High Tailin’ is a child and family-friendly charter, suited for both beginners and avid anglers wanting to fly fish or sight fish. It’s located in St. Augustine, Florida, and it can take you on various fun trips. You can go inshore to the Intracoastal Waterway and fish creeks and flats. Nearshore, you’ll travel to inlet jetties, shrimp boats, and search nearby wrecks. You can also to the backcountry and explore its secluded waters. No matter what your skill level is, Captain Cullen Traverso can tailor a trip to your expectations and overall experience.

For your trip, you’ll use a 17’ Maverick flats boat. It can carry up to 3 guests and runs on a 70 HP Yamaha engine. It’s equipped with a GPS, fishfinder, and livewell. Also, there’s a wireless trolling motor and an ice-box.

Expansive marshes and creeks throughout Northeast Florida create a great habitat for many species of game fish. Miles and miles of Spartina grass provide an abundance of life and prey that Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, and others can’t resist. Oyster lined flats, shell bank drop-offs, and dock structure additionally provide the much-needed environment for predator fish to thrive. Winter and early spring offer some great sight fishing opportunities, especially for fly fishing as the cool water becomes clear.

On your trip, you’ll have the chance of trying out spinning, jigging, popping, and fly fishing. You can choose whether to keep your catch and take it home or release it back to the water.

Everything you’ll need for the trip will be waiting for you when you arrive. Apart from all the fishing gear and licenses, the captain will supply you with snacks, water, and Gatorade. Upon your request, he can also clean and fillet your catch. Just pack some lunch if you need one and you’re ready for the adventure.

Come to St. Augustine and have the fishing experience of your life.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    6 hour fishing trip inshore or recommended for nearshore trips when targetting migrational fish. Includes tackle, bait, fishing licenses, photos of the trip, drinks & a cooler with ice.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    Just booked! Last booked: 3 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    A 4 hour trip inshore or nearshore. The trip includes tackle, bait, photos from the trip, drinks, and a cooler with ice.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip—Tide Strike/Flood Tide
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $425
    This trip is recommended for seasonal specific trips based around tides and nature watching. You'll fish for 3 fine hours on the beautiful waters of Florida and enjoy the surroundings.
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About the Captain

Cullen Traverso
St. Augustine, Florida, United States
8 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since November 2020
Being born and raised in Florida, Captain Cullen has spent a great part of his life on the water. At the age of 10, his father introduced him to the world of inshore fishing and there have been a lot of tight lines since. Progression has always been Captain Cullen's focus, but never at the expense of having a fun and lighthearted experience. No matter your skill level, he will tailor your trip to improve your fishing during the time spent together on the water.

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Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Maverick (Flats boat) originally built in 1997. Powered by a 70HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 34 knots.

Length
17 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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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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Ben S.
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Great morning on the water!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on April 4, 2021
We had a great half day in-shore trip with Cullen. His boat was perfect for our two-person trip. The gear provided was what...
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Roswell, GA
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Half day with Captain Cullen

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 28, 2021
We had a great day fishing with Captain Cullen. He was very kind to us and worked hard to make everything easy for us. We caught...
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Grapevine, TX
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Half Day In-shore with Captain Cullen

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 9, 2021
Wonderful experience inshore.  Caught reds, trout, snapper, ladyfish, and even a black drum. Everything was provided and Cullen...
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Great day with Captain Cullen

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on July 15, 2021
My sons and I had a great day fishing with HighTailin’. We caught a lot of fish and kept a couple of larger trout for...
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Linda O.
Saint AUG BEACH, FL
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 31, 2021
My 8 year old grandson and I had a super fun time. Capt. Cullen taught my grandson how to bait, cast, and reel em in. Traveling...
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FAQs about High Tailin'

High Tailin' offers the following trips to customers:
  • $425 per group - 3 Hour Trip—Tide Strike/Flood Tide (3 hours)
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - Full Day (6 hours)

When you book a trip with High Tailin', you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with High Tailin' include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (TFO, Daiwa, Suffix Line)
  • Live Bait (Seasonal selection upon captain’s recommendation)
  • Lures (Zman Lures, Rapala)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Upon discussion & request)
  • Snacks
  • Drinks (Waters & Gatorades. Welcome to bring your own.)
  • Fishing License (Covers everyone onboard the vessel)
  • Fly Fishing Equipment (Hardy Fly Fishing, Airflo / SA Lines, Local Flies)

High Tailin' offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Intercoastal Waterways, Creeks, Flats)
  • Nearshore Fishing (Inlet Jetty’s, Shrimp Boats, Nearby Wrecks)
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

High Tailin' offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with High Tailin' include:
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon