When it comes down to light tackle inshore fishing in Florida, Captain Austin McWhorter should be your number one choice. From the shallow grass flats, ledges and reefs, intercoastal waterways, and nearshore waters around Clearwater, to the finest nearshore grounds in North Tampa Bay, there is a trip for you.

The company is run and operated by Capt. Austin. An enthusiastic angler and a patient guide, Austin has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to put you on top of the hottest bite possible.

He will take you out aboard a 24’ Sheaffer Marine center console, fresh on the water in 2017. This spacious vessel can cruise at a hair-raising speed of 50 knots thanks to its 300 HP Yamaha engine. The boat has a shallow draft to fish the inshore areas and provides an exceptionally dry and stable ride.

This seaworthy vessel is rigged out with top-notch electronics to precisely put you on the fish and keep you safe with its satellite weather overlay. Its Simrad GPS and fishfinder will build up a clear image of where the fish are hiding, while the wireless trolling motor will ensure a quiet ride. There is also a VHF radio, two live wells, a cooler, and plenty of storage. The only thing that’s missing is you!

With Prime Tide Fishing Charters, you will be able to get your hands on anything from Tarpon, Permit, Cobia, and Hogfish to Redfish, Snook, Trout, Tripletail, Grouper, Snapper, Kingfish, and many other species.

All trips depart from either the Belleair Causeway/Seminole St. Boat Ramps in Clearwater and the Cove Cay Marina on the west side of Tampa Bay.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Aug 15
    $800
    This is a Tarpon trip that will run from May until mid-August. Everything will be provided to catch the 'Silver King." Please note, that the launching location will depend on the weather/conditions.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    Add a few more hours to your time on the water and get your hands on Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, Trout, Hogfish, Grouper, and many more. All tackle, bait, and gear to land a trophy fish are supplied, along with drinking water. Bring your sunscreen and snacks/drinks. The launching location will depend on the season.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $700
    Targeting Snook, Redfish, Trout, Tarpon, Hogfish, Grouper etc. All of the tackle, bait, and equipment needed to catch your trophy fish is supplied, as well as drinking water, just bring sunscreen and any snacks and drinks you may want on the trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    This morning trip will take you targeting Snook, Redfish, Trout, Tarpon, Hogfish, Grouper, and other species. All tackle, bait, and equipment needed to catch your trophy fish will be supplies, as well as drinking water. Just bring sunscreen and any drinks/snacks you may want on the trip. The departure location will depend on the season.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $500
    On this afternoon trip, you will be fishing for Redfish, Trout, Snook, Tarpon, Grouper, Hogfish, and more. You will be provided with bait, tackle, and all the gear needed to land that trophy fish. Drinking water is also supplied, just bring your own snacks and sunscreen. Please note, that the launching location will depend on the season.
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About the Captain

Austin McWhorter
Clearwater, Florida, United States
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66 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since December 2014
Living in Florida, Captain Austin grew a passion towards fishing. It was something he thoroughly enjoyed doing from a young age and he has always dreamed of it as being a full-time job. Having the local knowledge and over two decades of experience in the area have given Captain Austin the chance to turn his passion into his career and that is something he is thankful for every day. Being able to give people the experience of catching trophy fish is what it is all about for him.

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Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
Hogfish Hogfish

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Permit Permit
Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Sheaffer Marine (Center console) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha F300 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
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 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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

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
Checks

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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Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Andrea A.
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Great half day

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on April 14, 2021
Captain Austin was awesome. He called the day before to go over details and information, and let us know we’d be getting...
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Barbara W.
The Villages, FL
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Great half day trip with Austin by a "senior couple!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on April 13, 2021
I’m 79 & my husband is 83 and we had a fun & successful half day.(so get out there seniors!) . Captain Austin is very knowledgeable...
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Gaffney, SC
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Half Day Trip with Captain Austin

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 26, 2020
We had a great time. We caught a tarpon, 70 to 80 pounds. Captain was a very knowledgeable and experienced fishermen, who knows...
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Dalton P.
Nokomis, IL
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Fishing with Austin

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on March 27, 2021
Awesome personality! Very trust worthy to his word on things! Had a Awesome time! Would book with him again.
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Jeff N.
Clearwater, Florida
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April fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on April 8, 2021
Boat is in top shape, equipment was top notch. Caught some big fish all day.
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FAQs about Captain Austin McWhorter

Captain Austin McWhorter offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip - Tarpon (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Captain Austin McWhorter, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Captain Austin McWhorter include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Prepared in advance)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water)
  • Fishing License

Captain Austin McWhorter offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (Up to 9 miles)
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Captain Austin McWhorter offers the following fishing technique:
  • Light Tackle

Top targeted fish species with Captain Austin McWhorter include:
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Hogfish
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Permit
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail