Blue Matters Fishing Charter Service

Explore the beautiful blue waters off of Florida’s West Coast and book your next fishing trip with Blue Matters Fishing Charter Service! Let Captain Julio Lima guide you through the productive waters of St. Petersburg and Boca Grande, where he grew up fishing his whole life.

The captain’s 2017 25’ Avenger is crafted for perfection and built to last. She’s powered by a 300 HP Suzuki four stroke engine and comes with a wireless trolling motor, GPS, and fishfinder to help lead you to all the best bites. You’ll also have a VHF radio, safety gear, and kids’ vests to ensure a secure and fun ride at all times. The deck is comfortable and spacious enough for up to 2 guests and ideal for trolling the inshore and nearshore waters of Florida.

Capt. Julio loves to use live bait and usually catches it fresh before each trip. You’ll be using top-notch Dogfish tackle, along with high-speed trolling and spinning reels made by Shimano. If you’re really up for a challenge, Capt. Julio will lead you into battle against the Silver King (Tarpon) in his home turf of shallow flats and inshore waters during the spring and summer seasons. You can also head into the mangroves and target Redfish and Snook, or head up to 9 miles from shore to take on the mighty King Mackerel!

Capt. Julio is a proud former police officer and offers 10% discounts to all first responders and members of the military and their families. After years of serving his community, he is still dedicated to giving back, and what better way to do so than offering such a fun and recreational activity?

Join Capt. Julio down at O’Neil’s Marina and get ready for an epic adventure! Just be sure to arrive 15 minutes before departure time, bring your favorite snacks and drinks, and prepare to be amazed. Your fishing license will be taken care of, so you can get right down to business once you arrive. Book your next vacation down in St. Petersburg and let Blue Matters Fishing Charter Service show you a great time!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Nearshore/Kingfish
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    up to 4 persons
    Head 1 to 9 miles from the beach to target King Mackerel. Capt. Julio will provide the bait and tackle, as well as your fishing license so you can focus on the fun. He also offers a 10% discount for all current and former members of the military, as well as first responders.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    up to 4 persons
    Head out into some of the most productive waters with an expert guide with 40+ years of experience. Get ready to come face-to-gill with a range of incredible species, including Kingfish, Mangrove Snapper, Snook, Spotted Seatrout, and more! Capt. Julio will take care of your fishing gear and license so you can get right to the fishing. He also offers a 10% discount for all current and former members of the military, as well as first responders.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Tarpon Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    up to 4 persons
    Book this action-packed trip and target the mighty Tarpon! Capt. Julio will bring the rods, reels, and bait, and also take care of your fishing license for you so you can get right to the fun stuff. He also offers a 10% discount for all current and former members of the military, as well as first responders.
  • Private trip
    Captain Your Boat/Consultation Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    up to 4 persons
    Captain Julio is now offering consultation trips on your boat. Captain Julio has run boats up to 41 foot in length and has a vast amount of experience running different types of fishing boats. The Captain will provide all the tackle needed along with the bait needed for whatever species you wish to target. We can customize a fishing plan for most anyone or any group. Captain Julio has thousands of true and proven GPS numbers that he will leave stored in your machine after every trip offshore.
  • Private trip
    Hill Tide Tarpon Charters
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $500
    up to 4 persons
    We offer special afternoon trips on the new and full moon tides in May and June. We target Tarpon on the afternoon outgoing crab flush tides. May 16 - May 20 June 1 - June 5 June 15 - June 19 June 30 - July 4
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    up to 4 persons
    You'll be departing at 8:00 a.m. sharp and returning by noon, so get ready to work up an appetite right in time for lunch! You'll target a range of Florida's finest and most delicious species, including Mangrove Snapper, Redfish, Snook, and more. Capt. Julio will take care of your equipment and fishing license for you, and he also offers a 10% discount for all current and former members of the military, as well as first responders.
  • Private trip
    Sand Bar Excursions/Party (MAX 5)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 11:00 AM
    $250
    up to 4 persons
    Plan that perfect beach trip to the local sandbar or out to Egmont Key State Park. Great way to celebrate a birthday or any other social get together with your friends. This trip can take up to 5 people.
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About the Captain

Julio Lima
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
11 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
5 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2019
Captain Julio Lima was raised in St. Petersburg, Florida and spent the majority of his life on the water fishing for more than 40 years. Prior to running charters, Capt. Julio served 6 years in the U.S. Coast Guard and 30 years as a full-time police officer for the Polk County Sheriff’s department. Capt. Julio never stopped fishing during his law enforcement career, and in 2012 he earned his Coast Guard 6-pack license, eventually realizing that he was ready to start teaching others the art of fishing. Capt. Julio runs guides for beginners and pros, young and old, women and children, and people from all walks of life. No matter who you are or where you’re from, everyone has a great time fishing with Julio!

About this listing

Targeted Species

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Avenger (Bay boat) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 300HP Suzuki 4-Stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

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

Policies

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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.67
out of 5 stars from 5 reviews
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Experience
Half day am inshore
Half day am inshore
Half day am inshore
+4
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
80%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
67%
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   NEW  June 21, 2020
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Albert R.
Riverview, Florida
 5.00
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Half day am inshore

VERIFIED   NEW  June 29, 2020
Absolutely amazing the captain and first mate was excellent very helpful and put us on top of fish can’t wait to do it again.
Albert R. recommends Blue Matters Fishing Charter Service
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John S.
Lakeland, FL
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May fishing trip

VERIFIED   May 9, 2020
John S. recommends Blue Matters Fishing Charter Service
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Daniel G.
Broken Arrow, OK
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  June 30, 2020
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Rodger H.
United States
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September fishing trip

VERIFIED   September 20, 2019
Rodger H. recommends Blue Matters Fishing Charter Service
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Fishing Reports

Snook Lives Matter

June 14, 2020

Jose Avilles and his friend Kaylor from Atlanta we’re ready to get away for the weekend and do some fishing. They sure did put a beat down on some big Snook as they caught and released several to include… Read Full Report →