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.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Backcountry
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 600
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 75
    each additional person
    This is a full day of fishing for Snook, Redfish, and Trout in the shallow waters where these fish like to spend their days. You are welcome to bring you child so they can also learn about fishing. Conventional tackle or Fly Fishing methods can be used.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Tarpon Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 600
    up to 3 persons
    Tarpon Trips trips provide you with a one in a lifetime opportunity to catch this majestic prehistoric fish. You will fish in the Boca Grande and Homosassa waters. Conventional Tackle and Fly Fishing methods are both available.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Night Time - Snook
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 10:00 PM
    US$ 600
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 75
    each additional person
    This is an excellent night time flats fishing trip that will see your fish for Snook for 4hours, from 10 pm to 2 am. You can do fly fishing or conventional tackle methods. Captain Keiland will assist you and provide expert advice.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Backcountry
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 400
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 75
    each additional person
    This trip will take you fishing the West Coast of Florida for Snook, Trout, and Redfish. Areas you can fish are Boca Grande, Sarasota, Ruskin Florida, Tampa Bay, Saint Petersburg, and Homosassa.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Redfish
Shark (Blacktip)
Snook
Spotted Seatrout

Tarpon

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

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
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.
Child Friendly
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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

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
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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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