We offer private 4, 6, and 8 hour trips leaving early in the morning.  Afternoon trips can be arranged to meet your schedule.  You will fish from a 20' Backcountry 201 Proguide flats boat with a 150hp. Mercury Optimax outboard.  Only the finest rods and reels by St. Croix, Quantum, Sage, Abel, G-Loomis, Redbone, and Shimano are used.
Redfish, Snook and Spotted Sea Trout are the most common catches in the waters from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs.  During your trip you will see a variety of wildlife such as Porpoise, Manatees, Sharks, Pelicans, Roseate Spoonbills, Blue Heron, Ibis and Ospreys. Clearwater is the home of Winter the Dolphin and Dolphin are seen on almost every trip.
Everything is included.  From the beginner to the most experienced fishing instructions are included.  All types of fishing are available from live bait, artificial jigs and flyfishing.  We can fillet and bag your catch back at the dock or practice catch and release.
I grew up in the Clearwater, Tampa Bay area and have fished the waters from Clearwater north to Tarpon Springs for 45 years.  My earliest fishing memories are watching my father castnet for mullet in western Tampa bay near Allen's Creek back in the mid 60's.  As a teenager I would wade fish the Dunedin Causeway and Honeymoon Island area just north of Clearwater. Sand Key, just south of Clearwater Beach was also a favorite place of mine to fish in the early 70's.  Several of my local guide buddies weren't even born yet.

Staying in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Pinellas Co. or Tampa Bay area?  Visiting Clearwater to see Winter the Dolphin? Take a private Dolphin viewing trip in the home waters of Winter the Dolphin. Try a day of inshore Clearwater fishing.  I will work very hard to make your Tampa Bay Florida area fishing trip enjoyable. Looking for a Clearwater fishing charter or a Clearwater fishing guide?  Call me today to reserve your day of fishing.  (727) 251-2623

 Fishing Charters Clearwater

Rachel holding her largest fish ever, a 24 inch Spotted Sea Trout.  Although, Trout are caught year round, wintertime is the best season to fish for them.  Live Shrimp under a float is a common method to fish for Trout, as are artificial jigs. They are my favorite fish to eat. Speckled Trout, as they are also known, are a common catch while fly fishing in the colder months.  Here on Florida's west coast each angler is allowed to keep four trout per day between 15 - 20 inches.  One of the four can be over 20 inches.

 Clearwater Fishing Charters

Zack likes to fish for Redfish when he visits Clearwater.  Oct. 15th was a great day for fishing the shallow waters of Clearwater FL.  Bait was plentiful on the grass flats just inside of the barrier islands passes.  I was targeting Redfish on the edges of the flats in 1 to 2 feet of water.  The fish were not schooled up but scattered about the edge waiting for the incoming water. All three anglers today caught Redfish: the largest at 29 inches.  With the lower water temps. the Snook have been migrating further inshore away from the beaches.  A few Spanish Mackerel were also mixed in with today’s catch.  This month and through November should bring excellent catches of these fast swimmers.

 Clearwater Fishing Guides

My favorite client, Art, has fished with me for the past 14 years.  This summer has been very hot with water temperatures as high as 89 degrees.  Redfish has been my most targeted fish with a few Snook mixed in.  Tarpon have been busting bait all along the beach from Clearwater to Indian Rocks. I would suggest free lining Tread-fin Herring or Pinfish down current where Tarpon are seen rolling. While Tarpon fishing be ready to tussle with a few large Black tip sharks. The Snook are plentiful on the beaches just north of Clearwater. At times, we will leave the boat and sight fish for Snook while wading.  If you are looking for a private Clearwater fishing charter or a Clearwater fishing guide please give me a call.

 Fly Fishing Florida 

Spotted Sea Trout remains a decent catch throughout June and July with several large fish being landed.  Miss Lydia, visiting with her father, from Alabama caught a 25 inch fish using a Scaled Sardine for bait. Lydia also had a blast catching several Black-Tip sharks.  While several sharks were swimming around the boat, she would just lower her sardine to the nearest one and the fight would begin.  Many Tarpon were seen on this fishing trip in a deep cut near the Islands of Tampa Bay.  We had a few bites but no solid Tarpon hook-ups on this trip.

Fishing Charters Clearwater

Maria and her father posing for a picture of her first Snook.   

Large Snook are showing up at their summertime homes near the passes and sandy beaches. A few large fish, up to 37 inches, were caught this month using Threadfin Herring for bait. Some days the Snook had a severe case of lockjaw.

   Redfish have been biting well all month using cut bait along the mangrove islands at higher water levels. Also, I am looking for Redfish near small oyster bars and fresh water run-offs.  Residential docks have also produced some nice fish this month.

   The most abundant fish this April has been Spotted Sea Trout.  On a recent trip out of St. Petersburg the two anglers caught and released over 80 fish.  The Trout were schooled up in a small sandy cut, near the grass flats, that had a good tidal water flow.

   If you are visiting Florida this spring and looking for an inshore Clearwater fishing guide or a Clearwater fishing charter please give me a call.

You should bring along:  Hat, Sunglasses, Deck or Tennis shoes, Camera, and Sun Screen.

I will provide:  Fishing License, Cooler with Ice, Rods, Reels, Tackle, Live Bait, and FUN.

Please do not hesitate to e-mail or call if you have any special needs.