Adventure Charters – Sarasota

Explore the prolific waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Sarasota Bay with Adventure Charters! Captain Jim Klopfer has been guiding in the area since 1991. You can be sure he’ll take you to all the best spots and help make your trip as productive as possible.

You will fish aboard a 22’ Stott Craft bay boat suitable for 4 anglers, that offers a safe and smooth ride on the open waters. It comes equipped with a 150 HP Yamaha outboard motor and a trolling motor, which means it can easily navigate the shallow flats.

Capt. Jim will provide you with all the fishing equipment, as well as lures, live bait, and fishing licenses. If you’re up for some fly fishing, he’ll provide you with Orvis gear, but you’re welcome to bring your own. After a great day, he’ll clean and fillet your catch so you can have a delicious meal upon your return.

When fishing the Sarasota Bay, anglers will drift the flats and cast out live or artificial baits in search of a variety of species. The target species include Trout, Pompano, Spanish Mackerel, Redfish, Jack Crevalle, Sheepshead, Snapper, Grouper, Drum, Redfish, and Flounder.

For those heading to the Gulf of Mexico inshore waters, you will try your hand at drifting live bait, trolling, casting lures, and fly fishing. Reel in Spanish Mackerel, Tarpon, False Albacore, King Mackerel, Shark, and more.

The artificial reefs off Lido Key are very productive fishing spots in the spring and fall. Tarpon season is hot between mid-May to early July, when these beasts migrate through the area. Capt. Jim also offers Snook fishing charters on the Myakka River, where you will fish in picturesque surroundings teeming with native wildlife.

Join Adventure Charters and explore the productive fishing grounds out of Sarasota, making some unforgettable memories!



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  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $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. Get ready for your new adventure!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Fly Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $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 nearshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Orvis tackle is provided but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. There will be drinks on board, but bring some snacks to stay refreshed, and you're ready to have some fun on the water!
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About the Captain

Jim Klopfer
Sarasota, Florida, United States
32 Fishing Reports
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6 Customer Reviews
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Member since January 2015
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.

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Redfish Redfish
Snook Snook

Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon 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
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 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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

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Customer Reviews

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Rick D.
Venice, Florida
 5.00
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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...
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Ken W.
Sarasota, FL
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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...
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Andrew T.
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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...
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Mike T.
Sarasota, FL
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4 hour trip

VERIFIED   October 13, 2018
Second time out with Captain Jim. Lots of Jack and Snook. Plus, he is a funny guy. Had a great time.
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Roxanne P.
Sarasota, Florida
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VERIFIED   April 3, 2018
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