds, snook and trout in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now.

Jon Yenari, from Sarasota, with a red he caught and released on fly and CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Jon Yenari with a red caught and released on fly and CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Marshall Dinerman shown again here with a red caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Marshall Dinerman shown here with a red caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jon Yenari, from Sarasota, fished Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me recently and had a banner day catching and releasing numerous snook, several reds to 26” and trout. After realizing late in the day that we were only 2 trout away from slams on fly and spin we worked hard to find a couple of trout to compete the slams on fly and spinning tackle. Great job!

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

Capt. Capt. Rick Grassett

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


Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing reds, snook and trout on flies and DOA Lures in Sarasota Bay and Gasparilla Sound recently.

Fly anglers fished deep grass flats with sink tip fly lines while spin fishing anglers fished CAL jigs with a variety of tails and had good action catching and releasing trout in Sarasota Bay.

Marshall Dinerman, from Lido and Mike St. Hilaire, from Longboat Key, fished Sarasota Bay with me and in addition to numerous trout also caught and released a nice red and bluefish on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

Marshall Dinerman shown here with a red caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Marshall Dinerman shown here with a red he caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jon Yenari, from Sarasota, fished Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me recently and had a banner day catching and releasing numerous snook, several reds to 26” and trout. After realizing late in the day that we were only 2 trout away from slams on fly and spin we worked hard to find a couple of trout to compete the slams on fly and spinning tackle. Great job!

Look for reds, snook and trout in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now.

Jon Yenari, from Sarasota, with a red he caught and released on fly and CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Jon Yenari with a reds he caught and released on fly and CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande 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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Carter White had a fun day fishing Sarasota Bay last year around this time with his mom and brother.

Carter White, visiting from Nashville, caught this beautiful snook with his mom and brother during Xmas break last year here in Sarasota.

If you’re looking for something that’s really a lot of fun to do this holiday season there’s nothing like spending a day out on the water with friends and family.

So grab your kids and book a X-mas guided fishing trip through CB’s Outfitters and enjoy the holidays. From all of us, here’s wishing you all the best this holiday season and the coming new year!

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.


Carter White, visiting from Nashville, caught this beautiful snook with his mom and brother during Xmas break last year here in Sarasota.

Carter White had a fun day fishing Sarasota Bay last year around this time with his mom and brother.

If you’re looking for something that’s really a lot of fun to do this holiday season there’s nothing like spending a day out on the water with friends and family.

So grab your kids and book a X-mas guided fishing trip through CB’s Outfitters and enjoy the holidays. From all of us, here’s wishing you all the best this holiday season and the coming new year!

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 Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge, South Andros, Bahamas Fishing Report, for Nov. 2022

The spectacular waters of the Bahamas as seen from the plane.

Mars Bay in the Bahamas as seen from the plane.

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

We met up with other group members John and DJ, from NY, and Tracy and Cullen Baker, from NC and traveled to Congotown, South Andros on Makers Air. Conditions were good most of the time, with good sunlight and not a lot of wind. We waded vast sand flats and also fished from flats skiffs for everything from large cruising or tailing single and double bonefish to large schools of fish.

We had good action most days and there were also a couple of slower days, and there were numerous bonefish in the 4 to 6-pound class and several 8 to 9-pound fish caught and released. Top producing flies during the week were Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp, Mars Bay Special, Ververka’s Mantis Shrimp, Gotchas and Gotcha variations. A great trip to a great lodge!

Ed Hurst, from Sarasota was having a great time.

Ed Hurst, from Sarasota was having a great time.

Rick Happle from St. Pete was lovin' every minute of it.

Rick Happle from St. Pete was lovin’ every minute of it.

Bill Howard, the resident owner/operator, does a great job making things run smoothly at the lodge. We dined on a variety of excellent authentic Bahamian dishes including fresh fish, lobster and conch. One of the best things about Mars Bay Lodge, the southernmost lodge on South Andros, is fishing the vast sand flats and scattered mangrove keys to the south.

Capt. Rick Grassett's brother Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE.

Capt. Rick Grassett’s brother Kirk Grassett, from DE.

Capt. Rick Grassett love this annual trip to the Bahamas.

The Captain loves this annual trip to the Bahamas.

Being the southernmost lodge on South Andros also means about a 10-mile shorter boat run each way and more fishing! South Andros has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth! This trip, as well as my Montana trip, are annual trips so if you have an interest in any future trips contact me or go to the Destination Trips page of my web sites.

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

Capt. Capt. Rick Grassett

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


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

We met up with other group members John and DJ, from NY, and Tracy and Cullen Baker, from NC and traveled to Congotown, South Andros on Makers Air. Conditions were good most of the time, with good sunlight and not a lot of wind. We waded vast sand flats and also fished from flats skiffs for everything from large cruising or tailing single and double bonefish to large schools of fish.

We had good action most days and there were also a couple of slower days, and there were numerous bonefish in the 4 to 6-pound class and several 8 to 9-pound fish caught and released. Top producing flies during the week were Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp, Mars Bay Special, Ververka’s Mantis Shrimp, Gotchas and Gotcha variations. A great trip to a great lodge!

Rick Happle from St. Pete was lovin’ every minute of it.

Rick Happle from St. Pete was lovin’ every minute of it.

Bill Howard, the resident owner/operator, does a great job making things run smoothly at the lodge. We dined on a variety of excellent authentic Bahamian dishes including fresh fish, lobster and conch. One of the best things about Mars Bay Lodge, the southernmost lodge on South Andros, is fishing the vast sand flats and scattered mangrove keys to the south.

Ed Hurst, from Sarasota was having a great time.

Ed Hurst, from Sarasota was having a great time.

Being the southernmost lodge on South Andros also means about a 10-mile shorter boat run each way and more fishing! South Andros has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth! This trip, as well as my Montana trip, are annual trips so if you have an interest in any future trips contact me or go to the Destination Trips page of my web sites.

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

Capt. Capt. Rick Grassett

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


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Kirk Grassett with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Kirk Grassett with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail fishing the Bay.

Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing trout, pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel recently. Fly anglers fished deep grass flats with sink tip fly lines and weighted flies while spin fishing anglers fished CAL jigs with a variety of tails.

A couple of my brothers, Joey Grassett from Seaford, DE and Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, visited for a few days and had great catch and release action with a variety of species on flies and CAL jigs.

Al Hirsch and Fred Bargar, from Sarasota, also fished Sarasota Bay with me and had good action with trout and blues on flies. Massimo and Tatiana Giardina, from Switzerland, also had good action with trout, blues and pompano on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.

Massimo and Tatiana Giardina, from Switzerland, with a pompano

Massimo Giardina, from Switzerland, with a pompano caught fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Tatiana Giardina, from Switzerland, with a pompano (top) on a fly and a bluefish (below) on a CAL jig with a shad tail both caught and released while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently

Tatiana Giardina, also from Switzerland, with a bluefish on a CAL jig with a shad tail fishing Sarasota Bay.

I will be the instructor and there are still a few spots left for CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, Nov 12, 2022. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults. The class will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection.

Cost for the class, which will run from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, is $225 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, workbook and lunch. Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 to sign up.

Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, with a pompano on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, with a pompano on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

Kirk Grassett with a blue caught and released on a fly,  fishing Sarasota Bay.

Kirk Grassett with a blue caught and released on a fly, fishing Sarasota Bay.

Fish the coastal gulf for tripletail, Spanish mackerel and false albacore (little tunny) when conditions are good. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Look for reds in skinny water. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now.

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 Sarasota Bay with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing trout, pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel recently. Fly anglers fished deep grass flats with sink tip fly lines and weighted flies while spin fishing anglers fished CAL jigs with a variety of tails.

A couple of my brothers, Joey Grassett from Seaford, DE and Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, visited for a few days and had great catch and release action with a variety of species on flies and CAL jigs.

Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, with a pompano on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, with a pompano on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

Al Hirsch and Fred Bargar, from Sarasota, also fished Sarasota Bay with me and had good action with trout and blues on flies. Massimo and Tatiana Giardina, from Switzerland, also had good action with trout, blues and pompano on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.

Kirk Grassett with a blue caught and released on a fly, fishing Sarasota Bay.

Kirk Grassett with a blue caught and released on a fly, fishing Sarasota Bay.

Fish the coastal gulf for tripletail, Spanish mackerel and false albacore (little tunny) when conditions are good. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Look for reds in skinny water. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now.

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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Kristina Keenan on the water with Capt. Naeve.

Kristina Keenan fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Naeve.

Kristina Keenan, from Zurich, Switzerland, caught this beautiful juvenile Tarpon on the last cast of the day this past week fishing with me. The fishing has been on fire since the hurricane basically because the fish weren’t able to eat during the storm.

Grab a friend or a child you’d like to spend some quality time with and get out on the water. CB’s Saltwater Outfitters will be happy to set you up with whatever you’ll need to make that special time happen.

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.


Kristina Keenan, from Zurich, Switzerland, caught this beautiful juvenile Tarpon on the last cast of the day this past week fishing with me. The fishing has been on fire since the hurricane basically because the fish weren’t able to eat during the storm.

Kristina Keenan on Sarasota Bay with Capt. Naeve.

Kristina Keenan on Sarasota Bay with Capt. Naeve.

Grab a friend or a child you’d like to spend some quality time with and get out on the water. CB’s Saltwater Outfitters will be happy to set you up with whatever you’ll need to make that special time happen.

Capt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

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


Capt. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Bob with the Snook in his hands, and his friend John, both from PA, fished Sarasota Bay this past week.

Bob with the Snook in his hands, and his friend John, both from PA, fished Sarasota Bay this past week.

I fished two days this week on Sarasota Bay with John, who’s a regular customer of mine, and his friend Bob, both from Pennsylvania. Numerous trout were caught using DOA shrimp under a cork and or live shrimp under a cork. Using quarter ounce jig head and gulp also produced a number of fish.

Pictured is Bob holding a trophy snook that he successfully landed and released using the DOA shrimp. He had quite a battle as the wiley fish kept trying to escape the hook by going under the boat and around the motor.

To be honest I felt lucky that we were able to land it. John also landed a trophy size snook throwing a Topwater lure over shallow potholes on the flats. Weather and water are beautiful at this time of year and a pleasure to be out fishing.

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 fished two days this week on Sarasota Bay with John, who’s a regular customer of mine, and his friend Bob, both from Pennsylvania. Numerous trout were caught using DOA shrimp under a cork and or live shrimp under a cork. Using quarter ounce jig head and gulp also produced a number of fish.

Bob with the Snook in his hands, and his friend John, both from PA, fished Sarasota Bay this past week.

Bob with the Snook in his hands, and his friend John, both from PA, fished Sarasota Bay this past week.

Pictured is Bob holding a trophy snook that he successfully landed and released using the DOA shrimp. He had quite a battle as the wiley fish kept trying to escape the hook by going under the boat and around the motor.

To be honest I felt lucky that we were able to land it. John also landed a trophy size snook throwing a Topwater lure over shallow potholes on the flats. Weather and water are beautiful at this time of year and a pleasure to be out fishing.

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 Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

Fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

Wow the fishing has really kicked of over the last week. Maybe one of the few good things left from hurricane Ian has been cooler water temperatures.

The spotted seatrout have been biting about as good as I can remember. Most of them are in the 12 to 14 inch range, and keepers are pretty easy to come by as well. Spanish mackerel are showing up and I would expect the kings to be here soon also. There have also been some huge ladyfish, an occasional pompano, and bluefish on the grass flats and in the passes.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Stilwell

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


Wow the fishing has really kicked of over the last week. Maybe one of the few good things left from hurricane Ian has been cooler water temperatures.

On the water with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

Fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

The spotted seatrout have been biting about as good as I can remember . Most of them are in the 12 to 14 inch range but keepers are pretty easy to come by as well. Spanish mackerel are showing up and I would expect the kings to be here soon also. There have also been some huge ladyfish, an occasional pompano, and bluefish on the grass flats and in the passes.

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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, had good action catching and releasing trout on flies in Sarasota Bay on a couple of trips with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Pat Beckwith had good action catching and releasing trout on flies in Sarasota Bay with Capt. Grassett.

Fortunately the Sarasota area fared well during Hurricane Ian compared to areas to our south. Others suffered catastrophic damages that may take years to recover from. Although there is still a large amount of runoff, Sarasota Bay is recovering nicely.

Fly anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing snook, trout and several other species recently. Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, fished deep grass flats with sink tip fly lines and weighted flies on a couple of trips.

In addition to numerous trout, she also caught and released Spanish mackerel. Andrew Terry, from Longboat Key, caught and released a huge jack on a fly with an 8-wt on another trip.

Dave Smid, from Springfield, MO, had good action catching and releasing snook on flies while fishing before dawn in Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dave Smid had good action catching and releasing snook on flies fishing before dawn in Sarasota Bay.

Andrew Terry, from Longboat Key, with a 14-lb jack crevalle caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Andrew Terry with a 14-lb jack crevalle caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay recently.

After a 30-minute battle and dodging numerous obstructions, he brought the 14-lb fish to the boat. Great job! Dave Smid, from Springfield, MO, fished dock lights before dawn in Sarasota Bay with me and had good action catching and releasing numerous snook on flies. He also fished deep grass flats with Clouser flies on sink tip fly lines and had good action with trout.

Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should be a good option now. You may also find juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks and in a few places mixed with snook around dock lights. Look for reds in skinny water. Fishing deep grass flats for a variety of species is also usually a good option for action.

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.


Fortunately the Sarasota area fared well during Hurricane Ian compared to areas to our south. Others suffered catastrophic damages that may take years to recover from. Although there is still a large amount of runoff, Sarasota Bay is recovering nicely.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, had good action catching and releasing trout on flies in Sarasota Bay on a couple of trips with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Pat Beckwith had good action catching and releasing trout on flies in Sarasota Bay..

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, fished deep grass flats with sink tip fly lines and weighted flies on a couple of trips with me and in addition to numerous trout, she also caught and released Spanish mackerel. Andrew Terry, from Longboat Key, caught and released a huge jack on a fly with an 8-wt on another trip. After a 30-minute battle and dodging numerous obstructions, he brought the 14-lb fish to the boat. Great job!

Dave Smid, from Springfield, MO, fished dock lights before dawn in Sarasota Bay with me and had good action catching and releasing numerous snook on flies. He also fished deep grass flats with Clouser flies on sink tip fly lines and had good action with trout.

Andrew Terry, from Longboat Key, with a 14-lb jack crevalle caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Andrew Terry with a 14-lb jack crevalle caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should be a good option now. You may also find juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks and in a few places mixed with snook around dock lights. Look for reds in skinny water. Fishing deep grass flats for a variety of species is also usually a good option for action.

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

Jerry, from Central Florida, caught and released this beautiful looking Red.

Jerry caught and released this beautiful looking Red.

Jerry, a central Florida angler, decided to get on the water after hurricane Ian to see what it looked like. I told him I had been on the water earlier in the week and all looked good to go.

Jerry loves to fish Topwater lures and spoons and he was not disappointed with the results of his efforts. He hooked and landed several snook, redfish, and trout. All were released safely back into the water to be caught another day.

Needless to say other parts of our state were devastated with the hurricane however our area did not suffer the great destruction. If and when you’re ready to try your luck in Sarasota Bay it’s safe to get out and the water looks good.

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.


Jerry, a central Florida angler, decided to get on the water after hurricane Ian to see what it looked like. I told him I had been on the water earlier in the week and all looked good to go.

Jerry, from central Florida, caught this nice looking Red.

Jerry, from central Florida, caught this nice looking Red.

Jerry loves to fish Topwater lures and spoons and he was not disappointed with the results of his efforts. He hooked and landed several snook, redfish, and trout. All were released safely back into the water to be caught another day.

Needless to say other parts of our state were devastated with the hurricane however our area did not suffer the great destruction. If and when you’re ready to try your luck in Sarasota Bay it’s safe to get out and the water looks good.

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

Jeff Lasoski, from WI, with a Tripletail caught and released on a fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jeff Lasoski with a Tripletail caught and released on a fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Fly anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing trout and a variety of other species recently.

Pat Beckwith from Sarasota, and Lyle Beckwith from VA, fished deep grass flats with sink tip fly lines and weighted flies with me and in addition to numerous trout. They also caught and released mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel and a sharpnose shark. Jeff Lasoski, from WI, also had good action catching and releasing trout and a tripletail on flies on another trip.

Lyle Beckwith, from VA, with a Sharpnose shark he caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Lyle Beckwith with a Sharpnose shark he caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Pat Beckwith with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should be a good option now. You may also find juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks and in a few places mixed with snook around dock lights. Look for reds in skinny water. Fishing deep grass flats for a variety of species is also usually a good option for action.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides 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.


Fly anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing trout and a variety of other species recently

Pat Beckwith from Sarasota, and Lyle Beckwith from VA, fished deep grass flats with sink tip fly lines and weighted flies with me and in addition to numerous trout, they also caught and released mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel and a sharpnose shark.

Jeff Lasoski, from WI, with a Tripletail caught and released on a fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jeff Lasoski with a Tripletail caught and released on a fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jeff Lasoski, from WI, also had good action catching and releasing trout and a tripletail on flies on another trip.

Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should be a good option now. You may also find juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks and in a few places mixed with snook around dock lights. Look for reds in skinny water. Fishing deep grass flats for a variety of species is also usually a good option for action.

Jeff Lasoski, from WI, with a Tripletail caught and released on a fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jeff Lasoski with a Tripletail caught and released on a fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides 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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Lauren and Shane from Columbus Ohio caught this cute Tripletale while fishing in Sarasota bay on his birthday.

Lauren and Shane with a Tripletale they reeled in.

Lauren and Shane from Columbus Ohio caught this cute Tripletale while fishing aboard my boat in Sarasota Bay this past week.

It just so happened to be Shane’s birthday too which made their catch and release of the Tripletail just a little more memorable.

Throw in the sunny skies and the warm blue waters of Sarasota Bay and you pretty much got it going.

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.


Lauren and Shane from Columbus Ohio caught this cute Tripletale while fishing aboard my boat in Sarasota Bay this past week.

Lauren and Shane from Columbus Ohio caught this cute Tripletale while fishing in Sarasota bay on his birthday.

Lauren and Shane caught this cute Tripletale.

It just so happened to be Shane’s birthday too which made their catch and release of the Tripletail just a little more memorable.

Throw in the sunny skies and the warm blue waters of Sarasota Bay and you pretty much got it going. All in all it was a great day on the water… you can’t ask for more than that!

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

Sam took his grandma fishing and she caught him this beautiful sea trout for dinner.

Sam took his grandma fishing with Capt. Naeve.

Sam took his grandma fishing and she caught him this beautiful sea trout for dinner! He heads home to Milwaukee today but not before creating memories to last a lifetime.

I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend and remember that unlike up north summer is a long ways from over yet here in Sarasota FL. So if you’re headed down this way try making some time to spend on the water fishing, believe me you won’t regret it.

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.


Sam took his grandma fishing and she caught him this beautiful sea trout for dinner! He heads home to Milwaukee today but not before creating memories to last a lifetime.

Sam took his grandma fishing and she caught him this beautiful sea trout for dinner.

Sam took his grandma fishing and she caught him this beautiful sea trout for dinner.

I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend and remember that unlike up north summer is a long ways from over yet here in Sarasota FL. So if you’re headed down this way try making some time to spend on the water fishing, believe me you won’t regret it.

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 Montana Fly Fishing Trip Report

Capt. Rick Grassett with a nice Beaverhead River brown trout aught and released while fly fishing with King Outfitters out of Dillon, MT recently.

Capt. Rick Grassett with a nice Beaverhead River brown trout aught and released while fly fishing with King Outfitters out of Dillon, MT recently.

I hosted a group of friends and clients on my annual destination fly fishing trip to southwest Montana recently.

I traveled from Sarasota to Bozeman and met up with Kirk Grassett, from DE and made the 2-1/2 hour drive to Medicine Lodge, on a 100,000 acre working ranch near the Beaverhead River, outside of Dillon, MT.

We met up there with Mike Perez and Dennis Kinley, who drove and met us at the lodge. Despite some fishing restrictions due to heat and low water, we caught and released some quality trout.

We fished the Beaverhead, Big Hole and Jefferson Rivers with guide Dave King, owner of King Outfitters (406) 596-0209 in Dillon, and his talented group of guides. I’ve fished with Dave for more than 20-years, his guides do a great job and know their fishery well.

Dennis Kinley, from IN, with a nice Beaverhead River rainbow caught and released while fly fishing with King Outfitters out of Dillon, MT recently.

Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, with a big Montana rainbow caught and released while fly fishing with King Outfitters out of Dillon, MT recently.

I hosted a group of friends and clients on my annual destination fly fishing trip to southwest Montana recently.

I traveled from Sarasota to Bozeman and met up with Kirk Grassett, from DE and made the 2-1/2 hour drive to Medicine Lodge, on a 100,000 acre working ranch near the Beaverhead River, outside of Dillon, MT.

We met up there with Mike Perez and Dennis Kinley, who drove and met us at the lodge. Despite some fishing restrictions due to heat and low water, we caught and released some quality trout.

We fished the Beaverhead, Big Hole and Jefferson Rivers with guide Dave King, owner of King Outfitters (406) 596-0209 in Dillon, and his talented group of guides. I’ve fished with Dave for more than 20-years, his guides do a great job and know their fishery well.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides 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.


I hosted a group of friends and clients on my annual destination fly fishing trip to southwest Montana recently.

I traveled from Sarasota to Bozeman and met up with Kirk Grassett, from DE and made the 2-1/2 hour drive to Medicine Lodge, on a 100,000 acre working ranch near the Beaverhead River, outside of Dillon, MT.

We met up there with Mike Perez and Dennis Kinley, who drove and met us at the lodge. Despite some fishing restrictions due to heat and low water, we caught and released some quality trout.

We fished the Beaverhead, Big Hole and Jefferson Rivers with guide Dave King, owner of King Outfitters (406) 596-0209 in Dillon, and his talented group of guides. I’ve fished with Dave for more than 20-years, his guides do a great job and know their fishery well.

Capt. Rick Grassett with a nice Beaverhead River brown trout aught and released while fly fishing with King Outfitters out of Dillon, MT recently.

Capt. Rick Grassett with a nice Beaverhead River brown trout aught and released while fly fishing with King Outfitters out of Dillon, MT recently.

I hosted a group of friends and clients on my annual destination fly fishing trip to southwest Montana recently.

I traveled from Sarasota to Bozeman and met up with Kirk Grassett, from DE and made the 2-1/2 hour drive to Medicine Lodge, on a 100,000 acre working ranch near the Beaverhead River, outside of Dillon, MT.

We met up there with Mike Perez and Dennis Kinley, who drove and met us at the lodge. Despite some fishing restrictions due to heat and low water, we caught and released some quality trout.

We fished the Beaverhead, Big Hole and Jefferson Rivers with guide Dave King, owner of King Outfitters (406) 596-0209 in Dillon, and his talented group of guides. I’ve fished with Dave for more than 20-years, his guides do a great job and know their fishery well.

Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, with a big Montana rainbow caught and released while fly fishing with King Outfitters out of Dillon, MT recently.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides 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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Liam Grey and Olivia Biterman of West Palm Beach caught many beautiful mangrove, snapper, and spotted sea trout while on a half day guided fishing trip with me out of CB’s Outfitters this past week.

Liam Grey on the water with Capt. Naeve.

Liam Grey on the water with Capt. Naeve.

Young Olivia Biterman of West Palm Beach.

Young Olivia Biterman looks pretty excited.

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.


Liam Grey and Olivia Biterman of West Palm Beach caught many beautiful mangrove, snapper, and spotted sea trout while on a half day guided fishing trip with me out of CB’s Outfitters this past week.

Liam Grey on the water with Capt. Naeve.

Liam Grey on the water with Capt. Naeve.

Young Olivia Biterman of West Palm Beach.

Young Olivia Biterman from West Palm Beach.

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.