Top Knotch Fishing Charters

Top Knotch Fishing Charters offers fun and productive nearshore and offshore fishing trips out of Madiera Beach Municipal Marina, Florida. They are operated by Capt. Trae Sorensen, a fourth generation captain in the Tampa Bay area, who will show you all the best spots to get a hot bite.

You will be fishing aboard a 36 ft Invincible center console powered by triple 300 HP Yamaha outboard engines. With top of the line marine electronics on board as well as a huge livewell, you will be in a good position to tackle the multitude of species the Gulf of Mexico has to offer. This boat has everything you need and more for a great day on the water, and to top it off, it gives a comfortable ride, too.

During your trip, you will be fishing with top quality gear for a variety of species, including but not limited to Hogfish, Grouper, Snapper, Amberjacks, Sharks, and King and Spanish Mackerel. Whether you want an intense battle with an Amberjack over the reefs and wrecks, or you would rather troll for Kingfish, Captain Trae will walk you through the techniques necessary to land a big one.

Book now with Top Knotch Fishing Charters for an experience on the water that you won’t forget!



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  • Private trip
    Extreme Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,900
    up to 6 persons
    This mammoth trip will allow you to get the most out of your time in the Gulf of Mexico. Head out from Madeira Beach and reach distances of over 50 miles as you explore the productive reefs and wrecks that are home to plenty of delicious and tough-fighting fish. You're in for an exhilarating time aboard as you spend 12 hours chasing after Groupers, Snappers, Barracuda, Kingfish, Amberjack, Hogfish, and more delicious speacies for a well-deserved meal.
  • Private trip
    Extended Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,600
    up to 6 persons
    A 10 hour trip may seem daunting to some, but any angler worth his salt knows that the more time spent on the water, the more fun there is to be had, and the better chance to reel in plenty of exciting and delicious fish to take home. Head up to 50 miles offshore where you'll have the chance to bottom fish or troll along the sunken wrecks and productive reefs in search of Groupers, Snappers, Barracuda, Kingfish, Amberjack, Hogfish, and more.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,300
    up to 6 persons
    Get the most out of your time on Florida's west coast and head out into the Gulf. Discover the numerous sunken wrecks and tropical reefs on offer, as you target a range of fish to take back for a delicious dinner at the end of the day. There's nothing like the taste of the fruits of your own labor after a thrilling day's fishing. Target species from Groupers and Snappers to Barracudas, Kingfish, Amberjack on this 8-hour trip.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    up to 6 persons
    6 hours on the water gives you the chance to head around 15-20 miles offshore. Explore the sunken wrecks in the Gulf's productive waters. Plenty of delicious and exciting fish have made these wrecks their home. From Groupers and Snappers to Barracudas, Kingfish, Amberjack, and more – try bottom fishing or trolling to lure them in and take a prize home with you.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $750
    up to 6 persons
    Make the most of your morning and explore the reefs and wrecks around 10-15 miles in the Gulf Home to Amberjack, Groupers, Snappers, Kingfish, Barracuda, and many more, you're in for a thrilling morning battling it out against some tough-fighting beasts. Try trolling or bottom fishing to lure the bite, and you'll hopefully head home with a boatload of delicious fish for lunch.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $750
    up to 6 persons
    Busy in the mornings or just enjoy a lie-in? That's not a problem, you can still head out to get your fish on in the afternoon. Head around 10-15 miles offshore to the nearshore reefs and wrecks as you go after a range of exciting and delicious species. Troll and bottom fish these productive waters in the hope of catching a Kingfish, Grouper, Snapper, Hogfish, and many more.
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About the Captain

Trae Sorensen
Madeira Beach, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
10 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
29 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since March 2015
Captain Trae Sorensen is a 4th Gen. fisherman in the Tampa bay area. Captain Trae has been fishing these waters for 24 years. His experience and knowledge offshore insures that every trip will provide anglers a memorable experience, whether they are seasoned fishers or first timers.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack
Barracuda (Great)
Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Red)

Hogfish
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Red)

Spanish Mackerel

Boat Specs

Invincible (Center console) originally built in 2014. Powered by 3 300HP Yamaha engines.

Length
36 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.98
out of 5 stars from 29 reviews
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Half Day Morning Trip
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100%
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100%
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100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
96%
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Christopher B.
Seminole, Florida
 5.00
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Half Day Morning Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  November 27, 2019
Took my son and 3 of his friends for his 16th birthday.  We did a morning trip.  Captain and first mate were awesome,...
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Greg G.
Lakeland, Florida
 5.00
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Full day 8hr

VERIFIED   May 17, 2019
If I could give more than 5 stars I would. The best gulf charter experience I’ve had. They will put you on fish. Please note-...
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Brian V.
Mechanicsville, MD
 5.00
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3/4 day

VERIFIED   February 14, 2019
Returning Customer to Top Knotch Fishing Charters.  Capt Trae never disappoints.  This guy works until he finds the...
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John O.
Valrico, FL
 4.67
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3/4 Day Fishing Trip with Top Notch Fishing Charters

VERIFIED   January 19, 2019
We had an awesome time with Captain Trae Sorensen and staff. They were very professional and extremely knowledgeable. They...
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Teddy K.
Winter Haven, Florida
 5.00
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Full day with Trae

VERIFIED   May 19, 2019
Excellent trip. Caught lots of fish. Crew worked very hard for all of us. Very professional and courteous
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