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Fishing in Venice

South of Sarasota you’ll find some of Florida’s most beautiful beaches, as well as a diverse fishery. Fishing in Venice, Florida has something for everyone – from freshwater rivers, brackish estuaries, and expansive grass flats, all the way to the offshore reefs and wrecks of the Gulf of Mexico.

This area is teeming with wildlife, and it’s home to some of the most sought-after fish species. Snook and Tarpon are prized inshore catches, while some of the pelagic species you can target offshore include Mahi Mahi, Tuna, King and Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo, and Sailfish. Hit the reefs for Gag, Black, and Red Grouper, as well as Red, Yellowtail, and Mangrove Snapper.

A half day trip is a perfect choice if you're looking to spend some quality time with family, or a relaxing day in nature, closer to shore. Full day and extended trips are geared towards the more serious angler looking to reel in a trophy catch offshore. There’s also a variety of specialized trips targeting specific species, so you can finally reel in one of your dream fish!

Head down to the docks on Roberts Bay and you’ll be fishing the Gulf within minutes, thanks to the Venice Inlet. There’s also a variety of charters to choose from all along the Venice Waterway Park, so just take your pick. No matter where you are in Venice, you’ll be fishing in productive waters in no time!

Rules & Regulations

If you’re fishing aboard a charter in Venice, there’s no need to worry about fishing licenses, as the captain will cover them for you. There are strict regulations that apply to certain species like Red Snapper, Tarpon, and Grouper, so it's best to head out with an experienced captain to ensure you're fishing within the law.

 

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Venice Fishing Seasons

January

If you’re fishing inshore, expect to reel in Snook, Tarpon, Spotted Seatrout, and Redfish. Sheepshead and Spanish Mackerel are biting hot, and Black and Red Grouper are great targets as well.

February

Hit the calm inshore waters for a chance to reel in Redfish, Sheepshead, and Snook, while the Amberjack bite is heating up in the reefs. Spend a relaxing day in nature, and recharge your batteries!

March

Black Drum, Spotted Seatrout, and Redfish are all great inshore targets, while heading nearshore gives you a chance to reel in Kingfish and Jack Crevalle. Offshore, Wahoo is starting to bite and you’ll spot the occasional Blackfin Tuna.

April

As the fishing season starts to heat up, Black Drum, Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Snook, and Tarpon are dominating the inshore waters. Expect to catch some Barracuda, King Mackerel, Bonito, and Amberjack a little further out.

May

Tarpon and Snook are abundant inshore at this time of the year, and Amberjack is a great target in the reefs. The bite is also great for Cobia, Jack Crevalle, and Black Grouper. An offshore trip will have you battling Sailfish and Blackfin Tuna!

June

With the Red Snapper season arriving, reef fishing is at its best! Other targets include Cobia, Yellowtail Snapper, and Mahi Mahi. Inshore you’ll find that Snook, Tarpon, and Redfish are all possible catches.

July

With the fishing season in full swing, Sailfish and Blackfin Tuna are prized species you can target offshore, alongside Mahi Mahi, Red Snapper, Jack Crevalle, and Grouper. Inshore, Permit, Snook, and Tarpon are biting hot.

August

Venice fishing in August is great wherever you decide to go. Sailfish and Blackfin Tuna are possible catches offshore, and Barracuda, Jack Crevalle, Amberjack, Cobia, and Mahi Mahi are all biting as well. Inshore you still have the chance to reel in Permit, Snook, and Tarpon.

September

King and Spanish Mackerel are both biting in September, if you want to hit up the reefs and wrecks. If you want to spend the day closer to shore, there’s a variety of species you can target including Redfish, Tarpon, Permit, and Black Drum.

October

With some of the richest inshore waters in Florida, Venice fishing is adventurous year-round. In October you can expect to battle Redfish, Snook, and Black Drum inshore. An offshore trip will see you targeting Cobia, Amberjack, Kingfish, and Spanish Mackerel.

November

With the fall slowly coming to an end, inshore fishing will still yield a productive day out, while Black and Red Grouper, Amberjack, Cobia, and King Mackerel are still biting a little further from the shore.

December

This is a great month to go out and have a peaceful day in these productive fishing grounds. You’ll get the chance to reel in some prized species including Amberjack, Jack Crevalle, Mutton and Yellowtail Snapper, as well as Red and Black Grouper.

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Reviews of Fishing in Venice

Fishing with Gregory
Jill S. fished with Fun Day Charters – 27' (Free Lunch) on July 19, 2020
Be sure to take dramamine at least an hour before heading!
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
Captain Mike letting our kids steer the boat.
Jon R. fished with Venice Island Fishing Charters on February 19, 2019
We had a very good time with Captain Mike. He was extremely good with our 5 & 10 year olds. We all learned a lot about fishing in salt water and the fish we caught. I fried up a mean hearty supper that night with his suggestions.
Best fishing trip ever!
Jenna C. fished with Fun Day Charters – 27' (Free Lunch) on January 9, 2019
It’s a blast with captain Greg. His boat was awesome and the fish were plentiful.
Captain Greg La Marca, our guide
Patrick V. fished with Fun Day Charters – 27' (Free Lunch) on December 18, 2018
figure on smaller reef fish, all good eaters
Half day trip with captain Greg
Joseph L. fished with Fun Day Charters – 27' (Free Lunch) on December 12, 2018
I fished right after the red tide, so I did not really expect much. The captain of this boat was beyond my expectations in his expertise in finding fish
Eric is a local who knows where to find fish
David G. fished with Liquid Lifestyle Fishing Charters on July 5, 2018
Ran into a red tide but still was pretty good

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