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!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Super-Extended Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,800
    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
    $1,500
    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
    $1,200
    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
    $900
    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
    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
    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
69 Customer Reviews
Response time 7 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.

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Targeted Species

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

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

Seabass (Black) Black Seabass
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snapper (Red) Red Snapper
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
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well

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, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 5% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Half Day with Captain Derrick

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 9, 2021
Our best day fishing, EVER! We have been fishing annually for over 10 years (fourth booking on fishingbooker.com) and this...
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10 hour trip with Captain Derek and DJ

VERIFIED   Extended Full Day Trip on August 20, 2021
We had a great time with Captain Derek and DJ. They were great with everyone on board. They were patient and helpful with the...
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Half day trip with Captain Derek

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 28, 2021
Capt. Derek got us on the water, and got us on the fish fast. We are an inexperienced group with mom, dad, and four teenagers,...
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Half day trip with captain Derek and DJ

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on May 31, 2021
We had a blast!!! We were all very impressed with everything from the time we left to the time we got back….my brother can’t...
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Incredible experience

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on April 27, 2021
Most of us in our group of six had not been fishing like this before, and it was hands down one of the best experiences all...
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FAQs about HIGH TIDE Saltwater Charters

HIGH TIDE Saltwater Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $900 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - Extended Full Day Trip (10 hours)
  • $1,800 per group - Super-Extended Full Day Trip (12 hours)

When you book a trip with HIGH TIDE Saltwater Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box (For food and drinks. Seperate Fish box)

Trips booked with HIGH TIDE Saltwater Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Diawa)
  • Live Bait (May be caught during the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (Works for 20% tips)
  • Fishing License

HIGH TIDE Saltwater Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

HIGH TIDE Saltwater Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with HIGH TIDE Saltwater Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bonito
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • Hogfish
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Spanish Mackerel