Fishhawk Charters - Contender

Johns Pass
Madeira Beach FL, United States

If you are looking for an enjoyable fishing experience in Tampa Bay you should look no further than Fishhawk Charters’ Contender center console, an ideal vessel for avid fishermen or those who want a big fishing experience on a smaller boat.

The 35’ Contender boat will give you a dry and stable ride in the Bay and its surrounding waters. Powered by triple 300 HP Yamaha engines, the boat can move very quickly between fishing spots, and it features top of the range electronics by Raymarine to find the best areas to wet your line. The boat has a T-top for shade and it features an enclosed toilet for the ladies. On board, you will find an icebox and a Yeti cooler full of ice cold water to keep you refreshed throughout the trip, and there is also a large live bait tank.

During your trip you will be targeting whatever seasonal species are biting the best, with the techniques used and species targeted also depending on your experience level and what you most want to get out of your trip. Whether you want to go after Tarpon or Cobia (in season), or tackle tasty Snappers and Groupers, Fishhawk Charters will provide the gear and expert advice you need to hook your target fish.

Good quality rods and reels are included in the trip price, and so are bait and lures. The crew will also carefully clean, de-bone, and bag any legal fish you would like to take home with you after the trip .


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Red Snapper Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jun - 19 Jul
    US$ 2000
    up to 6 persons
    This is the epic Red Snapper fishing trip that only Federally Permitted vessels can offer. Book between June 1st and July 20th to experience deep-water Red Snapper fishing. We will also target Grouper, Tuna, Cobia and many other species. Book today!
  • Private trip
    Offshore Fishing (Full Day)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 1500
    up to 6 persons
    Offshore fishing for Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish, Tuna, Sailfish, Amberjack, etc.
  • Private trip
    Offshore Fishing (Half Day)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 1000
    up to 6 persons
    Offshore fishing for Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish, Tuna, Sailfish, Amberjack, etc.
  • Private trip
    Egmont Key Excursion (No fishing)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 600
    up to 6 persons
    Cruise with our Captain to beautiful Egmont Key and spend the day relaxing, sunbathing, swimming, shelling, boating, picnicing, snorkeling, touring the fort, and wildlife viewing. Amenities include beaches, nature trails, and picnic tables.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia
Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Red)
King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Snapper (Red)
Tripletail
Tuna (Blackfin)
Wahoo

Boat Specs

Contender (Center console) originally built in 2017. Powered by 3 300HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
35 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License Included

Policies

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.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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

About the Captain

Richard Vargas
Madeira Beach, Florida, United States
Member since October 2016
22
Captain Rich has been fishing his entire life. He recently finished third at the prestigious King of The Beach kingfish tournament on November 5th 2017.
Response time: 5 hours
Response rate: 96%

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (8)
4.74
out of 5 stars from 13 reviews
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Matthew Brinkman
Clearwater, Florida
 5.00
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Half day trip with Capt. Rich

VERIFIED   April 2, 2018

This half day trip was perfect.  The boat is beautiful and fast so we had lots of time to fish even though we went 30...

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Curt Kingsley
St. Petersburg, FL
 5.00
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April fishing trip

VERIFIED   April 9, 2018

Had an excellent morning trip with Captain Rich Vargas on Fish Hawk Charters. Winds were a little high, but we went out anyway...

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Tim Geske
United States
 5.00
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Trip with the family

VERIFIED   July 15, 2018

Captain Rich was outstanding!  I took my family out and he put us on fish immediately.  He was very professional...

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Roger Tervin
Fort Smith, AR
 5.00
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Full day trip with Capt. Vargas

VERIFIED   July 7, 2018

The Contender was a great boat and Capt. Vargas was an awesome guide, host and Captain. I highly recommend this trip

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Michael Harrison
Orlando, FL
 5.00
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   June 19, 2018

Best captain on the west coast put us on the fish catered us to killer fishing trip

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