Welcome to Hott Pursuit Charters where fishing isn’t just fun, it’s a passion. Captain Chris has over 30 years of fishing experience in northeast Florida and would like to share that knowledge with his guests.  New to fishing?  No problem, Captain Chris and crew are more than happy to teach kids and adults alike how to fish.  Experienced fisherman? Cool, let’s take that blue water trip you’ve been planning.

Chris’s vessel is a 25’ Grady White center console powered by twin Yamaha F150 outboards. It is equipped with the latest electronics to include 2 GPS units, 2 bottom sounders, radar, VHF radio, and a stereo.  Safety equipment includes; Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, VHF Radio with GPS Distress Locator, lifejackets, and all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment.

On the nearshore waters, the catches are seasonal and include Grouper, Red Fish, Red Snapper, Black Sea Bass, as well as both King and Spanish Mackerel.  For the experienced anglers going offshore, you’ll be targeting the big hitters such as Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi.

He’ll supply all fishing equipment, fishing licenses, safety equipment, lifejackets, bait and tackle. If you wish to use your own fishing gear please let Chris know the details as rod storage is limited. He will also supply plenty of water. If you wish to bring alcohol moderate consumption is okay, but please drink responsibly. He wants to retrieve fish from the water not guests. 

You should bring food (lunch) and snacks for the cooler if you want to eat, and drinks if you want something other than water. Waterproof sunblock, sunglasses, and a hat are very important.  Please pack up to 1 or 2 duffle bags per group, as storage on the vessel is minimum. Bring a cooler to leave in your vehicle so you can take your catch home, he’ll supply the ice. So, whether you’re after some lighthearted inshore fishing or to catch a prize fish in the deep, Chris is the man with the experience and know-how to take you out.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Apr 30 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $600
    Redfish, Flounder Trout, and other inshore fish.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Apr 30 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $600
    Redfish, Flounder, Trout, and other inshore fish.
  • Private trip
    Shark Fishing AM Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 31 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $600
    Shark fishing, if your just wanting to catch and release, and get a good workout this might be the trip for you.
  • Private trip
    Shark Fishing PM Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 31 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $600
    Shark fishing, if your just wanting to catch and release, and get a good workout this might be the trip for you.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Aug 31 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $670
    Kingfish Trip.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Aug 31 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $670
    Nearshore trip fishing for Kingfish, Tarpon, Sharks, Jack Crevalle, and Cobia.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Apr 30 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $700
    Redfish, Flounder, Trout, and other inshore fish.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $800
    This trip will take you to the nearshore wrecks and reefs close by Jacksonville. You’ll be using techniques such as trolling and bottom fishing to try to lure in the species that roam in these waters.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Apr 30 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $850
    A trip in the St. Johns River or Intercoastal Waterway, fishing for Redfish, Flounder, Trout, and other inshore fish.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $950
    You’ll be undertaking some offshore trolling for the likes of Kingfish, Sailfish, Barracuda, and Cobia, or some bottom fishing on the reefs and wrecks. You’ll be targeting the fish in the waters by Jacksonville Beach, Fernandina Beach, or St. Augustine, where they are known to be plentiful.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Bluewater Mahi/Wahoo
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Mar 31 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $1,400
    This trip usually consists of a mix of trolling for Mahi and Wahoo then bottom fishing for Vermilion Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Grouper, Seabass, Triggerfish, etc. This trip ranges between 40 and 75 miles offshore.
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About the Captain

Chris Clifton
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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102 Customer reviews
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Member since July 2019
I became a charter captain to share my knowledge and many years experience fishing. I like nothing more than to see someone catch that fish of a lifetime or witness someone catch their very first fish. At Hott Pursuit Fishing Charters we offer charters for all experience levels from beginners to seasoned fishing veterans. I have 30+ years experience fishing in Northeast Florida. From offshore trips we catch King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Sailfish, and other striking fish. On the tidal creeks we catch, Red Drum, Flounder, Trout (Spotted Sea and Yellow Mouth), just to name a few. We also offer bottom fishing trips offshore as well where we catch, Grouper (various species), Snapper (various species), Sea Bass, Trigger Fish, and many more. Give Hott Pursuit Charters a try I think you will be glad you did.

About this listing

Targeted species

Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Black) Black Grouper
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Boat specs

Grady White (Center console) originally built in 2005. Powered by 2 150HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
ICW, Creeks, and St. Johns River.
Nearshore Fishing
Up to 10 miles offshore.
Offshore Fishing
Up to 40 miles offshore.
Reef Fishing
Local
Wreck Fishing
Local

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Inshore, some offshore trolling.
Heavy Tackle
Bottom fishing. Trolling for Wahoo.
Bottom Fishing
Reefs, Wrecks and Ledges.
Trolling
Kingfish, Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna etc..
Spinning
Cobia and jigging.
Jigging
Bottom fishing.
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
For Bluewater Trips
Ice Box
Radar

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Newest equipment.
Live Bait
Seasonal
Lures
Jiggs and trolling.
Catch cleaning & filleting
Tips are appreciated !
Drinks
Water
Fishing License
You are covered under my Captains License.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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
You Keep Catch
Keep the fish you catch.
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 102 reviews
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
83%
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Half Day -6 hour Near Shore

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore on June 18, 2022
We took a trip this am with Capt. Chris. No issues with boat, tackle or gear. We caught fish even though there was an approaching...
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8 Hour Trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Offshore on June 10, 2022
Started the day slow and dealt with some unforeseen bait problems but Chris ensured by the time we left we were happy with...
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Full Day With Captain Chris

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Offshore on August 20, 2022
Captain Chris created the best charter experience for us. His knowledge of Jacksonville ocean is unmatched. My friends and...
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Elizabeth B.
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Nearshore Trip with Captain Chris

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (AM) on July 23, 2022
We had a great time with Chris today! We unfortunately did not catch any king fish, but he still set us up to bottom fish,...
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Catching from the 1st drop.

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (AM) on July 21, 2022
Captain Chris took us out and put us on fish from the 1st drop; line down and pulling up fish within the first minute. Family...
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FAQs about Hott Pursuit Fishing Charters

Hott Pursuit Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - Shark Fishing AM Trip (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - Shark Fishing PM Trip (4 hours)
  • $670 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $670 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Inshore (6 hours)
  • $800 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore (6 hours)
  • $850 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Inshore (8 hours)
  • $950 per group - Full Day Trip – Offshore (8 hours)
  • $1,400 per group - 10 Hour Trip – Bluewater Mahi/Wahoo (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Hott Pursuit Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers For Bluewater Trips
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Hott Pursuit Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Newest equipment.)
  • Live Bait (Seasonal )
  • Lures (Jiggs and trolling.)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Tips are appreciated !)
  • Drinks (Water)
  • Fishing License (You are covered under my Captains License.)

Hott Pursuit Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (ICW, Creeks, and St. Johns River.)
  • Nearshore Fishing (Up to 10 miles offshore.)
  • Offshore Fishing (Up to 40 miles offshore.)
  • Reef Fishing (Local)
  • Wreck Fishing (Local)

Hott Pursuit Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (Inshore, some offshore trolling.)
  • Heavy Tackle (Bottom fishing. Trolling for Wahoo.)
  • Bottom Fishing (Reefs, Wrecks and Ledges.)
  • Trolling (Kingfish, Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna etc..)
  • Spinning (Cobia and jigging.)
  • Jigging (Bottom fishing.)
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Hott Pursuit Fishing Charters include:
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Sailfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tuna (Blackfin)