Surfer at North Jetty
Surfer at North Jetty
Boating Fishing Watersports
The Sarasota area offers some of the best and most diverse fishing in the world, and the Gulf, Bays, and ICW provide a variety of cruising options for a day out on the water.

With 10 free public boat launch ramps in Sarasota County, boaters have ample opportunities to get on the water. Casual cruisers can travel all the way from Tampa Bay to Charlotte Harbor without ever going out into the Gulf. Sailboat enthusiasts enjoy a good seabreeze when sailing in Gulf waters.

Kayaking & Paddleing- The Sarasota area is kayaking heaven! There are endless opportunities to explore mangroves, creeks, bays and trails. Here is a link to Paddle Sarasota a guide to paddling and kayaking options on the County website.

Surfing & Skimboarding:  The Gulf is usually calm and is an excellent area for skimboarding. During the winter months, and when we have summer systems come through the surf does kick up a bit and surfers flock to the North and South Jetty depending on swell direction.

Inshore Fishing- Many anglers target a multitude of species in the bays, inlets & ICW including Snook, Redfish, Spotted Sea Trout, Sheepshead, Pompano, Jack Crevalle, and Snappers. There are a number of Tournaments held annually for competetive inshore anglers.

Offshore Fishing- My personal preference is going deep for Grouper, Greater Amberjack, Red Snapper, and a variety of other species. At certain times of the year we have a great run of Kingfish and Spanish Mackeral in close to the beaches, as well as Mahi-Mahi (Dorado), Blackfin Tuna and an occasional Sailfish or Wahoo a bit farther offshore. And there are always Sharks, although catch and release is suggested as we need to protect our natural resources and sharks play a necessary role.

Shore-Pier-Bridges-  You don't need a boat to fish. Shore fishing does not require a license, and there are many places to fish from. Beaches, bridges, piers (Venice Municipal Pier, Saprito Pier in Sarasota Bay, etc.) and the North & South Jetties at Venice Inlet.

Here are pictures from some of the Gulf trips I have been on with Capt. Bill on 26' Pro Kat "Fishing for Him"

A Nice Assortment of Red Grouper & Amberjack                                                      

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