Fishing Sarasota Florida

If you were just wishin' you could go fishin',
have I've got some places to show you!

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.

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Fishing Sarasota Florida

Fishing off a bridge in Sarasota Florida

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.

Venice pier fishing bait sign

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!

Fishing Sarasota Florida

In general, depending on seasonal shifts, you’ll find:

Spanish Mackerel
Mangrove Snapper
Red Snapper
Red Fish
Jack Crevalle
Sheeps Head
Lady Fish
Blue Fish

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.

Fishing in Sarsota Florida

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:

Sarasota Florida Fishing Report and
Guide To Great Fishing Along The Sun Coast

Anna Maria Island Florida

Fishing on Anna Maria Island Florida

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.

Sarasota County Fishing Locations
from land and shore

Sarasota County Florida Fishing  Photo 1a

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!

Fishing at the Venice JettyFishing at the Venice Florida Jetty

Sarasota Florida Fishing Charters

Sarasota Fishing Charters at downtown bayfront

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.

Venice Fishing Pier / Venice, Florida

venice fishing pier sign at entrance venice 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.

Venice Jetty / Venice, Florida

Venice Jetty Fishing

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.

Other helpful information for
Fishing Sarasota Florida:

Click here for Sarasota Tides

Click here for the Florida Marine Forecast

Florida PelicanAnother Florida "Fisherman" looking for a snack!

Fishing Sarasota Florida - Fishing Tournament News

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February 29, 2020: Moved to March 27, 2021. 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:   Canceled for 2021. They hope to return in 2022. 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 8 - June 13, 2021: It's time to drop your hook, line and sinker for the 91st Sarasota Tarpon Tournament! Entry fee is $150 and proceeds benefit a local charitable organization. Important Dates: Details for the date and location of this years' Kick Off event have yet to be determined due to the fluid nature of the pandemic. Further information will be announced. Happy angling and may you catch your share!

June 2 - 4, 2021: It's the Annual Suncoast Tarpon Shootout Tournament. Prizes and entry fees vary from division to division. Captain's meeting is June 2 at 6 p.m. at Conley Buick in Bradenton, FL. Awards and prizes at 4 p.m. June 4 at Spanish Point, Osprey, FL. The tournament’s goal is to raise $30,000 for 4 charities: Valor Service Dogs, Heroes on the Water, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, and Operation Second Chance.

Fishing Sarasota Florida - Tournament News

August 3 - 7, 2021: The 2021 Sarasota Slam with Billfish, Offshore, Inshore and Junior Angler Divisions. The Weigh In is open to the general public on August 7th and will start at 11a.m. at Marina Jacks in downtown Sarasota, FL. There will also be a Silent Auction that day benefiting the Sarasota Sportsmen's Association. Marina Jack is home base for the tournament, Bayfront, downtown Sarasota, FL. August Sarasota Events on

September 17 - 19, 2021: 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

November 30, 2019: Canceled for 2020. 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: 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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What Other Fisherman Have Said

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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 …

Cracked it!!!! 
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 …

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