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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Sarasota

According to customer reviews, Reel Knowledge Fishing, Aquaholic Fishing Charters, and Reel Addiction Inshore Sport Fishing 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 $525, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $987 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Reel Knowledge Fishing, Aquaholic Fishing Charters, and Reel Addiction Inshore Sport Fishing 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, Trolling, and Bottom Fishing. 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 26596 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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I would fish the AM , we fished PM because we had a early flight the pervious day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would fish the AM , we fished PM because we had a early flight the pervious day.
Charlynn  M.
Charlynn M. Mount Morris, MI
This was our first time and Darius was prepared. Perfect if you want to get in snook, redfish and trout.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was our first time and Darius was prepared. Perfect if you want to get in snook, redfish and trout.
Richard  M.
Richard M. Camp Verde, AZ
This was my first time fishing in Sarasota. It definitely will not be my last.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was my first time fishing in Sarasota. It definitely will not be my last.
David  C.
David C. Saint Michael, MN
Even when the gulf looks smooth it is rougher than you think. Dramamine, or stay in the bay.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Even when the gulf looks smooth it is rougher than you think. Dramamine, or stay in the bay.
Jeff  J.
Jeff J. Grand Rapids, MI
Maybe research the type of fish you want to catch? Ask locals or your Captain? Our Captain asked us and no one in the group knew what we wanted to fish for. Our Captain was happy to help us out. We had a great time!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Maybe research the type of fish you want to catch? Ask locals or your Captain? Our Captain asked us and no one in the group knew what we wanted to fish for. Our Captain was happy to help us out. We had a great time!
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FishingBooker Member Middleville, MI
Sign up with Captain Brian Galasso. He landed us on fish and taught us quickly how to fish the areas he took us to. Great time! Highly recommend! Thanks Brian
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sign up with Captain Brian Galasso. He landed us on fish and taught us quickly how to fish the areas he took us to. Great time! Highly recommend! Thanks Brian
Earl  T.
Earl T. Middleville, MI
Get a charter or guide right away. There’s too much water and different ways to do things until you see how they operate first hand.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Get a charter or guide right away. There’s too much water and different ways to do things until you see how they operate first hand.
Chip  M.
Chip M. Birch Run, MI
We really just wanted the fishing/boat experience and weren’t too concerned about catching things. Only my daughter caught a fish but that’s the way it goes sometimes.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We really just wanted the fishing/boat experience and weren’t too concerned about catching things. Only my daughter caught a fish but that’s the way it goes sometimes.
Jessica  F.
Jessica F. Venice, Florida
Josh is a great guide. Caught alot of fish in many different areas. Ask him to take you to the "honey Hole" dock fishing. Caught a fish on almost every single cast. This is a true review..Mark Gleisner, Oconomowoc, wisconsin.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Josh is a great guide. Caught alot of fish in many different areas. Ask him to take you to the "honey Hole" dock fishing. Caught a fish on almost every single cast. This is a true review..Mark Gleisner, Oconomowoc, wisconsin.
Mark  G.
Mark G. Oconomowoc, WI
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

TNT Freedom Fishing Charters – Siesta Key
TNT Freedom Fishing Charters – Siesta Key
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(303 reviews)
Great experience! Tony was great with the kids. Even though fishing was slow which is something the guide has no control over he worked hard to make sure we caught something! I would definitely recommend this guide.
Erika  S.
Erika S. Pembroke Pines, Florida
Windward Fishing Charters
Windward Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(106 reviews)
Had a great experience with captian timothy. He was extremely patient with my wife and showed her the ropes for casting and was extremely attentive. First cast my wife caught a fish! If we were not on em we were on the move of find the next best spot.
Matthew  V.
Matthew V. Fort Worth, TX
Reel Addiction Inshore Sport Fishing
Reel Addiction Inshore Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
Amazing time with Captain Jon. I highly recommend booking with Reel Addiction.
Selim  F.
Selim F. Ashburn, Virginia
TNT Freedom Fishing Charters – Siesta Key
TNT Freedom Fishing Charters – Siesta Key
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(303 reviews)
Great day on the water. Captain Tony handled everything and put us on the fish. We caught snook, snapper, and trout. We were a little inexperienced, so the hits we had on tarpon we lost. Highly recommend.
Tom  F.
Tom F. North Ridgeville, OH
Aquaholic Fishing Charters
Aquaholic Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
Captain Matt was responsive, professional and on time. He was very knowledgeable, easy going and safety conscience. He knew exactly where to find the fish. The boat was clean and comfortable. We would highly recommend him.
Jennifer  G.
Jennifer G. Grafton, MA
Stellar Action Fishing Charters – 20’
Stellar Action Fishing Charters – 20’
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Fantastic experience, the Captain cares about success and even 4hr trips are phenomenal
Mick  K.
Mick K. McLoud, OK
Windward Fishing Charters
Windward Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(106 reviews)
We had a great trip with Timothy. He was very helpful during the trip and was great at getting us on fish. We caught plenty of fish, and enjoyed the morning out on the water. I 10/10 recommend this trip!
Josh  D.
Josh D. Stillwater, OK
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(550 reviews)
I spent an afternoon with Captain Scott not catching fish but don’t let that discourage you from booking - I had a great time talking with a genuinely interesting man and getting a first class tour of the bay. I just chalk up the poor fishing to my continued bad luck lol. Thanks Capt. Scott!
Chad  G.
Chad G.
Siesta Key Sport Fishing Charters
Siesta Key Sport Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(316 reviews)
Captain Damian and First Mate Nick were fantastic. They provided top notch service and we caught a lot of fish. His boat was clean and well maintained. He was also a funny guy and a pleasure to spend a 1/2 with. My two teenage daughters and I had a blast.
Michael  B.
Michael B. Rollingwood, TX
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(550 reviews)
If we could give this captain 100 stars we would! Awesome dude made sure we had the best time ever! First time fishing for most of us and wow what a great experience! Our captain, Scott, went above and beyond and for that we can’t wait to go back next time we’re in town! Thanks Scott for the fun and great memories made today!
Cierra  H.
Cierra H. Sarasota, Florida
Fish Moore Charters
Fish Moore Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Dakota is very knowledgeable and a great host! He made sure we had a great time for my wife and two young teens. We caught some cool fish and my daughter caught a monster! Loved every minute of our time from start to finish. Dakota is great! Highly recommend!
Nate  F.
Nate F. Palm Harbor, Florida
James Gibson Charters LLC
James Gibson Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(145 reviews)
It was an amazing family experience! He was friendly with kids and super helpful casting and setting things up.
Inna  M.
Inna M. Auburn, WA
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(550 reviews)
Me and my mom had a nice time! Unfortunately we didn’t catch any fish to eat but we had a sunny day with nice views all around! I would recommend if you like being outside and enjoy catching a fishing rod.
Christina  K.
Christina K. West Chicago, IL
TNT Freedom Fishing Charters – Siesta Key
TNT Freedom Fishing Charters – Siesta Key
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(303 reviews)
Best friend trip, we had the best time!!! Tony, thank you so much for such a great day. Enjoy those babies girls they grow up so fast .
Nicole  F.
Nicole F. Senoia, GA
Paradise Fly Sport Fishing
Paradise Fly Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(205 reviews)
My wife and I went out hoping to get some keeper grouper to bring home. We got a lot of fish and Captain Chris made sure to get us on the spot to get our keepers. We had a great time and the fishing action was amazing. We highly recommend Captain Chris and will be contacting him again next time we visit to go fishing again
Ryan  F.
Ryan F. Tampa, Florida
Windward Fishing Charters
Windward Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(106 reviews)
Amazing captain and experience! Caught fish in every spot he took us and if we didn’t he moved and got us on some fish. Great boat driver as well. Will definitely be back!
Mia  E.
Mia E. Gotha, FL
Reel Addiction Inshore Sport Fishing
Reel Addiction Inshore Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
We had a great time, great weather & caught lots of fish. Jon was very knowledgeable and personable!
Dawn  B.
Dawn B. Sarasota, FL
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(550 reviews)
Has a good time out with Captain Scott, nice experience of Sarasotas water. Next time I'd like to go out to the big water for the big fish !
Charlynn  M.
Charlynn M. Mount Morris, MI
High Class Hooker Charters – Siesta Key
High Class Hooker Charters – Siesta Key
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Very knowledgeable put us on big fish right away took care of everything. Super nice guy
Lance  A.
Lance A. Lincoln, NE
Fish Moore Charters
Fish Moore Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
My wife and I had an amazing time with Captain Dakota, he was very friendly and knowledgeable. There was never a dull moment on the boat, we cought a lot of fish and had an amazing day.
Betty  G.
Betty G. Clermont, FL

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