Top fishing trips in Sarasota, FL
Everything to Know About Booking a fishing charter in Sarasota
What are the best fishing charters in Sarasota?
Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 14 trips in Sarasota, and the most popular trips in the area are Sarasota Inshore/Nearshore - 23' Parker guided by Darius, Sarasota 1/2 Day Trip - 18' Sea Fox guided by Scott, and 5 Hour Trip - 22’ Scout guided by Tony.
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What types of fishing charters are common in Sarasota?
Inshore fishing is the most popular in Sarasota as well as nearshore fishing, offshore fishing, and flats fishing.
The most commonly sought after species in Sarasota are: 1. gag grouper, 2. king mackerel / kingfish, 3. snook, 4. redfish, and 5. red grouper.
The most common fishing techniques in Sarasota are live bait fishing, light tackle fishing, and trolling but artificial lure fishing and bottom fishing are popular as well.
How much do Sarasota fishing charters cost?
in Sarasota prices can range anywhere from $425 to $2,200, but the average price for a half day in Sarasota is $534. The average price for a full day in Sarasota is $1,139.
When is the best time to go fishing in Sarasota?
The most popular season for fishing in Sarasota is spring, and most anglers book their trips 24 days in advance.
Where can I get a Sarasota fishing license and what are the bag limits in Sarasota?
See here for more information on fishing licenses in Sarasota, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Sarasota. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Sarasota.
Located 30 miles south of Tampa Bay, Sarasota offers high-quality 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. With beautiful water and a variety of different habitats to explore in search of target species, this is heaven for anglers and tourists alike.
Sarasota Inshore Fishing
One of the most popular ways to fish inshore is to drift the large grass flats of Sarasota Bay, a common spot to catch speckled trout. The water here runs 4-10 feet deep and will hold all sorts of inshore species, including speckled trout, ladyfish, pompano, jacks, and many more. If you want to target bigger fish head to the two inlets of the area, Big Sarasota Pass or New Pass. The water movement and changing tides draw all sorts of bait action and the bluefish and Spanish mackerel are sure to follow.
Snook are a bucket list fish for so many anglers and Sarasota happens to be a frequent stop on their migration. They are powerful fish and can grow into 40+ pound giants that will crush lures and bait if they decide to bite.
Offshore Fishing Sarasota
Heading further out you can target various species of deep-dwelling fish including grouper, snapper, triggerfish, and hogfish. To Target these fish the best approach is to locate deep structure and then drop down baited lines.
To find pelagic species, you will want to head out to deep water channels or dropoffs and troll with a spread of lures or baits. The offshore species that patrol these waters commonly get very large and a battle with them can last for hours. Whatever you decide to target, it will be a trip to remember.
Things to Do in Sarasota
With everything from waterfront restaurants to nature preserves, Sarasota has something for everyone. A trip to a place on the ocean means there is going to be at least one beach day. Lido Key Beach has beautiful blue water and stunning white sand that will help anyone relax. Looking for something a little different? Head to the Sarasota Jungle Gardens, it’s full of exotic animals and is sure to entertain people of all ages. If you are getting hungry or maybe a little parched, head to any of the amazing restaurants or bars that Sarasota has to offer. No matter what you are looking for, Sarasota is the perfect vacation spot.
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Species in Sarasota
- Black Drum
- Black Grouper
- Blackfin Tuna
- Blacktip Shark
- Bonnethead Shark
- Bull Shark
- Florida Pompano
- Gag Grouper
- Goliath Grouper
- Jack Crevalle
- King Mackerel / Kingfish
- Lane Snapper
- Mangrove Snapper
- Red Grouper
- Spanish Mackerel
- Speckled Trout / Spotted Seatrout
- Vermillion Snapper
- Yellowtail Snapper