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Fishing charters in Sarasota, FL

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Whether you are looking for a family getaway or an offshore fishing adventure, Sarasota fishing charters will put you in the best spots.

Sarasota fishing charters target variety of fish including species like Mangrove Snapper, Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Sarasota

Sarasota inshore fishing charters offer easy access to some of the best fishing grounds. Bays, intels, and shallow flats provide excellent fishing opportunities for an experience of a lifetime. Anglers favorite Sarasota for its backcountry rivers, bays, and shallow flats.

Sarasota fishing charters will help you to land 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

$436 is the average price for a 4-hour inshore fishing trip and 2 people. Add $50 for an each additional person. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

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

There are about 41 fishing guides in Sarasota and nearby cities. It’s easy to find your next fishing trip in Sarasota.

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Best time for inshore fishing

June, July and May are the best months for inshore fishing near Sarasota.

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Deep sea fishing charters in Sarasota

Are you looking for an offshore adventure? Sarasota deep sea fishing charters have quick access to the open water. They can put you in the best fishing spots

There are a variety of options for your next fishing trip near Sarasota. These waters are filled with 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 extra angler. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

$350 is the lowest price for a 4-hour deep sea fishing trip in Sarasota.

You can find more than 29 fishing charters in Sarasota and nearby cities. You will have a lot of choices to book your next fishing retreat.

Tip: It takes some time to get to the deep sea fishing spots. So it’s better to take a 6-hour or 8-hour deep sea fishing trip for the best fishing experience.

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

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Best time for deep sea fishing

The best time to go deep sea fishing in Sarasota are considered to be June, July and May.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Sarasota

Sarasota family-friendly fishing charters offer a great opportunity to bring your family together and have a fun fishing trip. Local Captains know a lot about the species of fish you will be targeting. They can answer your questions about fishing and show you various fishing techniques.

If you choose to be away from the rough seas and stay close to the shore, inshore fishing could be your next choice. Inshore waters offer consistent year-round fishing through seasonal changes.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

A family-friendly 4-hour fishing trip could be a perfect choice for a group with kids. It won’t be an exhausting trip, so your kids will learn more about fish species and fishing techniques.

On average, the base price for a private 4-hour family-friendly fishing charter is $436 for 2 anglers. An extra person fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

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Shark fishing charters in Sarasota

One of the world’s most famous game fish, sharks, are plentiful in the waters near Sarasota. Sarasota shark fishing charters provide safe and fun adventures for anglers looking to try their hands at shark fishing.

There are a lot of options for your next shark fishing trip near Sarasota. These waters are filled with Blacktip Shark, Bonnethead Shark, Bull Shark, Nurse Shark, and many more.

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. Juvenile sharks use estuaries and lagoon areas as nursery grounds, while adults could be found in deeper waters.

Oily and bloody bait is the best bet for appealing to sharks. It could be Mullet, Bonita, Blue Runner, or Ladyfish. 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. Add $50 for an extra angler. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.

In Sarasota and nearby cities, there are about 13 shark fishing charters. It’s easy to find your next fishing trip in Sarasota.

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Best time for shark fishing in Sarasota

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

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Tarpon fishing charters in Sarasota

Tarpon fishing is the most exciting fishing trip you can have in Sarasota. Local guides specialize in putting anglers on the best Tarpon spots. They will show you how to use the proper fishing method in the right spot and at the right time.

Tarpon inhabit inshore waters and even rivers. Shrimp, pinfish, mullet, and crabs would be the ideal fishing bait.

Note: Catch-and-release-only when fishing for Tarpon. By law, Tarpon over 40 inches must remain in the water. So be delicate with your catch, take a memorable photo, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

On average, the base price for a 6-hour Tarpon fishing charter is $580 for 2 anglers. An extra guest fee is $50.

You can find 15 fishing charters in Sarasota and nearby cities.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Sarasota

Late spring and summer are the best seasons to go after Tarpon in Sarasota waters. August, July, and June are the best months for Tarpon fishing.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. You will have everything you need for a fishing trip: rods, reels, tackle, lures, and cooler with ice. Usually, Captains clean anything that you catch.

A Saltwater fishing license is included in the price. This license covers all the anglers 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 book a trip with a 10-20% 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. The cancellation deadline is usually 2-14 days before your trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

What are the closest boat ramps and marinas to Sarasota?

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