Prime Tide Fishing Charters

When it comes down to light tackle inshore fishing in Florida, Prime Tide Fishing Charters 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 Captain Austin Mcwhorter. 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
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $800
    price breakdown
    $800
    This full-day trip will include the use of quality gear, tackle, and bait to land Hogfish, Snook, Trout, Redfish, Grouper, Cobia, Permit, Kingfish, and more. You will need to bring your sunscreen, drinks, and snacks. The departure location will depend on the season.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Aug 15
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    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
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    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)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    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
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    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
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    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
1 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
56 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since December 2014
Living in Florida, I grew a passion towards fishing. It was something I thoroughly enjoyed doing from a young age and always dreamed of doing it as a full-time job. Having the local knowledge and over two decades of experience in the area has given me the chance to turn my passion into my career and that is something I am thankful for every day. Being able to give people the experience of catching trophy fish is what it is all about for me.

About this listing

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
6 persons

Types of Fishing

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

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle

Amenities

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

Rating Summary
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4.90
out of 5 stars from 56 reviews
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Friendly captain
100%
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96%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
96%
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Dylan S.
Gaffney, SC
 5.00
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Half Day Trip with Captain Austin

VERIFIED   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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Jerry J.
United States
 5.00
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Haft Day with Captain Austin

VERIFIED   February 19, 2020
Increditable Both was clean and fresh. Captain Austin was polite, knowledgeable and a true “Fisherman”.
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Michael W.
BELLEAIR BLF, FL
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VERIFIED   August 1, 2020
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Mike S.
Winter Park, FL
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VERIFIED   December 27, 2019
Had a great time, Captain Austin very nice and professional,  took us to 4 different spots , caught fish at all 4. Trout...
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James B.
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Half Day Morning Trip with Captain Austin

VERIFIED   June 15, 2018
My 2 brothers, father and I had a great time with Austin.  We spent the early morning targeting Snook on a jetty and pulled...
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