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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.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with snook and trout on a couple of trips in Sarasota Bay recently. With water temperatures in the low 80’s we are still in a summertime fishing pattern. However days are getting shorter and hopefully the first fronts of fall will arrive soon.

Stewart Lavelle, from Siesta Key, with a snook caught and released on a fly with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Stewart Lavelle with a snook he caught and released on a fly night fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Grassett.

Stewart Lavelle, from Siesta Key, fished with me recently and had some action catching and releasing several snook to 26” and jumping a tarpon on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Club members, Ken Moser and Andy Constantinou, did the same thing with me on another trip. They also had some action with snook to 29” around dock lights and trout on deep grass flats after daylight on the same fly.

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.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Kyle Roland, from Indianapolis, caught and released tripletail on flies while fishing on different trips recently with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Kyle Roland, from Indianapolis, caught and released tripletail on flies while fishing on different trips recently with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Fly anglers fishing in Sarasota with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with tripletail and Spanish mackerel on several trips recently. I scouted the coastal gulf one day and had good action with Spanish mackerel on flies and fly poppers.

John Satterfield, from Philadelphia, hunted tripletail on another trip with me and he caught and released 2 out of 4 tripletail on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly. Kyle Roland, from Indianapolis, fished with me on another trip and caught and released his first tripletail on the same fly!

Spanish mackerel are becoming more plentiful in the coastal gulf and hopefully false albacore (little tunny) will be close behind them. With stone crab traps in the water now, there is also more structure to attract tripletail. Fishing mangrove shorelines for catch and release reds and snook in backcountry areas may 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.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

I had good action on a recent trip in Sarasota Bay, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key. Fly angler James Lascelles, from the UK, fished a predawn snook/flats trip with me and caught and released several snook and a 10-lb juvenile tarpon with a 7-wt on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly before daylight. Night fishing for snook and more is a dependable option and a good way to beat the heat.

James Lascelles, from the UK, with a juvenile tarpon caught and released on 7-wt fly tackle on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing this past week.

After daylight we hunted tripletail and he caught 2 out of 4 fish on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly. They weren’t big but still fun to sight fish them. With plentiful baitfish, I’m hoping for a strong fall season both in Sarasota Bay and the coastal gulf.

You may find tarpon of all sizes in areas of upper Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay and juvenile tarpon in creeks, canals or around dock lights this time of year. Fishing mangrove shorelines for catch and release reds and snook may 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

Christopher had a great day out on the water.

Christopher had a great day out on the water.

They’re back! This morning’s trip with Christopher and Danielle out of the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas was very successful. Using jigs with Berkeley Gulp, popping cork with live shrimp and top water bait was our main Choice of Bait. We caught and released several nice redfish, grouper, and Jack Creval.

It was somewhat windy but we stayed on the leeward side out of the wind. Temperature and humidity were lower which made for a very comfortable outing. I’m really looking forward to this weeks fishing action and attending the Coastal Conservation Association banquet on Friday the 27th at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Sarasota.

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

Marshall Dinerman, from Lido Key, with a snook caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Marshall Dinerman, from Lido Key, with a snook caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

I had good action on a recent trip in Sarasota Bay, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key. Marshall Dinerman, from Lido Key, fished a predawn snook/flats trip with me and caught and released several snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly before daylight. Night fishing for snook and more is a dependable option and a good way to beat the heat. We also fished deep grass flats after dawn and he had some action catching and releasing trout and his first tripletail on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

Fishing has been steadily improving in Sarasota Bay. With plentiful baitfish, I’m hoping for a strong fall season both in the bay and the coastal gulf. You may find tarpon in inside areas of Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay and juvenile tarpon in creeks and canals this time of year. Fishing mangrove shorelines for catch and release reds and snook may 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

Jordan and his bride Marina in front of the John and Mabel Ringling Museum.

Jordan and his bride Marina in front of the John and Mabel Ringling Museum.

I got a call from Jordan and his bride Marina. They were down from Michigan on their honeymoon and could not resist getting out on the beautiful waters of Sarasota Bay and doing some saltwater fishing. It was a gorgeous day filled with plenty of action just minutes after getting on the water, bait was everywhere we fished. Jacks, trout, ladyfish, mackerel, catfish and redfish kept the newlyweds busy all morning. They hardly had time to snack the fishing was that good.

The handsome couple took a moment to have there picture taken in front of the John and Mabel Ringling Museum. A memory of something they can share and remember for years to come.

PREDICTION! I think the fishing this fall could be the best we have had in quite awhile. Lets get em’.

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. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Scott Tassinari had a great couple of days.

Scott Tassinari had a great couple of days.

Fishing has been almost as hot as the temperatures over the past week. Anglers Scott and Tammy Tassinari had a great couple of days on the water aboard my boat.

We got an early start and right away they started catching some snook around the lighted structures. We then went over to the grass flats and had some fun with ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, spotted seatrout, jack crevalle, and gag grouper, using flies and plastic jigs for the most part.

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.


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.