Spring Fishing Charters on Siesta Key, Sarasota, Florida
Siesta Key fishing charters, Sarasota fishing charters
Spring is a great time of year to be have a fishing charter business on the west coat of Florida! Sarasota lies just south of Tampa Bay and offers fantastic fishing for a wide variety of species for anglers of all skill and experience levels. Water temperatures are climbing into the 70's, bait will flood the bays, and many species will spawn. Siesta Key, famous for it's white sandy beaches, is a great jumping-off point, offering great accomodations and location, as well as being voted "# 1 Beach" in 2011! Many of the clients on my fishing charters are novices, including families with small children.
Fortunately, several species such as speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, jack crevelle, and ladyfish provide action galore in the spring. This is very easy fishing. Live bait (shrimp or baitfish) or lures such as jigs are cast out as the boat drifts across the deep grass beds in Sarasota Bay. Pinpoint casting is definitely not required! Casual anglers can expect to catch 15 fish per person, sometimes more, on a 4 hour charter. Anyone can do this and enjoy a great day on the water out in Sarasota Bay.
Most anglers visiting Sarasota and Siesta Key choose to release their fish, but I can certainly accommodate those seeking a tasty fish dinner. Trout, pompano, mangrove snapper, flounder, Spanish mackerel, sea bass, sheepshead, and more provide both excitement and dinner! The same technique, drifting the flats, will be successful, as well as fishing docks, bridges, and other structure, primarily with live bait. I will gladly fillet and bag them up at the end of the fishing charter.
More experienced anglers will have the opportunity to target the premier gamefish; redfish and snook. These species grow larger and are much more difficult to catch. Artificial lures and live bait are cast towards fish-holding structure in hopes of eliciting a strike. Robert's Bay near Siesta Key is a great area, as in Phillippi Creek and the area docks and bridges. Flats and oyster bars throughout the area will produce big fish. I also offer charters for snook fishing in the Myakka River, which is 20 miles south of Siesta Key.
Jack crevelle are another gamefish that are caught when fishing for snook and reds. These bruisers fight very hard and grow fairly large. They will definitely test my tackle and your skill!