Sarasota Deep Sea Fishing may not be what the area is best known for. But there are still great deep sea species around if you are willing to make the trek. Many species can be found all year round, while the main pelagic favorites are most present during the hot summer months.

What to catch and where to find it

You can find big Amberjack in the deeper waters around Sarasota, as well as plenty of monster Snapper and Grouper. Most Sarasota party boat fishing will focus on these species, going around 20 miles out. They won’t usually be willing to make the long treks required to target big pelagic species. This makes the upgrade to a private charter well worth it for serious big game anglers.
 
If you are looking to catch Wahoo, Sailfish, or decent sized Tuna, the best deep sea fishing spots like The Elbow and the West Drop are a good 50 miles away. This means that you will need a full day charter if you want some decent fishing time once you get there. Competition is fierce among Sarasota deep sea fishing charters, though, and you will find plenty of captains ready to make the long trip out to these deeper waters. 

When to fish

Large bottom fish can be found year-round a few miles out from Sarasota. This makes for productive bottom fishing in deeper waters, even in the blessedly cool and dry winter months. The best time to target Billfish is from late spring onwards when they follow the baitfish closer towards the shore. By the heat of summer, you have a decent chance of catching Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo, and Sailfish on a standard eight-hour charter, although you may want more time if you are looking for a trophy specimen.

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Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Sarasota

Amberjack

Snapper (Red)

Tuna (Blackfin)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

What People Are Saying About Deep Sea Fishing in Sarasota

"Trip with captain Scott "

Darla Basom fished with Rodbender Fishing Charters on July 12, 2018

Captain Scott was very knowledgeable beyond most and very laid back .it was our first time and he was very helpful and knows the water blinded lol.we caught 4 different types of fish and seen all kinds of other sea and land life .i would absolutely recommend This trip and especially capt scott to anyone who’s deep sea fished or not !

"Long Boat Key half day fishing with Captain Bryan "

Pete Sturm fished with Reel Tight Fishing Charters on July 10, 2018

First, don’t bring bananas! Captain Bryan and First Mate Alan took great care of us. Our boys enjoyed their first experience deep sea fishing because the captain and first mate were all hands on deck. One of our sons even caught a stingray! Overall we would and will use Reel Tight Fishing Charters again!!

"A great day with Captain Jon"

Marlene Miller fished with Livin’ The Dream Fishing Charters on January 29, 2017

This was our very first experience deep sea fishing and Captain Jon made it a great one! He's very patient n informative and we only had to drop our lines and pull the fish in...he did all the rest!

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