FAQ’s Most questions asked before the trip
Boat Ramps Maps at bottom of page
- Proper Shoes for Boat with non-marking soles (no black soles if possible)
No cowboy boots or work boots. Tennis shoes or boat shoes are best.
- Proper Clothes In hotter months (May- Sept) wear cloths that are SPF rated, cool and comfortable Jeans are not recommended. In cooler months (Oct – March) try and wear cloths that layer well. An example would be to wear long sleeve shrit, fleece or pullover sweatshirt and a jacket.
- What to bring on trip. Drinks and snacks, I have a Yeti cooler on the boat to keep your drinks cool. – camera, sunscreen, sun glasses, hats. I do have storage compartments, but remember it’s only a 4-5 hr trip.
- Do you require a deposit to hold our date? Yes usually, we require $100 The deposit is to secure your day on the water and will never be double booked! Please call a day or two before your charter to check departure place, time of departure, updated weather, returning to dock time or any other information you may require. In the event of foul or adverse weather conditions at captain’s discretion (unfishable) and you are unable to book another date, deposits will be returned in full immediately. The best times to contact your captain by phone are between 4 PM to 6 PM the night before the trip.
- Where Do We Meet? We’ll discuss boat ramps and times when you book your trip I use a few ramps in the area. Listed below are the three main ramps I use.
- Do I need to bring a cooler? I keep a Yeti cooler on board stocked with ice for you to keep whatever drinks and food you bring . If you plan on keeping your catch, you may want to bring a cooler with ice to leave in your vehicle to keep your fish cold until you get home.
- Where will we fish? That depends on the the type of fishing you like to do and the time of year that you schedule your charter. We may fish the grass flats, Tampa Bay, the Mangroves along Clearwater and St Petersburg, The Skyway Bridge and along the beaches, and even residential canals.
- What species will we target? We fish year around for Snook, Redfish, Trout, Jack Cervalle and Sharks. Other fish are seasonal like Tarpon, Cobia, Grouper, King mackerel, Spanish mackerel and Pompano, or any of the many fish that live in the Tampa Bay area. When you book your trip, I will let you know what fish to best target.
- Can I keep my fish to eat? Will you clean them? Yes. And yes, again. Of course, depending on fishing regulations and seasonal limits, we may also practice catch and release. I do like to release as many fish as possible to insure that you have fish to catch the next time we fish together, but you can feel free to catch your limit.
- I have my own boat. Can I book you to teach me the area? Call me to set this up.
- I have younger children who would like to learn to fish. Can I bring them along? Certainly! I have many families that book me each year, and I even taught my own son how to fish when he was younger.
- Will we need to bring our own fishing poles and bait? No, I’ll have all the baits, lures, etc. that we need already on board. Unless, of course, you would like to learn how to catch bait, which can be a fun way to get the day started, especially for the younger kids.
- Is there a bathroom on board? No, but there are plenty of places between fishing spots that we can stop.
- Can you accommodate large groups? Absolutely. With my network of skilled, qualified, licensed, and insured captains, we can accommodate almost any size group.
- If you have any other questions, please feel free to call 727-313-1781