Capt Ben Fishing Charters welcomes you to Tarpon Springs, Florida! Travel inshore, nearshore, and offshore, visit beautiful reefs and flats, and explore wrecks and secluded backcountry waters in search of many prized fish species. Captain Ben Lakatos will lead you and make sure you have the best fishing experience possible.

Your journey starts on a 23’ Sea Chaser center console powered by a 250 HP Suzuki engine. The boat can sit up to 4 guests and uses quality navigation technology to quickly and safely get you to the fish. You can use the onboard toilet, ice-box, and livewell.

A great variety of fish species awaits you in Tarpon Springs. You can target Snapper, Grouper, Shark, Grunt, Hogfish, Flounder, and more. To catch them, you’ll bottom fish, deep sea fish, troll, and jig, using both light and heavy tackle. Whatever fish you catch, it will provide for a great table fare and you’re free to take it home. If you don’t want to, just return it to the water and sail on.

Captain Ben will provide you with all the fishing gear you’ll need. This includes rods, reels, terminal tackle, and lures. You’re also covered for fishing licenses, so the only thing you should bring is some food and drinks to stay refreshed.

Come explore the sea with Capt Ben Fishing Charters and have a great day on the waters of Tarpon Springs!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Nearshore/Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $750
    You'll be chasing Redfish, Snook, Trout, Flounder, Mangrove Snapper, Black Drum, as well as smaller sharks. You'll fish mangroves, oyster beds, and flats. This nearshore trip usually takes you 2-10 feet off the water.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore/Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $600
    Go nearshore, inshore, and offshore and spend 6 fine hours fishing the waters of Tarpon Springs. You'll need just some food and drinks for the trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day – Nearshore/Offshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $415
    Spend a beautiful morning fishing nearshore, inshore, and offshore. Pack your food and drinks before you go and hop aboard.
  • Private trip
    Half Day – Nearshore/Offshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:30 PM
    Seasonal trip (Tue)
    $415
    Spend a beautiful afternoon fishing nearshore, inshore, and offshore. Pack your food and drinks before you go and hop aboard.
  • Private trip
    Scalloping (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 16 - Jul 25
    $350
    Mask and snorkel and drinking water provided. Water depths 3-7 feet Season is July 16th-25th.
  • Private trip
    Scalloping (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Jul 16 - Jul 25
    $350
    Mask and snorkel and drinking water provided. Water depths 3-7 feet Season is July 16th-25th.
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About the Captain

Ben Lakatos
Tarpon Springs, Florida, United States
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Member since December 2020
Come visit Capt Ben Fishing Charters and join Captain Ben Lakatos in exploring the beautiful sea-world of Tarpon Springs in Florida. He's an expert angler who'll make sure you have a wonderful fishing experience.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Grouper (Black) Black Grouper

Grunt Grunt
Hogfish Hogfish
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark

Snapper (Red) Red Snapper
Snook Snook

Boat Specs

Sea Chaser (Center console) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 250HP Suzuki 250 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 48 knots.

Length
23 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
Jigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
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
Checks
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

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Half day trip with Captain Ben
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Angler Rating
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
75%
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Jennifer I.
Odessa, FL
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Great family experience

VERIFIED   Half Day – Nearshore/Offshore (AM) on June 28, 2021
I wanted a fun family experience where my kiddos coluld catch some fish and have some fun.  Captain Ben is very family friendly...
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Wendy S.
Hudson, Florida
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Awesome day on the water!

VERIFIED   Half Day – Nearshore/Offshore (PM) on July 8, 2021
We had a great day on the water - didn’t catch anything keepable - great bites tho, but continued to move around and look...
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Veronica M.
Brunswick, OH
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3/4 day trip

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore/Offshore on October 12, 2021
We had an amazing time! Didn’t catch much but we caught some neat fish, including a bonnet shark!! Super fun day on the water...
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Terry B.
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore/Offshore on August 10, 2021
Ben, made the fishing trip a great experience he took a lot of time showed us what we wanted to do, just a lot of fun, going...
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Denise R.
Tulsa, OK
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Fishing Near Shore

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore/Offshore on July 13, 2021
We did a six hour trip. Captain Ben is friendly and very nice. We caught a few little ones, nothing of significance or as hoped...
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FAQs about Capt Ben Fishing Charters

Capt Ben Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $350 per group - Scalloping (AM) (4 hours)
  • $350 per group - Scalloping (PM) (4 hours)
  • $415 per group - Half Day – Nearshore/Offshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $415 per group - Half Day – Nearshore/Offshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore/Offshore (6 hours)
  • $750 per group - Full Day Trip – Nearshore/Offshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Capt Ben Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment (Set up for Scallop Season)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Capt Ben Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Fishing License

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

Capt Ben Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Capt Ben Fishing Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Grunt
  • Hogfish
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snook