Enjoy a fishing trip on the pristine, calm waters of St. Joe Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway with Phil’s Charter Service. Anglers of all skill levels and ages will appreciate the first-class equipment provided on Captain Phil Cox’s charter trips, as well as Phil’s detailed knowledge of the area and the fish that live there.

You will be fishing aboard a spacious 23’ Ranger Bay boat ideally suited for inshore fishing in the local area. Powered by a 300 HP Suzuki engine, it can reach the fishing spots fast, while its Garmin electronics will ensure that you have the best chance of finding the most productive fishing areas.

The boat features a trolling motor and an anchoring system, allowing you to approach your target fish quietly, and to stay stationary when necessary. To complete the package, the boat’s large live bait tank will keep your bait fresh throughout the trip.

Capt. Phil specializes in fishing with light spinning tackle, and uses both artificial lures and live bait, depending on what his guests prefer. He will guide experienced and novice anglers alike through his proven techniques, doing everything he can to make sure you not only catch fish, but also have a great time while doing it.

Everything is provided in the trip price, including your fishing license and cleaning of your catch at the end of the trip. Capt. Phil also offers scenic cruises in the bay, and to the tip of the cape, as well as cooling snorkeling trips (as long as you bring your snorkeling gear).

Visit the waters of the Florida Panhandle and see everything they have to offer with Phil’s Charter Service!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    An 8-hour artificial or live bait trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - May 31
    $500
    This is a 4-hour artificial or live bait trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    Fishing with live bait or artificial lures – it's your choice. You will be fishing for Spotted Seatrout, Redfish, Flounder, and Sheepshead in the calm waters of St. Joe Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Scalloping
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 16 - Sep 14
    $400
    Snorkel for Scallops in St. Joe Bay!! It’s like an underwater Easter egg hunt. The season is from August 16 to September 14. Just bring your own snorkeling equipment.
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About the Captain

Phil Cox
Port St. Joe, Florida, United States
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43 Customer Reviews
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Member since May 2016
As a child, I spent every spare minute on the creek bank. As an adult, not much has changed: fishing is my passion. Now I want to share that thrill of catching fish with others. - Captain Phil Cox

About this listing

Targeted Species

Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Ranger 2300 Bay (Center console) originally built in 2007. Powered by a 300HP Suzuki engine.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
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
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
American Express
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
85%
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Gregory S.
Salem, IN
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Fishing on March 27, 2021
Had a great half day trip with Capt. Phil.  Extremely knowledgeable on the area, fish, and local places of business.  Loved...
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip – Fishing on November 16, 2021
Great time fishing. He worked hard to get us on the fish!
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United States
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Fishing with Phil

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Fishing on August 26, 2021
Phil was a blast! Super friendly, and even in not the most ideal time of year to fish, he got us on reds, grouper, flounder...
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Evans, GA
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1/2 day

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Scalloping on August 20, 2021
We had a great time with CaptPhil.. he is extremely knowledgeable and got us on the scallops immediately! Fun guy also.. we...
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Jeffrey J.
Harmon, LA
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4hr cruise w/ Capt Phil

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Fishing on May 19, 2021
Outstanding adventure, the Captain was delightful but not overbearing. Trip was a bit windy but he took us to spots that let...
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FAQs about Phil’s Charter Service

Phil’s Charter Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Scalloping (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip – Fishing (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Phil’s Charter Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS (Garmin )
  • Fishfinder (Garmin)
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Phil’s Charter Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Phil’s Charter Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Phil’s Charter Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning

Top targeted fish species with Phil’s Charter Service include:
  • Flounder
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Spotted Seatrout