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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!
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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.

Sarasota Bay Fishing Calendar

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Half day trip
Cooper A. fished with Paradise Fly Sport Fishing on February 23, 2021
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Call Captain Chris and First Mate Scott.
Half day offshore with Capt Chris and “D”
Kelly H. fished with Paradise Fly Sport Fishing on November 27, 2020
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Make sure you get a Captain that knows his stuff! Trust the crew and have fun no matter what you catch!
Jack fish- should have cooked them up but we released them:)
Keith S. fished with Rodbender Fishing Charters on November 13, 2020
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Make sure your captain knows the best areas to catch your “menu” fish. You may want to call ahead to discuss.
July fishing trip
Don S. fished with Reel Tight Fishing Charters – Sarasota on July 8, 2020
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First time do the 4 hour trip. Lots of action and does'nt wear you out.
Half Day with Capt Chris
Keith B. fished with Paradise Fly Sport Fishing on May 12, 2020
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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.
Suncoast Fishing Adventures. Greatest Charter of all!!
Susan B. fished with Suncoast Fishing Adventures on February 4, 2020
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I recommend they charter Suncoast Fishing Adventure!!!!
Half day trip
Bill M. fished with Reel Knowledge Fishing on June 24, 2019
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Come on down. You won't be disappointed.
Grouper sunday
Steve F. fished with Rodbender Fishing Charters on May 20, 2019
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Yes weather conditions were outstanding hot and calm

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Sarasota Bay

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

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

The best way to experience fishing in Sarasota Bay is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Sarasota Bay.

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Sarasota Bay are:

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Sarasota Bay.