Florida Sportfishing Outfitters

Kingfish Boat Ramp, 752 Manate…
Holmes Beach FL, United States

Florida Sportfishing Outfitters invites you to team up with Capt. Shawn Crawford, a 6th generation native who practically grew up around fishing and hunting! Back in 1999, he won the Saltwater Flats Fishing Championship Tournament worth $24,000 with a grand slam both days. Out of 80+ boats fishing, only Capt. Shawn and the 2nd place boat had grand slams on both days.

He can accommodate anglers of all skill levels. If you are looking for a fun day of non-stop action with your kids, he’s the man for the job. The same applies if you’d like to go after monster Snook, Reds, Trout, Kingfish, Cobia, or any fish that swims in these waters.

Capt. Shawn has been a full-time fishing guide for over 20 years and prides himself on being among the best of the best! He runs a custom-built 24.5’ Privateer with a 9’+ beam. This is an amazing fishing boat that will float in less than 10” of water. Otherwise, it can go 30+ miles offshore with a smooth dry ride. It’s also got a massive 125 gal. livewell to keep the bait fresh and frisky, which is exactly what the fish want.

To make sure you have the best bait possible, Capt. Shawn will catch it himself every morning. He will bait your hooks, land and dehook your fish while you’re getting your camera out and then take the picture for your bragging rights to all your friends and have you baited up and fishing again before you know it!


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    Seasonal trip available (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US$ 750
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    This trip is suitable for inshore, nearshore, and offshore fishing. The time of year and season will determine where the best fishing is. There's always something to go after, though, with species like Redfish, Kingfish, Snook, Snapper, Seatrout, and others.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    Seasonal trip available (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US$ 600
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    More time allows you to either stick around longer inshore or head to deeper waters where bigger fish can be found. You'll be targeting the likes of Redfish, Kingfish, Sheepshead, Snook, and more. It's recommended you bring polarized sunglasses, hats, sunscreen and your favorite food and drinks in a cooler. Alcoholic drinks are fine but canned drinks are recommended.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    Seasonal trip available (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US$ 475
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    Shorter trips are a great option if you're looking to stick around inshore or further out and see what's biting. It can vary depending on the time of year but expect species like Redfish, Kingfish, Sheepshead, Snook, Seatrout, and others.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US$ 475
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    Skip the morning rush-hour and go fishing later during the day, the fish will still be there. You'll focus on either inshore or offshore waters, where you can find fish like Sheepshead, Snook, Kingfish, Redfish, Seatrout, and others.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bluefish
Cobia
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Permit

Redfish
Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook

Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon

Boat Specs

Custom-built Privateer (Center console) originally built in 1989, and restored in 2014. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

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

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License Included

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 14 days before the trip date.
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 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
Checks

About the Captain

Shawn Crawford
Holmes Beach, Florida, United States
Member since January 2015
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Born and raised around fishing, both fresh and salt water, at the young age of 8 I was already taking out the john boat with my friends, fishing every chance I could. If it was dark outside I was watching fishing shows on TV. I remember thinking that I wanted to be a professional fisherman when I grew up. After going through Sea School and acing the test I ran my first charter on new years day 1992 and have been guiding people to catches of their lives ever since.
Response time: 6 hours
Response rate: 100%

Holmes Beach Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

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This fishing trip was even better than expected.  Captain Shawn knew the primo fishing spot and we starting catching sea trout first.  We neared the limit fairly quickly, then moved on to hot Snook action.  We caught a lot of nice Snook in an hour we 3 really large ones.  Also caught some Jack and flounder.  I had both of my daughters with me and they caught both the most and largest.  Shawn had a lot of good stories and pointed out a lot of facts and places without sounding like we were on a city tour.  The boat was spacious and unlike some of the other guides, this could easily fit 6 anglers comfortably.  And we liked how Captain Shawn always positioned the boat so that everyone had good target areas.  We had a blast and I do plan to book with him next time—no doubt.

Fished December 26, 2016
Shawn Crawford (The Captain)
Replied to this review on December 27, 2016

Eddie, thanks for the review! Sounds like you all had a great time and like I tell most people, “there is no one on this boat that want’s to catch fish more than I do” Not me personally but the boat and everyone on it! Thanks again and I do look forward to fishing with you in the future! Have a Happy New Year and a safe trip back home!                                                                                          Sincerely,                                                                                                        Capt. Shawn Crawford

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