Rusty Bucket Charters creates an amazing fishing experience for you and your family or friends. Join Captain Russ, who believes that fishing isn’t just what you catch. It’s about spending time with your loved ones, learning a new skill, and having a first-hand insight into the world beneath the surface.

Capt. Russ loves showing people the basics of fishing and discovering the amazing seaworld to them. The fish that you target are not the only interesting inhabitants of the area. You can enjoy the scenery, see new types of birds and fish, or have fun on a local sandbar.

The trip takes place on “the Captain O”, a 24’ Sea Hunt boat. This center console has a perfect draw and size, just what it takes for stability on the open waters. She’s powered by a 250 HP Yamaha engine and has modern navigational equipment. The boat also features a private toilet and a T-top, to keep you in shade.

The list of fish you can catch is a long one. Some of them are Mahi Mahi, Tarpon, Snapper, Mackerel, Tuna, Barracuda, and Grouper. The crew is practicing sustainable fishing as much as they can, so they tend to release the catch. If you love the taste of fish, you can keep your catch in a quantity that’s enough for a meal.

Your fishing equipment, license, and fresh water are covered but you can always bring your own beverages and drinks.

Rusty’s Bucket Charters wants every guest to enjoy the trip to the fullest. The captain will show you how to set your bait, cast, and battle with fish. You just need to confirm the date.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,200
    Maximum experience! The captain will adjust each trip to your group. It doesn't matter what skill level you are. He'll get in touch in advance to discuss what your expectations are and find the best way to make them come true.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $900
    Trips longer than 4 hours allow for more options, including trolling. It's your day, the captain will plan everything the way you imagined it. Target Mahi Mahi, Cobia, Mackerel, and many more. Your fishing equipment is fully covered.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $800
    Captain Russ contacts each guest to get a feel for what you are looking to do and will suggest locations, types of fishing, and species based on current conditions. Since you have 5 hours available, you can even go trolling.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $700
    Captain Russ' vast knowledge of the ecosystem ensures a great time while preserving sustainability. If you're not planning to eat your catch, it's best to release it unharmed. The captain will prepare your fishing equipment, you only need to bring your snacks and drinks.
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About the Captain

Captain Russ
Stock Island, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
5 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since November 2019
Rusty's Bucket Charters is on a mission to show everyone a great time on the water. Your guide loves teaching people to fish and showing them why so many people love this sport. He can also share an adventure with an experienced angler, so any skill level is welcome to join.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black) Grouper (Black)

Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Mutton) Snapper (Mutton)

Snapper (Yellowtail) Snapper (Yellowtail)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Tarpon Tarpon
Tuna (Skipjack) Tuna (Skipjack)

Boat Specs

Sea Hunt (Center console) originally built in 2008. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
75%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
80%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
75%
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Ross W.
New York, New York
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A day with Rusty and his bucket

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip on June 12, 2021
We had a wonderful day of fishing with Captain Rusty. He worked very hard to get us where the fish were. Once we got to the...
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James R.
Bethlehem, PA
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5 hour Trip with Capt. Russ

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip on April 9, 2021
We took a 5 hr fishing/beach excursion with Capt. Russ. He was an absolute pleasure. A true professional. He customized our...
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Jacob S.
Holloman Air Force Base, NM
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Half day with Russ

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip on June 5, 2021
Great trip. Fish on the line almost as fast as we could toss bait in the water once we found the right spot. Russ works extremely...
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David H.
Riverview, Florida
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Fishing with Captain

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip on June 11, 2021
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Kelly P.
CHAMPIONS GT, FL
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6 hour trip

VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour trip on July 3, 2021
We din’t catch any fish and we spend 900 dollar so disapointed
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FAQs about Rusty's Bucket Charters

Rusty's Bucket Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $700 per group - 4 Hour Trip (4 hours)
  • $800 per group - 5 Hour Trip (5 hours)
  • $900 per group - 6 Hour trip (6 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Rusty's Bucket Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Rusty's Bucket Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License

Rusty's Bucket Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Rusty's Bucket Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Rusty's Bucket Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Mutton)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tarpon
  • Tuna (Skipjack)