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, snapper and more.
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. Fishing these docks at night is the most reliable way to target snook in Sarasota. These snook happily take flies that will keep fly fisherman busy for hours.
Just outside the passes near shore along Siesta Key, Casey Key, and Longboat Key, there’s bonita, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel 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 grouper, snapper, Cobia, barracuda, key west grunts, sharks and more.