La Costa Charters

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La Costa Charters specializes in trolling and bottom fishing for a variety of species inhabiting the offshore waters of Florida. Heading offshore from Johns Pass, you’ll hit spots of between 15 and over 40 miles in the Gulf of Mexico, to bring home some exotic and delicious fish. Captain Patrick Eckelbarger always wanted to be a captain, and now that he is one, he won’t let you down! He promises a professional, yet personal service with lots of fish.

You’ll be casting off a 32’ Sabalo pilothouse vessel, custom-designed for offshore trips. She comes equipped with a range of navigational gear and fish finding electronics, such as GPS, radio, and fishfinder to get you on the fish. The boat has a bathroom on board and plenty of comfortable seating to accommodate up to 6 anglers, along with a multimedia system, and a cooler with fresh ice. You’re in for a luxury treatment.

Depending on the duration of your trip, you’ll be bottom fishing and trolling the deeper waters to reel in as many fish as possible. You’ll mainly be going after Groupers, Snappers, Amberjack, and Kingfish. However, Barracuda and Hogfish can be found near wrecks and reefs, and you may even catch a Tuna on a longer trip. All rods, reels and terminal tackle are waiting for you on board, along with a range of lures and live bait to trick them onto your line.

With a qualified first mate on board, you’ll be looked after throughout the day. The action is great all year round, so you’re in for a memorable day on the water whenever you’re free. The captain will clean and fillet your catch, so you should just bring a cooler and leave it in the car ready to welcome the delicious fish. Pack food and drinks, put on a cap, sunglasses, and bring a camera to mark this unforgettable day. Hop aboard and get on the fish!



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  • Private trip
    Extended Full day
    In demand!
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $1,250
    up to 6 persons
    A true deep sea trip where we are running 40+ miles and are filling the box with Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, pelagics, and much more! This is a true "fill the freezer" trip! It will take between one and 3 hours to get to the fisheries, and you will have enough time for some nice fishing. It's a good choice for more experienced anglers. Pack food, drinks, a cap, sunblock, and a camera. Bring along a cooler to carry your fish after you leave the boat.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,100
    up to 6 persons
    This full day trip will give you enough time to explore various spots teeming with fish. You can choose whether it's bottom fishing or trolling, and the crew will recommend the most productive method. It takes about an hour before you reach the fishing grounds. You can target Kingfish, Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, and more. All the gear is waiting for you on board. You should pack a cap, sunblock, a camera, and food and drinks. Bring a cooler to transfer the cleaned catch after you leave the boat.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $750
    up to 6 persons
    This trip will give you more time to cast the lures and enjoy the view as you wait for the fish to bite. These hot spots offer action throughout the year. You can target Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish, Hogfish, some Cobia, and maybe even an Amberjack. The captain will provide all the fishing gear and the license. You need to bring snacks and drinks, a cap, sunblock, and put on comfortable clothes. Pack your camera and get going.
  • Private trip
    Extended Half Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $675
    up to 6 persons
    Follow the same trip as you'd expect on a 4-hour trip, but make the most of the extra hour aboard to get even more fish on board. Head up to 15 miles offshore, which will take around 30 minutes, then spend a full 4 hours on the most productive fishing spots, hunting for Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, Hogfish, Kingfish, and more. Just bring food and drinks, and a camera, to immortalize what's sure to be a memorable day.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $550
    up to 6 persons
    This morning trip is a good way to explore the waters of Florida. The trips run year round and there are many species to catch. You can get Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, Hogfish, Kingfish, and more. All gear is waiting for you on board. Less experienced anglers will benefit a lot from this trip – it's not way too long and offers great action. It takes about 30 minutes to the fishing grounds, and you'll go up to 15 miles. Pack food and drinks, a cap, sunglasses, and sunblock. Come for a trip to remember!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $550
    up to 6 persons
    These fisheries offer fine catches year round, and you'll be able to get the likes of Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, Hogfish, Kingfish, and more. The captain will provide the gear on board. This package is suitable for novice fishermen. Bring food and drinks, put on a cap, sunglasses, and sunblock. Make room for your camera to get a good shot of your catch. It takes about 30 minutes to the fishing grounds, and you'll go up to 15 miles.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip – Shared (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $125
    per person
    4 persons minimum
    This trip is unique because it can be a struggle to get a full 6 people together sometimes and this gives the flexibility for a smaller group or 2 couples to still go fishing offshore and enjoy a great day fishing! It takes about 30 minutes to the fishing grounds, and you'll go up to 15 miles.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip – Shared (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $125
    per person
    4 persons minimum
    If you'd like to explore these rich Florida fisheries, and want to meet some new anglers, this trip will work for you. Sometimes, it can be difficult to get a group of people to join the chase. This way, you will have the flexibility to join another party and go fishing together. You may even make new friends. All the equipment is waiting for you on board. It takes about 30 minutes to the fishing grounds, and you'll go up to 15 miles.
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About the Captain

Patrick Eckelbarger
Treasure Island, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
118 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
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!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack
Barracuda (Great)
Cobia
Grouper (Gag)

Grouper (Goliath)
Grouper (Red)
Hogfish
Shark (Bull)

Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Red)

Boat Specs

Sabalo (Pilothouse) originally built in 2006. Powered by a 330HP Cummins engine.

Length
32 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Handline
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Snorkeling Equipment

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancelation
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 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 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (179)
4.82
out of 5 stars from 115 reviews
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Angler Rating
101
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
93%
Friendly captain
99%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
91%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
88%
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Troy C.
Canton, GA
 5.00
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Awesome Fishing Experience!

VERIFIED   September 12, 2019
Let’s start with: What can we say, there are so many charters to choose from ! With being so disappointed with previous charters...
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Bob M.
Middleburg, FL
 5.00
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6 hour trip with Capt Patrick and Parker

VERIFIED   September 7, 2019
OUTSTANDING day of fishing!! Patrick and Parker were both very professional and personable. From the first stop...
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Michael D.
St. Petersburg, FL
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Half Day AM Trip

VERIFIED   August 8, 2019
Boat is rock solid, and was pleasant to be on despite some rough conditions.  We were catching fish almost immediately. ...
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Joseph S. B.
Lehigh Acres, FL
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5 hour trip with Captain Patrick

VERIFIED   July 14, 2019
My family and I booked a 5 hour trip with Captain Patrick and La Costa Charters and it was well worth it!  He took us...
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Half Day Trip (PM) with La Costa Charters

VERIFIED   June 5, 2019
In town for the week from Texas. The family has always loved to fish, but the kids had never been charter fishing. Found La...
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