Downtown Tampa Charters LLC

Downtown Tampa Charters is one of the most conveniently-located boats you’ll find. Just a stone’s throw away from the center of Tampa, you’ll be exploring the skinny waters of the bays, bayous, and rivers around Florida’s western shoreline. Captain Max Rowe grew up on these waters and has 10 years experience as a licensed captain, so he knows these waterways like the back of his hand.

This spacious 23’ center console can take up to 6 guests, and is powered by a 150 HP Suzuki engine. Once you’re close to your target fish, the wireless trolling motor will kick in, allowing you to cruise along the water without disturbing the sensitive fish beneath. You’ll catch them off-guard, giving you a much better chance to hook one!

Popular fish that Capt. Max helps you target include Cobia, Redfish, Blacktip Shark, Snook, and the “Silver King” – Tarpon. With top of the range Penn and Shimano gear to work with, as well as ready-prepared live bait, you have a great chance of catching yourself some dinner. Capt. Max or his first mate will happily clean and fillet the fish on the boat for you, while you sit back and enjoy your day.

With shorter and extended trips, Downtown Tampa Charters has something for everyone! Bring your own beer and fish with your pals, or come with the kids and teach them the art of fishing along these calm waters. All within touching distance of the city. It couldn’t be simpler: if you’re in Tampa, there’s a trip for you.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    A 3/4 day trip tailored to maximize your fishing potential. You'll spend the day angling with quality gear for a range of inshore species, such as Cobia, Redfish, Snook, and maybe even Tarpon if you're lucky.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $425
    price breakdown
    $425
    Spend half a day cruising and fishing around the backwaters of Tampa Bay. This trip will allow you to get a real feel for the shallow waters as you seek out the range of species living beneath you. Blackfin Shark, Snook, and Speckled Trout are just some of the fish you'll be targeting with Penn and Shimano fishing gear.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $425
    price breakdown
    $425
    This half day tour is open to anyone, from absolute beginners to the most experienced of anglers. The skinny waters of Tampa Bay are awash with great fishing opportunities and you can expect to hook some Redfish or Snook, among others here.
  • Private trip
    Night Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    $425
    price breakdown
    $425
    You would like to try fishing at night? This 4-hour trip is great for anyone, from absolute beginners to the most experienced of anglers! The skinny waters of Tampa Bay are awash with great fishing opportunities and you can expect to hook some Redfish or Snook, among others here.
  • Private trip
    Spring/Summer Night Special!
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 7 - Aug 1
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    This spring and summer you will have a great chance to spend your evening cruising and fishing around the backwaters of Tampa Bay. This trip will allow you to get a real feel for the shallow waters as you seek out the range of species living beneath you. Blackfin Shark, Snook, and Speckled Trout are just some of the fish you'll be targeting with Penn and Shimano fishing gear. Book this special offer of Capt. Max and join him on an amazing night adventure!
  • Private trip
    Spring/Summer Special!
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 7 - Aug 1
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    This spring and summer you will have a great chance to spend half a day cruising and fishing around the backwaters of Tampa Bay. This trip will allow you to get a real feel for the shallow waters as you seek out the range of species living beneath you. Blackfin Shark, Snook, and Speckled Trout are just some of the fish you'll be targeting with Penn and Shimano fishing gear. Book this special offer of Capt. Max and join him on an amazing adventure!
  • Private trip
    Single Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    1 Hour Trip, starts at 11:00 AM
    $130
    price breakdown
    $130
    This short trip gives you a great chance to, quite literally, test the waters and try your hand at fishing. Who knows? A quick excursion may arouse a passion for fishing in you!
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About the Captain

Max Rowe
Tampa, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Reports
20 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since August 2018
I grew up on the water in Tampa Bay and fishing has been my passion since I could operate a rod and reel. I love catching a lot of fish – big fish! All the while making memories at the same time. You never know what big sea creature you'll find out there, be it on your hook or in the distance – we often see dolphins doing flips. I was a college baseball player then a drummer in a rock band, now I'm a charter captain and have been for 10 years. I love teaching everything about inshore fishing, as well as just getting after it and catching some nice fish. I hope to pass on my passion to all of my customers.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Snook Snook

Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Hanson (Center console) originally built in 2011. Powered by a 150HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 34 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Checks
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.61
out of 5 stars from 20 reviews
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Experience
Great day out!
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+17
Angler Rating
15
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
93%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
80%
Appropriate for children
87%
Satisfied with the boat
93%
Catch intended fish
86%
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VERIFIED   August 2, 2020
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Shannon M.
Tampa, Florida
 5.00
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Max is where it's At

VERIFIED   July 18, 2020
Max was very knowledgeable, courteous and engaging. My girls had a ball! 1st spot we visited we caught snapper, lady fish and...
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Chaim H.
Tampa, FL
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Half day trip with Captain Max

VERIFIED   August 15, 2020
Captain Max is a real cool guy. I went with my 12 year old son who loves fishing above all else. Max knows all the good spots,...
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Anne M.
Miami, FL
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Great day out!

VERIFIED   August 12, 2020
We had a great day fishing with Captain Max. While the fish weren’t initially biting, Max took us to several spots to ensure...
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