La Costa Charters LLC

(31) In high demand!
6810 Gulfport Boulevard South
South Pasadena 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 outfitted with a bathroom on board and plenty of comfortable seating to accommodate up to 6 anglers per trip. A multimedia system for your enjoyment as well as a cooler with fresh ice before every trip can all be found among the boat’s amenities.

Some of the species you’ll be targeting include Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, Hogfish, Kingfish, Barracuda, 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 and packed in bags with fresh ice if you’d like to take some of the fish home. If not, you are more than welcome to practice Catch and Release.

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 GP

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Boat Specs

Sabalo (Pilothouse) originally built in 2006. Powered by a 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
Barracuda (Great)

Grouper (Gag)

Grouper (Goliath)
Grouper (Red)

Shark (Bull)

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 Included
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

15% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker 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, American Express.

About the Captain

Patrick Eckelbarger
South Pasadena, 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: 5 hours
Response rate: 94%

Customer Reviews

4.81 out of 5 stars from 31 reviews

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Captain Patrick and First Mate Michael provided our family with a memorable celebration of Fathers Day 2017.  Three generations were on the boat ranging in age from 11 to 72 and all had a great time catching many fish.  Patrick and Michael kept the action going and moved quickly when the bite slowed down.  I would recommend this charter to anyone looking for a good day of fishing with the family.

Fished June 17, 2017
Patrick Eckelbarger (The Captain)
Replied to this review on June 19, 2017

Great day and some great people to fish with. Hope to see you guys again!

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Our trip was everything we could imagine. Patrick was excellent and fun with the kids. He put us on fish all day. His mate Michael was on the ball. We waited for nothing as he worked his tail off. Book your trip with La Costa Charters. You wont regret it. Hogfish, Grouper, Snapper, Grunt. We had the time of our lives!

Fished June 9, 2017
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Patrick and Micheal were nice, and worked hard, but…

I’ve been fishing many times, including several all day party boats, but had never been out very deep.  We went on this trip (at considerable expense), hoping to catch many memorable fish.  Out of our six man party, 3 of us did not caught one or fewer keepers. 
The boat only goes 17.5 MPH, so going out takes 2.75 hours (with absolutely no fishing), and 2.75 hours back (with absolutely no fishing).  Once we reached our destination, we spent half our time pulling anchor and repositioning.  I guess these long waits are OK if you catch great fish at your destination, but we did not. 
The boat had nice shade, but was too slow for a trip like this.
The equipment was not the best , making it difficult to know if you were on the bottom.
The bathroom was just a plastic port a potty inside the very rough cabin.
If the boat ride is what you are after, this is the trip for you.  If you would like to spend more time fishing, explore other options.

Fished June 4, 2017
Patrick Eckelbarger (The Captain)
Replied to this review on June 5, 2017

Im sorry that you were this dissatisfied. We did everything to catch fish and did. The growth this time of year has been bad for the bottom of the boat as we usually run a little faster. We have to run far to catch the fish you wanting to catch. We actually stayed out for more then 11 hrs in total as I wanted to try and see if we could catch some more fish and did. An extra 2 hours. The wind was changing the anchor heading all day and would blow us off the spot ( something I cannot control). The equipment is the same equipment we always use for our customers. The porta potty is clean and flushes and has toilet paper just like another other toilet in a enclosed cabin. The bite was also tough that day and we did everything we could to catch fish and did.

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