Fishhawk Charters – Contender

Searching for the perfect Tampa Bay angling adventure? Look no further than Fishhawk Charters "Contender," an ideal vessel for avid fishermen or guests who want a big fishing experience on a smaller boat!

Captain Ron Finger is the man behind Fishhawk Charters, and he’s the perfect person to guide you around these waters. He grew up on Anna Maria Island, surrounded by pure white sandy beaches and the turquoise blue Gulf of Mexico – and plenty of fishing opportunities! Now, he loves sharing his wealth of experience with his guests.

You’ll be casting off on board his 35’ Contender pro vessel, built to give you a dry and stable ride into the Bay and its surrounding waters. She can move very quickly between fishing spots and features top-of-the-range electronics by Raymarine.

Capt. Ron’s boat is equipped with a T-top for shade, as well as a fully enclosed toilet. On board, you’lll find an icebox and a Yeti cooler full of ice-cold water to keep you refreshed throughout the trip. There’s also a large live bait tank.

On your adventure, you’ll be targeting whatever seasonal species are biting the best. The techniques you’ll be using and the species you’ll be targeting also depending on your experience level and what you want to get out of your trip.

Whether you want to bow to the "Silver King" (Tarpon,) chase Cobia, or tackle tasty Snappers and Groupers, Capt. Ron will provide the gear and expert advice you need to hook your target fish. Just let him know what you want your adventure to look like!

Your trip includes top-quality rods and reels, as well as bait, lures, and your fishing license. The crew will also carefully clean, de-bone, and bag any legal fish you’d like to take home with you. All that’s left is to come aboard Fishhawk Charters for an incredible adventure!



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  • Private trip
    Florida Middle Grounds Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $2,850
    price breakdown
    $2,850
    Join your captain on this adventure and get ready to explore what is often known as the "best fishing spot" near Tampa! The Florida Middle Grounds is a complex reef ecosystem located in the Gulf of Mexico, home to species such as Grouper, Kingfish, Cobia, Wahoo, Tuna, Amberjack, Mangrove Snapper, Red Snapper, Grouper, and Porgie. Your captain will provide you with all the gear you need for your day on the water, as well as a valid fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Red Snapper Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Jul 19
    $2,000
    price breakdown
    $2,000
    Want to hook yourself a seriously huge fish? Join your captain on this epic Red Snapper fishing trip, which only federally permitted vessels can offer! Book between June 1st and July 20th to experience deep-water Red Snapper fishing. You'll also target Grouper, Tuna, Cobia and many other species. Your captain will provide your fishing gear for you, as well as a valid fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Offshore Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,500
    price breakdown
    $1,500
    If you can think of nothing better than spending a whole day exploring Tampa Bay's offshore waters, this is the trip for you! You'll embark on an 8-hour adventure, and will get to cast your line for world-famous fish including Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish, Tuna, Sailfish, and Amberjack. All of your fishing gear will be provided for you, as well as a valid fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Offshore Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    price breakdown
    $1,000
    If you want to battle some beasts of the deep but spend less time on the water, join your captain on this 4-hour offshore adventure! You'll be casting your line for prized species such as Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish, Tuna, Sailfish, and Amberjack. You'll be provided with all the fishing gear you need for a successful trip, as well as a fishing license.
  • Private trip
    The Majestic Shark Encounter
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    price breakdown
    $800
    Many types of shark can be found in the Gulf of Mexico, and Capt. Ron and his experienced crew are just the guys to lead you on a Shark-chasing adventure! They have the skill and knowledge to take you on the adventure of a lifetime. Whether you're a novice or experienced angler, Capt. Ron will provide you with everything you need for a successful trip, including fishing gear and a valid license.
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About the Captain

Ron Finger
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
28 Customer Reviews
Response time 4 hours
Member since October 2016
I was fortunate to grow up on Anna Maria Island, located just south of Tampa Bay and the St. Pete's Beach area. I was surrounded by the pure white quartz sandy beaches and turquoise clear blue Gulf of Mexico. It brings me great pleasure to provide guests with the ideal conditions, choice equipment, and best, top-shelf vessels, so they can fully enjoy "the full true fishing experience" here on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Our goal is to exceed your expectations!

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Targeted Species

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

Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Tripletail Tripletail
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Contender (Center console) originally built in 2017. Powered by 3 300HP Yamaha engines.

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
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
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
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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.94
out of 5 stars from 17 reviews
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Christopher G.
Gibsonton, FL
 5.00
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American Red Snapper Trip With Captain Brian

VERIFIED   NEW  July 15, 2020
Had a great outing for American Red Snapper on the Contender.  Non-stop action on a great boat with a great crew.
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Waverly R.
Winter Garden, FL
 5.00
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Good day on the water!

VERIFIED   June 27, 2020
Cap and his crew took very good care of my crew. A definitive must do again!
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Ian B.
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VERIFIED   June 14, 2020
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VERIFIED   March 16, 2020
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Kansas City, MO
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Full Day Red Snapper with Captain Brian

VERIFIED   June 18, 2019
Captain Brian went above and beyond to take care of us and to ensure we had an awesome time!  We caught a ton of fish...
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