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Tampa Fishing Charters

Written by Noah Chanin.

  • Deep Sea Fishing in Tampa
  • Best Fishing Charters in Tampa
  • Best Fishing Charters in Tampa
  • Tampa Fishing Charters
  • Fishing Boats in Tampa

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    We offer the following types of fishing boats in Tampa:

    Premium Sportfish

    Premium Sportfish
    From $600
    34' Crusader in Tampa
    Max Guests: 6
    Fort Lauderdale Sportfish
    • Trip Lengths: 4, 6, 8 hour trips
    • Maximum Passengers: 6 [Why?]
    • Crew: Captain and Mate
    • Boat Info: Air Conditioned Cabin, Clean bathroom
    • Included: Boat, crew, licenses, bait, ice
    • Not Included: Live Bait, 15-20% gratuity
    • Common Fish: Grouper, Snapper, Jacks, Mackerel, Sharks, and more...
    Expert Opinion:steve-headshot-100x100 "Captain Bob is one of the most knowledgable fishing captains in the Tampa area. His 34' Crusader was built in 2005, which also makes it one of the newest charter fishing boats on the water. Guests will enjoy a comfortable and exciting adventure catching all types of saltwater fish including snapper, grouper, and sharks."
    Have a question or don't see what you're looking for?... Our Experts are here to help!
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    Groups over 6

    Call us for for Group Charters

    If you have a group of over six, please call us at (888) 336-1702. We are experts on planning large group and corporate fishing trips for groups of any size. The size of our fleet is unmatched by any other company.

    Due to federal regulations, most charter boats can take a maximum of six passengers. Regulations aside, it is difficult to have more than a few people fishing at a time, so we typically recommend chartering multiple boats. The biggest advantage to fishing from multiple boats is that each person's chances of catching a fish are much higher, not to mention you will be much more comfortable.

    VIP Fishing Tournament
    When we arrange group charters on multiple boats, we often arrange for a custom fishing tournament in which groups on each boat compete with one another for the biggest fish or the most fish. This leads to a fun, competitive atmosphere that unites teams and makes everyone in your group feel like they are part of one activity.

    Light Tackle, Inshore, Tarpon

    Inshore & Light Tackle
    From $400
    24' Proline Flatback
    Max Guests: 4
    Fort Lauderdale Sportfish
    • Trip Lengths: 4, 6, 8 hour trips
    • Maximum Passengers: 4 [Why?]
    • Crew: Captain/Guide
    • Boat Info: Satellite Radio, No bathroom
    • Included: Boat, crew, licenses, bait, ice
    • Not Included: Live Bait, 15-20% gratuity
    • Common Fish: Redfish, Tarpon, Snook, Spanish Mackerel, Black Drum, Sea Trout, Flounder
    Expert Opinion:steve-headshot-100x100 "Our Tampa Bay inshore charters are a great option for small groups and anglers who prefer light tackle, inshore fishing. Captain Steve takes guests out on Tampa Bay and nearby flats on his beautifully maintained 24' Proline Flatback. Complete with livewell, state of the art electronics, and Satellite radio, this charter takes inshore fishing to a new level."
    Have a question or don't see what you're looking for?... Our Experts are here to help!
    Call us anytime at (844) 243-5707, or e-mail us!
  • On the west coast of Florida facing the Gulf of Mexico lies one of the best places in the world to catch the most highly regarded big game fish on the planet - and we can take you to catch them on our Tampa Fishing Charters. Anglers set out to target these phenomenal fish and feel the adrenalin and excitement that they offer. Fishing is so successful here that there are a multitude of world-class fishing tournaments held near Tampa every year, attracting thousands of anglers to the area. Our luxury fishing charters in Tampa will give you the opportunity to experience this adventure in comfort and style.

    It is not surprising at all that fishing is so popular in Tampa because fish such as grouper, snapper, mackerel, sharks and more can be caught regularly close to shore. Far offshore it is also possible to target tuna, dolphin, and swordfish. These fish are challenging to catch and some of them require specific techniques and equipment. Our captains specialize in catching every sports fish swimming in the Gulf of Mexico and know where to find them and how they can be caught successfully. Anglers onboard our Tampa Fishing Charters have the highest chance of catching the biggest fish of their lives.

    There are a few advantages for our Tampa Fishing Charter clients. Our fishing yachts are clean, safe and comfortable and they all surpass the required safety regulations. They come outfitted with the latest quality tournament grade equipment which can be used to target any fish swimming in these waters. The expertise of our highly experienced captains and crews is a massive benefit as it is constantly shared with every angler onboard. You have the opportunity to become acquainted with the ocean and you can perfect your skills.

    Hillsborough River State Park, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island and Florida Aquarium are among the most visited tourist attractions in Tampa. There are so many things to do here besides catching fish. Tampa Bay History Centre is definitely worth a visit. There are several very well-known shopping areas and fantastic restaurants abound in the area. Nightlife activities are thriving and sports are popular. The Gasparilla Pirate Festival attracts people in droves and there are numerous world-famous events that locals and tourists get very enthusiastic about every year.

    Your Tampa Fishing Charter can easily be customized to focus exclusively on the fish you wish to target. If there is a specific fish that you want to catch then we will help you to catch it. If there is a certain technique you wish to learn then we can show you. If your fish is not biting, which happens occasionally, your captain may recommend chasing another fish instead. Either way, when you climb onto our luxury fishing boats in Tampa, you are assured of an explosive day out on the ocean catching the most splendid big game fish in the world.

    Call us to book your Tampa Fishing Charter and discover the ultimate in extreme fishing.
  • We're happy to answer any questions you have before, during, or after your charter. We've compiled a list of our frequently asked questions below, but if you can't find what you're looking for, feel free to contact us.

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    Air Conditioning

    • Most boats in our fleet are air conditioned and have generators that allow the A/C to operate even when the boat leaves the dock
    • Our small inshore boats and center consoles do not have air conditioning
    • See the boat info section of our boat profiles for information specific to the boat you are considering

    Alcohol

    • You are welcome to bring alcohol on board any of our charters, but please avoid bringing glass on board as it poses a safety hazzard
    • Excessive consumption of alcohol can amplify the inherent risks associated with fishing and can also contribute to seasickness.
    • The Captain's top priority is the safety of all crew and guests and therefore reserves the right to return to shore if he is concerned about the safety of any crew member or passenger.

    Bait (Live Bait)

    • Standard bait is included unless otherwise specified
    • Live bait is typically not included in the price and the cost is the responsibility of the charterer.
    • Live bait is used for targeting certain species of fish during certain seasons. Your Captain will explain this in detail.
    • The price for live bait normally varies between $50 and $100.

    Bathroom

    • Most of our boats have a bathroom ("head") on board
    • Some of our smaller boats and center consoles do not have a bathroom
    • Please see our boat profiles for specific information

    Cancellations & Refunds

    • Our cancellation window for each boat is listed on the first page of the booking process
    • If not otherwise specified, our cancellation window is 72 hours or more prior to the charter for standard trips and 14 days or more for over six and yacht trips.
    • Customers who cancel within the cancellation window will receive a full refund of any amounts paid.
    • Customers who cancel after the cancellation window expires are responsible for the full amount of the charter, any catering or add ons that have been purchased, plus a 20% gratuity.

    Catering

    • We can arrange custom catering on most trips ranging from drinks and snacks to ellaborate platters
    • We can even arrange to have a chef prepare meals on most of our boats
    • Please contact us at 954-881-1081 for a catering quote or visit our Add Ons page.

    Children

    • Children are permitted on our charters and there is no minimum age
    • For younger children we recommend choosing a boat with an air conditioned cabin and bathroom
    • All children must be supervised by a parent or legal guardian at all times and parents should be aware of the inherent risks associated with fishing
    • Please let your captain know ahead of time if there will be small children on board so he can make sure we have the proper size life jackets.

    Credit Cards

    • We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express
    • We charge no credit card fees on money we collect online, but some boats charge a 3-5% processing fee when you pay the balance the day of.
    • Most crew prefer cash if possible.

    Deposits

    • We collect a deposit at the time of booking to reserve the trip. This ranges from 15% to 100% of the charter and varies by the boat.
    • The balance due is paid the day of when you arrive at the boat.
    • The deposit is refundable in accordance with the boats cancellation policy, which you can find on the booking page. If not otherwise specified, our normal refund policy is 72 hours prior to the charter.

    Fish Caught

    • Any fish that are caught on your charter and are legal to take belong to you
    • At the end of the charter our crew will clean and filet your catch and package it in sealed bags so you can take it home or to a restaurant
    • In most locations, we can arrange to have your catch professionally packaged, frozen, and shipped to you. Please speak directly with your captain for information on shipping fish.
    • We typically release all species that are inedible (sailfish, sharks, etc.) unless you request otherwise. If you would like to "mount your catch" as a trophy our crew has been profesionally trained to measure and photograph the fish so a taxidermist can create an exact replica. This allows the fish to survive and contributes to sustainable fisheries and environmental conservation.

    Food & Beverage

    • Most of our charters provide a cooler with ice for you to store any food or beverage you bring on board
    • Some of our trips include catering, this will be specified in the boat profile and on the first page of the booking process
    • Please contact us if you would like to arrange for custom catering or visit our add ons page.

    Gratuity

    • A 15-20% gratuity for your crew is customary and not included in the price
    • You should present the gratuity to the captain or the mate at the end of the charter. On most boats, the crew has an arrangement to split the tips received no matter who it's handed to.
    • We collect a 20% gratuity in advance for all yacht charters and this makes up the majority of compensation for the crew. You are welcome to reward outstanding service with an additional tip, but this is not expected or required.

    Fishing Licenses

    • Every one of our boats has a blanket charter license that applies to all guests and crew
    • You do not need to purchase a fishing license separately

    Location

    • We will provide the exact address of the boat with your confirmation or upon request
    • All our deep sea boats are located as close to the ocean inlets to maximize fishing time.
    • Our boats are usually within a 30 minute drive of the city they are listed on; however, sometimes they are not in the same city.

    Maximum Passengers

    • Due to US Coast Guard regulations most charter boats are limited to a maximum of six passengers. Many of our boats are large enough to accomodate many more, but Federal regulations limit us to six.
    • In some locations we offer an "Over 6" option on boats that have a special permit from the Coast Guard to take additional passengers. These boats have similar ammenities to our other sport fishing boats.
    • Some of our yacht charters can take over six passengers by using a special charter contract that allows them to accomodate extra passengers while still complying witht the law. Please contact us for more information.
    • Children of any age count towards the limit.
    • Crew members do not count towards the limit.

    Price

    • Unless otherwise stated, our prices are for chartering the whole boat and there is no additional charge per person
    • Some exceptions exist such as with our boats that take over six passengers. On these boats there may be a charge for each passenger over 6
    • We guarantee the lowest price on every boat in our fleet. That means that if you are quoted a lower price for the same trip on the same day on the same boat, we will beat that price by 10%.

    Seasickness

    • Seasickness is another term for motion sickness and typically manifests itself in the form of fatigue, nausea, and vomitting. In severe cases seasickness can lead to unconciousness and requires profesional medical treatment.
    • If you have suffered from seasickness in the past, we recommend preparing for your trip starting the day before by hydrating, getting plenty of sleep, and avoiding alcohol consumption. There are several over the counter remedies and a host of prescription remedies that must be obtained through a doctor.
    • If you are concerned about seasickness please speak with your captain prior to the charter for advice.
    • Most charters, unless otherwise specified, are private which means you are free to return to the dock at any time if you are uncomfortable.
    • We can not guarantee that you will not get seasick, nor do we provide refunds for charters that are ended early at the request of the charterer.