Spend a relaxing day in Tampa Bay with Down Range Charters! Captain Mike is a US Army veteran with a huge passion for fishing. He enjoys teaching other people and helping them to get their trophy on their own. He loves that you don’t have to land the biggest fish out there in order to enjoy fishing. It’s not about the chase, it’s about spending some time in nature and having a short break from reality.

You’ll be fishing on a 23’ Mako boat that accommodates up to 4 guests. This center console is powered by a 225 HP Johnson Evinrude engine and reaches the speed of 35 knots. The boat features GPS, a fishfinder, a cooler, and a live bait tank. Offering a safe and reliable ride at all times, this vessel is just what you need for an enjoyable day on the water.

These bountiful waters offer lots of options, even if you explore only inshore spots. You can go after Snook, Jack Crevalle, Red Snapper, Mackerel, Redfish, Tarpon, and many more. There’s a variety of fishing techniques to use and you can fill out your bucket by the end of the day. The best part is that you can keep the catch and Capt. Mike will clean it for you free of charge.

Your licenses and fishing equipment are included in the price. It’s easy to get ready for the trip since you only need to pack sunblock, some snacks, and drinks.

Capt. Mike welcomes anglers of all skill levels. Down Range Charters is here to take care of your satisfaction, safety, and fishing success during this unforgettable trip.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    Spend 8 hours in Tampa Bay, targeting all kinds of inshore species. The Captain will take you after Redfish, Mackerel, Tarpon, Tripletail, Snook, and many other species. All fishing equipment is included in the price.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Dec 31
    $500
    Spend the morning in Tampa Bay, targeting all kinds of inshore species. The captain will take you after Redfish, Mackerel, Tarpon, Tripletail, Snook, and many other species. All fishing equipment is included in the price.
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About the Captain

Michael Ayersman
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
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10 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since January 2021
Captain Michael has over 35 years of fishing experience. From native streams to the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes, he's seen it all. he has experience in both freshwater and saltwater fishing.

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Targeted Species

Flounder Flounder
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Redfish Redfish

Seabass (Black) Black Seabass
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snook Snook

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Mako (Center console) originally built in 1987. Powered by a 225HP Johnson Evinrude engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Popping

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
Drinks
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 30% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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

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Customer Reviews

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Catch intended fish
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Angela H.
Fulda, IN
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Morning trip with Captain Mike and Angela

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 5, 2021
Well we had alot of hope for the morning and some good catches however the Red Tide and Elsa comin totally messed up all our...
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Lakeland, Florida
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Full Day on August 6, 2021
Ive been on charters before but this one was unique in a lot of ways. Our first stop we had fish on in less than 10 minutes....
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Largo, Florida
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Extended half day trip with Down Range Chartera (Capt. Mike)

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 20, 2021
Had a great day in/around the bay with Capt. Mike and Angela. Mike knows his way around the area and has some awesome tips...
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Eric S.
Shakopee, MN
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Inshore with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on October 9, 2021
Had a great inshore trip with Captain Mike! His knowledge and attitude made the trip an absolute enjoyable experience. Oh,...
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Stephanie U.
Independence, KY
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Half day trip with captain mike

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 29, 2021
Had a great trip! He was knowledgeable on fishing and knew the area well. We hit some choppy weather and he handled it like...
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FAQs about Down Range Charters

Down Range Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - Full Day (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Down Range Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Down Range Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Bottled Water)
  • Fishing License

Down Range Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing

Down Range Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Popping

Top targeted fish species with Down Range Charters include:
  • Flounder
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Redfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon