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 22’ 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
    $850
    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
    $650
    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)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    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
    $450
    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
    2 Person Half Day Fishing Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $425
    Are you a party of two looking to explore the beautiful waters of Sarasota, Florida? Then join Capt. James for a chance to go after famous species such as the mighty Tarpon (when in season), hard-fighting Snook, Redfish and Trout, 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
    2 Person Half Day Fishing Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $425
    Are you a party of two looking to explore the beautiful waters of Sarasota, Florida? Then join Capt. James for a chance to go after famous species such as the mighty Tarpon (when in season), hard-fighting Snook, Redfish and Trout, 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
    3 Hour Sunset Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    $350
    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/Sightseeing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $225
    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! On this trip, you will spend the majority of the time sightseeing and exploring the beautiful waters, mangrove islands, sand bars, and beaches of Sarasota, Florida. You can expect to find dolphins, manatees, birds, and shells. While you are exploring, Capt. James will have fishing rods ready to roll with artificial lures for you to use.
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About the Captain

James Gibson
Sarasota, Florida, United States
6 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
95 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
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.

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

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

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Pathfinder (Bay boat) originally built in 2006. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
GPS
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 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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Customer Reviews

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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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October fishing trip

VERIFIED   3 Hour Sunset Fishing on October 13, 2021
We had a fabulous time.  My husband and I just bought a house in Sarasota, and this was our first experience in these waters. ...
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Half day with Captain James

VERIFIED   NEW  3 Hour – Island Hopping/Sightseeing on November 23, 2021
We had a great afternoon with Captain James. He did an awesome job of tailoring our trip to make it so memorable for our kids...
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Half day trip with Captain James

VERIFIED   2 Person Half Day Fishing Trip (AM) on October 22, 2021
What a great day fishing with James! We caught beaucoup fish and many different species…several snook, a couple triple tail,...
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Full Day Trip with James

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on February 27, 2021
I booked a full day trip with Capt. James on a weekend. I had never fished the gulf before and was looking forward to doing...
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Ripping Lips!!!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on November 7, 2021
What a great day on the water we had so much fun and thanks to Captain Gibson we came, saw and conquered! Definitely recommend...
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FAQs about James Gibson Charters LLC

James Gibson Charters LLC offers the following trips to customers:
  • $225 per group, additional $25 per person after 3 guests - 3 Hour – Island Hopping/Sightseeing (3 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $25 per person after 3 guests - 3 Hour Sunset Fishing (3 hours)
  • $425 per group - 2 Person Half Day Fishing Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $425 per group - 2 Person Half Day Fishing Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $25 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $25 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $25 per person after 3 guests - 3/4 Day Fishing Trip (6 hours)
  • $850 per group, additional $25 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with James Gibson Charters LLC, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well

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

James Gibson Charters LLC offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

James Gibson Charters LLC offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning

Top targeted fish species with James Gibson Charters LLC include:
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon