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. The captain also offers seasonal Tarpon trips.

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
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $580
    By far the captain's favorite and most productive trip. Get yourself a couple extra hours on the water. The trips are flexible depending on the customer's needs and what fish are biting depending on the season. Inshore you can catch Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Sheepshead, and Speckled Seatrout. Offshore 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)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $580
    By far the captain's favorite and most productive trip. Get yourself a couple extra hours on the water. The trips are flexible depending on the customer's needs and what fish are biting depending on the season. Inshore you can catch Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Sheepshead, and Speckled Seatrout. Offshore 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
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $380
    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, you will sight fish or drift to target prime spots known to hold: Snook, Redfish, and Speckled Trout. The fish change depending on the location and season with Sheepshead and Speckled Trout being the main catch in the winter.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $380
    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, you will sight fish or drift to target prime spots known to hold: Snook, Redfish, and Speckled Trout. The fish change depending on the location and season with Sheepshead and Speckled Trout being the main catch in the winter.
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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

Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)
Hogfish Hogfish

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook

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
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

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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6 hour trip

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip (AM) on June 7, 2021
The captain was very personable.  As my son said he was like talking to a old friend.  He never stopped working for us. ...
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on February 10, 2021
We had the most amazing day with Captain Rich!  He was knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful.  He contacted us a few days...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on May 5, 2021
My family had such a great experience fishing! Between us 5 we caught 8 fish! It was my 5 year old and 3 year olds first time...
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Awesome time with Captain Rich!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 14, 2020
We were originally supposed to go fishing three-day morning but because of storms, we had to cancel. Captain Rich could tell...
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (PM) on March 24, 2021
Awesome fishing trip with Capt. Rich. We had a great time! Very nice boat and equipment. Was nice to have a very clean bathroom...
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FAQs about Scotty J's Charters LLC.

Scotty J's Charters LLC. offers the following trips to customers:
  • $380 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $380 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $580 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $580 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:
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • Hogfish
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Little Tunny (False Albacore)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook