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Sarasota Classic Trip

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22 ft 1 - 5 People $

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Bountiful Backwaters Of Sarasota

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22 ft 1 - 4 People $

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Sarasota Inshore/Nearshore

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23 ft 1 - 5 People $$

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Backcountry Combo Trip

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20 ft 1 - 4 People $

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Sarasota Offshore Grocery Run

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Chasing Monsters - 24’ Pathfinder

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24 ft 1 - 6 People $$

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More Fishing Charters Near Sarasota, Fl

Head out for a sweet 4 or 6 hour inshore/nearshore excursion with Captain Matt or one of his professional guides in Captain Phil and Captain Darius. These three run some of the best charters in Sarasota and are absolute experts at making sure you have a blast out there on the water. These 4 hour trips are one of their most popular options as it gives their clients time to hook into some rod-bending action and bring some tasty filets back to the dock in time for lunch (dinner if you leave in the afternoon)! For these trips you can opt to stick close to the shore to explore the inlets, channels, and mangroves to chase Snook, Redfish, Trout, and more. OR, you can choose to poke it a little further from shore to troll the nearshore waters of Sarasotas beautiful beach to troll for Mackerel and chase some snapper species. The 6 hour option is for anglers who are looking to spend more time catching fish! If you want to travel a little further and have a few more shots at some trophy fish then this is the charter for you! You have the same options listed above, but with the extra time there is an opportunity to do a little of both! No matter which option you choose, Captain Matt and his two expert Captains provide themselves on providing a family-friendly atmosphere for all ages and skill levels, and bait, fishing license, rods, reels, and tackle are always included. All they recommend you bring are your favorite snacks and drink, your sun protection (Suntan lotion, long sleeve shirts, sunglasses), and your camera to snap some pics! Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Sarasota

Fishing Fun In The Florida Sun

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24 ft 1 - 6 People $$

Head out for an awesome fishing adventure around Sarasota, FL with Captain Cody! Though he loves running further from shore to bottom fish the reefs for grouper, snapper, and pelagic species, the weather conditions have to be pretty stellar to allow this kind of trip. Thus, aboard his 23' Parker, he spends a lot of time hammering the inshore with his clients, and there are no shortage of fish (and big ones at that!) to catch! Lush grass flats abound in this area. These shallow grass flats are full of crabs, shrimp, and baitfish which in turn attract the game fish. Snook, Speckled Trout, and Redfish are the most sought after species, but you can also expect to hook into Spanish Mackerel, Jack Crevalle, Flounder, Bluefish, Ladyfish, and others! Fishing the shallow flats requires patience and attention to detail. Fish are spooky in water that is only a couple of feet deep. The beauty of Captain Cody's 23' Parker is that it has a shallow enough draft to get you good shots up on the flats and in the back bays and inlets, while also having enough room and stability to haul it further offshore on a nice day! All of Captain Cody's trips include ice, bottled water, fishing gear, live bait, licenses, and fish cleaning at end of the trip. There is plenty of room in the cooler as well for your favorite snacks and drinks if you'd like to bring them along as well. Captain Cody's main pick-up location is the 10th Street Boat ramp (Dan Roehr Boat Ramp), but depending on where you are staying he can also accommodate launching anywhere from north of Tampa to the south side of Venice. Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Sarasota

Southwest Florida Fishing Adventure

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21 ft 1 - 4 People $$

The possibilities are endless when you head out for a 4 hour trip with Captain Scott. If you're looking for your next trophy, he can show you how to hook into some prized trophy fish like Snook, Sharks, and Redfish. If you're interested in filling the cooler he can take to his favorite spots to catch limits of Sheepshead, Flounder, Redfish, Snappers, Groupers, Trout, and many more. Or if you're looking to explore a little further from shore, you can try bottom fishing or trolling to entice a bite from some Grouper, Spanish, and King Mackerel! Captain Scott also has some fly gear available! So if that's your flavor let Captain Scott know in the days leading up to your trip! His Sea Fox Skiff is the perfect vessel for sight fishing up into the shallows around Sarasota. Everything is provided on Captain Scott's trips including licenses, fishing gear, bait, and ice. So all you need to bring are your favorite snacks and drinks, and Captain Scott will make sure you have a great time out on the water! Please, have in mind that 735-pound is the weight limit combined for guests, which is usually equal to 3 adults or 2 adults with 2 kids. Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Sarasota

Sarasota 1/2 Day Trip - 18’ Sea Fox

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22 ft 1 - 3 People $

Sarasota Bay offers a vast array of angling options, including the mile long sand bar (appropriately named Long Bar) where you can sight cast to snook, redfish and trout. Endless deep grass flats like Jon Ringling Museum Flats, Long Boat Key Flats, or Marina Jacks Flats, offer a vast array of species such as Snook, redfish, seatrout, ladyfish, jack crevalle, flounder, bluefish, mackerel, pompano and more. Sarasota is the perfect family fishing experience. Sarasota Bay is fed by 3 passes - Big Pass, New Pass and Longboat Key Pass – and this allows migratory fish such as mackerel, pompano, bluefish to move easily into the bay during winter months. If fishing the inshore flats, we will be targeting the big three SW Fl gamefish snook, redfish, seatrout. We will be fishing in and around the many mangrove islands and sand bars of Sarasota Bay. This area is loaded with shallow grass flats, miles of mangrove lines, oyster bars and potholes, providing prime fishing grounds for this type of fishing. Just outside the passes near shore along Siesta Key, Casey Key, and Longboat Key, there’s Bonita, mackerel, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and triple tail. Sarasota tarpon fishing off the beaches is tremendous when they migrate here in May, June and July. a little further offshore we fish reefs and wrecks for snapper, Cobia, barracuda, key west grunts, Sheepshead, sharks, snapper and more. Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Sarasota

Backcountry Fire Up!

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25 ft 1 - 4 People $$

Fishing in comfort, Join me on the aqua blue water of Sarasota, targeting Redfish, Snook, Trout, Black Drum, Snapper, Sheepshead, and more. Ideal for passionate anglers and the folks who just want to come aboard for a good time with family and friends. You can fish on the bow while they relax in the shade and cheer you on. “Fishing in the front and party in the back!” Read More

Flats, Inshore, Jetty Fishing Charter in Sarasota

Sarasota's #1 Inshore Fishing Charter

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23 ft 1 - 6 People $
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Beach fishing at its best catching all the Sarasota inshore species that the charter boats do for a lot less. Great for kids with short attention spans or people who want to learn life skills. Read More

Inshore, Jetty Fishing Charter in Sarasota

NO BOAT - NO Seasickness Beach Trip

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1 - 4 People $
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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Charter in Sarasota

What are the best fishing charters in Sarasota?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 160 trips in Sarasota, and the most popular trips in the area are Sarasota Classic Trip guided by James, Bountiful Backwaters of Sarasota guided by Tony, and Sarasota Inshore/Nearshore guided by Darius.

Our guides in Sarasota are rated a 4.94 out of 5 based on 2513 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 in Sarasota? Check out our beginner and family friendly charters in Sarasota.

What types of fishing charters are common in Sarasota?

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

The most commonly sought after species in Sarasota are: 1. redfish, 2. snook, 3. gag grouper, and 4. speckled trout.

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

How much do Sarasota fishing charters cost?

in Sarasota prices can range anywhere from an affordable $300 to $3,000 and up, but the average price for a half day trip in Sarasota is $664. The average price for a full day trip in Sarasota is $1,280.

What month is best for fishing in Sarasota?

The most popular season for fishing in Sarasota is spring, and most anglers book their trips 8 days in advance.

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

If you’re thinking about a saltwater trip, you’re in luck! Our saltwater fishing tours in Sarasota 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 Sarasota. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Stephen was an excellent guide. He helped my 11 year old son find different places to cast and even walked him into some deeper water to cast, which was exciting! He was prepared and very pleasant.

    Stacy W. with Steven H. of Sarasota, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a wonderful morning with Captain Todd. He is professional, knowledgeable and great with kids. We caught so many fish! Great experience, highly recommend!

    Kristine C. with Todd W. of Sarasota, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Went as a family trip of 4 and had an amazing time! Dustin and Mike were very professional and attentive. We had 2 newer fishers on board and they made sure we were comfortable. We caught our limit of fish! We’ve taken multiple charters in the area and this has by far been the best one! Highly recommend and we definitely will be rebooking the next time we visit!

    Nebraska D. with Dustin L. of Sarasota, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a super great time with Tony! He was friendly and very helpful, Made the adventure extra special. I would give Tony a 5 Star rating!!

    Steve T. with Tony F. of Sarasota, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain James was AWESOME! He was easy going, confident and a pleasure. One person in our party had never fished and Captain James was patient and instructional. He got us on fish immediately and we caught Jacks, Trout, Reds, and Snooks. I cannot recommend Captain James highly enough. I will definitely be using him in the future!

    James R. with James G. of Sarasota, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Dustin showed us a great day fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Hooked a few whopper Amber Jacks and plenty of grouper and snapper galore! Great eats!! Book with Captain Dustin and prepare to be wowed!

    Donald M. with Dustin L. of Sarasota, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Darius was very informative and always helpful during out inshore fishing trip. He was always considering when it was best to move to a new location to provide the best fishing experience. He was also great to talk to and share thoughts about the area.

    Todd W. with Darius K. of Sarasota, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a blast with James, it made our vacation!

    Theresa M. with James G. of Sarasota, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    A great pleasure going out fishing with Todd this morning. He put us on fish almost immediately, gave a couple of inexperienced fishermen some great tips, and kept us entertained with good conversation for the whole trip.

    Bradford R. with Todd W. of Sarasota, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Todd was extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to fish with. My boys had a great time and said it was their favorite part of our trip to FL. Will definitely use Todd again when we return to FL.

    Brad B. with Todd W. of Sarasota, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Highlight of our summer vacation! We took our kids (8 and 4 yr olds) and James made the trip all about them. We caught fish at every stop, did some sight seeing and played in the water. Exactly what I wanted them to experience. Thank you and see you next summer!

    Clint D. with James G. of Sarasota, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    The guys were very happy with their trip and happy with the catch! Dustin was great also! Thanks we would do this again

    Stephen B. with Dustin L. of Sarasota, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Todd was amazing. We had a fabulous time. Enjoyed our trip caught lots of fish all around great time.

    Rebecca E. with Todd W. of Sarasota, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    My son in law and Grandson had a wonderful time with captain Todd on their fishing charter. They both said he was great…patient and knowledgable! They would love to do it again when visiting next. I will keep all info so i can book him. Thank you Captain Todd!

    Claudia L. with Todd W. of Sarasota, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captan James was a great guy as well as a great Captain. He put my family on exactly what we were looking to catch and sent us home with a good meal. I would recommend him any day.

    Brian W. with James G. of Sarasota, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Darius was polite and very knowledgeable. We caught lots of fish! Overall excellent.

    Jeffrey S. with Darius K. of Sarasota, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time. Darius was great. Couldn't ask for more. Will plan to book a trip with him again next year.

    Geoffrey M. with Darius K. of Sarasota, Florida

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