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Fishing in Sarasota

Sandwiched in between two of the most diverse estuaries of Central West Florida - Tampa Bay to the north and Charlotte Harbor to the south - Sarasota was pretty much foreordained to become a prominent sportfishing haven. The lush grass flats and mangrove shorelines of the Sarasota Bay are beset with Snook, Redfish and Speckled Sea Trout regardless of the season, earning the coveted 'Sarasota Slam' to those skilled enough to land all of them in the same outing. Just a bit further south towards Venice lies the notorious 'Snook Alley' - a portion of the Intracoastal Waterway often lauded as one of the largest Snook repositories in all of Sunshine state, with dozens of keepers roaming the structures, joined by the likes of Ladyfish, Sheepshead, Trout, Jack Crevalle and many more. The coastal waters of the Gulf are hardly to leave a veteran angler indifferent either, with giant Tarpon, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Snapper and more congregating off the sunny beaches of Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Lido Key and the nearby Anna Maria Island. Come summertime, a variety of world-class pelagics follow the hapless bait to this very area as well, including the famous Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Tuna and more!

Known For

The Ringling Museum of Art, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, Mote Marine Aquarium, St Armand Circle, Ca d’Zan Mansion, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Siesta Key Beach, Crowley Museum and Nature Center, Myakka River State Park, Sarasota Opera, The Ringling Circus Museum

Rules & Regulations

You do not need a license if you are fishing from a for-hire vessel (guided charter, party boat) that has a valid charter boat license or charter captain license.