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 Brian Lambert 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. Brian’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. Brian 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!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Florida Middle Grounds Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $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 Snapper &Grouper Fish Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 15 - Nov 6
    $2,500
    Want to hook yourself a seriously huge fish? Join your captain on this epic Snapper fishing trip, which only federally permitted vessels can offer! Book to experience deep-water Red Grouper & Snapper fishing. You'll also target, 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
    $1,850
    If you can think of nothing better than spending a whole day exploring the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, then 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 several pelagic species such as Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish, Cobia, Tuna, Sailfish, Amberjack, Hogfish, etc. All of your fishing gear will be provided for you, as well as a valid fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Offshore Fishing Excursion
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,500
    If you can think of nothing better than spending a whole day exploring Tampa Bay's area Gulf of Mexico offshore open waters. This is the trip for you! You'll embark on an 4-hour adventure, and will get to cast your line for world-famous fish including several Palegic Species such as - Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish, Cobia, Tuna, Amberjack, Hogfish, etc. All of your fishing gear will be provided for you, as well as a valid fishing license.
  • Private trip
    The Majestic Shark Encounter
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $949
    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 Charter Operator

Fishhawk Charters
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
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43 Customer Reviews
Response time 5 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!

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

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

Boat Specs

Contender (Center console) originally built in 2017. Powered by 3 300HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 60 knots.

Length
35 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore 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
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Outriggers

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, 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
PayPal
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

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Absolutely a GREAT Charter! Capt Brian and mate were 1st rate, personable and professional. Guests were all experienced anglers, but this outfit stands out!
Absolutely a GREAT Charter! Capt Brian and mate were 1st rate, personable and professional. Guests were all experienced anglers, but this outfit stands out!
Absolutely a GREAT Charter! Capt Brian and mate were 1st rate, personable and professional. Guests were all experienced anglers, but this outfit stands out!
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Appropriate for children
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Bryan C.
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Awesome Full Day of Fishing With Captain Brian

VERIFIED   8 Hour Guests' Choice Fun Day on March 29, 2021
This was absolutely a top notch fishing charter experience. Captain Brian really knows his stuff and will definitely...
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Half day with captain Brian

VERIFIED   Half Day Offshore Fishing Trip on March 23, 2021
We’re a local family an friends who was just trying to have some fun and never been offshore fishing, had a great time with...
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Fishing with Brian

VERIFIED   Florida Middle Grounds Fishing Trip on August 11, 2021
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VERIFIED   Florida Middle Grounds Fishing Trip on June 11, 2021
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FAQs about Fishhawk Charters – Contender

Fishhawk Charters – Contender offers the following trips to customers:
  • $899 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - The Majestic Shark Encounter (4 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - Half Day Offshore Fishing Excursion (4 hours)
  • $1,850 per group - Full Day Offshore Fishing Trip (8 hours)
  • $2,500 per group - Full Day Snapper &Grouper Fish Trip (8 hours)
  • $2,850 per group - Florida Middle Grounds Fishing Trip (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Fishhawk Charters – Contender, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Enclosed)
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder (12 inch Raymarine)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Fishhawk Charters – Contender include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Any keeper fish will be cleaned and bagged for you)
  • Drinks (Water)
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License (All Federal Permits & Commercial Licenses )

Fishhawk Charters – Contender offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (All Federal Palagic Permits including Red Snapper)
  • Reef Fishing (Federal Palegic Reef Permit!s)
  • Wreck Fishing (Federal Reef Permit)

Fishhawk Charters – Contender offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Fishhawk Charters – Contender include:
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Tripletail
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Wahoo