Fishing Lido Key with Capt Jim Klopfer

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Lido Key is located just west of downtown Sarasota, over the Ringling Bridge.  It is a fantastic destination for visitors, offering a wide variety of fishing opportunities.  Anglers can choose to go out on a charter or to fish from one of the many spots on Lido Key.  Surf fishing is productive year round from the beaches as well as Big Sarasota Pass to the south and New Pass on the north side.  Public parks abound on Lido Key, providing anglers and beach lovers access to this remarkable natural treasure.  Charters depart daily from boat ramps and bait shops and offer trips for anglers of all experience levels.  Contact Capt Jim klopfer at (941) 371-1390 or to schedule a fishing charter.


Lido Key fishing charter

Lido Key is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and Sarasota Bay to the east.  Big Sarasota Pass and New Pass connect the Bay and Gulf.  Fishing in Sarasota Bay is outstanding!  Snook, redfish, speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, pompano, bluefish,mangrove snapper, sheepshead, flounder, jack crevelle, ladyfish, sharks, and sea bass are all commonly caught at one time of year or another.  In the Gulf of Mexico just off the beaches Spanish and king mackerel, false albacore, cobia, and sharks are caught in the warmer months.  Giant tarpon are targeted May through July.  Further offshore, anglers bottom fish for tasty grouper and snapper.  Surf fishermen catch snook, whiting, flounder, mackerel, trout, and more right off the shore!


While anglers can experience good fishing on their own, going out on a fishing charter is a great way to increase the odds of success.  Local charter boat captains and guides have years of experience, safe comfortable boats, and are out there every day so they are current on conditions and species activity.  Capt Jim Klopfer runs Adventure Charters. A fishing guide since 1991, Capt Jim spends the majority of his time fishing around Lido Key. He is very much tuned in to the local fish migrations and conditions. That 20 years experience fishing these waters will help you catch more fish. Many visitors are novices and families with young children, Capt Jim is patient, easy-going, and friendly, ensuring a quality, relaxed angling experience. He can also accommodate seasoned anglers seeking more of a challenge such as snook, redfish, and tarpon.  To arrange a charter, Call Capt Jim at (941) 371-1390


Along with fishing adventures, Lido Key offers tourists plenty of other things to see and do.  St.Armands Circle is worls famous for it's fine dining and unique shopping.  Downtown Sarasota and it's shops, restaurants, and theatres is a short drive away.  Lido Key is a great family vacation destination, offering everyone something to do!


Lido Key Fishing Charter

   Lido Key, FL offers visitors a wide variety of angling opportunities.  Freshwater river trips, inshore bay charters, and offshore excursions in the Gulf of Mexico are all options while on Lido Key.  While anglers can go at it on their own, the best way to experience the terrific fishing that this area offers is to go out on a Lido Key fishing charter with an experienced captain.  His knowledge and years of experience will pay off in action and fun!  Captain Jim Klopfer has been a full time guide, offering Siesta Key fishing charters for over twenty years.  He can be reached at (941) 371-1390 or


   An inshore Sarasota Bay charter is by far the most popular Lido Key fishing charter.  It provides anglers with the best chance for both action and variety in calm, protected waters.  This is a great family trip and neither experience or skill is required to be successful.  Speckled trout, silver trout, Spanish mackerel, pompano, bluefish, flounder, sheepshead, sea bass, black drum, redfish, jack crevelle, ladyfish, and more are regular catches depending on the season.  Live bait and artificial lures are used on these Siesta Key fishing charters.  Clients seeking a fish dinner usually go home with enough filets for dinner.  The fish are cleaned and bagged at the end of the trip.

Lido Key trout


   More experienced anglers may opt for a trip targeting snook, redfish, or even giant tarpon.  Mangrove shorelines, oyster bars, docks, and shallow flats will hold both snook and redfish.  Artificial lures are cast out towards likely fish-holding structure and retrieved back in a seductive manner, with hopes of eliciting a strike.  Live bait can also be used, particularly when large pilchards ( a shiny baitfish ) are available.  Tarpon school off of Siesta Key beaches in May, June, and July.  This is truly big game fishing and not for the faint of heart!  Fish to 200 pounds are sight cast to using heavy spinning and fly tackle.

Sarasota redfish


   Offshore fishing charters in the Gulf of Mexico provide anglers with the opportunity to catch tasty bottom fish such as grouper and snapper troll for king and Spanish mackerel.  Depending on the season and conditions, these fish can be as close in as one mile, but normally a run of around ten miles or so is required.  Several artificial reefs just a few miles off of Lido Key provide excellent action in the spring and fall for mackerel and bottom fish.


   While saltwater fishing gets most of the attention, the area offers excellent freshwater river fishing charters for snook, bass, and other species.  The Myakka River, Peace River, and Manatee River offer outstanding fishing in the cooler months when the water is low and fish migrate up to keep warm.

Sarasota snook