Barefoot Fishing Charters

Discover incredible inshore fishing with Barefoot Fishing Charters. Hop aboard in Ruskin, FL, and explore the winding rivers and creeks that make their way out into the Tampa Bay, along with the bay’s own shallow waters. Explore the flats, mangroves, backcountry, and bays, as you hunt a range of coveted game and table fish.

Captain Frankie Bird is a Tampa Bay native and has been fishing these waters his whole life. With him, you can be sure to cover every nook and cranny of these productive waters. He hopes to pass on his passion, experience, and skills to each and every customer – no matter their age.

The 20’ Pro-Line bay boat is the ideal vessel for perusing these skinny waters. A light boat, she can navigate even the shallowest spots with up to 6 people on board. There’s enough space for 4 people at a time to fish, while the other 2 can sit back, relax, and enjoy the stunning surroundings. Keep your eyes peeled throughout the day for bald eagles, manatees, and even ospreys!

It’s fishing you’ve come for, of course. You won’t be disappointed with the range of fish on offer. Capt. Frankie will prepare live bait for you before the trip and you’ll fish with light tackle to maximize the fun when reeling in some tough-fighting monsters. You’ll need to bring your A-game to catch such beauties as Snook, Redfish, Trout, Snappers, Cobia, and especially Tarpon!

You’ll want to stay refreshed and hydrated when battling it out with these fish, so bring your own cooler or fill the captain’s with your drinks and snacks. At the end of the day, there’s no need to worry. Capt. Frankie agrees that you will have earned your catch, and he’ll clean and prepare it for you to take home for a delicious treat. The fun never ends with Barefoot Fishing Charters. Come aboard and experience it!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $635
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Cast your line in Ruskin's inshore waters on this 8-hour trip. You'll work your way around the backwater, flats, and mangroves, forgetting all your cares in the world as you indulge in Florida's stunning nature. Keep an eye out for some incredible animals in their natural habitats, while tremendous Snook, Redfish, Snappers, Mackerel, Sheepshead, Trout, and many more exciting species will be biting. Bring some lunch and you can beach the boat for a picnic or fish the entire day.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Scalloping
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Sep 24
    $575
    up to 5 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Customers of all ages are welcome to explore the magical underworld that western Florida's inshore waterways have to offer. Everyone will be given some snorkeling gear, along with water and snacks to make the most out of your time in and on the water. Take advantage of this trip to scoop up plenty of delicious, succulent Scallops to take home as a tasty treat. Trips are based out of Crystal River, not Ruskin, so be sure to sort out some transportation.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $535
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    6 hours allows you plenty of time to fish the inshore waterways leading to the Tampa Bay along with the protected mangroves where plenty of big fish like to hide. Explore the wondrous nature of Florida's flats and backcountry as you make the most of the exciting fishing on offer. While reeling in Snook, Sheepshead, Snappers, Redfish, Mackerel, and more, you'll have the chance to spot ospreys, manatees, and maybe even bald eagles, all in their natural habitats.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $435
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Get up early and get out on the Tampa Bay in search of a range of exciting, beautiful, and delicious fish. The winding waterways out of Ruskin, along with the bay's own shallow waters, are home to Redfish, Snook, Trout, Snappers, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, and many more. Each of them are a worthy game fish and you'll have to be on your best to reel in one of these beasts. Lucky for you, plenty of them make for excellent table fare, so take a delicious treat home with you.
  • Private trip
    Night Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    $435
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    We’ll head out as the sun is setting down on the beautiful Florida coast. This trip targets Snook, Tarpon, Trout, Sheepshead, and Mangrove Snapper. There’s nothing quite like getting that bite while the water is calm and the stars are high in the sky. This trip is always a blast.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $375
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This afternoon trip will see you work your way along the winding waterways leading out into the Tampa Bay, along with some of the shallower waters on the bay itself. Home, year-round, to a range of prized game and delicious-tasting fish, you're in for a treat. From stunning Reds, to tasty Trout and Snapper, along with tough-fighting Snook, Spanish Mackerel – there's no end to what you can catch.

About the Charter Operator

Barefoot Fishing Charters
Ruskin, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Reports
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1 Customer Reviews
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Member since January 2019
I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. I’ve been fishing in the Tampa Bay Area since I was old enough to walk down to the marinas, bridges and piers and fish the weekend away. For many years, as we all know too well, life happens and our passions take a back burner to survival. While I have always had a love for the water and the excitement of catching the big one, I only recently brought my dream to fruition and became a US Coast Guard certified Captain. Join me as we fish the beautiful Tampa Bay waters and let me show you the thrill of bite on the rod, the excitement of fighting the catch and the satisfaction of knowing you too can do anything.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bluefish
Cobia
Jack Crevalle
Ladyfish

Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook
Spotted Seatrout

Tarpon

Boat Specs

Pro-Line (Bay boat) originally built in 1998. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha vmax engine.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
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
Checks

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Great day on the water!

VERIFIED   June 9, 2019
Perfect charter! Capt Brooks was very knowledgeable and took us to some great fishing spots. The kids caught fish immediately!!...
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