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Scout About Charters is a family-oriented company, located on the beautiful waters of Port St Joe, Florida, and operated by Captain Scooter. With its remote fishing spots, rich marine life, and stunning coastline, the area is ideal for friends and family. Kids are very welcome aboard Capt. Scooter’s boat - the more the merrier!

You will be fishing aboard the captain’s newly uphauled 21-foot skiff, which is powered by a 115 HP Yamaha SHO engine. Equipped with navigational electronics, including a GPS, a fish finder, and a VHF radio, the vessel will get you to the best fishing spots, fast. And with a live bait tank, ice box and anchoring system on board, you will be ready to take everything Port St Joe has to offer the inshore angler.

Scout About Charters offers a lot of trips to choose from. You will be able to stay inshore to fish the flats, shallow wrecks, and backcountry or venture offshore to troll for King Mackerel and other predatory species. From four to six hours fishing, each trip can be customized to your needs and personal preferences.

If you’re looking for something different, join Captain Scooter for a Shark Fishing adventure in the bay - you might come face to face with your very own “Jaws”! Otherwise, come during the scallop season, and you will be able to enjoy a day out on the water hunting for these tasty morsels.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first time on the water or you are a pro – Captain Scooter is great with any angler. He especially enjoys teaching kids and putting them on their first ever fish.

Your trip will include rods, reels, fishing licenses, live bait, and lures, as well as snorkeling equipment. Your catch will be cleaned and filleted for you at the end of the trip.

With Scout About Charters you will have a memorable and eventful day on the water with one of the best Captains



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    On this trip, you will be fishing inshore, flats, and shallow wrecks. You will target Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and Pompano. Other species are targeted at different times of the year as well!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Fishing Trip PM
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:30 PM
    $400
    On this trip, you will be fishing inshore, flats, and shallow wrecks. You will target Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and Pompano. Other species are targeted at different times of the year as well!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Sharks
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    A Shark fishing adventure is waiting! You can take it slow and stay in the Bay, Or head offshore for some bigger ones!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Sharks PM
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    $400
    A Shark fishing adventure is waiting! You can take it slow and stay in the Bay, Or head offshore for some bigger ones!
  • Private trip
    Scalloping Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 17 - Sep 30
    $350
    Those trips are only available during the season from July to September. The package is ideal for those who want to try themselves hunting scallops in one of the most famous scalloping destinations!
  • Private trip
    Scalloping Trip (Midday)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Aug 17 - Sep 30
    $350
    Those trips are only available during the season from July to September. The package is ideal for those who want to try themselves hunting scallops in one of the most famous scalloping destinations!
  • Private trip
    Scalloping Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Aug 17 - Sep 30
    $350
    Those trips are only available during the season from July to September. The package is ideal for those who want to try themselves hunting scallops in one of the most famous scalloping destinations!
  • Private trip
    The Scout About Experience
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    An awesome trip for that family that doesn't fish but wants to get out on the water. This trip can be anything you want it to be. Sight seeing, dolphin or bird watching, boat riding, swimming, snorkeling or just a great day on the Bay/Gulf.

About the Captain

Scooter Acree
Port St. Joe, Florida, United States
43 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since March 2015
I'm from Port St Joe and have been fishing these waters since I was a kid. I offer a fun fishing experience and a wealth of information about the area. Kids are welcome. My absolute favorite fishing style is Wade fishing. We catch our bait then go to a spot and get out of the boat and canvas the area. It's great for the hot summer days and kids can swim and play while the fishermen walk off to hunt monsters. With parties larger than 4, this is the style of fishing that is the best - less boat noise. But I also love to sneak out of the bay and go get those King Mackerel.

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Pompano Pompano

Redfish Redfish
Scallop Scallop
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Carolina Skiff (Skiff) originally built in 2006, and restored in 2016. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha SHO engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 38 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Popping
Drift Fishing
Handline
Spearfishing
Flounder Gigging

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
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

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
93%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
85%
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Half day trip with Captain Pete Wilson

VERIFIED   Half Day Fishing Trip PM on October 14, 2021
Red tide made our fishing trip a little difficult, but our Captain still managed to put us in a good spot to catch fish. ...
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Chattanooga, TN
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Awesome 4 Hr Shark Trip!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Sharks PM on October 2, 2021
As advertised and then some.  We fished for sport size black tip sharks (20lbs or so) on light tackle with live mullet under...
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The captain canceled

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Henry C.

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Chuckey, TN
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FAQs about Scout About Charters

Scout About Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $350 per group, additional $25 per person after 4 guests - Scalloping Trip (AM) (3 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $25 per person after 4 guests - Scalloping Trip (Midday) (3 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $25 per person after 4 guests - Scalloping Trip (PM) (3 hours)
  • $350 per group - The Scout About Experience (4 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Fishing Trip (4 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Fishing Trip PM (4 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip - Sharks (4 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip - Sharks PM (4 hours)

When you book a trip with Scout About Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Scout About Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (And delivery )
  • Fishing License

Scout About Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing (10 miles or less. Trolling)
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Scout About Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • Handline
  • Spearfishing
  • Flounder Gigging

Top targeted fish species with Scout About Charters include:
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Pompano
  • Redfish
  • Scallop
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Speckled Trout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail