Discover the pristine waters off Florida’s west coast with Gulfcart Charters. Sett off from Bradenton or Coquina Beach, and the Tampa Bay, Anna Maria Island, and Gulf of Mexico will be your oysters. Offering inshore and nearshore fishing opportunities, Captain Eric Chaignet provides a personal service on each trip. An avid angler since childhood, he’s run charters since 2014, and loves showing customers the rich fishery of this corner of Florida.

The 23’ Dorado bay boat is a suitable vessel for all fishing. A light boat, she can peruse the shallow inshore waters and speed off to the nearshore reefs. She only needs one 250 HP Yamaha engine to get her up to 40 knots! In the skinny waters, the wireless trolling motor will help you navigate without disturbing the spooky fish around you. All the appropriate fishing gear is taken care of, so all you’ll need to do is bring some drinks and snacks.

Using the latest Penn and Shimano gear, along with live bait (prepared before the trip), you’ll bottom fish the reefs, flats, or backcountry. Inshore, expect to catch some delicious Flounder, Redfish, Mangrove Snappers, while also testing your skills against stubborn Snook and Sharks. Head out to the reefs and see the real beauty of the Gulf’s fishing. Target Snappers and Amberjack, Barracuda and Cobia, and even try handlining for mammoth Goliath Grouper.

Whatever trip you opt for, you’re in for an exciting, productive day. After you return to shore, the captain will prepare and clean your catch so that you can take it home. Everything is taken care of, so just bring yourselves, some snacks, and the appropriate attire – don’t forget the sunscreen and the shades! Come and experience the magnificent fishing that the Gulf has to offer and make everlasting memories with Gulfcart Charters.



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  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $750
    Spending 6 hours on the water will give you maximum time to perfect your technique and reel in as many delicious fish as possible. Head out to the Gulf's numerous and plentiful reefs in search of Snappers, Groupers, Hogfish, Cobia, and many more. You'll try bottom fishing with live bait to entice the bite of these incredible fish, and end the day with great memories and a treat to take home.
  • Private trip
    3/4 day inshore (6hour)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $700
    Enjoy a fun day fishing the inshore waters surrounding Anna Maria Island and Tamp Bay
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $550
    Head off to the Gulf of Mexico's wealth of nearshore reefs. Target a range of delicious fish, and test your skills against some incredible, tough-fighting game fish. Groupers, Snappers, Hogfish, Cobia, Kingfish, and Sharks are just some of the creatures you'll be going after. Try bottom fishing with live bait to cast the proverbial widest net, while you can also handline for Groupers.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $500
    Explore the shallow waters of the Manatee Rivers and the Gulf's inshore bays. Home to a range of tough-fighting and delicious fish, you'll try bottom fishing the flats and backcountry for a range of species. Take Flounder, Redfish, and Mangrove Snapper home to eat, while you can also test your angling skills against the coveted Snook.
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About the Captain

Eric Chaignet
Cortez, Florida, United States
11 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
51 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since January 2019
Captain Eric has been fishing recreationally for over 20 years, deciding to make a profession out of his passion back in 2014. When not running charters, he's often competing in fishing tournaments, and has a few impressive spearfishing titles to his name. He loves to spend as much time on the water as possible and is delighted that running charters allows him to share his passion with others and, hopefully, pass on his skills.

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Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper

Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper

Snook Snook
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Dorado (Bay boat) originally built in 1999. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

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

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Handline

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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 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

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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6 hour trip with Eric

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore on October 5, 2021
Our trip was a blast, Eric has a great personality and lots of experience out on the water. We caught fish in each spot he...
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Half Day Charter with Captain Eric

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore on April 14, 2021
We had a great day on the water with Captain Eric, we got to the boat quickly, and it was easy to find, decent parking as well. ...
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Half day off shore with Captain Eric

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Nearshore on May 2, 2021
Outstanding job, we really enjoyed the trip, the company. Eric took care of everything and really tried hard. We...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Nearshore on July 19, 2021
Had a blast. If you’ve never been off shore fishing Eric will teach you quickly what and how to do it. He will put you on...
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Half Day Trip with Captain Eric

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore on June 2, 2021
Our first experience was so much fun! We had a great time, caught a lot of fish with several keepers. The boys loved it. Eric...
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FAQs about Gulfcart Charters

Gulfcart Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Inshore (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Nearshore (4 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 day inshore (6hour) (6 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Gulfcart Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Gulfcart Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn and Shimano)
  • Live Bait (Prepared before the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Gulfcart Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Gulfcart Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Handline

Top targeted fish species with Gulfcart Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Speckled Trout