Tearin’ Em Up! Charters

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 200 trips 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 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    price breakdown
    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!

About the Captain

Doug Ricciardi
Sarasota, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Reports
4 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since October 2015
Captain Doug Riccardi is an experienced charter captain who runs upwards of 200 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.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Permit Permit
Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)

Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook

Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Angler (Center console) originally built in 2000, and restored in 2019. Powered by a 200HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

20 ft
3 persons

Types of Fishing

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

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Drift Fishing


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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
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 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
Disabled Accessible


Book with 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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.

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Customer Reviews

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out of 5 stars from 4 reviews
nice Spanish Mackerel\n
Key West Grunt\n
Fat Grunt\n
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Terry M.
Bradenton, Florida

Captain Doug

VERIFIED   March 17, 2016
Captain Doug of Tear Em’ Up Charter Fishing provided an excellent fishing experience!  His customer service is...
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Logan C.
Bradenton, Florida

Tear 'em up -- 5 stars

VERIFIED   September 20, 2016
We had a wonderful time! em Totally!
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Gilman F.
Port Charlotte, Florida

Great Experience with Terin Em Up!

VERIFIED   February 23, 2016
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Peter W.

Ok experience

VERIFIED   March 29, 2016
Didn’t catch nearly as many fish as another boat that was mostlying fishing along side of us.
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