FishHawk Charters–35Contender ProSport Series

U Desire Results…...We Deliver an EPIC DAY!  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 "The Ideal Vessel"!

Fully Credentialized w/All Permits & Master Licensed

Captain Brian is the man behind the Fish Hawk Charter operation, and he’s the perfect person to guide you around these waters. Local to the area, 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, knowledge, angler skills & expertise 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 will 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 ALL the gear, tackle, equipment, 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 for an incredible adventure!

We Deliver an EPIC Day & Exceed Expectations!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour – Majestic Shark Encounter
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $1,449
    Many types of Shark can be found in the Gulf of Mexico, and the captain 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, the captain will provide you with everything you need for a successful trip, including fishing gear and a valid license.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Night Shark Encounter
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    US $1,599
    An evening Shark fishing excursion – the ultimate experience. Many types of Shark can be found in the Gulf of Mexico, and the captain 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, the captain will provide you with everything you need for a successful trip, including fishing gear and a valid license.
  • Private trip
    4 hr Offshore Fishing Excursion
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US $1,799
    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.
    Targeted fish
    Grouper (Goliath)
    Goliath Grouper
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Grouper (Black)
    Black Grouper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Snapper (Yellowtail)
    Yellowtail Snapper
    Hogfish
    Hogfish
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    Half Day Offshore Fishing Excursion
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $1,799
    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
    6 hr Offshore Fishing Excursion
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $1,999
    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.
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Grouper (Goliath)
    Goliath Grouper
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Tuna (Blackfin)
    Blackfin Tuna
    Hogfish
    Hogfish
    Alligator Gar
    Alligator Gar
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Gag/Hogfish/King Bite
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $2,100
    We have the knowledge, expertise, and key to catching a variety of specific target pelagic activity species – max out and upsizing!
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Snapper & Grouper
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $2,250
    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 and 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 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $2,250
    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
    Full Day Trip – ARS / Gag
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 28
    US $2,799
    2022 ARS – American Red Snapper / Gag Grouper Season. The crew is fully credentialed with all permits. Its 35' Contender Pro Series Tournament sport fishing vessel uses triple 300 HP Yamaha HO engines. This is an epic offshore trip. You'll be hitting max numbers and upsizing keepers! The captain wants to take this time to thank you for your primary expressed interest in chartering a fishing excursion with this crew.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – ARS Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 1
    US $2,999
    American Red Snapper / Grouper limited season duration. Fully credentialed all pelagic permits. The crew's hitting the max number and upsizing keepers! The crew's grateful for your interest in chartering a fishing excursion with it. This request requires federal permits, a fully licensed/certified/insured Master Licensed captain, and a first mate due to rules and regulations. What a great idea you have to commemorate this special occasion. The crew delivers the results and exceeds expectations!
  • Private trip
    10 Hr –ARS Offshore Extended Season
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - Nov 28
    US $2,999
    Extended American Red Snapper / Grouper limited season duration. Fully credentialed all pelagic permits. The crew's hitting the max number and upsizing keepers! The crew's grateful for your interest in chartering a fishing excursion with it. This request requires federal permits, a fully licensed/certified/insured Master Licensed captain, and a first mate due to rules and regulations. What a great idea you have to commemorate this special occasion. The crew delivers the results and exceeds expectations!
  • Private trip
    10 HR Offshore– Jig/Deep Drop/Troll
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $2,999
    We are proud to offer a unique experience for Anglers looking for adventure offshore. This excursion fully credentialed to achieve success w/technique deep drop 100 to 150 feet for multiple Pelagic Species such as Grouper and Snapper. Additional - Troll for Cobia, Mahi, Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, etc. Out TEAM is grateful for your interest in chartering a fishing excursion. We have ALL federal permits, fully licensed/certified/insured Master Licensed captain, and a first mate due to rules and regulations.
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Grouper (Goliath)
    Goliath Grouper
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Grouper (Black)
    Black Grouper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Tripletail
    Tripletail
    Tuna (Blackfin)
    Blackfin Tuna
    Hogfish
    Hogfish
  • Private trip
    12 HR Offshore– Jig/Deep Drop/Troll
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $3,299
    We are proud to offer a unique experience for Anglers looking for adventure offshore. This excursion fully credentialed to achieve success w/technique deep drop 100 to 150 feet for multiple Pelagic Species such as Grouper and Snapper. Additional - Troll for Cobia, Mahi, Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, etc.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Night Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    1 Day Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    US $3,299
    Traveling offshore, night fishing for species such as Grouper, Wahoo, Mahi, Tuna, and more. This is the ultimate Florida Gulf fishing at night experience!
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Expedition Challenge
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $3,499
    Legendary for their power and size, Marlin, Sailfish, and other Florida billfish are elusive, grand creatures, the ultimate prize in high-octane offshore sport fishing. Epic adventure calls to those who dare to venture into the plunging and prolific. Catching and encountering Sailfish is a thrilling fishing experience, and it's a beautiful fish that provides amazing fights for even the most experienced fisherman. Our expertise – the right fishing rods and reels, great bait, and lots of patience to catch.
  • Private trip
    Florida Middle Grounds Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $3,599
    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.
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VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Snapper & Grouper on July 3, 2023
Put us on the fish even with full moon slow bite!!!  These guys are the real deal! Thanks Capt Brian and Steven!
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ARS full day

VERIFIED   Full Day Offshore Fishing Trip on July 2, 2023
Among the most experienced crew one can ask for. Be prepared to catch a lot of fish!
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Bryan C.
Tampa, FL
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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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Jason G.
Clearwater, FL
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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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Martin M.
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Guests' Choice Fun Day on March 17, 2021
Great day, great conversation, put us on the fish, great with our teenagers.  Enjoyed it thoroughly, will be back next time...
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FAQs about FishHawk Charters–35Contender ProSport Series

FishHawk Charters–35Contender ProSport Series offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $1,399 per group, additional US $50 per person after 1 guest - 4 Hour – Majestic Shark Encounter (4 hours)
  • US $1,599 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Night Shark Encounter (4 hours)
  • US $1,799 per group - 4 hr Offshore Fishing Excursion (4 hours)
  • US $1,799 per group - Half Day Offshore Fishing Excursion (4 hours)
  • US $1,999 per group - 6 hr Offshore Fishing Excursion (6 hours)
  • US $2,100 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Gag/Hogfish/King Bite (8 hours)
  • US $2,250 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Snapper & Grouper (8 hours)
  • US $2,250 per group - Full Day Offshore Fishing Trip (8 hours)
  • US $2,799 per group - Full Day Trip – ARS / Gag (8 hours)
  • US $2,999 per group - 10 Hour Trip – ARS Offshore (10 hours)
  • US $2,999 per group - 10 Hr –ARS Offshore Extended Season (10 hours)
  • US $2,999 per group - 10 HR Offshore– Jig/Deep Drop/Troll (12 hours)
  • US $3,299 per group - 12 HR Offshore– Jig/Deep Drop/Troll (12 hours)
  • US $3,299 per day per group - Full Day Trip – Night Fishing (1 day)
  • US $3,499 per group - 10 Hour Trip – Expedition Challenge (12 hours)
  • US $3,599 per group - Florida Middle Grounds Fishing Trip (10 hours)

When you book a trip with FishHawk Charters–35Contender ProSport Series, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet Enclosed
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder 12 inch Raymarine
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with FishHawk Charters–35Contender ProSport Series 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–35Contender ProSport Series 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–35Contender ProSport Series 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–35Contender ProSport Series include:
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Tripletail
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Wahoo

Meet the Charter Operator

Fishhawk Charters
Tierra Verde, Florida, United States
6 Fishing Reports
61 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
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)

Boat specs

Contender (Center console) originally built in 2015. 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
All Federal Palagic Permits including Red Snapper
Reef Fishing
Federal Palegic Reef Permit!s
Wreck Fishing
Federal Reef Permit

Fishing techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
Enclosed
GPS
Fishfinder
12 inch Raymarine
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Any keeper fish will be cleaned and bagged for you
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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4.5% charge will apply.