Flats Fanatic Charters takes you to the best parts of Tampa Bay! This unique area lets you target a variety of species in just a few minutes out of the marina. Your guide and host on this trip is Captain Ray, a Florida native and the 4th generation of fishermen in his family. He has over 20 years of professional fishing experience, both as a guide and a tournament competitor. Capt. Ray welcomes anglers of all skill levels on his boat.

And the boat is a 24’ Pathfinder that accommodates up to 3 guests. This bay boat is powered by a 300 HP Yamaha engine and reaches the speed of 35 knots. There’s also a wireless trolling engine, so you can move in quiet, without disturbing the fish. The boat features navigational electronics and a live bait tank.

The fish you can target depends on the time of year your trip takes place. But rest assured, there’s always something that will fill your bags to the top. You can go after Black Drum, Redfish, Snook, Mackerel, Trout, Cobia, Flounder, and Tarpon. You get to keep the catch and the captain will clean it for you free of charge.

All fishing equipment and licenses are included in the price. You only need to pack your food, drinks, and sun protection. And don’t forget to charge your phone, as there will be lots of interesting wildlife you’ll want to photograph, such as porpoises, manatees, migrating birds, and more.

Flats Fanatic Charters runs trips year round. The only question is: When are you coming?



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    During Tarpon season, we are able to catch 75-150 pound Tarpon. It is even possible to catch one weighing up to 200 pounds! Catching a Tarpon that size offers a much different experience due to their exhilarating fights lasting up to 2 hours. Because predators migrate with Tarpons, hooking a Hammerhead or Bull Shark is very common as well. If you like a challenge, Tarpon charters are the ones for you.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $750
    During a full day charter, you'll spend 8 hours working both the outgoing and incoming tides. Working the mangroves and flats for game fish. While maximizing the time on the water trying to find a trophy fish.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $550
    Half Day Charters are for 4 hours either in the morning or later afternoon, so let the captain know when you want to go. These trips are based on the best possible time to maximize the ability to catch fish. Spend the day working the flats for a variety of fish Which include: Snook, Trout, Redfish.

About the Captain

Raymond Culver
St. Pete Beach, Florida, United States
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Member since June 2019
Captain Ray Culver is the owner/operator of Flats Fanatic Charters and a licensed U.S.C.G Captain. He's a Florida native and 4th generation fishing guide, with over 20 years of fishing experience.

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Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)

Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)
Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Pathfinder (Bay boat) originally built in 2012. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha 4 stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
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
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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
You Keep Catch

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
Checks

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FAQs about Flats Fanatic Charters

Flats Fanatic Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $950 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - 8 Hour Trip – Tarpon (8 hours)

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

Trips booked with Flats Fanatic Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Flats Fanatic Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Flats Fanatic Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Flats Fanatic Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail