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)
    $1,000
    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)
    $850
    Spending 8 hours of boating and fishing will give you enough time to bounce around to more spots and target more fish.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $550
    Target a variety of species that find their home along the coast or at any of the nearshore wrecks and reefs.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $425
    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 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $425
    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
    3 Hour Trip – Weeknight Special
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $350
    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 5:45 PM
    $275
    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.

About the Captain

Will Smith
Sarasota, Florida, United States
11 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
34 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
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
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

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 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
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

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

Sarasota Fishing Calendar

Loading Fish Calendar!
Please Wait...

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos & videos by reviewers (22)
4.9
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
out of 5 stars from 34 reviews
Boat
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Crew
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Experience
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
June fishing trip
Lady Fish
1 of 5 Snappers caught!!!
+19
Angler Rating
31
2
0
0
0
Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
92%
Sort By:
Featured  
Showing:
5 of 34 reviews
Angela G.
Venice, Florida
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent  5.0
Experience:
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Boat
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Crew
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Overall

3 hour pm inshore trip with Captain Bill

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Weeknight Special on March 23, 2021
We had the best time! Captain Will was so prepared and in the words of my son, it was the best 3 hours of his life!! Will had...
Angela G. recommends Insight Fishing Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  Will Smith Captain replied

Elliott H.
Houston, TX
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent  4.7
Experience:
Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Boat
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Crew
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Overall

Five hours w Fresh Prince

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Nearshore on May 22, 2021
Will was very accommodating and was eager to have us catch fish and have a good time. He was knowledgeable and we stopped at...
Elliott H. recommends Insight Fishing Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  Will Smith Captain replied

Shelley H.
Bradenton, FL
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent  5.0
Experience:
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Boat
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Crew
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Overall

Sweet little trip

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Weeknight Special on April 7, 2021
We wanted an experience that appealed to a little one for her birthday. We wanted to catch small fish that she could real in...
Shelley H. recommends Insight Fishing Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  Will Smith Captain replied

Marilyn R.
Tampa, Florida
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent  5.0
Experience:
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Boat
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Crew
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Overall

June fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM) on June 26, 2021
Totally Awesome!!!.. slow start but Will did not give up .. knew where to catch fish!!! Took us to spot and my 11 yo Daughter...
Marilyn R. recommends Insight Fishing Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  Will Smith Captain replied

Del J.
Westfield, IN
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent  5.0
Experience:
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Boat
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Crew
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Overall

Great trip with Capt. Will

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Weeknight Special on May 12, 2021
My wife and I booked Will so that our grandson could experience his first saltwater fishing trip.  He’s “hooked” for...
Del J. recommends Insight Fishing Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  Will Smith Captain replied

FAQs about Insight Fishing Charters

Insight Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $275 per group, additional $25 per person after 4 guests - 2 Hour Trip – Inshore (2 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $25 per person after 4 guests - 3 Hour Trip – Weeknight Special (3 hours)
  • $425 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $425 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Inshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $550 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Nearshore (5 hours)
  • $850 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip – Inshore (8 hours)
  • $1,000 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip – Nearshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Insight Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Insight Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Insight Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Insight Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Insight Fishing Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cobia
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Permit
  • Pompano
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Speckled Trout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail