Captain
Jim Klopfer

Member since January 2015

Sarasota, United States

Background
Captain Jim Klopfer is a fully insured USCG licensed guide, who has been a full time guide in the Sarasota area since 1991. He mostly fishes Sarasota Bay for it’s saltwater species, while also offering fishing trips on the Myakka River.
Techniques
Light tackle spin fishing with both live bait and artificial lures as well as an experienced fly fishing guide.

Hey, I'm Captain Jim Klopfer

Sarasota, United States
Background
Captain Jim Klopfer is a fully insured USCG licensed guide, who has been a full time guide in the Sarasota area since 1991. He mostly fishes Sarasota Bay for it’s saltwater species, while also offering fishing trips on the Myakka River.
Techniques
Light tackle spin fishing with both live bait and artificial lures as well as an experienced fly fishing guide.

My Charter Listings

Adventure Charters

Sarasota
trips from US$ 400

Fishing Reports

Snook,speckled trout, please Sarasota an

July 08, 2018

Well, even after 27 years of guiding, I still see new things. I had a "first" for me on a charter, a client caught an over-slot snook in 6' of water trout fishing an open flat. Go figure. On… Read Full Report →


Good morning bite in Sarasota.

July 02, 2018

Families with children were once again my clients on my Sarasota fishing charters the last two weeks. Anglers used a variety of techniques to fool quite a few different species. Live shrimp under a popping cork, chumming with baitfish,… Read Full Report →


Family fishing charters produce in Saras

June 18, 2018

It is mid-June and for me that means a lot of “family fishing” as the kids up north are getting out of school for the summer. On these types of trips, action and variety are the goals. Fishing the… Read Full Report →


Steady action in Sarasota and Siesta Key

June 10, 2018

My Sarasota fishing report is fair at best as conditions have not been the best of late. For some reason, the water in Sarasota Bay remained murky and a kind of brown color. I am not sure if it… Read Full Report →


Fishing bouncing back in Sarasota after

May 31, 2018

Mother Nature challenges anglers who took out charters with me the last few weeks. I did take a week off to go up north on a family visit (squeezed in an Indiana bass fishing trip) but the weather was… Read Full Report →


Good fishing on the flats in Sarasota!

May 14, 2018

Fishing was good this week, with anglers catching a variety of species using several different techniques for clients on Sarasota fishing charters. The deep grass flats continue to be the most reliable pattern. Speckled trout were plentiful on flats… Read Full Report →


Trout and redfish pleasing Sarasota angl

May 04, 2018

Fishing was good this week, with anglers catching a variety of species using several different techniques. The deep grass flats continue to be the most reliable pattern. Speckled trout were plentiful on flats in 6' to 8' of water… Read Full Report →


Speckled trout bite remains good in Sara

April 21, 2018

The trout bite continues to be very good on grass flats in 5' to 8' of water in Sarasota Bay and is the highlight of my Sarasota fishing report. Bass Assassin jigs and live shrimp did well at Middlegrounds,… Read Full Report →


Hot speckled trout bite in Sarasota!

April 14, 2018

The trout bite was excellent this week in Sarasota! Clients on fishing charters caught speckled trout to 24" throughout the area, every flat seemed to hold fish. We did have to deal with some wind, and I cancelled on… Read Full Report →


Fast action in Sarasota, flats and struc

April 04, 2018

If you are a fishing guide in Sarasota and it is a holiday week, that means families and kids, and this week was no exception. Clients on Sarasota fishing charters had to deal with a bit of wind, especially… Read Full Report →


Good action in Sarasota beteeen fronts!

March 22, 2018

Weather was once again a factor this week as a pretty strong front moved through early in the week, impacting my Sarasota fishing report. The bite was strong on Sunday as we drifted the flats casting Bass Assassin jigs… Read Full Report →


Steady action with a lot of variety in S

March 07, 2018

Fishing was good this week, though on most trips we did have to work a bit for them. I would characterize the bite as "steady" this week for clients on Sarasota fishing charters. We did a pretty even mix… Read Full Report →


Fast action and variety for spin and fly

February 24, 2018

I ran a variety of diverse fishing charters again this week. I had 4 trips in Sarasota Bay, with spin and fly anglers catching Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, bluefish, ladyfish and more. Spin anglers did well with Bass Assassin… Read Full Report →


Great weather sparks great fishing in Sa

February 11, 2018

Action exploded this week on the deep grass flats in north Sarasota Bay where the water was cleaner. Water temperatures rose significantly, hitting 70 degrees in the afternoon. Speckled trout were numerous and clients caught good numbers casting Gulp… Read Full Report →


Bottom fish provide action in Sarasota

January 20, 2018

A series of cold fronts moved through the area, dropping the water temperature into the low to mid 50s. This scattered the fish off of the flats and a switch in tectics was required. On my Siesta Key fishing… Read Full Report →


Winter fishing pattern in Sarasota.

January 10, 2018

Severe cold fronts have drastically changed the fishing in Sarasota since New Years Day. Water temperatures dropped twenty degrees, down to near 50 degrees! The deep flats are just too cold and the water was dirty from the wind.… Read Full Report →


Good fishing over Christmas holiday!

December 27, 2017

Fishing this time of year is generally about action as most of my clients are families and fairly casual anglers. The weather was fantastic and that translated into fishing the deep grass flats and passes, focusing on action and… Read Full Report →


Good rivers action with cooler weather

December 18, 2017

Recent cold front that have moved through the area resulted in water temperatures dropping into the low to mid 60's. The should result in snook and other species moving up into the rivers, creeks, and canals. It was breezy… Read Full Report →


Fast action in Sarasota before front.

December 08, 2017

Action was excellent once again this week for clients on Sarasota fishing charters with the highlight being the continued fantastic false albacore bite in the inshore Gulf of Mexico. Albies fed aggressively on the surface all along the beaches,… Read Full Report →


Action and variety in Sarasota!

November 29, 2017

Anglers did well this week on Sarasota fishing charters on a variety of species in both Sarasota Bay and in area rivers. Sarasota resident Bill Kish and I hit the Manatee River and encountered some BIG jack crevelle that… Read Full Report →


False albacore pleasing Sarasota anglers

November 21, 2017

I was on vacation in Nags Head last week, so no report, though I did do a little surf fishing. Yes, we guides DO fish on our vacations! I arrived back home in Sarasota to find breezy conditions early… Read Full Report →


Many angling options in Sarasota!

November 14, 2017

Angling opportunities are plentiful this time of year and my weekly Sarasota fishing report reflects that. Anglers caught many different species using multiple techniques in a variety of locations. Speckled trout, pompano, Spanish mackerel jack crevelle, bluefish, grouper, ladyfish,… Read Full Report →


Good action on the deep grass in Sarasot

October 30, 2017

Despite some breezy conditions, fishing the deep grass flats at the Middlegrounds, Radio Tower, and Marina Jack flat was steady this week. Clients on Sarasota fishing charters caught cobia, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, gag grouper, mangrove snapper, jack… Read Full Report →


Pompano showing up in Sarasota

October 14, 2017

Fall seems like it is finally arriving as the there was quite a bit of surface activity from schools of feeding fish. Bluefish, jacks, and ladyfish hit Bass Assassin jigs and Rapala plugs cast over submerged grass beds in… Read Full Report →


Sarasota fishing report 5/28/2016

May 28, 2016

Fishing was once again quite good in Big Pass and on the deeper grass flats throughout the area. Mangrove snapper, gag and red grouper, Key West grunts, ladyfish, and sharks were landed in Big Pass by anglers using live… Read Full Report →


Sarasota fishing report 5/9/2016

May 09, 2016

I only got out a couple of days this week due to a little vacation time and some difficult weather conditions. Action was fair, though persistent anglers did catch some quality fish. The deep grass flats at Bird Key… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.73 out of 5 stars from 5 reviews

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Sarasota, fl
Went fishing on Thursday, June 21, 2018

Captain Jim does a great job.  His knowledge of the Sarasota Bay area is fantastic and his easy going style makes for a fun day!

Fished June 2018

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Jim Klopfer (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, June 22, 2018

Thanks for the kind words!  It was a pleasure fishing with you and your family,  Jim


Fairfield, id
Went fishing on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Great morning fishing the inshore area of Sarasota . Jim had a lot of knowledge and the right gear to
Catch numerous species on the fly and spinning rod . I would defiantly recommend a trip with captain Jim

Fished May 2018

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Jim Klopfer (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, May 10, 2018

Enjoyed the morning, great company and Andrew is a fine fly angler!


Sarasota, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Fished April 2018

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Jim Klopfer (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thanks, it was a fun charter!


Venice, Florida
Went fishing on Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Two of us went out in Sarasota Bay with Captain Jim and had a great time! We caught lots of fish including tons of lady fish plenty of trout and a few catfish. Got to keep a nice 20” trout for dinner. We would gladly use his charter service again!

Fished February 2018

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Jim Klopfer (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, March 1, 2018

Thanks!  It was fun fishing with you guys today.


Orlando, Florida
Went fishing on Monday, March 6, 2017

Fished March 2017

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