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Sarasota’s Inshore Fishing Spots: Where Anglers Can Skip Boats

The delights anglers enjoy with their rod and reel are surely top of mind for most developers of waterfront real estate in Sarasota. Tangerine Bay Club in Longboat Key, where our Judy Kepecz-Hays team has a new listing, is but one of the many local residential developments with a fishing pier among its amenities.

Anglers living in non-waterfront communities can also conveniently enjoy fishing on Sarasota Bay and the Gulf waters. They don’t even need a boat, as Sarasota has several inshore fishing spots, and here are the popular choices:

Quick Point Nature Preserve

This preserve is located at 100 Gulf of Mexico Drive, only less than a quarter-mile south of Tangerine Bay Club where our team also sold a condo just this February. Quick Point provides a fishing pier and a canoe launch, and it also offers nature trails around lagoons, mangroves, and native flora in its tranquil Florida setting.

Overlook Park

Directly west of Quick Point, this park is on the southern tip of Longboat Key and lies across the New Pass Bridge. Overlook Park enables anglers to cast out their lines into New Pass and fish for pompano and Spanish mackerel. They can also walk up to the bridge pilings and try baiting for snapper and sheepshead.

Longboat Key Beach

Inshore fishing is also most ideal in Longboat Key’s beach accessible via any of its 12 public access points on Gulf of Mexico Drive. Anglers can easily focus their efforts right in the slue and surf line parallel to the coast. Their potential catch includes snook, pompano, ladyfish, tarpon, flounder, and whiting.

North Lido Beach Park

This park is at 159 Emerson Drive accessible from the westernmost stretch of Ringling Boulevard then right to North Polk Drive. From the park’s public parking area, anglers need to take a 10-minute walk to the shallow section of New Pass. There are a lot of sandbars here from which the fishing is great for pompano, ladyfish and Spanish mackerel.

South Lido Beach Park

Anglers in this park gain access not only to the shoreline on the Gulf of Mexico. They can also turn to the waters of the Big Sarasota Pass and cast off from grass flats too. A parking area is available in this park that likewise features picnic tables, a playground, and a snack bar.

South Lido Nature Park

This nature park is located at 190 Taft Drive and is frequented mostly by kayakers. For anglers, their best bet spreads in the north where there is an area with very shallow grass and some deeper holes. Anglers can wade in the area’s shallow flats and possibly reel in redfish, speckled trout, and snook.

Tony Saprito Fishing Pier

Built in 1979, this pier juts out Sarasota Bay under the John Ringling Causeway Bridge and adjacent north of Eloise Werlin Park. Anglers typically reel in jack, redfish and Spanish mackerel from this pier also widely popular for its striking sunsets.
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Ringling Bridge Causeway Park

This park is just west of the Tony Saprito Fishing Pier. Anglers have several fishing options in this park, one of which is wading to the edge of its northern flats. There is a deep channel running through this area, and they can fish at its drop-off.

Whitaker Gateway Park

The 80-foot fishing pier in this park just west of North Tamiami Trail has just been rebuilt this February 2020. Besides drawing anglers to the bay waters, this park offers a walking and fitness trail, a playground, pavilions, and picnic areas that captures many of the joys of living in Sarasota and her islands.