Bradenton Fishing Charters

Take a trip with Bradenton Fishing Charters and experience Tampa Bay at its finest! Captain Russ Schnering and his son Captain Jon can’t wait to welcome you aboard. They’re looking forward to providing you with a challenging and exhilarating day on the water!

Capt. Russ and Capt. Jon were both raised in Bradenton, so it’s fair to say they have plenty of experience to share with you. They welcome anglers of all skill levels aboard, from experts to novices, and will tailor your trip to make sure you have an unforgettable day out on the water.

Your adventure will take place aboard a very versatile 23’ Parker vessel, built to fish both the shallow waters of the bay as well as Tampa’s offshore waters. Powered by a 225 HP Yamaha 4-stroke engine, she can reach the fishing grounds quickly and features a range of navigational and safety electronics. With room for up to 4 guests, this sturdy vessel is an enjoyable base for families, newbies, and hardcore anglers alike.

Your captains offer inshore and nearshore light tackle fishing, and will have you argeting species such as Snook, Trout, Tarpon, and Redfish, as well as Kingfish (King Mackerel), Shark, Permit, Grouper, and Snapper.

Both captains are particularly experienced in landing trophy Snook and hooking huge Tarpon, so if you want a fierce battle on your hands, just let them know – they’ll help you hook the trophy fish of your dreams!

You’ll be provided with all the gear, bait, and knowledge you need for an enjoyable day on the water, as well as a fishing license. Your captains will also clean and bag any keeper fish you want to take home at the end of the trip.

Captain Russ Schnering says it best himself: “I look forward to having you experience Tampa Bay at its best.” On board Bradenton Fishing Charters, you’ll be treated to the adventure of a lifetime!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    If you want the chance to explore a whole variety of fishing grounds, and target a whole host of famous Floridian fish, this 6-hour adventure gives you plenty of time to do so! You'll explore the bay and nearshore waters for a mix of species such as Redfish, Trout, King Mackerel, and Grouper. Your captain will make sure you're decked out with all the fishing gear you need, as well as a fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Evening Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    If you want to bow to the "Silver King," or come up against some notorious Shark species, this is the perfect trip for you. You'll head out during the evening to spend 4 hours on the water, which gives you the chance to get the best bite of the day! Your captain will make sure you're decked out with all the fishing gear you need, as well as a license for your whole group.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    If you want to cast your line in Tampa Bay's incredible waters, but are newer to angling or have less time to spare, this 4-hour adventure is the perfect option. Your captain will have you fishing for species such as Redfish, Snook, and Trout, and will be on hand to show you the best techniques to hook these fish. This is a great trip for families. You'll be provided with top-quality fishing gear, as well as a fishing license for your group.

About the Captain

Russ Schnering
Bradenton, Florida, United States
9 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
10 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since October 2016
Captain Russ Schnering and his son, Captain Jon Schnering, have over 40 years experience fishing the waters of Tampa Bay. Raised in Bradenton, Florida, they have intimate knowledge of the area's waterways and are fluent in the best techniques for catching anything from a Kingfish to a Tarpon. Both captains have proven their skills by competing successfully in several fishing tournaments. They welcome all skill levels aboard, from novice to professional, treating each and every guest with politeness and patience.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Permit Permit
Redfish Redfish

Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Parker (Center console) originally built in 2007. Powered by a 225HP Yamaha engine.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
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
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Bradenton to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

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
Checks

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.43
out of 5 stars from 10 reviews
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
90%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
90%
Appropriate for children
86%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
78%
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Steve A.
Sarasota, FL
 4.67
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Fishing with Russ

VERIFIED   March 29, 2020
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Steve G.
Luck, WI
 5.00
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Half day with Captain Jon

VERIFIED   April 6, 2018
Great day.  Good fishing, not great.  But it’s called fishing.  Not catching. One of the best parts...
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Doug B.
Bradenton, Florida
 5.00
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Half day with Captain Jon

VERIFIED   March 6, 2018
This was an amazing trip. Captain Jon was very knowledgeable about the area and giving good guidance on how to land the big...
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Tracey M.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
 5.00
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VERIFIED   September 29, 2018
We had an excellent time! Captain and crew were awesome.  We will definitely be booking another trip..and thanks for dinner
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Ron M.
Sarasota, Florida
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February fishing trip

VERIFIED   February 23, 2017
Very good trip caught lots of fish & crew was very good would highly recommend them.
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