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Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Tripletale are a gourmet food item and need to be 18 inches to keep.

Tripletale are a gourmet food item and need to be 18 inches to keep.

If you can make a perfect Cast, you can catch these beauties. Tripletale are a gourmet food item and need to be 18 inches long in order to keep.

Fishing Tripletail is a sitecasting opportunity kinda like hunting a big buck. My charter is considered a nearshore trip and is $550 for up to 3 people. If you’re not a great caster but want to try this unique to our area experience fishing, I can cast for you, or show you how.

This trip can be booked out of CB’s Outfitters located on Siesta Key in Sarasota.

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.


If you can make a perfect Cast, you can catch these beauties. Tripletale are a gourmet food item and need to be 18 inches long in order to keep.

Tripletale are a gourmet food item and need to be 18 inches to keep.

Tripletale are a gourmet food item and need to be 18 inches to keep.

Fishing Tripletail is a sitecasting opportunity kinda like hunting a big buck. My charter is considered a nearshore trip and is $550 for up to 3 people. If you’re not a great caster but want to try this unique to our area experience fishing, I can cast for you, or show you how.

This trip can be booked out of CB’s Outfitters located on Siesta Key in Sarasota.

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. Bruce Burkhart’s Weekly Fishing Report

Last week the fishing around Sarasota Bay was a little slower than usual. Fishing aboard the ‘Casual Lies’ we caught Bluefish, Trout, Jacks, Ladyfish and Mackerel on silver and white jigs. With the water temperature down in the sixties the Spanish Mackerel should show up on the beach.

Capt. 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.


Last week the fishing around Sarasota Bay was a little slower than usual. Fishing aboard the ‘Casual Lies’ we caught Bluefish, Trout, Jacks, Ladyfish and Mackerel on silver and white jigs. With the water temperature down in the sixties the Spanish Mackerel should show up on the beach.

Capt. 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. Bryan Galasso’s Weekly Fishing Report

Capt. Bryan Galasso with an angler displaying a catch while fishing Sarasota Bay during the holiday week.

Capt. Bryan Galasso with an angler displaying a catch while fishing Sarasota Bay during the holiday week.

This past week we’ve were busy fishing with clients who were visiting our area for the Thanksgiving Holiday. They were busy catching snook, spotted sea trout, mangrove snappers and jack crevalle.

I’m still using live pilchards and pinfish for bait. The cooler weather and water temperatures will have us transitioning from live pilchards to live shrimp and we’ll start targeting our cold water species like black drum, sheepshead and snappers. I prefer fishing with pilchards with the water temps in the 65 to 70 degree range. Snook and trout are still my targeted species of choice.

Capt. Capt. Bryan Galasso

Capt. Galasso is a second-generation Sarasota native who's also a second-generation fisherman having fished Sarasota and the surrounding waters for the past 30 years. Bryan's been a full-time guide for the past 15 years and he'll make sure your experience on the water will be memorable.


This past week we’ve were busy fishing with clients who were visiting our area for the Thanksgiving Holiday. They were busy catching snook, spotted sea trout, mangrove snappers and jack crevalle.

Capt. Bryan Galasso with an angler displaying a catch while fishing Sarasota Bay during the holiday week.

Capt. Bryan Galasso with an angler displaying a catch while fishing Sarasota Bay during the holiday week.

I’m still using live pilchards and pinfish for bait. The cooler weather and water temperatures will have us transitioning from live pilchards to live shrimp and we’ll start targeting our cold water species like black drum, sheepshead and snappers.

I prefer fishing with pilchards with the water temps in the 65 to 70 degree range. Snook and trout are still my targeted species.

Capt. Capt. Bryan Galasso

Capt. Galasso is a second-generation Sarasota native who's also a second-generation fisherman having fished Sarasota and the surrounding waters for the past 30 years. Bryan's been a full-time guide for the past 15 years and he'll make sure your experience on the water will be memorable.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Kirk Grassett. from Middletown, DE, with a tripletail he caught and released on flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Kirk Grassett with a tripletail he caught and released on flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing tripletail and a bonus false albacore on flies in the coastal gulf recently.

My brother Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, visited for a few days prior to us heading over to Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge in South Andros, Bahamas.

With all of our pre-travel COVID testing and paperwork completed, we had a chance to fish a day. With good conditions, we hunted tripletail, found a few and caught and released several on flies. We also found a couple of schools of false albacore (little tunny) that were up and down very briefly but we were able to be in the right place at the right time to hook up!

Patrice Camillieri, from France, also got in on the action, catching and releasing several tripletail on a fly on another trip with me. Spin fishing anglers fishing shallow water with me caught and released a few decent trout on DOA Lures.

Kirk Grassett with a false albacore (little tunny) he caught and released on flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Kirk Grassett is again shown here with a false albacore (little tunny) caught and released on flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Patrice Camillieri, from France, with a tripletail caught and released on a fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Patrice Camillieri, from France, with a tripletail caught and released on a fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Fish the coastal gulf when conditions are good and look for reds, snook and large trout in shallow water. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a usually a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, Spanish mackerel, jacks, blues and more.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, toxic spills and discharges, 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 with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing tripletail and a bonus false albacore on flies in the coastal gulf recently.

Kirk Grassett. from Middletown, DE, with a tripletail he caught and released on flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Kirk Grassett. from Middletown, DE, with a tripletail he caught and released on flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

My brother Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, visited for a few days prior to us heading over to Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge in South Andros, Bahamas.

With all of our pre-travel COVID testing and paperwork completed, we had a chance to fish a day. With good conditions, we hunted tripletail, found a few and caught and released several on flies.

We also found a couple of schools of false albacore (little tunny) that were up and down very briefly but we were able to be in the right place at the right time to hook up!

Patrice Camillieri, from France, with a tripletail caught and released on a fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Patrice Camillieri, from France, with a tripletail caught and released on a fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Patrice Camillieri, from France, also got in on the action, catching and releasing several tripletail on a fly on another trip with me. Spin fishing anglers fishing shallow water with me caught and released a few decent trout on DOA Lures.

Fish the coastal gulf when conditions are good and look for reds, snook and large trout in shallow water. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a usually a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, Spanish mackerel, jacks, blues and more.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, toxic spills and discharges, 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

Cold weather has entered Florida and the fish are adjusting to the cooler water. Dress warm, bring windbreakers and enjoy the sun. In the last week mackerel with a few Bonita have come in along with some tripletale. CB’s Outfitters will set you and your kids up for a great day on the water.

On the water with Capt. Brandon Naeve.
On the water with Capt. Brandon Naeve.
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.


Cold weather has entered Florida and the fish are adjusting to the cooler water. Dress warm, bring windbreakers and enjoy the sun.

On the water with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

On the water with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

In the last week mackerel with a few Bonita have come in along with some tripletale. CB’s Outfitters will set you and your kids up for a great day on the water.

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, November 2021

Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, with a South Andros bonefish caught and released while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

Rusty Chinnis with a South Andros bonefish caught and released while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

After a hiatus from the trip due to COVID restrictions last year, I hosted a group of friends and clients at Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge in South Andros, Bahamas recently.

Stewart Lavelle and Mike Perez, from Sarasota, Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, Rusty Chinnis from Longboat Key, Bill Crelin, from Milwaukee, WI and I drove from Sarasota to FXE in Ft. Lauderdale where we met up with John and DJ, from NY, and Tracy and Cullen Baker, from North Carolina. We then boarded a Makers Air plane and traveled to Congotown, South Andros in the Bahamas.

Capt. Rick Grassett with a South Andros bonefish caught and released while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

Capt. Rick Grassett with a South Andros bonefish caught and released while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

Stewart Lavelle, from Sarasota, with a South Andros bonefish caught and released while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge

Stewart Lavelle, from Sarasota, with a South Andros bonefish caught and released while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge

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. Conditions were tough on a couple of days with wind and rain but action was fairly good on those days. There were also a couple of slower days but overall actions was good and included a few bonefish in the 4 to 6-pound class and a couple of double digit fish. Top producing flies during the week were Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp, Mars Bay Special, Ververka’s Mantis Shrimp, Gotchas and Gotcha variations. Overall it was a great trip to a great lodge!

Tracy Baker, from NC, with a South Andros bonefish caught and released while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

Tracy Baker with a South Andros bonefish caught and released while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

Cullen Baker with a South Andros bonefish he caught and released while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

Cullen Baker with another South Andros bonefish caught and released fishing with Capt. Grassett.

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. 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.

Mike Perez, from Sarasota, with a South Andros bonefish caught and released while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

Mike Perez with a South Andros bonefish caught and released while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, with a big 'cuda caught while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

Kirk Grassett with a big ‘cuda caught while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

Back home in Sarasota, tripletail in the coastal gulf has been a good option depending on conditions. Deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay have been producing trout, blues and jacks on CAL jigs with Shad tails and Clouser flies.

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.


After a hiatus from the trip due to COVID restrictions last year, I hosted a group of friends and clients at Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge in South Andros, Bahamas recently. Stewart Lavelle and Mike Perez, from Sarasota, Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, Rusty Chinnis from Longboat Key, Bill Crelin, from Milwaukee, WI and I drove from Sarasota to FXE in Ft. Lauderdale where we met up with John and DJ, from NY, and Tracy and Cullen Baker, from NC and traveled to Congotown, South Andros on Makers Air.

Tracy Baker, from NC, with a South Andros bonefish caught and released while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

Tracy Baker with a South Andros bonefish caught and released while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

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. Conditions were tough on a couple of days with wind and rain but action was fairly good on those days. There were also a couple of slower days but overall actions was good and included a few bonefish in the 4 to 6-pound class and a couple of double digit fish. Top producing flies during the week were Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp, Mars Bay Special, Ververka’s Mantis Shrimp, Gotchas and Gotcha variations. Overall it was a great trip to a great lodge!

Tracy Baker, from NC, with a South Andros bonefish caught and released while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

Tracy Baker with a South Andros bonefish caught and released while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

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. 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, tripletail in the coastal gulf has been a good option depending on conditions. Deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay have been producing trout, blues and jacks on CAL jigs with Shad tails and Clouser flies.

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

Amanda, from Northern Illinois, got a taste of the action.

Amanda, from Northern IL, got a taste of the action.

This past week Amanda, her husband Brian, and father-in-law Mike, from Northern Illinois booked a Charter with me through CB’s Outfitters on Siesta Key. They managed to catch some nice Snook, Trout and Jack Crevalle.

Using a popping cork with live shrimp Amanda caught two nice snook and several trout. Her husband Brian was using a topwater lure added some trout and a snook to our total.

It was a little breezy but getting out of the wind into some calm waters was the ticket.

All the fish were released safely so that we can catch them again In the future.

Capt. Chuck Cress

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


This past week Amanda, her husband Brian, and father-in-law Mike, from Northern Illinois booked a Charter with me through CB’s Outfitters on Siesta Key. They managed to catch some nice Snook, Trout and Jack Crevalle.

Amanda, from Northern Illinois, got a taste of the action.

Amanda, from Northern IL, got a taste of the action.

Using a popping cork with live shrimp Amanda caught two nice snook and several trout. Her husband Brian was using a topwater lure added some trout and a snook to our total.

It was a little breezy but getting out of the wind into some calm waters was the ticket. All the fish were released safely so that we can catch them again In the future.

Capt. Chuck Cress

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


Capt. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

That is one prehistoric looking fish she's holding there.

That is one prehistoric looking fish she’s holding there.

Although the gass flats of Sarasota Bay have been relatively slow, the nearshore gulf and passes have been pretty good.

We have been catching some nice tripletail around crab traps in the gulf and lots of spanish mackerel, and big ladyfish in the passes which is what you’d expect this time of year.

There’s a nice early morning crispness in the air this time of year at first light but temps warm up quickly after 10 am. Overall water temperatures are about right where they should be.

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 the gass flats of Sarasota Bay have been relatively slow, the nearshore gulf and passes have been pretty good.

That is one prehistoric looking fish dhe caught.

That is one prehistoric looking fish she’s holding there.

We have been catching some nice tripletail around crab traps in the gulf and lots of spanish mackerel, and big ladyfish in the passes which is what you’d expect this time of year.

There’s a nice early morning crispness in the air this time of year at first light but temps warm up quickly after 10 am. Overall water temperatures are about right where they should be.

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. Kelly Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

It's a great time of year for catching Tripletail.

Fall is a great time of year for fishing for Tripletail.

We’ll fall has finally arrived in our area and the fishing is starting to improve. In the last week Tripletail, and Spanish mackerel have begun showing up nearshore.

Fishing inshore on the grass flats has produced trout, redfish and snook which are all treated as catch and release. We’ve also caught snapper, jacks, ladyfish and a few flounder.

It’s a great mix and you never know what you’re gonna hook. The water is starting to clear up and the fishing is improving every day.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Kurtz

Kelly is a Sarasota native and the owner and operator of Mangrove Charters. He's pas­sion­ate about fishing and hunting. As a full-time fishing guide Kelly operates out of a 22 ft. Bayscout and specializes in light tackle using both arti­fi­cial and live bait. Redfish are his favorite.


We’ll fall has finally arrived in our area and the fishing is starting to improve. In the last week Tripletail, and Spanish mackerel have begun showing up nearshore.

It's a great time of year for catching Tripletail.

It’s a great time of year for catching Tripletail.

Fishing inshore on the grass flats has produced trout, redfish and snook which are all treated as catch and release. We’ve also caught snapper, jacks, ladyfish and a few flounder.

It’s a great mix and you never know what you’re gonna hook. The water is starting to clear up and the fishing is improving every day.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Kurtz

Kelly is a Sarasota native and the owner and operator of Mangrove Charters. He's pas­sion­ate about fishing and hunting. As a full-time fishing guide Kelly operates out of a 22 ft. Bayscout and specializes in light tackle using both arti­fi­cial and live bait. Redfish are his favorite.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, had good action catching and releasing trout, blues and Spanish mackerel on Clouser flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Pat Beckwith had good action catching and releasing trout, blues and Spanish mackerel on Clouser flies.

Anglers fishing with me out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key had some action catching and releasing trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, jacks and tripletail on flies and DOA Lures recently.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, fished Sarasota Bay with me and had some action catching and releasing trout to more than 20 inches, blues, and Spanish mackerel on Clouser flies. I did some scouting one day with my friend Steve Gibson, of Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing. With good conditions, we hunted tripletail, found a few and he caught and released several on flies.

Mostly small but still wary and a fun sight-fishing option. Marshall Dinerman, from Lido, and Mike Kreisberg, from Longboat Key, also fished Sarasota Bay with me and caught and released numerous trout, jacks and a juvenile cobia on CAL jigs with a variety of tails.

Steve Gibson, of Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing, with a tripletail caught and released on a fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Steve Gibson, of Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing, with a tripletail he caught and released in Sarasota Bay.

Pat also caught and released this Spanish mackerel fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Look for reds, snook and large trout in shallow water. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, Spanish mackerel, jacks, blues and more.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, toxic spills and discharges, 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 trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, jacks and tripletail on flies and DOA Lures recently.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, had good action catching and releasing trout, blues and Spanish mackerel on Clouser flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, had good action catching and releasing trout, blues and Spanish mackerel on Clouser flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, fished Sarasota Bay with me and had some action catching and releasing trout to more than 20 inches, blues, and Spanish mackerel on Clouser flies. I did some scouting one day with my friend Steve Gibson, of Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing. With good conditions, we hunted tripletail, found a few and he caught and released several on flies.

Mostly small but still wary and a fun sight-fishing option. Marshall Dinerman, from Lido, and Mike Kreisberg, from Longboat Key, also fished Sarasota Bay with me and caught and released numerous trout, jacks and a juvenile cobia on CAL jigs with a variety of tails.

Steve Gibson, of Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing, with a tripletail caught and released on a fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Steve Gibson, of Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing, with a tripletail caught and released on a fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Look for reds, snook and large trout in shallow water. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, Spanish mackerel, jacks, blues and more.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, toxic spills and discharges, 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

Heidi, along with her new husband Nicolas, both from Wyoming, spent some time on their honeymoon fishing Siesta Key with me.

Heidi, and her new husband Nicolas, decided to spent some time on their honeymoon fishing Siesta Key.

Heidi and Nicolas, from Wyoming, spent their honeymoon on Siesta Key this past week. They were looking for ways to enjoy Florida’s natural beauty. Nicolas, who’s an outdoor enthusiast, booked a fishing charter with me through CB’s Outfitters.

We started out on a spectacular October morning looking for schools of redfish that have been running in the area’s shallow waters. A suddenly huge irruption on Heidi’s top water Lure got our immediate attention.

After several long runs and much excitement Heidi was able to get this large snook to the boat. Afterwards she safely released this prized sport fish they continued with their trip by catching some large trout and blue fish. All in all it was a great day on the water.

I’m looking forward to the next month’s weather and some great fishing that goes along with it as temperatures begin to cool down.

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.


Heidi and Nicolas, from Wyoming, spent their honeymoon on Siesta Key this past week. They were looking for ways to enjoy Florida’s natural beauty. Nicolas, who’s an outdoor enthusiast, booked a fishing charter with me through CB’s Outfitters.

Heidi and Nicolas both from Wyoming spent their honeymoon on Siesta Key.

Heidi, and her new husband Nicolas, decided to spent some time on their honeymoon fishing Siesta Key.

We started out on a spectacular October morning looking for schools of redfish that have been running in the area’s shallow waters. A suddenly huge irruption on Heidi’s top water Lure got our immediate attention.

After several long runs and much excitement Heidi was able to get this large snook to the boat. Afterwards she safely released this prized sport fish they continued with their trip by catching some large trout and blue fish. All in all it was a great day on the water.

I’m looking forward to the next month’s weather and some great fishing that goes along with it as temperatures begin to cool down.

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

Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, with a nice cobia caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Rusty Chinnis caught and released this nice cobia on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing the coastal gulf.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing trout, blues, jacks and Spanish mackerel in Sarasota Bay and a bonus cobia in the gulf on flies and DOA Lures on several recent trips.

Dan Patterson, from Siesta Key, fished with me and had some action catching and releasing several Spanish mackerel and trout on Clouser flies. Scott and Harper Perez, from Indianapolis, also fished Sarasota Bay with me and caught and released trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos.

Mark Betten, from Sarasota, and Todd Hesket, from Denver, also had some action with trout, blues and jacks on CAL jigs with shad tails.

I scouted the coastal gulf one day and found a nice cobia swimming on the surface in a bait school. Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, was with me and he caught and released the cobia on a CAL jig with a shad tail. Right time, right place!

Harper Perez and her dad, Scott Perez, from Indianapolis, with a trout caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Harper Perez and her dad, Scott Perez, with a trout they caught and released while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Todd Hesket, from Denver, with a Sarasota Bay bluefish caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently

Todd Hesket, from Denver, with a Sarasota Bay blue caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

Look for reds, snook and large trout in shallow water. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, Spanish mackerel, jacks, blues and more.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, toxic spills, 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 trout, blues, jacks and Spanish mackerel in Sarasota Bay and a bonus cobia in the gulf on flies and DOA Lures on several recent trips.

Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, with a nice cobia caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, with a nice cobia caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dan Patterson, from Siesta Key, fished with me and had some action catching and releasing several Spanish mackerel and trout on Clouser flies. Scott and Harper Perez, from Indianapolis, also fished Sarasota Bay with me and caught and released trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos.

Mark Betten, from Sarasota, and Todd Hesket, from Denver, also had some action with trout, blues and jacks on CAL jigs with shad tails.

I scouted the coastal gulf one day and found a nice cobia swimming on the surface in a bait school. Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, was with me and he caught and released the cobia on a CAL jig with a shad tail. Right time, right place!

Harper Perez and her dad, Scott Perez, from Indianapolis, with a trout caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Harper Perez and her dad, Scott Perez, from Indianapolis, with a trout caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Look for reds, snook and large trout in shallow water. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, Spanish mackerel, jacks, blues and more.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, toxic spills, 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

Darby White with sons Noah and Carter caught these beautiful school redfish in boca grande. The weather this time of years is simply amazing, and October is a premium month for fishing so if at all possible grab your kids and book a trip through CB’s outfitters.

Enjoying a day on the water with her sons.

Darby enjoyed the day out on the water with her sons.

Darby White with sons Noah and Carter.

Darby White with sons Noah and Carter.

So give them a call and get out on the water if you can somehow manage 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.


Darby White with sons Noah and Carter caught these beautiful school redfish in boca grande.

Darby White enjoyed a day on the water with her two sons Noah and Carter.

Darby White enjoyed a day on the water with her two sons Noah and Carter.

The weather this time of years is simply amazing, and October is a premium month for fishing so if at all possible grab your kids and book a trip through CB’s outfitters.

So give them a call and get out on the water if you can somehow manage 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. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

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The Weber’s were on the water this past week with me and hooked this nice looking Red fishing Sarasota Bay.

Usually my Charter’s are with customers from out of town, or out of state. However, local Sarasota residents Mr. and Mrs. Weber decided to get out on the water and do something different for a change. They booked a charter with me through CB’s Outfitters’ based out of Siesta Key.

They aren’t avid fisherman but they both had great patience and we’re able to catch and release some nice fish. They caught Jacks, small snapper, and a beautiful red fish, shown here, to end the day. It was spectacular October weather and they proved to be great people to spent time with.

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.


Usually my Charter’s are with customers from out of town, or out of state. However, local Sarasota residents Mr. and Mrs. Weber decided to get out on the water and do something different for a change. So they booked a charter with me through CB’s Outfitters’ on Siesta Key.

The Weber’s were on the water this past week with me and hooked this nice looking Red fishing Sarasota Bay.

The Weber’s were on the water this past week with me and hooked this nice looking Red fishing Sarasota Bay.

They aren’t avid fisherman but they both had great patience and we’re able to catch and release some nice fish. They caught Jacks, small snapper, and a beautiful red fish, shown here, to end the day. It was spectacular October weather and they proved to be great people to spent time with.

Capt. Chuck Cress

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


Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Capt. Brandon Naeve and his son displaying a Baby Goliath Grouper caught fishing the Everglades.

Capt. Brandon Naeve and his son display a Baby Goliath Grouper caught this past week.

Fishing ‘Day Trips’ in south Florida can be exciting to say the least. My son and I did a ‘Day Trip’ down to the Everglades for ‘Baby Goliath Grouper’ and I can say without a doubt it was awesome. There’s nothing that compares to reeling in one of these prehistoric looking fish.

Jim Dougherty and his wife Amy also caught some beautiful fish down in Boca Grande with me this past week. Boca Grande is on fire with Snook right now.

The weather this time of years is simply amazing so if at all possible get out on the water if you can.

Amy Dougherty caught this beautiful fish in boca grande this past week.

Amy Dougherty caught this Trout fishing in Boca Grande this past week with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

Amy Dougherty and her husband Jim caught this beautiful fish in Boca Grande fishing with Capt. Naeve this past week.

Amy and her husband Jim also caught this beautiful fish in Boca Grande with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

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.


Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action in Sarasota Bay with me recently.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, with 28" red caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub while fishing shallow water in Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, with 28″ red caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub while fishing shallow water in Sarasota Bay.

Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria, and Don Morrison, from MA, fished a trip with me and had great action with trout and Spanish mackerel on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. Dave Reinhart, from MA, fished skinny water with me on a blustery day later in the week.

Fish were turned on ahead of an approaching front. He caught and released a slam, including a 28” snook, 28” redfish, trout and a couple of pompano that were sight fished on top of a bar in 18” of water, all on CAL jigs with a grub tail! Not big numbers of fish but a great day for quality fish and variety.

Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel. Check the coastal gulf for Spanish mackerel, false albacore and tripletail when conditions are good. Shallow water fishing for reds and large trout is also a good option now, although they are very challenging in clear water. These conditions usually require long casts to avoid spooking fish.

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

Capt. 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

Shara King, from Dillon, MT, had good action catching and releasing trout, Spanish mackerel, snook and a tripletail on flies and DOA Lures while fishing in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Shara King had good action catching and releasing trout, Spanish mackerel, snook and a tripletail on flies and DOA Lures while fishing in Sarasota.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing trout, Spanish mackerel, tripletail and snook in Sarasota Bay and the ICW on flies and DOA Lures on several trips recently.

Dave and Shara King, from Dillon, MT, fished a couple of trips with me and had good action catching and releasing trout, Spanish mackerel, tripletail and snook in Sarasota Bay on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. They also fished dock lights in the ICW with me on another trip and had good action catching and releasing numerous snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly and DOA Tiny TerrorEyz.

Look for reds, snook and large trout in shallow water. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, Spanish mackerel, jacks, blues and more.

Dave from Dillon, MT, had good action catching and releasing tripletail on flies and DOA Lures while fishing in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett in Sarasota Bay.

Dave King had good action catching and releasing tripletail fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Grassett.

Shara King, from Dillon, MT, had good action catching and releasing trout on flies and DOA Lures while fishing in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Shara King had good action catching and releasing trout fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Grassett recently.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, toxic spills, 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 trout, Spanish mackerel, tripletail and snook in Sarasota Bay and the ICW on flies and DOA Lures on several trips recently.

Shara King, from Dillon, MT, had good action catching and releasing trout, Spanish mackerel, snook and a tripletail on flies and DOA Lures while fishing in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Shara King, from Dillon, MT, had good action catching and releasing trout, Spanish mackerel, snook and a tripletail on flies and DOA Lures while fishing in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dave and Shara King, from Dillon, MT, had good action catching and releasing trout, Spanish mackerel, snook and a tripletail on flies and DOA Lures while fishing in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Gr tripletail fishing in Sarasota Bay.

Dave and Shara King, from Dillon, MT, had good action catching and releasing trout, Spanish mackerel, snook and a tripletail on flies and DOA Lures while fishing in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Gr tripletail fishing in Sarasota Bay.

Dave and Shara King, from Dillon, MT, fished a couple of trips with me and had good action catching and releasing trout, Spanish mackerel, tripletail and snook in Sarasota Bay on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. They also fished dock lights in the ICW with me on another trip and had good action catching and releasing numerous snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly and DOA Tiny TerrorEyz.

Look for reds, snook and large trout in shallow water. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, Spanish mackerel, jacks, blues and more.

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

Capt. 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

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, had great action catching and releasing  blues, Spanish mackerel and trout on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Sarasota’s Pat Beckwith had great action catching and releasing blues, Spanish mackerel and trout on flies.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing trout, jacks, blues and Spanish mackerel in Sarasota Bay with flies and DOA Lures on several trips recently.

Spin fishing anglers scored on trout and jacks on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. Fly anglers Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota and Lyle Beckwith, from Alexandria, VA, caught and released trout to 24”, blues and Spanish mackerel in the 4 to 5-lb class on Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines. On the reel and into backing fast.

Look for reds in shallow water. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, jacks, blues and more. Since heat is still an issue, fishing dock lights for snook and juvenile tarpon before dawn is also a good option.

Lyle Beckwith, from Alexandria, VA had great action catching and releasing  blues, Spanish mackerel and trout on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Lyle Beckwith, from Alexandria, VA, had good action catching and releasing blues, and trout fishing the Bay.

Lyle Beckwith had plenty of action most of the day catching and releasing fish on Sarasota Bay with Capt. Grassett.

Lyle had plenty of action most of the day catching and releasing fish on Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, toxic spills, 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 trout, jacks, blues and Spanish mackerel in Sarasota Bay with flies and DOA Lures on several trips recently.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, had great action catching and releasing blues, Spanish mackerel and trout on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Pat Beckwith had great action catching and releasing blues, Spanish mackerel and trout on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Spin fishing anglers scored on trout and jacks on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. Fly anglers Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota and Lyle Beckwith, from Alexandria, VA, caught and released trout to 24”, blues and Spanish mackerel in the 4 to 5-lb class on Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines. On the reel and into backing fast.

Look for reds in shallow water. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, jacks, blues and more. Since heat is still an issue, fishing dock lights for snook and juvenile tarpon before dawn is also a good option.

Lyle Beckwith had plenty of action most of the day catching and releasing fish on Sarasota Bay with Capt. Grassett.

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

On the water with Capt. Chuck Cress.

On the water with Capt. Chuck Cress.

Red fish are in the bay and they’re being caught at a good clip. I had some friends visiting from Illinois and we fished several days and did quite well on redfish, snook, and trout. All the fish were caught on artificial Lures.

The mornings are starting to feel like maybe fall is on the way. With those cooler temperatures I expect the fishing to just get better as time goes on and the calendar moves into October.

Sarasota Bay water is in great shape and quite clear this time of year, hope to see you out there soon!

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.


Red fish are in the bay and they’re being caught at a good clip. I had some friends visiting from Illinois and we fished several days and did quite well on redfish, snook, and trout. All the fish were caught on artificial Lures.

On the water with Capt. Chuck Cress.

On the water with Capt. Chuck Cress.

The mornings are starting to feel like maybe fall is on the way. With those cooler temperatures I expect the fishing to just get better as time goes on and the calendar moves into October.

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. Terry Simmons’ Weekly Fishing Report

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

When you need a good dose of vitamin sea… see us!

This week, fishing aboard “Coastal Fishing Adventures” with Captain Terry Simmons, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key.

Fishing in the Bay, in September, has been a little challenging especially with high humidity and water temps still in the high 80’s. On days like this we keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

On Wednesday I chartered the Koty & Raven Sparks group for an inshore charter. We started the morning working with a low tide around several of the flats on the outside drop offs.

With the abundance of whitebait in the bay I wanted to try artificial baits to see if the fish were looking for something different. Kinda like, if you’ve been eating fish all week and now you might want a steak. We threw various colored DOA shrimp under a popping cork, DOA shad tails on jig heads, spoons and mirrolure top water baits.

On the water with Capt. Terry Simmons.

On the water with Capt. Terry Simmons.

On the water with Capt. Terry Simmons.

The redfish were hungry and wanted to play.

We caught several jack cravell, ladyfish, trout, catfish, bluefish and then we caught several very nice slot and over slot redfish from 26 to 29 inches. The redfish were hungry and wanted to play. My clients couldn’t have been happier sometimes with three on at a time and they were on their bucket list. Great memories.

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.


This week, fishing aboard “Coastal Fishing Adventures” with Captain Terry Simmons, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key.

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

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

Fishing in the Bay, in September, has been a little challenging especially with high humidity and water temps still in the high 80’s. On days like this we keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

On Wednesday I chartered the Koty & Raven Sparks group for an inshore charter. We started the morning working with a low tide around several of the flats on the outside drop offs.

With the abundance of whitebait in the bay I wanted to try artificial baits to see if the fish were looking for something different. Kinda like, if you’ve been eating fish all week and now you might want a steak. We threw various colored DOA shrimp under a popping cork, DOA shad tails on jig heads, spoons and mirrolure top water baits.

We caught several jack cravell, ladyfish, trout, catfish, bluefish and then we caught several very nice slot and over slot redfish from 26” to 29”. The redfish were hungry and wanted to play. My clients couldn’t have been happier sometimes with three on at a time and they were on their bucket list. Great memories.

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. Kelly Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

With the red tide finally subsiding the water is starting to clear up.

The red tide is subsiding, and the water is clearing up.

Anglers fishing with me the last couple trips caught and released trout, a few snook, jacks, ladyfish, and mangrove snapper which were all released.

Once again our bay is now going to need time to recover, so proper release methods will help ensure the surviving fish a chance to reproduce. In 2021, most signs indicated good water quality in Sarasota Bay, despite lingering impacts from long-lasting red tides in 2017 and 2018.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Kurtz

Kelly is a Sarasota native and the owner and operator of Mangrove Charters. He's pas­sion­ate about fishing and hunting. As a full-time fishing guide Kelly operates out of a 22 ft. Bayscout and specializes in light tackle using both arti­fi­cial and live bait. Redfish are his favorite.


Anglers fishing with me the last couple trips caught and released trout, a few snook, jacks, ladyfish, and mangrove snapper which were all released.

With the red tide finally subsiding the water is starting to clear up.

With the red tide finally subsiding the water is starting to clear up.

Once again our bay is now going to need time to recover, so proper release methods will help ensure the surviving fish a chance to reproduce. In 2021, most signs indicated good water quality in Sarasota Bay, despite lingering impacts from long-lasting red tides in 2017 and 2018.

Capt. Capt. Kelly Kurtz

Kelly is a Sarasota native and the owner and operator of Mangrove Charters. He's pas­sion­ate about fishing and hunting. As a full-time fishing guide Kelly operates out of a 22 ft. Bayscout and specializes in light tackle using both arti­fi­cial and live bait. Redfish are his favorite.


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

Gulf and Reef (up to 9 miles)

(4) Hours $550.00
(6) Hours $800.00
(for 1 to 3 anglers + $50 for 4th)
Call to Book Your Fishing Charter

Tarpon Fishing

(Mid-May thru July)
(6) Hours $700.00
(for 2 anglers + $50 for 3rd)
The clear blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico offer sight-fishing for tarpon at its best from May through mid-July. Tarpon of 120 pounds or more jumped daily during the season on fly, plug and spin tackle. Even though the water ranges from 12 to 25 feet in depth, many of the fish are encountered on the surface or just below.
Limited to 2 anglers per trip.

Snook Alley Evening Trip

Night Snook Fishing
(4) Hours $550.00
(for 1-2 anglers + $50 for 3rd)
A portion of the intercoastal waterway between Sarasota and Venice that many claim has one of the largest populations of snook found anywhere in the state. Most of the snook fishing takes place at night around lighted docks. Literally, dozens of snook will cruise around the structures and feed on bait that is attracted by the lights. It is night sight fishing that can be fast, furious and fun! Redfish and speckled trout also are encountered on these trips.

Charlotte Harbor

(6) Hours $750.00
(8) Hours $900.00
(for 1 to 2 anglers + $50 for 3rd)

Instructional Fly-Casting Lessons

Private Instructions
$100.00 per person/per hour
$150.00 two persons/per hour

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

Instructional Fly-Fishing Trip

(4) Hours $400.00

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

Offshore Gulf

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*2 week cancellation notice
*gratuity not included