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Capt. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Five-year-old Max Simmons, visiting from Ohio with his family,is having FUN FUN FUN… that's Max's three-year-old sister on the right with a nice catch of her own we might add.

Five-year-old Max Simmons, visiting from Ohio with his family, looks mighty happy wouldn’t you say.

Wow… this November weather has been perfect for fishing. The water has cooled down very quickly form the much warmer water temps of October and the fish are on the move and biting.

This week saw anglers catching quiet the variety of fish including snook, redfish, speckled trout, ladyfish, pompano, whiting, jack crevalle, black drum and grouper. Other fun fish caught that are unique in their own right were a large sea robin and a puffer fish. Highlights of the week included Doug Simmons and his five year old grandson Max, both from of Ohio, hooked and landed bay slams (trout, redfish and snook).

And on a second trip Doug’s three-year-old granddaughter caught a bay slam as well (with a little help from mom Amy). Mom Amy also landed a big speckled trout and a nice pompano. Most of the fish caught were on a variety of baits from live shrimp, CAL jigs and bucktailed jigs as well as mirror-dines and skitter walks for great top water action.

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

Capt. Jeffri DurranceCapt. Capt. Jeffri Durrance

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


Capt. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Matthew, in from Connecticut, and his sister Michelle visiting from Washington, DC out on the Lets Get Em' enjoying a day on the water.

Matthew, in from Connecticut and his sister Michelle visiting from Washington, DC on the Lets Get Em’.

Fishing Charters out of CB’S Outfitters this week produced a variety of fish out on the Lets Get Em’ Charter boat. Tripletail, trout, redfish, and Jacks to name just a few species.

Enjoying the long Thanksgiving weekend and fishing with me was Matthew, down from Connecticut and his sister Michelle down from Washington DC. We had a spectacular day on the water catching numerous fish and enjoying the beautiful weather.

Matthew who has fished in our area before caught his first redfish while Michelle caught redfish, trout, and ladyfish even though she’s a novice fisherman. Most of the fish caught were on jigs and shrimp under a popping cork.

Chuck CressCapt. Chuck Cress

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


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Brian Nafzinger, from Rehobeth, DE, with a trout caught and released on a CAL jig with a Shad tail while fishing Little Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Brian Nafzinger with a trout caught and released on a CAL jig with a Shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action on several trips in Sarasota Bay, Little Sarasota Bay, Tampa Bay and the coastal gulf recently. Fly anglers did well with tripletail in the coastal gulf.

Spin and fly fishing anglers fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with me had some action catching and releasing trout, bluefish and Spanish mackerel on CAL jigs with shad tails and Clouser flies. A trip in Little Sarasota Bay produced snook and trout on CAL jigs with Shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos.

We also caught and released reds and snook in skinny water also on CAL jigs with Shad tails. Tripletail action was good in the coastal gulf.

Jeff Hanna, from Englewood, FL, with a 15-lb tripletail caught on a fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jeff Hanna, from Englewood, FL, with a 15-lb tripletail caught on a fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Mike Perez, from Sarasota and Jeff Hanna, from Englewood, fished a day with me and they both caught tripletail. Jeff’s tripletail was the largest tripletail ever on a fly on my boat, 15-lbs!

Denton Kent, from Sarasota, and Rick Guzewicz, from Longboat Key, fished the next day and both also caught and released tripletail. Rick’s 7-lb tripletail was his first on a fly! A trip later in the week was slower but in addition to a tripletail we also caught a small cobia on a fly.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, also had a good day fishing lower Tampa Bay with me. Keith caught and released several snook, a couple of good reds, some trout and a flounder on CAL jigs with Shad tails. Fishing hard often pays off!

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a snook caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Tampa Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a snook caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

With stone crab traps in the water now, there is more structure to attract tripletail in the coastal gulf. Fishing mangrove shorelines for catch and release reds and snook in backcountry areas should also be a good option.

Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action from a variety of species including trout, blues and Spanish mackerel.

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

Capt. Rick GrassettCapt. Capt. Rick Grassett

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


Capt. Brian Boehm’s Weekly Fishing Report

That's one beautiful Redfish.

That’s one beautiful Redfish.

Anglers fishing with Quiet Waters Fishing out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters in Sarasota, FL found action on the flats for snook, redfish, and seatrout. Pinches and points were good places to find fish on the flats in the beginning of November.

Mirrolure Mirrodine XLs, Aquadream spoons, and soft plastic paddle tails on jigs were reliable choices for artificial lure enthusiasts. Fly Anglers found success fishing sandy shorelines and potholes with a modified clouser minnow and shrimp patterns.

Weather was a factor on recent trips. Fishing really came alive for Scott & Julia of Idaho when we fished before a front. We found willing snook and redfish bunched up over a sandy flat that was saturatd with bait. Later we had more excitement when we found a larger redfish in a trough that we were able to sight cast to and hook.

Fishing after the front was much harder work. Jim & Dave fished on a day after a full moon with high pressure and it showed. We moved plenty of fish, but they were sluggish, non-committal, and a bit out of sorts. Jim caught a very healthy snook on a modified clouser while fly fishing in the late morning. Redfish became more active later in the day and we brought a few boat side.

Snook
Snook were clustered up in smaller areas on the flats. We found larger fish solo, patrolling points or in buckets near depth transitions. Snook were extremely aggressive before the front moved in. The Aquadream ADL series spoon worked well on these aggressive fish. The Mirrolure Mirrodine XL was a highly effective bait for snook staked out at ambush points. High pressure pushed snook into deeper water at the beginning of the week. We did not see a snook of decent size in water shallower than 4 to 5 feet.

Seatrout
Smaller class size seatrout were in areas with deeper grass and fed aggressively. Larger seatrout were present in potholes in 3 -5 feet of water. Soft plastic paddle tails on jigs worked well. This is an ideal time of year to find gator trout in very shallow water. Using plugs and topwaters in the morning can be a good way to find larger seatrout.

Redfish
Redfish were eating well and seemed much less affected by the high pressure. We found mid-sized redfish spread out and working points and pinches between islands. Before the front, smaller reds were working in groups along sand and grass transitions and larger fish were parked in troughs. All of them were hungry and provided good action. Spoons were the pied piper for redfish.

Looking Ahead
Cold front cycles are beginning to take hold. We have not had a significant drop in temperatures yet, but we are cooling and the writing is on the wall. False albacore season is just about here. A few captains have reported catching their first ones. Tripletail are still a good option around crab floats off of the beaches. Larger redfish have remerged on the flats and that is exciting news. As temperatures continue to drop, we should begin to see better action in brackish rivers, creeks, and the back country.

Brian BoehmCapt. Brian Boehm

Brian, owns and operates Quiet Waters Fishing LLC and runs his trips out of a 17’ Maverick Mirage. He covers water as far north as Tampa Bay and south to the Charlotte Harbor/Boca Grande area. His favorite trips to offer are: back country, shallow flats, night tarpon, & night dock light snook trips.


Capt. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Capt. Ed Hurst fishing the waters of Sarasota Bay.

Capt. Ed Hurst fishing the waters of Sarasota Bay.

Jerry Phelps, from Austin TX, went on an instructional fly casting/fishing trip with me in Sarasota Bay this past week. After a few show and tell tips Jerry’s casting improved dramatically.

Catching was slow to start but we kept moving and found some happy fish on the Middle Grounds northeast of New Pass. Jerry caught ladyfish, trout, bluefish and a nice pompano that he enjoyed for dinner. With the cold fronts coming and water temps dropping I expect fishing to continue to be good. Happy Thanksgiving, happy fishing, and safe travels.

Capt. Ed HurstCapt. Capt. Ed Hurst

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


Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Cooler weather made for a great day on the water.

Cooler weather made for a great day on the water.

Triple tail fishing has been good however finding a keeper is not as easy as it used to be when the limit was 14 inches.

November means slightly cooler wasters in and around Sarasota Bay and the fishing has been decent with trout bluefish and a few mackerel coming into Bay. This cold snap should signal the fish will try to get in some extra food and store up before winter.

With temperatures beginning to cool why not grab the kids and make a day of it on the water.

Capt. Brandon NaeveCapt. Capt. Brandon Naeve

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


Capt. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

John Sky had a couple of good days on the water.

John Sky had a couple of good days on the water.

Anglers had some great catches last week in spite of some challenging conditions. John Sky had a couple good days catching plenty of spanish mackerel as well as some nice sized sharks in the near shore Gulf early in the week.

Fly fishers also caught some nice mackeral, along with trout, bluefish, and ladyfish.

Capt. Kelly StilwellCapt. Capt. Kelly Stilwell

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


Capt. Bruce Burkhart’s Weekly Fishing Report

Capt. Bruce Burkhart with a nice spotted sea trout caught and released while fishing Sarasota Bay.

The last few weeks the fishing has been pretty good. Anglers fishing with me aboard the Casual Lies out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters have had their rods bent for most of their trips.

Fishing the docks with live shrimp and topwater lures we have been catching some small Redfish up to 24 inches and Snook up to about 22 inches.

Fishing with Greenback colored CAL Jigs on the grass flats in about 6 to 8 ft of water the fishing has been fast and steady. Anglers have been catching Bluefish, Mackerel, Jacks, Grouper, Ladyfish, and some Trout.

The Trout in the bay have recovered really well in the last year. A couple of anglers that are decent fishermen can catch 20 to 25 Trout, with a few being over 20 inches. The last hour of the trip we have been chunking up some Bluefish and Ladyfish and catching some 4-5 ft Sharks. They will test your skills on these lite tackle rods.

Capt. Bruce BurkhartCapt. Capt. Bruce Burkhart

Bruce is a Florida native and has lived in Sarasota for thirty years. Capt. Bruce grew up on the east coast of Florida and started fishing with his dad when he was about six years old. Fishing has been a lifetime passion of his and in 2001 he obtained his U.S.C.G. Captain’s license.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, with a Spanish mackerel and other fish caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with his brother Capt. Rick Grassett.

Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, with a Spanish mackerel and other fish caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Grassett.

I had good fly fishing action with snook, reds, trout, Spanish mackerel and bluefish on a recent trip in Sarasota Bay, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key.

My brother Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, visited for a couple of days prior to our annual bonefish trip at Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge on South Andros, Bahamas. Right on the edge of a front moving through, we fished a pre-dawn snook/flats trip and fish were aggressive.

We fished dock lights and had decent action catching and releasing several snook and a couple of reds on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. We fished deep grass flats after daylight and had several hours of fast action catching and releasing blues to 4-lbs, Spanish mackerel and trout on Clouser flies.

Fishing dock lights for snook and more and the flats or coastal gulf after daylight is a good option. With stone crab traps in the water now, there is more structure to attract tripletail in the coastal gulf. Fishing mangrove shorelines for catch and release reds and snook in backcountry areas should also be a good option.

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

Capt. Rick GrassettCapt. Capt. Rick Grassett

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


Capt. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Young Connor and Cooper were down from Tampa this weekend. The boys were working on their fishing skills.

Connor and Cooper were down from Tampa this weekend working on their fishing skills.

Fall weather fishing with your grandsons doesn’t get any better then that. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Connor and Cooper visiting the weekend from Tampa working on their fishing skills and enjoying the wildlife on Sarasota Bay.

Fishing was a little challenging but did not seem to matter to the boys as they concentrated on each cast to see if they couldn’t get a hookup.

Water temperatures are cooling and that should get the fish to really turn on over the next several months. It’s a good time to book a trip and see what the area has to offer.

Chuck CressCapt. Chuck Cress

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


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 Fishing

(4) Hours $400.00
(6) Hours $600.00
(for 1 to 3 anglers + $50 for 4th)

Gulf and Reef (up to 9 miles)

(4) Hours $500.00
(6) Hours $750.00
(for 1 to 3 anglers + $50 for 4th)
Call to Book Your Fishing Charter

Tarpon Fishing

(Mid-May thru July)
(6) Hours $700.00
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 $500.00
(for 1-2 anglers + $50 for 3rd)
A portion of the intercoastal waterway between Sarasota and Venice that many claim has one of the largest populations of snook found anywhere in the state. Most of the snook fishing takes place at night around lighted docks. Literally, dozens of snook will cruise around the structures and feed on bait that is attracted by the lights. It is night sight fishing that can be fast, furious and fun! Redfish and speckled trout also are encountered on these trips.

Charlotte Harbor

(6) Hours $570.00
(8) Hours $900.00
(for 1-2 anglers + $50 for 3rd)

Fly-Casting Instructions

Private Instructions
$75.00 per person/per hour

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

Instructional Fly-Fishing Trip

(4) Hours $400.00

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