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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 Suzuki 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)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $525
    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
    Half day fish and swim
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $475
    perfect for families who want to catch dinner and then island swim inland..super fun day..for the light hearted..
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $475
    This is a great family trip that'll take you fishing approximately 3 to 6 miles offshore. You'll get the opportunity to target a variety of species including Sharks, Snapper, Mackerel, as well as whatever else bites.

About the Captain

Philip Bloom
Nokomis, Florida, United States
56 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.

About this listing

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 Suzuki engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

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
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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

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Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
93%
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   April 14, 2021
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Awesome family trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Nearshore (AM) on December 30, 2020
Our first time fishing on the ocean. Would definitely go w Capt Phil and Sue again. We caught 40/50 fish, lost track, many...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Nearshore (AM) on May 4, 2021
Overall awesome experience. Definitely worth the money. Captain and crew were great. Captains hydra sport was awesome and the...
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Grand Ledge, MI
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Half day trip with Capt. Phil and Susan

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Nearshore (AM) on April 7, 2021
Excellent fishing and a great experience for my Grandson, son and myself. I will book again with Captain Philip Bloom.
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Nearshore (AM) on January 13, 2021
Great day on the water.  The Capt put me on fish quickly.  The night before I spoke with the Capt and we decided to do a...
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FAQs about Venice Reef Charters

Venice Reef Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $475 per group - Half Day Trip – Nearshore (4 hours)
  • $475 per group - Half day fish and swim (4 hours)
  • $525 per group - Half Day Trip – Offshore (AM) (4 hours)

When you book a trip with Venice Reef Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Venice Reef Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano, Penn, and Okuma)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Venice Reef Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing

Venice Reef Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning

Top targeted fish species with Venice Reef Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Triggerfish (Gray)