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Inshore Fishing Charter in Bradenton

Kids And Family Fun Charter

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1 - 6 People $

Inshore Fishing Charter in Bradenton

Bradenton Classic Inshore

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22 ft 1 - 6 People $$

Inshore, River Fishing Charter in Bradenton

Exploring Manatee County

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23 ft 1 - 6 People $$

Flats, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Bradenton

Inshore Fishing Charter

100% (1)
24 ft 1 - 6 People $$

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Bradenton

Offshore Slow Pitch Jigging

43 ft 1 - 6 People $$$

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Bradenton

8hr Red Grouper

45 ft 1 - 6 People $$$

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offshore 8 hour Red Grouper and Snapper , other bottom fish Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Bradenton

8hr Red Grouper

45 ft 1 - 6 People $$$

We will target Red grouper, snapper of all sorts, blackfin tuna, wahoo and a variety of other fish Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Bradenton

Luxury Bay Fishing Trips

43 ft 1 - 6 People $$$

Head out with Captain Alex for a day full of fishing fun and making memories hammering the inshore and nearshore waters around Ponce Inlet. Exploring the inshore you can target Trout, Redfish, Snook, Tarpon, and more, and venturing out into the nearshore water passed the inlet opens the door to Snapper, Grouper, Cobia, Hogfish, Permit, and more. The boat is a 1998 22-foot Hydrasport that has had a lot of work done in the past few years. Re-Powered by a 2015 200HP Suzuki 4 stroke. The boat is kept clean and well maintained. Equipped with some of the best gear and tackle you will need for a safe, successful, and fun-filled day on the waters around Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, and Palmetto, Florida with Captain Alex. Captain Alex like fish 4 anglers at a time just so lines don’t get tangled. Captain Alex specializes in light tackle fishing and will take care of your licenses, bait, tackle, ice, and a cooler to store your catch. He will also clean and fillet your catch at the end of the trip. Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Bradenton

Bradenton Classic Nearshore

22 ft 1 - 6 People $$

We will target Red grouper, snapper of all sorts, blackfin tuna, wahoo and a variety of other fish Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Bradenton

24Hr Ultimate Offshore Adventure

43 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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Fish Hawk Charters offer one of the best chances to catch such specimens on an epic offshore adventure with one of the most elite outfits in the St. Pete-Clearwater area! Equipped with all the possible federal permits, credentials, and years of on the water experience, Captain Brian & 1st Mate are here to go above and beyond to do whatever it takes to ensure you have an incredible experience! On this trip you will go further out to visit some of the secret honey holes this 35' contender has marked into its GPS. Your Captain will not only help you limit out on seasonal Snapper and Grouper species, but limit you out on Monster Snapper and Grouper specimens! This means if you catch a smaller Lane Snapper or Red Grouper (or other species that is in season) Your Captain will encourage you to return that one to the water and wait for another big boy! After you've limited out on the bottom fish, your Captain will take you to troll some nearby offshore grass lines or reef structures to solicit a Tuna or Cobia bite as well. No expense is spared, or corner cut when you fish with Ron and his guides. You'll be riding out aboard a beautifully maintained Contender 35ft Tournament boat is equipped with triple 300 horsepower Yamahas and a deep-v that get you to and from the fishing grounds quickly and safely. This vessel’s ride has a reputation in the fishing community as being one of the smoothest and driest on the water. These offshore trips benefit from the Contender’s ability to minimize the amount of time cruising and maximize the amount of time spent fishing. You will depart from the beautiful Tierra Verde Marina Resort in St. Pete. Along side mega yachts and classy sportfishing vessels Ron and his captains will help load your gear aboard the boat and ensure you are comfortable and properly briefed for your day before you depart. Ron suggests that you arrive 30 mins prior to departure time for all trips aboard his boats to ensure your captain has enough time to get all your gear onboard and properly orient you on the day ahead! The vessel is docked at the Tierra Verde Resort Marina but if you are looking to get picked up from a nearby location, Captains are often more than happy to accommodate! All fishing essentials are provided along with a cooler with ice and water. Bring your own lunch and beverages, and a small personal cooler is fine as well. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Tierra Verde

Seriously Huge Snapper And Grouper - 28'

28 ft 1 - 6 People $$$

Boca Grande, FL is known as “The Tarpon Capital of the World”, and it certainly lives up to its name as it is one the most renowned Tarpon fishing destinations in the world! You may ask, “What makes tarpon fishing so good?” Well, annually tens of thousands of hungry tarpon migrate to Boca Grande pass and its surrounding areas for their annual spawn. They usually show up in early April, hungry after a long journey and want to fatten up. Now this incredible migration happens all over the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast as well, but in most areas, the Tarpon are on the move. Boca Grande is different mainly due to Boca Grande Pass. This small inlet between Gasparilla Island and Cayo Costa is the deepest natural inlet on the Gulf of Mexico, reaching depths of approximately 80 feet. Tens of thousands of tarpon congregate in the area from April through August, feeding day and night, as they prepare to head back offshore for their annual spawning ritual. There are very few other places in the world where this many Tarpon congregate in one place and are actually happily eating! After weeks of feeding, they begin to gather into large breed schools to socialize as they prepare for this spawning ritual. They gather in huge schools that are sometimes 500 fish or more, giving anglers ample opportunities. After the spawn is over in early July most of the fish stay in the area to feed on the abundance of food the surrounding water has to offer. Great Tarpon fishing action will continue thru October offering anglers a chance at battling the “Silver King” for over 6 months out of the year! So head out with Captain Ryan Reigsecker to do battle with these Silver Kings to experience drag yanking power, high flying aerial displays, and a beautiful day out on the water! You'll be fighting these fish on medium heavy - heavy weight rods usually using live bait (live blue crabs, mullet, or pin fish) depending on what the fish are eating that day. Depending on the time of year you will either float the live bait below a bobber through the pass (where thousands of fish wait for bait to be flushed through below) or site fish for big schools cruising the surf and surrounding areas. Captain Ryan will provide all the necessary gear so all you need to bring are your favorite snacks and drinks, some fresh arms, and some friends/family to help you reel in these behemoths! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Englewood

Tarpon Capital Of The World

24 ft 1 - 4 People $$
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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Charter in Bradenton

What are the best fishing charters in Bradenton?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 186 trips in Bradenton, and the most popular trips in the area are Kids and Family Fun Charter guided by Brook, Bradenton Classic Inshore guided by Alex, and Exploring Manatee County guided by Noel.

Our guides in Bradenton are rated a 4.96 out of 5 based on 2525 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Other popular cities nearby for booking a charter include St. Petersburg, Tierra Verde and Holmes Beach.

Looking for kid friendly charters / fishing lessons in Bradenton? Check out our beginner and family friendly charters in Bradenton.

What types of fishing charters are common in Bradenton?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular in Bradenton as well as inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and flats fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Bradenton are: 1. gag grouper, 2. redfish, 3. snook, and 4. mangrove snapper.

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

How much do Bradenton fishing charters cost?

in Bradenton prices can range anywhere from an affordable $300 to $3,000 and up, but the average price for a half day trip in Bradenton is $669. The average price for a full day trip in Bradenton is $1,260.

What month is best for fishing in Bradenton?

The most popular season for fishing in Bradenton is spring, and most anglers book their trips 22 days in advance.

Do I need a Bradenton fishing license and what are the bag limits in Bradenton?

If you’re thinking about a saltwater trip, you’re in luck! Our saltwater fishing tours in Bradenton don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. For freshwater trips, you’ll still need to purchase a license. See here for more information on fishing licenses, bag limits, and fishing season regulations in Bradenton. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations.

Bradenton Fishing Overview

Bradenton, located on the west coast of Florida, is a prime destination for anglers seeking a diverse range of fishing opportunities. With access to three major bays, including the Manatee River, Intracoastal Waterway, and the Gulf of Mexico, Bradenton offers a variety of fishing charters to suit any angler's needs.

The shallow waters of the bays are home to Snook, Redfish, and Trout, while Tarpon can be found in Tampa Bay. In deeper waters, Sheepshead, Black Drum, and Jack Crevalle can be caught. Offshore waters offer Gag Grouper, King Mackerel, Triggerfish, Hogfish, and a variety of Snapper, with the potential to catch Amberjack, Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi beyond the 60-mile mark. The Manatee River also offers Bass, Bluegill, Catfish, and Gar.

Fishing guides are readily available to cater to any angler's needs, whether it be landing the Tarpon of a lifetime, relaxing with friends, or teaching children how to fish. It is important to note that solo anglers must obtain an appropriate fishing license and be familiar with local regulations and daily limits, while fishing charters provide all necessary licenses and inform anglers of the rules.

Bradenton's year-round fishing opportunities, combined with its stunning beaches, make it a must-visit destination for any angler seeking a diverse range of fishing experiences.

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.

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Popular Types of Fishing In Bradenton

Bradenton fishing charters offer a variety of options for anglers of all levels. The most common types of fishing charters in Bradenton include inshore, offshore, and nearshore fishing. Inshore fishing charters are perfect for those who want to catch redfish, snook, and trout in the shallow waters of the bay. Offshore fishing charters take you further out to sea to catch bigger fish like grouper, snapper, and kingfish. Nearshore fishing charters are a great option for those who want to stay close to shore and catch a variety of fish like tarpon, cobia, and sharks.

Some of the most common fish to catch in Bradenton include redfish, snook, trout, grouper, snapper, kingfish, tarpon, cobia, and sharks. Bradenton fishing charters often visit landmarks like the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and Egmont Key for some of the best fishing spots in the area. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner, there's a Bradenton fishing charter that's perfect for you.

The Best Places To Fish In Bradenton

Bradenton, Florida is a prime location for fishing enthusiasts. With its abundance of waterways and diverse fish species, there are plenty of great spots to cast a line. Here are some of the best places to fish in Bradenton, whether you're looking to go on a fishing charter or just fish from the shore:

1. Anna Maria Island - This barrier island offers some of the best fishing charters in Bradenton, with opportunities to catch tarpon, snook, and redfish.

2. Longboat Key - Known for its deep-sea fishing charters, Longboat Key is a great spot to catch grouper, snapper, and other big game fish.

3. Braden River - This freshwater river is a popular spot for bass fishing, with plenty of shaded areas and calm waters.

4. Palma Sola Bay - With its shallow waters and abundant sea grass, Palma Sola Bay is a great spot for fly fishing and catching snook and redfish.

5. Sarasota Bay - Just south of Bradenton, Sarasota Bay is a popular spot for fishing charters, with opportunities to catch tarpon, snook, and trout.

6. Manatee River - This wide river offers plenty of opportunities for both freshwater and saltwater fishing, with species like snook, redfish, and catfish.

7. Gulf of Mexico - For those looking for a true deep-sea fishing experience, the Gulf of Mexico offers charters to catch everything from grouper to mahi-mahi.

Other Things To Do In Bradenton

While Bradenton fishing charters are a popular attraction, there are plenty of other things to do in this vibrant Florida city. Take a stroll through the beautiful Riverwalk Park, which offers stunning views of the Manatee River and features a splash pad for kids. For a taste of local culture, visit the Village of the Arts, a colorful neighborhood filled with galleries, studios, and restaurants. If you're looking for some outdoor adventure, head to Robinson Preserve, a 600-acre nature preserve with hiking and biking trails, kayaking, and birdwatching. And don't forget to check out the Bradenton Farmers' Market, held every Saturday, where you can sample fresh local produce and handmade crafts.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Taylor was great to fish with. We had my 3 year old son, my 70 year old father and my 14 year old nephew on the boat. Everyone had a blast and got a fish on a day that was not ideal conditions for fishing. Highly recommend and plan to use him and Alex again in the future.

    Bill Z. with Taylor C. of Bradenton, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    My family fished with Alex today and everyone had a blast. Great guide and wonderful trip and experience with him and Taylor. Would highly recommend them and we plan to book them again in the future.

    Bill Z. with Alex K. of Bradenton, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Noel was professional, knowledgeable and genuinely fun to spend the day with. We caught a boat load of fish-snook, redfish and trout. Thanks

    Gerald G. with Noel S. of Bradenton, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    I booked this trip for my sister and brother in law visiting from out of state. They caught a lot of fish and had a great time. We defiantly would use brook in the future.

    Mark F. with Brook W. of Bradenton, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    My daught had an absolute blast. Noel let her help with the bait. It was the best trip we have ever been on. We will be going again next time we come here.

    Tanya S. with Noel S. of Bradenton, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Alex put us on the fish today. We caught snook , sea trout , and hooked into a huge cobia that took my wife for a fun ride until it broke off. It was a fun time and great trip.

    Rich V. with Alex K. of Bradenton, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Alex was a knowledgeable guide. Quick to get everyone's line in the water and manage them whenever there was a tangle or snapped line. Great conversationalist if you wish to chat and fish. Great experience all around, no complaints.

    Andrew A. with Alex K. of Bradenton, Florida

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