May 2022

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What anglers said about fishing in Sarasota Bay

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
Wait until the water warms up March to November also check and see if the boat has a bathroom what they are going to use for bait get exactly how many miles you are going out for deep-sea fishing What fish they are going to target
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wait until the water warms up March to November also check and see if the boat has a bathroom what they are going to use for bait get exactly how many miles you are going out for deep-sea fishing What fish they are going to target
Dino  R.
Dino R. Macomb, 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
Take the fishing as it comes. It can truly be a great experience with the right Captian.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take the fishing as it comes. It can truly be a great experience with the right Captian.
Allan  F.
Allan F. Devils Lake, ND
Listen to the captain if you want to catch anything. Their knowledge is priceless.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to the captain if you want to catch anything. Their knowledge is priceless.
George  S.
George S. Kalamazoo, Michigan
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Paul  S.
Paul S. Sarasota, Florida
Bring good sunscreen and if you have never went offshore before make absolutely certain that you take some Dramamine tablets before heading out in the morning the captain has some available.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring good sunscreen and if you have never went offshore before make absolutely certain that you take some Dramamine tablets before heading out in the morning the captain has some available.
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Tampa, Florida
Unless you're experienced, find a good, reliable charter company. You'll need the help.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Unless you're experienced, find a good, reliable charter company. You'll need the help.
Reid  M.
Reid M. Sarasota, FL
Bring your sunscreen, water, camera and funloving attitude!! Our trip was fantastic!!!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Bring your sunscreen, water, camera and funloving attitude!! Our trip was fantastic!!!
Lori  W.
Lori W. United States
Bring sunscreen and talk to your local bait and tackle shops on what to use and where to go.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring sunscreen and talk to your local bait and tackle shops on what to use and where to go.
Matt  F.
Matt F. United States