Fishing charters starting at $400.00 for 4 Hours:
Book your charter with a 4th generation local captain.
Please see “BOOKING DETAILS” below for instructions on how to book.
Inshore Bays, Rivers, & Flats (Year Round) :
4 hours @ 400.00 for 1-2 people
6 hours @ 600.00 for 1-2 people
8 hours @ 800.00 for 1-2 people
The 3rd-6th persons are 50.00 each.
Ask about our nigh time shark or snook tips, our corporate group trips, or a visiting a barrier island while on charter.
Departure times for Inshore Fishing Trips, especially in the Spring, are hard to pin point due to the allusive nature of catching scaled sardines for bait. Captains often travel one way 20 miles or more in the early dark mornings to ensure quality baits for your charter. Captains can have up to four hours on the water before your departure time catching bait. Please be patient and do not be surprised if your captain is late due to catching bait, be assured he has worked his tail off to give you the baits necessary for the best trip possible.
“Client Favorite” Catch Lots of Fish on Nearshore Meat Fish Trips:
Gag grouper digging is from July 1- Dec. 3;
Spanish & King Mackerel runs are spring and fall;
Gulf of Mexico fishing for White Grunts is year round;
5 hours @ 500.00 for 1-2 people
7 hours @ 700.00 for 1-2 people
9 hours @ 900.00 for 1-2 people
The 3rd-6th persons are 50.00 each
Should you choose to keep fish a few sport fish, we will clean them for you at no additional cost. (On inshore or nearshore trips when a cooler of fish is caught, then fish cleaning is $50.00 per cooler).
To Reserve A Trip Call: 813-787-0249
- We accept Cash, Checks, & Credit Cards.
- Reservations can be made by providing a credit card number at the time of booking (we do not charge your card at that time) or by mailing a check within one week of talking to us. All payments are made after your charter.
- If you reserved by credit card and choose to pay by credit card after your charter, please be sure to have your credit card with you. We process payment through a swiper on our smart phone.
- If paying by cash or check on the day of your trip, a credit card number is still required to reserve the charter.
- Customer cancellations within 24 hours of scheduled trip time are non-refundable when prepaid by cash or check, and when reserved by a credit card.
- Customer cancellations within 7 days of scheduled trip time are 50% non-refundable when prepaid by cash or check, and when reserved by a credit card.
- All rates are based on booking the boat for one group of customers. You will not share the boat with other customers outside of your own party.
- Tipping is customary @ 15-20% of the charter rate. Quoted prices do not include the tip.
- Gift Certificates are available.
Do not be undersold by discount guide services. Our prices reflect the Tampa Bay area standard for full-time charter operations. Captains that make their livelihoods exclusively from fishing often have a solid understanding of water conditions and fish patterns, and this enables them to give their customers a quality experience.
When considering “No Fish No Pay” companies, ask your perspective captain what type of fish meets their policy. Often this species is considered trash and is easily caught. Good captains catch nice fish, but even the best have difficult days. After all it is fishing. Tampa Fishing Charters will work hard to give you a rewarding experience on the water.
- In the cooler months, be sure to bring jackets and other cool weather protection.
- In the warmer months, be sure to bring sun protection (sun glasses, hats, sun screen, etc.)
- If you want to bring food & beverages, we will provide a cooler with ice & dry storage for other goods. (Beer is allowed, preferably in cans).
- We provide all fishing rods, tackle, bait, ice & fishing licenses.
PRO FISHING TIPS:
Inshore fishing can be one of the most rewarding experiences, yet to gain this achievement a few things should be considered:
1. Having the correct bait in the Tampa Bay Area is essential. Some times the captain can be delayed due to catching bait before a charter. Other times the captain will take clients with him to catch bait. Usually, if catching bait takes a long time, the captain will not count the time spent chasing bait against the duration of the charter. In most instances, the bait of choice is green backs, also know as scaled sardines, white bait or pilchards.
2. Successful inshore fishing has a lot to do with accurate casting. Sometimes a cast that is five feet away from the “hole” will leave a person wondering where the fish are, but if that cast lands in the correct spot, then the fish of a lifetime might be captured. Therefore, our charters focus on casting and we help fisherman of all skill levels accomplish this task. Not long into the trip, novice casters are fishing like a pro.
3. Saltwater fishing is different than bass fishing. Jerking the rod like Bill Dance when you get a bite will not usually catch you a fish in saltwater situations. Many saltwater species do not have the hard mouths of a bass and too hard of a hook set will tear the fish’s lips apart. We are fishing with very sharp hooks, semi stiff rods and braided line. So to set the hook all that is needed is to start reeling and slowly lift the rod to put tension on the fish. Smooth and steady captures the fish.
4. Once the fish is on your line, hold the rod tip high. Lean back with the rod to pull the fish towards you, and then use the reel to retrieve the line. The most common mistakes I see when fighting a fish are: (1) trying to get the fish in by just using the reel and not the rod, and (2) reeling while the drag is slipping. Both of these practices strip the gears on the very expense fishing reels that we use on our charters. Using the rod correctly is an art. Waving it around like a ninja sword or Luke Skywalker’ s light saber will ensure that the fish comes off the line. The fish is already shaking his head from side to side and a rod that is not held steady assists the fish in it’s effort to break free.
5. Finally, take it easy. Captain Rick spends many ours before a charter to make sure that his boat and fishing gear are in top notch shape. When it comes to fishing, some of the smallest details must be observed to have a safe and successful day on the water. So don’t worry, we do our best to give you the trip of a lifetime.