Welcome Aboard Mangrove Charters!

Welcome to Mangrove Charters! I am Captain Kelly Kurtz, and I’m here to introduce you to our amazing Siesta Key and Sarasota Florida inshore fishery! Step aboard my 22′ Bayscout the as we pursue the inshore saltwater species that draw anglers from around the world: Redfish Snook, Trout, Jack Crevalle, Barracuda, Spanish Mackerel, Mangrove Snapper, Pompano and many more.

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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 Safe Harbor Marina, Siesta Key. I can accommodate 4 adults or a family of 6.  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.

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Red drum are one of Florida’s most popular sport fish and the state’s most widespread estuarine fish. 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.


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. Fishing with live bait, produces some great action!


Spotted sea trout are better known as speckled trout, and when they get really big, gator trout. Regardless of what you call it, it’s not a trout at all. Specks belong to the drum family. They are one of the most targeted species in their range which extends from Texas to Maryland. Most specks are caught over shallow, grass flats, but they can be found just about everywhere inshore from the surf, along outer islands, throughout the bays, and far up rivers.

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.

Captain Kelly Kurtz

American Red Cross CPR/First Aid Cert.

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Pricing Starts at $450.00

Flexibility to Customize and Kid Friendly.

As a small private charter operator, Captain Kelly, has the flexibility and desire to customize your trip to your preferences and desires while taking full advantage of the most productive fishing opportunities available at the time.


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    5 star review  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 Avatar Mike Johnson
    July 20, 2016

    5 star review  Captain Kelly is a great guide he knows where the fish are and takes the time to show you how to catch fish. Very knowledgeable. I can't wait to go on my next fishing trip with Captain Kelly.

    Matt Parks Avatar Matt Parks
    April 5, 2016

    5 star review  Great day fishing! Captain Kelly is very knowledgeable on the water and our kids enjoyed the time out as well.

    Julia Schlabach Avatar Julia Schlabach
    February 13, 2017

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