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 23’ Key West 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. 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
    $725
    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
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $625
    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 – Scalloping
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Sep 24
    $575
    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
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $575
    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.
  • Private trip
    Night Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    $575
    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 (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $525
    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
    If You Just Want To Get Out
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    Looking for a trip out on the water to catch some fish. This is the trip for you.

About the Charter Operator

Barefoot Fishing Charters
Ruskin, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Report
2 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
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 Bluefish
Cobia Cobia
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Ladyfish Ladyfish

Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Key West (Bay boat) originally built in 2019. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
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 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 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

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VERIFIED   Night Fishing on March 13, 2021
Took my 14 yo boy out for evening fishing as a break from spring training games. Lots of snook that were a blast to bring in....
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on 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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FAQs about Barefoot Fishing Charters

Barefoot Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $300 per person - If You Just Want To Get Out (2 hours)
  • $525 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $575 per group, additional $50 per person after 5 guests - Half Day Trip – Scalloping (4 hours)
  • $575 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $575 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Night Fishing (4 hours)
  • $625 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $725 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Barefoot Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

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

Barefoot Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Barefoot Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning

Top targeted fish species with Barefoot Fishing Charters include:
  • Bluefish
  • Cobia
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Ladyfish
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon