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Inshore Fishing Charter in Ruskin

Tampa Bay Inshore Fishing

100% (9)
24 ft 1 - 6 People From $150 / person

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Ruskin

Tampa Bay Shark Hunt

100% (9)
24 ft 1 - 6 People From $150 / person

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Ruskin

Scalloping Adventure - 24’ Skipjack

100% (7)
24 ft 1 - 3 People From $235 / person

Inshore Fishing Charter in Ruskin

Inshore Fishing Slam

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

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Ruskin

Ruskin Fishing Classic

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

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Ruskin

Tampa Bay's Got It All!

100% (6)
24 ft 1 - 6 People From $125 / person

Most Popular Types of Trips in Ruskin

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Fishing Charters Near Ruskin, Fl

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On this epic inshore trip, you'll be able to go after the best sportfish species that Florida has to offer, including Snook, Redfish, Speckled Trout, and more! Each of these fish offer different challenges, and on this 3, 4, 6, or 8-hour trip, you'll be able to take a shot at catching all of them! If this is your first time fishing Tampa Bay, here's a brief rundown on each of your target species. Snook: First off, a big Snook is a sight to behold, with its bold stripe and its glimmering gray scales. This fish grows up to 50 inches long and lives between four and five decades. When caught, the fish makes showy leaps and will put up a fight before you can reel it in. Snook are powerful fish, and they won’t make it easy for you to catch them, especially in shallow water. Captain Jarrod loves to see the look in an angler’s eyes when they make their big catch. Snook are plentiful in the Tampa Bay area, which makes them an ideal target for anglers. On especially plentiful days, you won’t leave the boat without multiple catches, even if you fish with a group. Redfish: One of Tampa Bay's best-known sportfish, Redfish make great catches for all anglers, regardless of experience. You’ll find the largest of these feisty and formidable fish inshore and nearshore. A relative of the Black Drum, Redfish have a unique ability to smell their prey, as opposed to relying solely on sight. They can weigh up to 12 pounds and live for 40 years, and these fish are prime fighters. You’ll never see a dull moment during your search for these magnificent creatures. Catching Redfish is a breeze when you know where to look, how they search for prey, and what they like to eat. Redfish like to stay in underwater grass, and you’ll find them easy to spot in shallow waters, depending on the tide. Redfish like to eat shellfish but won’t hesitate to take a chunk off a larger fish that passes by them. Speckled Trout: Trout have many names and species, including sea trout, spotted seatrout, speckled trout, and specks. As the various names imply, this type of trout has black spots along its sides and back over a silver underbelly. An average adult trout ranges between 12 and 24 inches long. Once a trout gets past 22-24 inches, we call it a "gator" trout. Trout typically weigh between 10 and 12 pounds, though the record for the biggest trout caught in Florida tips the scales at 17 pounds 7 ounces. You’ll typically find Trout in grass flats in about 1-6 feet of water. They like to stick close to mangroves near the shore, though you may also find them hidden in deep grass holes. During the winter, Trout sometimes venture into water as deep as 15 feet. Regardless of which species you hook, you'll have a blast on the water with Captain Jarrod! On the day of your trip you will launch from the boat ramp next to Hook's Waterfront Bar and Grill. If you need to launch from a different area, Captain Jarrod is flexible and has several options—please let him know what works best for you. You'll be fishing from the deck of Captain Jarrod's 25' Sportsman 234 bay boat. This puppy comes equipped with a 250 Yamaha SHO engine for speed and maneuverability, plus a range of amenities including a multimedia system, PowerPoles for exploring shallow flats, trolling motor, multiple live wells for your bait, Yeti coolers for your drinks, and more! This boat is perfect for a family fishing trip. Jarrod will provide you with all the equipment, tackle, and bait you need, plus he'll supply ice for your food, drinks & fish, artificial lures, photos of your catch, secret techniques and instruction for artificial bait fishing, and he will even clean and bag your fish for you at the end of the day! All you need to bring is your sunscreen, sun-protective clothing, sunglasses, any food & drinks you'd like to enjoy onboard. Beer is welcome, but please—no hard liquor or wine, and no glass containers. If you've got Captain Jarrod at the wheel, your fishing adventure will surely be one to remember! Gratuties are never expected, but are always greatly appreciated! If your captain did a good job and you had an enjoyable trip, please consider rewarding his efforts with a 15-20% tip. Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Ruskin

Tampa Bay Inshore Fishing

100% (7)
25 ft 1 - 6 People From $142 / person
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Most people known Sharks as the big, scary predators seen in movies like "Jaws". However, anglers understand that although Sharks are top predators in their environments, they're really graceful, majestic, and thrilling to catch. No matter your experience level, a Tampa shark fishing charter with Captain Jarrod will be the thrill of a lifetime! There are plenty of different types of sharks in Tampa Bay, making it the perfect spot to land your trophy fish or just to have some fun. More than a dozen different shark species swim beneath the waters of Tampa Bay, including the Blacktip (Carcharhinus limbatus), Bonnethead (Sphyrna tiburo), Hammerhead (Sphyrnidae Sphyrna), Nurse Shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum), Lemon Shark (Negaprion brevirostris), and Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas). When in doubt, you can just ask Captain Jarrod about the Shark you've hooked. You can catch non-prohibited shark species in Florida at any time of year. Typically, the best time is from May to August. Captain Jarrod is happy to tell you what species are best to fish for when you book your trip! On the day of your trip you will launch from the boat ramp next to Hook's Waterfront Bar and Grill. If you need to launch from a different area, Captain Jarrod is flexible and has several options—please let him know what works best for you. You'll be fishing from the deck of Captain Jarrod's 25' Sportsman 234 bay boat. This puppy comes equipped with a 250 Yamaha SHO engine for speed and maneuverability, plus a range of amenities including a multimedia system, PowerPoles for exploring shallow flats, trolling motor, multiple live wells for your bait, Yeti coolers for your drinks, and more! This boat is perfect for a family fishing trip. Jarrod will provide you with all the equipment, tackle, and bait you need, plus he'll supply ice for your food, drinks & fish, artificial lures, photos of your catch, secret techniques and instruction for artificial bait fishing, and he will even clean and bag your fish for you at the end of the day! All you need to bring is your sunscreen, sun-protective clothing, sunglasses, any food & drinks you'd like to enjoy onboard. Beer is welcome, but please—no hard liquor or wine, and no glass containers. If you've got Captain Jarrod at the wheel, your fishing adventure will surely be one to remember! Gratuity is never expected, but always appreciated! If your captain did a good job and you enjoyed your trip, considered rewarding his efforts with a 15-20% tip. Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Ruskin

Tampa Bay Sharkfest - 25’ Sportsman

100% (7)
25 ft 1 - 6 People From $167 / person

Want to escape the Florida heat and cast a few lines after-hours? Join Captain Ryan and enjoy an adventurous night of fishing in Tampa Bay, Florida! Nighttime fishing can be hit or miss depending on the moon phase but catch a full moon or the days around it more specifically and the fishing can be red hot! On these Tampa Bay night fishing adventures you can expect to target some dock lights, unlit bottom structures, fish the channels with live bait or post up by a bridge to target Mangrove Snapper, Snook, and even Tarpon during the summer months! These calm water conditions are perfect for beginner to intermediate fishermen/fisherwomen who are eager to reel something in. Even though there is low light, these trips can be super productive because some fish like to feed at night when predators—especially out of water predators like birds and humans—are less of a threat. Snook are one of these nocturnal feeders that love biting at night! You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Ryan’s 22-foot Skeeter bay boat powered by a 300 HP Suzuki engine. This boat is equipped with a GPS, Fishfinder, Live Bait Well, Wireless Trolling Motor, and Ice Box. Don’t forget to bring any snacks you might need (Captain Ryan will have bottled waters on board) as well as a cooler with ice to take home your night's catch. Captain Ryan will provide all rods, reels, and tackle, but feel free to bring your own. Captain Ryan catches live bait before the start of each trip, as it’s most effective in these waters, so don’t worry about bait! Captain Ryan will also clean and fillet your fish at the end of each trip. Get ready for an eventful night on the water with Captain Ryan! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Ruskin

Nighttime Snapper, Snook, Tarpon

100% (6)
22 ft 1 - 2 People From $350 / person

If you're looking for that next level fishing trip, you've come to the right spot. These trips obviously will be targeting limits on this delicious species, but Captain Frankie will help you keep the biggest ones for your limit at that! Depending on the day and how hot the honey holes, you could come back to the dock with a limit for of doormat sized snapper! Now fishing isn't catching, but Captain Frankie is here to go above and beyond to do whatever it takes to ensure you have an incredible experience and are dam near the closest thing to a guarantee you can get! These trips involve a quick haul offshore to get to one of Captain Frankie's marked locations on his GPS. The fishing grounds are usually offshore structure like reefs and other live bottoms. Both grouper & snapper species like to hang near the bottom at these structures and usually congregate in high numbers! You will most likely be using a bottom rig including a heavier weight rod and a hefty weight tied on beneath. There is no hook set involved but you can bet your bottom dollar, you'll know soon enough that the fight is on! Nothing makes Captain Frankie more pleased than delivering on your goals for the day! Read More

Flats, Inshore, Nearshore, River Fishing Charter in Ruskin

Grouper And Snapper Trips

100% (3)
23 ft 1 - 4 People From $150 / person

Welcome to Tampa Bay, Florida, where the sun is shining, the water is crystal clear, and the fish are biting! Join Captain Phil on a thrilling nearshore fishing adventure aboard his sleek 24' Dorado "hybrid" bay boat. With its shallow draft and powerful engine, this boat is perfect for navigating the waters of Tampa Bay and getting you to the best fishing spots. Under the expert guidance of Captain Phil, you'll be targeting some of the most sought-after species in the area, including Kingfish, Hogfish, and Snappers. These delicious fish are known for their fighting spirit, so get ready for some exciting battles on the water. As you reel in your catches, you'll enjoy stunning views of the Florida coastline and the surrounding islands. Keep an eye out for dolphins, manatees, and other marine life that call Tampa Bay home! All passengers 12 and under must wear a life jacket at all times while onboard the boat. Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Ruskin

Tampa Bay Live Action

100% (8)
24 ft 1 - 6 People From $183 / person

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
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There’s nothing like spending quality time on the water with a rod in your hands, and there's no better place for it than Tampa Bay. Head out with Captain Jarrod for a wonderful day on the water, chasing Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Grouper, and more! You'll venture between 3 and 9 miles off, where you have a ton of options to target. Whether you’re fishing with family, friends, or coworkers, Captain Jarrod is especially adept at handling all skill levels and is able to customize your trip to your preferences. On the day of your trip you will launch from the boat ramp next to Hook's Waterfront Bar and Grill. If you need to launch from a different area, Captain Jarrod is flexible and has several options—please let him know what works best for you. You'll be fishing from the deck of Captain Jarrod's 25' Sportsman 234 bay boat. This puppy comes equipped with a 250 Yamaha SHO engine for speed and maneuverability, plus a range of amenities including a multimedia system, PowerPoles for exploring shallow flats, trolling motor, multiple live wells for your bait, Yeti coolers for your drinks, and more! This boat is perfect for a family fishing trip. Jarrod will provide you with all the equipment, tackle, and bait you need, plus he'll supply ice for your food, drinks & fish, artificial lures, photos of your catch, secret techniques and instruction for artificial bait fishing, and he will even clean and bag your fish for you at the end of the day! All you need to bring is your sunscreen, sun-protective clothing, sunglasses, any food & drinks you'd like to enjoy onboard. Beer is welcome, but please—no hard liquor or wine, and no glass containers. If you've got Captain Jarrod at the wheel, your fishing adventure will surely be one to remember! Gratuties are never expected, but are always greatly appreciated! If your captain did a good job and you had an enjoyable trip, please consider rewarding his efforts with a 15-20% tip. Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Ruskin

Nearshore Tampa Bay - 25’ Sportsman

100% (7)
25 ft 1 - 6 People From $167 / person

If you're looking to get on some spectacular inshore and nearshore sportfish in the Tampa Bay area, there's no better guide than Captain Daryll. He's been fishing these waters his whole life, and he's studied the prime spots and best holes in order to put you on record-setting fish! On this trip, you can target both classic inshore species such as Mangrove Snapper, Snook, Redfish, and Speckled Trout. If you opt to go further out, you can also chase nearshore species such as Black and Gag Grouper, Cobia, and even Blacktip Sharks! These fish are a blast to hook and fight, and taste great as well! You'll be chasing bites using light-tackle techniques, fishing both live bait and lures depending on the season, water conditions, and weather. Captain Daryll is a pro, and he's got an array of tips and tricks to help you hook a personal best! Thomas runs his trips aboard his 24' Skipjack bay boat—an ideal vessel for hunting lunkers in inshore waters. She's fast, with a 200-HP Yamaha engine, and a hull profile that's sharp enough to cut through chop and shallow enough to get into backcountry channels where big fish like to congregate. She's also equipped with a wireless trolling motor to help you sneak up on your targets, plus a live well for bait and an ice box for your keepers. Everything you need will be provided for you, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. All you need to bring is sunscreen (lotion only, no spray!), a hat, and a pair of sunglasses to cut the surface glare. Get out there and have a blast! Read More

Flats, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Ruskin

Tampa Bay Rod-Bender

100% (6)
24 ft 1 - 3 People From $217 / person

The grouper diggin’ trip puts us out 30-40 miles offshore targeting either gag grouper, red grouper, or both depending on what is in season. Our main goal on this trip is to get a boat limit (2 per person) on every trip. This trip puts meat in the box! We can also target mangrove snapper, lane snapper, and sometimes red snapper when they are in season. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Belleair Bluffs

Full Day Deep Sea Fishing

100% (3)
31 ft 1 - 6 People From $267 / person

Get ready for an unforgettable fishing experience in Bradenton, FL on this trip with Captain Austin! You'll be on board his 26' Stapleton center console, hunting down pelagics and offshore sportfish such as Amberjack, Goliath Grouper, Kingfish, and more! Captain Austin is a local expert with years of experience fishing waters of Bradenton, FL. He knows the best spots to catch a variety of fish and with his expert guidance, you'll have the opportunity to reel in some truly impressive catches. As soon as you step aboard his 26' boat, you'll be greeted by top-of-the-line gear and electronics, giving you the best possible opportunity to stack fish or find your new personal best! Whether you want to chase lightning-fast King Mackerel or tangle with massive Groupers, he can put you on 'em. But it's not just about the fishing; Captain Austin will share his knowledge of the local waters and wildlife, pointing out different marine species such as dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles that may be swimming around. He'll also take you to the most scenic spots where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico. Don't miss out on the fishing trip of a lifetime with Captain Austin! Get out there for an action-packed day of offshore fishing, fun, and adventure in Bradenton, FL. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Offshore Sportfishing

100% (9)
26 ft 1 - 6 People From $150 / person

The Hogfish hunt is our 3/4 day 6hr trip. We are primarily targeting hogfish on this trip, along with mangrove snapper, lane snapper, grunts, gag grouper when they are in season, and king and Spanish mackerel when they are around. We typically fish 15-25 miles offshore on this trip. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Belleair Bluffs

Deep Sea Fishing 6hr Trip

100% (3)
31 ft 1 - 6 People From $183 / person

Are you ready for an unforgettable bottom fishing adventure out of St. Petersburg, FL? Join Captain Dan on a thrilling fishing excursion that will take you to the depths of the Gulf of Mexico, in search of some of the most prized fish in the area. On this trip, you'll be targeting a variety of species, including Gag Grouper, known for their powerful fight and delicious flesh. You'll also have the opportunity to reel in Mangrove Snapper, whose flaky white meat is a favorite among seafood lovers. And watch out for Sharks, who are known to put up a serious battle on the line! But the adventure doesn't stop there. You'll also have the chance to catch Amberjack, a hard-fighting game fish that will test your strength and stamina. Other species you might encounter include Triggerfish, Porgies, and Grunts, all of which offer a fun and exciting challenge. You'll be fishing aboard a 28' Polar center console. This vessel is equipped with top-of-the-line fishing gear and electronics, ensuring that you have everything you need for a successful day on the water. With ample seating and a T-top cover, you can relax and enjoy the ride to and from the fishing grounds. And once you arrive, you'll have plenty of room to move around and get in on the action. Captain Dan is a seasoned professional who knows the waters of the Gulf of Mexico like the back of his hand. He'll take you to the best fishing spots, where you'll drop your line and wait for the action to begin. With state-of-the-art fishing equipment and a well-maintained vessel, you'll be fully equipped to catch the fish of a lifetime. So, get ready for an epic deep sea bottom fishing adventure out of St. Petersburg, FL, with Captain Dan! With the thrill of the hunt, the beauty of the ocean, and the taste of fresh seafood, this is a trip you won't soon forget! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in St. Petersburg

St. Pete Deep Water Bottomfishing

100% (2)
28 ft 1 - 4 People From $225 / person

Many types of Sharks can be found in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Captain and his experienced crew are just the guys to lead you on a Shark-chasing adventure! They have the skill and knowledge to take you on the adventure of a lifetime. Whether you're a novice or experienced angler, the captain will provide you with everything you need for a successful trip, including fishing gear and a valid license. Get ready for an epic day fishing with one of the most elite outfits in the St. Pete-Clearwater area! Equipped with all the possible federal permits, credentials, and years of on the water experience, Owner Captain Ron and his Master Licensed Captains & 1st Mates are here to go above and beyond to do whatever it takes to ensure you have an incredible experience! On these trips, your Captain & 1st Mate will help you target & attempt to catch shark species that call the Gulf of Mexico's inshore/nearshore & offshore waters home. If you're looking for that next level fishing trip, you've come to the right spot. Our 35' Contender Pro Tournament Series vessel is operated under the direction of the exorbitantly credentialed Pelagic Expert Captain Brian and 1st Mate. You'll be riding out aboard a beautifully maintained Contender 35ft Tournament boat is equipped with triple 300 horsepower Yamahas and a deep-v that get you to and from the fishing grounds quickly and safely. This vessel’s ride has a reputation in the fishing community as being one of the smoothest and driest on the water. These trips benefit from the Contender’s ability to minimize the amount of time cruising and maximize the amount of time spent fishing. You will depart from the beautiful Tierra Verde Marina Resort in St. Pete. Along side mega yachts and classy sportfishing vessels. Captain & 1st Mate will help load your gear aboard the boat and ensure you are safe, comfortable and properly briefed for your day before you depart. Suggest that you arrive 30 mins prior to departure time for all trips aboard his boats to ensure your Captain has enough time to get all your gear onboard and properly orient you on the day ahead! His boat is docked at the Tierra Verde Resort Marina but if you are looking to get picked up from a nearby location, Captains are often more than happy to accommodate! All fishing essentials are provided along with a cooler with ice and water. Bring your own lunch and beverages, and a small personal cooler is fine as well. SAFETY, HEALTH & WELFARE ARE PARAMOUNT! We Deliver The Results & Exceed Expectations! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Tierra Verde

Shark Encounter - 28'

100% (5)
35 ft 1 - 6 People From $317 / person

Are you ready for the fishing adventure of a lifetime? Come join Captain Steve or Captain Tucker on board their beautiful 34' delta sportfishing vessel, and get out there on a thrilling charter fishing trip in the beautiful waters of Clearwater, FL! On this offshore trip, you'll be targeting a range of species across the whole water column. Up towards the surface, you'll troll and cast for Barracuda, Kingfish, Bonito,and Spanish Mackerel, while down on the bottom you'll drop lines for Grouper, Snapper, and Amberjack. Whether you're a seasoned angler or just looking to try your hand at fishing, our experienced captains and crew have got you covered. The 34' Delta sportfisher is a purpose-built fishing vessel equipped with top-of-the-line fishing gear, comfortable seating, restrooms, and all the amenities you need for a successful day on the water. Licensed to carry up to 6 passengers, this safe, clean, comfortable vessel carries state-of-the-art Furuno GPS bottom-sounder and radar and is equipped with Coast Guard approved safety equipment, EPIRB radio beacon, life preservers, flares, and throwable life ring. There is a bathroom, tuna tower, outriggers for offshore trolling, fish-fighting chairs, and plenty of seating on board. 4 hour, 5 hour, and 6 hour charters are offered in the morning and afternoon and are generally bottom fishing in winter and trolling in spring, summer, and fall. 8 hour, 10 hour, and 12 hour charters require a morning departure (7am at the latest) and are the perfect length for bottom fishing, trolling, and live baiting. Red snapper season begins June 1st through July and requires a 10 or 12 hour trip! Captain Steve and Captain Tucker have over 35 years of fishing experience out of Clearwater combined, so you'll be in great hands when you set out to bag some fish! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Clearwater

Clearwater Fishing Thriller!

100% (4)
34 ft 1 - 6 People From $142 / person

If you're tired of messing around with the little fish and looking for a real deal offshore experience, Captain Martin has got you covered on the full day offshore Snapper/Grouper trip! You'll be motoring offshore aboard Captain Martin's 32' Conch center console and spend the day bottom fishing and jigging deep water structure for a wide range of a wide range of Grouper and Snapper species! These classic Florida gamefish are hard fighting, delicious eating, and often awesome trophies for the camera! Captain Martin has decades of experience catching these Florida staples, and he will do everything he can to put you on the fish and give you the best possible chance to catch your target for the day whether that's a trophy-size fish or pile for the freezer. You'll be spending the day aboard his beautiful 32' Conch center console, powered by twin 300HP Suzuki outboards. This fast and versatile boat is perfect for fishing the all around Tampa bay and beyond! (see his other trip offerings at the bottom of the page). Captain Martin will provide everything you need for a perfect day on the water, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. His goal is for everyone to have a blast and to catch a bunch of fish! Remember to bring proper clothing, a hat, and sunscreen. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Treasure Island

St. Pete Full Day Offshore

100% (5)
30 ft 1 - 5 People From $370 / person

What’s the difference between a clearwater fishing guide & a charter captain? Anyone can go out and pass a test to get a Charter Captains' license. However, a guide is someone who truly knows how to fish in the area. From having the right equipment, boat, waterway knowledge to knowing what is biting on a summer's morn vs. a winter's eve and what bait to use in each scenario. Captain Craig is a true, ‘Clearwater Fishing Guide’. From shallow grass flats fishing to the bays, Captain Craig's flats fishing charters are among the best in the area. His flats charters include taking one to 3 persons to areas such as the grass flats, nearshore, backwaters, and bays along Clearwater and Tarpon Springs and even into Tampa Bay. These flats fishing experiences include casting with artificial or live bait along with traditional & fly fishing with no price disparity between any technique or quarry! Expect to catch snook, redfish, tarpon, mackerel, sharks, cobia, threadfin, & more! You will be fishing aboard Captain Craigs 21' Backcountry Flats boat equipped with a trolling motor and polling platform which allow Captain Craig to sneak you up on the fish to get the best possible look at catching them! This boat can maneuver the skinny water (hence the name of his charter) to chase down the awesome flats fish like tailing Reds, Snook, and even Tarpon! Captain Craig will provide almost everything for your flats fishing adventure from rods, reels, tackle, bait, fishing licenses, and even fish cleaning though he does encourage catch and release. All you'll need to bring are some snacks and drinks, your sun protection, and your own fly gear if that's your flavor, but Captain Craig will take care of the rest to ensure you have an epic day out on the water! Feel free to bring your young ones on this family-friendly trip; Captain Craig is great at getting kids hooked on fishing, and kids under 12 come aboard for free! Read More

Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Clearwater

Clearwater Flats Fishing

100% (10)
21 ft 1 - 3 People From $167 / person

If you've been want to reel in some big fish on the calm inshore waters of Anna Maria Island, FL, then this trip is your ticket! Join Captain Taylor and chase classic Florida gamefish including Redfish, Snook, Snapper, and Trout on the flats and in the river channels of this rich fishery. Each of these species is widely known as a terrific gamefish that fights hard and will really test your strength, skill, and stamina. You'll go after these fish using light tackle techniques, so bring your A-game—when one of these aggressive fish hits the line, you'll feel it! Captain Taylor is also full of expert tips and tricks to help you land that record fish, so whether you're a beginner or an advanced angler, you'll leave this trip a better fisherman than when you started. On this trip, you'll be fishing from the deck of Captain Taylor's 24' Century center console. She's ideal for these inshore areas, with a relatively shallow draft and a 250-HP Suzuki engine so you can get on the fish in a hurry. Captain Taylor provides everything you need for a stellar trip, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. All you need to remember is proper clothing, sunscreen, and a pair of polarized sunglasses to spot fish. You can also bring a cooler with some drinks and snacks. Get ready to whack 'em! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Holmes Beach

Holmes Beach Inshore Hookfest

100% (6)
24 ft 1 - 6 People From $108 / person

Are you looking to spend a day out on the beautiful blue waters of the Gulf while reeling in some hefty fish? This trip might just be for you! Captain Chris and his 31’ Wellcraft are ready to take up to 6 guests out for a full day searching offshore for Bonito, Sailfish, Kingfish, and Skipjack Tuna. He will cater to all your requests, including the species of fish you want to target. So set out with an experienced and fun-loving guide who will keep ‘em coming over the rail! Captain Chris' 31’ Wellcraft is powered by twin 300HP Suzukis that'll make for a smooth ride during your full-day voyage. It comes equipped with a large fish cooler for all your catches, which Captain Chris will clean and bag when you return to the dock. On this trip you will be Trolling, Bottom Fishing, Drift Fishing, Jigging, and using both Heavy and Light Tackle. Captain Chris provides all the equipment necessary as well as a wealth of knowledge on fishing technique. If you want him to give pointers, he is more than willing. This trip includes everything you need, except for food and drink. If you are over 21, feel free to bring an adult beverage to sip on, but please don’t bring any glass. Captain Chris provides everything else from fishing licenses to sunscreen. Come prepared for an incredible journey with a knowledgeable guide! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Gulfport

Offshore Drag Ripper

100% (6)
31 ft 1 - 6 People From $328 / person
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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Charter in Ruskin

What are the best fishing charters in Ruskin?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 194 trips in Ruskin, and the most popular trips in the area are Tampa Bay Shark Hunt guided by Phil, Tampa Bay Inshore Fishing guided by Phil, and Scalloping Adventure - 24’ Skipjack guided by Daryll.

Our guides in Ruskin are rated a 4.97 out of 5 based on 2204 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Other popular cities nearby for booking a charter include St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tierra Verde.

Looking for kid friendly charters in Ruskin? Check out our beginner and family friendly charters in Ruskin.

What types of fishing charters are common in Ruskin?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular in Ruskin as well as inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and flats fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Ruskin are: 1. gag grouper, 2. redfish, 3. snook, and 4. mangrove snapper.

The most common fishing techniques in Ruskin are light tackle fishing, live bait fishing, and bottom fishing but trolling and heavy tackle fishing are popular as well.

How much do Ruskin fishing charters cost?

in Ruskin prices can range anywhere from an affordable $300 to $3,000 and up, but the average price for a half day trip in Ruskin is $667. The average price for a full day trip in Ruskin is $1,236.

What month is best for fishing in Ruskin?

The most popular season for fishing in Ruskin is spring, and most anglers book their trips 22 days in advance.

Do I need a Ruskin fishing license and what are the bag limits in Ruskin?

If you’re thinking about a saltwater trip, you’re in luck! Our saltwater fishing tours in Ruskin don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. For freshwater trips, you’ll still need to purchase a license. See here for more information on fishing licenses, bag limits, and fishing season regulations in Ruskin. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations.

Popular Types of Fishing In Ruskin

The most common types of fishing charters in Ruskin, Florida are inshore and offshore charters. Inshore charters are perfect for those who want to catch snook, redfish, and trout in the shallow waters of Tampa Bay. Offshore charters, on the other hand, are for those who want to catch bigger fish like grouper, snapper, and kingfish in the deeper waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Ruskin fishing charters usually visit landmarks like the Little Manatee River and Cockroach Bay Preserve State Park. These areas are known for their abundant fish populations and beautiful scenery.

If you're looking for a Ruskin fishing charter, make sure to do your research and find a reputable company with experienced guides. And don't forget to bring your sunscreen and a sense of adventure!

The Best Places To Fish In Ruskin

Ruskin, Florida is a prime location for fishing enthusiasts. With its abundance of waterways and diverse fish species, there are plenty of great spots to cast a line. Whether you're looking for a peaceful day of fishing or a thrilling adventure on a fishing charter, here are some of the best places to fish in Ruskin:

1. Little Manatee River - This scenic river is home to a variety of fish, including snook, redfish, and tarpon. Fishing charters are available for those who want to explore the river's hidden spots.

2. Tampa Bay - As one of the largest estuaries in Florida, Tampa Bay offers a wide range of fishing opportunities. From snook and redfish to grouper and snapper, there's something for everyone here.

3. Cockroach Bay - Despite its name, Cockroach Bay is a beautiful and productive fishing spot. Anglers can expect to catch snook, redfish, and trout, among other species.

4. Apollo Beach - This popular fishing destination is known for its abundant snook population. Fishing charters are available for those who want to venture out into deeper waters.

5. Alafia River - The Alafia River is a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts. With its clear waters and diverse fish species, it's a great spot for both beginners and experienced anglers.

6. Gulf of Mexico - For those who want to experience deep sea fishing, the Gulf of Mexico is the place to be. Fishing charters are available for those who want to catch big game fish like tuna, marlin, and sailfish.

No matter where you choose to fish in Ruskin, Florida, you're sure to have a memorable experience. Whether you're casting a line from shore or venturing out on a fishing charter, the area's abundant fish populations and beautiful scenery make it a top destination for anglers.

Other Things To Do In Ruskin

While Ruskin fishing charters are a popular attraction, there are plenty of other things to do in this vibrant Florida city. Take a trip to the Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre for a unique movie experience, or explore the natural beauty of the Little Manatee River State Park. For a taste of local culture, visit the Firehouse Cultural Center or the SouthShore Regional Library. And if you're looking for some outdoor fun, head to E.G. Simmons Park for kayaking, hiking, and picnicking. With so much to see and do, Ruskin is the perfect destination for a well-rounded vacation.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Chris was a awesome guide 5 star

    Robert L. with Christopher T. of Ruskin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip and experience! Highly recommended.

    Troy M. with Daryll P. of Ruskin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Phil is Great!!’n Phil is very personable and put you on fish. Phil shared pointers on fishing techniques to help you catch fish. A lot of fishing action in the Tampa Bay fishery!!! You can’t go wrong by chartering with Phil, you’ll leave a friends. 😎 “Phil’s a damn GOOD Captain”

    Brad S. with Phil P. of Ruskin, Florida

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