Scarfish Charters

1 Southwest 1st Place
Crystal River FL, United States

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About this listing

Boat Specs

Custom Contender originally built in 1988 and restored in 2000. Powered by 2 370HP 5.9 Cummins engines .

35 ft
6 persons
Fishing Techniques
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing

Fishing out of Crystal River, Florida, Scarfish Charters are only a short drive from Tampa, Clearwater, Orlando, St Petersburg, Ocala, Gainsville and many other local cities. With some of the best Grouper fishing anywhere in the United States just on their doorstep, they offer unrivalled bottom fishing and jigging adventures.

Fishing aboard ‘The Don’, a 35 foot Contender, Capt. Che’ Ruble will guide you to the best fishing locations in style. The boat was originally built for the U.S. Coast Guard, but was converted to a sport fishing machine after just a few years of service. Powered by two 370 HP Cummins engines, the boat’s streamlined build provides a fast run to the best fishing spots. With plenty of dry, comfortable seating, the boat is covered by a canopy to protect you from the weather and features an enclosed, stand up bathroom for your convenience.                   

Capt. Che’ mainly targets Grouper, Blacksea Bass, Triggerish and Mangrove Snapper, as well as whichever pelagic species might be swimming in the area at that time of year.

A talented and experienced bottom fisherman, Che’ won first and second place for Grouper in the 2015 FGTC Fishing Tournament. Having run some of the top boats in the Gulf of Mexico on the West Coast of Florida including “The Apollo”, “The Rodfather” and the vessels for “Fisherman’s Paradise”, Che’ decided a few years ago that it was time for him to own and operate his own vessel. Whatever your level of experience, he and his crew have been trained to ensure you have the trip of a lifetime!

Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
bunks to sleep up to 5
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Tank
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Life Jackets
bunks to sleep up to 5
Trip Includes
Rod, Reels & Tackle
Live Bait
Catch Cleaning & Filleting
First Mate
Fishing Licence
Fly Fishing Equipment
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 7 days before the trip date
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates

Other Policies 
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

10% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Master Card.

About the Captain

Che' Ruble
Crystal River, Florida, United States
Member since January 2016
I have been a Captain for 26 years. I was raised in Islamorada, (Florida Keys) which to date is the sport-fishing capital of the world. It was 1973 and my father was a Tournament Billfish and Private Charter Fishing Captain. He taught me to master the big bills, pelagics and all of the reef fish that crowded the endless reefs and ledges. I learned to become professional fisherman at a very young age from my father and many legendary Islamorada I.G.F.A. Hall of Fame Captains. After moving to Crystal River, over 20 years ago, I mated, then later became Captain for the "The Apollo" owned by Apollo Deep Sea Fishing. She was a 32 ton, custom built headboat and our days averaged 25-45 miles off shore up to the 100 mile offshore snapper trips. Now, after becoming an “old salt”, it is time to once again return to my roots of giving personalized service and making lifetime memories. If you've been, we welcome you back..if you haven't..come aboard..(and bring a good sized fish cooler)!
Response time: 19 hours
Response rate: 100%


  • 1 Southwest 1st Place, Crystal River
    FL 34429, United States