Damn good fishing guides in Bradenton, Florida

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What are the best fishing charters in Bradenton?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 3 trips in Bradenton, and the most popular trips in the area are Anna Maria 1/2 Day Trip - 18' Sea Fox guided by Scott, Bradenton Classic Inshore guided by Alex, and Bradenton Classic Nearshore guided by Alex.

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Other popular fishing spots nearby for booking a charter include St. Petersburg, Gulfport and Sarasota.

What types of fishing charters are common in Bradenton?

Inshore fishing is the most popular in Bradenton as well as nearshore fishing, flats fishing, and offshore fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Bradenton are: 1. permit, 2. speckled trout / spotted seatrout, 3. tarpon, 4. redfish, and 5. snook.

The most common fishing techniques in Bradenton are bottom fishing, light tackle fishing, and heavy tackle fishing but trolling and live bait fishing are popular as well.

How much do Bradenton fishing charters cost?

in Bradenton prices can range anywhere from $425 to $1,000, but the average price for a half day in Bradenton is $575. The average price for a full day in Bradenton is $800.

When is the best time to go fishing in Bradenton?

The best time to go fishing can depend on a number of factors. Call us to talk fishing!

Where can I get a Bradenton fishing license and what are the bag limits in Bradenton?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Bradenton, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Bradenton. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Bradenton.

Bradenton Fishing Charters

Located at the mouth of the Manatee River, Bradenton has world class fishing opportunities because of the rich estuary it sits on. The mix of salt and fresh water creates an estuary called Sarasota Bay where both baitfish and gamefish flourish. The array of different habitats and beautiful blue water create endless spots to explore in search of fish which is heaven for anglers and tourists alike.

Bradenton Inshore Fishing

One of the most popular ways to fish around Bradenton is to drift the grass flats in Sarasota Bay. Grass flats are a common spot to catch popular inshore species like speckled trout, redfish, and sheepshead. The water here runs 4-10 feet deep and holds a variety of other fish including ladyfish, pompano, jacks, and many more.

Two of the most sought after bucket list fish also reside in the coastal waters of Bradenton. For many anglers snook and tarpon are the target of their trip and Bradenton happens to be a frequent stop on their annual migration around the Gulf. They are powerful fish that can grow into giants that crush lures and peel off line if they decide to bite.

Bradenton Nearshore Fishing

If you want to target fast, active fish head to the bridges, passes, and points in the area. The water movement from changing tides draws in baitfish which attract bluefish and Spanish mackerel. While these fish are still fairly small, they hunt in schools and put up a powerful fight for their size. Getting multiple hook ups is not uncommon and offers non stop action which makes for a great trip.

Bradenton Deep Sea Fishing

Heading further out you can target various species of deep-dwelling fish including grouper, snapper, triggerfish, amberjack, and hogfish. The most common offshore structure in Bradenton is reefs and shipwrecks which support entire ecosystems teeming with life. To Target these fish the best approach is to locate deep structure and then drop down baited lines. Red snapper heats up in the summer and can be found only a short distance from the dock which is unlike most places they are found.

Things to Do in Bradenton

With everything from waterfront restaurants to nature preserves, Bradenton has something for everyone. A trip to the ocean means hitting the beach for at least one day or rest and relaxation. Luckily, Bradenton has access to beaches with beautiful blue water and stunning white sand that are perfect for kicking back. Head to the boardwalk for entertainment any group can enjoy. With games, rides, and great food, the board walk has it all. If you are getting hungry or maybe a little parched, head to any of the amazing restaurants or bars that Bradenton has to offer. No matter what you are looking for,Bradenton is the perfect spot for your next trip.

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