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With a lifetime of experience inshore fishing Tampa Bay and Gulf waters, Head First Fishing is always on top of what's biting. Catching many different species and sizes of fish is common on their trips....Read More
Kids 12 and under always fish free on Head First Fishing Adventures. Whether you have a family trip in mind or you are a veteran angler, I will do what it takes to create lasting fishing memories.
Head First Fishing Adventures is a Tampa Bay fishing charter that specializes in flats fishing for snook, redfish, speckled trout, and reef fishing for snapper, grouper, and mackerel.
All tackle, bait, licenses, and fish cleaning is included in your trip. Come see why Tampa Bay is home to the finest fishing in the country and experience your first flats fishing frenzy!
Boat type: Bay boat
Boat Manufacturer: Century
Boat length: 22ft
Engine Manufacturer: Yamaha
Engine HP: 250HP
Number of engines: 1
Extras: GPS, Fishfinder, Live Bait Well, Multimedia System, Wireless Trolling Motor, Ice Box
Captain Joe Raines grew up in Baldwin County Alabama in the small town of Foley. Just South of Foley lies Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. The coastal waters of the Northern Gulf were his training ground and launchpad for his career as a guide. The area abounds with incredible inshore and offshore fishing. The bays, rivers, and bayous are home to speckled trout, redfish, flounder, mackerel, cobia, tripletail, and more, and offshore, the red snapper fishing is 2nd to none....Read More
He was fortunate to learn much about saltwater fishing from the best local fisherman ever, Harley Rogers. "I must mention him because he is a LEGEND. He was often found at the Gulf Shores Fishing Pier, and if you saw him setting up to fish you'd better pay attention. He had an ability to understand fish and conditions like nobody else. If you saw him pack up and go home, you might do the same. He had been fishing local waters (a Baldwin County native and great depression survivor, Korean War Vet) his entire life, long before the area took off as a retirement and vacation destination, when there were only farms and small town centers. He boasts several speckled trout catches up to 13+ pounds. I am blessed to have spent so much time alongside him learning. Sadly, he passed away May 9th 2019 and will be greatly missed." - Captain Joe
In 2014 he moved to the Tampa Bay area, landing on Gandy Blvd and 4th Street. He was looking for a new area to explore and new friends to make. Tampa Bay fishing was a big mystery that he had to solve. He had to learn and adapt. Fortunately his training from Harley served him well. His networking ability did the rest. After a few years he was finally confident enough to take out paying customers and put them on fish consistently.
Captain Joe still enjoys learning new things about the area and the fish to this day. And there is certainly an infinite amount of leaning to be done as this area has so much to offer. From Trophy Snook Fishing, Cobia on the Flats, Tarpon at Bean Point, big schools of Redfish, to Grouper in the Shipping Channel, and Mangrove Snapper and Hogfish on the limestone reefs... its a non stop party!
Awesome time, 5 stars all around. Capt Joe is super easy to communicate with from the start of the booking process all the way to getting on his boat. O’neills marina is very easy to get into and out of. Capt Joe reviewed the tides, scheduled the charter perfectly. His ...Read More knowledge had us on fish almost the whole trip. We were pulling out snook, trout, and redfish. We got our very first inshore slam. His equipment is great. His instructions on how to cast and reel better helped so much. Capt Joe is great for novices or seasoned anglers. Highly recommend.
Me and my 8 yr old daughter went in a 6 hr trip with Captain Joe. We arrived to bad news, his live well got turned off by accident and all the bait fish died. The captain came through and after a stop to bottom fish he was ...Read More able to net some more bait which was fun to watch. We continued on and caught some Snook and a Jack. He was great with my daughter and helped her land her first Snook and a few more. I would definitely recommend him for family fun and good fishing.
All rods, reels, and tackle are included.
This guide will clean your catch for you.
Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.
You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.
No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.
No meal provided.
Fishing License, Ice Box, Rods, reels & tackle
At an Additional Rate
No added costs.
Just bring your food, drinks, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Nothing additional needed.
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%).
Yes, cancel for free up to 7 days before the trip.
Where to Buy a Fishing License
No license needed for this trip.
6701 Sunshine Skyway Ln S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711, United States