The Red Dawn - Captain Tampa

East G Simmons Parkway
Ruskin FL, United States

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Boat Specs

Carolina Skiff (Flats boat) originally built in 2005. Powered by a 130HP 05 Honda engine with a maximum cruising speed of 42 knots.

24 ft
6 persons
Types of Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Targeted Species
Black Drum

Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Red)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Snapper (Mangrove)

Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout


The Red Dawn is a 24’ Carolina Skiff that has a top speed of over 40 mph fully loaded. We can fish up to 6 people very comfortably. She is outfitted with a large hard deck T-Top to provide shade on those hot summer days as well as giving a bird’s eye view vantage point. The boat is furnished with a full package of modern electronics, live wells and dry storage as well as all the required safety equipment. Her specialty is gettting into the shallow grass flat areas of Tampa Bay, but she has the muscle and stability to get out into Florida state Gulf waters for an amazing offshore adventure.

The boat is also available for for manatee, dolphin, and bird watching Eco-tours are Captained by NOAA Dolphin Smart certified operators. We specifically hand picked this vessel for fishing in the Tampa Bay area because of its flexibility, comfort and high quality.

On an inshore trip in Tampa Bay, you will be fishing bridges, wrecks, artificial reefs, natural live bottom and ledges for Tarpon, Redfish, Black Drum, Snook, Kingfish (King Mackerel), Spanish Mackerel, Jack Crevalle, Bluefish, Sheepshead, Grouper (Gag & Red), Snapper (Mangrove & Lane), White Grunt, Porgy, Sea Bass, Sea Trout, Cobia, Shark (Black Tip, Sandbar, Atlantic Sharp Nose, Nurse & Bonnethead) & Barracuda.

Portable, available by request
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Tank
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Portable, available by request
Life Jackets
Trip Includes
Rod, Reels & Tackle
Live Bait
Catch Cleaning & Filleting
First Mate
Fishing Licence
Fly Fishing Equipment
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 24 hours before the trip date
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates

Other Policies 
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

20% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Master Card, American Express, PayPal.

About the Captain

Blake Harris
Ruskin, Florida, United States
Member since May 2015
I am a Florida native with a lifetime of fishing experience on the west coast and Gulf of Mexico. I mated and worked on all kinds of fishing boats until getting my license 8 years ago. I am now a full time tugboat captain in the port on nights, and do morning charters and weekends
Response time: 2 hours
Response rate: 94%

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Customer Reviews

4.75 out of 5 stars from 12 reviews

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I have been on multiple fishing charters around Florida - Capt. Blake is by far the best I have been with. He is very personable & he works hard to put his clients onto fish - he will pull out all the stops & do everything he possibly can. He does not give up!!
He will be our go to Captain from now on!! I recommend his services to anyone looking for a professional & ethical guide!!

Monica Van Staden • Fished Sep 25, 2016
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The fishing trip was a great experience for my family.  Captain Blake of the Red Dawn was good about communicating back and forth prior to the fishing trip.  He picked us up right at the place that we were staying.  His boat was comfortable and easy to fish out of.  The gear and bait was all set to go when we started.  He was good about baiting and taking the fish off the hook.  It was clear that he knew what he was doing.  We were at times, fishing at certain spot where other boats were anchored and we would be the only one’s catching fishing.  We caught a variety of fish incl., snook, sea trout and flounder.  We tried for some red fish, however, they weren’t biting that day.  We caught about a dozen fish, enough for 2 dinners.  Again, a great day.  Thanks to Captain Blake

John Shippee • Fished Jun 21, 2016
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What a blast!  We went out with Captain Blake for a small bachelor party we had in town.  Two of our six guys fishing live in Florida and have been out on a few other charters in the area and this was hands down the best.  From the very first cast until the end of our eight hour trip it was almost constant action!  Captain Blake was very knowledgeable and accommodating. He would take us to a spot and tell us what we would catch there and just a few seconds later, “fish on”.  I would recommend this charter to anyone looking to catch a ton of fish to keep or just for sport he will make sure you do whichever you ask of him.

David Holm • Fished May 20, 2016
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  • East G Simmons Parkway, Ruskin
    FL 33570, United States