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Top Fishing Charters in Siesta Key

Fishing in Siesta Key

Siesta Key fishing is just one of the things that makes this barrier island so attractive as a vacation destination. Siesta Beach holds the trophy for America’s Best Beach, thanks to its 99% quartz, soft white sands, and some of the best Siesta Key fishing spots are right on the shoreline. This means you can have the perfect beach holiday while catching great fish at the same time. It doesn’t get much better than that!
If you want to get off the beaches and onto the sea, then grab yourself a charter. There are tons of Siesta Key fishing charters able to put you on year-round fishing spots in both deep and shallow waters. Top it all with some fantastic snorkeling sites and the close proximity to Florida’s Capital of Culture, Sarasota, and you have the perfect place for a family fishing holiday.

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When it comes down to it, the thing that sets Siesta Key fishing apart is the way it combines perfectly with the other great activities available in the area. Spots like Point of Rocks and Turtle Beach Lagoon will have plenty of fun and facilities to keep the family happy while you’re busy fishing for tasty Trout and Snapper, as well as Snook and Tarpon for some fight to your fishing. Point of Rocks is also one of Siesta Key’s top snorkeling destinations, with lots of underwater caves and rock formations to explore beneath its warm sheltered waters.
But don’t limit yourself to just fishing from land. There are plenty of Siesta Key charters waiting to show off the waters they are so rightfully proud of. Hit the nearby reefs for a year-round catch of Snapper and Grouper, along with seasonal visitors like Cobia and Tripletail, both of which arrive in big numbers in the spring. For the ultimate thrill, you can also battle ferocious Mako, Tiger, Hammerhead and Bull Sharks. Mako Sharks are another year-round resident in this part of Florida, but the action peaks during the cooler months from November through May. 
If you’re willing to spend the whole day on the water, and head out to the deep blue seas of the Gulf, you could find yourself hooked on Mahi, Wahoo, or even Marlin. These are most active during the summer, but Blackfin Tuna can be found even in the depths of winter, making for year-round deep sea fishing opportunities.
No matter when you visit, there will always be something special going on, with cultural events, festivals, and tournaments taking place throughout the year. One of the best times to visit Siesta Beach itself is in October, when it plays host to all kind of weird and wonderful sculptures in the Siesta Key Crystal Classic, gathering sculptors from around the country who compete to be declared master of the beach’s famously flawless sands.

Rules & Regulations

All licensed Siesta Key charter boats come with the necessary permits for everyone on board, but those looking to wade out or fish the beaches on their own will need a Saltwater Fishing Permit for anyone aged 17 or over.

Types of Fishing

Siesta Key beach fishing can be as active or as relaxed as you like. You can don your polarized sunglasses and sun hat, and wander the beach with a 9-10' rod, some spare leader and extra plugs and jigs. It won’t be long before you spot some big Snook, Bull Reds, and even Pompano. Every guide has their own way of tempting in these strong fighters, and you will find a variety of lures effective, from quarter-ounce bucktail jigs to large topwater plugs. 
Fancy something more chilled? We can’t blame you, especially in the heat of the summer sun. Set up an umbrella and two or three rods and wait for the fish to come for you. Dead or live Mullet and Shrimp will do the trick nicely, using just enough weight to hold them to the bottom. 
Good, old-fashioned 20 lb mono line with a 40 lb fluorocarbon leader a couple of 3/0 circle hooks will get the job done for Snook and Redfish. If you’re going after Sharks, however, you will need to beef up to 9/0 or 10/0 circle hook and heavy wire leader. For the best experience, book yourself in for a night time shark trip with one of the various Siesta Key Shark fishing specialists, and get ready for some serious heavy tackle mayhem.

Siesta Key Fishing Seasons

The coldest month of the year still sees average temperatures of around 60 degrees. Trout, Snook, and Redfish are all very active this time of year, so jump aboard a flats boat for some great sight casting.

Shark fishing is at its best in the winter months, so get out on a night time charter to see these awesome predators at their peak. This is real monster hunting, and certainly not for the faint-hearted!

March sees the arrival of the spring Cobia migration, with huge numbers hitting the local waters, alongside plenty of resident Grouper and Snapper. So hit the reefs and bag some tasty food fish!

You can find more and more species making their way into the local waters in the height of spring. There are still plenty of sharks to be found, and inshore the Redfish and Snook are biting like crazy.

The Sarasota Tarpon Tournament has been drawing in anglers for the best part of a century to take on these explosive fish. The competition is stiff and the fish are huge, so you'd better bring your A-game.

June signals the start of the best offshore fishing, with Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Sailfish, and even Marlin turning up on bluewater trips. Blackfin Tuna are also at their most active this time of year.

Red Snapper is in season and you're basically guaranteed to hit your limit, so get the grill ready and get ready to enjoy some of the best fish the Gulf has to offer.

Yes, August is the hottest month. Yes, it is the most humid. So head out in the morning before the sun sets in, and bring home something tasty for lunch, you will certainly have worked up an appetite.

The worst of the sun starts to ease off in September, and you can have some productive mornings targeting Permit, Snook, and Redfish inshore. There is also less rain, making for better sight fishing.

The offshore bite tails off, while shark fishing starts getting more productive. No matter the time of year, however, you can always rely on some solid catches of Snook, Redfish, and Trout inshore.

Get down to Siesta Beach for the annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic. Sand sculptors battle to outdo each other with awesome and outlandish constructions, making for great fun for all the family.

Siesta Key really is the perfect place to spend the holiday season. Warm weather, lovely beaches, great fishing. If you somehow do get bored, just head up the coast to Florida's Capital of Culture.

Siesta Key Fishing Calendar

What People Are Saying About Siesta Key

"5 hour trip with Captain Tony Jr"

Tom Schmidt fished with TNT Freedom Fishing Charters LLC on August 18, 2017

This is a great trip to get acquainted with the style and pace of fishing the Siesta Key and other islands without going way out to the Gulf.

"Fishing with Captin Tony Jr."

Vincent Cosentino fished with TNT Freedom Fishing Charters LLC on August 11, 2017

Pick a charter like TNT Charters for a successful fishing excursion and maximum fun.

"Half day trip with Cap. Tony Jr."

Curt Riegsecker fished with TNT Freedom Fishing Charters LLC on July 6, 2017

Bring lots of sunscreen and water. Long sleeve dry fit shirt. Wide brim hats. Wear a swim suit so you can jump in and cool off from time to time.

Top Targeted Species in Siesta Key


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