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Top Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Sarasota

Deep Sea Fishing in Sarasota

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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What People Are Saying About Deep Sea Fishing in Sarasota

"Half day 1-5 pm"

Shiela Hendricks fished with Neptune Charters Enterprise Inc on March 12, 2019

It was a beautiful day. Perfect first time deep sea fishing for us, however if you’re looking to catch “a big one” you may want to do the whole day charter. You will need to clean your own fish as well. We did love it and the captain was great!

"Great trip"

Susannah Hausz fished with Neptune Charters Enterprise Inc on February 22, 2019

We had a great trip and truly enjoyed the whole experience. Our only issue was that he didn’t clean the fish. We are only in town for 2 days and had no way to clean it ourselves. Fortunately my sister-in law knew someone who kindly took care of this. Otherwise, it was one of the best deep sea fishing trips we have done.

"Full 8 hour"

Jonathan Valder fished with Suncoast Fishing Adventures on February 5, 2019

Easy to drive to the captain and first mate are ready to take off. Takes about an hour and a half to get to the deep waters and big fish but when you get there be ready to catch a lot of fish! The captain and first mate (Sam and Will) were very professional and fun to fish with! They have the tools and knowledge to get you on big fish and have a great day!!! WE WILL BE BACK!!!

Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Sarasota


Snapper (Red)

Tuna (Blackfin)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

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