Bottoms Up Fishing Excursions

Bottoms Up Fishing Excursions invites you for a fun and relaxing trip on the waters of Holiday, Florida. This charter is for those who want to have fun and relax, and for families with kids. Captain Carlos, who owns and runs the charter, loves taking kids out and teaching them how to fish properly by explaining the fish, the techniques, and how to reel your catch in.

Captain Carlos operates a 30-foot Baha offshore sport fishing boat, originally built in 1985, and restored in 2015. This beauty is powered by two 225 HP Honda engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots. The speed makes it ideal for nearshore and offshore adventures so you can relax and enjoy the ride, too, as it will be a comfortable one.

The boat has an XM radio if you want a soundtrack to your trip, and is fully equipped with all the fishing gear needed to make the trip a success. It also features a full bathroom, safety equipment such as life jackets, and electronics that will help you locate the most productive fishing spots.

Bottoms Up Fishing Excursions will take you up to 9 miles offshore in search of the big Groupers, Snappers, Cobia, King Mackerel and more. Florida is incredibly rich in bottom-feeding fish, so, if you stay a little closer to the shore, you will also target Mangrove Snapper, Black Seabass, Sheepshead, and more.

Captain Carlos will provide individual service for everyone on the boat. All of his customers are treated like fishermen and fisherwomen. Families and children are welcomed and encouraged to come and spend a day or just a few hours with him. You will experience catching a multitude of species on a day that you’ll remember forever!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $850
    up to 6 persons
    You will be fishing up to 30-40 miles South or North of the starting location, and up to 9 miles offshore.You will target the big boys - massive Groupers and Snappers, and other bottom-dwelling creatures.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Coral Bottom Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $650
    up to 6 persons
    We will be fishing farther north to Fish a large area of coral bottom that has larger seabass, margates, Groupers and snappers .
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Shark Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    up to 6 persons
    On this trip we will focus on the many different varieties of shark species available. We have blacktips, Atlantic sharpnose, nurse and lemon sharks abundant.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Shark Trip-PM Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $450
    up to 6 persons
    We will focus on the vast amount of sharks available in our area.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - AM
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $450
    up to 6 persons
    On this trip, you will be fishing up to 10 miles offshore which gives a great chance at catching bigger fish like King Mackerel, Cobia, Groupers, and Snappers.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - PM
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $450
    up to 6 persons
    This is an afternoon trip ideal for those who want to catch some dinner. You will stay in the state waters targeting King Mackerel, Cobia, Snapper, Grouper, Sheepshead and more. The trip runs from 2 pm to 6 pm.
  • Private trip
    Family Special
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $375
    up to 6 persons
    This shorter trip is ideal for families as the kids sometimes get a little tired from reeling in all those fish. So, you will fish in protected waters, up to 7 miles out, catching Snapper, Grouper, Grunts, Spanish Mackerel, Sheepshead, Cobia.
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About the Captain

Carlos Bastos
Holiday, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
8 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
151 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2017
Captain Carlos hails from New Jersey, where he fished his entire life for Cod and other local species. It was four years ago that he moved to Florida in the search of the big bottom-feeding fish like Groupers and Snappers. He loves taking families and kids out and teaching them all about fishing. He is an incredibly upbeat and fun person who will make your trip very enjoyable.

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

Seabass (Black)
Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Red)

Boat Specs

Baha Cruiser (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2005. Powered by 2 225HP Honda engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
30 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

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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4.92
out of 5 stars from 151 reviews
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Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
99%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
97%
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Sandra H.
Lakeland, FL
 5.00
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A perfect day on the water - such a great experience!

VERIFIED   July 28, 2019
We had the best time today with Captain Carlos and his first mate Jeremy! Within minutes of meeting us on the dock, it felt...
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Scott K.
Wonder Lake, IL
 5.00
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Half day trip with my boys and Nephew and Dad

VERIFIED   July 17, 2019
This was by far one of my all time fishing highlights! From the very beginning Captain Carlos put me at ease that we would...
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Earl L.
Jacksonville, FL
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July 1, 2019 Fishing Trip - Bottoms Up Fishing Excursions

VERIFIED   July 1, 2019
Captain Carlos and Mate Jeremy were both a great deal of fun to fish with.  They have a passion for fishing and share...
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Dale C.
New Port Richey, Florida
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Carlos & First Mate Jerermy..

VERIFIED   July 19, 2019
From the start of our trip we were treated like “Royalty “. This was our grandsons 11th birthday present. Capt.Carlos kept...
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Sarah R.
Irvine, KY
 5.00
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   October 10, 2019
We are not avid fishermen but my boys really wanted to go. The trip was awesome. The guys were amazing and so patient. My Austin...
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