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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Sarasota Bay

According to customer reviews, Reel Knowledge Fishing, Best Catch Fishing – Inshore & Nearshore, and Aquaholic Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Sarasota Bay. Full list of top fishing charters in Sarasota Bay.

The average price for a private 4 hour Sarasota Bay fishing trip is $518, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $919 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Reel Knowledge Fishing, Best Catch Fishing – Inshore & Nearshore, and Aquaholic Fishing Charters 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
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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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An experienced captain can make it an excellent experience for you as a beginner.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
An experienced captain can make it an excellent experience for you as a beginner.
Laura  M.
Laura M. Old Saybrook, CT
I would recommend bringing sun screen and lot of water. Also don't forget your camera because you will be filming great memories.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend bringing sun screen and lot of water. Also don't forget your camera because you will be filming great memories.
Yasiel  F.
Yasiel F. West Miami, FL
The flats is the place to fish during the hot summer months on the reefs no need to go out long distance and take away from time catching fish. We caught more in the flats near Land
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The flats is the place to fish during the hot summer months on the reefs no need to go out long distance and take away from time catching fish. We caught more in the flats near Land
Ronnie  C.
Ronnie C. Bradenton, Florida
This was a great first trip out on the Gulf for us! I would recommend to anyone who enjoys fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was a great first trip out on the Gulf for us! I would recommend to anyone who enjoys fishing.
Jill  T.
Jill T. Valrico, Florida
If you're doing a near shore trip, definitely do the 6 hour trip. I'm glad we did. With the travel time to the fishing spots that were 7-10 miles out, 4 hours wouldn't have been enough.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you're doing a near shore trip, definitely do the 6 hour trip. I'm glad we did. With the travel time to the fishing spots that were 7-10 miles out, 4 hours wouldn't have been enough.
Mike  C.
Mike C. Chariton, Iowa
Chasin tails was top notch. Captain Aaron kept us on the snapper. Thank you!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Chasin tails was top notch. Captain Aaron kept us on the snapper. Thank you!!
Stephen  P.
Stephen P. Sarasota, Florida
Go on an organised trip with a knowledgeable captain - you will have a fab time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go on an organised trip with a knowledgeable captain - you will have a fab time
Teresa  B.
Teresa B. Davenport, Florida
It was very hot and that limited the type of fish that were biting, but we had plenty of grouper and yellow tail biting.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was very hot and that limited the type of fish that were biting, but we had plenty of grouper and yellow tail biting.
Tracy  M.
Tracy M. Killbuck, OH
Go with a boat that has good recommendations and knowledge of what you may be wanting to experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with a boat that has good recommendations and knowledge of what you may be wanting to experience
Keith  G.
Keith G. Albion, IN
Be patient, especially if you fish only freshwater. Saltwater is a different type.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be patient, especially if you fish only freshwater. Saltwater is a different type.
Heath  B.
Heath B. Pleasant Hill, MO
2nd year in a row with Captain Bryan. He's a class act with a ton of knowledge. Hammered the fish last year. Fish did not cooperate but not from lack of trying. Anyone who fishes knows that sometime the fish don't cooperate. Plan on coming down again next year and will not even think about getting a different Captain or guide. Want a great fishing experience pick this outfit
Excellent
4.7 / 5
2nd year in a row with Captain Bryan. He's a class act with a ton of knowledge. Hammered the fish last year. Fish did not cooperate but not from lack of trying. Anyone who fishes knows that sometime the fish don't cooperate. Plan on coming down again next year and will not even think about getting a different Captain or guide. Want a great fishing experience pick this outfit
Edward  P.
Edward P. Pembroke Pines, Florida
Being from the Midwest, this is more like lake fishing. There was no need for any motion sickness medicine like I need for deep sea fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Being from the Midwest, this is more like lake fishing. There was no need for any motion sickness medicine like I need for deep sea fishing.
Amber  W.
Amber W.
I would fish the AM , we fished PM because we had a early flight the pervious day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would fish the AM , we fished PM because we had a early flight the pervious day.
Charlynn  M.
Charlynn M. Mount Morris, MI
It was my first time fishing out of Bradenton. I would recommend it to everyone.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was my first time fishing out of Bradenton. I would recommend it to everyone.
James  W.
James W. Chardon, OH
This was our first time and Darius was prepared. Perfect if you want to get in snook, redfish and trout.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was our first time and Darius was prepared. Perfect if you want to get in snook, redfish and trout.
Richard  M.
Richard M. Camp Verde, AZ
This was my first time fishing in Sarasota. It definitely will not be my last.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was my first time fishing in Sarasota. It definitely will not be my last.
David  C.
David C. Saint Michael, MN
It was good fishing, it goes without saying though, that it will vary from season to season. It was my first time fishing in Bradenton Beach, but I will be doing again in a few months.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was good fishing, it goes without saying though, that it will vary from season to season. It was my first time fishing in Bradenton Beach, but I will be doing again in a few months.
Jerry  C.
Jerry C. Murfreesboro, TN
Even when the gulf looks smooth it is rougher than you think. Dramamine, or stay in the bay.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Even when the gulf looks smooth it is rougher than you think. Dramamine, or stay in the bay.
Jeff  J.
Jeff J. Grand Rapids, MI
Sign up with Captain Brian Galasso. He landed us on fish and taught us quickly how to fish the areas he took us to. Great time! Highly recommend! Thanks Brian
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sign up with Captain Brian Galasso. He landed us on fish and taught us quickly how to fish the areas he took us to. Great time! Highly recommend! Thanks Brian
Earl  T.
Earl T. Middleville, MI
Maybe research the type of fish you want to catch? Ask locals or your Captain? Our Captain asked us and no one in the group knew what we wanted to fish for. Our Captain was happy to help us out. We had a great time!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Maybe research the type of fish you want to catch? Ask locals or your Captain? Our Captain asked us and no one in the group knew what we wanted to fish for. Our Captain was happy to help us out. We had a great time!
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FishingBooker Member Middleville, MI

Stellar Action Fishing Charters – 23’
Stellar Action Fishing Charters – 23’
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(90 reviews)
This trip was awesome! Darius is a great captain. He's patient, confident, respectful and knows how to be an excellent leader. Both of my sons caught sharks which was the highlight of the trip for them. Earlier that morning the were both reeling in fish at the same time! That was the highlight for me. I highly recommend Stellar Action Fishing Charters. I definitely hope to come back!
Chad  V.
Chad V. Brown County, OH
Ultimate Fishing Adventures
Ultimate Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(260 reviews)
Had tons of fun and caught like 40 plus fish in the day. Would Recommend to anyone.
Joshua  R.
Joshua R. Denton, TX
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(589 reviews)
Took my son out with Capt Scott for a morning trip. Awesome time. Started with some seatrout, got a few ladyfish as well. Then moved to a spot and then hooked into some redfish( big ole redfish got away unfortunately😪). Overall a really great day for me and the boy. Thanks Capt Scott!!!!
Craig  C.
Craig C. Bradenton, Florida
Stellar Action Fishing Charters – 23’
Stellar Action Fishing Charters – 23’
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(90 reviews)
Joseph subbed for his brother Darrius and did a great job. Lots of education and stories. Made for a great half day trip.
Ken  M.
Ken M. Boise, ID
High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota
High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(177 reviews)
Great inland fishing trip with Captain Camille! My sons caught two tarpon, and we later caught some sheepheads and mangrove snappers. Captain Camille was great with my sons! It was a bummer the rain kept us from going offshore, but still had a great time with dolphin and manatee sightings. Highly recommend taking a trip with Captain Camille!
Chris  O.
Chris O. Sarasota, Florida
Reel Tight Fishing Charters – Sarasota
Reel Tight Fishing Charters – Sarasota
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(209 reviews)
Amazing trip with Andrew. Absolutely slayed all day with more then enough quality fish to bring in and have prepared in town. Highly recommended!
Nick  J.
Nick J. United States
So Salty Fishing Charters
So Salty Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bradenton Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Anthony was a great captain! He really wanted to get us some fish to take home and much of what we were catching wasn’t something we could keep so he continued to try additional locations and ultimately kept us out longer until we got on the fish! Would highly recommend him!
Eric  P.
Eric P. Wichita, Kansas
Aquaholic Fishing Charters
Aquaholic Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(65 reviews)
We had a Dandy Day! Really one of the best days I’ve ever had fishing…and we fish a lot. We were in the reds. I think we landed 12! Three were 40” long!! What a thrill. We had two on at same time. Matt always on the spot to get ‘em in the boat for a quick pic before release. Doubled up on Cobia. Matt just kept ‘em biting! There were a few jack attacks and a Bonita in the mix as well. Fantastic time!
Pamela  K.
Pamela K. Avon Park, Florida
Paradise Fly Sport Fishing
Paradise Fly Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(209 reviews)
I had booked this trip very last minute, and we had the best time! Having done fishing charters in many other cities it's always a hit or miss. Both Captain's were extremely detail oriented, informative, and had great personalities. My entire group agreed that this was the most fun we've had on a charter. Would definitely book again!
Marc  L.
Marc L. Sarasota, Florida
Home Again Old Florida Adventures
Home Again Old Florida Adventures
Fishing charter in Longboat Key
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Captain JD put us on Spanish Mackerel, a nice Bonita and some grunt. All tasted delicious! He didn't give up and worked hard even through the heat! Highly recommended!!
Harold  L.
Harold L. Las Vegas, NV
Lucky 13 Charters
Lucky 13 Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Awesome capitan! Know his grounds vessle and equipment. Would highly recommend fishing thia boat again and again
Kevin  C.
Kevin C. Orlando, FL
Dreams Reelized Fishing
Dreams Reelized Fishing
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Great day on the water with this crew. All day we had action and brought home some nice fish. Had a little issue with gas but Captain served up some sushi and made he most of our situation. Thank you captain’s for a memorable time
Brian  J.
Brian J. Greensboro, NC
Best Coast Fishing Charters – Sarasota, FL
Best Coast Fishing Charters – Sarasota, FL
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
My friends and I booked this trip super last minute and we weren’t sure if it was going to work out, but it did! I was connected with dalton who sent over all the information we needed/where to meet/etc. The trip was a blast, I never really had gone fishing on a boat and Dalton was super helpful. We ended catching a real big fish at the end and we got to come home and eat it! So much fun- would highly recommend.
Devyn  D.
Devyn D. Bradenton, Florida
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(589 reviews)
Captain Scott was easygoing and lovely to work with. We caught a bunch of fish including a few big enough to take home. Looking forward to next time.
Lee  S.
Lee S.
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Rodbender Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(589 reviews)
I didn't go on the trip, my fiance took my two boys (10&12) .This was the first fishing trip on a boat any of them had taken and they all three had so much fun! They said the captain was so friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I'm so happy they had such a good experience. We are visiting from Ohio, and they said this was their favorite part of the whole trip. My fiance said there wasn't a thing that could've made it better. They all three thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience.
Tessa  G.
Tessa G. Marietta, OH
Home Again Old Florida Adventures
Home Again Old Florida Adventures
Fishing charter in Longboat Key
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(54 reviews)
We had an awesome trip with Captain JD. Lost count of how many fish we caught, of several varieties. Took home a bunch and had enough for a fish fry to feed 10. Looking forward to going out next time we’re in LBK.
Jacob  S.
Jacob S. Leesburg, VA
Paradise Fly Sport Fishing
Paradise Fly Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(209 reviews)
Thanks to the Captain Christopher and his crew! Very knowledgeable, professional team, great personality! We had a lot of fun and definitely hoping to be back again!
SAM  R.
SAM R. Sarasota, FL
Reel Tight Fishing Charters – Siesta Key
Reel Tight Fishing Charters – Siesta Key
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
My son and I had a memorable first charter experience. Captain Adam was not just knowledgeable and attentive, he made the trip a fun vibe. We had our limit within the first hour. Looking forward to our next charter with Reel Tight.
Jack  L.
Jack L. Sarasota, Florida
Best Catch Fishing – Inshore & Nearshore
Best Catch Fishing – Inshore & Nearshore
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Great time. Captain Dalton knows his stuff and the areas to fish in. I actually had a huge Snook (estimated 4 feet) snag my line. We couldn’t get him in time before the line snapped. Shoot! It would have been amazing! Good times though and my son caught quite a few.
Ryan  M.
Ryan M. Sarasota, Florida
Get Salty Charters
Get Salty Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
We had a great time with Jeff and Cameron. Great guys, very helpful and they did a first class job!
Dave  J.
Dave J.