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
    $1,700
    Head far offshore looking for giant Snapper and Grouper.
  • Private trip
    Red Snapper Special
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 31 - Jul 31
    $1,700
    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
    $1,500
    Head miles offshore to fish for Snapper, Grouper, and pelagics.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,100
    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
    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
    $700
    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
    $700
    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

Capt James Creutz
Nokomis, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Report
ID & License verified
78 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
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) Great Barracuda
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper

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

Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snapper (Red) Red Snapper
Snapper (Yellowtail) Yellowtail Snapper
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
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box

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, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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

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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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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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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 24, 2021
We had such a wonderful time fishing with Brandon and James. Everyone in our group caught tons of fish. Brandon and James made...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 24, 2021
My wife and I had so much fun going fishing with this crew! They had great locations marked and were able to give us non stop...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 23, 2021
My son and I had a great trip with Captain James and mate Brandon. They were very attentive and worked hard to keep the rods...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 1, 2021
Fantastic morning on the water with Capt. James and 1st Mate Brandon!  They told us they’d put us on the fish and they were...
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FAQs about Fire Drill Charters

Fire Drill Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $700 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $700 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $950 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Tarpon Fishing (6 hours)
  • $1,100 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - 10 Hour Trip – Deep Water (10 hours)
  • $1,700 per group - Extended Full Day – Deep Water (12 hours)
  • $1,700 per group - Red Snapper Special (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Fire Drill Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Porta potty)
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box (Ice coolers)

Trips booked with Fire Drill Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Fin-Nor and Penn)
  • Live Bait (Caught during the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • First Mate (Works for tips)
  • Fishing License

Fire Drill Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Fire Drill Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with Fire Drill Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Snapper (Lane)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Tarpon