Hey Jude Fishing Charters

Want to add some local flair to your Floridian vacation? Captain Wayne Shuff, who’s been exploring these waters since 1982, invites you aboard Hey Jude Fishing Charters for a first-class angling adventure! You’ll have the chance to explore the beautiful, bountiful inshore and nearshore waters of Saint Petersburg, and reel in some world-famous saltwater superstars, too.

Capt. Wayne has been described by his guests as personable, patient, and very knowledgable – and he loves sharing this knowledge with his fellow anglers! A tournament winner and frequent guest on local fishing shows, he specializes in offering a wide variety of first-class trips, particularly for families and groups of budding fishermen. No previous angling experience? No worries! Capt. Wayne will show you the ropes.

You’ll be fishing from your captain’s 23’ Hydrasport Baybolt 2300 bay boat – she’s wide-bodied, very stable, and specially designed to tackle the waters of Tampa Bay. She can accommodate up to 6 guests (4 anglers), and on board you’ll find dual bait wells, a shaded t-top, and the latest navigational and safety gear, including fishfinder, GPS, and life vests for little ones. Her luxurious cushioned seating and decks offer a comfortable and safe platform to enjoy your adventure from.

When it comes to the species on offer, it all depends on when you visit and how far you travel. You’ll have the chance to head up to 4 miles out to hook King Mackerel, Cobia, Gag Grouper, and huge Redfish, or you can stay by the marina to reel in Spotted Seatrout, Snook, and more. Want to battle that world-famous Floridian favorite, the “Silver King” (Tarpon)? Capt. Wayne will take you to the hottest spots, as well as sjowing you techniques to hook this hard-fighter.

Your trip includes rods and reels, bait, tackle, and a valid fishing license. Your captain will take you to a waterfront restaurant to prepare your catch, too. Come aboard Hey Jude Fishing Charters and see how the locals reel ‘em in!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 Hour Gulf Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $750
    up to 5 persons
    We fish the wrecks and reefs from 15 to 60 feet of water, catching snapper, grouper, cobia, king mackerel and more. Maximum 4 anglers. all bait, tackle and licenses furnished.
  • Private trip
    Tarpon – 6 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Nov - 31 Jul
    $750
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Get ready to fish for the "Silver King!" On this morning trip, you'll have the chance to catch giant Tarpon all within sight of the beach. Capt. Wayne will meet you at the marina and talk you through what you'll be doing. If you're a new angler, he'll take you to the best places to practice fishing before you set out to target this hard-fighting fish! Your trip includes top-of-the-line custom rods, and Penn/Quantam reels, as well as bait. This trip is suitable for anglers of all ages and abilities.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Depending on the weather, you'll have the chance to explore both inshore and nearshore waters on this trip. How far you travel is completely up to you – let Capt. Wayne know what you want to reel in, and he'll take you to the best fishing grounds around! You can head up to 4 miles out to hook King Mackerel, or stay up to 20 mins out from the marina to catch Speckled Trout and experience some fun fishing action. Anglers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Your trip includes top-quality rods and reels.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $550
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Add some fun rod-bending action to your vacation! On this trip, you'll have the chance to head up to 4 miles out to nearshore waters, where you can fish for King Mackerel, Cobia, Redfish, and more, or stay near the marina to hook Speckled Trout and other inshore species. It's up to you! Capt. Wayne is happy to customize your trip for you, and your departure time is flexible. You'll be provided with top-quality rods and reels, bait, and a fishing license. Anglers of all ages and abilities are welcome.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Join Capt. Wayne and experience the best inshore or nearshore (or both!) fishing that Saint Petersburg has to offer! You'll have the chance to stay near the marina to battle hard-fighting Snook, Tarpon, Permit, and more, or head up to 4 miles out to hook huge Redfish, Grouper, Snapper, King Mackerel, and others. Let your captain know where you want to go, and what you want to catch! Anglers of all ages and skill levels are welcome, and Capt. Wayne will happily show you the ropes. Rods and reels included.
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About the Captain

Wayne Shuff
Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
35 Reports
ID & License verified
11 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since November 2018
Caught my first fish at 4...and have been in love ever since. I've fished freshwater and saltwater, ran skiffs and sportfishing vessels, on both the Gulf Coast and East Coast. I am never happier than when I'm on the water sharing my knowledge and experience with my customers and friends. Active CCA member, also Florida Guides Assoc.,(past officer), and past member of Boca Grande Fishing Guides Assoc.....

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Permit Permit
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Hydrasport Baybolt 2300 with tower (Bay boat) originally built in 2006, and restored in 2018. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

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

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

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
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. 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 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
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (29)
4.67
out of 5 stars from 11 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
First day Cobia
32 inches of fun
Birthday Fishing Trip
+26
Angler Rating
9
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0
Anglers Claimed
Good experience
64%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
91%
Appropriate for children
82%
Satisfied with the boat
91%
Catch intended fish
64%
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Patrick K.
Schnecksville, PA
 5.00
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Birthday Fishing Trip

VERIFIED   June 2, 2019
We spent two great days on the water with Captain Wayne. Our goal from the start of the trip was to catch as many different...
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Jared S.
Delavan, Wisconsin
 4.67
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Half day with Captain Wayne

VERIFIED   May 13, 2019
We we’re supposed to do a Monday May 13th morning trip but he had a cancellation on Sunday. He got ahold of us around...
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Rich L.
Brandon, FL
 5.00
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Afternoon Trip with Capt Wayne

VERIFIED   April 4, 2019
Our trip took a slight turn due to the water and wind conditions offshore, but that didn’t dampen the trip.  Wayne...
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Martin M.
St. Petersburg, FL
 5.00
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4 hour trip with Wayne.

VERIFIED   April 23, 2019
Excellent day fishing with two complete novices. We were shown everything,it was made so easy and the thrill of catching some...
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James P.
St. Petersburg, FL
 5.00
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Great day of fishing!

NEW  August 24, 2019
Awesome day on the water! Lots of fish and great time with awesome Captain! Thank you!
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Fishing Reports

When Captains go outside and play!

August 24, 2019

In beween trips Capt Jim Pollard, friend and photographer Brandon Corwin, and your own Capt Wayne Shuff went on a quick scouting trip. We took Jim’s boat, found good bait, and went playing. Brandon put a great video of… Read Full Report →


Perception is everything!!!!!!

August 16, 2019

Chris stands a good 6’3” so his 40 plus inch hog looks almost average. Well, maybe on the large side of average. We slammed the snook and reds........lost a few in the trees but got most to the boat… Read Full Report →


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