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Top Knotch Fishing Charters

Explore some of the most productive waters off the coast of Florida with Top Knotch Fishing Charters! Captain Trae Sorensen is 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’ Contender center console boat powered by triple 300 HP Suzuki outboard engines. With top of the line electronics on board as well as a huge livewell, you will be in a good position to tackle the monsters the Gulf of Mexico has to offer.

During your trip, you will be fishing with top quality gear and live bait provided by your captain. After a great day on the water, he’ll make sure to clean and fillet your catch, so that you can prepare a nice meal upon your return.

There’s a variety of species you can target – Hogfish, Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, Shark, Mackerel, and Barracuda. Whether you want an intense battle with an Amberjack over the reefs and wrecks, or you would rather troll for Kingfish, Capt. Trae will walk you through the techniques necessary to land a big one.

Feel free to bring your kids on an amazing adventure, and spend some time with your family in these pristine waters. Make sure to bring some food and drinks to stay refreshed, as well as some sunscreen, and you’re all set!

Book now with Top Knotch Fishing Charters for a Florida fishing experience that you won’t forget!



About the Captain

Trae Sorensen
Madeira Beach, Florida, United States
10 Fishing Reports
38 Customer Reviews
Response time 5 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 29 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 Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)

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

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)

Boat Specs

Contender (Center console) originally built in 2003, and restored in 2020. Powered by 3 300HP Suzuki engines.

Length
36 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days 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
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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

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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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Trevor H.
Peoria, IL
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Our Arms were tired

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on April 8, 2021
Most successful charter we have ever had.  The crew dropped for bait 3 times. Then we never stopped reeling in fish.
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Kyle A.
Bellaire, MI
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Fishing with the boys

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 28, 2021
Awesome 😎👍, We had a blast. The best deep sea fishing experience I’ve ever had. Captain n first mate were very...
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Thomas B.
Grand Rapids, MI
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on April 8, 2021
We did the half day trip young and old had fun and we were on the fish the entire time.
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Stacey K.
Montgomery, TX
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6hr trip with Trae

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on November 26, 2020
Fantastic trip! We’ve been on several other charters and this one was by far the best. Trae was very knowledgeable and had...
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Bradley M.
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Fishing with Trae

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on April 4, 2021
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FAQs about Top Knotch Fishing Charters

Top Knotch Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group - Sunset Booze Cruise (3 hours)
  • $900 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $1,400 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,700 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $2,100 per group - Extended Day Trip (10 hours)
  • $2,500 per group - Extreme Full Day Trip (12 hours)
  • $3,750 per group - 15 Hour Deep Drop Trip (15 hours)

When you book a trip with Top Knotch Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Top Knotch Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Top Knotch Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Top Knotch Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Top Knotch Fishing Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • Hogfish
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tuna (Blackfin)