Sarasota Snook Fishing Charters

Sarasota Snook Fishing Charters

Best Snook Fishing Charters in Sarasota

Sarasota: 268 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(28 reviews)
Sarasota
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trips from $575
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(75 reviews)
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trips from $550
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(128 reviews)
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trips from $600
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4.7 / 5
(57 reviews)
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trips from $349
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(244 reviews)
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4.9 / 5
(174 reviews)
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5.0 / 5
(85 reviews)
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Snook Fishing in Sarasota

Snook
  • Size 3 to 15lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Inshore, Flats, Backcountry

(Centropomus undecimalis / nigrescens)

With a diversity of shallow waters just a stone’s throw from shore, Sarasota offers year-round Snook fishing. These temperature-intolerant creatures will spend winter upstream in the warmer waters of the canals and creeks before heading to the bays in summer. Hop aboard a fishing charter in Sarasota and see this phenomenal fishery for yourself!

What to Expect

Depending on the time of year you head to Sarasota, you’ll be fishing very different spots. That doesn’t mean that the fishing will be any different, though. Sarasota Snook fishing offers incredible light tackle action 365 days a year. 
 
In winter, you’ll fish brackish waters of the rivers and creeks toward Bradenton. The calm waters, protected on either side by land, will give you the feeling of freshwater fishing while going after one of the most prized saltwater species. You’ll have the best of both worlds!
 
In summer, Sarasota and Roberts Bays are overflowing with these tough-fighting creatures. Spend between four and eight hours on the water, testing your skills so as not to scare the spooky Snook, and use your strength to get 'em out of the water.
 
Some charters even offer night trips to target Snook. Just 15 miles south of Sarasota, you’ll find “Snook Alley.” The name speaks for itself. Here, you’ll use the dock lights to spot your target as they rise to the top to feed on their preferred bait fish. 

How to Prepare

To navigate these shallow waters, you’ll need a light, shallow-hulled vessel. Aboard a bay or flats boat, your captain will provide everything you need for a productive day out. Take advantage of top-of-the-line rods and reels (and plenty of live bait) and get your fish on!
 
All you need to do is bring some food and drinks aboard to make the most of your trip, and dress appropriately to protect against the sun. Come and experience the beauty and excitement of Florida’s Cultural Coast aboard a Sarasota Snook fishing charter.

Sarasota Snook Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Snook fishing in Sarasota varies moderately throughout the year. High season is May to September and November. Low season is January to March and December. There is no closed season.
Sarasota
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 25,968 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Snook Fishing in Sarasota

Hire Capt. Matt. And listen to what he tells you. You won't be disappointed.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Hire Capt. Matt. And listen to what he tells you. You won't be disappointed.
Neil  H.
Neil H. Iola, IL
Lots of sunshine and beautiful waters - we even saw dolphins. Super easy to get to boat and free parking to boot.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Lots of sunshine and beautiful waters - we even saw dolphins. Super easy to get to boat and free parking to boot.
Julie  M.
Julie M. Rosemount, Minnesota
Captain Scott was great, he put us on the fish. At each stop he took the time to explain what type fish we may catch but also the technique that we should be using. We had a great day, catching snapper, catfish and a tripletail. This trip truly had the fish that got away, a giant tripletail that got away as it neared the boat. We definitely would recommend him and looking forward to future trips.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Scott was great, he put us on the fish. At each stop he took the time to explain what type fish we may catch but also the technique that we should be using. We had a great day, catching snapper, catfish and a tripletail. This trip truly had the fish that got away, a giant tripletail that got away as it neared the boat. We definitely would recommend him and looking forward to future trips.
Stephen  C.
Stephen C. Bradenton, FL
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
It was pretty windy while we were there. There were some storms in the Gulf that probably threw the captain some curveballs to deal with. It was a good trip, but the captain seemed a little disappointed with the results. We are from the North, so the fishing still was excellent by comparison.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was pretty windy while we were there. There were some storms in the Gulf that probably threw the captain some curveballs to deal with. It was a good trip, but the captain seemed a little disappointed with the results. We are from the North, so the fishing still was excellent by comparison.
Daniel  P.
Daniel P. Perkasie, PA
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
We caught plenty for dinner. I had hoped to catch larger fish. They averaged 8 -12 inches. Great variety. Mostly bottom fishing. Still a lot of fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We caught plenty for dinner. I had hoped to catch larger fish. They averaged 8 -12 inches. Great variety. Mostly bottom fishing. Still a lot of fun.
Brandon  B.
Brandon B. Pinckney, 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
Fishing in Siesta Key requires a knowledgeable guide to put you on the type of fish you are looking for. Captain Tony of Freedom Fishing Charters is that guide service.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing in Siesta Key requires a knowledgeable guide to put you on the type of fish you are looking for. Captain Tony of Freedom Fishing Charters is that guide service.
Steve  C.
Steve C. St. Petersburg, FL