Lock it Down Sportfishing invites you to hop aboard to see what the Tampa Bay Area has to offer. Whether you are an experienced angler looking for a trophy, a beginner looking to learn, or just want a nice day on the water with your family, Captain Hunter will cater to your needs.

Capt. Hunter’s custom 23’ Dorado will accommodate up to 4 anglers and she’s loaded with the latest electronics, making your experience as safe and comfortable as possible.

Each trip is based around what you want to catch and your experience level. Capt. Hunter has spent the past ten years fishing for Snook, Redfish, and Trout, which are plentiful throughout the inshore waters of Tampa Bay.  Capt. Hunter’s favorite species, however, is the Tarpon. Throughout the spring and summer months, Tarpon migrate up and down Florida’s Gulf Coast and spend a large amount of time in Tampa Bay. These “Silver kings” can be caught in a variety of ways including sight fishing, live baiting, and chunking. Regardless of method, they always provide an incredible fight and spectacular displays of athleticism. If you’re up for a real adventure, ask about the night trips where Capt. Hunter will help you target these giant gamefish with artificial lures or live bait.

During the right times of year, The Bay is also loaded with Grouper, Snapper, and Cobia if you are looking to go home with some dinner after a fight with a true trophy. Kingfish can also provide excellent fights and make great smoked fish dip, a local specialty. This is truly one of the most diverse fisheries in the country.

Tackle will always be provided and includes high quality Penn and Shimano gear. On each trip, anglers should bring their own snacks and drinks but water will be provided. Proper sun protection is highly recommended. At the end of your trip, the Captain will filet and bag your catch.

Charters are available year round so come out and get ready for an awesome day on the water with Lock it Down Sportfishing!



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
    $700
    Spend the whole day on the water and see the amazing fishing opportunities that Tampa Bay offers. Target Tarpon, Snook, Trout, Redfish, and many more. Let the captain know what's your favorite target and he'll do his best to make your dream come true.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $525
    Target Redfish, Trout, Cobia, Snapper, Grouper, and many more. Captain Hunter is here to teach every beginner how to catch fish and help every experienced angler to level up. There's always something new to learn in this sport and it's always fun.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    Target a variety of local species, such as Redfish, Black Drum, Trout, Flounder, and many more. This trip is a perfect solution for beginners and families with children. All fishing equipment and licenses are included in the price.
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About the Captain

Hunter Wilcox
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
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35 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since November 2020
Catpain Hunter lives for fishing and loves to share this beautiful experience with other people. He specializes in inshore fishing and loves that you never know what's going to bite. However, his favorite target is Tarpon.

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Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder

Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Dorado 23SE (Center console) originally built in 2000. Powered by a 150HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 26 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Handline

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor

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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in St. Petersburg to departure site is available and 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
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

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VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on June 26, 2021
The captain was very friendly and answered all our questions when we got on his boat. We told him we wanted to catch snook...
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6 Hour Trip on May 16, 2021
Had an awesome day out on the water with Capt. Hunter! He helped me catch my first tarpon! Hunter was extremely knowledgeable...
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VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on May 15, 2021
First of all, I want to thank Hunter for working his tail off the whole day. I knew fishing conditions would be pretty tough,...
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Craig F.
St. Petersburg, Florida
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Half Day with Captain Wilcox

4 Hour Trip on June 10, 2021
I’ve known this captain a long time. He’s been fishing Tampa bay for almost 10 years. Super friendly, professional, clean...
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Lehigh Acres, Florida
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Half day slay fest with capt. Wilcox

6 Hour Trip on December 5, 2020
Saturday was by far… without question… the best day of fishing I have ever had in my life. My friend and I fish from land...
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FAQs about Lock it Down Sportfishing

Lock it Down Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip (4 hours)
  • $525 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Lock it Down Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Lock it Down Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License

Lock it Down Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing

Lock it Down Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Handline

Top targeted fish species with Lock it Down Sportfishing include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Speckled Trout
  • Tarpon