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.
I may even toss in a fish story or two...or, on second thought, maybe I won’t. I’ll leave that up to you.
What might you catch here?
Depends on whether you’re fishing the Gulf of Mexico offshore, deep sea, or the Intracoastal waterway.
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!
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.
Here's a local secret: just south of Blackburn Bay on the Intracoastal Waterway is an area called "Snook Alley!"
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.
Click here for the Florida Marine Forecast
March 25, 2023: The Lakewood Ranch Annual Youth Fishing Tournament happens at Lake Uihlein (behind Town Hall). This "catch and release" fishing tournament is for different age groups, 5 - 19: 9 a.m. - Noon, registration starts at 8 a.m. Limited to first 100 anglers. 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch, FL. Must Pre-Register at link above.
May 6 - June 11, 2023: It's time to drop your hook, line and sinker for the 93rd Sarasota Tarpon Tournament! Entry fee is $150 and proceeds benefit a local charitable organization.The Kick-Off Event this year will be held at Joyland, 8341 Lockwood Ridge Road in Sarasota on Wednesday night, May 3, at 6:30 PM, dinner is included with your Entry Fee, and a cash bar will be available. Registration and Check-In begins at 6 PM. Happy angling and may you catch your share!
August 23 - 27, 2022: TBA for 2023 The 2022 Sarasota Slam with Billfish, Offshore, Inshore and Junior Angler Divisions. The Weigh In is open to the general public on August 27th and will be from 11a.m. - 4 p.m. at Marina Jacks in downtown Sarasota, with a 3:00 p.m. Dockside BBQ & Party. Immediately following the Weigh In will be the Awards Ceremony. Marina Jack is home base for the tournament, Bayfront, downtown Sarasota, FL.
September 17 - 19, 2021: TBA for 2023 . It's the 9th 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
November 27, 2021: TBA for 2023 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.
Do you have a great Fishing Sarasota Florida story about your adventures around the Sarasota Suncoast? Share it! Let others know where you've found the best fishing holes, your best catch and experience..and of course you can always tell about "the one that got away!"
Click below to see contributions from others to this page...
Shoulda, Woulda, Cuda...
October 16, 2019. Second time fishing the Gulf. Had a large Spanish mackerel on the line gets 10 yards from the boat and the back 2/3 of the fish got …
Good day on Sarasota Bay!
I have lived in Sarasota my whole life and I would never think of a better place to live except the keys(haha). Anyway my dad and I bought a boat 4-5 …
We stay at the Diplomat on Gulf of Mexico Drive (Longboat Key) most years in February and after 3 years I finally "cracked" it; I just wait until the sun …
I caught a hammerhead shark!!! Not rated yet
I was fishing on Anna Maria Island and we were using shrimp. We caught a sea trout and used it as bait. Then a giant hammer head shark took a bite and …
Have a great time on the water or from the shore. And be sure to let us know, through the link above, about your big catch!
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