Sunstate Fishing Charters

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
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $189
    price breakdown
    $189
    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
    Half Day
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $378
    price breakdown
    $378
    Tell me what you want to catch and lets go book now!!!!!!
  • Shared trip
    Night Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    $378
    price breakdown
    $378
    If you're looking to give yourself the chance of catching a true monster here in Tampa bay, well, come see why?
  • Private trip
    Shark Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Dec 1
    $378
    price breakdown
    $378
    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!
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About the Captain

Matthew Yaquinto
Tampa, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
39 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
29 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

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License
Lunch

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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

Payment

Book with 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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
American Express
Mastercard
Visa
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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4.79
out of 5 stars from 28 reviews
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Good experience
92%
Friendly captain
96%
Recommend this charter
89%
Appropriate for children
88%
Satisfied with the boat
96%
Catch intended fish
92%
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VERIFIED   July 10, 2020
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Richard C.
Winter Park, FL
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Fishing trip with the kids

VERIFIED   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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Michael V.
Zephyrhills, Florida
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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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Felipe S.
Apopka, FL
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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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Aspen S.
Sarasota, Florida
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May fishing trip

VERIFIED   May 22, 2020
Perfect little boat with a very experienced Captain! He knows where to go and make sure you get something. He has everything...
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