Sarasota offers you a unique opportunity to catch many awesome species. Visit Insight Fishing Charters and embark on various inshore and nearshore fishing trips. Let Captain Will Smith show you the reefs, flats, wrecks, as well as the backcountry, and put you on the best fish in this part of Florida.

The captain’s 24’ Scout bay boat powered by a 300 HP Yamaha is a reliable and relatively large vessel suitable for inshore fishing, but it also floats shallow enough to hit all the good Snook and Redfish holes. The boat’s spacious deck allows for 6 anglers to join the trip. It’s equipped with quality navigation electronics, a livewell, and an ice-box.

All charters are kid-friendly, as well as dog-friendly. Bring your hairy friend along for the trip so they can run on the sandbars or check out your catch. You’ll be chasing Redfish, Snook, Permit, Mangrove Snapper, Pompano, Tripletail, and other species. You’ll have the chance to try out many fishing styles, including bottom fishing, trolling, spinning, jigging, popping, as well as drift fishing. You’re free to take home your catch.

The trip comes with all the necessities. Rods, reels, bait, tackle, and licenses will all be waiting for you on the boat. You should bring food or snacks depending on the scheduled time of the trips, as well as any beverages besides the water. Also, don’t forget to bring some sun protection.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the boat will be disinfected after every trip and you’ll have a hand sanitizer available at all times. Captain Will will wear a face-covering during the trip. You may do so as well but you’re not required. Buffs or other similar face coverings made for sun protection will work well.

Visit Sarasota and have a beautiful fishing experience with Insight Fishing Charters.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $750
    price breakdown
    $750
    Fish wrecks and reefs inside of 9 miles. Sarasota offers an abundance of productive structures that hold species such as Snapper, Grouper, Grunt, King Mackerel, Cobia, Tripletail, and Permit.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $700
    price breakdown
    $700
    Spending 8 hours of boating and fishing will give you enough time to bounce around to more spots and target more fish.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Tarpon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jun 30 (Sat, Sun)
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    Spend the day chasing the king of all gamefish. Tarpon can get up to 200lbs and Sarasota offers some of the best fishing in the area. Chase schools on the beach or fish them in the pass.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    This is a good middle-of-the-road trip for the anglers who want more than a 4 but find 8 hours a bit longer. The extra time allows you to cover more spots and a larger portion of the tide cycle which can only help with getting more fish to the boat.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $450
    price breakdown
    $450
    Target a variety of species that find their home along the coast or at any of the nearshore wrecks and reefs.
  • Private trip
    Afternoon Tarpon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jun 30
    $450
    price breakdown
    $450
    Weather and tides are more dependent for afternoon trips but the afternoons and into the evening can produce some of the best bites of the year. Come spend the afternoon chasing Tarpon.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    Absolutely the most popular trip. Get out on the water before it gets hot and finish your fishing before lunchtime. You'll have more than enough time to get on some fish without killing your whole day. Note that you can also book this trip for Christmas from December 24th until December 25th, and for New Year from December 31st until January 1st.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    Most people think of the early morning when it comes to fishing, but that's not always the case. Skip the alarm clock and come out for an action-packed afternoon trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Weeknight Special
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    A flexible weekday fishing opportunity for the people who have to work or just really don’t like mornings. Go fishing in the afternoon or night time depending on the species, tides, and availability. You can target sharks, summertime Tarpon, Snook or other inshore fish. This trip has a cheaper per extra person rate.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Weeknight Special
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $300
    price breakdown
    $300
    Get out after work Monday through Friday and target all of the same species you would find on a morning trip. You can also schedule for nighttime Snook fishing or afternoon Shark fishing.
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    $225
    price breakdown
    $225
    Quick afternoon fishing trip as the sun goes down. It's a good way to feel out the fishing thing or to get on some fish quickly.
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About the Captain

Will Smith
Sarasota, Florida, United States
11 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
12 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since July 2020
Captain Will grew up fishing and now works full time in the marine industry. He spends his nights and weekends introducing others to fishing.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Cobia Cobia
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Permit Permit

Pompano Pompano
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Scout 240 Bay Scout (Bay boat) originally built in 2005. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha V6 4.2L Offshore engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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 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 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
88%
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Chase R.
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Half Day (AM) Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM) on January 17, 2021
We had a great time with captain Will! He knew the water around Sarasota well, helping us reel in over two dozen fish. We saw...
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VERIFIED   NEW  2 Hour Trip – Inshore on February 24, 2021
Truly an Adventure of a Lifetime ! The knowledge and skills of Captain Will were top notch ! He put us on the...
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Great time

VERIFIED   NEW  2 Hour Trip – Inshore on February 13, 2021
Did some light fishing for the first time and it was great My wife and I thoroughly enjoy our experience!
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February fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  3 Hour Trip – Weeknight Special on February 9, 2021
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January fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  2 Hour Trip – Inshore on January 28, 2021
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