Adventure Charters Captain Jim Klopfer


Sarasota, FL
United States United States
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Capt Jim Klopfer
Sarasota, FL

The best way to experience the fantastic fishing on Siesta Key is to go with a professional guide. Capt Jim Klopfer runs Adventure Charters.

Many visitors to Siesta Key are novices and families with young children, Capt Jim is patient, easy-going, and friendly, ensuring a quality, relaxed angling experience. He can also accommodate seasoned anglers seeking more of a challenge such as snook, redfish, and tarpon. Call Capt Jim at (941) 371-1390

Whether it is a charter trip, rental boat, or bait and tackle, Capt Jim Klopfer and CB’s Saltwater Outfitters along with their staff of fine guides, team up provide everything required for an enjoyable day on the water.

Capt Jim Klopfer has been a professional fishing guide in Sarasota since 1991 and fishes Sarasota Bay and the inshore Gulf of Mexico. He can accommodate anglers of all experience levels, but especially caters to families. Also, Capt Jim offers freshwater fly fishing trips on the Myakka and Manatee Rivers. Established in 1959, CB’s Saltwater Outfitters is the largest on-the-water bait and tackle shop, offering boat rentals, fishing charters, bait, tackle, Jet-Ski rentals, and clothing for everyone.

Together, we can help anglers maximize their angling experience Fishing Siesta Key!

Bait & Tackle, Fly Fishing, Instruction, Rods, Safety Gear

A fishing guide since 1991, Capt Jim spends the majority of his time fishing around Siesta Key. He is very much tuned in to the local fish migrations and conditions. That 20 years experience fishing these waters will help you catch more fish.

Fishing Spots


Gulf of Mexico Gulf of Mexico

Sarasota, FL
United States United States

Myakka River -- Unknown --

Myakka City, FL
United States United States
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Roberts Bay Bay (Saltwater)

Sarasota, FL
United States United States
4 10 10 4

Sarasota Bay Bay (Saltwater)

Sarasota, FL
United States United States

Fishing Reports

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 06.08.13

Tropical Storm Andrea effectively shut down fishing on Thursday and affected the fishing over the weekend.  I was able to in three trips early in the week.  Speckled trout to 20", silver trout, bluefish to 3 pounds, Spanish mackerel to 2 1/2 pounds, jacks and ladyfish were caught near Bird Key and on the west side near the Moorings.  Gulp! and live shrimp fooled them.   Bill Ritchey from Akron, OH and his daughter Laura started my week out again; t...

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Report 06.01.13

Sarasota resident Laura Ritchey with a big silver trout Peter Craig caught this average snook on a live shrimp in Robert's Bay Tarpon are being caught off the beaches; June is the best month to hook one Tarpon, snook, speckled trout, silver trout, jacks, Spanish mackerel, sea bass, black drum, gag grouper, flounder, mangrove snapper, and ladyfish were caught this week by clients.  Most of the fish were caught on the deep flats near Big Pass using Gulp! an...

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Report 05.25.13

Fishing was good this week on a multitude of species using a variety of techniques.  Trip of the week went to Chaz Boyter who caught a 10 lb false albacore and a 90 lb tarpon on Thursday.  Along with those two species, silver trout, speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, jack crevelle, bluefish, sea bass, mangrove snapper, and ladyfish were caught by anglers using Rapalas, flies, Gulp! Shrimp, Cotee jigs, and live shrimp this week.  This week was a great example of the divers...

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 05.18.13

  Fishing was steady again this week, improving towards the end of the week.  Friday and Saturday were both VERY good.  Speckled trout to 26", silver trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, sea bass, ladyfish, jacks and more hit live shrimp, Gulp! Shrimp, and flies on the grass flats in Sarasota Bay.  The deep grass north of Siesta Key to New Pass were the most productive for my clients this week.  Silver trout continue to provide action and...

Myakka River Fishing Report 05.11.13

Fishing was steady once again this week on the deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay.  Gulp! Shrimp on a 1/4 ounce Cotee jig head caught most of the fish, though clients also caught fish on live shrimp.  Species total for the week included redfish, speckled trout to 20", silver trout to 16", flounder to 18", Spanish mackerel to 2 pounds, bluefish, black sea bass, jack crevelle, ladyfish, and sailcats.  Bream are available in Upper Myakka Lake and Lake Manatee.&...

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 05.04.13

    Fishing was decent this week, though it did slow down a bit later in the week in terms of numbers.  Speckled trout to 20", silver trout to 16", jack crevelle, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish, sailcats, and sea bass hit Gulp! Shrimp on the deep grass flats near Big Pass.  Bream are fairly actice in Upper Myakka Lake.     I had a day off on Monday so I headed out to Myakka River State Park with my 14' Alumacraft to fish...

Roberts Bay Fishing Report 04.27.13

  Strong incoming tides in the morning along with fantastic weather resulted in very productive trips this week.  Bluefish, ladyfish, and Spanish mackerel were feeding in the passes first thing.  We caught most of the fish on Cotee jigs and several using Rapala X-Raps.  As the tide increased, we moved to the nearby deep grass flats and caught speckled trout, silver trout, mackerel, bluefish, sea bass, jack crevelle, and ladyfish using Cotee jigs, Gulp! Shrimp, and li...

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 04.20.13

  Silver trout fishing was outstanding this week!  Although not large, 15" is a nice one, they are tasty, aggressive, and put up a good battle for their size.  Most of the silvers caught this week hit Gulp! Shrimp.  Speckled trout to 20", gag grouper to 14", Spanish mackerel to 2 pounds, jack crevelle, ladyfish, and sailcats hot jigs and live shrimp on the deep grass near Big Pass.  Freshwater fishing was good in Lake Manatee; big bluegills and de...

Myakka River Fishing Report 04.13.13

  Fishing was productive this week with a nice variety of species being caught and plenty of fresh fish for dinner going home with happy clients.  Bluefish to 3 pounds, Spanish mackerel to 3 1/2 pounds, silver trout to 16", speckled trout to 21", pompano, flounder, jacks, and ladyfish fell for Cotee jigs, Gulp! Shrimp, Rapala X-Raps, Clouser Minnow flies, and live shrimp.  Both Big Pass and New Pass were productive as were the nearby deep grass flats.  A tr...

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 04.06.13

  A nasty front moved through mid-week, but fishing was very good before and after the weather passed.  The deep flats near both passes were very good, as were the passes themselves.  Spanish mackerel and speckled trout numbers were good, along with bluefish, flounder, silver trout, sea bass, jacks, and of course ladyfish, mixed in.  Gulp! Shrimp, Cotee jigs, and live shrimp were all productive.  The sheepshead bite is winding down. The week started off with...

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 03.30.13

  Weather continued to be the story.  Strong winds and unseasonably cool temperatures resulted in less than ideal conditions.  The ability to adapt to those conditions was the key to success.  Still, plenty of nice fish were caught on charters this week.  As Capt Ed would say, "You aren't going to catch them sitting on your couch!".  The weather did improve late in the week.  Sheepshead fishing was very reliable and provided mea...

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 03.23.13

  Weather was once again the story this week.  Unseasonably cool temperatures and breezy conditions made fishing a little more difficult that it should be for the middle of March.  Still, action was good for anglers willing to adapt to the conditions.  The sheepshead bite has been very reliable.  Small live shrimp fished near structure in Big Pass put meals on the table for clients this week.  Speckled trout to 18", big silver trout, ladyfish, and Span...

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 03.16.13

  Fishing the deep grass flats was very productive early in the week as a severe front was approaching.  Fish are usually VERY active as they sense a big change in barometric pressure.  The bite continued after the front passed, though we had to deal with cool, windy conditions.  The deep flats near Big Pass were quite productive for anglers casting jigs and live shrimp this week.  Pompano, speckled trout, silver trout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, flounder,...

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 03.10.13

Big ladyfish are great sport of fly for Nate Adams Janet Guelfi from Elmhurst, IL caught a nice trout on a large live shrimp near Big Pass.  Bill LaPierre caught this snook under a Siesta Key dock.   The weather has been unseasonably cool and breezy in March after a fantastic January and February.  Water temperatures are in the upper 50's where they should be in the low 70"s.  Still, action on the deep grass flats has been very goo...

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 03.03.13

  snook are moving out of the creeks and into the bays  Ray Moreland with a Siesta Key jack crevelle that hit an X-Rap The deep grass flats throughout the area continue to provide good action on a variety of species.  Speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, pompano, bluefish, ladyfish, and silver trout are hitting jigs and live shrimp in five to eight feet of water.  Sheepshead fishing has been very good around structure in both passes.  Live shrimp produ...

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 02.23.13

  Once again, fishing was good in a variety of locations, using several different techniques.  This week I did some live bait bottom fishing, casting lures on the flats, fly fishing, and a river snook trip.  The most consistent action was found on the grass flats in five to seven feet of water near both passes.  Jigs, flies, and live shrimp produced Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, pompano, buefish, and ladyfish.  The flats south of Midnight Pass have plen...

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 02.15.13

David Spies with his first ever sheepshead Tom Fletcher with a typical dock sheepshead Bruce Bellica caught this 3 lb Spanish mackerel at the middlegrounds Charters this week were an even mix of structure and deep grass fishing.  Docks throughout the area were reliable for sheepshead, snapper, grouper, and flounder.  This is primarily bottom fishing with live shrimp.  Deep flats produced Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, silver trout, flounder, sea...

Myakka River Fishing Report 02.10.13

Jim and John Mitchell with a Phillippi creek sheepshead Mike Christman caught this Myakka River snook on a gold X-Rap John Lovely from Chicago, IL with a big Siesta Key snook. Fishing was good during the first part of this week then slowed a bit after the front passed.  John Lovely has "fish of the week" honors with a big snook he caught on Monday using a small live shrimp.  The Middlegrounds, Country Club Shores, Marker # 5, and the Field Club...

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 02.02.13

Jerry Buckley from Gettysburg with a Phillippi Creek redfish     Jeannie Musial from Colorado caught this nice sheepshead in Robert's Bay.   Winter reared it's head this week, hopefully for the last time.  Before the front, speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and pompano were hitting on the deep flats.  Sheepshead, gag grouper, and mangrove snapper are hiding under docks near the passes.  Snook and redfish were...

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 01.26.13

Christine Klopfer with a Myakka River snook that hit a Rapala on 4 lb tackle Geargia Wilhelm from Ann Arbor, MI with a Phillippi Creek sheepshead Kristi Barton from Middletown, OH with a 3 lb mack   Another week of good, and diverse fishing in Sarasota!  I started off in the Myakka River catching several snook near 30" and a bunch of smaller ones from 18" to 25" on gold Rapala X-Raps and Husky Jerks with my wife Christine.  Monday...

Myakka River Fishing Report 01.20.13

Mark Monson from MN with a nice river snook. Andrew Berryhill completed hos "Myakka Slam" with this juvenile tarpon pic  732  CB's Manager Doug Forde did his damage with a gold X-Rap    All of the fishing I did this week was in then Myakka River near Venice, Fl.  This time of year the snook are up in the brackish portion of the river.  Even though it has been unseasonably warm to this point, the fish still make t...

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 01.12.13

Is it January or June?  The weather has been fantastic so far in 2013!  Mid day temperatures were around 80 degrees with lows in the mid 60s and no rail.  Fish are thick on the deep flats near the passes.  Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, silver trout, flounder, ladyfish, bluefish, gag grouper, mangrove snapper, black drum, sheepshead, and sea bass were all caught by clients on trips this week.  River fishing resulted in snook, largemouth bass, and gar using Rapala...

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 01.05.13

Charlie Plym from New York City with a big speckled trout Laura Brennan from Brookfield, WI with a tasty pompano caught at the middlegrounds It is unusual to catch Spanish mackerel in January, but we are glad to have them around      Sunday morning was cold and windy and Monday morning a bit chilly, but the weather the rest of the week was fantastic.  And so was the fishing!  Big ladyfish kept rods bent and anglers very busy. ...

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 12.29.12

Mother Nature kept us on our toes this week.  Conditions were constantly changing and several trips had to be canceled, but it is winter after all.  The trips I did run were fairly productive on a variety of species including Speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, flounder, black drum, sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and bluefish.  Jigs, Rapalas, and live shrimp all caught fish this week.    On Monday Jim Lebow from Kansas City, MO took out his sons Derek and J.D. and...

Myakka River Fishing Report 12.22.12

Fishing was very good once again this week in both fresh and salt water before a severe front shut things down on Friday.  Grass flats throughout the area held pompano, speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, jack crevelle, bluefish, sea bass, and a lot of decent sized ladyfish.  Marker #5, Radio Tower, middlegrounds, and flats further south near Midnight pass were all productive this week.  Gold Cotee jigs caught most of the fish, along with a few on Gulp! Shrimp and Rapala X-Raps...

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 12.10.12

This week really illustrated the diverse fishing opportunities that Sarasota offers!  On Monday we fished Sarasota Bay and did well on Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, and ladyfish free lining live shrimp.  On Wednesday I caught crappie, largemouth bass, and bream in Upper Myakka Lake using black Beetlespins.  On Thursday I fished the tidal portion of the Myakka and caught a bunch of snook to 28" and a pair of chunky bass tossing Rapala X-Raps.  Back in the bay on&...

Myakka River Fishing Report 12.08.12

The weather was warm and mild this week and fishing was good with a variety of species being caught.  Snook, redfish, speckled trout, bluefish, flounder, snapper, and ladyfish were caught this week on charters.  The deep flats near both Big Pass and New Pass are holding trout, mackerel, bluefish, flounder, and ladyfish.  Jigs and live shrimp worked the best.  Creeks and canals are holding snook, redfish, and sheepshead.     Trips to the Myakka River re...

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report 12.03.12

Josh Koritz from St Louis, MO and his 19 year old son Alex started the week off in fine fashion.  We left Ken Thompson Park and ran out to New Pass where there had been a bunch on Spanish mackerel.  I was surprised to find a big swell and it was pretty "sporty".  We put a half diozen Spanish in the box using gold Cotee jigs and Rapala X-Raps then decided it was just too rough.  As I idled to the Middlegrounds I noticed some bait "dimpling" on the...

Myakka River Fishing Report 12.03.12

Sarasota Fishing Report Capt Jim Klopfer Adventure Charters out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters 12/01/2012 I spent a few hours in the Myakka River inside the state park on Tuesday.  My target was bream but the river was ate up with tilapia!  They are an invasive species and anglers are required by law to remove them.  The good news is that they are fabulous eating with snow white tender filets.  I put 8 fat ones in the coller using live worms, great fun on 4 lb test...

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Report 09.24.12

    Fishing was very good on a variety of species this week using Rapala X-Raps, Gulp! Shrimp, and live pilchards and threadfins.  The deep grass flats in Sarasota Bay near Big Pass and the docks in Robert's Bay produced most of the fish this week.  Species landed included snook to 23", redfish to 29", speckled trout to 20", Spanish mackerel to 3 pounds, flounder to 16", jack crevelle to 4 pounds, sea bass, mangrove snapper, ladyfish...



Drum, Black (Pogonias cromis)


Drum, Red (Saltwater) (Sciaenops ocellatus)


Ladyfish (Elops saurus)


Mackerel, Spanish (Scomberomorous maculatus)


Pompano, Florida (Trachinotus carolinus)


Seatrout, Silver (Cynoscion nothus)


Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus)


Snook (Centropomus undecimalis)


Trout, Speckled (Cynoscion nebulosus)




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