James Gibson Charters

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!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Spend a beautiful Floridian summer's day targeting inshore royalty – the Silver King! You'll be cruising the plentiful inshore waters of Sarasota to hook this hard fighter, and your captain will be on hand to help out. Ask him for his local tips and tricks! Anglers of all skill levels and ages are welcome, but your captain's non-Tarpon trips are probably more suitable if you're traveling with little ones. You'll be provided with top-quality fishing gear, as well as a license. Come bow to the king!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $575
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    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
    Half Day Trip – Tarpon (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Aug 31
    $500
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Join Capt. James and get ready to bow to the Silver King! This Floridian favorite is known for being a hard fighter and offers up plenty of exciting angling action. Your captain will take you to the best spots to target this fish, and will make sure you're decked out with top-quality rods and reels to battle this beast. Tarpon season runs May through August, so make sure you book well in advance – this fish is a popular opponent!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Tarpon (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Aug 31
    $500
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Spend your morning getting lots of rest in – an afternoon battling the Silver King lies ahead of you, so you'll need all the energy you can get! Capt. James will take you out to the best spots around Sarasota, and will share his best local tips and tricks with you. Tarpon season runs from May through August, and this species is an extremely popular target, so book in advance. You'll be provided with rods, reels, bait, tackle, and a fishing license – just bring your favorite snacks and drinks.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $475
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    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
    6 Hour – Island Hopping/Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $475
    up to 5 persons
    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.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $375
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    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
    $375
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    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.

About the Captain

James Gibson
Sarasota, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
6 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
14 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.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia
Flounder
Grouper (Gag)
Jack Crevalle

Redfish
Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook

Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout
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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day before the trip date. 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 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 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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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Customer Reviews

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4.98
out of 5 stars from 14 reviews
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Friendly captain
100%
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100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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David H.
Hoosick Falls, NY
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Highly Recommended!!!

VERIFIED   October 28, 2019
My wife and I had a great day with James!  He’s a great guide and a really nice person to spend a day with. I’ve...
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Amazing AM Trip with Capt. James!

July 7, 2019
My wife and I went out on an early morning fishing trip with Captain James. He picked us up promptly from the boat ramp in...
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My family can not say enough good things about Captin James!! What a great guide. He knew right where to take us to catch the...
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Austin D.
Bradenton, Florida
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Half day this time full day next!

September 6, 2019
We used to take family trips to Anna Maria area when I was a kid and the fishing was always my favorite part. My wife and I...
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Half Day with Capt. James

July 12, 2019
Awesome day out on the water. Jame’s picked us up at the dock of our choosing already loaded down with bait. We hit a...
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