Venice Reef Charters

24 reviews
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Venice Reef Charters is based in Nokomis, Florida, and it’s run by Captain Philip Bloom, who has been fishing professionally for over 20 years. Capt. Philip can take you fishing anywhere from nearshore to far offshore and services the whole area from Venice to Sarasota. Join him for an adventure in the Gulf of Mexico!

His 25’ Hydra Sports center console boat is powered by twin 150 Yamaha engine. It is equipped with Garmin electronics to make your fishing as productive as possible. The boat can comfortably accommodate up to 4 anglers.

Capt. Philip will provide everything you need for your fishing adventure: all fishing gear, lures, live bait, and fishing licenses. You’ll be fishing with quality Shimano, Penn, and Okuma fishing equipment.

He can take you nearshore, targeting Grouper, Snapper, and Triggerfish. You can also head offshore to explore the reefs and try out bottom fishing for King Mackerel, Barracuda, and Amberjack. The captain will also make sure to clean and fillet your day’s catch if desired.

The trips are 4 hours long, so they’re great for spending some family time in nature. If you have older kids, the captain will be happy to accommodate them, and their safety is guaranteed since there are life jackets on board.

There’s cold storage on board, but feel free to bring a small cooler if you wish. Bring light snacks and drinks, some sunscreen to stay safe, and you’re all set!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Offshore (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $475
    price breakdown
    $475
    If you're looking for some more action, head up to 9 miles offshore and explore the wildlife around fishing ledges and natural reefs. You'll be targeting reef fish like Amberjack, Barracuda, and King Mackerel. This is a great easygoing trip you can take your family on. The equipment will be provided by your captain. Bring some sunscreen, snacks, and drinks, and get ready to enjoy a nice day on the open waters.
  • Private trip
    Fish & Island Swim
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $425
    price breakdown
    $425
    This is a 4-hour fun in the sun trip where you'll spend a couple hours fishing and a couple hours swimming and just having a party.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Nearshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    Booking this trip will get you on board Capt. Philip's vessel exploring the nearshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico, around the Venice area. You will mostly be bottom fishing for creatures like Triggerfish, Mangrove Snapper, and Grouper. All the equipment will be provided, just bring some sunscreen and light snacks and drinks to stay refreshed. Get ready to explore these productive waters on a half-day adventure!
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About the Captain

Philip Bloom
Nokomis, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
36 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since December 2015
I've been fishing since I could hold a pole and have been fishing professionally for about 20 years. I mainly fished Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass in northern lakes and rivers, and also competed at the pro level. I've fished the Chesapeake Bay (where I grew up), Outer Banks, as well as the Great Lakes. I've also fished in the Keys for Bonefish and Tarpon. I finally found my way to Venice and Sarasota where I've been chartering for 10 years.

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Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Triggerfish (Gray) Triggerfish (Gray)

Boat Specs

Hydra Sports (Center console) originally built in 1998, and restored in 2016. Powered by 2 150HP Yamaha engines.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch

Payment

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:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.77
out of 5 stars from 24 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Fishing with Philip
Fishing with Philip
Half Day Trip with Captain Phil
+9
Angler Rating
20
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
90%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
95%
Catch intended fish
95%
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VERIFIED   June 13, 2020
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Laura H.
Orlando, FL
 5.00
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VERIFIED   NEW  September 6, 2020
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Bob A.
Venice, Florida
 5.00
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Fishing with Philip

VERIFIED   October 15, 2019
We had the perfect day. Beautiful weather and calm water. Captain Phil was a great captain, he made sure that we were always...
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Dan F.
Downers Grove, IL
 5.00
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Half Day Trip with Captain Phil

VERIFIED   June 18, 2020
Captain Phil was awesome!  Would highly recommend.  We caught a ton of fish and had a great morning!
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Tara C.
Sarasota, FL
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Half day fishing trip

VERIFIED   February 17, 2020
We had a great experience with Captain Philip!  We caught tons of fish. He was very knowledgeable and we will definitely...
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