Whether you want to fish the flats, hit the reefs and wrecks, or discover the deeper waters offshore, Sliprock Charters has you covered. Based out of Clearwater, you’ll explore a range of fishing grounds. From the local bays to the heart of the Gulf, they offer everything you could possibly want.

Let Captain Phil Rugari show you these productive waters. A Florida native, he grew up fishing both coasts, before spending his whole life honing his fishing skills. A sponsored fishing guide, he promises to take you on a thrilling, safe trip, reeling in plenty of exciting fish.

Step aboard his 25’ Tidewater center console and discover a world of fishing. Powered by a 300 HP Yamaha engine, you’ll whizz off to the productive spots at speeds of up to 45 knots. On the skinny waters, the Minn Kota wireless trolling motor will kick into action, keeping you afloat and helping you creep up on your target fish.

The fish will be no match for you as you utilize the range of Shimano gear on board. Use light tackle to maximize your fishing experience, or fill the boat a little easier by fishing with heavy tackle. You’ll find a full live bait well on board, so get ready for a productive day on the water.

Along the inshore waters, test your skills against one of the nation’s favorite fish – Snook – and you’ll find all the rest a breeze. Go after delicious Trout and Mackerel, among many more, to head home with a delicious treat.

Everything you need is waiting on board. All you need to do is bring plenty of snacks and drinks to fill the captain’s Yeti 65 cooler, and settle in for a thrilling day’s fishing. Let Sliprock Charters show you the best fishing western Florida has to offer.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day – Inshore/Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $900
    Discover Florida's incredible fisheries. From Clearwater, you'll have a range of diverse fishing grounds at your disposal, all up to just 9 miles offshore. Explore the shallow inshore waters and target some exciting species like Snook, along with delicious Trout, Mackerel, and more. While heading out into the Gulf will see you hit the wrecks. Home to Groupers, Snappers, and many more beautiful and tasty species, you'll spend your time bottom fishing to fill the boat with something to take home.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day – Inshore/Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    You will spend 6 hours fishing inshore and nearshore spots. Target anything you want to catch from Mangrove Snapper and Grouper to Snook, Redfish, Trout, Mackerel, and Sharks!
  • Private trip
    Half Day – Inshore/Nearshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    Whether it's inshore fishing around the backwater and flats, or nearshore fishing on the wrecks out in the Gulf, this 4-hour trip has you covered. You'll test your skills as you bottom fish on light tackle, be it against a Snook, Snapper, Trout, Grouper, or Mackerel. These delicious creatures will make for a thrilling battle, too. Use all your strength to fill the boat and head home with a tasty treat.
  • Private trip
    Half Day – Inshore/Nearshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    $500
    Whether it's inshore fishing around the backwater and flats, or nearshore fishing on the wrecks out in the Gulf, this 4-hour trip has you covered. You'll test your skills as you bottom fish on light tackle, be it against a Snook, Snapper, Trout, Grouper, or Mackerel. These delicious creatures will make for a thrilling battle, too. Use all your strength to fill the boat and head home with a tasty treat.
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About the Captain

Phil Rugari
Belleair Bluffs, Florida, United States
2 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
41 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since February 2019
I grew up in FL fishing both coasts. Lived in many states and have had the opportunity to fish in many great places our country has to offer. Moved back to FL a few years ago and have been fortunate enough to have honed my skills as a salt water angler who is now sponsored by Humminbird and Minn Kota along with many other companies in the industry. Fishing is my #1 passion and I know you will have a great time on my boat. I offer a safe, clean charter and I will put you on FISH!

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Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Tidewater (Center console) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 39 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
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
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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
PayPal
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Good experience
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Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
93%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
97%
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Timothy M.
Largo, Florida
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Perfect Afternoon

VERIFIED   Half Day – Inshore/Nearshore (AM) on December 19, 2020
What a great day and pleasant surprise! The charter with Captain Phil was an all around perfect family day with my wife, 20year...
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Smithfield, VA
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Great half-day with Captain Phil

VERIFIED   Half Day – Inshore/Nearshore (AM) on June 18, 2021
We limited out early on Mangrove snappers and spent the rest of the morning catching a variety including Pompano, blues, and...
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Kelly L.
Sugar Hill, GA
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Half Day morning trip with Phil

VERIFIED   Half Day – Inshore/Nearshore (AM) on June 30, 2021
Great trip out. Fished for Tarpon at first and then moved to red fish. Caught quite a few. Really enjoyed Phil and made easy...
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Tampa, Florida
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Fishing with Phil

VERIFIED   Half Day – Inshore/Nearshore (AM) on June 16, 2021
Captain Phil tried his best to find trophy fish but due to red tide they would not bite. He did find jack creval, mangrove...
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Joliet, IL
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4 Hr. Afternoon trip with Capt Phil.

VERIFIED   Half Day – Inshore/Nearshore (PM) on March 22, 2021
We Will absolutely book again with Sliprock Charters. Boat and equipment are top notch and new. Once off the dock we were...
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FAQs about Sliprock Charters

Sliprock Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day – Inshore/Nearshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day – Inshore/Nearshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day – Inshore/Nearshore (6 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day – Inshore/Nearshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Sliprock Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Sliprock Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano Reels, St. Croix Rods)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Sliprock Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Sliprock Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Sliprock Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Speckled Trout