Captain
Marc Laurin

Member since March 2017 Sarasota, United States
Background
Captain Marc is a Florida native, originally from Palm Beach County where he grew up fishing local bridges, spillways, and inlets, and eventually offshore on the East Coast. He worked as an executive chef with companies such as Tommy Bahamas, Radisson Suites, Morton’s Steakhouse and other fine restaurants. In 1995 he took a backcountry flats fishing trip to the Sarasota andCharlotte Harbor areas and was hooked. He started a business here and has not looked back since.
Techniques
I specialize in light tackle inshore/near shore fishing. I believe no matter what skill level someone is, they can catch fish on artificial and have a great time doing it. With artificial, you are casting, covering more ground, and actually finding the fish instead of waiting on the fish to find you. On the other hand, using live bait has its own rewards, such as casting live crabs to Tarpon on the beach or enticing snook and redfish out from underneath the mangroves or boat dock. I enjoy fishing with both artificial and live bait, and am happy to offer both options to my clients. After Tarpon season ends in mid July, I go to Cashiers, North Carolina and stay through October. There, I guide fly fishing trips in the many streams and rivers of the Western North Carolina Smoky Mountains. I have been visiting this area since I was a boy and it is where my passion for fly fishing began.

Hey, I'm Captain Marc Laurin

Sarasota, United States
Background
Captain Marc is a Florida native, originally from Palm Beach County where he grew up fishing local bridges, spillways, and inlets, and eventually offshore on the East Coast. He worked as an executive chef with companies such as Tommy Bahamas, Radisson Suites, Morton’s Steakhouse and other fine restaurants. In 1995 he took a backcountry flats fishing trip to the Sarasota andCharlotte Harbor areas and was hooked. He started a business here and has not looked back since.
Techniques
I specialize in light tackle inshore/near shore fishing. I believe no matter what skill level someone is, they can catch fish on artificial and have a great time doing it. With artificial, you are casting, covering more ground, and actually finding the fish instead of waiting on the fish to find you. On the other hand, using live bait has its own rewards, such as casting live crabs to Tarpon on the beach or enticing snook and redfish out from underneath the mangroves or boat dock. I enjoy fishing with both artificial and live bait, and am happy to offer both options to my clients. After Tarpon season ends in mid July, I go to Cashiers, North Carolina and stay through October. There, I guide fly fishing trips in the many streams and rivers of the Western North Carolina Smoky Mountains. I have been visiting this area since I was a boy and it is where my passion for fly fishing began.
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Getting it done

February 12, 2019

Fished some foul weather the last few days and with the bay fishing being a litte slow due to lack of bait in winter getting out to nearshore rees is a must. We were able to catch eough for… Read Full Report →


Nearshore reef fishing is On Fire!!!

January 27, 2019

Had half day Friday a caught 70 fish. Two half day trips on Saturday and boated a around a hundred. There was a number of little guys mixed in but we caught big sheapshead, Black drum, flounder, key west… Read Full Report →


Redfish, Black drum nd Seepshead

December 27, 2018

Red Tde is gone and the fishing i really picking up. Have to put the work in and move around a bit since fish are migrating d area can be great e day then o the next . Ottom… Read Full Report →


Snook are bitting

November 23, 2018

I ran north 20 miles again yesterday to the mouth of Manatee river. We caught a number of snook using live white baits up against the mangroves. The sheepshead (not those nasty ones caught in Great Lakes) are starting… Read Full Report →


Fishing is good! Just need to run North

November 21, 2018

I have been running clients North 35 minutes or so and fishing has been good. The water in Sarasota Bay and near shore is still experiencing red tide ut the waters just North of us are crystal clear and… Read Full Report →


Fall fishing is off to a great start!

November 01, 2018

I am just back from Cashiers NC where I am a Fly Fishing guide with Brookings Anglers in the Summer. I have been on th water 4 times in the last week or so and fishing is hot. The… Read Full Report →


Tarpon Fishing is On is Fire

May 07, 2018

We had 5 anglers on two boats yesterday and once we found the fish it was non stop action. We hooked and jumped 12 fish and landed 6. 5 were on the fly rods. A fly angler in my… Read Full Report →


First Tarpon landed this season

May 04, 2018

Tarpon Season is off the a great start! After terrible 2017 season when fish didn’t show up until late May. Have seen fish last three mornings but they wouldn’t stay up long enough to to make a good cast.… Read Full Report →


Tarpon are here!!!!!

May 01, 2018

I went scouting for Tarpon this morning, started slow with a single fish crashing bait on the surface, then around 930 we started spotting multiple schools. They wouldn’t stay up for long but managed to get a strike on… Read Full Report →


Fishing is on Fire

April 23, 2018

Spring is here! The bait has moved in and the fishing is great! We are carching big Seatrout up to 24 inches, Mackerel, Bluefish, pompano, blu runners, jack crevalle and more. The action is hot right now. Read Full Report →


Big Sestrout in deep flats

April 09, 2018

We have been catching big seatrout to 23 inches along with Mackerel, and bluefish, I had 1/2 day 4 person trip earlier this week that limited out On Seatrout. Let’s go fishing Read Full Report →


Night snook fishing is on Fire

April 08, 2018

Carlos Escalante fished with me on 4 hour night snook with me on Thursday 4/5 and they were biting hard. Carlos caught around 20 snook and had his fill and back at dock a hour and a half early.… Read Full Report →


Fishing is really good

March 23, 2018

We have had 2 cold fronds in less than two weeks causing very windy days and dirty water but the fish don’t seem to mind. We just have to change tactics. Sheepshead love the nasty weather and have been… Read Full Report →


Another week and another cold front

March 09, 2018

We made it one week between cold fronts which can really put a damper on the fishing. The high winds churn up the gulf waters causing milky dirty water on top of dropping temperatures that out tropical don't tolerate… Read Full Report →


Sarasota Bay and Charlotte Habor

March 01, 2018

Booked a trip with Bill of Bradenton and his son Randy from Ohio. We fished one day in Sarasota mixing up a little offshore reef in the morning, where we caught Trigger fish, Flounder, Snapper, Grouper, and even an… Read Full Report →


Night Snook fishing is on Fire

February 04, 2018

I ran two night snook trips this week and they were hungry. Jim woods from Atlanta fished with me using light tackle spin gear. The snook were feeding on 3/4 inch tiny minnow which can be problematic on spinning… Read Full Report →


Blown out by weather but Check out new b

January 09, 2018

We had a very strong cold front come through last week with high winds, choppy water and very cold temperatures. I had to cancel two trips for safety and had a client cancel two trips after they decide not… Read Full Report →


Tough weather but got it done

December 29, 2017

Fished with Don Cook and sun DJ yesterday . Weather was a challenge with cold front doming through but managed cat about 30 fish but not anything of any real size. With20 knott winds and churned up water it… Read Full Report →


Fishing action is hot in Sarasota Nay

December 28, 2017

Had a two hour trip with Rick Bouwman and his son Gunner from Connecticut this morning. We had a great time catching seatrout, small grouper, ladyfish and 2 Redfish on the deep grass flats using DOA paddle tails. Let’s… Read Full Report →


Winter dock fishing action

December 23, 2017

I had a two hour trip with Pat Jordon from Texas and her father Paul from Bradenton on Saturday. We caught 3 grouper 3 redfish 2 sheepshead 1 snook multiple mangrove snapper and ladyfish. Would of even done better… Read Full Report →


Fishing post Front

December 14, 2017

We had a cold front came through last week that shut things down for a few days but after the wind payed down fishing really turned on. We had a great bluefish and pompano run for a few days… Read Full Report →


Banging up reds in South Sarasota bays

November 25, 2017

The Redfish are thick right now under the docks and along the shoreline at high tide in S, Sarasota bays. Book your trip now and lets go get them. Read Full Report →


Charlotte harbor

April 27, 2017

I took Greg Delong, his wife Yolanda and her father Jamie fishing last Thursday. When Greg called he informed me that he and Jamie had mobility challenges but really wanted to go fishing and take home a little dinner… Read Full Report →


April 24 2017

April 24, 2017

I had a client staying in North Venice so we fished the Englewood Stump Pass area. Wind was blowing 15-20 from the NW so it was set to be challenging day fishing but we got it done. We started… Read Full Report →


February 2017

February 28, 2017

February 2017 Fishing Report I have a very good client who fly fishes with me in North Carolina in the summer, and he’ll be staying on Sanibel Island in March, when we’ll fish for several days. Even though I… Read Full Report →


January 2017

January 30, 2017

January 2017 Fishing Report I spent the first two weeks of January in Cashiers, N.C. We had a project completed at our cottage so we took a trip up to inspect the work. The day after we arrived, I… Read Full Report →


December 2016

December 14, 2016

December 2016 Fishing Report I started the month with a little R&R and Pre-Fishing . My wife and I rented a small cottage on Little Captiva Island, which is in East Pine Island Sound between Boca Grande and Sanibel… Read Full Report →


November 2016

November 29, 2016

Fall is my favorite time of the year to fish in southwest Florida, and November didn’t let me down. The redfish bite was excellent in Charlotte Harbor. Anglers enjoyed catching good numbers on D.O.A. Cal Shad Tails and Zoom… Read Full Report →

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Todd R.
St. Petersburg, FL
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Captain Marc was fantastic

VERIFIED   May 3, 2019
I can’t say enough good things about Captain Marc.  He made our trip both fun and informative.  He cares about...
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Spring Hill, Florida
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Half day afternoon trip

March 23, 2019
2nd trip 1/2 day trip with Capt Marc, went last March, loved it so much we were back for more this March.  Had a great...
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Denton, NE
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Half-day fishing trip with Captain Marc

VERIFIED   December 17, 2018
Well…they say it happens to the very best of them. We had a perfect-storm kind of a fishing day, the odds were clearly...
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Greg M.
Canfield, OH
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2 Fantastic Half day trips

VERIFIED   February 17, 2019
We’ve been fishing in Sarasota for the last 10 years and Capt Marc of Fish on Fire put us on some of the best fishing we’ve...
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George S.
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Half day journey in Jan 2019

VERIFIED   January 3, 2019
Great experience for my 11 year old grandson and myself.  Captain Marc worked hard to make it a fun adventure and it was. ...
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