Sunstate Fishing Charters

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Come have an exciting, fish-filled day with Captain Matthew Yaquinto! Capt. Matthew grew up fishing the waters of Tampa Bay, and he can’t wait to share his local tips and tricks with you. Whether you’re an experienced angler looking for some top-notch Floridian fishing, or want to take your family on the vacation of a lifetime, Capt. Matthew can’t wait to welcome you aboard Sunstate Fishing Charters for the trip of a lifetime.

Capt. Matthew comes from a family of fishermen, and has had generations of knowledge passed down to him. Join him for an adventure, and he’ll have you cruising the backcountry, flats, and bay waters for your dream catch. He offers angling trips that are suitable for hardened fishermen and families looking for a fun day on the water alike – all he asks is that you bring a smile and a readiness to reel ‘em in!

You’ll be cruising on board your captain’s 23’ Skeeter SX230, perfectly built to accommodate 6 guests, as well as exploring a variety of waters. Four members of your group will be able to fish at the same time, allowing plenty of angling action, as well as some much-needed relaxation! Your vessel is decked out with top-of-the-line safety and navigational gear, including GPS to get you on fish, and life jackets for little ones.

Once you arrive at the fishing hotspots, you’ll have the chance to reel in some world-famous Floridian favorites! Get ready to come face-to-gills with Snook, Speckled Trout, Tripletail, Redfish, Gag Grouper (Dec – Feb is a great time to hook these fish!), and even the “Silver King” (Tarpon), plus plenty more. Your captain will be on hand to show you the best techniques to use, along with some local tips he’s picked up. Even little ones will be able to reel in their first ever catch!

Your trip includes everything you need for an exciting day on the water – rods, reels, tackle, bait, and a valid fishing license for all guests. Come aboard Sunstate Fishing Charters and get ready to make some memories!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Goliath grouper
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    Nothing but rod bending adrenaline rushing action when we hook into these guys. This trip is not for kids, although they may come along.
  • Private trip
    Shark Fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 1
    $700
    Guarantee to catch Sharks, the best thing is that it could be a baby or could be jaws, I have all proper gear to ensure if by chance we hooked that 3-4-5 hour fight we get to see it. Night trips are the best trips but don’t think they don’t eat during the day. Book now!
  • Private trip
    Half Day
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    Tell me what you want to catch and lets go book now!!!!!!
  • Private trip
    Night Fishing Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    $600
    If you're looking to give yourself the chance of catching a true monster here in Tampa bay, well, come see why?
  • Private trip
    Quickie
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $250
    Are you short on time? This trip is perfect if you wanna spend a few hours on the water and get a taste of Tampa Bay.
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About the Captain

Matthew Yaquinto
Tampa, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
37 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
24 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since November 2018
It's fair to say that a love for angling definitely runs in Capt. Matthew's blood – his family has been fishing in this area for over 50 years, and he was raised on these waters! He started fishing at the age of 4, and discovered his passion for exploring the waters of Tampa, FL. He left his job as a firefighter to pursue his dream of turning fishing into a career, and now successfully owns and runs his own charter company. His main goal is to make his guests happy – especially those who have never fished before!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Skeeter 230SX (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 200HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
23 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
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Tampa to departure site is available and included in trip rates.

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
PayPal
Bank Transfer
American Express
Mastercard
Visa

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Customer Reviews

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4.93
out of 5 stars from 23 reviews
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Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
90%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
95%
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Richard C.
Winter Park, FL
 5.00
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Fishing trip with the kids

VERIFIED   NEW  June 24, 2020
We spent several hours with Matthew and loved every minute of it.  He’s immensely knowledgeable, super friendly,...
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Long T.
Riverview, FL
 5.00
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Awesome time.

VERIFIED   NEW  June 6, 2020
Awesome Captain, fantastic time. The captain came prepared with bait so you have more time to fish. The boat was very steady....
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Michael V.
Zephyrhills, Florida
 5.00
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Half Day with Captain Matt

VERIFIED   May 15, 2020
Captain Matt was the perfect person to take my sons and I out. He was really patient since none of us were experienced and...
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Dorla F.
Manchester, TN
 5.00
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Full Day trip with Capt Matt

VERIFIED   NEW  June 28, 2020
Capt Matt is a hard worker. He made our fishing experience fun. We all had a good time
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Felipe S.
Apopka, FL
 5.00
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Corona Special

VERIFIED   May 28, 2020
Captain Matt is a cool dude and knows his stuff. It was my son and I first time inshore fishing off a boat and he really showed...
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Fishing Reports

Snapper/grouper

June 17, 2020

The snapper grouper bite has been unreal the past few weeks. Read Full Report →