La Costa Charters LLC

4801 37th St S
St Petersburg FL, United States

La Costa Charters specialize in big game and bottom fishing for a variety of species inhabiting the offshore waters of Florida. You’ll be fishing on a 32’ vessel, equipped with a range of navigational gear and fish finding electronics, such as GPS, radio and FishFinder. The boat is air conditioned and outfitted with a bathroom on board, and can accommodate up to 6 anglers per trip. A multimedia system for your enjoyment as well as a cooler with ice can all be found among the boat’s amenities.

Some of the species you’ll be targeting include Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, Hogfish, Kingfish and American Red Snapper, depending on the duration of your trip. Apart from fishing, the crew of La Costa Charters can also organize diving and spearfishing excursions, with the appropriate snorkeling and/or spearfishing equipment provided. This area offers extensive diving and spearfishing potential, with shallow reefs and wrecks located close by.

All the rods, reels and terminal tackle for your group will be provided by the La Costa Charters. Florida fishing licenses are mandatory for all anglers aboard La Costa, and are covered by the Captain. Following your trip, a complimentary cleaning and filleting of the day’s catch will be performed by the crew if you’d like to take some of the fish home. If not, you are more than welcome to practice Catch and Release.

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About this listing

Boat Specs

Sabalo (Pilothouse) originally built in 2006. Powered by 330HP Cummins engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

32 ft
6 persons
Types of Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Drift Fishing
Targeted Species

Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Goliath)

Grouper (Red)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Snapper (Mangrove)

Snapper (Red)
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.

Other Policies 
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

20% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express.

About the Captain

Patrick Eckelbarger
St Petersburg, Florida, United States
Member since January 2015
I specialize in offshore bottom fishing and trolling in the abundant St. Petersburg and Madeira Beach fishing grounds. I always wanted to be a captain since I was a kid and was lucky enough to live my dream. I love targeting Red Grouper, Amberjack, Hogfish, Gag Grouper, Snappers, Kingfish, Tunas, as well as various pelagics inhabiting the offshore grounds. This is my passion and we will do everything to show you what La Costa Charters is all about and why you are in good hands with us. We guarantee it!
Response time: 13 hours
Response rate: 85%

St Petersburg Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.95 out of 5 stars from 20 reviews

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We had a great time with Patrick & Michael.  They were both great with our kids.  Would highly recommend them!

Michael Casto • Fished September 7, 2016
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I wanted to create the same experience for my youngest son and daughter as I had as a child.  Going deep sea fishing with the captain and crew made the experience lasting and amazing

Jerome Schulz  • Fished July 22, 2016
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I have been looking for an awesome memorable trip for my children. We chose a 3/4 day in hopes of catching a red snapper and keeper grouper.  Well, we not only landed these, we landed two huge black fin tuna - sushi grade and if it were not for the skill and quick thinking of the crew, we would have not ever done that on our own.  They were so obviously experienced to land two at once and we were thrilled.  We went to a local dive called willeys and had they fry, blacken and sear the fish. We have it packed in ice and plan to eat it for next few days.  The boat is great and has shade but be sure to ask for the bean bags. The captain is first rate and mate is a joy to be with and work with.  They let my teens have much autonomy but ensuring they didn’t lose a fish. We are so so happy we had this experience and we will return

Carole Inge • Fished July 15, 2016
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