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An outdoorsman at heart.

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


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.

Sarasota Inshore Fishing Trips

Fishing inshore Gulf of Mexico is solid, offering species like redfish, trout, snook, jacks, pompano, sheepshead, snapper, ladyfish, and other species. Usually I use artificial baits, but during hot Summer months I will use live bait on my fishing charters.

Inshore Fishing Rates

4 Hours – $425.00

6 Hours – $600.00

8 Hours – $750.00

 *1-3 people. Add extra person for $25.00*

We can fish around costal reefs on good weather days!

NEW Nearshore Fishing Trips

1-3 people – $650

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

Kid Friendly!

To see what a Tarpon is please visit the Species Page.

Night Trips

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.


Night Fishing Trips

Species: targeting snookredfish, and trout.

4 hours (2 person) – $400.00

*add $50.00 per extra angler*




Private Trips

Sunset trips offer a great way to explore the natural beauty of Sarasota, Florida. Sarasota is famous for its remarkable beaches, stunning sunsets, and unique wildlife. Stop and walk on Sarasota sandbars,  eat at fine restaurants, or visit some of the most remarkable areas around Sarasota. On private trips many people see dolphins, manatees, and exotic birds. Drinking is permitted.

Sandbar/dolphin tours /sunset trips

2.5 hours (1-6) people – $300


See Sarasota bays beauty – grassflats, sandbars, dolphins, manatees, and wide variety of birds.

Gratuities Appreciated.





What we provide

As your certified guide, I will provide the boat, life jackets, cooler, rods and reels, licenses, and all the fishing extras. I charter anglers of all ages and skill levels and understand that teaching and fishing both require a great deal of patience.

What you should bring

Fishing hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, boat shoes or sneakers with light soles. Dress appropriatley in warm months with cool UPF protective clothing, and a camera for that perfect moment.

There is a 48 hour cancellation policy and deposit on all of my charters.

Visit the Contact Page to book a with U.S.C.G. Certified Capt. Kelly Kurtz Now!

Mangrove Charters – Sarasota sport fishing charters and sunset trips in Lido Key, Siesta Key, Long Boat Key, Turtle Beach, and surrounding areas.

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Mangrove Charters – Capt. Kelly Kurtz


Recent Catches

Visit the Species Page for more information on the different types of fish, and visit the Contact Page if you are interested in reserving a charter.

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