Phatfish Kayak Charters

9814 Ashburn Lake Dr
Tampa FL, United States

Derrick Burgos has been exploring and fishing the waterways of Florida virtually his entire life. His passion for fishing the canals and ditches of Miami developed when he was very young, and was introduced to kayak fishing after he moved to Tampa as a teenager. This brought his passion for fishing to a whole new level.

Now Derrick splits his time between being a professional tournament angler and a guide for kayak fishing charters. So far he has claimed eight titles and has received top three placings over 10 times, including in the Kayak Fishing Classics, Battle for Bella, Stinky Joes Trout Match, Hardcore Challenge and several others.

Derrick is an active participant in the fishing community, and regularly shares his experiences through blogs and published articles (he has written for the Kayak Fishing Magazine, Inshore/Offshore Magazine, Salty Shores and many more). He also gives seminars. Derrick is a member of several kayak fishing organizations, including the Space Coast Kayak Anglers, the Hadcore Kayak Anglers, and the CCA. He recently worked as a coordinator for a brand new project, the Sweetwater Kayaks 2014 Kayak Fishing Event Series.

Derrick started Phatfish Kayak Charters over three years ago. His customers benefit from his appreciation and understanding of the game fish of Florida, as well as its other wildlife, tides and weather patterns. He’s known as one of the best kayak fishing guides in the Tampa Bay area.

Derrick employs a variety of fishing techniques, including sight fishing, flats fishing, fly fishing and fishing from the shore. He specializes in fishing for West Florida’s most popular inshore game fish, such as Snook, Redfish, Sea Trout, Jack Crevalle, Grouper and more.

Derrick Burgos has been exploring and fishing the waterways of Florida virtually his entire life. His passion for fishing the canals and ditches of Miami developed when he was very young, and was introduced to kayak fishing after he moved to Tampa as


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About this listing

Boat Specs
Length
12 ft
Capacity
4 persons
Types of Fishing
River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Targeted Species
 
Black Drum
 
Cobia

 
Grouper (Goliath)
 
Jack Crevalle

 
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
 
Redfish

 
Snapper (Mangrove)
 
Snook

 
Spanish Mackerel
 
Spotted Seatrout

 
Tarpon
Amenities
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Fly Fishing Equipment
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Cooler And Catch Bag
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Fly Fishing Equipment
Live Bait Well
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Water Provided
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment
Policies
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
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.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
 
You Keep Catch
 
Catch and Release Allowed
Payment

30% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker 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, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, PayPal.

About the Charter Operator

Derick Burgos
Tampa, Florida, United States
Member since December 2014
Derick Burgos has been fishing the Florida waterways his whole life. His passion for fishing began with fishing the Miami canals, ditches, and any residential crevice he could find. Later in his teenage years, he moved to Tampa where he was introduced to kayak fishing, which brought Derick’s passion for catching fish to a higher level. He has been fishing professionally as a tournament angler and kayak fishing guide since. Today, Derick has eight 1st place wins and over 10 top three placings including the Battle for Bella, Kayak Fishing Classics, Hardcore challenge, Stinky Joes Trout Match, and many more. As an authority in the kayak fishing circle, Derick makes it a point to be involved with his peers, he shares his experience through his blogs, published articles, and seminars. He is also a member of the Hardcore Kayak Anglers, Space coast Kayak Anglers, and CCA. His is also now event coordinator for his newest project the Sweetwater Kayaks 2014 Kayak Fishing Event Series.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5 stars from 3 reviews

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The trip started off with an on land review of the area from Maps.  During the review, Derick pointed out and explained why certain areas had the best opportunity to hold fish.  We also went over lure selection. 

He was spot on.  We had a good time bringing the fish to the yak.  Derick is basic enough for the first time angler, while possessing the knowledge to help fine tune, a seasoned veteran of the sport.  I’d give him 10 out of 10 stars.

Fished June 1, 2016
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Excellent! Derrick was very professional and showed much concern for his me and my buddy. He put us on all the fish! Cobia, snook, reds, trout. It couldn’t have gone any better. The one thing that stuck out to me is that he understood gear was to be used and if it broke, no worries. Obviously we weren’t trying to break anything but my buddy hooked into a monster red. He wasn’t use to fishing reds and the red took off and my buddy jerked back and gave him no room to run and unfortunately his rod tip snapped. Totally my buddies fault but Derrick didn’t show any concern. He whipped out another rod and we kept on fishing. No worries. If you’re looking for some amazing kayak fishing, don’t hesitate to check out Phatfish. You WON’T be disappointed.

Fished April 21, 2016
Derick Burgos (The Captain)
Replied to this review on June 9, 2016

Wow! Thank you so much! I’m so glad you had a great time! Broken gear is comes with the territory. Charge it to the game! Until next time tight lines!

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I have fished now with Derick multiple times and he puts you on fish.  I fish only artificials so it was great to be with someone so knowledgeable on both live bait and artificials. Plus he really knows the area and enjoyed learning about the wading birds and the habitat. Derick is just a low key guy nice and safety conscious too which is important in a kayak. So in summary, yes, I would for sure fish with Derick again and recomend which I don’t do often.

Fished March 2, 2016
Derick Burgos (The Captain)
Replied to this review on June 8, 2016

Thank you for the kind words! It is always a pleasure to get you out on the water and I look forward to nest time. Tight lines!

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