Awesome Fishing Charter -Tampa Bay

1200 Severn Avenue
Tampa FL, United States

Awesome Fishing Charters runs super exciting inshore and backcountry fly fishing trips in Tampa Bay, Florida. Operated by Captain Keiland Smith, a full-time captain and fishing guide, and a radio show host, this charter knows where the fish are. You will experience first-hand what it’s like to prowl the shallow waters of Tampa Bay for the most desirable fish.

Captain Keiland has been fishing since the age of eight and had started guiding for Tarpon back in the 80’s. He is an expert fly fisherman who has a gift for teaching how to look for the fish, how to cast for it and how to reel it in. He is kind and generous with his knowledge, which he will share unselfishly, so pay attention to the advice he’s giving you - you are learning for the absolute expert!

You will go out on his 20 foot Hughes flats boat, powered by a 115 HP Yamaha V Max engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots. The boat is fast and secure, and will get you to the productive spots easily. It’s wireless trolling motor will allow you to move silently over the shallow waters as you don’t want to spook the fish.

The boat also features safety equipment such as life jackets, and all the electronics needed to locate the hot-spots where the fish swim in schools. There is a live well on board to store your live bait and top of the range fly fishing equipment.

Awesome Fishing Charters’ Captain Keiland will advise you how to use the fly fishing equipment, but if you prefer conventional, you are welcome to use that, too, and it is available on board. You will go in search of Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, and Trout that populate the local waters in healthy numbers.

Your catch will be cleaned and filleted for you at the end of the trip, so bring a cooler in order to transport your catch home safely. And finally, bring a camera along, for you will have plenty of opportunities to capture a great looking fish and even pose with it.

Awesome Fishing Charters runs super exciting inshore and backcountry fly fishing trips in Tampa Bay, Florida. Operated by Captain Keiland Smith, a full-time captain and fishing guide, and a radio show host, this charter knows where the fish are. You


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  • US$ 600 private charter
  • Full Day Trip - Backcountry
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 600 up to 2 persons
    + US$ 75 each additional person
  • Half Day Trip - Backcountry
    4 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 400 up to 2 persons
    + US$ 75 each additional person
  • US$ 400 up to 2 persons
    + US$ 75 each additional person

About this listing

Boat Specs

Hughes (Flats boat) originally built in 2000. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha V Max engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
3 persons
Types of Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Targeted Species
 
Redfish
 
Shark (Blacktip)

 
Snook
 
Spotted Seatrout

 
Tarpon
Amenities
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Fly Fishing Equipment
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Fly Fishing Equipment
Live Bait Well
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment
Policies
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
8 Years And Over
 
No Alcohol
 
You Keep Catch
 
Catch and Release Allowed
Payment

20% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker 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.

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

About the Captain

Keiland Smith
Tampa, Florida, United States
Member since February 2016
I have been a lifelong fisherman of Florida and a Fly fisherman since the age of eight, cutting my tooth of Largemouth Bass on the fly. I started guiding Freshwater for the Village Grader Orvis Fly Shop in Lakeland, Florida. Started teaching Fly tying in the 80’s with the Lakeland Fly tiers and started guiding saltwater for Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, and Trout. Favorite species are the Florida Snook. Night time fishing lit structures with a Snook are a specialty, too. I am keen on teaching the Do’s and Don’t’s of Snook fishing to children of the ages of 8 and plus. I have guided to two IGFA International Game World Records in my career and have also been the host of Awesome Fishing Radio over 16 years starting on the AM Radio Dial and moving to the Podcast and iPhones Podcast.

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