Down Sea Charters in Vero Beach, Florida

Guided by Sam Atwell

Deep Sea Flats Inshore Nearshore

About Your Guide

21 Years of Experience
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No one knows for sure, but it’s possible that Sam Atwell was born on the water. From the moment he could hold a fishing pole or carry a surfboard, he was out there. At age 10, he got his hands on some poles and a Zodiac to explore the nooks and crannies of the Indian River Lagoon, and hasn't looked back since.

To say Sam understands the local fishing spots is an understatement. He lives and breathes Florida fish and wildlife and is attuned to its subtle rhythms: the tides, the weather, the seasons, the habits, the cycles. He’s been learning from them for nearly three decades. You won’t just catch fish with Sam, you’ll immerse yourself in the entire Florida experience and begin to understand how this fascinating ecosystem works together to present such incredible opportunities for adventure.

What’s more, Sam’s just a good, fun guy to be around. Even when he’s picking you up before the sun rises at 5:30am, he’s cracking jokes and has a smile on his face. He loves getting to know new people, but he also appreciates the beauty of a still, quiet morning on the water. Pessimists never catch fish, so Sam doesn’t plan on becoming one anytime soon.

Down Sea Charters Trips

Escape to the hidden gems of the Florida Intracoastal Waterway aboard our 17' Maverick HPX skiff and experience the Sunshine State like never before. Prepare to embark on an adventure that will take you through the enchanting mangrove tunnels, unveil secret snook holes, and, if you're lucky, catch a glimpse of the majestic alligators that call this ecosystem home. This is not just any fishing trip; it's a truly unique Florida fishing and wildlife experience that you won't find anywhere else. The 17' Maverick HPX is your trusty vessel, designed to navigate the Intracoastal's nooks and crannies with ease, ensuring you reach the most secluded and rewarding fishing spots. Choose your preferred fishing style from our array of options, including artificial lure fishing, fly fishing, light tackle fishing, and the exhilarating topwater fishing. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a novice, there's something for everyone here. As you explore the winding waterways, be prepared to lock horns with the legendary fish that call this place home: Black Drum, Redfish, and the elusive Snook. These prized catches will test your skills and provide the thrill of a lifetime. But it's not just about the fishing; it's about immersing yourself in the untouched beauty of Florida's wildlife. Listen to the sounds of nature, spot exotic bird species, and keep your camera ready for that once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounter. So, if you're seeking a fishing adventure that goes beyond the ordinary, join us on the 17' Maverick HPX and discover the secrets hidden within the Florida Intracoastal. Book your journey now and experience the magic of Florida's unique fishing and wildlife like never before. Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Vero Beach

Inshore Fishing

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17 ft 1 - 2 People From $350 / person

I apologize for the previous responses. Here's the promotional blurb without any emojis: Explore an Unforgettable Fishing Expedition! Join us for an exceptional fishing experience as we explore the serene inlets and pristine beaches of Sebastian and Fort Pierce Inlet. Our 2700 Pathfinder Open vessel is your gateway to adventure, offering accessibility and shorter trip lengths while keeping you within the 3 nautical mile zone. Stay Close, Catch Big: Enjoy the best of both worlds - proximity to the shore and the chance to hook larger species. Our fishing trips cater to a variety of preferences: Artificial Lure Fishing Bottom Fishing Fly Fishing Heavy Tackle Fishing Jigging Live Bait Fishing Sight Casting Surf Fishing Target a Variety of Species: Test your angling skills against a diverse range of marine life, including: Jack Crevalle Kingfish Permit Redfish Snook Tarpon Experience the thrill of reeling in these magnificent creatures while surrounded by the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean. Your Adventure Awaits: Whether you're an experienced angler or a newcomer seeking excitement, our fishing trips offer a blend of accessibility and action that's perfect for all. Book your fishing excursion today and embark on an aquatic journey that promises thrilling encounters and unforgettable memories. Reserve your spot now to explore the wonders of Sebastian and Fort Pierce Inlet with us! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Fort Pierce

Nearshore Trip

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27 ft 1 - 5 People From $210 / person

Embark on the ultimate fishing adventure of a lifetime with Captain Sam! Get ready to set sail into the deep, where the vast Atlantic Ocean beckons with promises of thrilling catches and unforgettable moments. Captain Sam, a seasoned expert of the sea, will be your guide on this heart-pounding journey. This trip isn't for the faint of heart (or stomach), but for those who crave the excitement of the open water and the opportunity to reel in some of the biggest and most beautiful fish the Atlantic has to offer. Whether you're an experienced angler or a novice, our fishing options cater to all skill levels. From bottom fishing to deep dropping, fly fishing to heavy tackle battles, jigging to kite fishing, and everything in between, we've got the techniques covered. And the bounty you can expect to find beneath the waves? Blackfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Red Snapper, Sailfish, and more await your line. Picture the rush of adrenaline as you lock horns with these mighty oceanic beasts. So, if you're ready to cast off into the deep blue and chase after the catch of a lifetime, join us on the Center Console 2700 Pathfinder Open for an unforgettable fishing expedition with Captain Sam. Book your adventure today, and let the Atlantic Ocean unveil its secrets one thrilling tug at a time! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Fort Pierce

Deep Sea Fishing Trip

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27 ft 1 - 5 People From $290 / person

Recent Reviews of Down Sea Charters

Joe R


Went out Today with Captain Sam today we had a great time and caught 4 different species of fish!! Weather was windy and a couple bouts of rain but we had an awesome time. Sam was a great host and captain! I would definitely recommend if you are in Vero beach and have the time go fishing !! Thanks again Captain!!

Jennette W


Our family spent part of our last day of vacation with Capt. Sam. It was exactly what we were hoping for- beautiful weather, calm seas, an attentive,patient, and knowledgeable captain- and well, the chance to land a sailfish and a shark! I highly recommend this Charters and next time we’re in Vero- we plan to do it again.


Black Drum, Blackfin Tuna, Jack Crevalle, Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, Permit, Red Snapper, Redfish, Sailfish, Snook, Tarpon


Artificial Lure Fishing, Bottom Fishing, Deep Dropping, Fly Fishing, Heavy Tackle Fishing, Jigging, Kite Fishing, Light Tackle Fishing, Live Bait Fishing, Sight Casting, Surf Fishing, Topwater Fishing, Trolling

Types of Fishing

Deep Sea, Flats, Inshore, Nearshore

Start Location

Down Sea Charters, 25th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL, USA | Bodies of water fished: Jensen Beach Park, Atlantic Ocean, Fort Pierce Inlet

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