Get down to Gulfport, Florida, and embark on an inshore and nearshore fishing adventure with Scotty J’s Charters, a veteran owned and family operated company. Launching out of Gulfport Municipal Marina, their location gives them quick and easy access to the prime fishing waters in the Gulf of Mexico, the waters surrounding the iconic Sunshine Skyway Bridge, and Tampa Bay. Out on the water daily, they keep a finger on the pulse and are always up to date on fishing conditions.

You’ll be riding out into the Florida sun on a 2021, 26’ Sea Hunt Gamefish center console with room for up to 5 adults and 1 child. Onboard the boat you’ll find up-to-date Garmin fishfinder and chartplotter, radar equipment, live bait wells, and iceboxes to keep your beverages chilled. There’s also a flushable toilet on board.

If you wish to go offshore (depending on the season) you will fish for King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, both Red and Gag Grouper, Mangrove Snapper, and much more. Depending on the species, this will be done by either slow trolling, drifting, or anchoring over wrecks with their On-Spot GPS anchor.

If inshore is your interest, you are just a short boat ride away from some incredible fishing in the waters surrounding the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and any of the numerous rock piles or ledges targeting many of the same species you would target offshore. In the winter months, you’ll usually switch over to Sheepshead.

All fishing equipment, tackle, bait, catch cleaning, and your fishing license are all included in the price on this trip. Just remember to take some food and drinks along with you.

Scotty J’s Charters promises you a clean vessel, well-maintained equipment, and a fun day on the water! If you have a special request, do not hesitate to ask, if able, the captain will gladly accommodate you. So come out and enjoy the sunshine on the deck or some shade under the large T-top with misters and go catch some fish!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    The half day trip will take you out to the inshore or nearshore waters early in the morning. Nearshore you'll use techniques such as slow trolling, drifting, or bottom fishing over the wrecks and reefs. Inshore in the waters surrounding the area of the Skyway Bridge, Egmont Key and lower Tampa Bay, we will fishing rock piles, ledges and parts of the shipping channel for many of the same species we target nearshore, using the same tactics. However, nearshore does provide for a wider variety of fish species
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $400
    The half day trip will take you out to the inshore or nearshore waters in the afternoon. Nearshore you'll use techniques such as slow trolling, drifting, or bottom fishing over the wrecks and reefs. Inshore in teh waters surrounding teh Skyway Bridge, Egmont Key and Lower Tampa Bay, we will fish rockpiles, ledges and parts of the shipping channel for many of the same species we fish for nearshore, using the same nearshore tactics. However nearshore does offer a wider variety of fish species.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    By far the captain's favorite and most productive trip. Get yourself a couple of extra hours on the water. The trips are flexible depending on the customer's needs and what fish are biting depending on the season. The captain will give you a chance to chase Grouper, Cobia, King Mackerel, Mangrove Snapper, along with many other reef species. All of this will be done by trolling, drifting, or using the On-Spot GPS anchor.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $600
    By far the captain's favorite and most productive trip. Get yourself a couple of extra hours on the water. The trips are flexible depending on the customer's needs and what fish are biting depending on the season. The crew will give you a chance to chase Grouper, Cobia, King Mackerel, Mangrove Snapper, along with many other reef species. All of this will be done by trolling, drifting, or using the On-Spot GPS anchor.
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About the Captain

Rich Johnson
Gulfport, Florida, United States
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I am a veteran and former paramedic. I started fishing piers and breakwaters in Southern California at the age of 8. At the age of 14 I joined the Sea explorers which turned the ocean and fishing into a real passion. At the age of 16, I started working as a deckhand on boats out of Newport Beach California. That is where the dream of being a charter boat captain began. Currently I fish the offshore waters off Anna Maria Island, St Petersburg, and Clearwater Beach. Inshore we fish the waters from Egmont key to upper Tampa Bay

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Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
Grouper (Red) Red Grouper

Hogfish Hogfish
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper

Boat Specs

Sea Hunt Gamefish (Center console) originally built in 2021. Powered by 2 150HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Popping
Drift 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
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
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 25% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 5% charge will apply.

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Half Day Morning Trip with Captain Rich

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on December 23, 2021
It was a cold morning, but that didn’t stop us from getting out there and having a great time! Captain Rich was very communicative,...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on October 23, 2021
We had an absolute blast with Captain Rich! The half-day charter ended up being the best day of our entire trip to Florida....
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6 fun hours with Captain Rich.

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on December 10, 2021
This one is the most enjoyable charters I’ve been on. Not only is Captain Rich one of the most professional captains I’ve...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on September 11, 2021
Amazing trip. Courteous and professional, Captain Rich provided us with an experience of a lifetime. Perfect weather for fishing,...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on October 23, 2021
Capn Rich. I would like to thank you for an amazing experience. We caught a lot of fish. That big Red at the end was awesome....
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FAQs about Scotty J's Charters LLC.

Scotty J's Charters LLC. offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (PM) (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Scotty J's Charters LLC., you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Flushable with onboard holding tank)
  • GPS (Garmin)
  • Fishfinder (Garmin with Chirp)
  • Live Bait Well (40 and 35 gallon live wells)
  • Wireless Trolling Motor (Minn-Kota Terrova on-spot gps anchoring system)
  • Outriggers (Port and Starboard 15ft taco outriggers)
  • Ice Box (3 built in ice chest)

Trips booked with Scotty J's Charters LLC. include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (As needed)
  • Fishing License

Scotty J's Charters LLC. offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Egmont key, Ana Maria Island, Tampa Bay )
  • Nearshore Fishing (Out to 9 nautical miles)
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Scotty J's Charters LLC. offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Scotty J's Charters LLC. include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • Hogfish
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Little Tunny (False Albacore)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)