My name is Rob Gilbert, I am a full time guide Fly Fishing Sarasota Bay & Tampa Bay.
I am a Sarasota native and 7th Generation Captain and 3rd generation Sarasota Bay fishing guide.
I grew up watching my family run a successful outfitter and guide clients to fulfill their skinny water dreams.
As a fishing guide in Sarasota Bay a day on my boat could start on the gulf beaches chasing giant tarpon, and end poling across the back country in pursuit of the skinny water dream sight fishing Snook, Redfish and Trout.
When the sun goes down try a heart pounding snook trip where we will spot hundreds of hungry fish ready to destroy anything in their sight. At the right time of the year our passes load up with hungry tarpon feeding on flushing bait and being swept out by the tide. In the lights of the bridges sight casting tarpon at night is a exciting thrill ride like no other.
Capt. Robert Gilbert
USCG Licensed Master Captain & Insured
Fly Fishing Sarasota Bay is one of a kind and Sarasota Bay is a hidden gem lost in the vast estuaries Florida has to offer.
The sandy white beaches of Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Holmes Beach & Anna Maria Island make for an amazing Tarpon sight fishing experience. The yearly Tarpon migration can start as early as April and last all the way into September.
In a few months tens of thousands of giant fish move north along our beach showing us the power and grace of this phenomenal fish.
If your lucky enough to get the bite of a lifetime you will be rewarded with an amazing acrobatic display of power unrivaled in these waters. Landing one of these gems is the catch of a lifetime and is one of the most rewarding experiences for fly fisherman and light tackle anglers.
Move into Sarasota Bay and you will find yourself moving across an amazing ecosystem. The flats of Sarasota Bay are mostly covered in turtle grass and oyster beds. In the deeper turtle grass fields you will find lots of Speckled Sea Trout lying and waiting to ambush their prey. Move into the shallower grass and oyster beds you will find redfish. Sight casting a Tampa Bay redfish is one of the hardest yet most rewarding fish Sarasota Bay has to offer. During sunrise and sunset on a negative tide you will find redfish tailing as they feed. During the day redfish tend to sit still hidden in the shallow grass. Finding these fish before they find you is hard enough but once you find them making the perfect presentation with a fly or bait is key. If the fish decides to eat just hold on for the exciting long runs and hard tugs that redfish offer.
If you keep moving inland you will find yourself either in a maze of mangroves or a endless wall of docks and seawall structure.
Hidden in the overhanging mangroves and behind the pilings and structures of docks you will find one of our most prized and sought after fish Fly Fishing Sarasota Bay.
Snook fishing is one of a kind. Quick powerful attack, followed by a fast hard run toward structure. If you can manage to stop them they will reward you with a aerobatic display in their last attempts to get free.
Snook have a very rough mouth that will fray through leader quite easily. Getting them to the boat quickly and without much of a fight lessens the chance of a break off and increases the chance of survival.
Whatever you decide when Fly Fishing Sarasota Bay I will work hard to make your trip memorable for even the most discriminating angler.