Reefslayer Charters

Centennial Park And Boat Ramp
Sarasota FL, United States

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Boat Specs

Wellcraft 248 Sportsman (Walkaround) originally built in 1984, and restored in 2010. Powered by 275HP Mercury Verado engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 43 knots.

25 ft
4 persons
Types of Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
2 to 3 miles
Offshore Fishing
7 to 10 miles
Reef Fishing
natural and artificial reefs
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
penn battle with 20lb test
Heavy Tackle
shimano tekota reels with 80lb test
Bottom Fishing
natural and artificial reefs
Targeted Species
Barracuda (Great)


Grouper (Goliath)
Grouper (Red)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Seabass (Black)
Shark (Blacktip)

Snapper (Mangrove)

Reefslayer Charters are a fully USCG-licensed and insured business offering half and full day trips fishing natural and artificial reefs for Goliath Grouper, Cobia, Barracuda, Permit, Snapper, Blacktip Shark, and many, many more within and offshore from Florida’s Sarasota Bay.

The Wellcraft 248 Sportsman walkaround you will be using is great for the job, with plenty of room on deck to follow those fleety fish, and a cruising speed of 43 knots to make sure you waste no time getting out to the best reefs offshore. She also has a head on board for extra convenience, and up on deck things just get better and better, with high quality electronics such as Garmin GPS and Ray Marine fishfinder, top-of-the-line tackle from Penn, Shimano and Billfisher and a selection of lures as well as live bait fresh from the tank for the highest quality.

Captain Joseph Butko is a Florida native, born and raised in the Sarasota area, who has fishing the area for over 30 years and knows the area like the back of his hand. He will always take you to the very best spots and he and his skilled first mate will work tirelessly to make sure you get hooked up with some awesome fish. All Reefslayer trips come with fishing licences for everyone on board, and are completely child-friendly, so grab your sunscreen, grab your camera, and head on down to Sarasota for some of the best fishing you’ve ever had!

Enclosed portable toilet.
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
ray marine
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkelling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Enclosed portable toilet.
Life Jackets
ray marine
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
shimano reels with billfisher rods
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Bottled water
First Mate
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 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, Mastercard, American Express, PayPal.

About the Captain

Joseph Butko
Sarasota, Florida, United States
Member since March 2016
I am a true florida native born and raised in Sarasota fl. I spend all the free time I have fishing and diving in the Gulf of Mexico. I love teaching others the techniques I have learned so they may enjoy fishing the beautiful waters this state has to offer.
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

4.83 out of 5 stars from 6 reviews

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We had a nice day of fishing with Captain Joe and his first mate. The fishing was a little slow, however, we anticipated that going out since there was a storm coming in from the southwest and it was starting to get a little choppy, but we were limited when we could all go and we were able to get the trip in.
They went out of their way to keep trying different spots to find schools of fish and even stayed a bit longer in the day, until the chop got to be to much.
Had a bunch of bites and missed quite a few (due to our inexperience!), but they kept the lines baited and we stayed at it!
Definitely would go out with Reefslayers again when we have the opportunity and happen to be in the area during a warmer summer month!

John Black • Fished January 21, 2017
Joseph Butko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on January 23, 2017

Thank you so much John for the great review!!!! Can’t wait to fish with you again!!!!

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Had a great time fishing wirh Joe nice boat.would highly recommend him and his firstmate Chewy Captain Joe knew where the fish were did not have to spend time looking caught lots of fish, it was well worth the money for the trip, Going to charter another trip soon Thanks Joe from the 4 of us

Elvis Ott • Fished January 15, 2017
Joseph Butko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on January 16, 2017

Thanks so much I had an awesome time!!! Can’t wait to do it again!!!!

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Friendly and knowledgable. He did everything he could to help us catch the big one . He had multiple bait,spots and even pulled out the trolling poles.. we caught several fish but the big one did elude us .

John Diskin • Fished May 24, 2016
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  • Centennial Park And Boat Ramp, Sarasota
    FL 34236, United States