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Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored fishing guides on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best fishing guides in Sarasota, FL.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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Bad Habit Sportfishing Charters

Bad Habit Sportfishing Charters is a North Venice fishing guide that offers year-round fishing in the Florida Gulf Coast. Offshore trips depart daily from Venice for parties of up to six, and inshore fishing trips depart from downtown Sarasota for fishing within a few miles of shore for up to four people. Bad Habit also provides seasonal tarpon charters for those customers interested in fishing the large, sought after game fish.

North Venice, FL 34285 (941) 650-9788


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Bounty Hunter Florida Sport Fishing Charters & Guide Service Inc.

Bounty Hunter Sport Fishing Guide Services, Inc. is a fishing charter that provides light tackle and flyfishing opportunities on the inshore waters of Tampa Bay and the Sarasota area. Bounty Hunter's team won first place in the 2007 Jim Beam Tarpon Cup Championship and holds eight International Game Fish Association world records. Captain Robert McCue is world-renowned for his tarpon charters and offers a pleasant fishing experience with plenty of adventure and photo opportunities for professionals or beginners.

Clearwater, FL 33767 (727) 461-4882


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Captain Gregg Fishing Charters

Captain Gregg Fishing Charters offers inshore fishing of Sarasota Bay and deep-sea charters for expert and novice fishermen and families with kids. Captain Gregg has over 30 years of experience in the fishing industry and can bring clients to the reefs that offer the greatest opportunity to catch fish. His offshore boat, the Rod Bender, can hold up to five anglers and is perfect for fishing grouper, snapper, shark, amberjack, cobia, or kingfish in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sarasota, FL 34236 (239) 465-9960


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Captain Matt Ercoli

Captain Matt Ercoli is a Holmes Beach fishing guide just ten minutes away from some of the best fishing in Sarasota. Captain Matt is a commercially insured charter boat captain licensed by the US Coast Guard who has been running Tampa Bay fishing charters for over 20 years. Matt is skilled at inshore and offshore fishing, light and heavy tackle, and flyfishing, with experience fishing many species including tarpon, snook, redfish, trout, grouper, kingfish and more.

Holmes Beach, FL 34217 (941) 447-9888


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Captain Nate

Captain Nate is a Florida native offering fishing charters in Sarasota and west central Florida. Captain Nate is licensed by the United States Coast Guard and fully insured to accommodate small groups or large corporate events requiring multiple boats. Anglers can fish for a variety of species including snook, trout, redfish, and tarpon, depending on the time of year. Families can take comfort in a captain who is drug-free and does not drink, with the patience and experience to work with children of all ages.

Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 932-5609


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Casting Kayaks

Casting Kayaks is a Sarasota fishing guide that charters kayak fishing trips for novice and experienced anglers. Owner Eric Henson has a passion for kayak fishing and over 25 years of experience as a Florida angler. Casting Kayaks offers fishing and paddling lessons for beginners and discounts for those that bring their own kayaking gear.

Sarasota, FL 34237 (941) 504-1349


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CB's Saltwater Outfitters

CB's Saltwater Outfitters is a bait and tackle shop in Sarasota with two locations on the water, offering boat rentals, fishing charters, tackle, jet ski rentals, and apparel. CB's gives anglers the opportunity to fish the waters of Sarasota Bay or the inshore reefs of the Gulf Coast. Veteran guides can arrange trips for shallow water fishing of snook, redfish, speckled trout, and other species, or farther out to the Gulf for giant tarpon, bonito, cobia, jack crevalle, kingfish, and tripletail. CB's is family owned and operated and has been providing opportunities for fishing and fun on the gulf coast for almost 40 years.

Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 363-2627


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Chummy Charters

Chummy Charters in Palmetto specializes in year-round inshore and offshore fishing for all ages and levels of experience. Captain Steve is fully insured and certified by the United States Coast Guard, with a boat that can fit up to six anglers, with bait, tackle, and licenses all included in the price of a charter. Chummy Charters also offers professional boat services during tournaments for light tackle, backcountry, and nearshore fishing. Other services include sunset cruises, sightseeing, and ash scattering with a focus on small, intimate services.

Palmetto, FL 34221 (727) 515-5842


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Full Boat Charters

Full Boat Charters offers inshore and offshore fishing trips in Sarasota and surrounding area. The captain is licensed by the US Coast Guard and has over 20 years of experience fishing the area. Full Boat Charters is a family-friendly charter that allows parties of up to six to fish for multiple species with live bait and high-quality gear. The charter practices catch and release, but the captain will filet catches by request at no extra charge.

Bradenton, FL 34209 (941) 725-0798


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Inshore Addict Charters

Inshore Addict Charters is a Sarasota Bay fishing guide specializing in light tackle snook, redfish, trout, and tarpon fishing. Captain Matt has over 30 years of experience in the Sarasota area working with anglers of all skill levels. Inshore Addict Charters provides all bait, tackle, and fishing licenses, and will clean and bag fish as needed.

Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 232-9351


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Inshore Fishing Trips

Inshore Fishing Trips with Captain Craig Madsen is a Sarasota Bay fishing charter that specializes in light tackle and live bait. The captain is fully insured and licensed by the US Coast Guard with over 15 years of experience fishing the Gulf Coast. Inshore Fishing Trips can customize charters to fit the needs of first-timers or even the most experienced veteran.

Bradenton, FL 34205 (941) 812-1402


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Magic Fishing Adventures

Magic Fishing Adventures is a full-service fishing guide offering inshore and nearshore fishing of Sarasota and surrounding areas. Captain Alan is a Sarasota native with decades of experience fishing the Gulf and Caribbean. Magic Fishing Adventures offers a memorable angling experience for both experts and beginners seeking to catch tarpon, snook, redfish, trout, Spanish mackerel, kingfish, cobia, grouper, and more in a world-class fishing destination.

Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 345-7788


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Moore Fishing

Moore Fishing is a father and son team of fishing guides out of Holmes Beach offering charters of the Tampa Bay and Florida Gulf Coast. The captains are USCG licensed and fully insured and together have over 45 years of experience fishing the local waters. Moore Fishing provides top-of-the-line bait and tackle on a boat that can accommodate up to five people.

Holmes Beach, FL 34217 (941) 720-6408


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Reel Diversion Charters

Reel Diversion Charters is an offshore fishing charter in Cortez specializing in spearfishing, dive trips, and eco tours. The captains at Reel Diversion are tournament-winning fishermen with a passion for the sport and a commitment to building strong customer relationships. The charter is available for anything from family fishing trips to dolphin and whale watching.

Cortez, FL 34215 (941) 405-9689


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Reelin & Chillin Charters

Reelin & Chillin Charters offers fishing trips, sightseeing, and eco-tours in Sarasota. Fishing guide and wildlife photographer Captain Terry Frankford is a USCG master captain with more than 40 years in the Gulf Coast area. Reelin & Chillin Charters provides everything needed for fishing, including the license and equipment, and can accommodate families and sightseers as well.

Sarasota, FL 34237 (941) 228-7802


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Sarasota Fishing Charters

Sarasota Fishing Charters offers light tackle sport fishing in Sarasota and the nearby Gulf Coast. Captain Jack Hartman guides groups of one to three adults, or families of four, in search of tarpon, snook, redfish, trout, Spanish mackerel, cobia, snapper, or any other fish that makes its home in the coastal waters of Florida. Captain Jack can arrange special child-oriented charters and will provide bait and tackle, all safety equipment, and any licenses needed.

Sarasota, FL 34239 (941) 587-9852


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Siesta Key Fishing Charters

Siesta Key Fishing Charters in Sarasota offers inshore and offshore fishing for anglers of all ages and experience levels. Captains are highly experienced commercial fishermen licensed by the United States Coast Guard and all boats carry top-of-the-line equipment for stress-free fishing. Siesta Key Fishing Charters can customize any trip to fit the needs of any party, from laid-back family adventures in Sarasota Bay to extreme shark fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sarasota, FL 34242 (941) 244-3474


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SiestaKation is a Sarasota and Siesta Key charter that offers offshore and nearshore fishing, diving, sightseeing, and dolphin tours. SiestaKation is more than a fishing guide, also offering snorkeling, diving, shelling, Tiki bar hopping, and sunset cruises through customizable packages that allow customers to create a unique vacation experience. Captain Josh Pritchett is an avid fisherman and expert diver licensed by the US Coast Guard as a master captain and certified in first aid.

Sarasota, FL 34242 (941) 993-7337


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