Fire Drill Charters will get your pulses racing as if you’ve heard the bell itself. Head out from Nokomis, leaving the Western Florida coast behind. Fish the reefs and wrecks, as well as some deeper water for some exciting and delicious fish. With Captain Mike Kail, you can’t go wrong. Having fished for over 50 years, he’s captained professionally since 2007 and brings invaluable experience and skills to the deck.

Set off aboard a 30’ Pro Boat center console, complete with brand new equipment. You’ll be offshore in minutes thanks to the twin Suzuki 300 HP engines reaching speeds of up to 30 knots. Having the wind in your hair may cool you down, but there’s also plenty of shade for you to protect from the tropical sun too. Make use of the cooler on board to keep hydrated, and there’s a porta potty on board if you get caught short.

If you’re going for the pelagic bite, the boat’s outriggers will get you trolling like a professional. Want to bottom fish? Head out towards the reefs and bottom fish for various kinds of Snapper and Grouper. These exciting fish will be tough to reel onto the boat, but the first mate will help you land one. You won’t go home empty-handed as the crew will clean and prepare your catch for you to take home at the end of the day.

Trips run all year-round, and with half and full-day trips, you can choose how much you want to do. Learn about the Gulf’s fantastic fisheries, or show off your angling skills and catch as many fish as possible. All rods and reels are provided, along with your fishing license, so what are you waiting for? The bell is ringing, so rush outside and hop aboard Fire Drill Charters today!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day – Deep Water
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,500
    price breakdown
    $1,500
    Up to 50 miles offshore looking for giant Snapper, Grouper and large Pelagics.
  • Private trip
    Red Snapper Special
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 31 - Jul 31
    $1,500
    price breakdown
    $1,500
    Geared toward catching American Red Snapper 12 hour trip with lots of bycatch of other Snapper, Grouper, and Pleagics.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Deep Water
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,200
    price breakdown
    $1,200
    Up to 40 miles offshore fishing for Snapper, Grouper and Pleagics.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    price breakdown
    $1,000
    This longer trip allows you to spend more time fishing the different reefs in the nearshore and offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Head a long way off the Western Florida coast and try trolling the tops or bottom fishing the reefs, as well as jigging for beautiful and tasty species such as Snappers and Groupers.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Tarpon Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jul 1
    $950
    price breakdown
    $950
    This trip entails some heavy duty Tarpon fishing off the beautiful beaches of southwest Florida. Or you can chase the Silver King down in the legendary Boca Grande pass.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    Try bottom fishing the reefs, trolling the tops, or jigging to catch the exciting and delicious range of Groupers and Snappers that you'll be targetting.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    The nearshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico have plenty of reefs to fish. Try bottom fishing when you hit them, or troll nearby to go after exciting, delicious species, such as Red Grouper, and Red and Mangrove Snappers. This will give you a great introduction to these productive waters.
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About the Captain

Mike Kail
Nokomis, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Report
47 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since October 2018
An avid fisherman, Captain Mike has been on the water for over 50 years going after the biggest freshwater and saltwater fish. He spent a lot of time fishing professionally in Walleye tournaments in northern parts of the US, but decided to start running charters in 2007. He moved to western Florida to start his own business and hasn't looked back ever since.

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Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)

Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Snapper (Lane) Snapper (Lane)

Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Snapper (Yellowtail) Snapper (Yellowtail)
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Pro Sport (Center console) originally built in 2001, and restored in 2019. Powered by 2 300HP Suzuki engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

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

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
95%
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Our trip Saturday November 25th 2020

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on November 28, 2020
I am going to say upfront what A great trip! Now I am 55 years old usually fish the Mid Atlantic since I am from Ocean City...
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Half Day with Captain James.

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The captain and his mate made sure we caught lots of fish. They were fast to keep hooks baited and keep the fish rolling in....
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Half day trip with Captain James

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 18, 2020
We had a great time.  Capt. James put us on the fish and was good with the boys (10 & 12), first fishing trip ever! (yes,...
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Half Day With Capn James and Red

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 14, 2020
Excellent trip out of Nokomis. Capn james put us on fish and kept us on fish. Was only a half day, so didn’t get deep enough...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on December 26, 2020
Capt James did a wonderful job of putting us on the fish and making our 1/2 day trip enjoyable. Fun to go out with a Capt who...
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