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Capt. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Pete Taurus with a nice pompano he hooked while Flyfishing with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

Pete Taurus with a nice pompano he hooked while Flyfishing with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

Anglers have had a great week aboard the ‘Tide Tuit’. The pompano bite has been as good as I can remember with lots of fish up to 3 pounds in Big Sarasota Bay.

Little Sarasota Bay has been great for catch and release fishing with lots of big ladyfish as well as some nice spotted seatrout. Flyfisher Pete Taurus and his daughter Jamie had a great day Saturday catching pompano on flies and trout on jigs in Big Sarasota Bay.

There were also plenty of other fish to keep the action hot on our day out on the water.

Jamie Taurus had a blast fishing Sarasota Bay with her dad Pete.

Jamie Taurus had a blast fishing Sarasota Bay with her dad Pete.

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. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

That’s a nice looking Redfish young Ben Lam caught.

As 2019 comes to an end the fishing has been great. We’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year from all of us aboard the Lets Get Em’. We hope you have a great and prosperous new year. Anglers are catching a variety of fish including snook, black drum, redfish, speckled trout, ladyfish, pompano, sheephead, jack crevalle and mangrove snapper.

One of the top catches this week was nine year old Ben Lam catching a beautiful 26 inch redfish. Bait used included live shrimp, CAL and buck-tailed jigs. 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. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Michael, who hails from the Chicagoland area, spent the day on the water with Capt. Cress.

Michael, who hails from the Chicago area, shows off a nice looking Redfish caught in Sarasota Bay.

Last year at this time Sarasota Bay was hurting from the red tide. It’s unbelievable the turnaround in the quality of the Fish and bait that we now have back in our bay. I had a charter out of CB’S on Siesta Key with Michael, Diana, his wife, and their daughter Jenny who hailed from the Chicago area.

Our four hour charter produced numerous fish with each family member catching and releasing some nice sized redfish, trout, jacks and ladyfish. The bait of choice were jigs with gulp and live shrimp under a popping cork.

Talking to some of the other captains at the dock I heard there are plenty of pompano in the bay as well.

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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Do you think these fish know something we don't? It's certainly whispering something in somebody's ear.

When a fish whispers something in your ear listen!

I’m not sure these fish swimming around in the intercoastal waters surrounding Sarasota know it’s Christmas but they certainly are showering us with a lot of presents!

Fishing is off the hook right now. There are tons of ladyfish, Jacks, trout, and more out there just waiting for someone to drop a line in their vicinity.

Why not grab your kids and head down to CB’s Outfitters and book a trip during these Christmas Holidays and put a smile on your kids face. Presents come and go but memories are forever!

Some people take their fishing very seriously no matter what the age.

Some people take their fishing very seriously no matter what the age.

If anybody ask I've 'Gone Fishin'.

If anybody ask I’ve ‘Gone Fishin’ with Capt. Naeve.

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

Kyle Ruffing from Sarasota, had good action catching and releasing reds on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Tampa Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Kyle Ruffing from Sarasota, had good action catching and releasing reds on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Anglers fishing Little Sarasota Bay and Tampa Bay with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with reds and snook recently. Spin fishing anglers had some action catching and releasing reds and snook in skinny water and around docks on CAL jigs with shad and grub tails. A fly angler fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with me scored with trout and bluefish on Clouser flies.

Brian Nafzinger, from Rehoboth, DE, caught and released a couple of reds on CAL jigs with shad tails on a recent trip in Little Sarasota Bay with me. Jon Yenari and Kyle Ruffing, from Sarasota, had good action catching and releasing several snook and a couple of reds on CAL jigs with shad tails on a trip in Tampa Bay with me.

Fishing shallow flats for catch and release reds and snook should be a good option now. 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. 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!

Jon Yenari, from Sarasota, had good action catching and releasing snook and reds on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Tampa Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jon Yenari, from Sarasota, had good action catching and releasing snook and reds on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Tampa Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Brian Nafzinger, from Rehoboth, DE, with a red caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Little Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Brian Nafzinger, from Rehoboth, DE, with a red caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Little Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

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. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Morgan Cox of Kansas City with her first snook.

Morgan Cox of Kansas City was pretty excited after catching her first snook.

Cooler water has really helped the bite as fish cooperate around Sarasota Bay. Anglers are catching a variety of species with snook, black drum, redfish, speckled trout, ladyfish, jack crevalle and mangrove snapper on the hook.

Matt Salk of Kansas City got his first snook, so did his girlfriend Morgan Cox. As to whose snook was largest I’d have no comment in print, but between you and me… it was Morgan’s. The bait used for the fish caught was live shrimp, CAL jigs and bucktailed jigs. Remember, the best time to go fishing is when you can… 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. Brian Boehm’s Weekly Fishing Report

Capt. Brian Boehm with a nice looking snook.

Capt. Brian Boehm with a nice looking snook.

Inshore anglers on recent fishing charters with Quiet Waters out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters had good success fishing the flats and dock lights for snook, redfish, seatrout, and other inshore species. Snook and redfish provided good action on trips into brackish rivers where some gamefish move during our winter months. Based out of Sarasota, FL, Quiet Water trips are run as far north as lower Tampa Bay and as far south as Charlotte Harbor.

Cold fronts began moving through our area on a regular basis over the last month. The fronts bring with them a blast of cold air from the north and strong winds. On days when fronts moved through, waiting for the water to warm, or waiting until evening to fish dock lights is a wise choice. Fly fishing anglers who fished dock lights on days when fronts moved through, were rewarded with great sight fishing opportunities in wind protected areas.

We found snook everywhere on recent trips.

They found good action on snook, redfish, and even tripletail. Schools of jack crevalle were busy hunting bait on the flats and up the rivers. Large jacks are a great fish for testing the drag on your reel.

We found snook everywhere on recent trips. There are still plenty of snook on the flats. Negative low tides can really congregate a lot of snook into small areas on the flats. Finding these holes can be very rewarding. On higher tides, fishing mangrove shorelines where glass minnows and shrimp were present was effective.

Anglers did well fly fishing for snook on dock lights using glass minnow pattern flies, the JT clouser, and a variation of Lefty’s chum fly. In brackish rivers, their normal winter haunts, snook were caught using the Aqua Dream ADL series spoon and topwater plugs. Points and in shallow coves near creek mouths were the best places to locate them.

Targeting larger seatrout on the flats is a worthy pursuit.

Targeting larger seatrout on the flats is a worthy pursuit.

Targeting larger seatrout on the flats is a worthy pursuit. Once seatrout approach the 20″ mark in our area, they begin to behave like a different fish. Inshore anglers fishing the shallow flats found a few this month. Soft plastics like paddle tails on 1/8 oz. jigheads and suspending plugs were effective at targeting larger trout over the last month. For class size seatrout, the deeper grass in Sarasota Bay is beginning to show better production.

Additionally, there are stretches of grass in Little Sarasota Bay and Blackburn Bay that are yielding these class-size seatrout. The same goes for lower Tampa Bay. Drifting slowly over these areas and jigging soft plastics near the bottom produced fair action, but you will have to work through ladyfish, mackeral, and other species to get to the trout.

This is a great time of year to find redfish in our area

This is a great time of year to find redfish in our area

This is a great time of year to find redfish in our area. They’re all over the flats right now. We found a few dock lights in Sarasota, loaded with redfish. We’re also seeing plenty of redfish in brackish rivers and creeks.

For shallow water redfish, it’s going to be hard to find a better producer than the Aqua Dream ADL series spoon. You can cover water quickly and it really flips the switch for redfish. Once the switch is flipped, they’ll do just about anything to get the spoon.

Fly fishing anglers excelled fishing for redfish on dock lights using the JT clouser. In brackish rivers, redfish were spread out cruising and working mud bottomed coves. Spoons, plugs, and soft plastics were all good baits to use on these fish.

Negative low tides in the morning should continue to congregate fish on the flats. Finding fish in our brackish rivers should be a good bet. Redfish and snook have provided the best action in brackish rivers to date. We are also hooking up with jack crevalles and we are seeing good size fish in large schools moving around in the rivers. Areas in Sarasota Bay, Little Sarasota Bay, and Blackburn Bay should provide some ideal conditions to target large seatrout. See you on the water soon!

Brian BoehmCapt. Brian Boehm

Brian, owns and operates Quiet Waters Fishing LLC and runs his trips out of a 17’ Maverick Mirage. He covers water as far north as Tampa Bay and south to the Charlotte Harbor/Boca Grande area. His favorite trips to offer are: back country, shallow flats, night tarpon, & night dock light snook trips.


Capt. Rick Grassett’s Weekly Fishing Report

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action in Sarasota Bay and the coastal gulf recently. Fly anglers scored with tripletail, pompano, trout, Spanish mackerel and blues. Spin fishing anglers had some action catching and releasing reds and snook in skinny water and trout, bluefish, pompano and Spanish mackerel on CAL jigs with shad and grub tails.

Denton Kent, from Sarasota, with a nice tripletail caught and released on a fly while fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Denton Kent, from Sarasota, with a nice tripletail caught and released on a fly while fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Mike Perez and Denton Kent, from Sarasota, fished a day in Sarasota with me recently. We covered a lot of water in the coastal gulf but only found a few tripletail that day. Fortunately, Denton caught and released a nice one on a fly. We moved to inside waters and were pleasantly surprised to find some reds and snook in skinny water. They caught and released several reds and a nice snook on CAL jigs with shad tails. Jim Hazlett, from Sarasota, also caught and released a couple of reds on CAL jigs with shad tails on another trip with me.

Marshall Dinerman, from Lido Key and his son, Michael from Atlanta, fished Sarasota Bay with me recently. They had steady action with trout, Spanish mackerel, blues and pompano on CAL jigs with shad tails. Barney Naylor, from MI, also fished Sarasota Bay with me and had some action catching and releasing pompano, Spanish mackerel and trout on Clouser flies. Good to see Sarasota Bay continuing to rebound!

Fishing shallow flats for catch and release reds and snook should be a good option now. 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. 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

The water quality was good and the temps were mainly in the high 60’s this past week.

The water quality was good and the temperatures were mainly in the high 60’s, nice fishing weather for sure.

The fishing this past holiday week was excellent. The water quality was good and the temps were mainly in the high 60’s.

Fishing the docks and deeper canals produced some snook, jacks, black drum, and quite a few redfish. Mangrove snapper, seabass and juvenile grouper were also feeding well.

There’s plenty of baitfish around so these fish are growing well after last years red tide. On several calm days we fished nearshore reefs as well as the crab buoys for tripletail which are migrating south.

The reefs produced snapper, and sheepshead as well as some large redfish. All in all this is a great time of year to be on the water catching fish.

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. Jeffri Durrance’s Weekly Fishing Report

Five-year-old Max Simmons, visiting from Ohio with his family,is having FUN FUN FUN… that's Max's three-year-old sister on the right with a nice catch of her own we might add.

Five-year-old Max Simmons, visiting from Ohio with his family, looks mighty happy wouldn’t you say.

Wow… this November weather has been perfect for fishing. The water has cooled down very quickly form the much warmer water temps of October and the fish are on the move and biting.

This week saw anglers catching quiet the variety of fish including snook, redfish, speckled trout, ladyfish, pompano, whiting, jack crevalle, black drum and grouper. Other fun fish caught that are unique in their own right were a large sea robin and a puffer fish. Highlights of the week included Doug Simmons and his five year old grandson Max, both from of Ohio, hooked and landed bay slams (trout, redfish and snook).

And on a second trip Doug’s three-year-old granddaughter caught a bay slam as well (with a little help from mom Amy). Mom Amy also landed a big speckled trout and a nice pompano. 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.

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.


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)
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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.