Where is a good spot to kayak fish around the Sarasota/Bradenton area?

New to the area and wanted to know where is a good spot to kayak fish around the Sarasota/Bradenton area? What might I catch and what bait to use? I’m looking to keep my catch so anyone with tips on good fish in the area would be great. Thanks.

3 thoughts on “Where is a good spot to kayak fish around the Sarasota/Bradenton area?

  1. gofish Post author

    I’m a ways south of you, but know Sarasota Bay and the Manatee River aren’t too far from you. Near the mouth of the river and in the bay, you’ll get trout, snapper, snook, sheepshead(in winter) whiting, pompano and so on. Buy Vic Dunaway’s book, Sport Fish of Florida, it will help you with ID and give you a good bit of fishing tips, If you have the time, check out the Peace and Myaka rivers, south of you, that empty into Charlotte harbor.Maybe the best for kayak/canoe in the state. Beautiful sights and fishing too. Hope you hear from someone up your way for better help.
    For bait, live shrimp. Everything eats ’em.

  2. Brandon W Post author

    You pretty much can’t go wrong. Put in somewhere and paddle around the coast, up rivers and canals, along beach and seawalls and open grass flats. My best advice for bait would be shrimp or some type of cutbait until you figure out what you want to catch or do. It’s possible to catch almost anything like
    Redfish
    trout
    snook
    tarpon
    ladyfish
    catfish
    mang. snapper
    puffers
    sharks
    bluefish
    pompano
    jack crevalle
    spanish macs
    cero macs
    black drum
    sheepshead
    ect

  3. Yak'n'Fish Post author

    The area around the south side of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (Joe’s Bay, Miguel Bay) are a great location to fish from a kayak. You can put in at the rest area on the joe’s Bay side. Check out the forums on captmel.com or floridasportsman.com and you’ll find all of the information you need.

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