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Top Fishing Charters in Venice

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.

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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.

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Venice Fishing Seasons

Inshore, catch Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, and Spotted Seatrout. Sheepshead are biting like crazy. Go after Spanish Mackerel around reefs and wrecks nearshore. Down under, Black and Red Grouper are in abundance.

Inshore offer is still solid. Reds, Sheepshead and Snook swim around the shore line, while Amberjacks are staying out in the open. You may encounter other offshore big names occasionally.

Reds, Black Drum, and Spotted Seatrout are a must inshore. Out there, Amberjacks galore, with Kingfish and Jack Crevalle ganging up. Wahoo numbers are on the rise, and even Blackfin Tuna can be sighted.

The bites are getting stronger everywhere. Inshore, Black Drum, Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Snook, and Tarpon dominate. Further out, you can catch Barracuda, Amberjack, King Mackerel, and Bonito.

Inshore waters are ripe with Tarpon and Snook. In offshore waters, Amberjack await for muscle-popping action. Cobia, Jacks, and Black Grouper are excellent. For some super big game, head out to find Blackfin Tuna and Sailfish.

Alas, it’s Red Snapper season! The waters are filled with Cobia, Mahi Mahi, Yellowtail and Mutton Snapper. But, inshore is tempting just as much - Snook, Tarpon, Redfish can be caught on half day trips.

Oh, boy, where to go? Sailfish, and Blackfin Tuna are biting offshore. Take a longer trip, and catch Red Snapper, Mahi Mahis, Jacks, Barracuda, and Groupers. Inshore, it's time for a Grand Slam - Permit, Snook, and Tarpon!

Still great fishing, wherever you head. Sailfish and Blackfin Tuna are decent. Barracuda, Jacks, Amberjacks, Cobia, and Mahi Mahi can all be caught. Inshore, go for the big three - Tarpon, Permit, and Snook are still there.

You can go to reefs and wrecks, and hope to catch Kingfish and Spanish Mackerel. Meanwhile, Reds, Tarpon, Permit, and Black Drum frequent the shoreline, so hop onboard, and go for a nice day out.

Just can’t say it enough time - Venice’s inshore waters are among the richest fisheries in Florida. Reds, Black Drum, Tarpon, and Snook are still kicking. Out there, you can get Cobia, Amberjack, Kingfish and Spanish Mackerel.

Yep, you’re right. Charters around inshore waters can still yield solid catch, just put on warm clothes. If you decide to venture further, you may catch Black and Red Grouper, some Kingfish, Amberjacks, and Cobia.

The numbers are slightly down, but more bold anglers can hope to find worthy catch offshore. Amberjacks, Crevalle, Mutton and Yellowtail Snapper, Red and Black Grouper, and who knows - maybe even a Blackfin Tuna or Sailfish.

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What People Are Saying About Venice

"June fishing trip"

Melinda G. fished with Best Catch Fishing Charters on June 30, 2019

Best Catch fishing charters, cant go wrong

"1/2 day on knot a care"

Karen B. fished with Knot a Care on June 20, 2019

Get a boat with shade. Can get really hot out there

"Caught fish until we were tired of catching. "

Loretta S. fished with High Class Hooker Charters - Venice on April 30, 2019

Don't know enough about the area to say.

"Great 6hr Trip"

Nate M. fished with Fun Day Charters – 27' (Free Lunch) on March 21, 2019

Go with someone with knowledge of areas

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Top Targeted Species in Venice





King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Grouper (Red)

Grouper (Red)



Barracuda (Great)

Barracuda (Great)



Grouper (Gag)

Grouper (Gag)

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