Sarasota Florida Fishing Charters

Are you Dreaming of Landing a Big One?

Using Sarasota Florida fishing charters will produce, by far, the best results over renting a boat and going it solo.


Because the local charter captains, who fish these waters year round, know where the big ones are.

They have the experience and the gear to get you to where the big ones are caught. They're equipped professionals and know the waters.

I haves seen pictures of absolutely huge fish caught by local charters: an 83 lb Gag Grouper or 78 lb Black Grouper. Wow!

Catching something like that will surely make your day and make the cost of your Sarasota Florida fishing charters well worth it.

Add to the charter captain’s knowledge of the “local” waters his expertise and the latest electronic technology and you’ve got a winning combination that could help produce your own personal record catch of fish.

Sarasota Fishing Charters

If you’re interested in going on one of the many deep sea Sarasota Florida fishing charters you can expect to head out 20 to 60 miles into the Gulf of Mexico. That’s where you’ll be finding the big ones.

There’s no telling what you might catch, too, because the variety is so wide: Tarpon, Grouper (Gag, Scamp, Yellowfin, Yellowmouth, and), Cobia, Red Snapper, Mutton Snapper and other various kinds of Snapper, Florida and African Pompano, Redfish, Blue Marlin, various kinds of Shark, King or Spanish Mackerel, Spotted Sea Trout, Dolphin, Snook, Barracuda, Sheepshead and Flounder, not to mention even more varieties and species of fish.

So, keeping in mind that you want to have a good time and catch and land some of the big ones and get the best value, I’ve put together some tips on how to get the best out of the Sarasota Florida fishing charters that you may book for an excursion or two in your future.

What’s the best way to find the best Sarasota Florida Fishing Charters?

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11 Tips for getting the best fishing charter you can when you’re fishing Sarasota Florida.

  • Plan early, especially during/for peak season (January – April). There’s no substitute for doing your research and making your reservation early. In many cases overnight accommodations need to be worked into your planning as well. The best charter captains will be booked well in advance. I urge again: Plan early.
  • Make sure you have documentation that your fishing charter captain is U.S. Coast Guard Licensed and Approved and that the charter boat carries Coast Guard approved life vests and safety gear as well as a Coast Guard approved life raft. Weather conditions and seas can unexpectedly change quickly and if they do you want to know you’re going to be safe.
  • Determine what kind of Sarasota Florida fishing charters you want: offshore/deep sea, Intracoastal Waterway, or inland freshwater.
  • Find out about the size of the charter boat, how many fisherman it can handle comfortably and if the boat has some serious power in virtue of its engines, so your charter captain can get you to where the fish are fast.
  • How many years of experience does the charter captain have? Most likely the more years of expertise the captain has the more pricey will be the charter. But with like everything else: you get what you pay for. Do you want to catch the big ones or not?
  • Is all the fishing equipment you’ll need on the charter such as rods, bait and tackle provided as well as a hold tank or an ice chest?
  • Are deep sea fishing licenses provided for everyone in your party?
  • Does the cost of the charter also include the cleaning, bagging and icing of your catch of fish or is there an additional fee?
  • Shop competitively for the best rate and excursion with the most experienced captain. Fees vary depending on a number of factors like: captain’s years of experience, are there crew members, kind of boat, how many in your fishing party. Here are some examples of price ranges gathered from a couple Sarasota Florida fishing charters: From an all day excursion of 10 – 12 hours for $180.00 per person, with 6 in your party ($15/hour per person) up to $1,400 for 12 hours or $233.33 per person, with 6 in your party ($19.44/hour per person). These are just examples comparing like to like. You may find higher or lower fees but always break it down to the hourly cost per person. Most charters will accommodate you into a group, if you ask. Don’t forget that it may also be customary to tip the captain and crew mates, if any, especially if you’ve had a good day of fishing and they’ve done their best for you and your party.
  • Bring what you need: sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, snacks, soft drinks, refreshments, appropriate clothes for the weather and elements.

These few basic tips should put you on your way to having a fun, fish-catching-filled-day and also help to keep you safe.

Caught a whopper? Or just have a whopper of a fishing story to tell? Where's your favorite Sarasota area fishing hole? What were they biting on when you caught that trophy fish? Let others know about your best fishing story or fishing recommendations. Click here to share your Sarasota fishing adventure!

And when you do catch those big ones on the Sarasota Florida fishing charters you’ll be taking, I hope you’ll come back and upload the picture(s) of your catch and tell us your fishing story.

Hopefully these tips will point you toward a great experience on your Sarasota Florida fishing charters.

Happy angling!

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