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 hot Summer months I will use live bait.
I also provide sunset trips for people looking to explore sunsets, sandbars, and wildlife like exotic birds, dolphins, and manatees all under the warm Florida sun.
I run saltwater fishing charters out of my 22 ft. Bay Scout equipped with a dependable 150 horsepower Yamaha outboard motor. The boat has a canopy top for shade, plenty of storage compartments, and a cooler for drinks.
Saltwater can easily damage fishing equipment due to it’s corrosive properties, and I strongly believe in using quality gear when it comes to saltwater fishing. For tackle, I use smooth Shimano Stradic reels and super strong Crowder and St. Croix rods.
I will , however , be open to other locations as well. Just let me know ahead of time by visiting the Contact Page if you have any special requests/accommodations.
Capt. Kelly Kurtz provides Siesta Key fishing charters and private sandbar/sunset trips in Sarasota — New Pass, Big Pass, Lido Key, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, and many other areas inshore Gulf of Mexico.
Sunset trips are great for enjoying the true beauty of Sarasota. U.S.C.G. Certified Capt. Kelly Kurtz knows some of the best views around the Sarasota area, where wildlife–dolphins, manatees, exoticbirds, and nature–sandbars, mangroves, and palm trees all meet in tropical harmony.
Here is a map of Mangrove Charters fishing route in Sarasota, Florida:
Siesta Key Fishing trips are both educational and fun for beginner to avid fishermen in Sarasota, Florida. The inshore Gulf of Mexico provides a variety fish species–snook, trout, redfish, pompano, and massive world class Tarpon that migrate off the beaches and through the passes of Sarasota, Florida Mid-May-July to feast on crabs and pilchards.