Tearin’ Em Up! Charters

920 John Ringling Causeway
Sarasota FL, United States

Tearin’ Em Up! Charters specializes in fun family fishing charters in the beautiful surroundings of Sarasota, Florida. All ages are welcome on board, and Captain Doug Riccardi will make sure even the most novice anglers will have an enjoyable time out on the water.

There is a multitude of fish species available in the inshore and nearshore waters around Sarasota, and Captain Doug will show you the most enjoyable way of targeting them. Try your hand at catching pretty and delicious fish such as Sheepshead, Redfish, Snappers, Jacks, and many more. The boat is loaded with Penn reels and Ugly Stick rods and the captain will show you exactly how to use them so you can reel in a beauty.

Captain Doug runs over 300 years a year, with people from all over the world. He knows that you will become friends, and likes to remind customers that when he comes to visit he will have no clue as to the complexities of your fishing strategies, just like when you come to Florida to fish. All the tackle he uses is relevant for the current species running in the local waters. You are welcome to bring your own gear, but please speak to the captain before your trip so you can discuss what is needed.

Don’t forget that you are out to have some fun. Hopefully, you’ll catch some dinner, but the aim of the trip is not to pack coolers full of fish. It’s about a combination of pure enjoyment of being out on the water and fishing and the responsible management of the finite natural resources in this wonderful ecosystem.

All trips are all inclusive, so all your bait, licensing, quality equipment, a cooler full of ice, bottled water, and digital photos are provided for you. If you catch some fish you’d like to take home to eat, Captain Doug will clean and ziplock it for you. All you need to bring are sunglasses, a hat, and your favorite beverage.

We’re Tearin’ Em Up! in Sarasota Florida!

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - 4 Hour VIP
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 500
    up to 2 persons
    Inshore and nearshore fishing for a wide variety of species. You will be provided with all the fishing gear you need - just bring sunglasses and snacks!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - PM
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 450
    up to 2 persons
    Inshore and nearshore fishing for species such as Redfish, Snapper, Trout, Sheepshead, and many more. Trip includes a cooler with ice, bottled water, crystal lite, live bait, Penn Reels & Ugly Sticks. Digital Photos and Video Available. The captain will clean the fish for you. All you'll need are sunglasses and a hat
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum
Jack Crevalle

Seabass (Black)
Shark (Blacktip)

Snapper (Mangrove)
Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Angler (Center console) originally built in 2000, and restored in 2013. Powered by a 200HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

20 ft
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Drift Fishing


Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License Included


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 7 days before the trip date.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Sarasota to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


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:

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

About the Captain

Doug Ricciardi
Sarasota, Florida, United States
Member since October 2015
Captain Doug Riccardi is an experienced charter captain who runs upwards of 250 charters every year. With over 2500 charters under his belt, he has learned a lot about where to fish, how to fish certain species, and much more besides. His credentials include Military Service - Army Military Police '85-'92, Culinary School, Work & College 1987-2006, and finally his Captain's license, which he has held since 2006.
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

4.67 out of 5 stars from 4 reviews

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We had a wonderful time! em Totally!

Fished September 20, 2016
Doug Ricciardi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on September 21, 2016

Thanks so much for the kind words. The fishing was a little slow but we had a blast

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Didn’t catch nearly as many fish as another boat that was mostlying fishing along side of us.

Fished March 29, 2016
Doug Ricciardi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on March 30, 2016

Thanks for the review. Sometimes when it’s a little slow, i’ll keep folks out there for an extra hour. that’s what occurred, and as you can see, we caught some nice fish. Fishing is the act of casting, reeling, talking, spending time with friends and family, not always reeling in “the big one”

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Captain Doug of Tear Em’ Up Charter Fishing provided an excellent fishing experience!  His customer service is terrific. His expertise in finding fish was great and we came away with a lot of fish. He was right there to help all the while telling lots of fishing stories. It was great fun and we’ll be back again!

Fished March 17, 2016
Doug Ricciardi (The Captain)
Replied to this review on March 18, 2016

Dang Man! It was my pleasure! Crazy Day! I’m still tired. They weren’t there today though. Some smaller snapper and some fat sheepshead too.

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