Clay Philips Fishing Guide & Rides

Start your airboat fishing adventure with Clay Philips Fishing Guide & Rides! There’s something for every type of angler. If you’re more interested in saltwater fishing, Captain Clay will take you to the Matanzas River and ICW in St. Augustine. For all of those who prefer freshwater fishing, the trip takes place in the freshwater spots in Putnam County.

Capt. Clay has over 50 years of guiding experience and lots of knowledge to share. His trips are family friendly and suitable for both beginners and avid anglers.

You’ll be fishing on a 20’ airboat that accommodates up to 4 guests. She’s powered by a 500 HP Chevrolet engine and will take you to your spot in no time. There’s enough space for every angler to fish in comfort.

A saltwater trip will take you after Redfish, Black Drum, Trout, Snook, and Tarpon, while freshwater spots target Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, Speckled Perch, and Brim. Let the captain know how you imagined your day out, so he can find the best fishing spot for you. After the trip, he’ll clean and fillet your catch free of charge.

Your fishing licenses and equipment are included in the price. You only need to pack your snacks and drinks. It’s recommended to bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen as well.

Clay Philips Fishing Guide & Rides is here for a day of fun and relaxation. Choose your trip and get ready to make some memories.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    Target Redfish, Trout, Black Drum, Snook, and many more. With more time on this trip, you'll have more chances for a better and more versatile catch. Let the captain know if you're fishing for the first time and need an introduction to the equipment.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    Join the experienced captain on this short but fun adventure. Even 4 hours can be enough to make a long-lasting memory, so bring your friends and family along. Target Redfish, Black Drum, Trout, Flounder, and many more.
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About the Captain

Clay Philips
St. Augustine, Florida, United States
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17 Customer Reviews
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Member since August 2020
Captain Clay Philips has over 50 years of fishing experience in the coastal waters of the St. Augustine area. Captain Clay Philips grew up fishing on the St. Johns River and Intracoastal Waterway. A seasoned fisherman, he learned the "family business" from his father, a well-known guide for over forty years.

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Targeted Species

Bass (Largemouth) Bass (Largemouth)
Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish

Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

GTO (Airboat) originally built in 2006. Powered by a 500HP Chevrolet engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle

Amenities

Live Bait Well
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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

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Customer Reviews

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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Steve J.
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6hr trip with Captain Phillips

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on June 22, 2021
Great day with Captain Phillips. He worked hard getting us on fish under some tough circumstances. Thunderstorms blew in after...
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Best time on the water

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip on June 3, 2021
Professional as they come! Handled everything for us! We could not have had a better experience! Go here for good fishing and...
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United States
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Half day with capitan clay

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip on June 15, 2021
Great trip, he had no issues putting up with wild children. We didn’t catch much but I don’t believe that to be the captains...
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Saint Augustine, Florida
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Captain Clay

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip on May 22, 2021
Great time, great airboat, put us on fish right away.  Even included a dolphin tour at the end.  Highly recommend this charter.
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VERIFIED   July 1, 2021
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FAQs about Clay Philips Fishing Guide & Rides

Clay Philips Fishing Guide & Rides offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group - 4 Hour Trip (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Clay Philips Fishing Guide & Rides, you can expect the following amenity onboard:
  • Live Bait Well

Trips booked with Clay Philips Fishing Guide & Rides include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Clay Philips Fishing Guide & Rides offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing

Clay Philips Fishing Guide & Rides offers the following fishing technique:
  • Light Tackle

Top targeted fish species with Clay Philips Fishing Guide & Rides include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon