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Tampa Bay Fishing Classic

97% (36) 1 - 4 People 2 - 8 Hours From $350

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8 Hours 4 Hours 2 Hours
4 People
$1,000.00
$550.00
$450.00
3 People
$950.00
$500.00
$400.00
2 People
$900.00
$450.00
$350.00
1 Person
$850.00
$450.00
$350.00
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About Your Trip

Water Type

Inshore, Flats

Skill Levels

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Weather

You won’t lose your deposit if the trip is canceled due to weather

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...

About Your Trip

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.
Amenities

Water Type

Inshore, Flats

Skill Levels

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Tackle

All rods, reels, and tackle are included.

Fish Cleaning

This guide will clean your catch for you.

Beer

Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.

Music

You can play your own bluetooth music.

Live Bait

Live bait is included for this trip.

Location

This guide can be flexible with the departure location.

Weather

You won’t lose your deposit if the trip is canceled due to weather

Kid Friendly

This trip can cater to kids.

Flexible Cancelation

This trip can be canceled for a refund up to 7 days before the trip.

Boat Restroom

No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.

Disability Friendly

This trip is not suited for those with disabilities.

Lunch

Please provide your own food / snacks.

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About Your Guide

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Captain Christopher

Independent Guide 16 yrs of exp.
US Veteran Veteran
Talkative
Laid-back
Instructional
Beginner Oriented
Comfortable
Quality
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....

About Your Guide

Profile photo of Captain Experiences guide Christopher

Captain Christopher

Independent Guide 16 yrs of exp.
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.

Check out Captain Chris' open dates to get in on the action!
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Rapid Fire Guide Q & A

What’s the biggest fish you’ve caught?
220 pound Tarpon
If you were cooking for all your friends what would you cook?
Smoked Prime Rib

Rapid Fire Guide Q & A

What’s the biggest fish you’ve caught?
220 pound Tarpon
If you were cooking for all your friends what would you cook?
Smoked Prime Rib
Whats your favorite band?
Chris Stapleton
Whats your favorite movie?
Jaws
Whats your favorite sports team?
Tampa Tarpons
Whats your drink of choice?
Miller Lite
What was your last halloween costume?
I try to play off the ghost thing but I can’t pull it off.
What do you want for Christmas this year?
Side console Jon boat that I can take my son duck hunting, and fishing in the lake.
How did you get started guiding?
My dad took me Tarpon fishing as a kid every year and since I was six I wanted to be a charter captain.
What makes you different from other guides?
A great dad makes a great guide, plus losing is for quitters.
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Start Location

Your guide can be flexible with your start location.
You can work with your guide after booking to set a more specific start location in the area.
5108 West Gandy Boulevard, Tampa, FL, USA
Areas Fished
  • Tampa Bay
  • St. Pete Beach

About Your Boat

Boat Type
Center Console
Boat Manufacturer
Clearwater
Year Built
2019
Boat Length
21'

About Your Boat

Boat Type
Center Console
Boat Manufacturer
Clearwater
Year Built
2019
Boat Length
21'
Engine Manufacturer
Suzuki
Total Horsepower
115
Number of Engines
1
Additional Amenities
GPS, Fishfinder, Live Bait Well, Ice Box
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Trip Details & Amenities

Water Type

Inshore, Flats

Skill Levels

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Tackle

All rods, reels, and tackle are included.

Fish Cleaning

This guide will clean your catch for you.

Beer

Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.

Music

You can play your own bluetooth music.

Live Bait

Live bait is included for this trip.

Location

This guide can be flexible with the departure location.

Weather

You won’t lose your deposit if the trip is canceled due to weather.

Kid Friendly

This trip can cater to kids.

Flexible Cancelation

This trip can be canceled for a refund up to 7 days before the trip.

Boat Restroom

No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.

Disability Friendly

This trip is not suited for those with disabilities.

Lunch

Please provide your own food / snacks.

Potential Target Species

  • Barracuda
  • Black Drum
  • Blacktip Shark
  • Bluefish
  • Bonnethead Shark
  • Bull Shark
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Kingfish
  • Lemon Shark
  • Redfish
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Speckled Trout

Techniques

  • Artificial Lure Fishing
  • Cut Bait Fishing
  • Light Tackle Fishing
  • Live Bait Fishing

Everything Else to Know

Hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, food and water. Rods, reels, tackle, bait, ice, cooler included.
You're all set! You don't need to buy a license for this trip.
We use a cashless autopay system. We'll send you a boarding pass, and on the day of the trip, your guide will scan your boarding pass to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is to tip your guide (we recommend 20%).
Cancel for free up to 7 days before the trip and receive credit back to your account.
If the weather doesn’t cooperate you’ll be covered by our 100% weather guarantee and you won’t lose your deposit.

Reviews

4.9
based on 36 reviews

Rocky

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June 22

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

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June 22

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.
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Rocky

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June 22

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...

Rocky

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June 22

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!
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Kiani

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May 26

Chris was a great host!! Took my father uncle and I out on a great fishing trip. Very respectful, kind, and great sense of humor. I got the biggest catch of the day with 21 inches we will 100 percent be back. Thanks again Chris!!

Kiani

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May 26

Chris was a great host!! Took my father uncle and I out on a great fishing trip. Very respectful, kind, and great sense of humor. I got the biggest catch of the day with 21 inches we will 100 percent be back. Thanks again Chris!!
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Kamal

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December 30

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

Kamal

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December 30

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

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November 19

MY SON HAD THE TIME OF HIS LIFE

Ron

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November 19

MY SON HAD THE TIME OF HIS LIFE
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Harry

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July 15

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!

Harry

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July 15

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!
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Laura

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April 23

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

Laura

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April 23

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

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April 8

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

Michael

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April 8

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

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April 7

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

Madelyn

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April 7

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
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Larry

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April 2

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

Larry

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April 2

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

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March 30

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.

Landen

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March 30

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.
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Brian

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March 26

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

Brian

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March 26

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

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March 23

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

Johnny

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March 23

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

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March 12

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...

Erika

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March 12

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
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Connor

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March 9

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.

Connor

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March 9

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.
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Peng

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February 26

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.

Peng

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February 26

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.
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Tim

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June 22

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

Tim

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June 22

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

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June 21

Five stars! Fun trip!

Ray

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June 21

Five stars! Fun trip!
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Erik

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May 24

He was awesome and very helpful with my kids. Thanks Christopher.

Erik

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May 24

He was awesome and very helpful with my kids. Thanks Christopher.
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Brad

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March 29

Chris is a great guy. Easy to talk to and very helpful. Fishing was a little tough, but not for lack of effort on his part. Caught a dozen Sea Trout, but no luck on the targeted Snook or Reds.

Brad

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March 29

Chris is a great guy. Easy to talk to and very helpful. Fishing was a little tough, but not for lack of effort on his part. Caught a dozen Sea Trout, but no luck on the targeted Snook or Reds.
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John

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March 21

Chris did a great job putting us on the fish. He toikbus to all the hot spots and gave us 4 hours of action packed fishing. Me and my son enjoyed fresh fish immediately after our trip. Great time!

John

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March 21

Chris did a great job putting us on the fish. He toikbus to all the hot spots and gave us 4 hours of action packed fishing. Me and my son enjoyed fresh fish immediately after our trip. Great time!
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Robert

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January 18

Captain Chris was a awesome guide 5 star

Robert

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January 18

Captain Chris was a awesome guide 5 star
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Keith

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December 31

It was enjoyable

Keith

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December 31

It was enjoyable
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Nicolas

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December 21

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...

Nicolas

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December 21

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!
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Quan

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December 23

Next time I will catch fish.

Quan

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December 23

Next time I will catch fish.
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Galen

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October 21

Trip was fun. Thanks

Galen

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October 21

Trip was fun. Thanks
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Nick

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October 14

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!

Nick

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October 14

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!
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Camecia

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October 8

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

Camecia

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October 8

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

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May 27

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.

Rod

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May 27

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.
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Lesley

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May 19

Excellent captain and we had a good time

Lesley

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May 19

Excellent captain and we had a good time
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Brian

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May 11

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

Brian

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May 11

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

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May 4

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

Rylee

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May 4

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

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April 22

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

Denise

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April 22

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
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Walter

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April 14

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.

Walter

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April 14

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.
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Julian

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April 6

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!

Julian

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April 6

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!
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Real

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March 16

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.

Real

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March 16

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.
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Response from Christopher:
It was a pleasure fishing with you and your friend. We had 18-20 mph winds and a low tide below water level. I tried to cancel the trip but you declined. As far as politics you initiated that conversation expressing your concerns of the Canadian government. I wish you better luck on your next fishing trip.

Response from Christopher:

It was a pleasure fishing with you and your friend. We had 18-20 mph winds and a low tide below water level. I tried to cancel the trip but you declined. As far as politics you initiated that conversation expressing your concerns of the Canadian government.
I wish you better luck on your next fishing trip.
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Response from Captain Experiences:
Hey there Real, I'm sorry that this trip left more to be desired. I hope that you will try again - we will be happy to pair you up with a guide who can teach you all about the local fishery of your choosing!

Response from Captain Experiences:

Hey there Real, I'm sorry that this trip left more to be desired. I hope that you will try again - we will be happy to pair you up with a guide who can teach you all about the local fishery of your choosing!
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Once you've paid your deposit at checkout, we'll send you a QR Code boarding pass. Just show your guide your boarding pass on the day of the trip, they'll scan it, the remaining balance will transfer automatically, and you'll be all set to get out there. Just make sure you bring a cash tip for the guide!
In the case of inclement weather, our guides will make the call and we'll work with you to reschedule your trip or issue a credit for the full deposit of the trip to be used on any of our trips across the country. Your safety is our top concern.
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