HIGH TIDE Saltwater Charters

Based out of Clearwater, FL, HIGH TIDE Saltwater Charters is in the optimal position to take you nearshore and offshore fishing. Bordering the Gulf, you’ll be on the open seas in no time, and you’ll get to take advantage of the rich fishing opportunities immediately. Led by Captain Derek Morris, you’ll be in safe, considerate hands. A passionate angler, he feels his main responsibility is making sure that you leave the boat with a smile on your face.

You’ll cast off of a 35’ Custom Crusader offshore sport fishing boat that was built, simply, to cruise the Gulf of Mexico. The 380 HP Cummins diesel engine will purr as you speed along to the productive fishing spots. This is surely one of the fastest boats in the harbor. It comes equipped with more amenities than you could wish for, including ample seating, a lunch booth, resting bunks and, last but not least, a bathroom.

Trips run up to 20 miles offshore and you’ll get to hit the deep seas, as well as the numerous reefs and wrecks leading up to the open ocean. These are prime congregating spots for numerous fish to feed and hide from predators. Using the latest Daiwa rods and reels, you’ll be mainly bottom fishing or trolling to reel in any number of Groupers, Snappers, Hogfish, King Mackerel, Barracuda, and many more!

HIGH TIDE Saltwater Charters can take a maximum of 6 passengers, guaranteeing each guest the simple luxury of plenty of elbow room, both inside and out. With a downstairs steering station, you’re assured of a personable day with the captain and crew. Add to that the personal attention of the experienced captain and crew with over a decade of fishing the Gulf Of Mexico, and you’re in for an unforgettable day. Get on the Gulf!



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  • Private trip
    Super-Extended Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,650
    price breakdown
    $1,650
    A must-do for all seasoned anglers and passionate fishermen, but even the less experienced won't fail to enjoy the rich delights of this fishing trip. You'll spend up to 12 hours bottom fishing up to 20 miles offshore for a range of beautiful and delicious fish, from Groupers to Snappers, to Porgie, to Black Sea Bass, Hogfish, Sharks, and more.
  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,400
    price breakdown
    $1,400
    It follows that the more time spent fishing, the more likely you are of catching some fish, right? So take advantage of this by spending 10 hours bottom fishing for a range of exciting nearshore fish such as Snappers, Groupers, Sharks, and many more. If you'd prefer trolling, just let your captain know.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,150
    price breakdown
    $1,150
    8 hours is a decent amount of time to get out to the deeper waters and take advantage of the fantastic nearshore wreck and reef fishing on offer in Florida's Gulf waters. You'll get to bottom fish for Groupers, Snappers, Porgies, Black Sea Bass, Sharks, and many more.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $850
    price breakdown
    $850
    You'll spend the best part of your day either trolling or bottom fishing, all the while aboard a comfortable, spacious vessel catering to all your needs. Go after Kingfish, Bonito, and Sharks, or Snappers, Groupers, Black Seabass, and more, in the nearshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    This 4-hour trip is ideal to give you a taste of nearshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. You'll head out to some prime fishing locations, hunting reefs and wrecks for a range of fish, such as Hogfish, Snappers, Kingfish, Mackerels, and Sharks.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    Spend your afternoon getting to know the nearshore waters, reefs, and wrecks off the coast of Clearwater. Try trolling for Spanish Mackerel and Kingfish, or bottom fish for Groupers, Snappers, and many more on this 4-hour trip.
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About the Captain

Derek Morris
Clearwater, Florida, United States
61 Fishing Reports
46 Customer Reviews
Response time 4 hours
Member since November 2018
Having been fishing for over 13 years, Derek Morris decided in 2013 to turn his passion into a profession, and has been a USCG-licensed captain ever since. Capt. Derek still fishes for fun, and takes part in tournaments - favoring to go after Groupers. However, he feels his most important duty is to the customer, making sure that they have a good time on board.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Bonito Bonito
Cobia Cobia

Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)
Hogfish Hogfish
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Boat Specs

Crusader (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1994. Powered by a 380HP Cummins engine.

Length
35 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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, there is a 5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.92
out of 5 stars from 46 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Great morning of fishing
8hr Offshore with Captain Derek
Grunts, grouper, lane snapper, mackerel and bonito
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
90%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
95%
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Amber B.
Hudson, FL
 5.00
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8hr Offshore with Captain Derek

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on September 6, 2020
Highly recommend High Tide Saltwater Charter with Captain Derek. Put us right on top of the grouper and had one on the boat...
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Duke R.
St. Petersburg, Florida
 5.00
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10 Hr day , A lifetime memory for a 6 year old!

VERIFIED   Extended Full Day Trip on July 2, 2020
My son in law and most importantly my Grandson (age 6) had never been off shore fishing so I had High expectations for the...
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Todd F.
Orlando, Florida
 5.00
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Captain Mile

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip on November 14, 2020
Captain Mike and Ulmish were wonderful.  Such a great time. They know where the fish are. They have great tips for Customers...
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Kimberlee H.
Tampa, Florida
 5.00
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What A Day!!

VERIFIED   Special 6 hour trip for Kimberlee Handl on May 22, 2020
If you are looking for a fishing trip in Clearwater Beach area, look no more! These guys were awesome and found the fish. We...
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Damond D.
Clearwater, FL
 5.00
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4 hour trip the morning after Christmas

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on December 26, 2019
A great week in Clearwater during Christmas vacation. With all of the things we did, this was, without question, the best part...
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