True Story Fishing Charters in Apollo Beach, Florida

Guided by TJ Bellotti

Inshore Nearshore

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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!

True Story Fishing Charters Trips

There's simply no better way to enjoy the water than a backcountry fishing trip with Captain T.J. He's fished the mangroves and around Tampa Bay for years, and you can be sure that he'll put you right where the fish are! This area provides the 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! In addition to these inshore species, on a six-hour trip you'll be able to take a crack at nearshore gamefish including Blacktips, Bull Sharks, Gag Grouper, Jack Crevalle, and more! Strap in, because these fish are a challenge for any angler. On this trip, you'll be taken care of aboard Captain T.J.'s 22' BullsBay bay boat (say that three times fast!). She's a beauty, and is equipped with a 200-HP Suzuki engine to take you "dock to dock" smoothly and comfortable. She also features a full kit of electronics, a wireless trolling motor, and a live well for your bait. Captain T.J. will bring everything you need for a great day, including all the rods, reels, bait, and tackle. All you need to bring is proper clothing, sunscreen, and a pair of sunglasses to help you spot fish. Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Ruskin

Tampa Bay Backcountry Trip

100% (6)
22 ft 1 - 4 People From $175 / person

Recent Reviews of True Story Fishing Charters

Tara B.


TJ is such a knowledgeable and amazing captain. We had a fantastic couple of days on the water! Can't wait to go again.



TJ was fantastic. We had a blast, caught a ton of fish, and enjoyed our time on the water.

Byron H.


First time ever fishing and it didn't disappoint at all! Captain TJ is extremely knowledgeable and does a great job of making sure you have the best fishing experience ever. Caught plenty of snappers and we even tried to catch a Goliath! (No luck but still a great experience. Perhaps you'll get lucky and catch one) Thanks again TJ, definitely booking with you again!

Vivian N.


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!

Josh S.


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 well. As first timers to Tampa we were very happy we chose to go on this trip!



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 closed the day out how he suggested by having them cooked at the local restaurant! Thanks again for a wonderful experience…


Black Seabass, Blacktip Shark, Bull Shark, Cobia, Gag Grouper, Jack Crevalle, Mangrove Snapper, Redfish, Sheepshead, Snook, Speckled Trout, Tarpon


Artificial Lure Fishing, Bottom Fishing, Fly Fishing, Live Bait Fishing, Topwater Fishing, Trolling

Types of Fishing

Inshore, Nearshore

Start Location

2401 19th Avenue Northwest, Ruskin, FL 33570, United States | Bodies of water fished: Tampa Bay, St. Pete Beach

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