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If you’re looking for a little slice of heaven in Florida for your fishing vacation, chances are, you’ll end up in Sarasota. With the gorgeous name-sake bay right on the doorstep and beaches as far as the eye can see, spending time here is all the rest you need. Add to that a couple of trips with Sarasota fishing charters, and it just doesn’t get any better.
 
The inshore action is what put Sarasota on the map, and it’s inshore fishing you just can’t miss out while you’re here. No angler can resist the top-notch bite of Redfish, Flounder, and Spotted Seatrout available all year. If that’s not enough, come in spring for King Mackerel and in summer for the Tarpon bite that just doesn’t quit.
 
Venture out to the nearshore waters and you could catch Sheepshead, Cobia, Jacks, and Bluefish. A bit further out, you’ll find Barracuda, Black Seabass, Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, and Sharks hanging around the numerous reefs. You’re after the trophies of offshore fishing? A deep sea fishing charter will take you 100 miles from land, where you can wrestle Blackfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Billfish, and Wahoo.
 
Competitive anglers can join one of the many well-known fishing tournaments and try their luck. The Sarasota Tarpon Tournament, Sarasota Slam, Suncoast Saltwater Shootout, and Yellowfin Billfish Classic are all world-class. Better bring your game face though, because the competition will be stiff!
 
As you can see, whether you come to Sarasota with your family, angling buddies, or ready for your solo fishing quest, you won’t be disappointed. This rich fishery is open year-round, and expert guides have a trip for every taste and level.
 

Rules & Regulations

If you’re fishing with a licensed Sarasota fishing charter, all necessary fishing licenses are included in the price. Solo fishermen need to know local regulations and have an appropriate fishing license before they start fishing.

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January
January is peak Grouper season. Red, Black, Scamp, and Gag Grouper are all around in big numbers, and there's even a chance of seeing Goliath Groupers further offshore.
February
Hit the reefs for Sheepshead, Tripletail, Grouper, and Cobia, or stay inshore and fish for the local Flounder, Redfish, and Trout. There's also a strong chance of running into some Amberjack and Kingfish further out.
March
March sees the arrival of way more reef fish, including Triggerfish, Barracuda, and Black Seabass. This is also when the Redfish and Seatrout really start biting hard, making for great fly fishing in the cool, dry weather.
April
Things really start heating up, with Barracuda, King Mackerel, and Bonito all in full swing. Inshore you will see big numbers of Snook, Pompano, and Bluefish join the regular crowd for some added action.
May
The Tarpon and Permit are coming into season, and the rain hasn't kicked in yet, so this is the perfect time for fly fishing. Don't miss the Sarasota Tarpon Tournament for the best action around.
June
The Suncoast Saltwater Shootout kicks off across all depths of water, heralding big Billfish offshore. This is also the beginning of the Red Snapper season, so there will be plenty for you to do on the water.
July
Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, and Billfish can all be found offshore, so sign up for the Yellowfin Billfish Classic if you think you have what it takes. Plenty of fun inshore too, with Tarpon, Permit, Pompano, and Snook all hungry and ready to bite!
August
It's the wettest month of the year, but who cares? You have the Sarasota Slam offshore, some seriously active reefs just outside the bay, and an all-star cast of game fish in the shallows. Sign us up!
September
The summer winds down slowly and uneventfully... somewhere else! Here, you've got Barracuda, King Mackerel, Tuna, Bluefish, Tarpon, Amberjack, and Sharks, and that's without even getting into the deeper waters way offshore!
October
The Mangrove Coastal Conservation Association's Fall Fly Fishing Challenge offers great fun for a great cause and gives you something to do when you're not busy catching Trout, Redfish, Bluefish, and Ladyfish.
November
As the Snapper leave, the Grouper arrive, keeping up constant action on the reefs. November also dangles the opportunity for some lucky anglers to fish the famous Lake Parrish for Bass in the Fish United Way Tournament.
December
Spend the holiday season down in the sun, fishing for Redfish, Trout, Permit, and Flounder inshore, along with Grouper and Sheepshead out on the reefs. 70°F and sunny sure sounds good this time of year!

Sarasota Fishing Calendar

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Kevin P. fished with Paradise Fly Sport Fishing on August 1, 2021
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Be prepared for the extreme heat in July and august
First charter fishing and caught THIS!
Laura W. fished with Reel Knowledge Fishing on June 9, 2021
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Don't expect to catch many keepers, but lots here to catch! Saw manatee and dolphin too!
May fishing trip
Steven C. fished with Paradise Fly Sport Fishing on May 29, 2021
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If possible (not sure it is), check when fish are more likely to be moving and plentiful. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen!
Half day in May
Angel S. fished with Chasin’ Tail Fishing Charters on May 26, 2021
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Seems morning trips are better fishing in May!
Half day trip with Captain Alex
Kevin Q. fished with Chasin’ Tail Fishing Charters on May 20, 2021
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Bring sunscreen, good attitude, and plenty of cold beer.
Half day trip
Cooper A. fished with Paradise Fly Sport Fishing on February 23, 2021
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Call Captain Chris and First Mate Scott.
Half day offshore with Capt Chris and “D”
Kelly H. fished with Paradise Fly Sport Fishing on November 27, 2020
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Make sure you get a Captain that knows his stuff! Trust the crew and have fun no matter what you catch!
Jack fish- should have cooked them up but we released them:)
Keith S. fished with Rodbender Fishing Charters on November 13, 2020
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Make sure your captain knows the best areas to catch your “menu” fish. You may want to call ahead to discuss.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Sarasota

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Sarasota costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $447, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $802. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Sarasota is 23 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota, Stellar Action Fishing Charters, and Capt. Todd Walker – Bay Walker One Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Sarasota, Florida. Full list of top fishing charters in Sarasota.

High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota, Stellar Action Fishing Charters, and Capt. Todd Walker – Bay Walker One Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Sarasota.

The best way to experience fishing in Sarasota is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Sarasota, Florida.

The most popular fish species you can target are Snapper (Mangrove), Snook, and King Mackerel (Kingfish). Top fishing techniques include light tackle, spinning, and trolling. Nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

The Mangrove Coastal Conservation Association's Fall Fly Fishing Challenge offers great fun for a great cause and gives you something to do when you're not busy catching Trout, Redfish, Bluefish, and Ladyfish. Check availability for local fishing charters in Sarasota.

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