- Where are the Fishing Charters done out of? Fishing charters are done here in the Tampa bay area; this includes Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, down town Tampa, and Sarasota.
- How long are the Fishing Charters? Fishing Charters are done in 4, 6, and 8 hour periods, but can be extended longer if wanted.
- How many people can go on a Charter? My boat can handle 1-6 people on both fishing and scallop charters, although no more than 4 is ideal on fishing charters. Scallop charters can handle 6 people is no problem.
- What if we have more than 6 people? Multi boat charters are no issue. We have a large network of fishing guides here in Tampa bay that can handle group charters, company events, parties, and we can even organizine fishing tournaments or charity events if needed.
- How long have I been fishing guide? I started guiding in 2010 after I finished high school. I am a full time fishing guide that was born and raised here on Tampa bay. I am a Fully Licensed and Insured fishing charter boat.
- What type of fishing do we do? Most of the fishing we do is inshore and near-shore fishing depending on the season. Most of year we inshore fish, but we do venture out to the near shore wrecks and reefs throughout the season.
- How far do we go? All fishing charters are done within 9 miles of the coast line.
- What type of fish do we catch? We catch Snook, Trout, Redfish, flounder, black drum, snapper, sheephead, Jacks, Ladyfish, Tarpon, pompano, Sharks, King and Spanish mackerel.
- Can we keep fish? Yes, you can keep any fish that is in the slot limit, and in season. We strictly follow the rules and regulations regarding fish. http://www.myfwc.com/
- Will the fish be cleaned? Yes, all the fish kept will be clean and bagged at the dock after the fishing charter is done.
- How far in advance do you need to book? When booking your charter try to book as far out as possible, as this will give you the best days and time slots. This is really important for both Tarpon and Scallop charters as the best day get book way in advance.
- When do I charter? I charter 365 24/7.
- What time do Fishing charters start? All fishing charters are done based on the tide. I do not set a schedule and time’s change based to the type of fish and the season. This is not a 9-5 operation!
- What time of fishing gear do we use? On most fishing charters we will use spinning rods and reels, although we do use some conventional tackle as well. We do also offer fly fishing gear for those whose who choose to do so.
- Do we offer night fishing charters? Yes, night fishing is a favorite of mine, and we often fish at night during the summer months to avoid the heat. Night fishing offers great opportunities for snook and tarpon fishing.
- Is there a bathroom onboard? No bathroom, but we are often very close to one, and can stop if necessary.
- What you need bring on a fishing charter? All you will need to bring is drinks, snacks, food, hat, sunglasses, and a camera. I provide a cooler with ice and bottled water.
- Is drinking and smoking allowed? Yes, Drinking should be done in moderation as the sun can intensify the affects, and smoking is fine as long as it is tobacco products. The only thing we ask is that you keep your butts in the boat and NOT in the water.
- Do you need a fishing License? NO, I am a fully licensed and Insured charter boat and I cover the fishing License.
- What are the payment methods? We accept Cash, Check, or Credit card. (Credit Card are charged a 3% processing fee)
- What happens is the weather is bad? If the weather is bad prior to our charter we will cancel and refund the deposit or reschedule the charter. We do not fish if there is a “Small craft advisory”. If the weather gets bad while on a charter we will end the trip early or go to a restaurant and wait it out.
- What is the cancellation policy? You may pay for your charter with cash, U.S. check., or credit card. A $150 deposit is due within 7 days of reservation. Balance due day of trip Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Personal Check or Cash, Credit Card is 3%. Deposit will be completely refunded if your trip is cancelled due to weather or mechanical failure. Weather cancellations are at the discretion of the captain. If a client requests cancellation within 5 days before the trip, you are responsible for 50% of the trip price. If cancellation occurs within 48 hours of scheduled trip, the customer will be responsible for 100% of the trip price.
- What happens if you are late? If you are running behind a few minutes it is no issues, but If you are late thirty minutes or more this time will be taken from your trip. If I wait more than an hour the trip will be canceled and your deposit WILL NOT REFUNDED.
- Should you tip? No, tips are not necessary, but if you feel like I have done a quality job and you are happy with my services tips are greatly appreciated.
- Spring– This is a one of the best time of year to fish in the Clearwater beach, Tampa, and St.Pete beach area, everything is biting and the weather is great! As the bait fish begin to flood our area, the Snook and redfish will feed heavily, and Tarpon will begin to show, Nearshore the Mackerel and Kingfish will be in full force!
- Summer– The main focus during summer is the Tarpon fishery, Snook and the Redfish often get over looked this time of year making it a great opportunity for anglers looking to stay inshore. Sharks will also be very abundant during the summer months!
- Fall– Redfish, Snook, Tarpon, Kingfish, sharks and many more fish will be caught during the fall bait fish mitigation. As winter is approaching the fish are feeding in preparation making for some incredible action!
- Winter– Fishing during winter months can be great in between the fronts. During the winter my main focus is is on fishing in the creeks, canals, and rivers for Trout, Redfish, sheepshead, and Black Drum.
Fish we typically will be targeting during the coming months..
January- Trout, Redfish, Sheepshead, BlackDrum, Triple Tail
February– Redfish, Snook, Trout
March– Redfish, Trout, Snook, Mackerel, kingfish, Tarpon
April– Snook, Redfish, Mackerel, Kingfish, Tarpon, Trout
May – Tarpon (Inshore & Shark trips still available)
June– Tarpon (Inshore & Shark trips still available)
July– Tarpon (Inshore & Shark trips still available)
August– Sharks, Tarpon, Redfish, Snook
September– Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, Sharks, Bonito
October– Redfish, Snook, Tarpon, Mackerel, Kingfish, Mackerel, Bonito
November– Redfish, Snook, Trout, Mackerel, KingFish, Triple Tail
December– Trout, Redfish, Snook, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Pompano, triple tail