On our popular offshore reef charter trips we venture into the gulf and anchor the boat over structure. Everybody will get a rod and reel in hand and we will target reef species. The crew will instruct everybody in the use of rods and reels and bait the hooks if you would like. Typically we will deploy several big rods off the back of the boat for larger species. The captain will set out a chumbag containing a secret mix of fish attractants that gets the fish into a feeding frenzy and helps too draw in the larger pelagic species. Most days we have no problem getting you a nice cooler of fish to take home. The captain will clean and package your catch at the dock if you would like. This is a catch all trip. We will catch species such as grouper, amberjack, lane snapper, mangrove snapper, hogfish, key west grunt and a host of other reef fish. The larger rods offer the shot at King Mackerel, blackfin tuna, Baracuda, Sharks, other large toothy predators. Our reefs fish well year round. We can accommodate up to six anglers on this trip.

5 hours…….. $500
8 hours…….. $700
10 hours……$900
* Price is per 4 anglers Please add $75 each for additional anglers





This is a great option for a short getaway. This trip is for one or two anglers fishing from our shallow water 20’ boat. Moderate angling experience will help but is not necessary. This is a very flexible trip with many options. Depending on the season we can target snook, redfish, sea trout, pompano, sheephead, spanish mackerel, triple tail, bonita and a host of other species. We use light tackle, fly fishing is an option on this trip. You are welcome to keep fish that are of legal size and are in-season.

4 hours…….$400
6 hours…….$550
8 hours…….$700
* Price is for one or two anglers





During the spring and summer month’s large pods of Tarpon invade the area passes and beaches. Tarpon to me are the ultimate game fish. It is sort of like combining hunting with fishing. Many mornings we quietly stalk them with the electric motor in shallow water. They sip in your bait and then explode once they are hooked. One hundred pound fish are common. The fights and jumps are spectacular. Never expect to land every one you hook. We will coach you through it but this trip is for the angler with moderate experience. We will use spinning gear but for the ultimate challenge fly fishing is an option too. Mid May through July is prime time for Tarpon.

4 hours…….$500
6 hours…….$700





Do you have it in you to battle a 200 lb plus fish? We can help you do it. Goliath Grouper and sharks are protected species in Florida. We can catch and release them though. We have the very specialized equipment to battle these monsters of the deep. We use Penn 12/0 reels spooled with 180 lb + braided line and a custom fighting harness that offers the opportunity of stand up fishing. Often the bait we use weighs five + lbs. Besides the abundant goliath grouper bulls, hamerheads, blacktips, and tiger sharks are common in the area. It is not for the faint at heart. It is physically demanding reeling in these guys. As tough as it sounds our success rates are high. We strive to release these very old fish unharmed.. You will not be permitted to lift anything we catch from the water. Call captain Don for more details.

4 hours…….$500
6 hours…….$700
* Trip price is for two anglers in 20’ boat
* Larger groups can be accommodated on the big boat at a increased charge



Want to see Sarasota from a different angle? Here in SW Florida we love our spectacular sunsets. One of the best ways to enjoy our sunsets is with a group of friends out on the Gulf of Mexico. Our comfortable 29’ open boat is a great way to spend a evening on the gulf. We can also take your group to dinner at one of the areas fine waterfront restaurants.

2 hour sunset cruise……$250
Additional time is $100 per hour.
* this trip is for up to six guests





Above is a list of some of the most popular fishing trips we offer. We are fishermen and are willing to customize any trip to fit your needs. Kingfish, Myakka river trophy snook, nighttime snapper and many other options exist. Snorkeling, beaching, and sunset cruises are all available also. Give me a call and I would be happy to help you customize a trip.

Good Fishin..!! Capt Don


Come fish SW Florida and I am sure you will be hooked.




Feel free to call or text me anytime to discuss a trip.

Good Fishin..!!

Captain Don


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Please call, text, or email Capt Don to check availability.
Mobile phone (330)-565-5457 email
Note first time guests may be required to place a $50 deposit at time of booking.
Final payment will be in cash or Travelers Checks.
Sorry we do not accept personal checks or Credit Cards

Our Florida guide license covers our guests
Captain will call three days before the trip with a updated marine forecast and to arrange meeting place and time.
Safety is our number one priority. The Captain may cancel trip due to adverse weather conditions. If we are forced to cancel your reservation, we will give you the option of trying to rebook or a full immediate refund of your deposit.
*2019 update: Captain Don will not be offering trips in Florida Charter Trips August 15th thru October 15th