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trip description for Grouper and Snapper trips in Ruskin

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

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23 ft 1 - 4 People From $600
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trip description for Tampa Bay's Got It All! in Ruskin

Join Captain Eric for an amazing Tampa Bay fishing experience! Tampa Bay is a world-class fishing destination that features a range of marine habitats and a rich variety of sportfish species, all the way from the backcountry to the deeper waters. Captain Eric has fished this area since 1979, and he has the knowledge, skills and experience to put you on amazing fish, whether that means hitting the ship channel (up to 50ft deep) for Grouper, chumming, and throwing cut bait for Tarpon (Summer months), Snapper, Tripletail, Spanish and King Mackerel, Reds, much more under the Bridges---Tampa Bay really has it all. When you fish with Captain Eric, you'll be totally taken care of aboard his 24' Blazer Bay center console. She's an ideal boat for this area, with a hull profile meant to cut through chop and a shallow draft that allows you to fish the backcountry. She sports a powerful 300-HP Suzuki engine, and is fully equipped with a GPS, fishfinder, live well for your bait, and an ice box for your keepers. Captain Eric is full of tips and tricks to help improve your fishing and send you home with great memories and awesome pictures, plus a delicious dinner! He'll keep your keepers on ice until you're back on the dock, where he'll clean them for you. He also supplies all the gear you'll need, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. All you need to bring along is proper clothing and sunscreen, and you're in for a terrific trip. Read More

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Tampa Bay's Got It All!

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24 ft 1 - 6 People From $550
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trip description for Tampa Bay Inshore Fishing in Ruskin

On this inshore fishing adventure in Tampa Bay, you'll get out there and enjoy the great fishing and natural beauty this area has to offer! Captain Phil runs these trips aboard his 24' Dorado "hybrid" bay boat, which has a 10" draft and is perfect for navigating the shallow waters of Tampa Bay, where you'll be targeting Mangrove Snapper, Redfish, and Snook. As you depart the marina, Captain Phil will provide a brief safety orientation and explain the fishing techniques you'll be using to target these species. Once you reach your fishing grounds, Captain Phil will use his knowledge of the local area to find the best spots to drop your lines. As you work your way through the mangrove-lined channels, you'll be targeting Mangrove Snapper, a delicious and feisty species that thrives in the shallow waters of Tampa Bay. You'll use both live bait and lures to entice these fish, and once they take the bait, you're in for a fight! Next, you'll move on to target Redfish, a prized game fish known for its powerful runs and flaky filets! Finally, you'll switch gears to target Snook, another popular inshore species that is known for its stealthy behavior and explosive strikes. You'll use live bait to lure these fish into biting, and when they do, you'll need to be ready for a battle that will test your angling skills. As you reel in your catches, Captain Phil will be there to help you land them and keep them fresh for the ride back to the marina. At the end of your inshore fishing adventure, you'll have a cooler full of delicious fish that you can take home to cook up for dinner. You'll also have memories of a thrilling day on the water that you'll never forget. All passengers 12 and under must wear a life jacket at all times while onboard the boat. Read More

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Tampa Bay Inshore Fishing

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trip description for Tampa Bay Inshore Rodeo in Ruskin

There's simply no better way to enjoy the summer than a backcountry fishing trip with Captain Brian! He's fished the mangrove channels and around Ruskin, FL for years, and you can be sure that he'll put you right where the fish are! These channels provide perfect habitat for several sportfish species, especially Redfish and Speckled Trout, and if you get a little further off, there's perfect water for hooking Cobia, Tripletail, Bluefish, and more! These species are perfect inshore/nearshore opponents that fight hard and love to bite on a range of lures and baits. There's nothing like pulling some big ol' Red out of the mangrove roots, whether it's your first fish or your hundredth! On this trip, you'll have a blast aboard Captain Brian's 24' Ken Craft center console. She's perfectly designed for these waters, with a sleek hull profile and a shallow draft for inshore access. She's equipped with a 200-HP Yamaha engine to take you "dock to dock" smoothly and comfortable. She also features a full kit of electronics, and a live well for your bait. Captain Brian 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 (no spray please!) and a pair of sunglasses to help you spot fish. Read More

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Tampa Bay Inshore Rodeo

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Fishing in Tierra Verde
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trip description for Middle Grounds - 48’ Yacht Sport Fish in Tierra Verde

"THE MIDDLE GROUNDS BUCKET LIST EXPERIENCE" this 10 hour trip out to the Middle Grounds offshore, a true angling oasis about 90 miles plus into the deep blue waters - The Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Tampa Bay. If you're looking for that next level fishing trip, you've come to the right spot. Our 48' Convertible Pro Tournament Series Yacht vessel is operated under the direction of the exorbitantly credentialed Pelagic Expert Master Licensed Captain Rick and dedicated 1st Mate. This unique, high relief, and live bottom site in the Gulf of Mexico is chock full of the larger elusive species, bottom fish, mid-depth swimmers and Pelagic activity, so get ready for an EPIC DAY fishing because you'll be headed out there with one of the most elite outfits in the St. Pete-Clearwater Tampa Bay area! If you're looking for that next level fishing trip, you've come to the right spot. Our 48' Convertible Pro Tournament Series Yacht vessel is operated under the direction of the exorbitantly credentialed Pelagic Expert Captain and 1st Mate. We are SUPER excited to offer this HIGHLY DESIRABLE LIMITED BUCKET LIST opportunity. Equipped with all the possible federal permits, credentials, and over 20 years on the water experience, Master Licensed Captain and 1st Mate both Professional Anglers are here to go above and beyond to do whatever it takes to ensure you have an incredible experience! There's truly no telling what you'll haul up from the depths when you're out at the middle grounds. As they like to say, it's a Grab Bag that Grab's Back! If there is a specific Pelagic Species, you're particularly interested in catching Captain Brian is more than happy to rig your rods with the best baits and tackle for that target species. Whether a deep dropping bottom rig, a mid-depth jig rig, or big plugs for trolling. Nothing makes Captain Brian and 1st Mate more than happy than delivering on your goals for the day! With Captain Rick at the helm, you'll be riding out aboard a beautifully maintained BERTRAM 48 ft Pro Tournament Series Yacht equipped with HO-high output Super Charged inboard engines and a deep-V hull design that effectively cuts through the chop & 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. We can get you out to the middle grounds in the shortest amount of time to 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 and his crew 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 to ensure your captain has enough time to get all your gear onboard and properly orient you for the day ahead! All fishing essentials/credentials 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. No need to chase down a Florida Fishing License - We Have U All Fully Covered! SAFETY, HEALTH & WELFARE ARE PARAMOUNT! We Deliver The Results & Exceed Expectations! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter near Ruskin

Middle Grounds - 48’ Yacht Sport Fish

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Fishing in Clearwater
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trip description for Clearwater Classic in Clearwater

Hop on board with Captain William and prepare for an action-packed day of fishing the flats! Clearwater is home to plenty of productive inshores and flats where you can catch some of the prized fish Florida is known for without going too far from the dock. On this 4, 6 or 8-hour trip, Captain William will take you to the inshores to target Snook, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Flounder and Shark, or venture you into nearshore waters where you can go after some Snapper, Grouper, Cobia, Black Seabass, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel and Shark. You'll be targeting these fish using methods such as light tackle, heavy tackle, bottom fishing, trolling and jigging. Just let Captain William know what you want to catch and he'll get you set up with the best method! You’ll be fishing aboard a 21' Rabco Marine center console that can hold up to 4 guests. Powered by a 115 HP Yamaha engine, this vessel will have no problem bouncing you around the inshores and nearshores! She comes complete with GPS, Fishfinder, a Flybridge, Live Bait Well and Ice Box to store your catches. Captain William will even clean any keepers for you to take home! Captain William will provide all rods, reels, tackle, bait and fishing licenses. He'll even provide snacks and water, and on the full-day trips you can expect a tasty lunch too! All you need to bring is polarized sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen and any extra food or drinks you might want. Come see what Clearwater has to offer! Read More

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Clearwater Classic

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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?

Why should I book a live bait fishing charter in Ruskin with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 128 live bait fishing trips in Ruskin, and the most popular trips in the area are Tampa Bay Inshore Rodeo guided by Brian, Nearshore Tampa Bay - 25’ Sportsman guided by Jarrod, and Grouper and Snapper trips guided by Frankie.

Our guides in Ruskin are rated a 4.97 out of 5 based on 3197 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.

Looking for kid friendly live bait fishing guides / fishing lessons in Ruskin? Check out our beginner and family friendly live bait fishing guides in Ruskin.

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. mangrove snapper, 3. redfish, and 4. snook.

How much do Ruskin live bait fishing charters cost?

for live bait fishing in Ruskin prices can range anywhere from about $500 to $2,000, but the average price for a half day trip for live bait fishing in Ruskin is $671. The average price for a full day trip for live bait fishing in Ruskin is $1,247.

Is booking a fishing guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a fishing guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced fishing guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is on the water every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear and tackle, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your home waters, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

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 summer, 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?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Ruskin, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Ruskin. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Ruskin.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great fishing trip with Captain Wade. I booked our trip for my boyfriend’s 40th birthday for us, and 3 of his friends. Wade had everything we needed and more and provided a fun and laid back experience. We all caught a handful of fish, myself included, who had never fished before. I highly recommend!!

    Rachel B. with Wade O. of St. Petersburg, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great morning on the water with Captain George. He put us over fish right away. First cast went into the cooler! He was very knowledgeable and courteous. We enjoyed our time on his boat!

    Lindy K. with George H. of St. Petersburg, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had the opportunity to take our four kids on their first fishing charter while visiting Sarasota. We booked with Ultimate Fishing Adventures and Henry was our guide. I don’t think we could have asked for a better experience. Henry was amazing with the kids. He put them on fish right away and our son landed a snook on the first cast. Henry even got us up close to some manatees which was so cool. I absolutely recommend this group for your charter.

    Sonya A. with Taylor R. of Holmes Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great time with our guides. They were easy going and very accommodating. We caught a variety of different fish. I would for sure go out with these guys again.

    Tori S. with Brad D. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Greatest experience we could ask for. Caught a good amount and captain Adam was very knowledgeable on where to go for best fishing and Is very respectful. Would highly recommend captain Adam to anyone looking for a fun fishing trip.

    Landan L. with Adam H. of St. Petersburg, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Definitely a very fun trip! Will definitely recommend to friends/families. Caught almost 50 fish and was a blast! Two takeaways for myself: Red Snapper fishing can only happen with the 10-12 hour trips, not the 4 hour trips.

    Luis M. with Heather H. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Awesome!!!!!!

    John L. with Vasiliy O. of Sarasota, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    It was a great trip. My friend and I took our dad's out for Father's Day and we were able to get into a lot of meat fish, and a shark as well. Awesome trip, I would recommend it to others!

    Ethan S. with Brad D. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Wade was incredible. He exposed us to several different species of fish and was very educational. A huge manatee and even sting rays gave us appearances. Definitely worth while. Thank you sir!!!

    Jason V. with Wade O. of Tampa, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great trip with David. He arrived at the dock on time ready to go. He's got a nice, open, boat with a center console so it was easy to move around. We moved around the inter coastal area between Anna Maria and Long Boat fishing for snook, red fish, and trout. Anytime we weren't getting bites we'd move. David worked very hard to keep all of us in fresh bait, and good locations. He knew a ton about the local fish, currents, depths, and regulations. We also got to see several manatees which was such a lovely bonus! When my son hooked a big red fish David gave him great guidance to help him bring it in. He was easy to talk to and we are already recommending him to our friends. We will definitely book again next time we're in the area.

    Rey S. with David B. of Bradenton Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Christopher provided an exceptional fishing experience! As an army veteran and seasoned fisherman, his expertise was evident from the moment we set sail. My brother-in-law and I enjoyed a fantastic day in the bay near Tampa, reeling in trout under clear skies. Christopher's attention to detail and care extended beyond fishing – he even offered me water when I started feeling dehydrated. We had a blast and highly recommend Christopher for anyone looking.

    Rocky M. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Christopher provided an exceptional fishing experience! As an army veteran and seasoned fisherman, his expertise was evident from the moment we set off. My brother-in-law and I enjoyed a fantastic day in the bay near Tampa, reeling in trout under clear skies. Christopher's attention to detail and care extended beyond fishing – he even offered me water when I started feeling dehydrated. We had a blast and highly recommend Christopher for anyone looking to have a great time fishing in Tampa Bay!

    Rocky M. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Friendly and informative Captain we had an enjoyable morning on the bay.

    Tim B. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Five stars! Fun trip!

    Ray E. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Alex is an awesome guide! Was on time and super fun to hang out with. But mostly importantly he absolutely put me on the fish! Will 100% book Alex again the next time I’m in Clearwater, and you should too if you want the chance to get hooked up with huge tarpon and monster snook!!! A+

    Derek B. with Alex S. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great experience! The staff were knowledgeable and they made sure our group had a good time. Would recommend this charter for anyone looking for a good time.

    Nicholas A. with Brad D. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great Captain… Last minute trip…. 1st time saltwater fishing for my daughter…..knowledgeable and personable…. Found fish in tough conditions… Will book with him again…. Don’t think I can give a better endorsement than that!

    Joseph S. with Wade O. of Tampa, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip ! Knowledgeable Guide and put us on the Tarpon..

    Mike H. with Brad D. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    great day!!

    Marissa L. with David B. of Bradenton Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    I cannot say enough good things about Brad and his captain Luke and Ben. These gentleman are genuinely the nicest people we have ever met. The trip was absolutely amazing and met more than our expectations. We will be back next year and will only book with them in the future! Thanks for being the highlight of our trip!!! We did take one other trip with someone else and it did not compare at all this experience!!!

    Lisa O. with Brad D. of Clearwater, Florida

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