Hello, My name is Captain Kelly Kurtz and I am a Sarasota, Florida native U.S.C.G. certified captain who provides Siesta Key fishing charters and private sunset trips on Siesta Key. I am passionate about fishing, hunting, and all things outdoors. With over 25+ years experience exploring Florida’s beautiful waterways, I know where to catch snook, redfish, trout, and other Sarasota game fish using artificial light tackle, although during...
Fish the night away with Mangrove Charters guide service. At night, the fish come out to play in Sarasota Bay. Snook, redfish, snapper, and other salt water species, all go to the lights for their meals. Hooking into these monsters without breaking off can be challenging and exciting and I will do my best to assure a great and safe fishing trip for your family. Come join Capt. Kelly Kurtz of Mangrove Charters for a Sarasota inshore fishing charter...
Siesta Key Fishing Charters Join Captain Kelly Kurtz on a Siesta Key fishing adventure in Sarasota Bay. Florida is the fishing capital of the world, with gamefish like snook, trout, redfish and more can be seen on the Species page. *Fish that are legal size limit can be filleted for a meal, but practicing catch and release allows better conservation for Florida’s vast fishery* Mangrove charters provides everything. The rods, the...
Siesta Key Beach (rated #1 beach in the U.S.A. in 2011) provides rich fishing environments including New Pass, Big Pass, and inshore Gulf of Mexico. The fishing is plentiful offering redfish, snook, trout, cobia, king fish, sheepshead, pompano, jacks, and even tarpon–a thrilling game fish that can weigh up to 200 lbs. Tarpon come in Mid-May-July to scout prey off the Point of Rocks, Crescent Beach, Turtle Beach, Lido Beach, and Siesta Beach feeding on...
PRIVATE SANDBAR / DOLPHIN TOURS See the true beauty of Sarasota, Florida Come join Mangrove Charters on a sunset trip or sandbar cruise with U.S.C.G. approved Capt. Kelly Kurtz, and explore Sarasota Florida’s arresting beauty! Trips accommodate up to six people on the 22′ Bay Scout, which is perfect for getting to all the spots the bigger boats can’t, including sandbars and other shallow areas. The boat has a bimini/canopy top...
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...
Testimonials for Mangrove Charters fishing and cruising Mangrove Mania!!!What an excellent fishing trip. This is the second year we’ve booked a charter with Capt Kelly Kurtz of Mangrove Charters and we were not disappointed. Capt Kurtz always knows where to go, what to fish for, what is biting at that particular time and also, who can cook it for you! We caught many different species of fish, but Capt Kurtz took us fishing particularly for...
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!
To see what a Tarpon is please visit the Species Page.
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
4 hours (2 person) – $400.00
*add $50.00 per extra angler*
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.
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.
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Mangrove Charters – Sarasota sport fishing charters and sunset trips in Lido Key, Siesta Key, Long Boat Key, Turtle Beach, and surrounding areas.