Tampa Bay Backcountry and Nearshore Waters

Starting at $700 | 4 - 6 Hours | Inshore, Nearshore | 1 - 4 People
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Black Seabass, Blacktip Shark, Bull Shark, Cobia, Gag Grouper, Jack Crevalle, Mangrove Snapper, Redfish, Sheepshead, Snook, Speckled Trout / Spotted Seatrout, Tarpon


Artificial Lure Fishing, Bottom Fishing, Drift Fishing, Light Tackle Fishing, Live Bait Fishing

About Your Trip

There's simply no better way to enjoy the summer than a backcountry fishing trip with Captain T.J. He's fished the mangrove channels and around Apollo Beach, FL for years, and you can be sure that he'll put you right where the fish are! These channels provide perfect habitat for several sportfish species, especially Snook, Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Mangrove Snapper! These species are perfect inshore opponents that fight hard and love to bite on a range of lures and baits. There's nothing like pulling some big ol' Snook out of the mangrove roots, whether it's your first fish or your hundredth!

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About Your Boat

Boat Type: Bay Boat
Boat Manufacturer: Bulls Bay
Boat Length: 22 ft
Year Built: 2019
Engine Manufacturer: Suzuki
Number of Engines: 1
Total Horsepower: 200 hp
Additional Amenities: GPS, Fishfinder, Live Bait Well, Wireless Trolling Motor

About Your Guide

Captain T.J. is a pro when it comes to fishing off Ruskin, FL! He'll put you on the fish and make sure you have the time of your life. Book a trip to see what fishing here is all about!




March 30, 2021



TJ did an amazing job! We were very comfortable with him and enjoyed our day on the water. He gave great instructions and guided us on what to do and expect when fishing inland. He hit his spots and we plucked a couple out while listening to good music and ...Read More

Josh S.


June 12, 2021



Captain TJ was great with our 10 and 8 year old boys. We were very happy with his knowledge, expertise and attitude. We got to catch a variety of fish in different locations. We even had an up close encounter with a manatee and got to see a dolphin as ...Read More

Vivian N.


October 2, 2021



Captain TJ was our Captain at the Veterans Slam Tournament! He is amazing and trust me he knows where to find the fish! Excellent !!! Hire him for a Great day on the water! We reeled in fish after fish! It was fun!

First Time Booking with Us?

Captain Experiences is the home of over 1000 Damn Good fishing and hunting guides. Our mission is to unlock the outdoors for everyone, and we want to help you get out there through our no-hassle online booking experience and our team of outdoors experts.

We vet our guides to make sure they are the best of the best. We want guides who not only put you on 'em, but show you a great time, keep you safe, and give you a memorable experience with your group.

Once you've paid your deposit at checkout, we'll send you a QR code (like a mobile boarding pass). Just show your guide your QR code on the day of the trip, they'll scan it, the remaining balance will transfer automatically, and you'll be all set to get out there. Just make sure you bring a cash tip for the guide!

In the case of inclement weather, our guides will make the call and we'll work with you to reschedule your trip or issue a full refund. Your safety is our top concern.

Once you book the trip, we will connect you directly with the guide to go over any additional details. In the meantime, our location specialists are always available to answer your questions via email, text, chat, or call!

Amenities and Information

Water Type

Inshore, Nearshore

Skill Levels

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


All rods, reels, and tackle are included.

Fish Cleaning

This guide will clean your catch for you.


Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.

Live Bait

Yes, Included


You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.

Boat Restroom

No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.


No meal provided.

Gear & Packing


Fishing License, Rods, reels & tackle

At an Additional Rate

No added costs.

Recommended Packing


Required Items

Nothing additional needed.

Things to Keep in Mind

Payment & Tipping

After paying the deposit, a QR Code will be emailed to you. On the day of the trip, your guide will scan your QR code to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is for a customary tip (we recommend 20%).

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Yes, cancel for free up to 3 days before the trip.

Where to Buy a Fishing License

No license needed for this trip.

Start Location

2401 19th Avenue Northwest, Ruskin, FL 33570, United States