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!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Extended Full day
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $1,250
    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 Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,100
    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
    In demand! Last booked: 15 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $775
    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 Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $675
    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 Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $575
    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)
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $575
    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 Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $270
    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 Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $270
    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
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208 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 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 Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)

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

Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Red) 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
Fishfinder
Bed
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip on June 17, 2021
Captain Patrick was on the phone with us from 6 AM working with us regarding the dicey weather. The weather finally broke and...
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on May 24, 2021
We had a great time with La Costa Charters! Captain called the night before and explained all the details. Was at the doc ready...
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Awesome Time with Captain Patrick and first mate

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on December 19, 2020
Our family of 4 had a fantastic time with Captain Patrick.  The passion he has for fishing and his customers really comes...
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VERIFIED   Extended Half Day Trip on October 16, 2020
Perfect trip for our group of friends, all you need to do is show up with snacks and drinks. Marina was easy to find and Captain...
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FAQs about La Costa Charters

La Costa Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $135 per person - Half Day Trip – Shared (AM) (4 hours)
  • $135 per person - Half Day Trip – Shared (PM) (4 hours)
  • $575 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $575 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $675 per group - Extended Half Day Trip (5 hours)
  • $775 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,100 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,250 per group - Extended Full day (10 hours)

When you book a trip with La Costa Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with La Costa Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

La Costa Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

La Costa Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Handline
  • Spearfishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with La Costa Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • Hogfish
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)