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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.


Capt. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

John Hoeksema shows off this small tarpon he caught and released this past week.

John Hoeksema shows off this small tarpon he caught and released this past week.

Area beaches are producing Spanish mackerel, and be on the look for tripletail when running the crab pot bouys. With the warm water we have had this fall the kingfish run has been very slow as the fish moved out in the cooler water offshore.

The bay also has Spanish mackerel along with speckled trout, mangrove snapper, redfish, bluefish, ladyfish and jack crevalle (remember that trout, snook and redfish are closed to harvest so handle with care while releasing). John Hoeksema caught a variety of fish recently with the top catch being a small tarpon in an area canal.

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. Team Top Down fished three king mackerel tournaments this fall and were out of the money in all three. Caught lots of fish but not the large king mackerel they were looking for.

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. R.C. Gilliland’s Weekly Fishing Report

Eight-year-old Ryan McTeadue with a bonita he caught fishing out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters with Capt. R.C. Gilliland.

Eight-year-old Ryan McTeadue with a bonita he caught fishing out of CB’s with Capt. R.C. Gilliland.

Fishing in our area has been pretty good this week! Despite a cold front coming through this weekend, anglers fishing with me out of CB’s Outfitters caught a good amount of snook, trout, mackerel, and snapper inshore.

When the weather permits, we have been fishing nearshore in the gulf, having good action catching lots of mackerel and sharks, with a handful of tripletail, bonita, and small kingfish thrown in the mix. As the wind subsides and and gulf starts to calm, nearshore action should only improve due to the water temperatures reaching the ideal “fall temps” that the kingfish love.

Capt. R.C. GillilandCapt. Capt. R.C. Gilliland

I'm very laid back and easy going. I love fishing, hunting, and just about anything outdoors. I'm a licensed Charter boat Captain who likes having a good time and hates drama. I have a wide variety of friends and get along with just about anyone. Did I mention I love to fish?


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Marshall Dinerman, from Lido Key, with a jack crevalle caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Gassett in a previous November..

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

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action on a couple of trips in Sarasota Bay recently. Marshall Dinerman, from Lido Key, fished deep grass flats with me and had good action catching and releasing trout, jacks, bluefish and a pompano on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Sunny Moss, from Sarasota, also had some action with a variety of species. We fished deep grass flats and she had some action catching and releasing bluefish, Spanish mackerel and a jack.

We finished the day with a tripletail that she sight-fished. She was a student in a CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school that I instructed and this was her first saltwater fly fishing trip. Great job Sunny!

Sunny Moss, from Sarasota, with a tripletail caught and released on a fly on her first fly fishing trip.

Sunny Moss, from Sarasota, with a tripletail caught and released on a fly on her first fly fishing trip.

Fishing dock lights for snook and more before dawn 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. You may find juvenile tarpon in creeks, canals or around dock lights this time of year. 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.


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.