An out doors man at heart.

My passion is fishing, hunting, and all things outdoors.


The Ultimate Siesta Key Fishing Charter Experience

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Don’t waste anymore time! You’ve found the premier and most affordable fishing charter in Sarasota, FL. My 22′ Bayscout sports fishing vessel is specifically designed for south Florida fishing. With one Captain and no crew, running out off Siesta Key Marina, Siesta Key. I can accommodate 4 adults of 5 children.  You may find a cheaper charter on the internet, but you won’t find more professional or experienced captain, or a better value for the price.

Fish the bay’s for a variety of inshore species including trout, snook, redfish as well as mangrove snapper, sheepshead,pompano , Spanish mackeral,and flounder.

Nearshore and offshore  snapper , grouper, kingfish , tripletail , false albacore, and Cobia.

My boat is built to perform in all fishing conditions and to deliver a fishing experience unlike any other.

Capt Kelly Kurtz

Meet The Fish

Red drum are one of Florida’s most popular sport fish and the state’s most widespread estuarine fish. Floating a live shrimp under a popping cork is a good way to fish for redfish. They also chase crabs, mullet, pinfish and killifish (mud minnows). Casting soft-bodied jigs, spoons and even top-water plugs will catch the attention of these powerful estuarine musicians. Redfish make great table fare.
Snook are prized game fish because of their powerful fights; they are described as "largemouth bass on steroids." Once hooked on a line, snook immediately swim toward the sharpest surface, tangle the line in mangrove, or attempt to cut the line with their razor sharp gill plates. Snook differs from other more popular sport fish like tarpon and marlin in that they are also a celebrated table fish.
Speckled seatrout are a schooling species, particularly when they are young. They favor locations where there are current discontinuities, such as mouths of water bodies, gullies and trenches, sharp bends, and changes in bottom contour. They are not particularly attracted to hard bottoms, but they are often found near seagrasses and saltmarshes which are adjacent to deeper channels.


  • I am an experienced guide with a masters captains license, the safety of my client(s) is incredibly important to me when boating Sarasota’s beautiful bays. In Fall, winter, and early spring I work shallow flats, mangroves, and oyster bars. In the summer I focus on the bays, passes, and near shore. Night trips change with the seasons. Below are the rates for my trips. If you have any special accommodations feel free to contact me and we can discuss further plans. Let’s start our adventure today, I look forward to showing you the true beauty of Sarasota Florida.


  • Fishing inshore Sarasota Bay is solid, offering species like redfish, trout, snook, jacks, pompano, sheepshead, snapper, ladyfish, and other species.

4 Hours – $400.00

*1-3 people. Add extra person for $50.00*

We can fish around coastal reefs on good weather days!


  • Fish the nearshore Gulf of Mexico for species like Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Bonita, and more!
  • Kid Friendly!


  • Night fishing in Sarasota, Florida is exciting with the right fishing guide.  At night, fish are attracted to the lights on docks. As bait fish head towards dock lights, saltwater predators like snook, trout, redfish, and ladyfish come out to feast on tasty shrimp and baitfish like menhaden, green backs, pilchards, pinfish, etc. The temperature is cooler and the fish are active, offering plenty of thrilling fighting opportunities for anglers of all ages.

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Fishing Experts Agree

Had a great trip with Captain Kelly Kurtz this morning . He is very knowledgeable of the area and knows where the fish are. He put us right on the fish and my boys and father-in-law had non-stop action for the entire trip. We made many great memories for years to come. Top notch equipment and expertise made for an enjoyable time. Captain Kelly is great with kids and shows them how to catch fish. I would highly recommend Mangrove Charters if you want to catch fish in the Sarasota Bay area.

Patrick McGinley

I enjoyed a great fishing adventure with Captain Kelly. He is extremely knowledgeable and gave me great tips that helped me catch a Snook. Awesome! But for me the best part of the trip was taking pics of three dolphins feeding and an encounter with an adorable manatee. Definitely book again with him in the future.

Priscilla Snapper

Capt. Kelly took me and my two sons out for a 4 hour morning charter today. We targeted mangrove snapper and thought we would try for a tarpon bite. Within the first half hour, we had caught about 10 mangroves, when I hooked a 4 ft. Tarpon!! Got it to the side of the boat. Continued catching mangrove and grouper, and hooked another tarpon about another 1/2 hour. It jumped and came undone. My oldest son hooked a 3 ft. Tarpon about 45 minutes later and got it to the boat. We continued fishing for mangrove until the bite dropped off, and then tried our hand at Snook fishing.
We had a fantastic morning wit Capt. Kelly, and would highly recommend booking with him. We definitely will again!!
Thanks again Capt. Great day and great memories!!

Mike Johnson

I have been out on 2 charters the last 2 years at night with Captain Kelly. Folks if you are looking for a great guide and a super awesome fishing trip......this is the guide for you! I cannot wait til June to go on my 3rd trip and slam some snook, trout and mangs again! Thank you Captain Kelly for making such great memories for me and my son.

Jay Moore

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Call today to book your fishing trip of a lifetime!
(941) 356-3857

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Call today to book your fishing trip of a lifetime!
(941) 356-3857