Sarasota Bay/ Bradenton Fishing
Sarasota Bay offers a vast array of angling options, including the mile long sand bar (appropriately named Long Bar) where you can find 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, seatrout, ladyfish, jack crevalle, flounder, snapper and snook and redfish in the fall and spring.
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. All of Sarasota Bay is ringed with boat docks that hold redfish, sheepshead, snapper, speckled trout and snook. .
Just outside the passes near shore along Siesta Key, Casey Key, and Longboat Key, there’s Bonita, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, cobia and triple tail. And Sarasota tarpon fishing off the beaches is tremendous when they migrate by in May, June and July. A little further offshore we fish reefs and wrecks for snapper, Cobia, barracuda, key west grunts, sharks, sheepshead and more. Sarasota fishing in winter is what I like to call family fishing! Lots of action and you never know what you are going to bring up to the boat next.
If fishing the back country flats in search of our big three gamefish, snook, redfish, seatrout and more is your game Sarasota/Bradenton has miles of mangrove shorelines, oyster bars, shallow grass flats which these gamefish congregate.