What better way to explore the Tampa Bay than with a premier inshore fishing charter? Whether you’re a first-timer or a local going after your personal best, First Cast Fishing Charters will do everything possible to make your dreams come true. Captain Bernie Vinoski brings to the deck over two decades of fishing experience in and around the Tampa Bay area. He knows the waters like the back of his hand, so can tailor any trip to your desires.

You’ll fish aboard a custom built 23’ Aeon tower boat with all the latest electronics and gear fitted for a smooth, confident ride. This boat is designed to handle the shallow water of the flats, the ever-changing conditions in the bay, and the deeper waters of the Gulf. The Aeon features a spacious casting deck, two live wells, a 10’ Powerpole Blade, Minn Kota GPS Trolling Motor, and a full T-top offering shade on warm summer days.

The fall months always provide a rush through the veins, as the fish stack up in every corner and on every flat. This time of year, completing your inshore slam of Snook, Redfish, and Trout is an everyday possibility. During the season, you’ll even get the chance to go after Tarpon – the most prized inshore species there is. But whatever time of year you come, you’re in for an exciting tussle with the fish, and a delicious treat to take home.

There are plenty of Shimano and Tsunami rods and reels for all on board, and you’ll even have enough space to fish at the same time. Live bait is usually be prepared before the trip, but even if it needs to be caught, Capt. Bernie won’t let it eat into your trip time! Whether chasing Snook and Redfish in the bays, or fishing the stunning beaches for Tarpon and Kingfish, you’re in for a first-class experience with First Cast Fishing Charters. Take advantage now!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Tarpon Full Day
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 1
    $1,400
    Chasing the mighty Silver King.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $750
    If you want to maximize your chance of getting fish on the boat, this is the trip for you. Spend a whole day on the water, getting acquainted with the Tampa Bay's diverse inshore waters. You'll be able to hunt the flats, as well as the open bays for a range of game fish like Snook, and even Tarpon (when in season), to delicious table fish, such as Pompano and Gag Grouper, among many more.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    Targeting Tarpon from sun-up to mid-day.
  • Private trip
    Afternoon Half Day Tarpon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 1
    $700
    Chasing Tarpon schools on the beaches and flats, bridges, and passes from mid-day to sunset.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    The most popular option, this 6-hour trip gives you the chance to really get to know the inshore waters of St.Petersburg and the Tampa Bay, reeling in plenty of fish, and having a great day out. These waters are home to some of the best inshore species around, with Snook and Tarpon passing through, as well as Groupers, Snappers, Tripletails, Permits, Redfish, and many more.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Sunset
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jul 31 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $450
    Fish the late afternoon and watch the sunset as you target the famed Tarpon and Snook.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $450
    This morning trip will see you head out early to catch the morning bite, when the fish are at their most hungry. When fishing the shallower waters, this is the best time to spot fish the tailing Redfish. You'll also be going after a while host of other exciting game and flavorsome fish, from Snook, to Gag Grouper, and Tripletail.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $450
    Spend the afternoon fishing the local bays and beaches for a range of delicious and exciting species. This trip will give you a real taste of inshore fishing and the Tampa Bay's rich waters. Go after anything from Groupers, Redfish, and Tripletail, to Permit, Jack Crevalle, and Snook, for an exhilirating time on the water.

About the Captain

Bernie Vinoski
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
4 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
39 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since November 2018
I have been addicted to fishing for most of my life. My father and grandfather, both Miami natives, put a rod in my hand at a very young age. I have 20+ years of solid experience fishing the Tampa Bay, Florida Keys, East Coast, and have traveled many times to Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico fishing with some of the most well-known guides in search of trophies. I've fished professionally since my late teens when I joined the Pursuit Fishing Team on the SKA Circuit and FLW King Fish Championship Series. I worked as a Chef for 17 years, fishing as a hobby through my twenties, and became a full-time, licensed captain in my late 20s. I have owned and operated many different boats over the years, from Mavericks and Shearwaters to Pursuits and Jupiters. I recently acquired my favorite boat yet, the Aeon 23 DLX. I love fishing more than just about anything else. Moreover, I love taking people fishing and teaching them about our local species and ecology.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Permit Permit

Pompano Pompano
Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snook Snook

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Aeon (Center console) originally built in 2012. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha 4 Stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 55 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Spinning

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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 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

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

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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The charter operation canceled 2 days after the trip date.
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4 hours on the water with Captain Bernie

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 17, 2021
We had a great time with Captain Bernie.  We caught tons of fish.  I took my son and his best friend on this charter and...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 15, 2021
Outstanding trip overall.  Captain Bernie was a great host and guide from booking to the end of the trip.  Even with the...
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6 hour trip with Capt. Bernie

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on July 1, 2021
A buddy and I went fishing with Capt. Bernie and had a blast! It was like fishing with a friend that was very knowledgeable...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on July 27, 2021
We loved this experience! The red tide only allowed us to catch one fish, but Captain Bernie made it very clear that there...
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FAQs about First Cast Fishing Charters

First Cast Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Sunset (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Tarpon (6 hours)
  • $700 per group - Afternoon Half Day Tarpon Trip (6 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,400 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Tarpon Full Day (10 hours)

When you book a trip with First Cast Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box (Yeti 110qt)

Trips booked with First Cast Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water, Gatorade)
  • Fishing License

First Cast Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

First Cast Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Spinning

Top targeted fish species with First Cast Fishing Charters include:
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Permit
  • Pompano
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail