Insight Fishing Charters

Sarasota offers a unique opportunity for many awesome species. Allow Captain Will to show you the waters and get you on some fish. Captain Will grew up in the panhandle fishing waters from St Marks to Pensacola but has spent the last few years getting familiar with the waters of Sarasota.

Captain Will guarantees a good relaxing time with a focus of catching fish. All charters are family and kid friendly, as well as dog friendly. Bring your furry friend along for the trip so they can run on the sandbars or check out your catch.

His 24’ Scout with a Yamaha 300 is a reliable and relatively large platform for inshore fishing while still floating shallow enough to hit all the good snook and redfish holes. The powers poles and trolling motor help to make it an awesome fishing platform.

The trips come with all of the necessities. Rods, reels, bait, and tackle. The coolers will be iced down to hold any food or beverages desired and water bottles will be provided. The console has ample storage for personal belongings as well as a small personal cooler if you desire.  Fishing licenses are covered as well. It’s recommended you bring food and snacks depending on the scheduled time of the trips as well as any beverages besides water. Also bring any sun protection you may need for the hours on the boat.

COVID:  Between any trips the boat will be disinfected. Hand sanitizer will be available at all times. Captain Will will have a face covering in for the duration of the trip. Guests are not required to wear face coverings due to the heat but may if they choose. Buffs or other similar face coverings made for sun protection work well.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $750
    price breakdown
    $750
    Fishing wrecks and reefs inside of 9 miles. Sarasota offers an abundance of productive structures that hold species like snapper, grouper, grunts, king mackerel, cobia, tripletail, and permit.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $675
    price breakdown
    $675
    8 hours of boating and fishing giving you time to bounce around to more spots and target or catch more fishing.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Good middle of the road trip for the anglers who want more than a half day but 8 hours is 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 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 there home along the coast or at any of the nearshore wrecks and reefs.
  • Private trip
    4 hour inshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 27 - Nov 28 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    Absolutely the most popular trip. Get out on the water before it gets hot and get your fishing in before lunch time. More than enough time to get on some fish without using your whole day.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Inshore Afternoon
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    Most people automatically think of early mornings when it comes to fishing but thats not always necessary. Skip the alarm clock and come out for an action packed afternoon trip.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Inshore Morning
    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 get your fishing in before lunch time. More than enough time to get on some fish without killing your whole day.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Inshore Morning New YearsEve
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Dec 31 - Jan 1 (Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    Absolutely the most popular trip. Get out on the water before it gets hot and get your fishing in before lunch time. More than enough time to get on some fish without killing your whole day.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Inshore Morning Xmas Eve
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Dec 24 - Dec 25
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    Absolutely the most popular trip. Get out on the water before it gets hot and get your fishing in before lunch time. More than enough time to get on some fish without killing your whole day.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour 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. Afternoon fishing to night time depending on species, tides, and availability. Can target sharks, summertime tarpon, snook or other inshore fish. Cheaper per extra person rate.
  • Private trip
    Morning Half Day
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 2 - Nov 2 (Mon)
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    Spend 4 hours exploring the water around Sarasota and catching a variety of species. Bring the whole family including the dog.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour 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 in a morning trip. Can also be scheduled for night time snook fishing or afternoon shark fishing.
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About the Captain

Will Smith
Sarasota, Florida, United States
9 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
5 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since July 2020
Grew up fishing and now work full time in the marine industry and spend my 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 1% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Hank C.
Tallahassee, Florida
 5.00
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Awesome day with the Fam!

August 16, 2020
Man where do I start! First captain Will had everything we needed for a successful day of fishing, we stayed on the fish all...
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Rachel M.
Orlando, Florida
 5.00
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Half day with Captain William

July 17, 2020
William is very knowledgeable when it comes to inshore and nearshore fishing. He has put me on countless redfish, snook, and...
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Katie S.
Apopka, Florida
 5.00
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Half day with Capt Will

July 25, 2020
Put us on fish from the get go and got some monsters. Nice boat and an even nicer guy. I would highly recommend.
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Jes S.
Tallahassee, Florida
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Full day trip

July 23, 2020
William is a badass captain he knows what he’s doing
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William R. K.
Sarasota, FL
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Morning Redfish trip

August 2, 2020
Capt. Will put me on the Redfish!
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Fishing Reports

Family fun

October 14, 2020

Great trip getting this family on the water for an afternoon of fishing. Got both the kids on their first fish and they seem hooked for life. Lots of jacks and snapper. Read Full Report →


Rainy day snook and redfish

October 04, 2020

The bay was hungry in the rain. Bait was plentiful out on the beach and the fish bit all the way through the slack high tide. Lots of unpictjred jacks and snook. Read Full Report →