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Welcome to Fishing Lido Key!
The best way for visiting anglers to experience all of what Sarasota offers is to take out a Lido Key fishing charter. Sarasota Bay is a hidden gem in a resort town that lies between Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor and offers visitors to this resort city a a unique angling opportunity opportunity. The bay is roughly ten miles long and runs from northwest to southeast. It is a shallow body of water with many acres of lush grass flats that attract gamefish. One exciting aspect of a fishing trip to Sarasota is the wide variety of species available and the different techniques that can be used to fool them. The best way for anglers to experience the great fishing in Sarasota is to go out on a fishing charter.
Speckled trout are abundant on the grass flats and are available all year long. Depending on the time of year and conditions, Spanish mackerel, pompano, bluefish, jack crevelle, mangrove snapper, gag grouper, sharks, ladyfish, and more are caught by anglers casting artificial lures and live bait. Big Sarasota Pass and New Pass connect Sarasota Bay to the Gulf of Mexico and many species use the passes to migrate back and forth. Structure will hold sheepshead, snapper, grouper, snook, anchoring up and fishing with live bait works well. Drifting the pass with the current and casting jigs or live bait will produce pompano, mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish, and more. These techniques do not require much experience and can be enjoyed by clients of all ages and skill levels.
Anglers with more experience who seek a more challenging option will enjoy the thrill of casting lures and bait for snook, redfish, jack crevelle and more along mangrove shorelines and oyster bars. The inshore Gulf of Mexico offers fantastic fishing when conditions are right. Spanish and King mackerel, false albacore, sharks, and the mighty tarpon are all available at certain times of year. Another option for clients seeking a very unique trip is to visit one of the nearby rivers to fish for snook and largemouth bass. This requires some casting skill and patience, but those efforts are often rewarded with a trophy fish!
Capt Jim Klopfer has been a U.S.C.G. Licensed captain in Sarasota since 1991. He is very well-rounded and adapts to the desires and experience level of his clients. He operates his fishing charters on a 2016 22′ Stott Craft bay boat. It is roomy, comfortable, and safe; a great boat for fishing Sarasota Bay and the inshore Gulf of Mexico. Capt Jim supplies all tackle, bait, fishing licenses, and a cooler with ice. Clients need only hats, sunglasses and sunscreen, and whatever they want to eat and drink. Catch-and-release is encouraged, but Capt Jim will clean and bag a couple of fish for dinner if desired.
Sarasota and her keys are also a VERY “family friendly” destination, allowing the non-anglers in the crowd to enjoy a great vacation as well. The area boasts award-winning Siesta Key beach, great shopping and restaurants in downtown Sarasota and St. Armand’s Key, live theater and music, something for the entire family!