Sarasota, Florida is widely recognized as a saltwater angling destination. However, Sarasota is also blessed with an excellent freshwater fishery that goes relatively ignored. The result is that largemouth bass and other species such as bream (the Southern term for “panfish”), catfish, tilapia, and more, get very little fishing pressure. I am one of the very few professional guides ( USCG licensed and insured ) that offer bass fishing and freshwater charters in the Sarasota/Bradenton area.
Many anglers envision high powered bass boats screaming across the lake when they think about bass fishing. While that is the case in many of the larger lakes in Central Florida, it is not so here in Sarasota. Most of the lakes, ponds, and rivers are smaller with shallow water, horsepower limitations, no-wake zones, and primitive launching facilities. For that reason, I chose a 14’ Alumacraft Jon boat as my angling platform. It is wide and stable with decks fore and aft with comfortable seats on pedestals and accommodates myself and two adult anglers comfortably. It is easily launched at the “unimproved” ramps that larger vessels cannot utilize. I operate the boat from either the middle or stern, depending on whether I have one or two clients.
|Due largely to these restrictions, angling pressure on the waters I fish is usually very light. This also results in the experience being very relaxing and serene. Clients enjoy fantastic natural scenery, the “real” Florida, along with comfortable and productive fishing. Prolific bird life is seen on most trips, along with alligators and other wildlife. It truly is a unique experience, conveniently located near Sarasota, Florida. Also, the focus is more on chunky fish using light tackle versus trophy bass on heavy tackle.|
I cater charters to my clients experience and needs. Children are welcome to fish with me, as are novices, girlfriends, and wives. Artificial lures are mainly used, but I will obtain live bait when required. Trips are predominantly catch-and-release. I will provide tackle, but anglers are certainly welcome to bring along their own tackle and favorite lures.
I do the majority of my bass fishing in the cooler months, from October through March, it is both more comfortable and more productive during that time. It is very warm in the summer, with water temperatures reaching 90 degrees! Also, we get a lot of thunderstorms that time of year, making it difficult to fish the early evening bite.
- 4 hour charter 1-2 anglers $350 and 6 hour charter 1-2 anglers $400
- All tackle is provided along with a cooler with ice and water.
- Anglers should bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, along with any drinks and food.
- Each angler will need to purchase a Florida freshwater fishing license.