For backcountry and nearshore fishing in the Sarasota Bay area, look no further than Bay Walker One Charters. They specialize in live bait fishing with light tackle for all of Florida’s game and sports fish. They’re kid-friendly and welcome you whether you’re a seasoned angler or a novice. Captain Jon "Todd" Walker will take you wherever the fishing action is, whether in the bay or along the beach.

Captain Todd will take you to the water on his 20’ Custom Willies flats boat. Although it was originally built in 1996 he had it restored in 2016 so it’s as good aa new. Although it’s a small, nimble craft, it can fit 4 anglers on it comfortably, all of whom can fish at the same time.

You’ll mostly be fishing on the nearshore waters and flats around the bay. There is a great variety of fish by the shore all over Florida including Black Drum, Cobia, Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Snook, and Speckled Trout.  As well as this, the mighty Tarpon also lurks in the water here and you can book a specialized trip to hunt them down. Captain Todd has fishfinder equipment on board so in addition to his years of experience fishing these waters he can find the fish. To aid you in catching them, he provides Ugly Sticks rods and Penn reels, so high-quality equipment isn’t an issue.

Live bait is included in the price and it’s up to you whether you want to catch it at the start of the trip with Todd or for him to pick it up beforehand so you can get straight to the big ones. When you get some big ones they’ll also be cleaned for you as part of the price. Your fishing license is also covered by him.

Freshwater is provided stake something sweeter if you wish for it (no alcohol/drugs) as well as snacks and sunscreen (it’s a must and make sure it’s cream not spray). Once you have all of that in order, you’re ready for Todd to take you through unique landscapes to where the fish love to bite.



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  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Tarpon
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 30
    $650
    This really is a special trip, trying to track down and reel in one of the best sport fish out there, Tarpon. The flats boat has space for 2 anglers on this trip due to the intense fight that Tarpon put up, giving you plenty of room to fight back. Although the listing is based on a 6 hour trip, it may turn into an 8 hour trip due to circumstances, requiring an additional fee.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $650
    Captain Todd provides a unique trip into the mangrove-covered backcountry waters. You'll be using light tackle and back to basics techniques to reel in the native species around here. Tripletail, Mangrove Snapper, Snook, and Speckled Trout are plentiful and waiting for you and your buddies to reel them in.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $650
    Give yourself a couple more hours on the water on this trip to top up your bags just that little bit extra. Whether you're new to the sport or a lifelong angler, this trip is sure to fill you with excitement as you meander around the flat and bays of Sarasota. There's plenty of Snook, Redfish, Cobia, and Grouper for you and 3 friends to reel in.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $400
    You'll be live bait fishing with light tackle for all of Florida's main game and sports fish. Todd has a great knowledge of the area and his fishfinder equipment will help you get to where the fish are quickly so you can try to catch as many as possible on this short trip. From Snook and Redfish to Cobia and Grouper, Captain Todd knows where to find them.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $400
    This is a great charter option for beginners and kids. It's not an early rise and it's not too long a day. Instead, you'll be hoping for a fishing frenzy to keep you on your toes as you get the hang of how to reel them in. Todd will also teach you a thing or two as you learn about basic light tackle fishing and spinning. There's plenty of Snapper, Redfish, Cobia, and Snook waiting out there.
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About the Captain

Todd Walker
Sarasota, Florida, United States
4 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
18 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since February 2020
Captain Jon ”Todd” Walker really is a "son of a fish”, as he's a third-generation captain. Captain Todd was born and raised in Sarasota, and has been fishing local waters since his childhood. He invites and encourages novices and youth to join him as he loves to teach people about the sport he loves so much. He is happy to share his experience and knowledge to ensure a fun-filled day of fishing and learning. Capt. Todd always responds as quickly as possible but do keep in mind that he's on the water most of the time.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Custom Willies (Flats boat) originally built in 1996, and restored in 2016. Powered by a 150HP 2017 Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
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Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
92%
Catch intended fish
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on December 31, 2020
Had an amazing day out on the water with Captain Todd. It seemed like we always had a fish on the line and a smile on our faces....
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on April 8, 2021
Seriously, you want a local guy, who knows the “spots,” how to coach you or your kids, handle everything, and simply make...
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on June 2, 2020
We were greeted on time by Captain Todd & right off I could tell he would be fun. Very personable with lots of fishing knowledge....
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on March 26, 2021
Capt. Todd got us on fish right out of the gate! Had a great day of fishing. My son caught his PB of 22” spec trout!! Cant...
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on March 18, 2021
Had a blast, we were reeling fish in as fast as we could bait the hook, Captain Todd was AWESOME!!  Highly recommend!!
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FAQs about Bay Walker One

Bay Walker One offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group - 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $400 per group - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Tarpon (6 hours)
  • $650 per group - 6 Hour Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $650 per group - 6 Hour Trip (PM) (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Bay Walker One, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Bay Walker One include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License

Bay Walker One offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Passes and docks)
  • Nearshore Fishing (Reef , Tarpon, snook)
  • Flats Fishing (Grass flats)
  • Backcountry Fishing (Mangroves , rivers and creeks )

Bay Walker One offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (10 to 20 # test)
  • Spinning (Spinning reels )

Top targeted fish species with Bay Walker One include:
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Speckled Trout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail