A Visitor's Guide to Sarasota's Best Deep Sea Fishing

If you dream of reeling in a dolphin, tarpon, grouper or kingfish, Florida's Gulf Coast offers unparalleled deep sea fishing. Even novice fishermen get hooked on the sport; fishing tops the list of Sarasota things to do for many, many visitors to the Sunshine State. If you decide it's worth getting up early and leaving your Sarasota Inn before daybreak, the Gulf of Mexico won't disappoint you.

When looking to book offshore fishing in Sarasota or its surrounding communities, most likely you'll want a public trip, although some captains offer private trips. There are two types of boats: six-pack boats (which can take up to six passengers) and boats with US Coast Guard certification to take more than six passengers. Your budget and the type of fish you want to catch will guide you towards the type of boat you need. Typically, six pack boats offer private charters and larger boats with US Coast Guard-certified captains and US Coast Guard inspected vessels can offer larger public trips. 

Please double check the addresses when making a reservation, as often times the office location differs from a designated meeting place.

Fish Factor
(941) 966-5662 or (941) 321-1567
1607 Livingstone Street
Sarasota, Florida 34231
DeepSeaFishingFL.com

If you're looking for deep-sea fishing trips in Sarasota, things to do include Fish Factor's four, six, eight or ten-hour trips. On these trips, anglers fish for grouper, mackerel, snapper, amberjack, cobia, shark and barracuda. Sarasota has some excellent wrecks just offshore that provide great habitat for these fish. Fish Factor offers charters throughout Sarasota, including Venice, Nokomis, Englewood, Osprey, Siesta Key and Longboat Key, so you're sure to find a charter location close to your Sarasota Inn.

Queen Fleet Deep Sea Fishing
(727) 446-7666 or (800) 557-3006
25 Causeway Boulevard, Slip #52
Clearwater, Florida 33767
Queenfleet.com

Although you can find some excellent deep sea fishing in Sarasota, things to do if your partner doesn't share your enthusiasm can be somewhat limited close to some of the charter boat services. If your loved one isn't into deep-sea fishing (or if you're the one who doesn't thrill at hooking a Goliath Grouper), consider scheduling the deep-sea fishing just outside of Sarasota. Things to do very close to the Queen Fleet include shopping, dolphin watching, island trips and other beach activities. Consider this short trip north from your Sarasota Bed and Breakfast to Clearwater; the Queen Fleet captains and crew have more than 100 years fishing experience between them. The US Coast Guard certified Queen Fleet runs half-day and full-day trips and they will make their boats available for private charters as well. 

Midnite Son
(941) 349-7677
midniteson56@aol.com
Operating out of Longboat Key
LongboatKeyFishing.com

When Captain Brian Martel grew up on Longboat Key in Sarasota, things to do included working at the family-run Midnite Pass Fish Camp. Today, Longboat Key reels in another type of prize: tourists and Martel runs a Six Pack fishing boat offering four, six and eight hour charters out of Longboat Key. He has fished these waters since he was 12 and can help you catch dinner to bring back to your Sarasota Inn