Florida Republic Charters

Florida Republic Charters welcomes you to St. Augustine, Florida! The company strives to give all of its clients the best day on the water with the abundant fish population, wildlife, and scenery of this beautiful historic city. You will join Captain AJ Gruber and explore rivers, inshore, and nearshore waters in order to land a great catch. Pick a day, come aboard, and have a terrific fishing experience with Florida Republic Charters!

You will fish aboard a Sportsman Masters 227 Bay boat that can accommodate up to 6 guests. It runs on a 150 HP Yamaha engine and uses GPS and fishfinder electronics for efficient navigation on the water. The boat features a wireless trolling motor, an ice-box, livewells, freshwater washdown, and even a tower.

Your St. Augustine adventure will take you searching for Redfish, Flounder, Tarpon, Seatrout, Snapper, and Cobia. Surprise catches along the way! You will attract fish by bottom fishing and spinning on light to medium tackle. If you would like to bring kids on your trip, feel free to do so. Keeping your catch, cleaning, and bagging are all included!

All the gear such as tackle, rods, reels, and bait will be taken care of by the captain. You will not need any fishing license as it is included in the price. All you need to bring are any drinks (no bottles) and snacks (no bananas) you would like, and the appropriate sun wear.

Florida Republic Charters donates a percentage of the charter cost to Florida Wildlife Conservation. The crew’s livelihood is on the water, so providing land and sea non-profits with necessities to keep Florida beautiful is what it aims for!

Come enjoy a fishing adventure on St. Augustine’s welcoming waters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day – Nearshore/Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    Do you only have a few hours to go fish? If so, this 4-hour charter is perfect for you. You will have just enough time to catch some fish and still have the rest of your day free! Bring nothing but your snacks, drinks, and some sun wear.
  • Private trip
    Half Day – Nearshore/Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $500
    Fish into the sunset! Do you only have a few hours to go fish? If so, this 4-hour charter is perfect for you. You will have just enough time to catch some fish and still have the rest of your day free! Bring nothing but your snacks, drinks, and some sun wear.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day – Nearshore/Inshore
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    This 6-hour charter is an excellent way to start your day. The perfect amount of time for a great fishing trip! You and the captain will leave the dock at 7:00 a.m. and everything you need for the trip will be waiting for you on board. Just bring the food and drinks of your choice and do not forget some sun ware.
  • Private trip
    Full Day – Nearshore/Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $900
    Enjoy a full day of fishing and wildlife. You and the crew will spend the day exploring coastal waters as well as the river and creeks! Make sure you pack any food and beverages for your day as well as proper sun ware.
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About the Captain

AJ Gruber
St. Augustine, Florida, United States
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10 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2021
Whether it was neighborhood ponds or saltwater fishing on his uncle's boat, Captain AJ grew up with a rod and reel. It was through his teen years where he put it aside to focus on his baseball career in which he ended up playing at Flagler College. While in school, Captain AJ bought a kayak to get on the water and back into fishing. Once he became a successful kayak angler, it was only up from there. Working in the restaurant industry through his twenties made him realize that he belonged on the water. That is when he became a full-time fishing guide and has never looked back!

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snapper (Red) Red Snapper

Snapper (Vermilion) Vermilion Snapper
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Sportsman (Bay boat) originally built in 2015. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning

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
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 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 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

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Excellent
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Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Awesome day with incredible Captain
Half Day inshore.
Half Day inshore.
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Wallace T.
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Hald day trip with Captain A.J.

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day – Nearshore/Inshore (AM) on May 14, 2022
My brothers and I wanted to spend time together out on the water. Our different schedules and locations don’t allow us to...
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Travis M.
Gambrills, MD
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Awesome day with incredible Captain

VERIFIED   3/4 Day – Nearshore/Inshore on April 19, 2022
The horseshoe luck was in full effect finding Captain AJ. Cause he certainly could find the fish. From the first cast to the...
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Nico C.
Newtonville, NY
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Half Day inshore.

VERIFIED   Half Day – Nearshore/Inshore (AM) on April 10, 2022
I told Captain AJ I prefer quality over quantity … He took It from there. Got us on to some big fish and really knew the...
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Josh A.
Jacksonville, FL
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Amazing

VERIFIED   3/4 Day – Nearshore/Inshore on July 22, 2021
I’ve done several different charters in St Augustine, so I can say this with certainty. AJ is the best around. He try’s...
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Wesley Z.
Germantown, MD
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Fantastic Inshore Charter!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day – Nearshore/Inshore on September 6, 2021
Captain A.J. was fantastic. I booked this charter after getting skunked on the beaches. He was very funny, kind, and incredibly...
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FAQs about Florida Republic Charters

Florida Republic Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day – Nearshore/Inshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day – Nearshore/Inshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day – Nearshore/Inshore (6 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day – Nearshore/Inshore (8 hours)

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

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

Florida Republic Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Florida Republic Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning (Artificial)

Top targeted fish species with Florida Republic Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon