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Fishing charters in Bradenton, FL

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Bradenton is an excellent fishing destination for those who want to try inshore, flats, and offshore fishing.

There are a plenty of options for your next fishing trip near Bradenton. Local waters a playground for Mangrove Snapper, Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Bradenton

Bradenton is famous for its inshore fishing grounds. From the exciting Tarpon fishing to the night Snook fishing trips, there’s something for anglers of all tastes and all ages. Anglers favorite Bradenton for its backcountry rivers, bays, and shallow flats.

Local fishing charters can help you reel in Mangrove Snapper, Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, and many more.

Inshore fishing trips are very popular with families, couples, and small groups of friends.

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Inshore fishing trip prices

On average, the price for a 4-hour inshore fishing trip is $436 for 2 people. An extra angler fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

The cheapest rates start at $200 for a 2-hour inshore fishing trip near Bradenton.

You can find 41 fishing charters in Bradenton and nearby cities. It’s easy to book your next fishing retreat in Bradenton.

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Best time for inshore fishing

The best time to go inshore fishing in Bradenton are considered to be June, July and May.

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Deep sea fishing charters in Bradenton

Bradenton deep sea fishing charters offer easy access to some of the best fishing grounds in the open water: from nearshore reef fishing to deep sea fishing at the Continental Shelf.

Depending on the season, you can catch Cobia, King Mackerel, Gag Grouper, Jack Crevalle, and many more.

Deep sea fishing trips are good for experienced anglers, groups for friends, and those who want to reel in a bigger catch. Be ready to travel into the federal waters miles off the coast.

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Deep sea fishing trip prices

$682 is the average base price for a private 4-hour deep sea fishing charter and 2 anglers. Add $50 for an each additional person. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.

$350 is the lowest price for a 4-hour deep sea fishing trip in Bradenton found on our platform.

There are about 29 fishing guides in Bradenton and nearby cities. So you'll have a lot of options to book your next fishing trip.

Tip: It’s better to take a 6-hour or 8-hour deep sea fishing trip for the best fishing experience. Deep sea fishing spots are away from the coast, so you will need some time to get there.

The average tips are 15-20% of the total fishing charter price.

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Best time for deep sea fishing

The best months for deep sea fishing near Bradenton are June, July and May.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Bradenton

Bradenton family-friendly fishing charters will help you experience a memorable fishing trip with your family. Local Captains will educate you and your family on how to use the tackle and catch various fish species.

Try inshore fishing because it takes place in waters like bays, harbors, flats, and creeks. When you’re fishing inshore, you’ll usually be within a few miles of the coast.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

Take a quick 4-hour inshore fishing trip if you are traveling with your family. Your children will learn more about fish and won’t feel exhausted after a quick adventure.

On average, the price for a 4-hour family-friendly fishing trip is $436 for 2 guests. Add $50 for each additional person. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.

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Shark fishing charters in Bradenton

Bradenton waters have one of the most productive shark fisheries in the US. If you want to target these famous ocean predators, then hire a Bradenton shark fishing charter.

These waters will yield anything from Blacktip Shark and Bonnethead Shark to Bull Shark and Nurse Shark.

Note: some shark species are considered prohibited in Florida and cannot be kept as a trophy. These sharks have to be released. But don't worry about shark identification. Your Captain will assist you.

Sharks reside in waters of continental shelves over sandy and coral bottoms. Juveniles are typically located inshore, while adults can be found in the deep waters.

Sharks are caught using live bait. Mullet, Ladyfish, Bonita, and Blue Runner would be the ideal bait for shark fishing. Fishing charters prepare the best bait depending on the targeted shark species.

Shark fishing trip prices

$522 is the average base price for a private 4-hour shark fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra guest fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 4-6 anglers depending on the size of the vessel.

In Bradenton and nearby cities, there are about 13 shark fishing charters. It’s easy to book your next fishing break in Bradenton.

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Best time for shark fishing in Bradenton

Sharks are active all year round in Bradenton, though they are more plentiful from March through October.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Bradenton

Tarpon fishing is the most exciting fishing trip you can have in Bradenton. You can experience Tarpon fishing by hiring one of the local guides. They will show you the best spots and fishing methods.

Tarpon can be found in inshore waters, sallows, and bays. Crabs, pinfish, and mullet would be the ideal bait.

Note: Tarpon are a catch-and-release-only species. Tarpon must remain in the water if its length is greater than 40 inches. So be very delicate with your catch and release it as quickly as possible.

Tarpon fishing rates

On average, the price for a 6-hour Tarpon fishing trip is $580 for 2 guests. Add $50 for each additional person.

We found 15 fishing companies specialized in Tarpon fishing in Bradenton.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Bradenton

Tarpon fishing season in Bradenton is late spring through summer. The best months to catch Tarpon are August, July, and June.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. Captains provide rods, reels, tackle, bait, and a cooler with ice. Usually, Captains clean anything that you catch.

The trip price includes a saltwater fishing license. It covers all the people on the vessel.

A Fishing charter has to have a federal permit if you are planning to fish in the federal waters.

What to bring on a fishing charter trip?

Depending on the weather, Captains recommend bringing sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, long sleeve shirt, hat, windbreaker, waterproof jacket, waterproof pans, appropriate non-skid footwear, gloves, your medicines, bug bite cream, sanitizer, drinks, and snacks.

Bring your freshwater license if you are planning to fish in the freshwater.

Some Captains don’t recommend bringing spray sunscreen, liquor, weapons, fireworks, and inappropriate footwear.

How to book a fishing charter trip?

You can make a reservation with a 10-30% deposit.

The remaining balance has to be paid directly to the Captain on the day of your trip or upon arrival.

The majority of the fishing charter deposits are refundable if you can cancel before the cancellation deadline. It's usually within 2-14 days of your trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

What are the closest boat ramps and marinas to Bradenton?

Here is the list of popular meeting points near Bradenton:

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