About Fish On Fire Charters
Meet the Captains
Captain Marc Laurin-I am a Florida native, originally from Palm Beach County where I grew up fishing local bridges, spillways and inlets, for big snook, and eventually offshore on the East Coast. I spent many years in the Hospitality industry as a Executive Chef and General Manager, for companies like Tommy Bahamas and Morton’s Steakhouse, so ensuring my clients have a great time is in my blood. In 1995, I took a backcountry flats fishing trip to the Sarasota/Charlotte harbor area, and I was hooked. I was captivated with the area’s endless healthy grass flats, and the mangrove islands teaming with so many varieties of Florida inshore and nearshore fish, I decided then and there that I wanted to be a fishing guide in this area. I moved here just over a year later. My boat is a 2020 25ft Pathfinder Hybrid bay boat. It is one of the nicest guide boats in the area it is comfortable, clean and a smooth ride.
30 years later, I am still just as passionate about fishing as the day I started and will work hard to ensure you have a memorable day. My specialty is inshore/nearshore fishing for species such as snook. seatrout, redfish. pompano, mackerel, bluefish inshore, and cobia, king mackerel, triple tail, mangrove snapper nearshore. I am easy going, patient, family friendly and great with kids but also accommodate the avid angler and large groups. I always work hard and will do whatever it takes to put my clients on fish. If you have you have a certain species, you would like to target. I am able to pick you up by boat at a convenient location whether you are staying on Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Anna Maria or Sarasota/Bradenton mainland.
Whether it’s the first time you’ve held a fishing pole, or you are an avid fly fisherman seeking that next trophy fish, I will work hard to ensure you have a great day fishing this beautiful area.
Captain Marc Laurin- 2019 Pathfinder 25ft Hybrid Bay Boat with a Yamaha 300 HP engine. This is one of the nicest inshore charter boats in Sarasota county! This boat will run in a foot of water when chasing snook and redfish in the morning then comfortably take you out in the Gulf for a little reef fishing. The boat is equipped with trolling motor, GPS/Fishfinder, VHF radio, shallow water anchors and much more. It comfortably seats and fishes 4 people.
Sarasota Bay offers a vast array of angling options, including the mile long sand bar (appropriately named Long Bar) where you can sight cast to snook, redfish and trout. Endless deep grass flats like Jon Ringling Museum Flats, Long Boat Key Flats, or Marina Jacks Flats, offer a vast array of species such as Snook, redfish, seatrout, ladyfish, jack crevalle, flounder, bluefish, mackerel, pompano and more. Sarasota is the perfect family fishing experience.
Sarasota Bay is fed by 3 passes - Big Pass, New Pass and Longboat Key Pass – and this allows migratory fish such as mackerel, pompano, bluefish to move easily into the bay during winter months.
If fishing the inshore flats, we will be targeting the big three SW Fl gamefish snook, redfish, seatrout. We will be fishing in and around the many mangrove islands and sand bars of Sarasota Bay. This area is loaded with shallow grass flats, miles of mangrove lines, oyster bars and potholes, providing prime fishing grounds for this type of fishing.
Just outside the passes near shore along Siesta Key, Casey Key, and Longboat Key, there’s Bonita, mackerel, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and triple tail. Sarasota tarpon fishing off the beaches is tremendous when they migrate here in May, June and July. a little further offshore we fish reefs and wrecks for snapper, Cobia, barracuda, key west grunts, Sheepshead, sharks, snapper and more.