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Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Another beautiful day on the water.

A nice catch and another beautiful day on the water.

Summer fishing is in full swing with ladyfish, bluefish, and the occasional pompano as well as a few trout that survived the red tide. The weather in and around Sarasota Bay has been nice with water temperatures are in the mid to upper ’80s.

I recommend getting started between 7:30 and 8:30 in the morning and get yourself off the water before the storms build up. August is a beautiful month to be out on the water here on Florida’s southern Gulf Coast.

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 Montana Fly Fishing Trip Report

I hosted a group of friends and clients on a destination fly fishing trip in southwest Montana during the past week. This is an annual trip for me and was my 18th year fishing in Montana. I traveled from Sarasota to Bozeman on Sunday, 8/4 and made the 2-1/2 hour drive to the lodge with Marshall Dinerman, from Atlanta, and Steve Coburn, from WI. Mike Perez and Stewart Lavelle, from Sarasota, met up with us at the lodge after fishing the previous week in British Columbia and Dennis Kinley, from IN, drove out and also met up with us at the lodge.

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Montana Fly Fishing Trip.

Capt. Rick Grassett fly fishing in Dillon, MT.

We stayed at Medicine Lodge, on a 100,000-acre working ranch near the Beaverhead River, outside of Dillon. Equipped with an industrial-size kitchen and a large dining room with ranch style seating, it was a great place for our group. Chef Annie Kubicka spoiled us with hearty Montana meals and desserts!

We fished the Beaverhead, Big Hole and Madison Rivers, a couple of lakes and a spring creek with guide Dave King, owner of King Outfitters (406) 596-0209 in Dillon, and his excellent group of guides; Dan, Mark, and Tommy. I’ve fished with these guides for many years since I started fishing Montana. They work hard, do a great job and know their fishery well.

We had great action on 5 and 6-weight fly tackle with brown and rainbow trout to more than 20” on streamers, dry flies, dry/dropper and nymph rigs. We also did some still water fishing on a couple of lakes and had good action walking a spring creek, catching and releasing brookies, browns, and rainbows on dry flies with 3 and 4-weight fly tackle. The dry fly action was with a variety of grasshopper patterns, sometimes with a nymph dropper, or with a smaller dry fly and a few other bugs. Like fishing everywhere, there were good days and slower days but overall it was great!

Dave King, of King Outfitters in Dillon, MT, with a rainbow caught and released on a fly by Dennis Kinley (left), from IN.

Dennis Kinley with a rainbow trout he caught and released fly fishing in Dillon, MT.

The weather and scenery were outstanding with temperatures ranging from a very comfortable high ’40s in the morning to the mid-’80s in the afternoon with only 15% to 20% humidity, a welcome relief from southwest Florida’s heat and humidity in August! In addition to beautiful valleys surrounded by rugged mountains, the wildlife is amazing! We saw whitetail deer, moose, pronghorn antelope, bears, hawks, eagles, ducks, geese and sandhill cranes.

Back in Sarasota catch and release snook fishing around dock lights and bridges and trout, jacks, blues and more on deep grass flats should be good options. There should be tarpon in upper Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay. Juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks may also be a good option. You might also find them in a few places mixed with snook in dock lights.

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. Terry Simmon’s Weekly Fishing Report

This week, fishing aboard the “Gone Coastal” with Captain Terry Simmons, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key. The weather has been a little challenging this week with fast-moving tropical rainstorms early in the morning. BE SAFE, DON’T TAKE A CHANCE WITH LIGHTNING. Willing to endure the rain on Tuesday, I took out the Jeff Akin group for a little fun on the water.

We finally found an opening and started fishing on Robert’s Bay. Working around the islands using artificial baits we found baby tarpon but no takers. A quick storm approached and we took cover from the rain under the bridge, until it stopped. After the rainstorm, we went to some grass flats in Sarasota Bay catching small grouper, ladyfish and some Atlantic sail cats.

The birds started diving small baits, so we started working the outgoing tide, picking up several Spanish mackerel, for dinner, using DOA shad tail baits with a 3/8 oz. jig head and small silver spoons. Let’s go fishing when you need a good dose of Vitamin Sea.

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. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

10 yr old Lawson Pressley of South Carolina with a nice bluefish he caught on a shrimp.

10 year old Lawson Pressley of South Carolina with a nice bluefish he caught on a shrimp.

Sarasota Bay flats and docks were producing speckled trout, ladyfish. bluefish, Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, jack cravalle, and a few redfish along with a variety of other species this past week.

On one trip, a nice Bonnethead Shark was landed after quite a battle on light tackle. Anglers are using CAL jigs and bucktailed jigs as well as live shrimp. 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. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with snook, reds, and jacks in Gasparilla Sound and snook around dock lights in Sarasota Bay on a couple of trips during the past week.

Connor Shoemaker, from Sarasota, with a red he caught and released on CAL Shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Connor Shoemaker, from Sarasota, with a red he caught and released on CAL Shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jon Yenari and Connor Shoemaker, both from Sarasota, fished Gasparilla Sound recently and had great action catching and releasing numerous snook and a couple of reds on flies, CAL Shad tails and topwater plugs. We also encountered several large schools of jacks and had several “doubles” on fly and spin tackle. One of the jacks was eaten by a shark at the side of the boat, topwater plug and all!

Mark Schusterman, from Houston, fished dock lights in Sarasota Bay with me on another trip. He caught and released his first snook on a fly and several other snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow and Gummy Minnow flies. Snook blasted tiny glass minnows and were picky. It took flies as small as #8 to get them to bite. Match the hatch!

Jon Yenari, from Sarasota, with a snook he caught and released on CAL Shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jon Yenari, from Sarasota, with a snook he caught and released on CAL Shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Tarpon are thinning in the coastal gulf but are usually curious and aggressive this time of year. If you’ve got the patience to wait them out it can be worth it. They will move into estuaries as they thin out in the gulf. Fishing mangrove shorelines for catch and release reds and snook may also be a good option. Night fishing for snook and more is a dependable option and a good way to beat the heat.

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. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Robin Calitri, from NH, caught this beautiful 29-inch redfish fishing the dock lights.

Robin Calitri caught this redfish fishing the dock lights.

Robin Calitri, from NH, caught a reel bonus fishing the dock lights for snook. A 29-inch redfish beat a snook to an Enrico Puglisi baitfish pattern fly. It was Robin’s night. The big red ran under the dock dragging the Orvis fluorocarbon leader against the barnacles. Nicked and scraped the leader held and Robin was able to cajole it out into open water. All this on an Orvis Helios 3 7wt fly rod, the red weighted 10 pounds plus. A little while later he wasn’t so fortunate with a nice snook… that’s how they get big.

He did manage to catch several 20-24 in snook. All the fish were released to continue to build our stocks back. The nice thing about night trips after the afternoon rain, the temperature isn’t in the 90’s and you don’t get sunburnt. Be careful out there and respect the fish and other fishermen.

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.


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.