Big Daddy Sportfishing

Big Daddy Sportfishing invites you to join Captain James Pollard for a fishing adventure on and near Tampa Bay, FL. James has been fishing the local waters for more than two decades now and knows all about getting you on the fish and providing you with a memorable experience.

He’ll be taking you fishing on his 24’ NauticStar bay boat that’s powered by a single 250 HP Yamaha engine that can get you to the fishing grounds in a snap. It’s equipped with top of the line Simrad electronics, as well as a dual livewell for bait and a wireless trolling motor when you need to slow things down a notch.

St. Petersburg is one of the best-known fishing destinations in this part of Florida, owing to its plentiful year-round fishery. Depending on when you’re fishing and what you’re aiming for, you can go after anything from Redfish and Snook to Kingfish, Tarpon, and Cobia.

Captain James will supply you with everything you’ll need for a good fishing time, including quality custom-made rods and Shimano reels. He will also clean the catch for your convenience after the trip is over. All you need to do is pack a pair of polarized sunglasses, get some snacks if you want, and get ready to reel ‘em in.



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  • Private trip
    Night Fishing Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jun - 12 Aug
    $650
    up to 4 persons
    Night fishing is a completely different style of fishing. We will be fishing bridges, dock lights and passes with out the sunburns and the intense heat of the day! Snook, redfish, trout, tarpon, snapper and sharks will be the main target species.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $600
    up to 4 persons
    Tampa Bay is well known for offering a wide variety of fish to target. With a full day charter, you will have more time to get into some remote areas. Some of the species you can expect to see include Redfish, Kingfish, Snook, Trout, Tarpon (when in season) and more. The price of the trip includes rods, reels, and terminal tackle.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    Fishing in Tampa Bay offers many different species to target. It all depends on the season and what is migrating through the area. Some of the regulars include Redfish, Snook, Black Drum, Sharks, Speckled Trout, and more. Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of the trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    Fishing in Tampa Bay offers you a wide variety of species to target. It can depend on the season and what is migrating through the area. Some of the regulars you can fish include Redfish, Snook, Black Drum, Sharks, Speckled Trout, and more. Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of the trip.
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About the Captain

James Pollard
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
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86 Customer Reviews
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Member since February 2018
I've been fishing the waters of Tampa Bay since 1994. I was a very competitive tournament fisherman. What I enjoy most about fishing is teaching people how/what to look for while fishing. Seeing peoples reaction to landing a fish after a good fight is priceless to me! It's about having fun and making memories on the water.

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Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)
Shark (Hammerhead) Shark (Hammerhead)
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

NauticStar (Bay boat) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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4.97
out of 5 stars from 86 reviews
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
99%
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Nick D.
Cincinnati, OH
 5.00
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Full Day Trip with Captain Jim

VERIFIED   NEW  September 21, 2019
Me and my brother booked a 6 hour trip with Captain Jim, and it was worth every minute and every penny.  Captain Jim was...
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Teresa D.
Oxford, FL
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Half Day fishing trip with Captain James

VERIFIED   NEW  October 12, 2019
Captain James put us on some huge redfish and snook. My son, grandson and I caught 17 fish total and grandson caught the only...
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Nick C.
Pinellas Park, FL
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Night Trip With Capt. Pollard

VERIFIED   June 23, 2019
Great night of fishing with Capt. Pollard. He is very friendly and accommodating and works hard to put you on fish, and is...
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Sam B.
Gibsonia, PA
 5.00
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   NEW  September 29, 2019
Captain Jim was awesome, consistently put us on fish and made sure we were catching the whole time we were out with him, can’t...
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Jason H.
Lake Mills, WI
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Half day trip with Captain James

VERIFIED   July 6, 2019
Had a great day with James Pollard.  He was professional, moved us around when fish were not biting, caught multiple species...
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