Fishing Sarasota Florida: There’s nothing like a sunny, blue skied day to be out on the water while inhaling the fresh, clean, warm salty air, fishing offshore on the Gulf of Mexico, or on the Intracoastal Waterway or off one of our famous fishing piers or sandy shores.
I’ll show you some great places in and around Sarasota County, plus Anna Maria Island, to drop a line.
I hear there are fish just waiting for you to catch them!
In and around Sarasota, Florida you have almost limitless variations available; any number of locations on the Gulf, numerous bays, a multitude of places on the Intracoastal, a number of pier locations, not to mention the beach shore in numerous spots.
You can also do a fishing charter.
Sarasota Florida is blessed with many wonderful places to do some fishin’!
I will point out not just the best places for fishing Sarasota
Florida, but also some unique spots for catching fish that also have a
beautiful view and scenery as well. And there's also Fishing Tournament news here, too, toward the bottom of this page.
Depends on whether you’re fishing the Gulf of Mexico offshore, deep sea, or the Intracoastal waterway.
In general, depending on seasonal shifts, you’ll find:
There have also been reports of the catching of: Hammerhead Sharks, Bonnet Head Sharks and Nurse Sharks!
Fishing Sarasota Florida: My own adventures fishing Sarasota Florida waters are with my buddy Howard on his 16’ fishing boat on the Intracoastal. And though I'm not the fisherman my friend Howard is, we have a great time.
We like to go fishing on the Intracoastal Waterway near the Albee Road Bridge (Nokomis) or Blackburn Road Flying Bridge (Osprey - single lane, rotating/swing bridge that leads to Casey Key.) and at Blackburn Point Park.
We have had fun times anchored off either side of the Flying Bridge catching Jack Crevalle, Lady Fish, Mangrove Snapper and Sheep head.
Jacks are a fun, powerfully aggressive fish to catch and put up a good fight in the ICW. You always know when Jacks are in the vicinity because they start a fish stampede at the water’s surface as other fish race away from them so they don’t become “fish food,” themselves, for the Jacks.
If you’re going to be fishing Sarasota Florida, a fishing license is required in all but one spot: the Venice Fishing Pier.
Find out about fishing licenses: Click here (opens a new window) to learn more:
Florida Fish and Wildlife Department.
You may get a Florida Fishing License almost anywhere here, including the sports department at Walmart.
Fishing Sarasota Florida - where to go? Here's my:
Anna Maria Island Fishing adventures come with picturesque old time Florida settings. You'll feel like you're in a Norman Rockwell painting in a couple locations I have here for you. Several pier fishing opportunities await you from south to northeast Anna Maria. Located where the far north of Sarasota Bay meets the far south of Tampa Bay, you never know what you might be able to reel in, but the fishing here is good. Click here and learn more about Anna Maria Island Fishing.
Fishing Sarasota Florida? But you don't have a boat? That's not a
problem because there are more land and shore locations to fish from in
Sarasota County than I can name for you. But I will name and point out
more than a few good fishing holes for your Sarasota County Florida
Fishing adventures. Just click here for my list of Sarasota County Florida Fishing locations. From the Intracoastal Waterway to Sarasota Bay to
fishing the Gulf of Mexico, I've got you covered!
Ever dream of catching the big one and not letting him "get away?" You can make your fishing dreams come true on any of a number of Sarasota Florida fishing charters. These charter captains know where the big ones are and how to land them and will help turn your Fishing Sarasota Florida adventure into a memory. From gag grouper to mako shark to tarpon, barracuda and more, the Gulf of Mexico off of Sarasota Florida is a deep sea fisherman's paradise. Read and learn more about fishing charters in Sarasota Florida.
The Venice Fishing Pier is a short drive from Sarasota, but well worth it. This experience will give you not only a great fishing venue but one that puts you high over the Gulf of Mexico. Opened in October, 2004, at the Pier you don't need a fishing license; the only place I know of in the area where you can fish license-free. You may even rent a rod and reel at the Pier. And you can get your bait here too. You virtually don't have to bring anything with you. What can you catch from on high over the Gulf of Mexico at "The Pier?" Read more about the Venice Fishing Pier and find out.
Casting a line at the Venice Jetty puts you on a long piece of pavement jutting out into the Gulf of Mexico along with other sportsmen and women. From here you can fish to your heart's content and view the spectacular Gulf of Mexico at its most beautiful. Bonus: often times you might be almost eyeball-to-nose with bottle-nosed Dolphins which are swimming nearby. Others that are vying for your catch are are Pelicans, Egrets, Herons, Cormorants and Anhingas. The Venice Jetty is quite a mixture of wild nature and a great, scenic place to do some fishing. Find out more about fishing on the Venice Jetty.
February 29, 2020: The Lakewood Ranch 14th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament happens at Lake Uihlein (behind Town Hall) from 9 a.m. - Noon. This "catch and release" fishing tournament is for different age groups: 5-8, 9-11, and 12-15. Prizes will be awarded for the various age categories. Don't forget to bring your rod, reel, chair, and sunscreen! Bait will be supplied but you are welcome to bring your own. Each participant receives a T-Shirt, Swag Bag, and the first 50 arrivals on tournament day will receive a Cool Today Cooler Bag! Lunch will be supplied to participants on the day of the tournament, however, guests must pre-pay $5 if they wish to have lunch (Burger or Hot Dog/Chips/Drink). Space is limited to first 125 anglers. All children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent. Registration begins in January. 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch, FL.
March 29, 2020: It's the 16th annual Capt John Breuggeman Memorial Grouper Tournament. It's a one-day offshore tournament for grouper with prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place plus a trophy for the biggest catch. Plus there's usually an after tournament barbeque and raffle for prizes. The spirit of this tournament is to provide a chance to fish, to have fun, to eat together, to raise scholarship monies and especially to honor the memory of John Breuggeman. Cape Haze Marina, 6950 Placida Road, Englewood, FL.
May 11, 2019 - June 16, 2019: It's time to drop your hook, line and sinker for the 89th Annual Sarasota Tarpon Tournament! Entry fee is $125 and proceeds benefit a local charitable organization. Important Dates: The Kick-Off Celebration for the start of Tarpon Season will be held on Wednesday, May 8th at The White Buffalo Saloon in Sarasota with registration starting at 6:00 p.m. and the party starting at 7:00 p.m. Your $125 entry into the tournament gets you food and fun and a cash bar will be available. Find out more here. Happy angling and may you catch your share!
May 18, 2019: It's the Spring Youth Fishing Rodeo for ages 1 - 14 at Nokomis Beach.
Grab your pole and tackle box for this catch-and-release tournament.
Bait and prizes are provided and awards are presented. Children must be
supervised by a parent/guardian at this event. Free. 8 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Preregistration preferred by calling 941-486-2780. Nokomis Beach, Casey
Key, FL. Fishing Sarasota Florida
Not Being Held in 2019. June 2 - 3, 2018: It's the 7th Annual Suncoast Tarpon Shootout Tournament with 4 divisions: one pro, one amateur, one individual (kayak, fly, paddle board) and one for selected veterans. Prizes and entry fees vary from division to division. Captain's meeting is June 1 at 7 p.m. at Hooters in Sarasota.The tournament’s goal is to raise $30,000 for 4 charities: Valor Service Dogs, Heroes on the Water, All Children’s Hospital, and Operation Second Chance. Click here for entry fees, prizes and more info.
July 6 - 8, 2018: Get in on the hunt for the 5th Annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby sponsored by and based at Mote Marine Laboratory. Captain's meeting is July 6, Lionfish hunting derby is July 7 offshore from Collier to Escambia Counties. Weigh-in is July 8 at Mote Marie Laboratory and the public is invited. Derbies are a way to help divers harvest Lionfish, provide public education and opportunities to taste the delicious Lionfish for free. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Click here for registration and more info.
August 8 - 10, 2019: The 2019 Sarasota Slam is taking place with Wahoo, Tuna, Grouper, Snapper, Trout, Redfish, Offshore and Inshore Divisions. There's a dockside bbq and party after the tournament. They're bringing back again this year the fun fish divisions. Marina Jack is home base for the tournament, Bayfront, downtown Sarasota, FL. Some of the proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
September 27 - 29, 2019: It's the 8th Annual Suncoast Spearfishing Challenge.
The event is hosted by Marina Jack and
benefits a new charity each year. Each year, for this exciting
underwater hunt and challenge, there is free entry for Military, Fire,
EMS and Law Enforcement personnel. Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL. Across from downtown on the bay front. Fishing Sarasota Florida on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
October 5, 2019: It's the “Fish For United Way” tournament benefiting the region’s United Ways
and hosted by Florida Power and Light Company. Anglers can cast their
lines in the 4,000-acre cooling reservoir, also known as Lake Parrish,
that serves the FPL Plant. Home to bass, crappies and catfish, the
reservoir is a delight for anglers, who pay $300 per boat (includes 3
anglers, $50 each additional angler), to participate in one of the open
tournament days. The reservoir is normally closed to the public, but
opens three times a year for the fishing tournament which benefits the
surrounding communities. Various payouts-prizes. Tournament is limited to 50
boats. All of the money raised is shared by United Way of South Sarasota
County, United Way Suncoast and United Way of Manatee County. Click here for more information and to register for the tournament.
November 30, 2019: It's the Fall Family Fishing Tournament at the Venice Fishing Pier for ages 5 - 17. Registration is from 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. at Papa's Bait Shop on the pier. Check in on arrival. Fishing starts at 8 a.m. Awards: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sign up at Papa's Bait Shop on the pier or via email and include child's name and age: firstname.lastname@example.org. All children must be accompanied by an adult to enter. Bring an unwrapped toy donation for Toys for Tots or a $5 donation for the Veteran's Fund. Venice Fishing Pier, Venice, FL.
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