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Live Bait Fishing Charters Near Ruskin, Fl
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
Tampa Bay Backcountry Trip
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
Tampa Bay Rod-Bender
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 Tampa Bay - 25’ Sportsman
Come fish the beautiful waters off the coast of Clearwater, FL with Captain Jim! Whether you want to stay inshore for big Redfish, Speckled Trout, and various Snapper species, or head a bit further offshore to troll for Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, and Cobia, Captain Jim knows where the fish are biting. Captain Jim uses his 27’ Pro Cat Catamaran, equipped with state-of-the-art marine electronics and safety gear, to take up to 6 anglers fishing in comfort. He has nearly 30 years of experience fishing here, and can put you right on target, whatever species you want to chase. All fishing licenses, rods, reels, and tackle are provided by Captain Jim, so all you need to bring are your favorite snacks and drinks, sun protection, and camera to capture your trophies. Bring your family or friends and get out there! Read More
Clearwater Inshore Special
On this 6 hour trip with Captain Scott, you'll have plenty of time to try trolling the deeper waters, as well as bottom fishing the shallows. Feel free to ask the captain to bring some fly fishing gear as well, and get the most out of your Sarasota Bay fishing excursion. Go after Snappers, Groupers, Cobia, and more along the reefs. While inshore, you'll do battle with Sheepshead, Trout, Redfish, and Sharks. Please, have in mind that 735-pound is the weight limit combined for guests, which is usually equal to 3 adults or 2 adults with 2 kids. Everything is provided on Captain Scott's trips including licenses, fishing gear, bait, and ice. So all you need to bring are your favorite snacks and drinks, and Captain Scott will make sure you have a great time out on the water! Read More
Sarasota 3/4 Day Trip - 18’ Sea Fox
Get ready to chase down the king of all sportfish: The Mighty Tarpon. From violent eats, to sheer strength, to miraculous ariel displays, Tarpon are one of the most sought-after sport fish for good reason. Come May when these miraculous overgrown minnows begin to migrate through the South West Florida coast, there is hardly anywhere else Captain Will would rather be! Head out for some drag screaming action with Captain Will for a trip you won't soon forget. On the day of your trip, you'll be fishing from Captain Will's 2005 240 Bay Scout powered by a 2020 Yamaha 300. The new motor provides excellent reliability and power and combined with the size of the boat creates an awesome platform for fishing the bay and venturing a few miles off the coast. The boat also has the space to comfortably take any group up to 6 people out so you can have a crowd to help you real in these hard fighting giants! Captain Will recommends you bring some snacks and drinks, sunscreen, a hat, your sunglasses, and definitely don't forget your camera! for these adventures. He will take care of the rest in providing your bait, tackle, rods, reels, fishing licenses, a cooler with ice, and bottle waters. Captain Will has a few standard pick-up locations he likes to use so depending on the day and where you are located he is willing to work with you to make getting started as easy as possible: Centennial Park | 1059 N Tamiami Trail | Sarasota, Florida 34246 Ken Thompson Park | 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway | Sarasota, Florida 34246 Nora Patterson Park | 946 Siesta Dr | Sarasota, Florida 34242 He is also willing to pick up his customers in the Sarasota area from any hotel or residence with waterfront access. Read More
Sarasota Silver Kings - 24’ Scout
Get ready for an unforgettable fishing experience off the coast of Clearwater, FL! On this trip with Captain Alex, you'll be able to chase a ton of different nearshore species, including Cobia, Gag Grouper, Hogfish, Tripletail, Kingfish, and more. With his expertise and knowledge of the area, you'll be in the perfect spot to get after records numbers of a new personal best! As you venture farther offshore, you'll be surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Gulf of Mexico. But the real excitement is in the water, where the biggest and most challenging fish are waiting to be caught. Cobia are known for their strong runs and delicious fillets, and are one of the most popular fish to catch in the Gulf of Mexico. With Captain Alex's guidance, you'll be targeting them using live bait or artificial lures, depending on what's biting. Kingfish, also known as King Mackerel, are speedsters that can reach top speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. They are notorious for their long, powerful runs, making them a favorite among experienced anglers. Throughout the day, you'll be using top-of-the-line fishing equipment and techniques to try to land these fish. There's no better feeling than hooking, fighting, and finally beating a big trophy! So if you're ready to test your skills and reel in some of the most exciting game fish in the Gulf of Mexico, book your offshore fishing trip with Captain Alex today! Read More
Clearwater Nearshore Fishing
Get ready for an epic day fishing with one of the most elite outfits in the St. Pete-Clearwater Tampa Bay area! Equipped with all the possible federal permits, credentials, and years of on the water experience, Master Licensed Captain Brian & 1st Mates are here to go above and beyond to do whatever it takes to ensure you have an incredible experience! If you're looking for that next level fishing trip, you've come to the right spot. On these trips, your Captain & 1st Mate will help you attempt to limit out on species that are in season species that call the Gulf of Mexico's inshore/nearshore waters home. You'll be riding out aboard a beautifully maintained Contender 35' Tournament boat that's equipped with triple 300 horsepower Yamahas and a deep-V hull 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 inshore 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, right alongside mega-yachts and classy sportfishing vessels. The Captain & 1st Mate will help load your gear aboard the boat and ensure you are comfortable and properly briefed for your day before you depart. We 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. Read More
Premier Sarasota fishing charters. Specialized in inshore, Snook, Redfish, Tarpon and trout fishing. We also target a variety of species during specific times of the year like Triple Tail, King Fish, Sheepshead, Pompano, Snapper and Grouper. Captain James also offers a variety of charter options ranging from inshore, nearshore, island hopping and dolphin tours. Read More
Sarasota Classic Trip
Join Captain Jimmy for the Tarpon fishing experience of a lifetime. Tarpon are one of the top gamefish in Florida, and these "silver kings" really congregate around Holmes Beach in the spring and summer. These large, powerful fish can grow up to eight feet long and weigh over two hundred pounds, making for an extremely exciting and challenging fishing experience, whether you're a lifelong angler or still learning your knots. Tides, weather, and the phases of the moon play essential roles in Tarpon behavior, but in the right season, these kings of the inshore are always hungry, biting on both live and artificial bait. Get out there and test yourself against these prime gamefish! You'll be fishing from Captain Jimmy's 26' Donzi center console. It was built in 2001 and it has a Mercury engine with 225 horsepower. The boat also has a fighting chair, GPS, fishfinder, flybridge, snorkeling equipment, live bait well, outriggers, and an icebox. Captain Jimmy will provide all the necessary equipment and bait. All you need to bring is sunscreen, a hat, and some sunglasses! Read More
Holmes Beach Tarpon Trip
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
Holmes Beach Inshore Hookfest
Get ready for an epic day fishing with one of the most elite outfits in the St. Pete-Clearwater Tampa Bay area! Equipped with all the possible federal permits, credentials, and years of on the water experience, Master Licensed Captain Rick & 1st Mates are here to go above and beyond to do whatever it takes to ensure you have an incredible experience! If you're looking for that next level fishing trip, you've come to the right spot. On these trips, your Captain & 1st Mate will help you attempt to limit out on species that are in season species that call the Gulf of Mexico's inshore/nearshore waters home. You'll be riding out aboard a beautifully maintained 48' Convertible Pro Tournament Series Yacht Vessel that's equipped with significant inboard horsepower and a deep-V hull 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 inshore trips benefit from the 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, right alongside mega-yachts and classy sportfishing vessels. The Captain & 1st Mate will help load your gear aboard the boat and ensure you are comfortable and properly briefed for your day before you depart. We 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 - PARAMOUNT! WE DELIVER THE RESULTS & EXCEED EXPECTATIONS. Read More
Inshore/Nearshore Max-Out - 48’ Yacht
Are you ready for the fishing adventure of a lifetime? Come join Captain Steve or Captain Tucker on board their beautiful 34' Crusader 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' Crusader 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
Crushing Clearwater Offshore
Get ready for an exciting day of inshore fishing with Captain Todd in Sarasota, Florida! On board his sleek 20' Willies skiff, you'll set out on the waters of the Gulf of Mexico in search of trophy Redfish, Snook, Spotted Trout, Bonito, and Tripletail. These fish are all great fighters, and have something for every type of angler. Tripletail and Redfish are known as top-notch table fare, while Snook and Bonito put up terrific fights on light tackle! As you make your way through the mangroves and shallow flats, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the coast and a chance to spot a variety of marine life. With Captain Todd's expert guidance, you'll be casting your lines and reeling in these sought-after species in no time! Captain Todd's skiff is purpose-built for fishing in shallow water, so you'll be able to get back into the "skinny water" where trophy fish like to hang out. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner, you'll have an unforgettable day on the water with Captain Todd. So come join him and experience the thrill of the catch with Captain Todd on this top-of-the-line inshore fishing adventure! Read More
Backcountry Combo Trip
This is a short run for families with children that want to get away and get back with some fillets for dinner. On this trip, you'll be chasing grunts, an easy-fishing species that's fun for anglers of all levels. Whether you're an old hand or trying something new, this trip will be a great fit! Captain Keith's highest priority is to create an experience that will ensure memories for a lifetime. The crew teaches, baits, unhooks, and fillets the caught fish, making this trip as low maintenance for you as possible! Get out there and have a blast. Read More
Grunt Hunt Family Fun - 31’ Pursuit
Come join the excitement aboard the Rockstar out of Clearwater, FL! Captain Dale and his seasoned captains and crew would love to show you a relaxing action-packed adventure out in the Nearshore waters. Captain Dale will make sure your trip is memorable and exciting. Your satisfaction is their top priority. For these 5 Hour trips you can choose to either troll the nearshore waters or bomb it further offshore to bottom fish the reefs and wrecks. For Trolling trips, you will target King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Redfish, and Cobia if they’re around. While for Bottom fishing trips you will target Red Snapper, Trigger Fish, Vermillion Snapper, and others! If it swims and will bite a hook, they can catch it! The Rockstar is big and fast with plenty of room to fish, relax and enjoy. With amenities like a full-sized bathroom, stereo sound system, cell phone charging, and refrigeration, you will be treated to a completely enjoyable and fun fishing trip! The Rockstar fishing team represents the Daiwa Fishing Tackle Company as members of the Daiwa Guide Team. Your tackle will be specifically matched to the target species! Everything else will be provided as well from Live Bait to Fishing Licenses, so all you need to bring are your favorite snacks and drinks and you’ll be ready for an epic day out on the water with Captain Dale. Read More
Trolling And & Bottomfishing Combo
Looking for a great time fishing in Tampa Bay? Well look no further! With over 20 years fishing the waters of Tampa Bay and the surrounding areas, Captain Tommy strives to offer you the best experience catching all Tampa Bay has to offer. Different times of year present opportunities at a multitude of species in this year round fishery. Climb aboard a well equipped Action Craft 2410 Tournament Edition center console with custom tower that can get anywhere in the Bay. Anyone and everyone is welcome aboard With a limit of 4 customers you and your crew will be sure to have Captain Tommy's full attention. Read More
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Everything to Know About Booking a Ruskin live bait fishing charter
What are the best live bait fishing charters in Ruskin?
Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 113 live bait fishing trips in Ruskin, and the most popular trips in the area are Tampa Bay Inshore Fishing guided by Phil, Inshore Fishing Slam guided by Christopher, and Tampa Bay's Got It All! guided by Eric.
Our guides in Ruskin are rated a 4.96 out of 5 based on 9583 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.
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What types of live bait fishing charters are common in Ruskin?
Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for live bait fishing in Ruskin as well as inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and flats fishing.
The most commonly sought after species for live bait fishing in Ruskin are: 1. gag grouper, 2. redfish, 3. mangrove snapper, and 4. snook.
How much do Ruskin live bait fishing charters cost?
for live bait fishing in Ruskin prices can range anywhere from an affordable $300 to $3,000 and up, but the average price for a half day trip for live bait fishing in Ruskin is $651. The average price for a full day trip for live bait fishing in Ruskin is $1,181.
What month is best for on a live bait fishing charter in Ruskin?
The most popular season to go on a live bait fishing charter in Ruskin is spring, and most anglers book their trips 12 days in advance.
Do I need a Ruskin fishing license and what are the bag limits in Ruskin?
You’re in luck! Our fishing tours in Ruskin don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. See here for more information on bag limits and fishing season regulations in Ruskin.
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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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