Dandy Charter Fishing

Capt. Matt Dandy offers a specialized fishing trip for everyone. Whether you are a first-timer looking to bend a rod or a seasoned angler targeting the fish of a lifetime, they’ll make sure you enjoy your fishing trip!

Capt Matt offers pickup locations in Sarasota, Lido Key, Longboat Key, and Siesta Key.

Capt. Matt fishes in the bay/inshore as well as nearshore in the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll target Redfish, Snook, Trout, Tarpon, Mangrove Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, Kingfish, and Cobia, but you never know what you might catch depending on the season. You are welcome to bring home for dinner any fish that are legal to keep, and captain Matt will fillet and bag your catch.

You will be fishing aboard a 1974 Aquasport boat which was recently rebuilt from the stringers up. The boat is equipped with a Livewell, GPS, FishFinder, trolling motor, and a brand-new Suzuki motor. There is dry storage for bags.

Up to four guests are welcome and kids are too! However, please let the captain know ahead of time, so proper life jackets can be supplied for any children 6 years or younger.

Captain Matt has all the rods, reels, hooks, and weights needed. As well as all fishing licenses. Two coolers are also on the boat one for fish you wish to keep for dinner and one for drinks and food you wish to bring. Water bottles are provided.

Come fish with Dandy Charter Fishing!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 HOUR REDFISH SNOOK TROUT (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $500
    INSHORE FISHING
  • Private trip
    4 HOUR REDFISH SNOOK TROUT (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $500
    INSHORE FISHING
  • Private trip
    6 HOUR
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $800
    6-hour trip allows for more options and more area to be covered.
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FAQs about Dandy Charter Fishing

Dandy Charter Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $500 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 HOUR REDFISH SNOOK TROUT (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 HOUR REDFISH SNOOK TROUT (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $800 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - 6 HOUR (6 hours)

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

Trips booked with Dandy Charter Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Waters are provided)

Dandy Charter Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing

Dandy Charter Fishing offers the following fishing technique:
  • Light Tackle

Top targeted fish species with Dandy Charter Fishing include:
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon

Meet the Captain

Matt Dandy
Sarasota, Florida, United States
2 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
100 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since October 2022
Angler's Choice
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Captain Matt is a true born and raised Sarasota native, who has been fishing the waters from Venice to Tampa Bay his whole life. He is young, energetic, and eager to make sure you have a memorable fishing trip.

About this listing

Targeted species

Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Boat specs

Aquasport (Bay boat) originally built in 1974, and restored in 2020. Powered by a 140HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Waters are provided

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

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 25% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Snook!
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Angler rating
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Anglers claimed
Good experience
99%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Caught fish
98%
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Vincent C.
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Dandy Time Fishing

VERIFIED   NEW  4 HOUR FILL THE COOLER (AM) on March 23, 2024
Matt is a gentleman and a pleasure to fish with. We went out on the tail end of a thunderous rain storm. The clouds cleared...
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Joe Y.
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Matt is the man

VERIFIED   NEW  4 HOUR REDFISH SNOOK TROUT (PM) on April 16, 2024
Matt is an excellent captain, super chill, and incredibly knowledgeable. We were catching specked trout 15 minutes after we...
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Kyle O.
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Snook!

VERIFIED   NEW  4 HOUR REDFISH SNOOK TROUT (PM) on March 25, 2024
Cpt Dandy definitely knows his way around the bay and had plenty of spots for us to fish and hook up on some nice snook. Even...
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Sam L.
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Fishing trip in June

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on June 1, 2023
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Kenneth T.
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Fishing trip in May

VERIFIED   4 HOUR FILL THE COOLER (AM) on May 17, 2023
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