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.