What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Sarasota, Florida for the first time?

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Brandon Barefield
Pinckney, MI
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Went fishing with Siesta Key Sport Fishing Charters on February 10, 2022
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.

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Christopher Powers
Mount Healthy, OH
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Went fishing with Rodbender Fishing Charters on February 7, 2022
Book with Captain Scott. He is very knowledgeable, safe, and friendly. Be patient and enjoy the experience. It was a great time for us.

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Marla Snead
Linville Falls, NC
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Went fishing with Rodbender Fishing Charters on January 24, 2022
Even tho we didn’t catch anything we could keep it wasn’t captain Scott’s fault. He tried really hard to find the fish. Weather just didn’t cooperate.

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Steven Chester
Bradenton, FL
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Went fishing with Paradise Fly Sport Fishing on May 29, 2021
If possible (not sure it is), check when fish are more likely to be moving and plentiful. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen!

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Kelly Harmon
Bradenton, FL
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Went fishing with Paradise Fly Sport Fishing on November 27, 2020
Make sure you get a Captain that knows his stuff! Trust the crew and have fun no matter what you catch!

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Keith Shipman
Mount Gilead, OH
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Went fishing with Rodbender Fishing Charters on November 13, 2020
Make sure your captain knows the best areas to catch your “menu” fish. You may want to call ahead to discuss.

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Jeanne Checksanchez
Clinton Township, MI
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Went fishing with Suncoast Fishing Adventures on January 23, 2020
Weather was pefect. Grouper was tough to keep because it was either out of season or less than 20 inchs.

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Nathan Zander
Lady Lake, FL
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Went fishing with Neptune Charters Enterprise INC on June 27, 2019
Plenty of good captains to take you out to catch a variety of fish. Do your research on captains, we learned they are not all as advertised.

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Tony Cane
Sarasota, FL
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Went fishing with High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota on April 20, 2019
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

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Annemarie Alberino
St. Petersburg, Florida
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Went fishing with Chasin’ Tail Fishing Charters on April 6, 2019
There are different kinds of water for different experiences. Try them all. Fabulous for salt water fly fishing too!!

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Norman King
Indianapolis, Indiana
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Went fishing with Rodbender Fishing Charters on February 25, 2019
Maybe wait till the weather forecast is good as I’ve fished Sarasota twice and been disappointed with the weather.

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Paul Smith
Sarasota, Florida
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Went fishing with Sarasota Family Fishing Charters on November 16, 2018
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.

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Nathaniel Smith
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Went fishing with Sarasota Family Fishing Charters on October 27, 2023
Have correct expectations. Time of year can really determine what fish will be available

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Laura Martino
Old Saybrook, CT
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Went fishing with Sarasota Family Fishing Charters on August 17, 2023
An experienced captain can make it an excellent experience for you as a beginner.

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Douglas Shurson
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Went fishing with Rodbender Fishing Charters on June 19, 2023
Be open minded. If you haven't fished salt water let the experienced fisherman put you on game.

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Heath Barbarick
Pleasant Hill, MO
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Went fishing with Chasin' Tail Fishing Charters 2 on June 16, 2023
Be patient, especially if you fish only freshwater. Saltwater is a different type.

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Charlynn Midock
Mount Morris, MI
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Went fishing with Rodbender Fishing Charters on May 12, 2023
I would fish the AM , we fished PM because we had a early flight the pervious day.

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Jeff Jaklinski
Grand Rapids, MI
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Went fishing with Family Ties SRQ on April 4, 2023
Even when the gulf looks smooth it is rougher than you think. Dramamine, or stay in the bay.

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Laura Williamson
Sarasota, Florida
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Went fishing with Reel Knowledge Fishing on June 9, 2021
Don't expect to catch many keepers, but lots here to catch! Saw manatee and dolphin too!

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Sumeet Gokhale
San Juan
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Went fishing with Rodbender Fishing Charters on March 7, 2020
March can still be a little cold and windy. Be prepared for weather conditions.

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Michael Palasch
United States
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Went fishing with Livin’ The Dream Fishing Charters on June 24, 2019
It's tough fishing Sarasota in the summer. But it was fun putting a few fish in the boat.

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William Knickles
Bradenton, Florida
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Went fishing with Suncoast Fishing Adventures on April 24, 2019
Get ready for fun! The fishing was hot and heavy! Snapper and Grouper were plentiful.

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Tiffany Smith
Ozark, Missouri
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Went fishing with Team Hart Charters at Harts Landing on April 5, 2019
Visit Hart’s Landing and ask book a trip with Captain David. You will be so glad you did!

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Allan Freidig
Devils Lake, ND
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Went fishing with Paradise Fly Sport Fishing on February 20, 2019
Take the fishing as it comes. It can truly be a great experience with the right Captian.