Blue Collar Fishing Charters invites you for the most satisfying and joyful fishing experience in Ruskin, Florida. If you want to spend the day fishing, not searching for the fish, then Captain Donald Harris is your guy! He’s an army veteran who spent his life on the waters of Tampa Bay and his main mission is to provide you with a unique adventure you’ll remember for years to come.

He welcomes anglers off all ages and interests on his boat, a 22’ Kenner center console. It comes with a 150 HP Mercury, second station tower for sightfishing, top-notch live well system, ice-chest, wireless trolling motor, and even snorkeling equipment. This beauty can carry up to 4 anglers in full comfort.

The captain can pick you up in the morning and take you exploring the inshore waters, and the main destination is entirely up to you. Blue Collar Fishing Charters won’t just take you fishing, they’ll teach you how to fish. You’ll be chasing Snook, Redfish, Trout, Snapper, and whatever else you run into. The charter is very flexible - you can also combine fishing with Dolphin and Manatee watching, sunset cruises, snorkeling, and island tours.

A first mate will be there to help you on some trips (keep in mind that he work for tips, and 20% of the total charter price is customary). This charter will include top-end tackle, lures, live bait, and bottled water.

If you have kids, make sure to bring them along because the captain loves having them on board and teaching them about the beauty of fishing. Just let him know you’re bringing them - he’ll tailor the trip to their needs and go into smoother waters.

The captain will do everything he can to put a smile on his customer’s face - he’s not just a captain, he’s also an entertainer and a teacher!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $575
    There's a reason the title of this trip says 'Full Day', not 8 hours - you'll fish until you get tired or the sun falls. Your main targets will be Reds, Snook, Trout, and many more inshore species of Tampa Bay.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Night Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    $475
    Come out for a nighttime trip when the monster fish hunt their prey. This 4-hour trip is filled with the excitement of targeting Reds, Snook, Sharks and other inshore species.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    This exciting 4-hour trip will show you all the inshore waters that Tampa Bay can offer. The stars of this trip will be Redfish, Snook, and Trout.

About the Captain

Donald Harris
Ruskin, Florida, United States
2 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
19 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since May 2018
Captain Donald Harris is an army veteran and a veteran of the Tampa Bay waters as well. He fell in love with them when he started fishing the area during the seventies. After that, he joined the army and began serving his country. After 24 years of service, he retired and got back to fishing. He loves being a captain, especially making fishing possible for hard-working families and other veterans. His memories about fishing involve catching giant Redfish, but his dearest memories are rather related to seeing the joy on his customers' faces when they catch big fish of their own.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Kenner (Center console) originally built in 2000. Powered by a 150HP Mercury engine.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

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
PayPal
Bank Transfer

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

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Customer Reviews

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Sharon D.
Ruskin, FL
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Best day fishing ever!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on May 1, 2021
Captain Don was humorous, knowledgeable, patient, and accommodating. We caught many different varieties of fish that included;...
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Full Day Trip on August 13, 2021
Captain Don is a wealth of knowledge. He put us on fish right away. We limited out on snapper. Caught quite a few snook and...
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Tampa, FL
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Half day 8am - 12pm

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on June 19, 2021
Great day on the water with my dad and Captain Don. We caught a dozen or so snapper, 10 grouper (too small to keep but fun...
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Crown City, OH
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Half day AM trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on June 18, 2021
Half day AM trip turned into an extended-into-the-afternoon trip with weather conditions not cooperating but Captain Donald...
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Half day trip with captain Don

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on April 2, 2021
This was my family’s 2nd trip with Captain Don.  He’s the only guy we will ever use to take us fishing.  He knows all...
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FAQs about Blue Collar Fishing Charters

Blue Collar Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $475 per group - 4 Hour Night Trip (4 hours)
  • $575 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Blue Collar Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Blue Collar Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Caught before the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Bottled water )
  • Fishing License

Blue Collar Fishing Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing

Blue Collar Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning

Top targeted fish species with Blue Collar Fishing Charters include:
  • Cobia
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout