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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Sarasota

According to customer reviews, Reel Knowledge Fishing, Aquaholic Fishing Charters, and Suncoast Fishing Adventures are some of the most popular fishing charters in Sarasota, Florida. Full list of top fishing charters in Sarasota.

The average price for a private 4 hour Sarasota fishing trip is $515, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $973 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Reel Knowledge Fishing, Aquaholic Fishing Charters, and Suncoast Fishing Adventures all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Sarasota.

The most popular fish species you can target are Mangrove Snapper, Snook, and Redfish. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Spinning, and Trolling. Nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and flats fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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.

Sarasota
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 25968 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

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!

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Hire Capt. Matt. And listen to what he tells you. You won't be disappointed.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Hire Capt. Matt. And listen to what he tells you. You won't be disappointed.
Neil  H.
Neil H. Iola, IL
Lots of sunshine and beautiful waters - we even saw dolphins. Super easy to get to boat and free parking to boot.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Lots of sunshine and beautiful waters - we even saw dolphins. Super easy to get to boat and free parking to boot.
Julie  M.
Julie M. Rosemount, Minnesota
Captain Scott was great, he put us on the fish. At each stop he took the time to explain what type fish we may catch but also the technique that we should be using. We had a great day, catching snapper, catfish and a tripletail. This trip truly had the fish that got away, a giant tripletail that got away as it neared the boat. We definitely would recommend him and looking forward to future trips.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Scott was great, he put us on the fish. At each stop he took the time to explain what type fish we may catch but also the technique that we should be using. We had a great day, catching snapper, catfish and a tripletail. This trip truly had the fish that got away, a giant tripletail that got away as it neared the boat. We definitely would recommend him and looking forward to future trips.
Stephen  C.
Stephen C. Bradenton, FL
Water temp is a very warm 90⁰ plus, so certain types of fish are not running and/or biting. Sarasota is still beautiful this time of year, so I would still recommend it.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Water temp is a very warm 90⁰ plus, so certain types of fish are not running and/or biting. Sarasota is still beautiful this time of year, so I would still recommend it.
Smith  S.
Smith S. Mableton, Georgia
Be flexible with inshore offshore when the trip comes around. We wanted offshore but when the seas are rough the bays are protected and much calmer
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be flexible with inshore offshore when the trip comes around. We wanted offshore but when the seas are rough the bays are protected and much calmer
Robert  H.
Robert H. Sanford, FL
It was pretty windy while we were there. There were some storms in the Gulf that probably threw the captain some curveballs to deal with. It was a good trip, but the captain seemed a little disappointed with the results. We are from the North, so the fishing still was excellent by comparison.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was pretty windy while we were there. There were some storms in the Gulf that probably threw the captain some curveballs to deal with. It was a good trip, but the captain seemed a little disappointed with the results. We are from the North, so the fishing still was excellent by comparison.
Daniel  P.
Daniel P. Perkasie, PA
This was my first time fishing in Sarasota so I don't have a good basis for rating the experience. he weather was a bit tough the day we went so that may have affected fishing conditions
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was my first time fishing in Sarasota so I don't have a good basis for rating the experience. he weather was a bit tough the day we went so that may have affected fishing conditions
Michael  N.
Michael N. Falls Church, VA
Get an experienced charter captain. Shop charter prices. Some charters are expensive whole others lower priced. Check recommendations.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get an experienced charter captain. Shop charter prices. Some charters are expensive whole others lower priced. Check recommendations.
Gary  C.
Gary C. Sarasota, FL
We caught plenty for dinner. I had hoped to catch larger fish. They averaged 8 -12 inches. Great variety. Mostly bottom fishing. Still a lot of fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We caught plenty for dinner. I had hoped to catch larger fish. They averaged 8 -12 inches. Great variety. Mostly bottom fishing. Still a lot of fun.
Brandon  B.
Brandon B. Pinckney, MI
Book with Captain Scott. He is very knowledgeable, safe, and friendly. Be patient and enjoy the experience. It was a great time for us.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Scott. He is very knowledgeable, safe, and friendly. Be patient and enjoy the experience. It was a great time for us.
Christopher  P.
Christopher P. Mount Healthy, OH
Don't expect to catch many keepers, but lots here to catch! Saw manatee and dolphin too!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't expect to catch many keepers, but lots here to catch! Saw manatee and dolphin too!
Laura  W.
Laura W. Sarasota, Florida
If possible (not sure it is), check when fish are more likely to be moving and plentiful. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If possible (not sure it is), check when fish are more likely to be moving and plentiful. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen!
Steven  C.
Steven C. Bradenton, FL
Make sure you get a Captain that knows his stuff! Trust the crew and have fun no matter what you catch!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you get a Captain that knows his stuff! Trust the crew and have fun no matter what you catch!
Kelly  H.
Kelly H. Bradenton, FL
Make sure your captain knows the best areas to catch your “menu” fish. You may want to call ahead to discuss.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Make sure your captain knows the best areas to catch your “menu” fish. You may want to call ahead to discuss.
Keith  S.
Keith S. Mount Gilead, OH
The only problem with May is the love bugs but they really weren't that bad, though we didn't hit them at the height of their season. After a couple of months of enforced lockdown due to the virus, this was a more than welcomed diversion.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The only problem with May is the love bugs but they really weren't that bad, though we didn't hit them at the height of their season. After a couple of months of enforced lockdown due to the virus, this was a more than welcomed diversion.
Keith  B.
Keith B. Duluth, GA
Get ready for fun! The fishing was hot and heavy! Snapper and Grouper were plentiful.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get ready for fun! The fishing was hot and heavy! Snapper and Grouper were plentiful.
William  K.
William K. Bradenton, Florida
Local knowledge is important, particularly with regards to local fishing areas/weather. Camille was knowledgeable and looked after our family for our 4 hour trip
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Local knowledge is important, particularly with regards to local fishing areas/weather. Camille was knowledgeable and looked after our family for our 4 hour trip
Tony  C.
Tony C. Sarasota, FL
There are different kinds of water for different experiences. Try them all. Fabulous for salt water fly fishing too!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There are different kinds of water for different experiences. Try them all. Fabulous for salt water fly fishing too!!
Annemarie  A.
Annemarie A. St. Petersburg, Florida
Maybe wait till the weather forecast is good as I’ve fished Sarasota twice and been disappointed with the weather.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Maybe wait till the weather forecast is good as I’ve fished Sarasota twice and been disappointed with the weather.
Norman  K.
Norman K. Indianapolis, Indiana
Fishing in Siesta Key requires a knowledgeable guide to put you on the type of fish you are looking for. Captain Tony of Freedom Fishing Charters is that guide service.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing in Siesta Key requires a knowledgeable guide to put you on the type of fish you are looking for. Captain Tony of Freedom Fishing Charters is that guide service.
Steve  C.
Steve C. St. Petersburg, FL

Reel Knowledge Fishing
Reel Knowledge Fishing
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(157 reviews)
Had a great day on the water Josh was super helpful and was able to move his boat to suit our casting and to keep us out of the wind Definitely want him for our next visit
Mike  O.
Mike O. Parrish, Florida
Stellar Action Fishing Charters – 23’
Stellar Action Fishing Charters – 23’
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(75 reviews)
It was a tough day with high winds but Joseph found fish for us . We caught many snook . It was enjoyable day despite challenging conditions .
James  V.
James V.
Reel Tight Fishing Charters – Siesta Key
Reel Tight Fishing Charters – Siesta Key
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(128 reviews)
Captain Andy was fantastic. Caught a lot of sheepshead. Cold, windy day but the captain has no control over that!!! Filleted our catch and enjoyed that night. We would definitely book again with Andy. Lots of fun.
Bob  O.
Bob O. Owls Head, ME
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(523 reviews)
Catching anything under today's weather conditions (winds to 20 on the bay) would be a real challenge. Capt. Scott's extensive knowledge of the area saved the day. He was able to seek out areas where the fishing was good. Great equipment and an optimistic attitude to match. I'd definitely book again.
Bill  W.
Bill W. Killingly, CT
Fish Moore Charters
Fish Moore Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
We booked a 2 hour sunset fishing excursion and picked the windiest and choppiest day. Dakota persevered and tried several different spots until we found the fish. He extended our trip an extra hour so we could all get a chance to bring a fish on board. He was great with the kids and knowledgeable of the area. I highly recommend!
Rachel  F.
Rachel F. Naselle, WA
Chasin’ Tail Fishing Charters
Chasin’ Tail Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(363 reviews)
Was a windy choppy day but that didn’t stop captain mike from putting us on the fish. He took us into some canals out to the wind and found us some fish making a successful trip. He made sure our three year old felt comfortable the whole trip. Was a great trip and will book again
Schylar  D.
Schylar D. Milbridge, ME
Stellar Action Fishing Charters – 23’
Stellar Action Fishing Charters – 23’
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(75 reviews)
Joseph was an amazing captain who navigated a slow day on the water with ease. With 2 Young fishermen on board he was incredibly friendly and patient with their constant requests for assistance! He was extremely knowledgeable of the area and despite sub par conditions he got our group on 5 different species of fish. We would book another trip in a heartbeat! Thank you again!
Bryan  Y.
Bryan Y.
Reel Knowledge Fishing
Reel Knowledge Fishing
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(157 reviews)
Did not see a fish finder electronic device? Might have Helped, but not sure. Capt. Josh was very professional, and did a good job.
Larry  F.
Larry F. Nashville, TN
Windward Fishing Charters
Windward Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(85 reviews)
Capt.Tim is a champ! Had us on fish from the moment we started to the time we finished!
Morry  L.
Morry L. Cary, IL
Chasin’ Tail Fishing Charters
Chasin’ Tail Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Very good
4.0 / 5
(363 reviews)
Everything went well. Captain Mike tried to put us on fish but numbers were limited. The boat and gear were great, captain Mike was great. Just needed the fish to bite.
Mike  F.
Mike F. Green River, WY
Get Salty Charters
Get Salty Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(75 reviews)
We had such a blast on our 2 hour charter! This trip was a birthday gift for my 7 year old who loves fishing in our 10,000 lakes back home in Minnesota. It was our first time saltwater fishing and it was fantastic! Everybody caught something and our guides were kind, attentive, patient, no knowledgeable! 10/10 would recommend Get Salty for your next fishing trip!
Allyse  R.
Allyse R. Venice, Florida
Reel Tight Fishing Charters – Sarasota
Reel Tight Fishing Charters – Sarasota
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(200 reviews)
This was a 4 hour trip. Our captain was great. His sole purpose was to ensure we caught fish. We did not catch what I had imagined (big fish to fill my ice chest) but our captain with all of his knowledge made sure we caught fish. We had 3 adults and one child. We all had a blast. This was our 2nd fishing trip in 2 day. A little advice... if you're looking to catch a bunch of big fish do not book in March. Book during the warmer months.
Jason  B.
Jason B. Mustang, OK
Stellar Action Fishing Charters – 23’
Stellar Action Fishing Charters – 23’
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(75 reviews)
While the weather was not on our side captain Joseph did an amazing job and still put us on fish! This is the third charter our family has done and this was by far the best one. We have three kids ranging from 10-23 and we are all novice fisherman! Joseph was very patient and attentive with the kids. He was also very knowledgeable, kind and personable! Had a blast and would highly recommend this charter! We will be back for sure! Thanks again for an awesome experience, the Sheraden’s!!!!
Melissa  W.
Melissa W. Davenport, IA
Windward Fishing Charters
Windward Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(85 reviews)
Tim was very knowledgeable, kind and engaging. He was so sweet trying to keep our 6 year old daughter engaged even though it was pretty cold and eventually rainy. We still caught dozens of fish and had a lot of fun. Would definitely go again and recommend to everyone!
Haylie  M.
Haylie M.
Chasin’ Tail Fishing Charters
Chasin’ Tail Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(363 reviews)
I booked this trip for my 2 grandsons. They love to fish but had a rough water experience last year. This trip was inshore with the hopes of catching some food fish. The captain was very patient with my 5 yo and 12 yo grandsons and put us on several Mango Snapper that we cooked for dinner. Awesome experience with an enjoyable captain! Thank you!
David  C.
David C. Cadwell, IL
Aquaholic Fishing Charters
Aquaholic Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(29 reviews)
We would look to book another trip with Capt. Matt, great accommodations and wonderful experience.
Lynann  L.
Lynann L. Penfield, NY
Fish On Fire Charters
Fish On Fire Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(136 reviews)
My buddy and I had a great time fishing with Captain Marc. We caught a whole lot of fish, thanks largely to Captain Marc's knowledge of and facility navigating the Sarasota waters. I highly recommend him!
Foster  S.
Foster S. Cambridge, MA
Get Salty Charters
Get Salty Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(75 reviews)
We had a great morning despite the cold weather we brought from Canada😜 We stayed off shore and had a great time fishing. The boat was clean, the gear was reliable and the Crew was ready to show us a great time! We love Florida and if my nephew is asking to meet up with Get Salty again, they deserve a solid 10/10.
Steve  W.
Steve W. Oakville, Ontario
Windward Fishing Charters
Windward Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(85 reviews)
We had a great day on the water with Capt Tim. We caught snook, mangrove snapper, and red fish. Capt knows the water very well and highly recommend him.
John  D.
John D. Sarasota, Florida
High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota
High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(174 reviews)
We have a special needs son and we could not be any happier with how our trip went. Captian was more than kind and patient with him. If you want a great fishing experience this is the place to come. We loved it!
Christa  A.
Christa A. Bettendorf, IA

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