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Your Guide to Fishing in Siesta Key

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May 17, 2021

With a diverse habitat, interconnected waterways, and a sub-tropic climate, fishing in Siesta Key is a fun activity that can be enjoyed year-round. Whether you are a veteran angler or heading out on a family fishing adventure for the first time, Siesta Key has something for everyone. While there are many different area charters and tours available for fishing excursions, it is also fun to drop a line yourself at one of these local fishing spots.

Popular Spots for fishing in Siesta Key

North Siesta Key Bridge

The northern Siesta Key Bridge that connects the island to the mainland offers many different fishing opportunities. Fishermen are known to catch their fair share of gag grouper, snapper, and sea bass at this popular place. You can also fish on the south side of the bridge and at Bay Island Park.

Big Sarasota Pass

Located at the far northeast end of the island, Big Sarasota Pass is a small inlet that separates the north end of Siesta Key from the south end of Lido Key. As a long skinny inlet with a rocky bottom, it opens to the Gulf of Mexico offering chances to catch snapper, grouper, and snook.

Shell Road

A small beach park at Big Pass, Shell Road provides a great chance to catch snook, ladyfish, sharks, flounder, and Spanish mackerel. The best time to fish is at high tide.

Stickney Point Bridge

The Stickney Point Bridge is the southern bridge connecting Siesta Key and the mainland. This area features multiple fishing spots along the Intracoastal waterway, from either side of the bridge, and is located next to Mr. CB’s, the largest on-the-water Bait & Tackle shop in Sarasota.

Point of Rocks

As the only rock formations in Siesta Key, Point of Rocks is an idyllic place for fishing. With rocks and underwater caves, fishers can catch flounder, snook, snapper, and trout. No parking is available, so anglers must use the half-mile path to access the area.

Siesta Key beaches

The beaches of Siesta Key also offer great fishing when the conditions are just right. It’s best to fish when the water is clear. Anglers will find trout and flounder in the winter, plus ladyfish and mackerel in the spring and fall.

Turtle Beach Lagoon

At Turtle Beach, anglers can fish the surf or the backwater lagoon at Blind Pass Lagoon. Surf fishing is ideal when waters are calm and fishing the lagoon is best when the water is churned. You can fish from the seawall, shore, or pier.

Old Midnight Pass

At the southern-most point of Siesta Key, experienced anglers can enjoy fishing from either the Gulf or bay at Old Midnight Pass.

Hire a fishing charter

If you don’t want to go it alone or would like to explore beyond the shore for some deep sea fishing, there are also several local charters in the area that offer full and half day excursions for the more adventurous fisherman.

Stay at Crescent Royale

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After fishing in Siesta Key, rest and relax and spend your evening in one of our spacious condos at Crescent Royale. Enjoy all the amenities and comforts of home with oceanfront views from your lanai and listen to the sounds of the waves crashing against the shores of the number one beach in the U.S. Our condos range in size from one and two-bedroom layouts to three and four-bedroom layouts, each fully furnished and offering its own distinct style.

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