Looking for an adventure that really showcases what the waters of West Florida have to offer? Captain James Gibson is an inshore fishing fanatic, and he can’t wait to introduce you to the incredible species here. A local fisherman, Capt. James specializes in targeting Floridian-famous fish such as Snook, Redfish, and the mighty “Silver King” (Tarpon). Come aboard James Gibson Charters to discover that inshore fishing is just as exciting as any offshore excursion!

Capt. James was born and raised on the west coast of Florida, and has been fishing the plentiful waters of Sarasota, Bradenton, and Tampa Bay for over 15 years. He’s passionate about inshore fishing, and loves nothing more than sharing this passion with other anglers. No matter your age or skill level, he’ll help you discover your love for fishing Florida’s shallows!

You’ll be casting off from your captain’s 19’ Pathfinder. She can accommodate up to 5 guests, but your captain recommends 3 for comfort. If you’d like to bring kids aboard, they are more than welcome to join in the fun. Just let him know in advance. He’ll make sure your group is decked out with life jackets, as well as drinking water and a cooler for your snacks.

Depending on when you visit and what you’d like to target, Capt. James will happily cater your trip to your preferences. You can spend your whole day fishing, or mix it up with some island hopping and dolphin-watching. You can choose to hook the much-sought-after Tarpon from May through August, or go after other inshore favorites such as Snapper, Trout, Redfish, and Snook. Your trip can look exactly how you’d like it to.

Capt. James will make sure you’re equipped with rods, reels, tackle, and live bait, which he’ll usually prepare before each trip. Your fishing license will also be included. Just bring your favorite snacks and drinks, and get ready to discover what makes West Florida’s inshore fishing so incredible!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
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    $600
    What could be better than spending a whole day cruising the shallow inshore waters of Sarasota? Home to Tarpon, Speckled Seatrout, Redfish, Flounder, Snapper species, Snook, and plenty more, you'll truly be spoilt for choice when it comes to what you're going to be targeting. Capt. James will help you follow where the fish are biting, and will make sure you're decked out with top-quality fishing gear, and a license. Anglers of all skill levels are welcome on this trip.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Enjoy a 6 hour fishing trip with Captain James Gibson targeting everything from Snook, Redfish and Trout to Triple Tail, Sheepshead and Snapper.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    If you're newer to fishing or have a busy schedule, this trip is a great option to experience what Sarasota's inshore fishing is all about. You'll have the chance to go after famous species such as the mighty Tarpon (when in season), hard-fighting Snook, delicious Redfish and Flounder, as well as whatever else is biting. Capt. James will use his years of local know-how to get you to the hottest bite, and will also make sure you're decked out with top-quality fishing gear, as well as a license.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    Not a morning person? Join Capt. James on this afternoon adventure! Four hours allows plenty of time for you to experience what Sarasota's inshore fishing is about. You'll have the chance to cast off for Redfish, Flounder, Speckled Seatrout, Snapper species, and even the mighty "Silver King," when in season. Capt. James will show you his best local tips and tricks and will make sure you're provided with top-quality fishing gear, as well as a license. Just bring your favorite snacks and drinks along.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Sunset Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    $300
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    $300
    If you would enjoy catching trophy fish while watching the beautiful West Coast sunset this is the trip for you. This trip is a great option to experience what Sarasota's inshore fishing is all about. You'll have the chance to go after famous species such as the mighty Tarpon (when in season), hard-fighting Snook, delicious Redfish, Snapper, Trout, as well as whatever else that's biting. Capt. James will use his years of local know-how to get you to the hottest bite!
  • Private trip
    3 Hour – Island Hopping/Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $200
    price breakdown
    $200
    If you'd like to spend more time on the water but still mix up your angling action with some laid-back sightseeing, this is the trip for you! You'll have plenty of time to fish these inshore waters for a range of species, including Snapper, Redfish, Flounder, and more, as well as taking in the beautiful scenery and hopefully spotting some dolphins and whales, too. Your captain will provide all the fishing gear for you, as well as a license, so just bring some snacks, drinks, and a camera.
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About the Captain

James Gibson
Sarasota, Florida, United States
6 Fishing Reports
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48 Customer Reviews
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Member since August 2019
My name is James Gibson. I am a USCG licensed captain and was born and raised on the west coast of Florida and have been fishing the Sarasota, Bradenton, and Tampa Bay area for over 15 years. I specialize in inshore Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, and Trout fishing. I have always had a passion for inshore fishing and love nothing more than sharing this passion with others. No matter your age or skill level I can put a trip together to fit you. I am great with kids, dogs, and large groups. I am a fun, easy-going captain who just wants to show you a good time on the beautiful waters of Sarasota, Bradenton, and Tampa Bay.

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Pathfinder (Bay boat) originally built in 2003. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 38 knots.

Length
19 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing 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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Sarasota to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
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

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Captain James Finds the Fish

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (PM) on February 21, 2021
Even on a windy day, Captain James knows where the fish are and provided a day of fishing fun.  We caught enough fish we stopped...
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Tarpon Fishing Big Pass

Half Day Trip (PM) on July 2, 2020
Outstanding day on the water with Captain James Gibson. This young man is nothing less than an outstanding guide!
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3 Hour Sunset Fishing

VERIFIED   3 Hour Sunset Fishing on October 17, 2020
My wife and I booked a sunset trip with Captain James. James was ready and waiting for us at the pier and we immediately cruised...
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Half day trip with Captain James

VERIFIED   3 Hour – Island Hopping/Fishing on January 12, 2021
This was are first time fishing on a boat. Captain James was great he has great patience he took his time to show us the proper...
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