ElCapitano’s Offshore LLC

El Capitano’s Offshore LLC invites you to join them on the fishing adventure of a lifetime. Get ready to cast off alongside a high-profile charter crew in the prolific waters of Saint Petersburg, Florida. Whether you choose to chase Kingfish and Tarpon inshore or want to head offshore for big game fish, you’re in for an experience you’ll remember forever!

This highly experienced and welcoming crew will make your day on the water truly unforgettable. The charter is owned and operated by Captain Chad Hickman, who is also known as "El Capitano." His nickname hails from his years of serving as a United States Coast Guard in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He proudly wears his nickname, and has even named his charter company after it!

Capt. Chad is a native of Saint Petersburg, a full-time professional offshore charter captain, a USCG licensed captain, and is certified by the American Red Cross in first aid and CPR. You’ll be in safe hands when you cast a line alongside him, and he’ll happily show you the local tips and tricks he’s picked up.

El Capitano will take you out on his 32’ SeaVee center console, powered by twin 350 HP Mercury engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots. She can accommodate up to 6 guests, so bring along your best angling buddies, or make this a family vacation to remember.

This powerful vessel will whisk you to faraway deep blue waters where you can test your skills against a number of offshore species such as Blackfin Tuna, huge Amberjack, Grouper, and Snapper. She’s decked out with all the fishing gear you need, as well as a livewell for the bait, GPS, and a fishfinder to locate the hottest bite around. There’s also a superb flybridge for sight fishing.

Capt. Chad runs approximately 100 trips per season, with 400–600 anglers who fish with them. Many are loyal repeat customers who come back year after year. Hop aboard El Capitano’s Offshore LLC today, and you could become one of them!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 Hour Deep Drop Trip (4 MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    15 Hour Trip, starts at 4:30 AM
    $3,700
    price breakdown
    $3,700
    Come explore some of the deepest, most productive waters around on this epic 15-hour adventure! Please note that this trip is for a maximum of 4 anglers. Travel 100 miles out for huge Groupers Tile Fish, and other deepwater fish. This trip must take place on a flat calm day, typically during summertime. Make sure you're prepared for a long day – you'll leave before sunrise and return when it's dark. Electric reels are used (two at a time) on a drift. All gear is included, as well as your fishing license.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $2,600
    price breakdown
    $2,600
    Serious fishing enthusiast looking to battle some massive fish? Join your captain on this 12-hour adventure! You'll travel a whopping 50-75 miles out from shore, where you'll cast your line for huge, hard-fighting species such as Bluefin Tuna. The weather has to be good in order to run this trip, and your captain will keep in touch with you regarding this. All fishing gear is included, as well as your license.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,800
    price breakdown
    $1,800
    If you're a fishing fanatic who can't wait to test your skills against some huge fish, this is the perfect option for you! You'll travel 25–50 miles out from shore for the chance to cast your line in these bluewaters. A longer fishing day allows you to target a different variety of species throughout your trip, such as Hogfish, Snapper, Grouper, Cobia, and Amberjack. Your fishing gear will be provided for you, as well as a valid license.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,600
    price breakdown
    $1,600
    What could be better than spending an entire day exploring the plentiful offshore waters around Madeira Beach? On this trip, you'll head 25–40 miles out into deep blue waters, where you can target huge Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, Cobia, or Tuna species. Your captain will provide your fishing gear, as well as your fishing license.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,100
    price breakdown
    $1,100
    If your group doesn't want to be out on the water all day, but still wants to take home some delicious fresh fish for dinner, this is the trip for you! You'll head out to the hottest fishing grounds for the chance to target Snapper, Grouper, and Hogfish. Your captain will provide all the fishing gear you need, as well as a license.
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About the Captain

Chad Hickman
Madeira Beach, Florida, United States
2 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
18 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since November 2016
Captain Chad Hickman is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida, and works as a full-time professional offshore charter captain. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s License and is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard who was honorably discharged. He's certified by the American Red Cross in first aid and CPR, so you'll be in safe, capable hands when you fish alongside him. He loves introducing his guests to these waters, no matter whether you're light-tackle fishing for Snapper around the wrecks and reefs, or heading 100 miles offshore to deep drop for huge Grouper.

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Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)

Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)
Hogfish Hogfish
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Tarpon Tarpon
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)

Boat Specs

SeaVee (Center console) originally built in 2007. Powered by 2 350HP Mercury engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
32 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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5.00
out of 5 stars from 18 reviews
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Full day with captain Chad and deckhand chase
Full day with captain Chad and deckhand chase
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Adam S.
Tampa, FL
 5.00
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Full day with captain Chad and deckhand chase

VERIFIED   September 26, 2020
Perfect day on the water and the fish were biting! Limit on grouper first hour of fishing the rest was just bonus! Great day...
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Elliott A.
Tampa, Florida
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VERIFIED   September 19, 2020
Great memorable day Chad knows what he’s doing 🙏🏼
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Oleg F.
Fort Myers, Florida
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Best Cap. Best boat. Best trip

VERIFIED   August 31, 2020
Awesome in every way possible
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Goerge S.
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We were more that pleased with the professionalism of Captain Chad and the cleanliness of his boat and the equipment. ...
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Frank H.
Canton, OH
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Nearshore & Offshore with Captain Chad Hickman

VERIFIED   May 7, 2018
Had great experiences with Captain Chad Hickman.  Highly recommend Chad based on our experience.  Chad is lifetime...
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