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Capt. Ed Hursts Weekly Fishing Report

Patrick Walton, from Orlando FL, fished with Capt.Ed Hurst out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters.

Patrick Walton, from Orlando FL, fished with Capt.Ed Hurst out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters.

This past week Patrick Walton, from Orlando FL, fished with me out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters. Patrick caught trout, ladyfish, jacks and sea bass using DOA terrorize lures. The gold and root beer colors seemed to be the color of the day.

We fished Stevens Point and the Marina Jacks flats. My advice to you is to get out early as the temperature goes up quickly as the sun gets high. All it was a great day out on the water, and all fish were caught and released.

Happy Fourth of July, and have a safe and healthy holiday weekend.

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. Terry Simmon’s Weekly Fishing Report

This week, fishing aboard the “Coastal Fishing Adventures” out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key I chartered the Aaron Marsee group and we caught several trout, ladyfish and spanish mackerel on DOA lures using 3/8 ounce jig heads at middle grounds deeper water edge.

Mid week I chartered the Jason Cobb group. Even though the water temps are in the high 80’s we were able to catch some really nice trout up to 20 inches. Later in the week I chartered the Bobby Downey group, it was really hot.

We were able to get several little trout and a couple larger ones. Then we targeted some snook at the big pass rocks using live bait.

Capt. Terry SimmonsCapt. Capt. Terry Simmons

Terry was born and raised in Bradenton, FL and has been guiding clients since 2000, fishing on Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico with live bait, artificial lures and fly fishing aboard his 22’ Bay Ranger which accommodates up to 4 anglers.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Cliff and Mason Ondercin, from Sarasota, with a false albacore (little tunny) that Mason caught and released while tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Cliff and Mason Ondercin displaying a false albacore (little tunny) that Mason caught and released while tarpon fishing in the coastal gul.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with tarpon in the coastal gulf recently. Cliff and Mason Ondercin, from Sarasota, fished several days with me. Cliff had numerous shots at tarpon with a fly one day and despite some refusals, he persisted until he jumped one. They also jumped a couple of other tarpon on spinning tackle with one broken off intentionally at the boat to save it from a hammerhead attack!

Another day we had a “blitz” of false albacore (little tunny) while we were tarpon fishing and they hooked up a couple of times, on a live bait and a DOA Baitbuster. Great job!

Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf is a good option now but conditions are important. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is also good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, blues and Spanish mackerel. Fishing dock lights in the ICW at night is usually dependable for snook 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. 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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

These visitors from Alabama had a good ol' time on the water this past week with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

Visiting from Alabama these guys had a great day on the water with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

June is the month for Tarpon fishing, it’s also the time of year when 10 to 15 lb Bonita run, sothe Tarpon are being fussy so keep your eye out for the Bonita Express. I visitors from Alabama fishing with me this past week and believe me they were all smiles. The weather has been spectacular, the waters are warming up, and the fish seem to be plentiful.

As I said before June is prime time for Tarpon fishing so if you’d like to get out and try your hand at some sport fishing, there’s really nothing quite like it, so why not book a charter.

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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Clark Keator, from Orlando, fights a tarpon caught and released on a fly while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Clark Keator fights a tarpon caught and released on a fly while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Grassett.

Fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with tarpon in the coastal gulf recently. Conditions were good when Clark Keator, from Orlando, tarpon fished a couple of days with me. He had numerous shots at tarpon with a fly, hooked one and fought the fish through numerous jumps before bringing it to the boat. Great job!

Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf is a good option now but conditions are important. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is also good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, blues and Spanish mackerel. Fishing dock lights in the ICW at night is usually dependable for snook 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. 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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Bill Morrison, from Holmes Beach, with a Spanish mackerel that he caught and released on a Grassett Flats Bunny fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Bill Morrison with a Spanish mackerel he caught and released on a Grassett Flats Bunny fly in Sarasota Bay.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing trout, bluefish & Spanish mackerel on deep grass flats on flies and CAL jigs with a variety of tails in Sarasota Bay recently. In light of the current situation, social distancing and sanitizing procedures were followed on the boat.

Bill Morrison, from Holmes Beach, fished Sarasota Bay with me recently and had good action catching and releasing blues, Spanish mackerel and trout on my Grassett Flats Bunny fly.

Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay has been a good option for action particularly if conditions aren’t good in the gulf for tarpon.

Bill Morrison with a trout that he caught and released fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Bill Morrison with a trout that he caught and released fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf is a good option now depending on conditions. 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.

Fishing shallow flats for catch and release reds and snook is also a good option. Fishing dock lights in the ICW at night is usually dependable for snook 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. 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. Kelly Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

Capt. Kelly Kurtz and a young angler had some fun on the water this past week.

We’ve had some really good days lately on the water.

The fishing the last couple weeks has been very good on the week of the new moon. Anglers fishing with me have had some really good days catching and releasing snook, redfish, black drum, sea bass and mangrove snapper.

After 2018’s red tide it is great to see the fish starting to recover and grow in size, I also see the bay is well on its way to a total recovery. I cannot stress the importance of releasing these fish as the numbers are growing steadily will be returning to normal levels in the future.

Capt. Kelly KurtzCapt. 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

Mike Perez, from Sarasota, with a red he caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub tail while fishing Sarasota Bay recently with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Mike Perez, from Sarasota, with a red he caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub tail while fishing Sarasota Bay recently with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing trout on deep grass flats and redfish in shallow water on CAL jigs with grub tails and flies in Sarasota Bay recently.

Tarpon numbers are increasing in the coastal gulf and a fly angler fishing with me caught and released the first tarpon of the season recently. In light of the current situation, social distancing and sanitizing procedures were followed on the boat.

Vince Sharp, from Sarasota, caught and released his first tarpon on a fly while fishing the coastal gulf with me. He was a student in a CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school and wanted to hone his saltwater skills with tarpon as a goal. Well done!

Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria, with a nice trout caught and released on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay recently with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria, with a nice trout caught and released on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay recently with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria, fished Sarasota Bay with me on another trip and had some action catching and releasing trout to 19”on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly. Mike Perez, from Sarasota, connected with several reds on a CAL jig with a grub while fishing Sarasota Bay with me recently.

Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf is a good option now depending on conditions. Fishing shallow flats for catch and release reds and snook is also a good option. 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. Fishing dock lights in the ICW at night is usually dependable for snook 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. 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. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

The Faveta family had a great day out on the water with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

The Faveta family had a great day fishing Sarasota Bay.

The fishing in Sarasota Bay has been consistently good. Last week the Faveta family had a good day out on the warm waters of Sarasota Bay. They caught lots of nice spotted seatrout, a shark or two, spanish mackerel, and ladyfish.

Everything was caught on jigs and live shrimp. Fish seem to love it! With the general lifting of the lockdown regulations we should start seeing more boats on the water. The fish have had a lot of time to themselves the past month or so, I’d say it’s high time we began interrupting them.

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. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

It felt as thought I had Sarasota Bay all to myself.

It felt as thought I had Sarasota Bay all to myself.

Over the last couple weeks I’ve had a chance to scout around on the water and do some fishing on my own. What I’ve discovered is that the fishing is the best I’ve seen since the pre-red tide outbreak. This is the only silver lining I’ve found in this dark cloud that is the Coronavirus Pandemic.

I’ve been catching some of the biggest, and some of the very heftiest trout I’ve seen in a very long, long time. Redfish and snook are also cooperating. All of the fish I’ve been catching have been caught on artificial Lures.

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 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)

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.

Offshore Gulf

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*2 week cancellation notice
*gratuity not included