La Costa Charters welcomes anglers of all ages and skills! They operate in the region of Treasure Island Florida, and they can guide you across all the diverse fishing spots this area holds.  Under the guidance of Captain Patrick Eckelbarger, you get to have a thrilling experience at sea, whether you are a seasoned fishing enthusiast, or you are just opening yourself to the fantastic world of fishing.

You’ll be spending your trip across the waves on the AquaSport (center console) model from 1987, which has recently been restored (2020). This revamped vessel is 22 feet long and can take up to 4 guests. For your optimal fishing experience, there are fishfinding equipment and downriggers. The boat can get up to speeds of 30 knots with a single Yamaha engine.

With this charter, you can utilize the fisheries of the region to the fullest. You get to chose from inshore, nearshore, and offshore locations which include reefs, wrecks, and backcountry hotspots. You can go after the feisty Kingfish, Redfish, or snook or try your luck with mouthwatering Flounder. The charter also gives you the chance to try out many different techniques like light and heavy tackle, handline, or trolling, to name some.

Families with children are welcome. Guests are covered with the charter’s Florida fishing license, and additionally, all the fishing gear, bait, and lures will be ready on board. The crew includes a first mate, and they will happily help you with the preparation of your catch, should you get lucky.  All you need to do is bring your snacks and refreshments, and the crew will take care of the rest.

Have an amazing adventure in this fish-rich region, and hopefully get your fridge full by the end of the day. Book a trip with La Costa Charters and have an amazing time!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Inshore/Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $500
    For a longer fishing experience we recommend this 6 hour trip. You get to cover inshore locations with the flats and mangroves for Snook, Redfish, and Trout. You also have the option of offshore fishing for Kingfish, Sharks, and Mackerel depending on the time of year. Trips can be altered depending on the clients requests.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Shark/Grouper
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $400
    With this 4 hour trip you'll be fishing for the monsters. Big Sharks, Goliath Grouper, and Barracuda, and other big critters that lurk out there! Weather dependent trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $350
    If you like your fishing action bright and early this 4 hour trip is for you. Get some Inshore fishing on the flats and mangroves for Snook, Redfish, and Trout. We could also be fishing just offshore for Kingfish, Sharks, and Mackerel depending on the time of year. Trips can be altered depending on the clients requests.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $350
    This 4 hour trip covers inshore fishing on the flats and mangroves for Snook, Redfish, and Trout. There's also a chance for offshore fishing for Kingfish, Sharks, and Mackerel depending on the time of year. Trips can be altered depending on the clients requests.
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About the Captain

Patrick Eckelbarger
Treasure Island, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
198 Customer Reviews
Response time 8 hours
Member since January 2015
I specialize in offshore bottom fishing and trolling in the abundant St. Petersburg and Madeira Beach fishing grounds. I always wanted to be a captain since I was a kid and was lucky enough to live my dream. I love targeting Red Grouper, Amberjack, Hogfish, Gag Grouper, Snappers, Kingfish, Tunas, as well as various pelagics inhabiting the offshore grounds. This is my passion and we will do everything to show you what La Costa Charters is all about and why you are in good hands with us. We guarantee it!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Flounder Flounder
Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Permit Permit

Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

AquaSport (Center console) originally built in 1987, and restored in 2020. Powered by a 225HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Handline

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

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 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Shark/Grouper on November 23, 2020
captain was great he put us on fish and the experience was awesome I would recommend his charter service to antone
Paul G. recommends La Costa Charters
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FAQs about La Costa Charters

La Costa Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $400 per group - Half Day Trip – Shark/Grouper (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip – Inshore/Nearshore (6 hours)

When you book a trip with La Costa Charters , you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS (Simrad NSS12)
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with La Costa Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

La Costa Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

La Costa Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Handline

Top targeted fish species with La Costa Charters include:
  • Flounder
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Permit
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon