Head out to Tampa, Florida and spend a wonderful day on the water together with Florida Professional Charters. Aboard his comfy and well-equipped boat, Captan David Clark will take you to various inshore locations and make sure you have the best time on the water possible. From its reefs to flats to backcountry waters, Tampa Bay offers you first-class angling options with plenty of different species to chase. Pick your day and create lots of memories fishing in Florida!

Your trip will start on a restored 22’ Nautic Star center console with enough room for 4 guests. The boat runs on a 225 HP supercharged Mercury Verado engine and uses Garmin GPS and a fishfinder with side scanning and ClearVu. The boat features a wireless trolling motor with a spot lock and an ice-box to store your fish and drinks. The boat has also got a livewell to keep live bait.

Some of the many species you’ll encounter on your trip include Snook, Tarpon, Shark, Gag Grouper, Mangrove Snapper, Flounder, and Sheepshead. You’ll catch your prey by bottom fishing and spinning on light and heavy tackle and you’re allowed to keep your catch. Generally, kids over 8 are welcome to join your trip.

Before you start your trip, you should only bring some snacks. Captain David will take care of all the fishing gear, live bait, drinks, as well as catch cleaning, and his license covers everybody on the boat.

Have a great day on the water and enjoy catching some fish!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    2-3 Hour Beginner Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $250
    On this trip, you will be fishing inshore for gamefish such as Snook, Redfish and Speckled Trout with a few other species mixed in. The captain will teach you certain techniques such as bait presentations, where and why the fish are there, and how tides, weather conditions, and moon phases affect the feeding habits of the fish. Departure time 1:00 pm but may vary depending on tides and weather.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 19 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    On this trip, you'll be fishing inshore targeting Snook, Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, and Mangrove Snapper with other awesome species of fish in the mix. Also, you may encounter an opportunity to catch Cobia, Shark, or Tarpon. Please note that the departure time may vary depending on tides. The trip lasts 4-6 hours.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $900
    This trip will see you target Snook, Redfish, and Trout in the shallows and also fish some reefs and wrecks inside the bay to target Grouper, Snapper, Shark, and other reef species. You'll always be looking for opportunities to catch Tarpon, Cobia, and other large game fish. Keep in mind that the departure time may change due to the conditions and tides. The trip lasts 8-9 hours.
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About the Captain

David Clark
Tampa, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
71 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since August 2021
Captain David is a Tampa native who's been fishing Tampa Bay for over 30 years. He left a career in social work to pursue his love of fishing and teaching others to fish.

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper

Boat specs

Nautic Star (Center console) originally built in 2008, and restored in 2015. Powered by a 225HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Inside of Tampa Bay
Reef Fishing
Numerous artificial reefs inside Tampa Bay
Flats Fishing
Shallow water, grass flats, and estuaries
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
For most targeted species up to 50 lbs
Heavy Tackle
For larger Tarpon and Shark
Bottom Fishing
Reefs and wrecks
Spinning
Reels

Amenities

GPS
Garmin
Fishfinder
Side scan and ClearVu
Live Bait Well
Caught for you before the trip
Wireless Trolling Motor
With spot lock
Ice Box
For beverages and fish

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License
Covers all on board

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 days days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Over 8 with exceptions
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 71 reviews
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Daniel K.
Morocco, IN
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Great experience on Tampa Bay

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip on December 5, 2022
Had a day to remember of fishing on Tampa Bay. We caught a variety of fish in multiple locations. He is very knowledge about...
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Lance S.
Clay Center, NE
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Trip with Capt. David Clark

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on September 23, 2022
Captain David is one of the absolute best fishing captains I’ve been out with.  He’s very knowledgeable on where the...
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Justin S.
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Great Day on the Water

VERIFIED   2-3 Hour Beginner Trip on July 31, 2022
My wife and I booked this for our anniversary. It was something different we could experience together. First the communication...
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Alexander M.
Lutz, FL
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Great half day with Captain David!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip on November 26, 2022
Captain David met us as scheduled, had his boat, the equipment, and bait all ready for us, took us out into Tampa Bay to several...
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David E.
Haines City, FL
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Best experience I've ever had on a character by far.

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on August 16, 2022
This was truly the real deal, clearly Capt. David Clark knew what he was doing and what fish to target. It’s like this man...
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FAQs about Florida Professional Charters

Florida Professional Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $250 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - 2-3 Hour Beginner Trip (2 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $75 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $75 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Florida Professional Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS Garmin
  • Fishfinder Side scan and ClearVu
  • Live Bait Well Caught for you before the trip
  • Wireless Trolling Motor With spot lock
  • Ice Box For beverages and fish

Trips booked with Florida Professional Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License (Covers all on board)

Florida Professional Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Inside of Tampa Bay)
  • Reef Fishing (Numerous artificial reefs inside Tampa Bay)
  • Flats Fishing (Shallow water, grass flats, and estuaries)
  • Backcountry Fishing

Florida Professional Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (For most targeted species up to 50 lbs)
  • Heavy Tackle (For larger Tarpon and Shark)
  • Bottom Fishing (Reefs and wrecks)
  • Spinning (Reels)

Top targeted fish species with Florida Professional Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Bonnethead)
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon