With Explorer Fishing Charters, the prolific waters of Sarasota will be all yours. Enjoy the thrill of catching the most exciting monsters of the deep this area has to offer. Let Capt. Ron share his wealth of local knowledge and put his talent to work for you!

Explore the angling opportunities within 20 miles from shore and get your hands on Kingfish, Permit, Barracuda, Red and Gag Grouper, African Pompano, Tripletail, Hogfish, Blackfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Amberjack, Shark, and who knows what else?

Otherwise, venture out all the way into the Gulf and fish up to 60 miles out for whatever is in season and biting. The opportunities abound!

All you have to do is book a trip and hop onboard a 28’ Contender boat. This spacious vessel can accommodate up to 6 anglers to fish in comfort and style.

The boat can cruise at a hair-raising speed of 60 knots thanks to its twin 250 HP Yamaha engines. Its top-notch GPS and fishfinder will build up a clear image of where the fish are hiding and a selection of quality equipment will help you make a great catch possible.

All trips come inclusive with the use of Crowder rods, Penn and Shimano reels, live bait, and lures. Once you return to the shore, all keeper fish will be cleaned for you. Just bring your own food and drinks and enjoy your trip!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip- Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,350
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip - Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,200
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip- Offshore
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    Join Explorer Fishing Charters and discover the deep blue with this 4-hour offshore excursion! You can expect to target a range of species including Blackfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, Red Snapper, and more!
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About the Captain

Ron Gauthier
Sarasota, Florida, United States
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28 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since April 2018
I grew up In the Great Lakes in Michigan and have been fishing since I was a kid. Trapping, hunting, fishing is all I’ve ever known! I have been charter fishing for 25 years, and the best thing I would say is giving people the times of their lives, creating memories that they will never forget, along with learning new things at the same time. My preferred fishing technique is live baiting and my proudest catch was a monster Bluefin Tuna that weighed over 900 pounds.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)
Jack (African Pompano) Jack (African Pompano)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Permit Permit
Shark (Mako) Shark (Mako)
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)

Boat Specs

Contender (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 2007. Powered by 2 250HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 60 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Handline
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Sarasota to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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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Appropriate for children
90%
Satisfied with the boat
95%
Catch intended fish
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VERIFIED   January 2, 2021
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North Ridgeville, OH
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Ups and downs

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip- Offshore on January 15, 2021
This trip had its ups and downs. Quite literally, the waves were terrible and I still feel like I’m moving up and down. Any...
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Jason C.
Freeport, MI
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6 hour trip with Captain Ron

VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Trip- Offshore on April 14, 2021
Captain Ron and mate Marty were absolutely wonderful.  Put us on fish all day, and were very friendly and personable.  We...
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Richard M.
Sweetwater, TN
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FISH ON

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip- Offshore on February 26, 2021
One of my greatest experiences, Capt Ron put us on the fish and gave us a day to remember. If you want to fish, this is by...
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VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Trip- Offshore on April 13, 2021
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FAQs about Explorer Fishing Charters

Explorer Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Offshore (4 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour Trip- Offshore (6 hours)
  • $1,200 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 8 Hour Trip - Offshore (8 hours)
  • $1,350 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 10 Hour Trip- Offshore (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Explorer Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Explorer Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Crowder, Penn, Shimano)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License

Explorer Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Explorer Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Handline
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Explorer Fishing Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • Jack (African Pompano)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Permit
  • Shark (Mako)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Tuna (Blackfin)