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
    4 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    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!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip- Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $900
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip - Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $1,500
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About the Captain

Ron Gauthier
Sarasota, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
61 Customer reviews
Response time within an 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) Great Barracuda
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

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

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Crowder, Penn, Shimano
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, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.7 / 5
out of 5 stars from 61 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (57)
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
88%
Friendly captain
94%
Recommend this charter
90%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
94%
Catch intended fish
84%
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David H.
Myakka City, Florida
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Great trip tough seas

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip - Offshore on July 12, 2022
25 years experience came to use on our trip. Ron used his knowledge to figure out the best spots that we could go to based...
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Mark B.
Los Angeles, California
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

6hr trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip- Offshore on June 1, 2022
I have been on 30+ guided fishing trips and Captain Ron ranks with the best!  Excellent Captain, knew the water, reefs, and...
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Sara S.
Haxtun, CO
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

6 hours with Captain Ron

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip- Offshore on August 10, 2022
Rough choppy waters didn’t keep Captain Ron from helping us land 2 Barracudas! He kept trying and even had to deal with one...
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Adam G.
Winder, Georgia
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
Overall

Barracuda

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip- Offshore on October 15, 2021
Barracuda was on the menu for us in mid-Oct.  it took us a while to get past the dead fish (red tide 15 miles or so), but...
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Joshua F.
Washington, PA
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
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6 jr offshore with capt Ron

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip- Offshore on April 6, 2022
Weather was uncooperative the day we had booked, not much you can do about that but we stayed near shore and in shore and made...
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FAQs about Explorer Fishing Charters

Explorer Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Offshore (4 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour Trip- Offshore (6 hours)
  • $1,500 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 8 Hour Trip - Offshore (8 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
  • Radar

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)