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Fishing in Venice
Located just quarter of an hour’s drive south of Sarasota, Venice Florida is your gateway to fishing the Gulf of Mexico. Its diverse fishery has everything from fresh and brackish water in rivers and estuaries to expansive grass flats and access to some of the Gulf’s most productive offshore reefs and wrecks. In fact, this small coastal town is so connected to the water that runs through it, it shares more than just a name with its famous Italian namesake.
Take a Venice charter and let a local captain show you what’s biting. Fishing in Venice varies a lot depending on if you are fishing offshore, nearshore or inshore - and an experienced guide will help you get the most of it.
Venice deep sea fishing will usually see you traveling anywhere from 25 to 100 miles offshore in search of some serious dinner table fare. This part of the Gulf of Mexico is home to large numbers of delicious demersal fish - otherwise known as bottom feeders. Species such as Gag, Black, Red, and Scamp Grouper, as well as the all-important Red Snapper and its Yellowtail and Mangrove cousins lurk in the rocky reefs and bottom structures. Will you have the strength to drag one up to the surface and then to the dinner table? Once you’re this far offshore, you may also have the chance to fish for the arm-wrenching Amberjack, delicious Mahi Mahi (Dolphin fish), and Tuna as they migrate along the Florida coastline.
If you are new to fishing and want to get your sea legs, then Venice nearshore fishing could be more up your street. This will usually take you about six to 12 miles offshore, where you could hook into smoking King Mackerel (Kingfish), Spanish Mackerel, Barracuda, Sharks, and many more over the natural and artificial reefs and shipwrecks.
In the area between May and June? Then you’ve come at just the right time to hook a Silver King, or Tarpon. This is one of the most difficult fish to catch - test yourself and find out if you are up to the challenge.
Rules & Regulations
Anglers fishing aboard a registered Venice charter do not need to purchase a fishing license - they will already be covered. Please note that strict restrictions apply to keeping a number of fish, including Red Snapper.
Types of Fishing
Live bait fishing and slow trolling around reefs and wrecks nearshore to hook up on King and Spanish Mackerel for the ultimate light tackle fight. Otherwise, head offshore for bottom fishing for Snappers and Groupers, exciting high speed vertical jigging for Amberjack, Kite fishing for pelagic fish and casting topwater plugs and soft plastics for Mahi Mahi. Get some table fare by chumming and catching huge Yellowtail and Mangrove Snapper on ultra light tackle, or jig for Pompano, one of our favorite nearshore species.
What People Are Saying About Venice
"1 Person Special Morning Trip"
Get Captain Scott take you around the bay area and catch fish it's worth the trip
"Fishing with Tony"
Enjoy the experience, fish don't always cooperate.
"Full day trip"
It would be a good idea to check seasons on various fish due to the weird open season dates.