Adventure Charters - Sarasota

1059 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota FL, United States

Adventure Charters offers light tackle saltwater fishing charters on the inshore waters of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Captain Jim welcomes all levels of angler, from novices to the seasoned pro, and encourages families and children to come along and give it a try!

You will fish aboard a 2016 22’ Stott Craft bay boat that is suitable for four guests, and offers a safe and smooth ride on the open waters. It comes equipped with a 150HP Yamaha outboard motor and a trolling motor, which means it can easily navigate the shallow flats. Other features include GPS, fishfinder, live bait tank and ice box, as well as a wide and roomy deck.

There are many exciting fishing spots to choose from on Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. When fishing the Bay, anglers will drift the flats and cast out live or artificial baits in search of many species, including Speckled Trout, Pompano, Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish within the grass flats of the shallow bays; Snook, Redfish, and Jack Crevalle in the backwaters and creeks of Big Sarasota Pass and New Pass; and Sheepshead, Snook, Snapper, Grouper, Drum, Redfish and Flounder around bridges and docks.

For those heading on the Gulf of Mexico inshore waters, you will try your hand at drifting live bait, trolling, casting lures, and fly fishing to reel in Spanish Mackerel, mighty Tarpon, False Albacore, King Mackerel, Shark, and more. The artificial reefs just off Lido Key are very productive fishing spots in the spring and fall, while Tarpon season is hot between mid May to early July, when these beasts migrate through the area. All trips include rods, reels & tackle, lures, live bait, fishing licenses, a cooler with ice and water, as well as catch cleaning and filleting. Orvis fly fishing gear is also provided, or guests are welcome to bring their own.

Adventure Charters also offer Snook fishing charters on the Myakka River, where you will fish in picturesque surroundings teeming with native wildlife.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Inshore (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 400
    up to 4 persons
    Head out on Sarasota Bay or the Gulf of Mexico for a 4 hour inshore fishing charter using light tackle, and live and artificial baits. Target species include Tarpon, Spanish Mackerel, Snook, Redfish, Snapper, Speckled Trout, Pompano, Bluefish and more. All trips include rods, reels & tackle, lures, live bait, fishing licenses, a cooler with ice and water, as well as catch cleaning and filleting. Orvis fly fishing gear is also provided, or you're welcome to bring your own.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip - Fly Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 400
    up to 4 persons
    A 6 hour fly fishing charter for 1 or 2 anglers in the inshore waters of Sarasota Bay or the near shore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Orvis tackle is provided but clients are welcome to bring their own if they prefer.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia
Jack Crevalle
Redfish
Snook

Tarpon

Boat Specs

Stott Craft (Bay boat) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Drinks
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Sarasota to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
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
PayPal
Checks

About the Captain

Jim Klopfer
Sarasota, Florida, United States
Member since January 2015
6
29
Captain Jim Klopfer has been a full-time guide in the Sarasota area since 1991. He fishes Sarasota Bay for its saltwater species, whilst also offering fishing trips on the Myakka, Manatee, and Braden rivers. His preferred method of fishing is with both live and artificial bait on a light tackle, however, he is also a keen fly fisher and is happy to share this skills with any other maestro. It's not only experienced anglers who can enjoy aboard, though; Capt. Jim wants to encourage the new generation too, and delights in passing on his knowledge and skills to the whole family.
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

Sarasota Fishing Calendar

Loading Fish Calendar!
Please Wait...

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (8)
4.78
out of 5 stars from 6 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Half Day Fishing Trip with Captain Jim Klopfer
Half Day Fishing Trip with Captain Jim Klopfer
Half Day Fishing Trip with Captain Jim Klopfer
+5
Angler Rating
5
1
0
0
0
Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
Sort By:
Featured  
Showing:
5 of 6 reviews
Mike Turi
Sarasota, FL
 5.00
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

4 hour trip

VERIFIED   NEW  October 13, 2018
Second time out with Captain Jim. Lots of Jack and Snook. Plus, he is a funny guy. Had a great time.
Mike Turi recommends Adventure Charters - Sarasota
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
Mike Turi recommends Adventure Charters - Sarasota
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful

Ken Woodworth
Sarasota, FL
 5.00
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

Half Day Fishing Trip with Captain Jim Klopfer

VERIFIED   June 21, 2018
Captain Jim does a great job.  His knowledge of the Sarasota Bay area is fantastic and his easy going style makes for...
Ken Woodworth recommends Adventure Charters - Sarasota
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  Jim Klopfer Captain replied

Andrew Thomas
Fairfield, ID
 4.67
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

Half day trip with Jim

VERIFIED   May 9, 2018
Great morning fishing the inshore area of Sarasota . Jim had a lot of knowledge and the right gear to Catch numerous...
Andrew Thomas recommends Adventure Charters - Sarasota
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  Jim Klopfer Captain replied

Rick Deslippe
Venice, Florida
 5.00
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

3 hour Inshore with Captain Jim

VERIFIED   February 28, 2018
Two of us went out in Sarasota Bay with Captain Jim and had a great time! We caught lots of fish including tons of lady fish...
Rick Deslippe recommends Adventure Charters - Sarasota
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  Jim Klopfer Captain replied

Roxanne Petrilla
Sarasota, Florida
 5.00
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

Fishing with Jim

VERIFIED   April 3, 2018
Roxanne Petrilla recommends Adventure Charters - Sarasota
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  Jim Klopfer Captain replied

Fishing Reports

Hot snook fishing in Sarasota!

October 22, 2018

Snook fishing was fantastic this week! Clients on Siesta Key fishing charters caught snook to 35" and lost some larger fish. Rapala plugs fooled a few fish early, including trout, jacks, ladyfish, snapper, and snook. Once the morning bite… Read Full Report →


Snook, jacks, and mangrove snapper bitin

October 13, 2018

The red tide levels are the lowest that they have been for two months. Bait fish are showing up on the flats near the passes. Clients on Sarasota fishing charters did well fishing Robert's Bay and Little Sarasota Bay.… Read Full Report →