Enter Sarasota Bay and discover some thrilling fishing in the shallow waters and beyond. Sarasota Family Fishing Charters LLC specializes in nearshore and inshore fishing adventures, and they promise to give you an authentic Floridian fishing experience.

Captain Scott Tesinsky is a 3rd-generation native Floridian fisherman, having learned to fish at a young age. He’s delighted to have continued the family tradition. He loves nothing more than to introduce newcomers to fishing and to see their faces light up when they land their first catch.

The 18’ Sea Fox center console is just the vessel for exploring these waters. Light and nimble, she can glide across the water tops and navigate the shallower spots with ease. She boasts near 360-degree vision, allowing you to spot your prey from way off. You’ll find fishing gear, live bait, and plenty of lures on board. If you’d like to try fly fishing, just let your captain know and he’ll provide that gear, too.

Sarasota Bay is overflowing with a range of different, exciting fish. Get your fish on as you bottom fish or troll to entice the bite of something delicious or a monster to do battle with. Go after Snook, Redfish, Trout, Mackerel, and Tarpon, when the season hits.

Head out into the Gulf’s nearshore waters and you’ll encounter plenty of tropical reefs. Like underwater metropolises, these productive feeding grounds are home to fish of all colors, shapes, and sizes. Battle it out with Groupers, Cobia, Snappers, and many more delicious fish to head home with a delicious treat. Please, have in mind that 735-pound is the weight limit combined for guests.

At the end of the trip, your captain will clean and fillet your catch, so all you need to do is cook it up when you get home. Everything is taken care of, just bring some drinks and snacks aboard and make the most of your day with Sarasota Family Fishing Charters. A whole new world is waiting underwater, come and discover it!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Tarpon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jul 15
    $500
    When Tarpon season picks up, don’t miss the opportunity to enter into battle with this world-famous beast. Get ready for a thrilling experience as you hook Silver Kings as big as 200 pounds. If you’re lucky enough to land a monster one, you may be fighting for 3 hours. Keep an eye out to see him leap out of the water, like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Just make sure to contact your captain beforehand, as pick-up locations may vary depending on conditions.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:15 AM
    $475
    Spend that little bit extra on the water to hone your fishing skills and fill the boat with your limit of delicious fish. You'll have plenty of time to try trolling the deeper waters, as well as bottom fishing the shallows. Feel free to ask the captain to bring some fly fishing gear as well, and get the most out of your Sarasota Bay fishing excursion. Go after Snappers, Groupers, Cobia, and more along the reefs. While inshore, you'll do battle with Sheepshead, Trout, Redfish, Sharks, and many more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Nearshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:15 AM
    $375
    The calm and protected bays nearshore yield some incredible fishing. Target some prized trophy fish, like Snook and some monster Sharks, and try to fill the boat with some delicious Sheepshead, Flounder, Redfish, Snappers, Groupers, Trout, and many more. Try bottom fishing or trolling to entice the bite of these beauties, or you can even ask the captain to provide some fly fishing gear.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Nearshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $375
    Up to 3 miles out of the dock, you'll have some thrilling fishing. In Sarasota Bay, you'll come into contact with a range of tough-fighting and delicious fish. Try bottom fishing the reefs and shallower waters, or troll the deeper spots as you attempt to entice the bite of some seriously prized fish. From Sharks to Snappers, Flounder to Cobia, Kingfish, Groupers, and many more, there's no end to what you can catch.
  • Private trip
    Sunset Fishing Trip
    Just booked! Last booked: 6 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    $325
    Beat the crowds and the mid day heat and get on that evening bite and enjoy a sunset at the same time. A great way to spend the evening with friends our family.
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About the Captain

Scott Tesinsky
Sarasota, Florida, United States
26 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
30 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since December 2018
Hello, my name is Captain Scott. I am a Coast Guard-licensed captain and a 3rd generation native Floridian. I have been handed down the tradition and local knowledge of fishing Florida waters by both my grandfathers and my father. I have been fishing our local waters for the last 35 years. I have a love for the outdoors and I know the local waters like the back of my hand. I am a proven tournament winner – 1st place 2018 Suncoast Tarpon Shootout, 1st place biggest Tarpon 2017 White Buffalo Suncoast  Tarpon Shootout, with 3rd place most releases, 2016 Suncoast Tarpon Shoot Out 2nd place overall, 2018 Economy Tackle Bass on Fly tournament 1st place. I have a passion for sharing our great fishery and the outdoors to the next generation. I love fishing with kids and it shows. The look on their face when they reel in the big one keeps me going. I pride myself in being patient, helpful, attentive and I promise to do everything I can to make your experience on the water a great one.

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Sea Fox (Center console) originally built in 2014. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha 4-Stroke engine.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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A Great Time Fishing with Capt Scott

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Nearshore (PM) on September 6, 2020
Janet and I are use to fishing offshore so I was a little reluctant in booking an inshore fishing trip, but I’m so glad I...
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VERIFIED   Special 4 hour trip for Barry Raines on June 15, 2021
Scott is a knowledgeable fisherman and great guy who want his customers happy!  Not a big operation that takes your money...
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Great first tarpon experience

VERIFIED   Tarpon Trip on May 19, 2021
If you have a chance, take it.  As an avid muskey and walleye fisherman this trip changed my outlook and future travel plans. ...
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Fantastic day

VERIFIED   Sunset Fishing Trip on January 6, 2021
Captain Scott couldn’t have shown my family and I a better time! We caught a ton of fish, saw a bunch of dolphins, listened...
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3/4 day trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore on March 6, 2021
Great day fishing with Capt. Scott. Tons of early action and landed a lot of keepers. Also, we were able to try many other...
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FAQs about Sarasota Family Fishing Charters

Sarasota Family Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $325 per group, additional $25 per person after 3 guests - Sunset Fishing Trip (3 hours)
  • $375 per group, additional $25 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip – Nearshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $375 per group, additional $25 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip – Nearshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $475 per group, additional $25 per person after 3 guests - 3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore (6 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $150 per person after 3 guests - Tarpon Trip (5 hours)

When you book a trip with Sarasota Family Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor (gps enabled )
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Sarasota Family Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Fresh bait, frozen bait and chum)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment (Upon request )

Sarasota Family Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (Out to 9 miles when seas are less then 2 feet)
  • Reef Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Sarasota Family Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing (Available upon request, 8 weight rod included)

Top targeted fish species with Sarasota Family Fishing Charters include:
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Little Tunny (False Albacore)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout