Florida Reels Fishing Charters LLC in Tampa, Florida

Guided by Christopher Taylor

Flats Inshore Jetty Nearshore

About Your Guide

16 Years of Experience
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Captain Chris is a proud Florida native, International Game Fish Association (IGFA) certified captain, and is a member of the Boca Grande Fishing Guides Association (BGFGA).

In addition to spending considerable time on the water guiding groups around Tampa Bay and the Boca Grande area, Captain Chris is also an accomplished outdoors writer for a variety of well-respected publications.

Captain Chris is an easy-going charter captain who enjoys fishing with families, beginners, and experts alike. He is generous with his vast knowledge of the area and looks for to sharing a great day on the water with you, your family and your friends.

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Florida Reels Fishing Charters LLC Trips

Head out with Captain Christopher for a half, 3/4, or full day of fishing around the inshore waters and flats of Tampa. Captain Christopher will put you where you need to be to put Redfish, Trout, Tarpon, and Snook on the line. You will mostly use light tackle and spinning techniques to target your fish. Captain Christopher operates out of a custom built 21’ Clearwater 2000CC bay boat. This modern vessel allows for a comfortable drift through the Tampa Bay flats. There’s a lot of fishing space and a shaded T-top for hot summer days. The boat also has a Bluetooth stereo, so feel free to bring your favorite playlist! You won't have to worry about not being prepared as Captain Christopher supplies everything you need for a successful fishing adventure. He supplies all bait, tackle, gear, and fishing license. All you need to bring is appropriate clothing for Florida's climate and any food or drinks you might want. Polarized glasses are recommended. Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Tampa

Tampa Bay Fishing Classic

100% (17)
21 ft 1 - 4 People From $113 / person

Boca Grande is home to many fish species, but there's no doubt which one rules the water when it comes to action and excitement. Tarpon are Florida's premier inshore gamefish for a reason, and there's no better place to catch one than here with Captain Chris! Captain Chris has dedicated most of his life to helping people catch Tarpon. Targeting the "Silver King" has been a family tradition for a long time, and Tarpon fishing runs in his blood. At the age of five, Chris caught his first Tarpon, weighing around 80 pounds, in the deep waters of Boca Grande Pass with his father Mark. Even before that, his mother Cynthia was fighting Tarpon in Boca Grande Pass while pregnant with him. Captain Chris uses traditional live bait methods for catching Tarpon on his fishing charters. The most common live baits used include Blue Crabs, Pass Crabs, Squirrelfish, and Jumbo Shrimp. Live baits are drifted along the bottom of the pass, as well as other water columns where Tarpon can be found, using a transducer bottom machine. This method requires constant adjustment of the line depth to keep the baits within the “strike zone”. The live baits are presented as naturally as possible by using extra long leaders, heavy lead weights, and constant maneuvering of the boat by the Captain. Using these methods, Captain Chris consistently gets his clients on the fish, and—although there are no guarantees in fishing—has a better than 90% success rate when it comes to his Tarpon trips. Captain Christopher operates out of a custom built 21’ Clearwater 2000CC bay boat, built to the Captain’s standards in 2019. This modern vessel allows for a comfortable drift and great manueverability. There’s a lot of fishing space and also shaded T-top for hot summer days. The boat also has a Bluetooth stereo, so feel free to bring your favorite playlist! Captain Chris will supply everything you need, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. All you need to bring along is some sunscreen (no spray please!), proper clothing, a cooler with some snacks and drinks, and a smile! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Boca Grande

Boca Grande Tarpon Hunt - 95% Success

100% (8)
21 ft 1 - 4 People From $200 / person

Head out with Captain Christopher for a half, 3/4, or full day of fishing around the inshore waters and flats of Southshore Tampa Bay. Captain Christopher will put you where you need to be to put Redfish, Trout, Tarpon, and Snook on the line. You will mostly use light tackle and spinning techniques to target your fish. Captain Christopher operates out of a custom built 21’ Clearwater 2000CC bay boat. This modern vessel allows for a comfortable drift through the Tampa Bay flats. There’s a lot of fishing space and a shaded T-top for hot summer days. The boat also has a Bluetooth stereo, so feel free to bring your favorite playlist! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Ruskin

Inshore Fishing Slam

89% (9)
21 ft 1 - 4 People From $113 / person

Attention anglers! If you're looking for the ultimate fishing adventure, look no further! This Inshore-focused charter with Captain Christopher in Ruskin, Florida is one of the best charters on Florida's Gulf coast, and is an absolute blast for anglers of all levels. Captain Christopher is a seasoned pro with years of experience navigating the waters of Tampa Bay, and he knows exactly where to find the best gamefish in the area. On this trip, you'll be exploring the nearshore water around Tampa Bay, looking for big fish. These fish are fun to fight and absolutely delicious when filleted, and are known for taking all kinds of bait and putting up a serious battle! But it's not just about the fishing. Captain Christopher's charters are all about creating a unique and memorable experience for his guests. His custom-built 21’ Clearwater 2000CC bay boat is fully equipped with all the necessary gear and amenities, including a shaded T-top and an open deck for soaking up the sun. The sleek design of this shallow-draft vessel allows for a comfortable drift, so you can fish all day without getting tired. There’s also a Bluetooth stereo, so feel free to bring your favorite playlist! Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the beauty of Ruskin, Florida's waterways and catch some of the most sought-after fish in the Gulf. Book your charter fishing trip with Captain Christopher today and make your fishing dreams a reality! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Ruskin

Ruskin Fishing Classic

100% (9)
21 ft 1 - 4 People From $113 / person

Attention anglers! If you're looking for the ultimate fishing adventure, look no further! This Snook-focused trip with Captain Christopher in Ruskin, Florida is one of the best charters on Florida's Gulf coast, and is an absolute blast for anglers of all levels. Captain Christopher is a seasoned pro with years of experience navigating the waters of Tampa Bay, and he knows exactly where to find the best Snook, Redfish, and Trout in the area. On this trip, you'll be stalking the mangrove channels and brackish inshore cutaways looking for big-time Snook. These aggressive predatory fish are something like a saltwater version of the Pike, and are known for blowing up baits and lures on topwater and really bringing the fight! But it's not just about the fishing. Captain Christopher's charters are all about creating a unique and memorable experience for his guests. His custom-built 21’ Clearwater 2000CC bay boat is fully equipped with all the necessary gear and amenities, including a shaded T-top and an open deck for soaking up the sun. The sleek design of this shallow-draft vessel allows for a comfortable drift through even the shallowest areas, so you can get into the "skinny" water where big Snook hang out. There’s also a Bluetooth stereo, so feel free to bring your favorite playlist! Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the beauty of Ruskin, Florida's waterways and catch some of the most sought-after fish in the Gulf. Book your Snook charter fishing trip with Captain Christopher today and make your fishing dreams a reality! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Tampa

Inshore Family Fun Fishing

100% (11)
21 ft 1 - 4 People From $113 / person

Attention anglers! If you're looking for the ultimate fishing adventure, look no further! This inshore focused trip with Captain Christopher in Tampa , Florida is one of the best charters on Florida's Gulf coast, and is an absolute blast for anglers of all levels. Captain Christopher is a seasoned pro with years of experience navigating the waters of Tampa Bay, and he knows exactly where to find the best Snook, Redfish, and Trout in the area. On this trip, you'll be stalking the mangrove channels and brackish inshore cutaways looking for big-time Snook. These aggressive predatory fish are something like a saltwater version of the Pike, and are known for blowing up baits and lures on topwater and really bringing the fight! But it's not just about the fishing. Captain Christopher's charters are all about creating a unique and memorable experience for his guests. His custom-built 21’ Clearwater 2000CC bay boat is fully equipped with all the necessary gear and amenities, including a shaded T-top and an open deck for soaking up the sun. The sleek design of this shallow-draft vessel allows for a comfortable drift through even the shallowest areas, so you can get into the "skinny" water where big Snook hang out. There’s also a Bluetooth stereo, so feel free to bring your favorite playlist! Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the beauty of Tampa, Florida's waterways and catch some of the most sought-after fish in the Gulf. Book your Snook charter fishing trip with Captain Christopher today and make your fishing dreams a reality! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Tampa

Tampa Bay Fishing Trip

100% (12)
21 ft 1 - 4 People From $113 / person

If you're on the hunt for top-notch Shark fishing on Florida's Gulf Coast, look no further! On this charter fishing trip, Captain Christopher will take you on the water of Tampa Bay to catch a variety of Shark species, including Bonnethead, Blacktip, Nurse, Atlantic Sharpnose, Bull, Hammerhead, and more! Tampa Bay is a massive ecosystem that consists of multiple brackish water waterways connecting the freshwater rivers with the saltwater Gulf of Mexico. Many sharks depend on these mild brackish water conditions to breed juvenile sharks, and the Tampa, Ruskin, and Apollo Beach estuaries are perfect environments for this. Captain Christopher practices the use of both live and dead natural baits in conjunction with his “Secret Chum Formula” on most Shark trips. This combination is fine-tuned to catch Sharks, which detect the chum from far away, and then go crazy for the baits! Once on of these powerful fish grabs your hook, it's game on! Sharks are famous for their stamina and toughness, and it can take twenty minutes or more to haul in a big one. Captain Christopher will be by your side, offering helpful advice and tips for fighting one of these toothy fish onto the boat. Captain Christopher operates a custom-built 21’ Clearwater 2000CC bay boat. This sleek vessel allows for a comfortable drift through the Tampa Bay flats. There’s also a lot of fishing space and a shaded T-top for hot summer days, plus a Bluetooth stereo, so feel free to bring your favorite playlist! Read More

Inshore, Jetty Fishing Charter in Tampa

Tampa Bay Shark Fishing

100% (15)
21 ft 1 - 4 People From $113 / person

Welcome to the ultimate Tarpon-fishing adventure in Tampa, FL! On this trip, you'll partner up with Captain Christopher on his 21' Clearwater center console, and chase down some powerful sportfish in shallow water. The majestic Tarpon is known for its size, strength, and acrobatic jumps, making it a challenging catch for even the most experienced anglers. These fish are challenging for any angler, with powerful runs and crazy tail-walking, head-shaking action. However, with Captain Christopher's expertise and knowledge, you'll have a great chance to hook into one of these world-famous "Silver Kings". As you head out onto the shimmering waters of Tampa Bay, you'll feel the excitement build as you cast your line and wait for the Tarpon to strike. The crystal-clear waters here offer the perfect habitat for Tarpon, and you'll have plenty of opportunities to spot these magnificent creatures swimming beneath the surface. You'll be fishing on light tackle with both live and cut bait, so you'll really feel it when a Tarpon grabs the hook! Captain Christopher's 21' Clearwater center console is fully equipped with top-of-the-line fishing gear and technology, ensuring that you'll have everything you need to reel in these powerful game fish. The vessel is spacious and comfortable, with ample seating and shade to keep you cool during those hot summer days. Why wait? Book a charter now and take your summer vacation to the next level! The option for world class trophy Tarpon fishing in world famous Boca Grande Pass is also available at no extra cost. Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Tampa

Tampa Tarpon Fishing

100% (8)
21 ft 1 - 4 People From $175 / person

Boca Grande is home to many fish species, but there's no doubt which one rules the water when it comes to action and excitement. Tarpon are Florida's premier inshore gamefish for a reason, and there's no better place to catch one than here with Captain Chris! Captain Chris has dedicated most of his life to helping people catch Tarpon. Targeting the "Silver King" has been a family tradition for a long time, and Tarpon fishing runs in his blood. At the age of five, Chris caught his first Tarpon, weighing around 80 pounds, in the deep waters of Boca Grande Pass with his father Mark. Even before that, his mother Cynthia was fighting Tarpon in Boca Grande Pass while pregnant with him. Captain Chris uses traditional live bait methods for catching Tarpon on his fishing charters. The most common live baits used include Blue Crabs, Pass Crabs, Squirrelfish, and Jumbo Shrimp. Live baits are drifted along the bottom of the pass, as well as other water columns where Tarpon can be found, using a transducer bottom machine. This method requires constant adjustment of the line depth to keep the baits within the “strike zone”. The live baits are presented as naturally as possible by using extra long leaders, heavy lead weights, and constant maneuvering of the boat by the Captain. Using these methods, Captain Chris consistently gets his clients on the fish, and—although there are no guarantees in fishing—has a better than 90% success rate when it comes to his Tarpon trips. Captain Christopher operates out of a custom built 21’ Clearwater 2000CC bay boat, built to the Captain’s standards in 2019. This modern vessel allows for a comfortable drift and great manueverability. There’s a lot of fishing space and also shaded T-top for hot summer days. The boat also has a Bluetooth stereo, so feel free to bring your favorite playlist! Captai Chris will supply everything you need, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. All you need to bring along is some sunscreen (no spray please!), proper clothing, a cooler with some snacks and drinks, and a smile! Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Boca Grande

Boca Grande Trophy Tarpon Fishing - 95% Success

100% (11)
21 ft 1 - 4 People From $200 / person

Recent Reviews of Florida Reels Fishing Charters LLC

Robert

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Captain Chris was a awesome guide 5 star

Keith

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It was enjoyable

Kamal

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Captain Chris is a real bad ass, he is very professional and knows his stuff! Boat very clean and fishing rods are nice!

Nicolas

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Chris was an absolute blast to be with. He made our trip very special as I decided to propose to my fiancé on his boat. He also has a lot of insight of the fish in the area and even if it’s not the season for the fish he will do his best to try and catch what ever you are looking for. 10/10 would recommend and we will be booking another fishing trip with him again!

Quan

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Next time I will catch fish.

Ron

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MY SON HAD THE TIME OF HIS LIFE

Galen

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Trip was fun. Thanks

Nick

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We went out with captain Chris and had a BLAST. Great time great vibes, Chris is a hell of a guy and knows what he’s doing do a T, he put us on tons of fish between the both of us we probably caught around 30 fish in 4 hours!

Camecia

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He was so freaking awesome! This was a great experience and I would recommend him to any and everyone!

Harry

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We had a great time. Chris was a great captain/fishing guide. We had a hookup on the first cast fishing near the mangrove trees. Took home two good sized red fish, a snapper and a spotted trout. Had a few got aways and a couple throw backs (under sized). It was a fun half day. Thanks Captain Chris!

Rod

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Although the captain did a decent job trolling over hundreds of tarpon, we failed to hook up one tarpon. Not sure if it was the bait, surf or what?? The captain didn’t have an explanation either.

Lesley

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Excellent captain and we had a good time

Brian

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Chris was excellent. Great knowledge nice boat had a fantastic time. Thank you so much.

James D.

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Capt. Taylor is the reel deal. He put us on more fish within the first hour than I caught in all of 2021. Seriously; we got into schools of redfish that made Louisiana look like Kansas. It was a truly magical day of fishing for our family. We wrapped the day up cooling off with a fun swim on a desolate sandbar and Capt. Tayor wasn't pressuring us on time. Truly the best money I have spent in a long time. Highly recommend.

William M.

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Captain Chris was awesome! Very knowledgeable about the area and fishing spots iv been an angler for over 30 years and you can tell when someone knows what their doing. Great guy all around and we had an awesome time chasing trophies 🏆. Thanks Chris ! -Bill

Sarah D

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We had a great time on the boat with Capt. Chris! He was friendly, knowledgeable, and had a great sense of humor. Nice equipment and we all caught a fish including some sharks. It was a nice day on the water. We will do it again sometime. Thank you Chris!

Adam T

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My two young boys wanted to catch a Shark. I called Chris and talked to him about it. He was extremely confident about where there was a good shark fishing area. Within 15 minutes of fishing we started catching sharks. They were the perfect size so my boys could still reel them in. In 4 hours they each caught 5 sharks. We had so much fun and will always remember this experience. I Highly recommend this company.

Tanner M.

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We definitely caught fish! Not only did we catch fish, we caught sharks! 7 to be exact! Captain Chris definitely knew what he was doing to put us on a bite for the day. The boat was just big enough to fit a group of 3 comfortably. Nothing fancy. We got exactly what we asked for with this trip. The price did seem a bit high for only 3 hours of fishing with about an hour of traveling to and from the location. But all in all, if you want to catch fish(or shark) captain Chris is your man. I would definitely recommend this trip to a friend and will probably find myself booking Chris again in the future for a Tarpon trip.

Rylee

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Captain Chris was friendly, funny, and very informational. We reeled in a trophy sized tarpon. A fantastic experience!

Denise

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We had a wonderful vacation at Clearwater Beach Florida. So many memories. The totally enjoyed fishing with Captain Christopher, he was knowledgeable and easy to talk with. Good time for them. Only comment was a little larger boat for the four of them. But then they like to move around…thank you for the memories. Denise

Laura

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It was a blast! Chris knew where the fish were biting. And I caught my first hammerhead shark! Overall 10/10!

Walter

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Bad weather plagued our trip. A big fog bank rolled in on us. Caught a few but it could have been better. I saw no other boats catching fish either. Chris knows his stuff and I'm booking a Tarpon trip with him next month.

Michael

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Had a great time! Caught a lot of fish! Would recommend!

Madelyn

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Captain Chris put us on some fish and made us laugh!!! Made a good experience out of a hot day! 10/10 recommend! We had a blast

Julian

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Christopher was an excellent captain and fishing guide who gave me and my buddy a memorable trip across tampa bay! We caught many shark, and other fish at our stops. If you’re anywhere near the Tampa area it’s worth the drive and Captain Christopher will make the experience a life long memory!

Larry

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A good day on the water with Captain Chris. Plan to go back out on the water with him soon.

Landen

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Went fishing for my bachelor party. Chris was super cool. We had a great time laughing and joking the whole time. He was able to put us in fish and keep things lively. Excellent experience. Will be back again eventually.

Brian

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Great time! Something that the kids will remember for a lifetime. Captain will go out of his way to accommodate to your needs.

Johnny

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We had a Great Time. The Captain was a very nice guy made the experience worthwhile.

Real

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Two Canadians wanting to learn about local fishing and fish. Christopher was more interested in politics. We understand that we don’t always catch fish on a fishing trip, but he didn’t move the boat to try other areas the entire 4 hours.

Erika

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What a great experience! I booked this trip for my husband, my son (12), and myself. Captin Chris was very knowledgeable, had some great spots for us to fish and my son had a shark on in the first 5 minutes of our fishing trip. We all had a great time, caught shark, snook, catfish, and a stingray. Cap. Chris told us about “The Friendly Fisherman” restaurant that wasn’t too far, we took our fish there and had a feast. We will book with Captain Chris on our next visit to Tampa

Connor

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Chris was awesome we did an inshore fishing trip and caught a bunch of hammer head sharks and catfish!! Lots of fun, definitely recommend, really nice guy.

Peng

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Captain Chris was great. He showed up on time answered any questions my wife and I had before the trip. I caught my first shark and snook with him as our captain. He shared good stories and we had a great time.

Christian V.

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My colleague and I had a fantastic sunny day with Christopher. He was on time and ver professional. He even jumped in the water to untangle the line to allow the catch in picture to be brought on board! I would highly recommend !

Todd W.

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Captain Chris put us on a variety of fish my 10yr nephew had a great time !!! Much appreciated great day of fishing even though we had crappy windy weather !

Catriona L.

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What an amazing trip! I booked this for my husbands 50th birthday. The Captain promised us he would put us on the fish and he certainly did that! We out fished all the other nearby boats and were constantly busy reeling them in. I even caught two bonnet sharks and a 33 inch snook. My husband also caught around 18 good size snooks. We will certainly be booking again. A fantastic morning.

Species

Barracuda, Black Drum, Blacktip Shark, Bluefish, Bonito, Bonnethead Shark, Bull Shark, Cobia, Florida Pompano, Flounder, Fluke, Gag Grouper, Jack Crevalle, Kingfish, Lemon Shark, Red Grouper, Redfish, Snook, Spanish Mackerel, Speckled Trout, Tarpon, Tiger Shark, Tripletail, Yellowtail Snapper

Techniques

Artificial Lure Fishing, Bottom Fishing, Cut Bait Fishing, Drift Fishing, Heavy Tackle Fishing, Light Tackle Fishing, Live Bait Fishing, Sight Casting, Topwater Fishing

Types of Fishing

Flats, Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore

Start Location

5108 West Gandy Boulevard, Tampa, FL, USA | Bodies of water fished: Tampa Bay, St. Pete Beach, Boca Grande Pass, Gulf Of Mexico

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