Come and explore the rich waters of Tampa Bay with Aquatic Escapes and make some great memories! Captain Jarrod Wallach is a second-generation captain, who has been fishing since his early childhood.

Get on board his 25’ Sportsman bay boat powered by a Yamaha 250 HP engine. The boat can accommodate up to 5 people who can all fish at once. When it comes to Tarpon and Shark fishing, 2 people can fish at once.

Capt. Jarrod will provide you with rods and reels, as well as live bait to make your trip as productive as possible. He has all the licenses you need, and he will make sure to clean your fish for you to take home.

Book anything from a short 2-hour trip up to full-day trips targeting specific fish. Choose a trip that speaks to you, and target Kingfish, Tarpon, or Shark on one of the specialized trips!

You can head inshore and explore the flats, mangroves, bridges, docks and rock piles in Tampa Bay. There are a lot of different species you can target here – Redfish, Snook, Snapper, Tripletail, Flounder, and Spanish Mackerel.

Everything you need for a great outing is some sun protection, food, and drinks. Tips are not expected but are appreciated, so if you have a good time you can tip your captain. The deck mate joins in to help when it comes to beginner anglers, and he works for tips.

Capt. Jarrod also partners with a few local captains in the Tampa Bay area. If you have a large party, they can set up a large trip with multiple boats. They can even organize a small tournament or a contest for you!

Grab some hats and sunglasses, bring some snacks, and get ready to explore the Gulf of Mexico with Aquatic Escapes!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Offshore Fishing – Full Day
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    Head a bit further from shore and fish for Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, and many other offshore species. This exciting trip will give you the most flexibility and the biggest chance to return to land with some prized catch in tow. The captain will provide you with all the necessary equipment to ensure a productive trip. Just bring food, drinks, sunscreen, a hat, and a nice pair of sunglasses and you'll be good to go.
  • Private trip
    Fall Inshore Kingfish – 6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 15 - Dec 31
    $800
    Book this trip if you want to target King Mackerel in the fall, during their migration period. Capt. Jarrod will provide all the equipment you need, and take you to the best places to maximize your chances. All you need to do is bring some food and drinks, some sunscreen, and get excited! Please note this is a trip for a maximum of 4 anglers.
  • Private trip
    Shark Fishing – 6 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    If you're feeling really adventurous, you can hit the inshore waters in search of some sea monsters. On this trip, you will specifically target some of the sharks around the area, like Bull, Hammerhead, Thresher, and Blacktip Shark. You will find everything you need on board, just make sure to bring some sun protection, some food, and drinks. Get ready for a shark hunting adventure of a lifetime! Please note this is a trip for a maximum of 4 anglers.
  • Private trip
    Shark Fishing – 6 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    $800
    For some more excitement, book this night trip and explore the Gulf of Mexico in search of the main species of sharks, like Bull, Hammerhead, Blacktip, and Thresher Shark. The captain will make sure you have all the gear you need, and he'll take on a great night adventure. Make sure to dress appropriately, bring some sunscreen for the first part of the trip, and bring food and drinks to stay refreshed. This is a great experience if you're looking for an adventure-packed fishing trip!
  • Private trip
    Spring Kingfish – 6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Feb 1 - May 1
    $800
    If you want to go fishing for King Mackerel during their migration period, book this spring trip to get the best chances. All the equipment you need will be waiting for you on board, and Capt. Jarrod will take you to the best inshore locations to make sure you don't leave empty-handed. Make sure to dress appropriately and bring some sunscreen. Bring some food and drinks as well, to stay refreshed throughout the day, and you're ready for your Kingfish adventure!
  • Private trip
    Tarpon – 6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Aug 15
    $800
    Book this trip to go fishing specifically for Tarpon during their migration period from May to August. You'll explore the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico in search of the prized Silver King. All the equipment will be provided for you, all you need to bring is some sun protection. You should also bring some food and drinks to stay refreshed, and your Tarpon adventure can start! Please note this is a trip for a maximum of 4 anglers.
  • Private trip
    Inshore Fishing – 8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    If you are looking to spend more time on the waters of Tampa Bay, book this inshore fishing trip to spend the day exploring the grass flats, bridges, docks, mangroves, and rock piles. The weather, tide, and fish you want to catch will determine your route. Target some prized fish like Redfish, Trout, Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, Snook, and Grouper. You'll be using equipment provided by your captain, just bring some food and drinks to stay refreshed. Make sure to have sunscreen, and you're all set!
  • Private trip
    Inshore Fishing – 6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    Book this trip for some fun in the inshore waters of Tampa Bay exploring the flats, docks, bridges, and rock piles in the area. You'll fish from the bay inlet to the channels in Tampa Harbor, depending on the tide, weather, and target species. There is fishing gear on board. Target some creatures like Trout, Snapper, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Grouper, and Snook. All you need is some food and drinks, some sun protection, and a sense of adventure!
  • Private trip
    Inshore Fishing – 4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    Book this inshore trip to focus on the grass flats, mangroves, bridges, docks, and rock piles in Tampa Bay. Depending on the weather, tide, and target species, you'll fish from the bay inlet (by St. Pete and Anna Marie Island) to the channels in Tampa Harbor. Try your luck and target Redfish, Snook, Trout, Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, and Grouper. The fishing gear will be waiting for you on board, all you need to bring is some sun protection, some snacks and drinks, and you're set for a great adventure!
  • Private trip
    Inshore Fishing – 4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $400
    Hit the snooze button, and join Capt. Jarrod in the afternoon for some fun on the water. You'll focus on the flats, bridges, docks, and mangroves in Tampa Bay. Depending on the weather conditions, tide, and target species, you'll fish from the bay inlet to the channels in Tampa Harbor, targeting Snook, Trout, Spanish Mackerel, Snapper, Redfish, and Grouper. All the equipment will be provided, as well as a license. Bring some snacks and drinks, some sun protection, and explore these productive waters!
  • Private trip
    Inshore Fishing – 2 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    If you are on a tight schedule and want to fit in a short fishing trip, this is the one for you. If you want to sneak a trip in before work, after work, or between kids' birthday parties, enjoy a few hours on the water and bend some rods with whatever species you can find. All the equipment will be provided by your captain, just make sure to bring some sun protection, and you're all set!
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About the Captain

Jarrod Wallach
Ruskin, Florida, United States
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18 Customer Reviews
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Member since September 2019
From as early as I can remember, my dad had me on a boat with a fishing rod in my hands. At first, I was simply excited to have bait on my hook and hang out with my dad. As I grew up the fish got bigger and bigger… and I was hooked! Growing up in New York, we would fish for Fluke, Flounder, Strippers & Cod in the winter. We would also enter the occasional Shark fishing tournament. Fishing was, and still remains, a huge part of my life and it gave my father and me the time we needed to bond, before he unexpectedly left us in 2006. It was always my father’s dream to retire and use his captain's license to open a charter business. Every day, I strive to keep his legacy alive.

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Targeted Species

Flounder Flounder
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish

Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Sportsman (Bay boat) originally built in 2019. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

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
Bank Transfer

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

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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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VERIFIED   Inshore Fishing – 2 Hour Trip on April 7, 2021
Great experience with the captain he is very very helpful for us beginners ,took the time to explain and show us what to do...
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VERIFIED   Shark Fishing – 6 Hour Trip (AM) on August 2, 2020
Jarrod was an awesome Captain, we had 3 kids come with us and everybody had a blast, we caught shark, mackerel, snappers, and...
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VERIFIED   Inshore Fishing – 4 Hour Trip (AM) on April 8, 2021
We had a great fishing trip. It was a great time with my sons that will be remembered. Thank you.
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VERIFIED   Inshore Fishing – 4 Hour Trip (PM) on April 8, 2021
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Ruskin, Florida
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Inshore Fishing – 4 Hour Trip (AM) on July 18, 2020
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FAQs about Aquatic Escapes – Ruskin

Aquatic Escapes – Ruskin offers the following trips to customers:
  • $250 per group, additional $100 per person after 1 guest - Inshore Fishing – 2 Hour Trip (2 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Inshore Fishing – 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Inshore Fishing – 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Inshore Fishing – 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Inshore Fishing – 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)
  • $800 per group - Fall Inshore Kingfish – 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • $800 per group - Shark Fishing – 6 Hour Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $800 per group - Shark Fishing – 6 Hour Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • $800 per group - Spring Kingfish – 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • $800 per group - Tarpon – 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - Offshore Fishing – Full Day (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Aquatic Escapes – Ruskin, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box (Boat has 2 Yeti Coolers on Board.)

Trips booked with Aquatic Escapes – Ruskin include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Aquatic Escapes – Ruskin offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Aquatic Escapes – Ruskin offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Aquatic Escapes – Ruskin include:
  • Flounder
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail