High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota

Located in beautiful Sarasota, Florida, High Class Hooker Charters offers light tackle, saltwater fishing charters suitable for every type of angler. Captain Camille has over 18 years of experience fishing the waters of Sarasota Bay, as well as the surrounding waterways from Tampa Bay down to Charlotte Harbor.

Captain Camille is a professional, experienced guide, with plenty of knowledge of these waters. His trips come with a “No Fish–No Pay Guarantee”, because he’s so confident that he’ll be able to put you on fish. If your group doesn’t catch fish, then your charter is free (deposit excluded). No other guide service in the area is capable of offering a guarantee like this.

You’ll be fishing from a 21’ Mako 2018 21lts flats boat powered by a 225 HP Mercury Verado engine. There are padded seats and seat backs, so you’ll ride in comfort to the hotspots. This boat is equipped with two large Ice Chests to store your catch and refreshments, two Power Pole Shallow Water Anchors for precision anchoring, a Minn Kota GPS enabled trolling motor, Garmin GPS/Sonar, and a large live well for plenty of bait.

Sarasota Bay and its surrounding waterways are home to some of the best inshore fishing in Florida. These waters are teeming with some of the most sought-after gamefish around, including Snook, Sea Trout, Redfish, and Tarpon. You’ll encounter other species, including Sheepshead, Black Drum, Snapper, Cobia, Pompano, Permit, and King Mackerel to name a few.

Captain Camille’s charters include everything that your group will need for a productive day of fishing – rods, reels, tackle, and fishing licenses. Complimentary water is included, and High Class Hooker Charters will also clean and bag your catch for you to take home and enjoy on the journey back.

If you’re visiting Sarasota, Florida, and are looking for an exciting fishing experience, step aboard High Class Hooker Charters for an amazing inshore angling trip. Families and kids are always welcome aboard.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $900
    Nothing beats a full day trip if you're looking to experience everything the local inshore fishery has to offer. Some of the targeted species include Snook, Tarpon (when in season), Redfish, Sea Trout, and more.
  • Private trip
    Tarpon Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jun 30
    $900
    Tarpon are the most sought after game inshore game fish, considered by many to be the holy grail of light tackle sport fishing. You'll target Tarpon early in the morning along the beaches from Englewood to Anna Maria Island. The average fish weighs between 100 and 130 pounds with fish from 150 to 200 pounds common. Tarpon are famous for their long runs, immense power, and acrobatic leaps. Don't miss out on your chance. Book now. Tarpon trips are limited to 2 anglers.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    A great middle road between short and long trips, the 6-hour trip provides you with that extra degree of flexibility. You'll be targeting the likes of Snook, Redfish, Sea Trout, Tarpon (seasonal) and more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    A half day trip is time well-spent if you're someone with too busy a schedule for longer trips. You'll be fishing inshore for the likes of Redfish, Snapper, Seatrout, Pompano, and more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $500
    This is the entry-level Sarasota inshore trip. Target species for the day include Snook, Redfish, Sea Trout, Tarpon (seasonal) and more.
  • Private trip
    Family & Children Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    Specifically designed for families with small children ages 5 through 12 years of age. Your charter will spend the first 2 and a half hours targeting fish that bite easily and quickly to keep your children entertained and engaged. The last 1 and a half hours will be spent along the beach or small islands in the bay looking for shark's teeth and shells. Complimentary buckets, sand shovels, and dip nets are provided for the children.
  • Private trip
    Family & Children Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $400
    If you're looking for an afternoon adventure to take your kids on, this trip is the perfect option! Your charter will spend the first 2 and a half hours targeting fish that bite easily and quickly to keep your children entertained and engaged. The last 1 and a half hours will be spent along the beach or small islands in the bay looking for sharks teeth and shells. Complimentary buckets, sand shovels, and dip nets are provided for the children.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Single Angler (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $650
    If you are one of those anglers that takes joy in fishing on their own, check this offer out. High Class Hooker Charters offers a single angler half day rate for just that reason. Everything is the same as on the standard half-day trip - it's just more economical for the single angler.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Single Angler (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $650
    If you enjoy heading out to fish on your own, this might be just what you're looking for. A special price for single anglers, it's the same as a regular half day trip, just better value for individual anglers.
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About the Captain

Camille Mellot
Sarasota, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
114 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
228 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since November 2014
Growing up on a large dairy farm in western Massachusetts, there wasn’t much for my brother and I to do once our chores were done, so we spent the majority of our free time stalking Trout through the mountain streams that flowed across our family’s property. When I moved to Florida, I fell in love with the amazing fishery that is found in Sarasota and the surrounding areas including Tampa Bay, Venice, and Charlotte Harbor. I was very fortunate in that one of the first people I met when I moved here was one of the best guides in the area and over time he taught me the intricacies and tactics for successfully fishing both the inshore and offshore waters of the greater Sarasota area. Now, many years later the area waterways feel more like home to me than any other place on Earth.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Permit Permit

Pompano Pompano
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Mako (Flats boat) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 225HP Mercury Verado engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 55 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
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 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

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Recent Fishing Reports

Great Morning Trip
Great Morning Trip
August 27, 2021
The water conditions have really improved as the red tide bloom has moved out of the area and the fishing was hot on this morning trip. The Redfish were very active and we caught a bunch of big Reds along the shoreline. The guys mentioned they were looking for some dinner as well so afterwards we headed a little south to target Snappers for a big ol fish fry. Lots of fish and a great time.
Awesome Afternoon Fishing
Awesome Afternoon Fishing
August 25, 2021
This mother and daughter duo did an amazing job on their afternoon charter. We started out fishing the grass flats for Sea Trout and were rewarded with some big ones as well as a bunch of slot sized fish. Later we turned our attention to some shoreline structure and got into some beastly Redfish, a bunch of tasty mangrove Snapper as well as Snook and Sheepshead.
Very Tough Conditions
Very Tough Conditions
August 16, 2021
It was a tough day of fishing due to a numer of environmetal factors including Red Tide and Tropical Storm Fred passing just east of us. While other captains were canceling due to the conditions we made it out and were rewarded with some very nice fish despite the slow bite and water conditions. We had to run a ways south of Sarasota to get into some clean water and were ultimately rewarded with some some big Black Drum and an assortment of Snapper, Snook and Sheepshead.

Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
94%
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Best captain and trip in a long time!!!!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 21, 2021
Captain Camille will give you the “no fish, no pay” guarantee because he knows he has nothing to worry about. In roughly...
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3/4 day with Captain Camille

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on March 29, 2021
2 of my sons and I were able to fish with Captain Camille today. We had a great day on the water with 37 landed fish. Mostly...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 23, 2021
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Awesome half-day on the water and a great captain!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on January 1, 2021
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Half Day Inshore Single Fisher

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Single Angler (AM) on October 2, 2020
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FAQs about High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota

High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota offers the following trips to customers:
  • $325 per person - Half Day Trip - Single Angler (PM) (4 hours)
  • $325 per person - Half Day Trip - Single Angler (AM) (4 hours)
  • $400 per group - Family & Children Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $400 per group - Family & Children Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $900 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $900 per group - Tarpon Fishing Trip (6 hours)

When you book a trip with High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box (Yeti Coolers)

Trips booked with High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Prepared in advance)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning

Top targeted fish species with High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota include:
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Permit
  • Pompano
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon