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.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    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
    Night Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 12
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    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
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    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 Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    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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94 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.

About this listing

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

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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4.98
out of 5 stars from 94 reviews
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Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
98%
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Thomas S.
Seattle, WA
 5.00
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Great day out on the water!

VERIFIED   November 7, 2019
Was taking some Seattle friend of mine to SWFL for a couple days to show them around and have them experience true Floridian...
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Christopher M.
St. Petersburg, FL
 5.00
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   July 18, 2020
Amazing day! Extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Phenomenal experience!!! He was even great with the kids. I couldn’t have...
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Benjamin G.
Lehigh Acres, FL
 5.00
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Full day of fishing!

VERIFIED   December 27, 2019
Had a great day of fishing with captain James.  A bit breezy and the fishing was slow, but the captain moved us around...
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Anastasia S.
Tarboro, NC
 5.00
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Half day trip, looking for shark

VERIFIED   July 1, 2020
We enjoyed ourselves very much, captain very knowledgable and friendly!
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Teresa D.
Oxford, FL
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Half Day fishing trip with Captain James

VERIFIED   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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