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Fishing charters in Manasota Key, FL

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This city is one of Florida’s most visited fisheries. It never fails to mesmerize with the species of fish, and a large number of Manasota Key fishing charters.

Manasota Key fishing charters will put you on Snook, Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Tarpon, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Manasota Key

Inshore fishing is one of Manasota Key's key attractions. Anglers favorite Manasota Key for its backcountry rivers, bays, and shallow flats.

Manasota Key fishing charters will help you to land Snook, Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, 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 base price for a private 4-hour inshore fishing charter is $436 for 2 anglers. An extra person fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate up to 6 persons depending on the capacity of the boat.

The cheapest 2-hour inshore fishing trip in Manasota Key found on our platform costs $200 for 2 anglers.

In Manasota Key and nearby cities, there are more than 41 inshore fishing charters. It’s easy to find your next fishing trip in Manasota Key.

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Best time for inshore fishing

April, June and September will be your next best months for inshore fishing in Manasota Key.

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Offshore fishing charters in Manasota Key

Manasota Key offshore fishing charters have quick access to the open waters, allowing anglers to get a taste of the fishing action on a short trip.

You can land Cobia, Jack Crevalle, Gag Grouper, King Mackerel, and many more.

Offshore 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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Offshore fishing trip prices

$682 is the average price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip and 2 people. An extra angler fee is $50. Captains can take 4-6 anglers depending on the length of the boat.

The most affordable rates start at $350 for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip near Manasota Key.

You can find 29 fishing charters in Manasota Key and nearby cities. It’s easy to find your next fishing trip in Manasota Key.

Keep in mind that it takes time to get to the best offshore fishing spots. It’s better to take a 6-hour offshore fishing trip if you want more fishing action.

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

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Best time for offshore fishing

April, June and September are the best months for offshore fishing near Manasota Key.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Manasota Key

Manasota Key family fishing charters provide young and novice anglers an opportunity to experience the day on the water. It’s the best way to introduce your children to sport fishing and show various saltwater fish species.

You can fish in the inland waters during the fishing trip. These waters offer consistent fishing even on windy days.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

The perfect choice for a family with kids will be an inshore fishing trip. Your kids will learn something new and won’t get tired.

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 anglers depending on the length of the boat.

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Shark fishing charters in Manasota Key

One of the world’s most famous game fish, sharks, are plentiful in the waters near Manasota Key. Manasota Key shark fishing charters have vast experience in targeting different shark species.

Manasota Key shark fishing charters will put you on Blacktip Shark, Bull Shark, Bonnethead Shark, Nurse Shark, and many more.

Note: you can keep certain Florida shark species, but most sharks are off-limits for harvesting. These sharks have to be released. Fishing charter Captains will help you with shark identification.

Sharks inhabit offshore and inshore waters, from mangrove swamps to reef dropoffs. Juveniles are typically found in shallow water, while adults are located at greater depths.

Live bait is preferred for shark fishing. Live or dead bait may include Mullet, Ladyfish, Bonita, and Blue Runner. Usually, fishing charters prepare it in advance.

Shark fishing trip prices

On average, the price for a 4-hour shark fishing trip is $522 for 2 guests. An extra person fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

You can find about 13 fishing charters in Manasota Key and nearby cities. So you'll have a lot of options to book your next fishing trip.

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Best time for shark fishing in Manasota Key

You can catch sharks all year round. March-October can be an optimal time for shark fishing in Manasota Key.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Manasota Key

Tarpon is one of the top trophy fish you can target on Manasota Key fishing charters. Local guides specialize in putting anglers on the best Tarpon spots. They will show you all the spots, techniques, and provide you with the best bait.

Tarpon reside in shallows, bays, inshore waters, and even rivers. It loves mullet, crab, and pinfish.

Note: The best practice is never to bring your catch in the boat because Tarpon is a catch-and-release-only fishery. Tarpon must remain in the water if its length is greater than 40 inches. So be delicate with your catch, take a memorable photo, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

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

In Manasota Key and nearby cities, there are around 15 fishing guides specialized in Tarpon fishing.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Manasota Key

Tarpon season starts in late spring and lasts until the end of summer. July, June, and May are the best months for Tarpon fishing.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. Captains provide everything you need for a fishing trip: tackle, rods, reels, bait, and a cooler with ice. Usually, catch cleaning is free of charge.

Captains provide a saltwater fishing license. It covers all the anglers on the boat.

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 Manasota Key?

Fishing charters launch from marinas or public boat ramps. Popular meeting points near Manasota Key are:

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