Down2Fish Charters and Captain Richard Surber invite you to join them on a perfect day of fishing around Tampa Bay. The captain has been fishing in the area for over 40 years and knows everything you’ll need for a great day of catching fish. In case this boat is booked for the date you need, just check out his second listing.

You’ll be fishing from a 30’ Robalo center console. She accommodates up to 6 anglers, including kids. This boat is brand new, built in 2020, and features the latest navigational electronics, a private toilet, a wireless trolling motor, and a live bait tank. Since you can go offshore trolling on this boat, you’ll also find both outriggers and downriggers.

As it’s usual in Florida, the list of fish species you can catch seems endless. Closer to the shore, you can target Tarpon, Snook, Spotted Trout, and Mangrove Snapper. Go a few miles further and you’ll encounter Kingfish, Amberjack, Cobia, Grouper, Red Snapper, and Skipjack Tuna. You can keep most of the catch and even count on a cleaning service by the first mate.

Your fishing equipment, licenses, and fresh water are covered. It’s up to you to bring other drinks and food you’ll need for the day. Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen, it can get very hot.

Down2Fish Charter reminds you that you don’t need to be a fishing enthusiast to catch fish. You only need to join an experienced guide and let him pass on some of his skills to you.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Offshore – Up to 80 Miles
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 AM
    $2,198
    Head out to up to 80 miles offshore and explore the deep, bountiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico. You'll target Grouper, Snapper, Greater Amberjack, and Blackfin Tuna. You'll mainly use trolling or bottom fishing techniques to land your catch. Your fishing equipment and licenses are fully covered, so you only need to bring your food and sun protection.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Offshore – Up to 50 Miles
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $1,598
    Venture out of sight of the coast and fish the deep waters up to 50 miles offshore. You'll target Grouper, Snapper, Greater Amberjack, and Blackfin Tuna. You'll mainly use trolling or bottom fishing techniques to land your catch. Your fishing equipment and licenses are fully covered, so you only need to bring your food and sun protection.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Offshore – Up to 30 Miles
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Dec 30
    $1,298
    Let's go deep sea fishing offshore! You'll target Grouper, Snapper, Greater Amberjack, and Blackfin Tuna. You'll mainly use trolling or bottom fishing techniques to land your catch. Your fishing equipment and licenses are fully covered, so you only need to bring your food and sun protection.
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About the Captain

Richard Surber
Palmetto, Florida, United States
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25 Customer Reviews
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Member since January 2020
I grew up on the water in Tierra Verde, Florida. My family operated a bait and tackle shop from the time I was 8 to 18. I built and operated a 28' Shrimp boat. Every weekend involved some form of boating, scuba diving, or fishing. When I was 15, I built a 28′ Shrimp trawler on my own. I have been running boats ever since high school.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

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

Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)

Boat Specs

Robalo (Center console) originally built in 2020. Powered by 2 300HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
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 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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 2.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Good experience
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Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
89%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
94%
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Joshua C.
Kaplan, LA
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Full Day Offshore – Up to 30 Miles

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Offshore – Up to 30 Miles on June 29, 2021
Had an awesome day with Capt Richard and Dylan. It was our first time offshore fishing and they made it a memorable trip. We...
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Kolby W.
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Amazing experience.

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Offshore – Up to 30 Miles on July 2, 2021
I highly recommend Captain Richard and first mate Dillion. I had the privilege of going out with my son, brother-in-law and...
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Zach D.
Centerville, OH
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Awesome Day on the Water!!

VERIFIED   Full Day Offshore – Up to 30 Miles on June 24, 2021
Cannot recommend Captain Richard and Down2Fish Charters enough! 5/5 stars!!!!  Extremely knowledgeable, kind, and fun! His...
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Barbara S.
Monrovia, MD
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Great off-shore trip with Captain Richard

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Offshore – Up to 30 Miles on July 5, 2021
Had a great day off-shore fishing with Captain Richard. He knows where to find fish and how to catch them. The boat and equipment...
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FAQs about Down2Fish Charters – 30' Robalo

Down2Fish Charters – 30' Robalo offers the following trips to customers:
  • $1,298 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Offshore – Up to 30 Miles (8 hours)
  • $1,598 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Offshore – Up to 50 Miles (10 hours)
  • $2,198 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Offshore – Up to 80 Miles (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Down2Fish Charters – 30' Robalo, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Down2Fish Charters – 30' Robalo include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn and Shimano)
  • Live Bait (Prepared in advance)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks (Water, sodas)
  • First Mate (Works for tips only)
  • Fishing License

Down2Fish Charters – 30' Robalo offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Down2Fish Charters – 30' Robalo offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Down2Fish Charters – 30' Robalo include:
  • Amberjack
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tuna (Blackfin)