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Paradise Fly Sport Fishing

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Neptune Charters Enterprise

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Sarasota Fishing Charters

Florida has the most coastline of any state in the US and a lot of that is because of the barrier islands that form bays. These bays are home to some of the most spectacular fishing on earth. Sarasota on Sarasota Bay is a fisherman’s paradise.

You can fish in the shallows along the beaches or run offshore to tangle with the pelagic monsters that cruise the blue water. Your Sarasota fishing charter captain knows where the fish hang out and will put you on them.

Some of the species you can catch are seasonal and most have bag limits. Charter captains know the rules and regs. If you are after something specific, check the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s seasons and regulations list for the most current information.

Sarasota Inshore Fishing

Sarasota is famous for its Silver Kings, the big tarpon that cruise the bay looking for something to eat. These fish can weigh more than 200 pounds. Tarpon are famed for their line-stripping runs and acrobat displays. If you are looking for a memory of a lifetime, connect with one of these bruisers on light-to-medium tackle. Your best bet for connecting with one of these arm-strainers is a live pinfish, but they will fall victim to a variety of artificial lures including flies.

If you would rather have something for the fish cooker that night, then focus on the seagrass beds or the beaches. Speckled trout and blues are common here, however the blues do not typically reach the size they do up north. Although blues are not typically regarded as premium table fare, it’s all in how you prepare them. Clean them quick and smoke the fillets. Jigs, grubs and lipless crankbaits are excellent choices for artificial lures. Both also eagerly take squid, shrimp and cut bait. A live shrimp under a popping cork is a dinner invitation a gator trout can’t resist. Whiting, a very popular and easy-to-catch fish, cruise the beaches. Small hooks and pieces of bait will put dinner on the table.

Fishing Sarasota's Oyster Beds

The big reds are found around the oyster bars trying to root out crabs, shrimp and other prey. When you see big fins slashing the water in the oyster shallows, get ready. The fish are feeding and are easy to catch. Thanks to Florida’s redfish slot limits, Sarasota Bay is now home to some true monster redfish so make sure you have a good camera or camera phone for pictures. Your friends back home will be so jealous.

Speaking of oyster beds, if you can find an oysterman culling his catch, then get ready. Sheepshead bigger than a dinner plate can be so thick you might believe you can walk across them. Fiddler crabs, caught on the bayside flats at low tide, are a popular bait. You can also use barnacles! When the sheepshead are eating, they’ll take just about anything.

Spanish mackerel and snook, pronounced the same as hook, are also common in the bay. Use silver spoons and jigs tipped with cut bait or a cigar minnow for casting to the Spanish. Your Sarasota fishing charter captain may also troll dusters and bait behind the boat to find them. Snook is one of the most popular fish in South Florida for the inshore anglers because of how hard they fight and how they taste on the table. Largemouth bass lures work well on snook.

Sarasota Offshore Fishing

A lot of people book a Sarasota fishing charter for offshore fishing. The most popular targets are grouper, amberjack, sailfish and mahi mahi or dolphin. All provide excellent table fare and well as plenty of fight on the line. Catching these four top species requires different tactics.

The dolphin is a surface fish. Your captain will look for weed patches, debris or pretty much anything at the surface. Dorado (Spanish for golden, because of the gold color in these fish) congregate around whatever they can find on the surface. Then it’s all hands on deck because you can expect every line to hook up.

Sailfish can often be found driving schools of baitfish to surface. What makes these billfish such a target is their speed, up to 68 miles an hour, and their massive dorsal fin. Captains look for sea birds wheeling overhead and diving down to the water, a sure indicator that something is driving a school of baitfish to the surface. Likely, the captain will troll big dusters or squid rigs until he finds fish.

Grouper and amberjack are found in the deep water near the bottom. Your charter captain knows the rocks and reefs where these fish like to hang out. They both congregate in schools so where you find one, expect more. Catching these is a test of strength. First, you have to get the fish off the bottom structure, then you have to fight him all the way to the surface. It will certainly test your arms!

Book A Sarasota Fishing Charter

SW Florida is a great place for inshore and offshore fishing adventures. The local captains are fishing just about every day (weather permitting). Book your Sarasota fishing charter today!