Fish Tampa Bay’s numerous coves, inlets, and flats and target big fish with Tampa Fishing Academy and Charters! Your guide for the day is full-time Captain Shawn Pratt, an enthusiastic angler and patient guide who has the knowledge and experience to put you on the fish all day long.

Hop aboard his 2014 24’ Hanson center console, perfectly suited for 6 anglers who all want to be able to fish at the same time. You’ll get to all the best spots fast thanks to her 200 HP Yamaha engine that can cruise at a speed of 40 knots. Her shallow draft makes her ideal for navigating the diverse inshore and nearshore waters nearby and makes for a steady ride.

You’ll depart from Apollo Beach and hit the most productive spots for highly desirable saltwater fish. We’re talking Snook, Snapper, Tripletail, Kingfish, Cobia, and Sheepshead depending on seasonality. Since you’re fishing in Florida, it goes without mentioning that there’s ample Tarpon during the mighty beasts migratory season.

All of the Penn and Shimano rods, reels, and tackle you need for a successful day of fishing will be provided. Capt. Shawn is also happy and clean and bag your catch at the end of the day for easy transport home. Just be sure to pack drinks and snacks to keep you going and feel free to store them in the onboard cooler.

Tipping is appreciated. Seasoned and novice anglers alike are bound to have an epic day aboard Tampa Fishing Academy and Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $825
    It doesn't get much better than a full day of fishing in the areas surrounding Apollo Bay! You'll go after a variety of famous Florida fish including Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, Sheepshead, Snapper, Shark, and Grouper. Your gear, as well as your fishing licenses, are all taken care of. Just pack drinks and snacks to keep you going while you work on filling that cooler with tasty fish!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $625
    6 full hours on the water give you plenty of time to explore all of the best fisheries surrounding Apollo Bay! You'll explore the inshore and nearshore waters in search of Snook, Redfish, Grouper, Shark, Snapper, and even Tarpon during its season. No need to worry about fishing gear and licenses – that's all taken care of. Just pack drinks and snacks to keep you going throughout the day. The starting time is slightly flexible depending on the tide.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $425
    Spend a morning on the water and experience some of Florida's best fishing! Common catches include Redfish, Snapper, Snook, Shark, Grouper, and Tarpon during its season. A Florida fishing license and all the gear you need for a successful day are provided. Just pack any snacks and drinks you'd like to enjoy and get ready for a good time! The starting time is slightly flexible depending on the tide.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $425
    Head out for an afternoon on the water and come back to shore with a cooler full of tasty fish for dinner! You'll have your pick of Redfish, Snapper, Snook, Shark, Grouper, and Tarpon during its season. All of the gear you need, as well as a Florida fishing license, are provided, just pack snacks and drinks to enjoy while you're out on the water.
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About the Captain

Shawn Pratt
Apollo Beach, Florida, United States
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Member since January 2020
Captain Shawn Pratt is a third-generation, full-time fishing guide who runs charters in the beautiful waters surrounding Tampa Bay, Florida. He enjoys going out with both beginner and hardcore anglers but his speciality is teaching children and veterans! He spends his free time fishing to scout fishing spots for his clients. Fishing is a life calling for him and there's nothing he'd love more than showing you how to fish AND catch aboard Tampa Fishing Academy and Charters!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)
Pompano Pompano
Redfish Redfish

Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Hanson (Center console) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 200HP Yamaha 200 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

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

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
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
Disabled Accessible

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
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

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

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Customer Reviews

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Satisfied with the boat
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Sheldon C.
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Half Day Trip (AM) on July 26, 2020
My Family and I had an amazing experience fishing with Captain Shawn Pratt from Tampa Fishing Academy and Charters.  As soon...
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Half Day morning

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 19, 2021
After 2 cancellations from others in the area due to windy conditions Capt. Shawn agreed to take us into the channels around...
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Evening Half Day Trip

Half Day Trip (PM) on March 13, 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed our 1/2 day trip with Captain Shawn. Went out with my dad, uncle, and cousin. Captain Shawns attentiveness...
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Sean P.
Winter Haven, Florida
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My kids first bay fishing experience

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on April 9, 2021
So my boys have fished lakes and salt water off piers So it was time for the kids first bay fishing experience.  Captain...
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Grand Junction, CO
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on April 23, 2021
Captain Shawn was very accommodating in our last minute trip. Arrived at dock with perfect directions and he was very detailed...
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FAQs about Tampa Fishing Academy and Charters

Tampa Fishing Academy and Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $425 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $425 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $625 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $825 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Tampa Fishing Academy and Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Tampa Fishing Academy and Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano, Penn)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Tampa Fishing Academy and Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Tampa Fishing Academy and Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Tampa Fishing Academy and Charters include:
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Pompano
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Speckled Trout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail