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Old 10-20-2008, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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Just moved to Sarasota and do not know where to buy fresh seafood. Please do not send me to Publix or places like that. I really mean real FRESH fish form the sea. If no such a place, may be I have to start fishing myself?! How to start?
Thanks.
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:36 PM
 
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If no such a place, may be I have to start fishing myself?! How to start?
Thanks.
1. Are you a Florida resident? If so, no need to buy license for saltwater, if you're fishing from shore.

2. Do you have any basic fishing equipment(rods, reels, line, hooks, sinkers and rod holders)? If not, walk along Venice, Caspersen or Turtle beaches, North and South jetties in Venice as well as Venice pier. See the type of equipment that people are using, then go walmarting for similar stuff. 2 ~ 3feet long pieces of pvc pipes can serve as rod holders.

3. For the most basic stuff you would need a medium action rod that's 6.5 ~ 9 feet long. A medium to large size reel that can hold at least 10lbs-test line. A 10 ~ 15lbs-test spool of line(Berkley Trilene "Big Game" for instance would be a good choice), size 2 and size 1/0 hooks(Eagle Claw Aberdeen gold should work well). 1 ~ 2oz(depends on waves and casting distance that you need at a particualr place) weights. Your basic rig would be one hook either above or below the sinker. Another variation is 2 hooks - one above and one below the sinker.

4. Bait.
The most affordable and easiest to get is pack of frozen(uncooked) shrimp from SuperWalmart. Thaw a few put the on the hook, cast and wait. This should be enough to land consistantly whiting, bluefish, flounder, occasional sea trout, pompano or spanish mackerel.
Another good affordable bait are cut pieces of squid. For that you'll likely have to go to Publix.

Live shrimp is always better that a frozen one. But it's difficult to catch them if you're boatless, and they are not cheap in bait shops, tend to fall off the hook easily and are promptly stolen by smaller fish.

Sardines(greenback, pilchard, menhaden) and small mullet are also sold live at baitshops. As long as you have a cast-net you can easily learn to catch those yourself when(you'll know when by observing gulls, terns and pelicans) they are close to shore. When surf-fishing the beach, once you see the baitfish wade belt-deep and just keep casting your net until you get them. Jetties are often the easiest places to get them though.

Pinfish. This is the bait for the prized snook, cobia, grooper and such. Could be easily caught by jigging sabiki rigs off the pier and jetties.

Sandfleas. Good bait for pompano. They live in the sand obviously. Baitshops sell a tool for catching them and will teach you to use it. But they've been tough to find lately since the beaches were re-graded with new sand.

Lures and other artificials. Long, shallow-diving Yo-zuri and Rapala minnow crankbats work well. So do Acme spoons. Also plastic **** that resemble shrimp work well when slowly dragged along the bottom. Self-made rigs(put a piece of green-striped drinking straw on a shank of a # 1/0 golden hook, then tie it on a foot-long leader behind a 1/2 ~ 3/4oz weight) can work wonders when the mackerel is pushing baitfish to the jetties.

Don't be afraid to strike up a conversation with the fishing folk to learn more. 90% of local fishermen would be glad to have a set of ears to listen to them!

Good luck!
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Old 10-21-2008, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Venice Florida
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Have you looked at Whole Foods on 1st street in downtown Sarasota, I believe that Fresh Market has opened or will be opening soon on University.
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:25 AM
 
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Best place I know is Captain Brian's Seafood up near the airport.

(Captain Brian's Seafood Market & Restaurant<br> - Sarasota, FL) Captain Brian's Seafood Home

Also, you can go up into Cortez Village in Bradenton and check out this little place, been there forever:

Star Fish Company Market & Restaurant (http://www.starfishcompany.com/market.php - broken link)

There are also two locations for Walt's Fish Market (and restaurant) one up on 301 and one on the South Trail, but I have never been that impressed with this place and have had spoiled food there on more than one occasion (the one on 301) so I don't recommend it highly.

Hope this info helps! If you ever want FANTASTIC stone crabs, go to Moore's Stone Crab:

http://home.earthlink.net/~mooresrest/ (broken link)

Yummm, yummmm!
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:51 AM
 
Location: SRQ ~ Siesta Key
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I'd place my vote with Starfish in Cortez!
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Old 10-21-2008, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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I third the vote for Starfish! They've been around since I was a kid and we always would buy our fish there (when we didn't catch it ourselves).
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Old 04-06-2010, 11:57 AM
 
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Just moved to Sarasota and do not know where to buy fresh seafood. Please do not send me to Publix or places like that. I really mean real FRESH fish form the sea. If no such a place, may be I have to start fishing myself?! How to start?
Thanks.
I have found a great place in Englewood called Twin Lobsters. These folks get fresh Lobsters...they are from Maine. But today I called and they have salmon. Now I won't eat farm raised, but they grow theirs in the ocean with pvc piping reining them in. Phone # 941-698-8946; 2700 Placido Rd, Englewood. They also just opened another at 675 Tamiami Trail on the border of North Port & Port Charlotte. Their # 235-0002. Enjoy!
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Old 04-06-2010, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Longboat Key, FL
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Some great info here! I was wondering the same thing. Thanks!
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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I live in the area for over 2 years now. Still my wife buys fish mostly with Albertson's and I don't go fishing. Back in Poland where I lived at the Baltic Sea shore for 20 years we used to buy fish directly from the fishermen at the port or at their small restaurants/stores nearby. That was our best experience with fresh fish. Our dream was to come to the small port when fishermen come back from the sea and buy fresh fish from them. Dreams, dreams, dreams...
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:40 AM
 
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We just went to Lotsa Lobster in Sarasota this weekend. Although we were there to buy Maine Lobster, they had a lot of other seafood and it looked really good!
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