Sarasota Bay

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Sarasota Bay Fishing Charters

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Sarasota Bay: 41 fishing charters available

Rodbender Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(461 reviews)
Sarasota
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trips from $200

Paradise Fly Sport Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(190 reviews)
Sarasota
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trips from $700

High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(167 reviews)
Sarasota
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Capt. Todd Walker – Bay Walker One Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(55 reviews)
Sarasota
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trips from $450

Suncoast Fishing Adventures

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(201 reviews)
Sarasota
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trips from $350

Windward Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
Sarasota
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trips from $550

Chasin’ Tail Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(338 reviews)
Sarasota
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trips from $600

Stellar Action Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
Sarasota
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trips from $550

Ultimate Fishing Adventures

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(235 reviews)
Sarasota
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Explorer Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(61 reviews)
Sarasota
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trips from $700

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Sarasota Bay

The average price for a private 4 hour Sarasota Bay fishing trip is $501, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $939 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Rodbender Fishing Charters, Paradise Fly Sport Fishing, and High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota are some of the most popular fishing charters in Sarasota Bay. Full list of top fishing charters in Sarasota Bay.

Rodbender Fishing Charters, Paradise Fly Sport Fishing, and High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Sarasota Bay.

The most popular fish species you can target are Mangrove Snapper, Snook, and Redfish. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, spinning, and bottom fishing. Nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and flats fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Fishing in Sarasota Bay is a unique and memorable way to spend the day, no matter your level of angling experience. These productive waters are home to a wide array of species, each of them more fun to catch than the last.
 
Avid inshore and nearshore anglers come here to test their skills and see if the fishery is as good as the rumors claim. Most of the time, they get confirmation loud and clear.
 

What to Expect

Sarasota Bay stretches from South Sarasota all the way to  Manatee County, and it’s teeming with prized fish that are always hungry. In this estuary’s brackish waters, the fishing action is solid all year, it’s only a matter of where to go and which setup to use.
 
Your choice of fishing grounds will depend on what you’d like to find at the end of your line. The grass flats are the hideout of Tarpon, Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Snook, as well as Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, and Pompano. If you’d like to have a productive day on the water with plenty of hookups, the flats won’t let you down.
 
When you cast your line around bridges, pilings, and piers, anything from Snapper and Sheepshead, to Jack Crevalle and Black Drum is in the cards. There are also many harbors around the bay, that have shallow waters and very good Trout, Snook, and Redfish action.
 
If you’d like to explore the nearshore bite, hit the reefs and wrecks – you’ll find a variety of local favorites like King Mackerel, Flounder, Bonito, Amberjack, Grouper, and Snapper waiting for you.
 

How to Catch ‘Em

Because the fishing conditions are good (to say the least) year-round, fish are always out and about, lurking for their next meal. The optimal time to go fishing in Sarasota Bay is when the water temperature hits 70 degrees, because this is when the fish are most active – not to mention hungry.
 
Both live bait and artificial lures are equally productive on these bountiful waters. A good assortment of lures is excellent for getting the attention of Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Jacks, and Snook, especially if you use them around oyster bars and grass beds. The best part is that both beginners or pros will equally enjoy finding the fishing style that suits them the most.
 

What Trip to Choose

You can spend your whole life exploring Sarasota Bay and still not cover all the ample opportunities it has. Because this is such a large body of water, heading out with a guide is a smart choice.
 
There are specialized trips suited for seasoned anglers, as well as shorter excursions that are perfect for families who love to go fishing together. Local captains usually have decades of expertise they share with their customers, and they’ll also take care of licenses and equipment. If you’re going fishing in Sarasota Bay in the summer, it’s highly recommended to book an early trip, to avoid the heat and make the most of the morning bite.
 
Just bring some drinks, snacks, appropriate clothing, a hat, sunscreen, and polarized sunglasses. And voila, your fishing adventure can begin!
Sarasota Bay
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

As the year begins, temperatures are dropping, which means that the fish are hiding in deeper waters, creeks, and canals. This is where you’ll find plenty of Snook, Black Drum, Jack Crevalle,  and Sheepshead.

February

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that the fishing has to slow down. Hit the water on a sunny day and see how many Sheepshead, Redfish, Snapper, Tripletail, and Trout you can catch.

March

Whether it’s Black Drum or Jack Crevalle, Tripletail or Redfish, Snapper or Sheepshead, you can find them all in Sarasota Bay come March. 

April

This is one of the prime fishing months in the area. Just about anything you can think of is on the menu – Spanish Mackerel, Permit, Pompano, Jack Crevalle, Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, and many more.

May

If Tarpon fishing is your passion, then May is the time to chase your biggest catch yet. The same goes for Snook, Permit, Spanish Mackerel, Jacks, King Mackerel, and the list just goes on.

June

It’s getting quite hot on the water, so this is the time to start thinking about booking early-morning trips. Just about anything bites now, especially if you go fishing before sunrise or after sunset.

July

So much fish to catch, so little time! Come face-to-gills with massive Tarpon, fill your cooler with delicious Snapper, or chase Pompano, Permit, Redfish, and Spanish Mackerel.

August

In August the action is nothing short of phenomenal because you can find fish closer to shore and it’s usually a matter of minutes before you’re fighting a Jack, Snapper, Grouper, or Snook.

September

You can finally take a breather from the heat and focus on the excellent fishing season at hand this fall. You can find anything from Bonito, King Mackerel, and Flounder to Bluefish on your line.

October

Fall is here, and with it comes the top-notch Black Drum, Spotted Seatrout, and Redfish fishery. Other species are still very much active, but these three take the center stage in October.

November

It’s very pleasant on the water when the wind isn’t too strong. The Trout bite is solid, and both Snook and Redfish are roaming the flats and mangrove shorelines, ready to gulp down your bait.

December

Sheephead is back, as well as Tripletail, Snapper, and Jack Crevalle. If you’d like to stay closer to shore, Redfish action is good in December and you can easily hook a big one.

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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
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
Wait until the water warms up March to November also check and see if the boat has a bathroom what they are going to use for bait get exactly how many miles you are going out for deep-sea fishing What fish they are going to target
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wait until the water warms up March to November also check and see if the boat has a bathroom what they are going to use for bait get exactly how many miles you are going out for deep-sea fishing What fish they are going to target
Dino  R.
Dino R. Macomb, 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
If possible (not sure it is), check when fish are more likely to be moving and plentiful. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If possible (not sure it is), check when fish are more likely to be moving and plentiful. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen!
Steven  C.
Steven C. Bradenton, FL
Make sure you get a Captain that knows his stuff! Trust the crew and have fun no matter what you catch!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you get a Captain that knows his stuff! Trust the crew and have fun no matter what you catch!
Kelly  H.
Kelly H. Bradenton, FL
Make sure your captain knows the best areas to catch your “menu” fish. You may want to call ahead to discuss.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Make sure your captain knows the best areas to catch your “menu” fish. You may want to call ahead to discuss.
Keith  S.
Keith S. Mount Gilead, OH
The only problem with May is the love bugs but they really weren't that bad, though we didn't hit them at the height of their season. After a couple of months of enforced lockdown due to the virus, this was a more than welcomed diversion.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The only problem with May is the love bugs but they really weren't that bad, though we didn't hit them at the height of their season. After a couple of months of enforced lockdown due to the virus, this was a more than welcomed diversion.
Keith  B.
Keith B. Duluth, GA
Get ready for fun! The fishing was hot and heavy! Snapper and Grouper were plentiful.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get ready for fun! The fishing was hot and heavy! Snapper and Grouper were plentiful.
William  K.
William K. Bradenton, Florida
Local knowledge is important, particularly with regards to local fishing areas/weather. Camille was knowledgeable and looked after our family for our 4 hour trip
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Local knowledge is important, particularly with regards to local fishing areas/weather. Camille was knowledgeable and looked after our family for our 4 hour trip
Tony  C.
Tony C. Sarasota, FL
There are different kinds of water for different experiences. Try them all. Fabulous for salt water fly fishing too!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There are different kinds of water for different experiences. Try them all. Fabulous for salt water fly fishing too!!
Annemarie  A.
Annemarie A. St. Petersburg, Florida
Maybe wait till the weather forecast is good as I’ve fished Sarasota twice and been disappointed with the weather.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Maybe wait till the weather forecast is good as I’ve fished Sarasota twice and been disappointed with the weather.
Norman  K.
Norman K. Indianapolis, Indiana
Take the fishing as it comes. It can truly be a great experience with the right Captian.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take the fishing as it comes. It can truly be a great experience with the right Captian.
Allan  F.
Allan F. Devils Lake, ND
Listen to the captain if you want to catch anything. Their knowledge is priceless.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to the captain if you want to catch anything. Their knowledge is priceless.
George  S.
George S. Kalamazoo, Michigan
Wear clothing that breathes but blocks the sun. Wear sunglasses and sunscreen. And whatever you do, go fishing with Sarasota Family Fishing and Captain Scott.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wear clothing that breathes but blocks the sun. Wear sunglasses and sunscreen. And whatever you do, go fishing with Sarasota Family Fishing and Captain Scott.
Paul  S.
Paul S. Sarasota, Florida
Bring good sunscreen and if you have never went offshore before make absolutely certain that you take some Dramamine tablets before heading out in the morning the captain has some available.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring good sunscreen and if you have never went offshore before make absolutely certain that you take some Dramamine tablets before heading out in the morning the captain has some available.
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Tampa, Florida
Unless you're experienced, find a good, reliable charter company. You'll need the help.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Unless you're experienced, find a good, reliable charter company. You'll need the help.
Reid  M.
Reid M. Sarasota, FL

So Salty Fishing Charters
So Salty Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bradenton Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(2 reviews)
We are a family of four, two adults and two boys. We went out for a half day of bay and inshore fishing. Captain Anthony was patient, knowledgeable and professional. He took us several places and did his best but the fish just weren't cooperating. Although we didn't catch as many fish as we would have liked it was still an overall really great day and positive experience!
Angel  E.
Angel E. Overland Park, KS
Windward Fishing Charters
Windward Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
Captain Tim was awesome! Put us on cobia, trout, snook, snapper and grouper. Will definitely be calling Captain Tim for our next trip.
Linda  C.
Linda C. Bradenton, Florida
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(461 reviews)
Good trip. Kids had a very good time. Boat is modest but plenty for four to fish the bay without interference. Most of the luck in the early afternoon and then tailed off thereafter, but Captain Scott knew some spots where the kids would pull fish in even if too small for dinner. Got one good eatin' flounder. We'll try again next time.
Jon  R.
Jon R. Avon, CO
Ultimate Fishing Adventures
Ultimate Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(235 reviews)
Captain Kyle was great! He is knowledgable & respects the ocean & the fish. My son & I had a great time fishing on two different trips, while visiting Sarasota. We caught a ton of fish both times & even saw a Manatee. We would definitely use his services if we visit again & recommend you to do the same.
John  M.
John M. HAINESPRT Township, NJ
Island Boat Tours & Adventures
Island Boat Tours & Adventures
Fishing charter in Bradenton Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Captain Joe was great!! We saw manatees, dolphins, saw some sea creatures on the sandbar. We fished and caught a few. My kids loved it. Great morning and perfect for children!
Andrea  S.
Andrea S. Hurricane, WV
No Slack Fishing Charters Sarasota
No Slack Fishing Charters Sarasota
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
My family and I had a blast on the morning half day fishing trip with Capt. Phil. We had originally reserved the afternoon prior but Capt. Phil was kind enough to offer us another day as the weather conditions weren’t the best when we originally reserved. He was kind and patient with my kids and he truly wanted to ensure we had the best experience. If you’re ever in the area and are looking for something new and fun, I highly recommend fishing with Capt. Phil.
Jeannine  T.
Jeannine T. Purcellville, VA
Windward Fishing Charters
Windward Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
Captain Tim was awesome. Work extremely hard to get us on the fish. Was excellent with the kids. We had a great time and will be booking again next time we are in town.
Andrew  J.
Andrew J. Hannibal, MO
High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota
High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(167 reviews)
We took out 21,13,11,and 8 year olds on a family trip! It was the best choice and highlight of our entire vacation!!! The guide accommodated every one of us!! Made memories on every scale!! When ever we come back this is the only charter we will ever use!!!!! 20 stars!!!!
Karen  S.
Karen S. Tampa, Florida
Explorer Fishing Charters
Explorer Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(61 reviews)
Rough choppy waters didn’t keep Captain Ron from helping us land 2 Barracudas! He kept trying and even had to deal with one of us being sea sick. It is always hard to let good things come to an end, but it was a great time! Would definitely recommend and book another Charter with Captain Ron!
Sara  S.
Sara S. Haxtun, CO
Sarasota Family Fishing Charters
Sarasota Family Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(51 reviews)
We started off slow but ended with a bang! It was very calm and sunny out. Captain Scott knew where the fish were. You could tell he has been doing this for awhile. After we got back to the dock he fillet the fish we caught and we made it for dinner. I highly recommend this trip!! 5 stars!
Victoria  C.
Victoria C. Heflin, Alabama
Chasin’ Tail Fishing Charters
Chasin’ Tail Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(338 reviews)
We spent a half day off the Sarasota coast with Captain Mike catching fish around the reefs. His ability to find the fish didn’t disappoint. He made the whole family feel at home with great conversation, local knowledge and professionalism. Five stars!!
Bill  M.
Bill M. Sarasota, FL
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(461 reviews)
Had a great day with our 6 year old son. We didn’t catch a heap of fish but enough for lunch ! Wife hooked a juvenile tarpon which was the highlight of the day. Captain Scott knows the waters like the his hand and he knows a little something about fishing too. When we come back we won’t hesitate to give him a call for another chance to get that tarpon in the boat. Next time !
Guy  M.
Guy M. Dallas, TX
Neptune Charters Enterprise Inc
Neptune Charters Enterprise Inc
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(80 reviews)
The family booked a four hour trip for our parents while they were visiting Florida. Captain Vasiliy made their visit a 5 star experience! They loved the boat, equipment, and professional level of service. Thank you Capt. Vasiliy for giving our parents a wonderful adventure they will never forget.
Santiago  P.
Santiago P. Houston, TX
Chasin’ Tail Fishing Charters
Chasin’ Tail Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(338 reviews)
Fishing was great. Catching was slow but captain did everything in his power to put us on the fish. That’s why it’s fishing not catching
Trenton  C.
Trenton C. Kouts, IN
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(461 reviews)
Enjoyed the trip! It was my first fishing experience like this and captain Scott was a great teacher! Best moment was when our 13 year old son caught a bonnet shark. Very cool.
Frankie  H.
Frankie H. Petersburg, MI
Gulfcart Charters
Gulfcart Charters
Fishing charter in Cortez
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Eric, did a great job landing us on the fish. Weather was awesome. Thanks for taking us out.
Jim  M.
Jim M. Sarasota, Florida
AMI Sportfishing Charters
AMI Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bradenton Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
Had a great time! Captain was knowledgeable and explained the structure we were fishing and how we wanted to fish that structure.
Greg  O.
Greg O. Mount Vernon, IN
Sarasota Family Fishing Charters
Sarasota Family Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(51 reviews)
We have lived in FL for several years and this was our first charter experience. My boys are 5 and 8, Captain Scott was amazing! He helped them the entire time and they loved it. Will definitely be going again soon!
Whitney  F.
Whitney F. Bradenton, Florida
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(461 reviews)
We had an awesome time fishing withCaptain Scott, very nice and personable. Puts you at ease because he’s friendly and has great stories. Husband caught a 30 1/2 inch red fish, had to put it back as it’s not red season, but great time catching other mangrove snappers and a Jacks.
Michael  K.
Michael K. Jacksonville, FL
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(461 reviews)
Had a great experience with Captain Scott! My wife and I caught fish all day; trout, snapper, all capped off by a nice permit to end the day! Truly the highlight of the trip, and a fish my wife will never forget! I would definitely recommend Captain Scott and we will surely book with him the next time we are in town! Thank you for a great day on the water!
Mark  S.
Mark S. Cincinnati, OH