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Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Hunter Naeve and his buddy Carter.

Hunter Naeve, his buddy Carter, and a beautiful Tarpon..

Hunter Naeve and his buddy Carter boated this beautiful Tarpon on Memorial Day weekend! Grab your kid and book a Tarpon trip out of CBs outfitters, your kid will never forget it!

Capt. 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.


Hunter Naeve and his buddy Carter boated this beautiful Tarpon on Memorial Day weekend! Grab your kid and book a Tarpon trip out of CBs outfitters, your kid will never forget it!

Hunter Naeve and his buddy Carter.

Hunter Naeve, his buddy Carter, and a beautiful Tarpon.

Capt. 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

Fred Weeman, from Sarasota, with a snook caught and released on a fly while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Fred Weeman with a snook caught and released on a fly while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout, Spanish mackerel and blues on Clouser flies on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay recently. Fly anglers also had decent action catching and releasing snook in the ICW at night.

A couple of fly anglers had good action on their first ever saltwater fly fishing trip. Andrea Zaffino, from Rochester, NY, joined her dad. Frank Zaffino and had good action catching and releasing trout and Spanish mackerel on flies in Sarasota Bay.

Bill Kempey, from NJ, fished Sarasota Bay with me also on his first saltwater fly fishing trip. He had good action with Spanish mackerel, trout, bluefish and more.

Andrea Zaffino, from Rochester, NY  with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Andrea Zaffino, from Rochester, NY with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Bill Kempey, from Ridgewood, NJ, with Spanish mackerel caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Bill Kempey, from Ridgewood, NJ, with Spanish mackerel caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Frank Zaffino also fished a night trip in the ICW and had good action with snook on flies. David Schofield and Fred Weeman, from Sarasota, had similar action with snook on flies on another trip.

Look for reds and snook in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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.


Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout, Spanish mackerel and blues on Clouser flies on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay recently. Fly anglers also had decent action catching and releasing snook in the ICW at night.

A couple of fly anglers had good action on their first ever saltwater fly fishing trip. Andrea Zaffino, from Rochester, NY, joined her dad. Frank Zaffino and had good action catching and releasing trout and Spanish mackerel on flies in Sarasota Bay. Bill Kempey, from NJ, fished Sarasota Bay with me also on his first saltwater fly fishing trip. He had good action with Spanish mackerel, trout, bluefish and more.

Fred Weeman, from Sarasota, with a snook caught and released on a fly while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Fred Weeman with a snook caught and released on a fly while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Frank Zaffino also fished a night trip in the ICW and had good action with snook on flies. David Schofield and Fred Weeman, from Sarasota, had similar action with snook on flies on another trip.

Look for reds and snook in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now.

Andrea Zaffino, from Rochester, NY with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Andrea Zaffino, from Rochester, NY with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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 trout fishing over the last few weeks has been very good most days. Most of these fish have been caught at the northern end of Big Sarasota Bay using flies and jig heads with plastic bodies. We’ve also found a few tripletail around the few remaining crab floats in the nearshore gulf.

On the water with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

On the water with Capt. Kelly Stilwell and a catch.

Holding a handsome looking Trout.

That’s one handsome looking trout he has in his hands.

Capt. 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.


The trout fishing over the last few weeks has been very good most days.

On the water with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

On the water with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

Most of these fish have been caught at the northern end of Big Sarasota Bay using flies and jig heads with plastic bodies.

On the water with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

On the water with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

We’ve also found a few tripletail around the few remaining crab floats in the nearshore gulf.

Capt. 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

Joe was able to land a Redfish to complete his inshore slam.

Joe landed a Redfish to complete his inshore slam.

Joe, visiting from Manchester England, hooked up with me booking a charter out of CB’s Outfitters on Siesta Key to do a morning of fishing.

Just minutes after our launch Joe hooked a nice size snook on his first cast, he was able to catch and release several more snook in our first spot.

Joe and I left fish to find fish and using a popping cork with shrimp Joe reeled in an upper slot size trout. After catching the trout, I informed Joe about the inshore slam. To complete the inshore slam he needed to catch a Redfish.

This was now his goal Finally with the clock ticking and after catching and releasing several more fish, Joe was able to land a Redfish to complete his inshore slam.

Capt. 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.


Joe, visiting from Manchester England, hooked up with me booking a charter out of CB’s Outfitters on Siesta Key to do a morning of fishing.

Just minutes after our launch Joe hooked a nice size snook on his first cast, he was able to catch and release several more snook in our first spot. Joe and I left fish to find fish and using a popping cork with shrimp Joe reeled in an upper slot size trout.

After catching the trout, I informed Joe about the inshore slam. To complete the inshore slam he needed to catch a Redfish. This was now his goal Finally with the clock ticking and after catching and releasing several more fish, Joe was able to land a Redfish to complete his inshore slam.

Joe was able to land a Redfish to complete his inshore slam.

Joe was able to land a Redfish to complete his inshore slam.

After catching the trout, I informed Joe about the inshore slam. To complete the inshore slam he needed to catch a Redfish. This was now his goal Finally with the clock ticking and after catching and releasing several more fish, Joe was able to land a Redfish to complete his inshore slam.

Capt. 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

Dave Reinhart, from Pittsfield, MA, with a Red caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett on several trips recently.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a 34" snook, caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett on several trips recently.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing snook, reds and trout in skinny water in Gasparilla Sound.

Anglers fishing the deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay had action with trout, Spanish mackerel, and blues on DOA Lures recently Fly anglers had decent action catching and releasing snook in the ICW at night.

Dave Reinhart, from Pittsfield, MA, fished a couple of days in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me and had good action catching and releasing reds, snook, and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL fished the same area with me before heading back north and finished up strong by catching and releasing a 34-inch snook.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a 34" snook, caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett on several trips recently.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a 34″ snook, caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Dave Reinhart, from Pittsfield, MA, with a Trout caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Dave Reinhart with a Trout caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound.

Martin Marlowe, from NY, fly-fished for snook in the ICW at night with me recently and had good action catching and releasing several snook on Grassett Snook Minnow flies.

Look for reds and snook in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now.

Marshall Dinerman, from Lido, with a Trout caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Marshall Dinerman with a Trout caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay recently.

Joe Brinkmeyer, from Siesta Key, with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails fishing the deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Joe Brinkmeyer with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails fishing the deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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.


Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing snook, reds and trout in skinny water in Gasparilla Sound.

Anglers fishing the deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay had action with trout, Spanish mackerel, and blues on DOA Lures recently Fly anglers had decent action catching and releasing snook in the ICW at night.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a 34" snook, caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett on several trips recently.

Keith McClintock with a 34″ snook, caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound.

Dave Reinhart, from Pittsfield, MA, fished a couple of days in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me and had good action catching and releasing reds, snook, and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL fished the same area with me before heading back north and finished up strong by catching and releasing a 34-inch snook.

Marshall Dinerman, from Lido, with a Trout caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Marshall Dinerman with a Trout caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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

I'm afraid hers was bigger... better luck next time.

I’m afraid hers was bigger… better luck next time.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action in Sarasota Bay this past week.

And yes, hers was bigger, LOL but not by much. Spring fishing is in and the bite is on after this last cold front rolled through.

This coming week temps should be in the low to mid 80’s with plenty of sunshine in the forecast so grab your kid and book a Charter with me out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters located on Siesta Key on Florida’s beautiful southwestern gulf coast.

Capt. 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.


Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action in Sarasota Bay this past week.

I'm afraid hers was bigger... better luck next time.

I’m afraid hers was bigger… better luck next time.

And yes, hers was bigger, LOL but not by much. Spring fishing is in and the bite is on after this last cold front rolled through so grab your kid and book a Charter with me out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters located on Siesta Key on Florida’s beautiful southwestern gulf coast.

Capt. 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. Kelly Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

Well the water has finally cleared up and the fishing improved. Fishing on the flats on good tide days produced plenty of trout, ladyfish and Spanish mackerel.

Friday morning I switched gears and fished the pass with jigs. We caught and released 6 permit as well as a few pompano, my guys missed at least a dozen bites till they got the hang of working the jig.

The water has cleared up in Sarasota Bay.

The water has cleared up in Sarasota Bay.

The fishing has improved along with the water.

The fishing has improved along with the water.

I’d say things are looking up for Sarasota Bay!

Capt. 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.


The water has finally cleared up and the fishing improved. Fishing on the flats on good tide days produced plenty of trout, ladyfish and Spanish mackerel.

The water has cleared up in Sarasota Bay.

The water has cleared up in Sarasota Bay.

Friday morning I switched gears and fished the pass with jigs. We caught and released six permit as well as a few pompano and my guys missed at least a dozen bites till they got the hang of working the jig.

The fishing has improved along with the water.

The fishing has improved along with the water.

Things are looking up for Sarasota Bay!

Capt. 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

Tom Keir, from Cleveland, OH, with a pompano caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Tom Keir, from Cleveland, OH, with a pompano caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing snook and reds on DOA Lures in Gasparilla Sound and Tampa Bay recently. Anglers also caught and released snook on flies and DOA Lures in the ICW at night. Fly anglers fishing deep grass flats had action with trout, pompano and Spanish mackerel on Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines. Red tide has been an issue in and around the passes recently and has been more of an airborne issue in other areas. Due to the nature of red tide, there are areas of clean water, particularly in shallow back country areas.

Alan Sugar, from Longboat Key, with a trout caught and released on a fly fishing Sarasota Bay.

Alan Sugar, from Longboat Key, with a trout caught and released on a fly fishing Sarasota Bay.

Stephen Liska, from Naples, with a Gasparilla Sound red caught and released on CAL jigs with plastic tails.

Stephen Liska, from Naples, with a Gasparilla Sound red caught and released on CAL jigs with plastic tails.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL fished a couple of trips with me in Gasparilla Sound and Tampa Bay. Stephen Liska, from Naples, joined Keith in Gasparilla Sound and caught and released several snook, trout and a red to complete his slam on CAL jigs with shad tails. Jack McCulloch, from Lakewood Ranch, fished Tampa Bay with Keith and they caught and released several snook and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto, and Rich Hunter, from Longboat Key, snook fished in the ICW at night with me recently and had some action catching and releasing several snook on Grassett Snook Minnow flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. Look for reds and trout in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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.


Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing snook and reds on DOA Lures in Gasparilla Sound and Tampa Bay recently. Anglers also caught and released snook on flies and DOA Lures in the ICW at night. Fly anglers fishing deep grass flats had action with trout, pompano and Spanish mackerel on Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines. Red tide has been an issue in and around the passes recently and has been more of an airborne issue in other areas. Due to the nature of red tide, there are areas of clean water, particularly in shallow back country areas.

Tom Keir (top), from Cleveland, OH, with a pompano and Alan Sugar (below), from Longboat Key, with a trout, both caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett on a couple of different trips recently.

Tom Keir, from Cleveland, OH, with a pompano caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL fished a couple of trips with me in Gasparilla Sound and Tampa Bay. Stephen Liska, from Naples, joined Keith in Gasparilla Sound and caught and released several snook, trout and a red to complete his slam on CAL jigs with shad tails. Jack McCulloch, from Lakewood Ranch, fished Tampa Bay with Keith and they caught and released several snook and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Stephen Liska, from Naples, with a Gasparilla Sound red caught and released on CAL jigs with plastic tails.

Stephen Liska, from Naples, with a Gasparilla Sound red caught and released on CAL jigs with plastic tails.

Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto, and Rich Hunter, from Longboat Key, snook fished in the ICW at night with me recently and had some action catching and releasing several snook on Grassett Snook Minnow flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. Look for reds and trout in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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

Last week despite the red tide bloom there was still a section of North Sarasota Bay that had very clean water. Fishing with live bait and gulp shrimp produced on some days over 2 dozen trout up to 20 inches as well as Ladyfish, Spanish Mackerel, and Pompano.

On the water with Capt. Kelly Kurtz.

On the water with Capt. Kelly Kurtz.

By Wednesday the Bay had cleared considerably.

By Wednesday the Bay had cleared considerably.

Wednesday the winds cranked up from the north and the water really cleaned up to a large extentby Thursday. We released all the fish we caught for the sake of stock for the future.

Capt. 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.


Last week despite the red tide bloom there was still a section of North Sarasota Bay that had very clean water. Fishing with live bait and gulp shrimp produced on some days over 2 dozen trout up to 20 inches as well as Ladyfish, Spanish Mackerel, and Pompano.

By Wednesday the Bay had cleared considerably.

By Wednesday the Bay had cleared considerably.

Wednesday the winds cranked up from the north and the water really cleaned up to a large extentby Thursday. We released all the fish we caught for the sake of stock for the future.

Capt. 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. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Brooke, visiting from Massachusetts, is holding one of several snook that she caught fishing Sarasota Bay.

Brooke holding one of several snook she caught fishing Sarasota Bay with me this past week.

Brooke, shown here, visiting from Massachusetts, is holding one of several Snook that she caught. She also managed to get the inshore Slam, which is a Redfish, Snook, and Trout. An avid fisherman, she also caught and released a Flounder, a Jack, Catfish, and a Lizard fish.

It was a real treat to have this young lady on board as she is definitely a special fisherman, and really loves it. There is spotty red tide in the bay, however, we were able to find plenty of clean water that did hold fish.

Capt. 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.


Brooke, shown here, visiting from Massachusetts, is holding one of several Snook that she caught.

She also managed to get the inshore Slam, which is a Redfish, Snook, and Trout. An avid fisherman, she also caught and released a Flounder, a Jack, Catfish, and a Lizard fish.

Brooke, visiting from Massachusetts, is holding one of several snook that she caught fishing Sarasota Bay.

Brooke is holding one of several Snook that she caught.

It was a real treat to have this young lady on board as she is definitely a special fisherman, and really loves it. There is spotty red tide in the bay, however, we were able to find plenty of clean water that did hold fish.

Capt. 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. Terry Simmon’s Weekly Fishing Report

Jeffery, from Michigan enjoyed the day with friends .

Jeffery, from Michigan enjoyed the day with friends .

We fished inside the bay on the incoming tides this past week aboard the ‘Coastal Fishing Adventures’ out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters located on Siesta Key.

We used live shrimp and artificial baits that produced Silver Trout, Ladyfish, Pompano, Spanish Mackerel, small and larger Speckled Trout, along with some Snook. Jeffery, from Michigan, enjoyed the day with friends as they had a great day catching the most Trout and Ladyfish they’d ever hooked in a single day.

Joe with a nice 25

Joe with a nice 25″ Snook he caught and released.

Joe's brother caught this nice 19

Joe’s brother caught this nice 19″ Speckled Trout.

Joe from New Jersey and his brothers enjoyed their wonderful day of brotherly competition. Each got their own bragging rights, Joe with a nice 25″ Snook, and his brother with an equally nice 19″ Speckled Trout.

Remember, when you need a good dose of Vitamin Sea… Let’s Go Fishing!

Capt. 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.


We fished inside the bay on the incoming tides this past week aboard the ‘Coastal Fishing Adventures’ out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters located on Siesta Key.

Jeffery, from Michigan enjoyed the day with his friends .

Jeffery, from Michigan enjoyed the day with his friends .

We used live shrimp and artificial baits that produced Silver Trout, Ladyfish, Pompano, Spanish Mackerel, small and larger Speckled Trout, along with some Snook. Jeffery, from Michigan, enjoyed the day with friends as they had a great day catching the most Trout and Ladyfish they’d ever hooked in a single day.

Joe with a nice 25 inch Snook he caught and released.

Joe with a nice 25 inch Snook he caught and released.

Joe from New Jersey and his brothers enjoyed their wonderful day of brotherly competition. Each got their own bragging rights, Joe with a nice 25″ Snook, and his brother with an equally nice 19″ Speckled Trout.

Remember, when you need a good dose of Vitamin Sea… Let’s Go Fishing!

Capt. 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. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Young Theo had fun working on his night moves.

Young Theo Ring had fun working on his night moves.

In spite of the recent red tide outbreak angler aboard the Tide Tuit have had some great days.

Anne Ring and hers son Theo had a great night Monday catching several snook to 30″ on live shrimp around Sarasota Bay.

Meanwhile this past week Jim Williamson and family caught some really nice trout and spanish mackerel on jigs. Erin Schwartz caught some nice trout, and mackerel also on flies and jigs in Big Sarasota Bay.

Jim Williamson with a nice looking Trout.

Jim Williamson with a nice looking Trout.

Erin Schwartz caught some nice trout, and mackerel on flies and jigs.

Erin Schwartz caught some nice trout.

Capt. 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.


In spite of the recent red tide outbreak angler aboard the Tide Tuit have had some great days.

Jim Williamson with a nice looking Trout.

Jim Williamson with a nice looking Trout.

Anne Ring and hers son Theo had a great night Monday catching several snook to 30″ on live shrimp around Sarasota Bay.

Erin Schwartz caught some nice trout ,and mackerel on flies and jigs.

Erin Schwartz caught some nice trout ,and mackerel on flies and jigs.

Meanwhile this past week Jim Williamson and family caught some really nice trout and spanish mackerel on jigs. Erin Schwartz caught some nice trout, and mackerel also on flies and jigs in Big Sarasota Bay.

Capt. 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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Mighty-mite Nathaniel with a live Ladyfish in his hand.

Mighty-mite Nathaniel with a live Ladyfish in his hand.

Mighty-mite Nathaniel from MO, shown here handling a Ladyfish, caught a bunch of them this past week don’t on the water with me. He learned how to pick them up and release them and took to it like, if you’ll excuse the expression, a fish in water.

He’s on his way to being a great fisherman and believe me I know. When you see them getting that much excitement and enjoyment at his early age you can tell already it’s a lifetime love affair.

This coming week temps should be in the upper 70’s to low 80’s with plenty of sunshine in the forecast so if you’re interested in doing a little fishing why not give us a call.

Capt. 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.


Mighty-mite Nathaniel from MO, shown here handling a Ladyfish, caught a bunch of them this past week don’t on the water with me. He learned how to pick them up and release them and took to it like, if you’ll excuse the expression, a fish in water.

Mighty-mite Nathaniel with a live Ladyfish in his hand.

Mighty-mite Nathaniel with a live Ladyfish in his hand.

He’s on his way to being a great fisherman and believe me I know. When you see them getting that much excitement and enjoyment at his early age you can tell already it’s a lifetime love affair.

This coming week temps should be in the upper 70’s to low 80’s with plenty of sunshine in the forecast so if you’re interested in doing a little fishing why not give us a call.

Capt. 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

Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto, with a red and snook  caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails in Tampa Bay.

Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto, with a Snook caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails in Tampa Bay.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing reds, snook and trout on DOA Lures in Gasparilla Sound and Tampa Bay recently. Fly anglers also caught and released snook in the ICW at night.

Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto, fished Tampa Bay with me on another trip. We worked hard for a slam, with a nice red and snook caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail, we found a few trout to seal the deal.

With cool, clear water, shallow water fishing has been challenging. Jerry and Rich Hunter, from Longboat Key, also fly fished for snook in the ICW at night with me recently and had some action catching and releasing several snook on Grassett Snook Minnow flies.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a Red he caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails recently while fishing Gasparilla Sound.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a Red he caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails recently while fishing Gasparilla Sound.

Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto, with a Red he caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails in Tampa Bay and with me recently.

Jerry Poslusny with a Red he caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails fishing Tampa Bay and with me recently.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL fished a couple of trips with me in Gasparilla Sound. He scored a slam on one trip with several reds, snook and trout caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails.

I will be the instructor for CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing schools on Sat, Feb 18, and Mar 4, 2023. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults. The comprehensive class will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection.

Cost for the class, which will run from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, is $225 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, workbook and lunch. Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations.

Look for reds and trout in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now as long as water temperatures stay above 60 degrees.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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.


Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto, fished Tampa Bay with me on another trip. We worked hard for a slam, with a nice red and snook caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail, we found a few trout to seal the deal.

With cool, clear water, shallow water fishing has been challenging. Jerry and Rich Hunter, from Longboat Key, also fly fished for snook in the ICW at night with me recently and had some action catching and releasing several snook on Grassett Snook Minnow flies.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, with 28" red caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub while fishing shallow water in Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, with 28″ red caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub while fishing shallow water in Sarasota Bay.

With cool, clear water, shallow water fishing has been challenging. Jerry and Rich Hunter, from Longboat Key, also fly fished for snook in the ICW at night with me recently and had some action catching and releasing several snook on Grassett Snook Minnow flies.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a Red he caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails recently while fishing Gasparilla Sound.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a Red he caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails recently while fishing Gasparilla Sound.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL fished a couple of trips with me in Gasparilla Sound. He scored a slam on one trip with several reds, snook and trout caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails.

I will be the instructor for CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing schools on Sat, Feb 18, and Mar 4, 2023. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults. The comprehensive class will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection.

Cost for the class, which will run from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, is $225 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, workbook and lunch. Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations.

Look for reds and trout in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now as long as water temperatures stay above 60 degrees.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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

Roy Anderson, from Sarasota, with a nice looking redfish.

Roy Anderson, from Sarasota, with a nice redfish.

Roy Anderson, a friend of mine from Sarasota, and I went in search of a group of redfish that was spotted a few days earlier by another friend of mine.

We Let the wind drift us quietly closer to the spot where I was told the group of fish like to hang out. The slow quiet approach worked perfectly as we spotted them 30 to 40 yards out in front of us as we then put down the Power Pole.

I was told that this group of redfish were finicky and that proved to be true.

We threw jigs, top water baits and spoons at the group with no hook ups. We decided to leave them alone and look for some fish elsewhere and come back later.

Fishing elsewhere we hooked up on a nice size snook and a hard fighting Jack. Going back to where we saw the school of red fish earlier we found them still milling about.

After several more attempts to hook up Roy finally convinced a hefty fish out of the school to attack his jig and gulp bait. All the fish were safely released back in to the water to be caught another day.

Capt. 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.


Roy Anderson, a friend of mine from Sarasota, and I went in search of a group of redfish that was spotted a few days earlier by another friend of mine.

We Let the wind drift us quietly closer to the spot where I was told the group of fish like to hang out. The slow quiet approach worked perfectly as we spotted them 30 to 40 yards out in front of us as we then put down the Power Pole.

I was told that this group of redfish were finicky and that proved to be true.

Roy Anderson, from Sarasota, with a nice looking redfish.

Roy Anderson, from Sarasota, with a nice looking redfish.

We threw jigs, top water baits and spoons at the group with no hook ups. We decided to leave them alone and look for some fish elsewhere and come back later.

Fishing elsewhere we hooked up on a nice size snook and a hard fighting Jack. Going back to where we saw the school of red fish earlier we found them still milling about.

After several more attempts to hook up Roy finally convinced a hefty fish out of the school to attack his jig and gulp bait. All the fish were safely released back in to the water to be caught another day.

Capt. 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

Two shrimp for two Tripletale, I call that a bargain now matter how you look at it. Another CB’s nearshore fishing trip with Capt. Brandon is in the books… what a great way to spend the day!

Tripletail seemed to be the catch of the day.

Tripletail seemed to be the catch of the day…

That is one healthy looking Tripletail.

Now that certainly is one healthy looking Tripletail.

Capt. 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.


Two shrimp for two Tripletale, I call that a bargain now matter how you look at it.

Tripletail seemed to be the catch of the day.

Tripletail seemed to be the catch of the day.

That is one healthy looking Tripletail.

That is one healthy looking Tripletail.

Another CB’s nearshore fishing trip with Capt. Brandon is in the books… what a great way to spend the day!

Capt. 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. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Chaz Hart, from MT, experienced a beautiful morning of fly fishing this past Saturday, Jan.21.

Chaz Hart, from MT, experienced a beautiful morning of fly fishing this past Saturday, on Sarasota Bay.

We fished the deep grass of Sarasota Bay. Chaz caught numerous spotted sea trout. All the fish were protected from the cormorants and released safely.

Most of the trout were fooled by a olive and white Clouser deep minnow. The water temperature was in the mid 60’s and extremely clear. About 30 inches of 20 pound fluorocarbon produced well.

All and all it was a very satisfying on the water, with air tempatures a little chillier than normal but no where near the tempatures back home in Chaz’s native Montana.

Capt. 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.


We fished the deep grass of Sarasota Bay. Chaz caught numerous spotted sea trout. All the fish were protected from the cormorants and released safely.

Most of the trout were fooled by a olive and white Clouser deep minnow. The water temperature was in the mid 60’s and extremely clear. About 30 inches of 20 pound fluorocarbon produced well.

Chaz Hart, from MT, experienced a beautiful morning of fly fishing this past Saturday, Jan.21.

Chaz Hart, from MT, experienced a beautiful morning of fly fishing this past Saturday, Jan.21.

All and all it was a very satisfying down on the water, with air temps a little chillier than normal but no where near the temps back home in Chaz’s native Montana.

Capt. 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. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Although fishin on area grass flats has been pretty slow we have fortunately been able to find some really nice fish near some of the docks around Sarasota Bay. Fishing with live shrimp anglers have caught some good sized and delicious sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and nice reddish.

Some nice looking Redfish were there for the taking.

Some nice looking Redfish were ripe for the taking.

Sheepshead were were seen lurking around the docks.

Sheepshead could be seen lurking around the docks.

Capt. 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.


Although fishin on area grass flats has been pretty slow we have fortunately been able to find some really nice fish near some of the docks around Sarasota Bay.

Some nice looking Redfish were there for the taking.

Some nice looking Redfish were there for the taking.

Sheepshead were lurking around the docks.

Sheepshead were lurking around the docks.

Fishing with live shrimp anglers have caught some good sized and delicious sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and nice reddish.

Capt. 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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Darby, from Nashville, caught this Pompano and had it on the grill in short order.

Darby, from Nashville, caught this Pompano this past week fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

January can be a slow month for fishing as water temperatures lower. Pompano are just starting to come into Sarasota Bay this time of year. Darby, from Nashville, caught this beauty and saw that it made it onto the grill in short order.

As the year begins, temperatures are dropping, which means that the fish are hiding in deeper waters, creeks, and canals. Prized fish, such as Snook, go out of season and become vulnerable when the weather gets too cold. However, Captains out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters have reported steady action of a variety of species with warmer than usual weather last week.

Capt. 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.


January can be a slow month for fishing as water temperatures lower. Pompano are just starting to come into Sarasota Bay this time of year. Darby, from Nashville, caught this beauty and saw that it made it onto the grill in short order.

Darby, from Nashville, caught this Pompano this past week fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

Darby, from Nashville, caught this Pompano this past week fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

As the year begins, temperatures are dropping, which means that the fish are hiding in deeper waters, creeks, and canals. Prized fish, such as Snook, go out of season and become vulnerable when the weather gets too cold. However, Captains out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters have reported steady action of a variety of species with warmer than usual weather last week.

Capt. 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

Rick Anderson, from IL, with a nice looking Sarasota Bay Trout.

Rick Anderson, from IL, with Sarasota Bay Trout.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing reds and trout on DOA Lures in Sarasota Bay and Tampa Bay recently. Fly anglers also caught and released trout with a couple of blues and pompano in the mix in Sarasota Bay on Clouser flies.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL and several family members fished with me in Sarasota Bay, Gasparilla Sound and Tampa Bay recently.

Rick and Nate Anderson, from IL, fished Sarasota Bay with Keith and caught and released trout and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails. Steve McClintock, from Pittsburgh, joined his dad for a day of fishing in Tampa Bay and caught and released a nice red also on a CAL jig with shad tail.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a Pompano, both caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a Pompano, both caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Stephen Smith, from NJ, with a Bluefish he caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Stephen Smith, from NJ, with a Bluefish he caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

I will be the instructor for CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, Feb 4, 2023. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults. We will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection. Cost for the class, which will run from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, is $225 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, workbook and lunch.

Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations.

Look for reds and trout in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now as long as water temperatures stay above 60 degrees.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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.


Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing reds and trout on DOA Lures in Sarasota Bay and Tampa Bay recently. Fly anglers also caught and released trout with a couple of blues and pompano in the mix in Sarasota Bay on Clouser flies.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL and several family members fished with me in Sarasota Bay, Gasparilla Sound and Tampa Bay recently. Rick and Nate Anderson, from IL, fished Sarasota Bay with Keith and caught and released trout and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails. Steve McClintock, from Pittsburgh, joined his dad for a day of fishing in Tampa Bay and caught and released a nice red also on a CAL jig with shad tail.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a Pompano, both caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a Pompano, both caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Stephen Smith, from NJ, fished Sarasota Bay with me recently and had some action catching and releasing trout and bluefish fishing sink tip fly lines over deep grass. Alan Sugar and Ray Hutchinson, from MI, also fished Sarasota Bay and had some action catching and releasing trout, bluefish and a pompano on flies.

I will be the instructor for CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, Feb 4, 2023. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults. We will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection. Cost for the class, which will run from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, is $225 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, workbook and lunch.

Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations.

Rick Anderson, from IL, with a nice looking Sarasota Bay Trout.

Rick Anderson, from IL, with a nice looking Sarasota Bay Trout.

Look for reds and trout in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now as long as water temperatures stay above 60 degrees.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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 Sarasota Bay Fishing

(4) Hours $500.00
(6) Hours $700.00
(for 1 to 3 anglers + $100 for 4th)

Gulf and Reef (up to 9 miles)

(4) Hours $600.00
(6) Hours $850.00
(for 1 to 3 anglers + $100 for 4th)
Call to Book Your Fishing Charter

Tarpon Fishing

(Mid-May thru July)
(6) Hours $700.00
(for 2 anglers + $100 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 + $100 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 + $100 for 3rd)

Instructional Fly-Casting Lessons

Private Instructions
$100.00 per person/per hour
$150.00 two persons/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

Please Call For Info

*2 week cancellation notice
*gratuity not included

Capt. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Hunter Naeve and his buddy Carter.

Hunter Naeve, his buddy Carter, and a beautiful Tarpon..

Hunter Naeve and his buddy Carter boated this beautiful Tarpon on Memorial Day weekend! Grab your kid and book a Tarpon trip out of CBs outfitters, your kid will never forget it!

Capt. 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.


Hunter Naeve and his buddy Carter boated this beautiful Tarpon on Memorial Day weekend! Grab your kid and book a Tarpon trip out of CBs outfitters, your kid will never forget it!

Hunter Naeve and his buddy Carter.

Hunter Naeve, his buddy Carter, and a beautiful Tarpon.

Capt. 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

Fred Weeman, from Sarasota, with a snook caught and released on a fly while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Fred Weeman with a snook caught and released on a fly while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout, Spanish mackerel and blues on Clouser flies on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay recently. Fly anglers also had decent action catching and releasing snook in the ICW at night.

A couple of fly anglers had good action on their first ever saltwater fly fishing trip. Andrea Zaffino, from Rochester, NY, joined her dad. Frank Zaffino and had good action catching and releasing trout and Spanish mackerel on flies in Sarasota Bay.

Bill Kempey, from NJ, fished Sarasota Bay with me also on his first saltwater fly fishing trip. He had good action with Spanish mackerel, trout, bluefish and more.

Andrea Zaffino, from Rochester, NY  with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Andrea Zaffino, from Rochester, NY with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Bill Kempey, from Ridgewood, NJ, with Spanish mackerel caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Bill Kempey, from Ridgewood, NJ, with Spanish mackerel caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Frank Zaffino also fished a night trip in the ICW and had good action with snook on flies. David Schofield and Fred Weeman, from Sarasota, had similar action with snook on flies on another trip.

Look for reds and snook in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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.


Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout, Spanish mackerel and blues on Clouser flies on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay recently. Fly anglers also had decent action catching and releasing snook in the ICW at night.

A couple of fly anglers had good action on their first ever saltwater fly fishing trip. Andrea Zaffino, from Rochester, NY, joined her dad. Frank Zaffino and had good action catching and releasing trout and Spanish mackerel on flies in Sarasota Bay. Bill Kempey, from NJ, fished Sarasota Bay with me also on his first saltwater fly fishing trip. He had good action with Spanish mackerel, trout, bluefish and more.

Fred Weeman, from Sarasota, with a snook caught and released on a fly while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Fred Weeman with a snook caught and released on a fly while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Frank Zaffino also fished a night trip in the ICW and had good action with snook on flies. David Schofield and Fred Weeman, from Sarasota, had similar action with snook on flies on another trip.

Look for reds and snook in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now.

Andrea Zaffino, from Rochester, NY with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Andrea Zaffino, from Rochester, NY with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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 trout fishing over the last few weeks has been very good most days. Most of these fish have been caught at the northern end of Big Sarasota Bay using flies and jig heads with plastic bodies. We’ve also found a few tripletail around the few remaining crab floats in the nearshore gulf.

On the water with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

On the water with Capt. Kelly Stilwell and a catch.

Holding a handsome looking Trout.

That’s one handsome looking trout he has in his hands.

Capt. 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.


The trout fishing over the last few weeks has been very good most days.

On the water with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

On the water with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

Most of these fish have been caught at the northern end of Big Sarasota Bay using flies and jig heads with plastic bodies.

On the water with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

On the water with Capt. Kelly Stilwell.

We’ve also found a few tripletail around the few remaining crab floats in the nearshore gulf.

Capt. 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

Joe was able to land a Redfish to complete his inshore slam.

Joe landed a Redfish to complete his inshore slam.

Joe, visiting from Manchester England, hooked up with me booking a charter out of CB’s Outfitters on Siesta Key to do a morning of fishing.

Just minutes after our launch Joe hooked a nice size snook on his first cast, he was able to catch and release several more snook in our first spot.

Joe and I left fish to find fish and using a popping cork with shrimp Joe reeled in an upper slot size trout. After catching the trout, I informed Joe about the inshore slam. To complete the inshore slam he needed to catch a Redfish.

This was now his goal Finally with the clock ticking and after catching and releasing several more fish, Joe was able to land a Redfish to complete his inshore slam.

Capt. 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.


Joe, visiting from Manchester England, hooked up with me booking a charter out of CB’s Outfitters on Siesta Key to do a morning of fishing.

Just minutes after our launch Joe hooked a nice size snook on his first cast, he was able to catch and release several more snook in our first spot. Joe and I left fish to find fish and using a popping cork with shrimp Joe reeled in an upper slot size trout.

After catching the trout, I informed Joe about the inshore slam. To complete the inshore slam he needed to catch a Redfish. This was now his goal Finally with the clock ticking and after catching and releasing several more fish, Joe was able to land a Redfish to complete his inshore slam.

Joe was able to land a Redfish to complete his inshore slam.

Joe was able to land a Redfish to complete his inshore slam.

After catching the trout, I informed Joe about the inshore slam. To complete the inshore slam he needed to catch a Redfish. This was now his goal Finally with the clock ticking and after catching and releasing several more fish, Joe was able to land a Redfish to complete his inshore slam.

Capt. 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

Dave Reinhart, from Pittsfield, MA, with a Red caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett on several trips recently.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a 34" snook, caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett on several trips recently.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing snook, reds and trout in skinny water in Gasparilla Sound.

Anglers fishing the deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay had action with trout, Spanish mackerel, and blues on DOA Lures recently Fly anglers had decent action catching and releasing snook in the ICW at night.

Dave Reinhart, from Pittsfield, MA, fished a couple of days in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me and had good action catching and releasing reds, snook, and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL fished the same area with me before heading back north and finished up strong by catching and releasing a 34-inch snook.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a 34" snook, caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett on several trips recently.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a 34″ snook, caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Dave Reinhart, from Pittsfield, MA, with a Trout caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Dave Reinhart with a Trout caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound.

Martin Marlowe, from NY, fly-fished for snook in the ICW at night with me recently and had good action catching and releasing several snook on Grassett Snook Minnow flies.

Look for reds and snook in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now.

Marshall Dinerman, from Lido, with a Trout caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Marshall Dinerman with a Trout caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay recently.

Joe Brinkmeyer, from Siesta Key, with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails fishing the deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Joe Brinkmeyer with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails fishing the deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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.


Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing snook, reds and trout in skinny water in Gasparilla Sound.

Anglers fishing the deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay had action with trout, Spanish mackerel, and blues on DOA Lures recently Fly anglers had decent action catching and releasing snook in the ICW at night.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a 34" snook, caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett on several trips recently.

Keith McClintock with a 34″ snook, caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound.

Dave Reinhart, from Pittsfield, MA, fished a couple of days in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me and had good action catching and releasing reds, snook, and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL fished the same area with me before heading back north and finished up strong by catching and releasing a 34-inch snook.

Marshall Dinerman, from Lido, with a Trout caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Marshall Dinerman with a Trout caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing the deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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

I'm afraid hers was bigger... better luck next time.

I’m afraid hers was bigger… better luck next time.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action in Sarasota Bay this past week.

And yes, hers was bigger, LOL but not by much. Spring fishing is in and the bite is on after this last cold front rolled through.

This coming week temps should be in the low to mid 80’s with plenty of sunshine in the forecast so grab your kid and book a Charter with me out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters located on Siesta Key on Florida’s beautiful southwestern gulf coast.

Capt. 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.


Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action in Sarasota Bay this past week.

I'm afraid hers was bigger... better luck next time.

I’m afraid hers was bigger… better luck next time.

And yes, hers was bigger, LOL but not by much. Spring fishing is in and the bite is on after this last cold front rolled through so grab your kid and book a Charter with me out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters located on Siesta Key on Florida’s beautiful southwestern gulf coast.

Capt. 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. Kelly Kurtz’s Weekly Fishing Report

Well the water has finally cleared up and the fishing improved. Fishing on the flats on good tide days produced plenty of trout, ladyfish and Spanish mackerel.

Friday morning I switched gears and fished the pass with jigs. We caught and released 6 permit as well as a few pompano, my guys missed at least a dozen bites till they got the hang of working the jig.

The water has cleared up in Sarasota Bay.

The water has cleared up in Sarasota Bay.

The fishing has improved along with the water.

The fishing has improved along with the water.

I’d say things are looking up for Sarasota Bay!

Capt. 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.


The water has finally cleared up and the fishing improved. Fishing on the flats on good tide days produced plenty of trout, ladyfish and Spanish mackerel.

The water has cleared up in Sarasota Bay.

The water has cleared up in Sarasota Bay.

Friday morning I switched gears and fished the pass with jigs. We caught and released six permit as well as a few pompano and my guys missed at least a dozen bites till they got the hang of working the jig.

The fishing has improved along with the water.

The fishing has improved along with the water.

Things are looking up for Sarasota Bay!

Capt. 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

Tom Keir, from Cleveland, OH, with a pompano caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Tom Keir, from Cleveland, OH, with a pompano caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing snook and reds on DOA Lures in Gasparilla Sound and Tampa Bay recently. Anglers also caught and released snook on flies and DOA Lures in the ICW at night. Fly anglers fishing deep grass flats had action with trout, pompano and Spanish mackerel on Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines. Red tide has been an issue in and around the passes recently and has been more of an airborne issue in other areas. Due to the nature of red tide, there are areas of clean water, particularly in shallow back country areas.

Alan Sugar, from Longboat Key, with a trout caught and released on a fly fishing Sarasota Bay.

Alan Sugar, from Longboat Key, with a trout caught and released on a fly fishing Sarasota Bay.

Stephen Liska, from Naples, with a Gasparilla Sound red caught and released on CAL jigs with plastic tails.

Stephen Liska, from Naples, with a Gasparilla Sound red caught and released on CAL jigs with plastic tails.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL fished a couple of trips with me in Gasparilla Sound and Tampa Bay. Stephen Liska, from Naples, joined Keith in Gasparilla Sound and caught and released several snook, trout and a red to complete his slam on CAL jigs with shad tails. Jack McCulloch, from Lakewood Ranch, fished Tampa Bay with Keith and they caught and released several snook and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto, and Rich Hunter, from Longboat Key, snook fished in the ICW at night with me recently and had some action catching and releasing several snook on Grassett Snook Minnow flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. Look for reds and trout in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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.


Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing snook and reds on DOA Lures in Gasparilla Sound and Tampa Bay recently. Anglers also caught and released snook on flies and DOA Lures in the ICW at night. Fly anglers fishing deep grass flats had action with trout, pompano and Spanish mackerel on Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines. Red tide has been an issue in and around the passes recently and has been more of an airborne issue in other areas. Due to the nature of red tide, there are areas of clean water, particularly in shallow back country areas.

Tom Keir (top), from Cleveland, OH, with a pompano and Alan Sugar (below), from Longboat Key, with a trout, both caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett on a couple of different trips recently.

Tom Keir, from Cleveland, OH, with a pompano caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL fished a couple of trips with me in Gasparilla Sound and Tampa Bay. Stephen Liska, from Naples, joined Keith in Gasparilla Sound and caught and released several snook, trout and a red to complete his slam on CAL jigs with shad tails. Jack McCulloch, from Lakewood Ranch, fished Tampa Bay with Keith and they caught and released several snook and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Stephen Liska, from Naples, with a Gasparilla Sound red caught and released on CAL jigs with plastic tails.

Stephen Liska, from Naples, with a Gasparilla Sound red caught and released on CAL jigs with plastic tails.

Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto, and Rich Hunter, from Longboat Key, snook fished in the ICW at night with me recently and had some action catching and releasing several snook on Grassett Snook Minnow flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. Look for reds and trout in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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

Last week despite the red tide bloom there was still a section of North Sarasota Bay that had very clean water. Fishing with live bait and gulp shrimp produced on some days over 2 dozen trout up to 20 inches as well as Ladyfish, Spanish Mackerel, and Pompano.

On the water with Capt. Kelly Kurtz.

On the water with Capt. Kelly Kurtz.

By Wednesday the Bay had cleared considerably.

By Wednesday the Bay had cleared considerably.

Wednesday the winds cranked up from the north and the water really cleaned up to a large extentby Thursday. We released all the fish we caught for the sake of stock for the future.

Capt. 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.


Last week despite the red tide bloom there was still a section of North Sarasota Bay that had very clean water. Fishing with live bait and gulp shrimp produced on some days over 2 dozen trout up to 20 inches as well as Ladyfish, Spanish Mackerel, and Pompano.

By Wednesday the Bay had cleared considerably.

By Wednesday the Bay had cleared considerably.

Wednesday the winds cranked up from the north and the water really cleaned up to a large extentby Thursday. We released all the fish we caught for the sake of stock for the future.

Capt. 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. Chuck Cress’s Weekly Fishing Report

Brooke, visiting from Massachusetts, is holding one of several snook that she caught fishing Sarasota Bay.

Brooke holding one of several snook she caught fishing Sarasota Bay with me this past week.

Brooke, shown here, visiting from Massachusetts, is holding one of several Snook that she caught. She also managed to get the inshore Slam, which is a Redfish, Snook, and Trout. An avid fisherman, she also caught and released a Flounder, a Jack, Catfish, and a Lizard fish.

It was a real treat to have this young lady on board as she is definitely a special fisherman, and really loves it. There is spotty red tide in the bay, however, we were able to find plenty of clean water that did hold fish.

Capt. 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.


Brooke, shown here, visiting from Massachusetts, is holding one of several Snook that she caught.

She also managed to get the inshore Slam, which is a Redfish, Snook, and Trout. An avid fisherman, she also caught and released a Flounder, a Jack, Catfish, and a Lizard fish.

Brooke, visiting from Massachusetts, is holding one of several snook that she caught fishing Sarasota Bay.

Brooke is holding one of several Snook that she caught.

It was a real treat to have this young lady on board as she is definitely a special fisherman, and really loves it. There is spotty red tide in the bay, however, we were able to find plenty of clean water that did hold fish.

Capt. 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. Terry Simmon’s Weekly Fishing Report

Jeffery, from Michigan enjoyed the day with friends .

Jeffery, from Michigan enjoyed the day with friends .

We fished inside the bay on the incoming tides this past week aboard the ‘Coastal Fishing Adventures’ out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters located on Siesta Key.

We used live shrimp and artificial baits that produced Silver Trout, Ladyfish, Pompano, Spanish Mackerel, small and larger Speckled Trout, along with some Snook. Jeffery, from Michigan, enjoyed the day with friends as they had a great day catching the most Trout and Ladyfish they’d ever hooked in a single day.

Joe with a nice 25

Joe with a nice 25″ Snook he caught and released.

Joe's brother caught this nice 19

Joe’s brother caught this nice 19″ Speckled Trout.

Joe from New Jersey and his brothers enjoyed their wonderful day of brotherly competition. Each got their own bragging rights, Joe with a nice 25″ Snook, and his brother with an equally nice 19″ Speckled Trout.

Remember, when you need a good dose of Vitamin Sea… Let’s Go Fishing!

Capt. 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.


We fished inside the bay on the incoming tides this past week aboard the ‘Coastal Fishing Adventures’ out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters located on Siesta Key.

Jeffery, from Michigan enjoyed the day with his friends .

Jeffery, from Michigan enjoyed the day with his friends .

We used live shrimp and artificial baits that produced Silver Trout, Ladyfish, Pompano, Spanish Mackerel, small and larger Speckled Trout, along with some Snook. Jeffery, from Michigan, enjoyed the day with friends as they had a great day catching the most Trout and Ladyfish they’d ever hooked in a single day.

Joe with a nice 25 inch Snook he caught and released.

Joe with a nice 25 inch Snook he caught and released.

Joe from New Jersey and his brothers enjoyed their wonderful day of brotherly competition. Each got their own bragging rights, Joe with a nice 25″ Snook, and his brother with an equally nice 19″ Speckled Trout.

Remember, when you need a good dose of Vitamin Sea… Let’s Go Fishing!

Capt. 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. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Young Theo had fun working on his night moves.

Young Theo Ring had fun working on his night moves.

In spite of the recent red tide outbreak angler aboard the Tide Tuit have had some great days.

Anne Ring and hers son Theo had a great night Monday catching several snook to 30″ on live shrimp around Sarasota Bay.

Meanwhile this past week Jim Williamson and family caught some really nice trout and spanish mackerel on jigs. Erin Schwartz caught some nice trout, and mackerel also on flies and jigs in Big Sarasota Bay.

Jim Williamson with a nice looking Trout.

Jim Williamson with a nice looking Trout.

Erin Schwartz caught some nice trout, and mackerel on flies and jigs.

Erin Schwartz caught some nice trout.

Capt. 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.


In spite of the recent red tide outbreak angler aboard the Tide Tuit have had some great days.

Jim Williamson with a nice looking Trout.

Jim Williamson with a nice looking Trout.

Anne Ring and hers son Theo had a great night Monday catching several snook to 30″ on live shrimp around Sarasota Bay.

Erin Schwartz caught some nice trout ,and mackerel on flies and jigs.

Erin Schwartz caught some nice trout ,and mackerel on flies and jigs.

Meanwhile this past week Jim Williamson and family caught some really nice trout and spanish mackerel on jigs. Erin Schwartz caught some nice trout, and mackerel also on flies and jigs in Big Sarasota Bay.

Capt. 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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Mighty-mite Nathaniel with a live Ladyfish in his hand.

Mighty-mite Nathaniel with a live Ladyfish in his hand.

Mighty-mite Nathaniel from MO, shown here handling a Ladyfish, caught a bunch of them this past week don’t on the water with me. He learned how to pick them up and release them and took to it like, if you’ll excuse the expression, a fish in water.

He’s on his way to being a great fisherman and believe me I know. When you see them getting that much excitement and enjoyment at his early age you can tell already it’s a lifetime love affair.

This coming week temps should be in the upper 70’s to low 80’s with plenty of sunshine in the forecast so if you’re interested in doing a little fishing why not give us a call.

Capt. 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.


Mighty-mite Nathaniel from MO, shown here handling a Ladyfish, caught a bunch of them this past week don’t on the water with me. He learned how to pick them up and release them and took to it like, if you’ll excuse the expression, a fish in water.

Mighty-mite Nathaniel with a live Ladyfish in his hand.

Mighty-mite Nathaniel with a live Ladyfish in his hand.

He’s on his way to being a great fisherman and believe me I know. When you see them getting that much excitement and enjoyment at his early age you can tell already it’s a lifetime love affair.

This coming week temps should be in the upper 70’s to low 80’s with plenty of sunshine in the forecast so if you’re interested in doing a little fishing why not give us a call.

Capt. 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

Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto, with a red and snook  caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails in Tampa Bay.

Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto, with a Snook caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails in Tampa Bay.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing reds, snook and trout on DOA Lures in Gasparilla Sound and Tampa Bay recently. Fly anglers also caught and released snook in the ICW at night.

Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto, fished Tampa Bay with me on another trip. We worked hard for a slam, with a nice red and snook caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail, we found a few trout to seal the deal.

With cool, clear water, shallow water fishing has been challenging. Jerry and Rich Hunter, from Longboat Key, also fly fished for snook in the ICW at night with me recently and had some action catching and releasing several snook on Grassett Snook Minnow flies.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a Red he caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails recently while fishing Gasparilla Sound.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a Red he caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails recently while fishing Gasparilla Sound.

Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto, with a Red he caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails in Tampa Bay and with me recently.

Jerry Poslusny with a Red he caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails fishing Tampa Bay and with me recently.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL fished a couple of trips with me in Gasparilla Sound. He scored a slam on one trip with several reds, snook and trout caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails.

I will be the instructor for CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing schools on Sat, Feb 18, and Mar 4, 2023. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults. The comprehensive class will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection.

Cost for the class, which will run from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, is $225 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, workbook and lunch. Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations.

Look for reds and trout in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now as long as water temperatures stay above 60 degrees.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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.


Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto, fished Tampa Bay with me on another trip. We worked hard for a slam, with a nice red and snook caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail, we found a few trout to seal the deal.

With cool, clear water, shallow water fishing has been challenging. Jerry and Rich Hunter, from Longboat Key, also fly fished for snook in the ICW at night with me recently and had some action catching and releasing several snook on Grassett Snook Minnow flies.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, with 28" red caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub while fishing shallow water in Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, with 28″ red caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub while fishing shallow water in Sarasota Bay.

With cool, clear water, shallow water fishing has been challenging. Jerry and Rich Hunter, from Longboat Key, also fly fished for snook in the ICW at night with me recently and had some action catching and releasing several snook on Grassett Snook Minnow flies.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a Red he caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails recently while fishing Gasparilla Sound.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a Red he caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails recently while fishing Gasparilla Sound.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL fished a couple of trips with me in Gasparilla Sound. He scored a slam on one trip with several reds, snook and trout caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails.

I will be the instructor for CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing schools on Sat, Feb 18, and Mar 4, 2023. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults. The comprehensive class will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection.

Cost for the class, which will run from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, is $225 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, workbook and lunch. Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations.

Look for reds and trout in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now as long as water temperatures stay above 60 degrees.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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

Roy Anderson, from Sarasota, with a nice looking redfish.

Roy Anderson, from Sarasota, with a nice redfish.

Roy Anderson, a friend of mine from Sarasota, and I went in search of a group of redfish that was spotted a few days earlier by another friend of mine.

We Let the wind drift us quietly closer to the spot where I was told the group of fish like to hang out. The slow quiet approach worked perfectly as we spotted them 30 to 40 yards out in front of us as we then put down the Power Pole.

I was told that this group of redfish were finicky and that proved to be true.

We threw jigs, top water baits and spoons at the group with no hook ups. We decided to leave them alone and look for some fish elsewhere and come back later.

Fishing elsewhere we hooked up on a nice size snook and a hard fighting Jack. Going back to where we saw the school of red fish earlier we found them still milling about.

After several more attempts to hook up Roy finally convinced a hefty fish out of the school to attack his jig and gulp bait. All the fish were safely released back in to the water to be caught another day.

Capt. 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.


Roy Anderson, a friend of mine from Sarasota, and I went in search of a group of redfish that was spotted a few days earlier by another friend of mine.

We Let the wind drift us quietly closer to the spot where I was told the group of fish like to hang out. The slow quiet approach worked perfectly as we spotted them 30 to 40 yards out in front of us as we then put down the Power Pole.

I was told that this group of redfish were finicky and that proved to be true.

Roy Anderson, from Sarasota, with a nice looking redfish.

Roy Anderson, from Sarasota, with a nice looking redfish.

We threw jigs, top water baits and spoons at the group with no hook ups. We decided to leave them alone and look for some fish elsewhere and come back later.

Fishing elsewhere we hooked up on a nice size snook and a hard fighting Jack. Going back to where we saw the school of red fish earlier we found them still milling about.

After several more attempts to hook up Roy finally convinced a hefty fish out of the school to attack his jig and gulp bait. All the fish were safely released back in to the water to be caught another day.

Capt. 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

Two shrimp for two Tripletale, I call that a bargain now matter how you look at it. Another CB’s nearshore fishing trip with Capt. Brandon is in the books… what a great way to spend the day!

Tripletail seemed to be the catch of the day.

Tripletail seemed to be the catch of the day…

That is one healthy looking Tripletail.

Now that certainly is one healthy looking Tripletail.

Capt. 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.


Two shrimp for two Tripletale, I call that a bargain now matter how you look at it.

Tripletail seemed to be the catch of the day.

Tripletail seemed to be the catch of the day.

That is one healthy looking Tripletail.

That is one healthy looking Tripletail.

Another CB’s nearshore fishing trip with Capt. Brandon is in the books… what a great way to spend the day!

Capt. 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. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Chaz Hart, from MT, experienced a beautiful morning of fly fishing this past Saturday, Jan.21.

Chaz Hart, from MT, experienced a beautiful morning of fly fishing this past Saturday, on Sarasota Bay.

We fished the deep grass of Sarasota Bay. Chaz caught numerous spotted sea trout. All the fish were protected from the cormorants and released safely.

Most of the trout were fooled by a olive and white Clouser deep minnow. The water temperature was in the mid 60’s and extremely clear. About 30 inches of 20 pound fluorocarbon produced well.

All and all it was a very satisfying on the water, with air tempatures a little chillier than normal but no where near the tempatures back home in Chaz’s native Montana.

Capt. 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.


We fished the deep grass of Sarasota Bay. Chaz caught numerous spotted sea trout. All the fish were protected from the cormorants and released safely.

Most of the trout were fooled by a olive and white Clouser deep minnow. The water temperature was in the mid 60’s and extremely clear. About 30 inches of 20 pound fluorocarbon produced well.

Chaz Hart, from MT, experienced a beautiful morning of fly fishing this past Saturday, Jan.21.

Chaz Hart, from MT, experienced a beautiful morning of fly fishing this past Saturday, Jan.21.

All and all it was a very satisfying down on the water, with air temps a little chillier than normal but no where near the temps back home in Chaz’s native Montana.

Capt. 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. Kelly Stilwell’s Weekly Fishing Report

Although fishin on area grass flats has been pretty slow we have fortunately been able to find some really nice fish near some of the docks around Sarasota Bay. Fishing with live shrimp anglers have caught some good sized and delicious sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and nice reddish.

Some nice looking Redfish were there for the taking.

Some nice looking Redfish were ripe for the taking.

Sheepshead were were seen lurking around the docks.

Sheepshead could be seen lurking around the docks.

Capt. 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.


Although fishin on area grass flats has been pretty slow we have fortunately been able to find some really nice fish near some of the docks around Sarasota Bay.

Some nice looking Redfish were there for the taking.

Some nice looking Redfish were there for the taking.

Sheepshead were lurking around the docks.

Sheepshead were lurking around the docks.

Fishing with live shrimp anglers have caught some good sized and delicious sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and nice reddish.

Capt. 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. Brandon Naeve’s Weekly Fishing Report

Darby, from Nashville, caught this Pompano and had it on the grill in short order.

Darby, from Nashville, caught this Pompano this past week fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

January can be a slow month for fishing as water temperatures lower. Pompano are just starting to come into Sarasota Bay this time of year. Darby, from Nashville, caught this beauty and saw that it made it onto the grill in short order.

As the year begins, temperatures are dropping, which means that the fish are hiding in deeper waters, creeks, and canals. Prized fish, such as Snook, go out of season and become vulnerable when the weather gets too cold. However, Captains out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters have reported steady action of a variety of species with warmer than usual weather last week.

Capt. 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.


January can be a slow month for fishing as water temperatures lower. Pompano are just starting to come into Sarasota Bay this time of year. Darby, from Nashville, caught this beauty and saw that it made it onto the grill in short order.

Darby, from Nashville, caught this Pompano this past week fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

Darby, from Nashville, caught this Pompano this past week fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Brandon Naeve.

As the year begins, temperatures are dropping, which means that the fish are hiding in deeper waters, creeks, and canals. Prized fish, such as Snook, go out of season and become vulnerable when the weather gets too cold. However, Captains out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters have reported steady action of a variety of species with warmer than usual weather last week.

Capt. 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

Rick Anderson, from IL, with a nice looking Sarasota Bay Trout.

Rick Anderson, from IL, with Sarasota Bay Trout.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing reds and trout on DOA Lures in Sarasota Bay and Tampa Bay recently. Fly anglers also caught and released trout with a couple of blues and pompano in the mix in Sarasota Bay on Clouser flies.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL and several family members fished with me in Sarasota Bay, Gasparilla Sound and Tampa Bay recently.

Rick and Nate Anderson, from IL, fished Sarasota Bay with Keith and caught and released trout and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails. Steve McClintock, from Pittsburgh, joined his dad for a day of fishing in Tampa Bay and caught and released a nice red also on a CAL jig with shad tail.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a Pompano, both caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a Pompano, both caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Stephen Smith, from NJ, with a Bluefish he caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Stephen Smith, from NJ, with a Bluefish he caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

I will be the instructor for CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, Feb 4, 2023. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults. We will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection. Cost for the class, which will run from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, is $225 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, workbook and lunch.

Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations.

Look for reds and trout in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now as long as water temperatures stay above 60 degrees.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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.


Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing reds and trout on DOA Lures in Sarasota Bay and Tampa Bay recently. Fly anglers also caught and released trout with a couple of blues and pompano in the mix in Sarasota Bay on Clouser flies.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL and several family members fished with me in Sarasota Bay, Gasparilla Sound and Tampa Bay recently. Rick and Nate Anderson, from IL, fished Sarasota Bay with Keith and caught and released trout and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails. Steve McClintock, from Pittsburgh, joined his dad for a day of fishing in Tampa Bay and caught and released a nice red also on a CAL jig with shad tail.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a Pompano, both caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Ray Hutchinson, from MI, with a Pompano, both caught and released on Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Stephen Smith, from NJ, fished Sarasota Bay with me recently and had some action catching and releasing trout and bluefish fishing sink tip fly lines over deep grass. Alan Sugar and Ray Hutchinson, from MI, also fished Sarasota Bay and had some action catching and releasing trout, bluefish and a pompano on flies.

I will be the instructor for CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, Feb 4, 2023. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults. We will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection. Cost for the class, which will run from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, is $225 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, workbook and lunch.

Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations.

Rick Anderson, from IL, with a nice looking Sarasota Bay Trout.

Rick Anderson, from IL, with a nice looking Sarasota Bay Trout.

Look for reds and trout in skinny water. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now as long as water temperatures stay above 60 degrees.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. 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.


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