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!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Sunset Booze Cruise
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    $500
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,100
    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
    $1,100
    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.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,500
    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 Grouper and Snapper to Barracuda, Kingfish, Amberjack, and more – try bottom fishing or trolling to lure them in and take a prize home with you.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,900
    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 Grouper and Snapper to Barracuda, Kingfish, and Amberjack on this 8-hour trip.
  • Private trip
    Extended Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $2,400
    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 Grouper, Snapper, Barracuda, Kingfish, Amberjack, Hogfish, and more.
  • Private trip
    Extreme Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $2,800
    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 focus on fishing the productive Middle Grounds and the Elbow. You're in for an exhilarating time aboard as you spend 12 hours chasing after Grouper, Snapper, Barracuda, Kingfish, Amberjack, Hogfish, and more delicious species for a well-deserved meal.
  • Private trip
    15 Hour Deep Drop Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    15 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 AM
    $3,750
    This is a deep drop trip where you'll head up to 120 miles, fishing the depths ranging from 400 to 1000 ft. You'll target multiple large Grouper species and Tilefish.
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About the Captain

Trae Sorensen
Madeira Beach, Florida, United States
10 Fishing Reports
42 Customer reviews
Response time 7 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) Great Barracuda
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
Grouper (Red) Red Grouper

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
Radio
Sonar

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 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Crew
Excellent
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Experience
Excellent
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Half day trip with Capt Trae.
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Angler Rating
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Steven B.
Sterling, OH
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3/4 day trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on July 26, 2022
The gulf was a bit tougher than the marine forecast but manageable. We boated numerous snapper and grouper. We also boated...
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Keith D.
Lakeland, FL
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Half day trip with Capt Trae.

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on July 29, 2022
Outstanding trip. Capt Trae and John provided an amazing fishing trip. Our group loved it.
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Andy P.
Orlando, FL
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Full day trip on Fathers Day, 6/19/222.

VERIFIED   Extended Day Trip on June 19, 2022
Captain Trea and First Mate John were Fantastic!
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Dwayne I.
Baltic, SD
Excellent
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Half day trip with captain Trae

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on November 27, 2021
The nicest guys you could ever ask for on a fishing charter. They helped my 8 year old son as needed. Overall experience was...
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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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FAQs about Top Knotch Fishing Charters

Top Knotch Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group - Sunset Booze Cruise (3 hours)
  • $1,100 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $1,100 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,900 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $2,400 per group - Extended Day Trip (10 hours)
  • $2,800 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
  • Radio
  • Sonar
  • Radar

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)