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 300 HP Suzuki engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 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 80 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
    Family Special
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    US $600
    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.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Shark Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $800
    On this trip, we will focus on the many different varieties of Shark species available. We have Blacktips, Atlantic Sharpnose, Nurse, and Lemon Shark abundant.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Shark Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US $800
    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
    US $800
    On this trip, you will be fishing up to 15 miles offshore which gives a great chance at catching bigger fish like King Mackerel, Cobia, Groupers, and Snappers. Hogfish , blackseabass and white grunts also.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US $800
    This is an afternoon trip ideal for those who want to catch some dinner. We will be fishing up to 15 miles offshore for black seabass, hogfish, sheepshead, grunts and mangrove snappers
  • Private trip
    4hr Giant Fish Only
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $900
    We will target goliath grouper and big sharks on the wrecks and deep holes a few miles offshore. Strictly catch n release on this trip but there are snapper and grouper nearby for a dinner or two for a little variety!
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Grouper (Goliath)
    Goliath Grouper
    Shark (Hammerhead)
    Hammerhead Shark
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Shark (Tiger)
    Tiger Shark
    Shark (Nurse)
    Nurse Shark
    Shark (Bonnethead)
    Bonnethead Shark
    Shark (Bull)
    Bull Shark
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Coral Bottom Fishing Trip
    Just booked! Last booked: 11 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    US $1,000
    We will be fishing farther north up to 20 miles to fish a large area of coral bottom that has larger seabass, margates, Groupers and snappers and also lots of hogfish
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $1,300
    We will be fishing offshore 35-45 miles out catching big red grouper , red snapper, lane, mangrove and yellowtail snappers . We also target amberjack and cobias.
  • Private trip
    10hr Offshore Rocks And Ledges
    Just booked! Last booked: 2 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $1,500
    We will be fishing 40-60 miles offshore for big grouper and snappers. Expect lots of fish and lots of fun on this offshore safari!
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Snapper (Yellowtail)
    Yellowtail Snapper
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    12hr Offshore Marathon Adventure
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $2,000
    We will be fishing 65-85 miles out in the deeper water where the groupers and snappers are extra large! There’s also mahi, blackfin tuna and an occasional wahoo thrown in the mix. Lots of big fish and sore arms on this one !
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Customer reviews

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Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Excellent
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Experience
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Miranda S.
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Fishing trip in August

VERIFIED   Family Special on August 14, 2023
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Full Day Trip with Captain Carlos

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on July 13, 2023
The Captain and crew were awesome. They were extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and not to mention that they put us right...
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Sherri N.
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Awesome day fishing!

VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Coral Bottom Fishing Trip on May 12, 2024
Capt Jeremy and first mate Will did a fantastic job!  Jeremy kept us moving and on fish and it was an amazing day on the water!!!!...
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on April 13, 2024
Captain Carlos was great when my Daddy got sick and even offered to refund some money. This was the 2nd time my family went...
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Scott W.
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Family Special

VERIFIED   Family Special on April 4, 2024
Capt. Carlos and crew provided a great fishing experience for 5 of us including grandchildren. They took the fish off our lines...
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FAQs about Bottoms Up Fishing Excursions

Bottoms Up Fishing Excursions offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $600 per group - Family Special (3 hours)
  • US $800 per group - 4 Hour Shark Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $800 per group - 4 Hour Shark Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $800 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $800 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $900 per group - 4hr Giant Fish Only (4 hours)
  • US $1,000 per group - 6 Hour Coral Bottom Fishing Trip (6 hours)
  • US $1,300 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • US $1,500 per group - 10hr Offshore Rocks And Ledges (10 hours)
  • US $2,000 per group - 12hr Offshore Marathon Adventure (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Bottoms Up Fishing Excursions, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System Xm Satellite Radio And Weather
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Bottoms Up Fishing Excursions include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Only on 6 and 8 hour trips.)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Bottoms Up Fishing Excursions offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Bottoms Up Fishing Excursions offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with Bottoms Up Fishing Excursions include:
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Lane)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Triggerfish (Gray)

Meet the Captain

Carlos Bastos
Holiday, Florida, United States
8 Fishing Reports
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312 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 Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
Grouper (Red) Red Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Boat specs

Baha Cruiser (Sportfishing) originally built in 2005. Powered by 2 300HP Suzuki engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 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
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Xm Satellite Radio And Weather

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Only on 6 and 8 hour trips.
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License

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
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
PayPal
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 2% charge will apply.

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