Phat Kats Custom Rods & Florida Charters

Nothing says “job well done” like bringing home a fresh catch after a hard-fought battle. Join Phat Kats on an exhilarating adventure and feel the rush of hookin’ a keeper worthy of serious bragging rights. Captain James Lobsinger will go above and beyond to provide you with an unforgettable experience and make sure you leave his boat satisfied.

His 21’ Shoalwater flats boat is perfect for cruising the backcountry and inlets looking for shallow-water creatures that lurk beneath the surface. It’s powered by a 175 HP Mercury engine and comes with a fishfinder, GPS, wireless trolling motor, and safety equipment. His boat can fit up to 4 guests per trip and two anglers can fish at the same time.

Capt. James specializes in light tackle, so you can definitely expect a bit of a challenge. You’ll set off from New Smyrna Marina and journey down the Indian River in search of Largemouth Bass and Mangrove Snapper. Then, you’ll explore some of the many inlets, flats, and backwaters, targeting Tarpon, Flounder, Pompano, Permit, and many more.

Once you head nearshore, your options increase. Here you’ll have a shot at hookin’ Cobia, Redfish, and Spanish Mackerel, just to name a few. Another fun option is the captain’s September Mullet run, perfect for kids and a great way to catch bait fish.

Capt. James provides Penn, as well as his own custom-made Phat Kats rods and reels. His custom gear is built for comfort and top-quality sportfishing, so you can be sure to get the reel deal no matter which technique you prefer. He also offers fly fishing and provides the necessary gear if you don’t have your own. Your fishing license is included as well, so you can worry less about logistics and focus on the fun part.

If you’re looking for an exciting yet challenging experience, then Phat Kats is the charter for you. Everything is already taken care of, so just grab a friend, bring some snacks, drinks, and sunblock and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $550
    This trip gives you enough time to try a little bit of everything, from jigging, popping, and spinning to bottom fishing and even fly fishing if you are really up for a challenge! You'll do a little bit of inshore, nearshore, river, and backcountry fishing. Your target fish are Black Drum, Largemouth Bass, Snook, Tarpon, Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, and many more. Bait, tackle, and snacks are provided by your captain.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $450
    Customize your trip in a way that best fits your preferences. Travel inshore, nearshore, or coast through backcountry flats to target a range of species including Permit, Pompano, Redfish, Cobia, and more. Bait, tackle, and snacks are provided. Just bring some sunblock and sunglasses and be prepared for a fun challenge!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $450
    Choose your favorite technique and head inshore, nearshore or coast through backcountry flats to target a range of different species such as Redfish, Cobia, Pompano, Permit, Tarpon, and many more. Bait, tackle, and snacks will be provided for you. Just bring some sunblock and sunglasses and be ready for a fun afternoon of some challenging yet fun fishing!

About the Captain

James Lobsinger
New Smyrna Beach, Florida, United States
3 Fishing Reports
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1 Customer Reviews
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Member since March 2019
Captain James Lobsinger recalls first falling in love with fishing as a young kid, trying to hook his first keeper right off the bank near his childhood home. However, it wasn’t until he went off to college that he started to take the sport seriously. He took a rod-building class and began making his own custom rods for himself and eventually started taking orders from other anglers. He became successful and decided to make a career out of it. Since then, fishing has become a huge part of his life. In 2017, he sold his Harley for a boat and decided to start his own charter company. He loves taking people out on his boat and introducing them to the beautiful game of fishing. Capt. James invites you to join Phat Katz and have a fun, relaxing, and productive day of some exhilarating backcountry fishing!

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Targeted Species

Bass (Largemouth) Largemouth Bass
Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish

Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snapper (Red) Red Snapper
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Shoalwater (Center console) originally built in 2021. Powered by a 175HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit 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

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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on September 4, 2021
We had an amazing time. So much fun!
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FAQs about Phat Kats Custom Rods & Florida Charters

Phat Kats Custom Rods & Florida Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Phat Kats Custom Rods & Florida Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor

Trips booked with Phat Kats Custom Rods & Florida Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn & custom Phat Katz gear.)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks (Crackers)
  • Drinks (Water and Gatorade.)
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Phat Kats Custom Rods & Florida Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Phat Kats Custom Rods & Florida Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Phat Kats Custom Rods & Florida Charters include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon