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 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 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
    Family Special
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $450
    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. We do not provide live bait on this trip.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Shark Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    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. We do not provide live bait on this trip.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Shark Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $650
    We will focus on the vast amount of sharks available in our area. Live bait is not provided on this trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $650
    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. We do not provide live bait on this trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $650
    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
    6 Hour Coral Bottom Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $900
    We will be fishing farther north to Fish a large area of coral bottom that has larger seabass, margates, Groupers and snappers .
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    Just booked! Last booked: 8 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,200
    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.
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About the Captain

Carlos Bastos
Holiday, Florida, United States
8 Fishing Reports
284 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 (Offshore sport fishing) 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
Drinks
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 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 284 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
99%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
96%
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Sarah S.
Grove, OK
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Fish, more fish…. And donut holes!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on November 28, 2022
Carlos and Jeremy were rockstars! They catered to our every need including donut holes which I personally attacked!🤤
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Keith H.
Olmsted Falls, OH
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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3 hour trip with Captain Carlos

VERIFIED   Family Special on July 27, 2022
We had an absolute blast on our fishing trip with Captain Carlos, Jeremy, and Nick. Very experienced, knowledgeable and most...
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Jeff V.
Anaheim, CA
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
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4.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day fishing with Captain Jeremy & 1st Mate Nick

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on April 27, 2022
My family & friends had an awesome time fishing with Captain Jeremy & 1st Mate Nick. They were very accommodating with our...
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Kristen C.
Land O' Lakes, Florida
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on March 14, 2022
We had so much fun with Nick and Carlos. They were attentive, super knowledgeable about fishing and, celebrated my children’s...
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Barry C.
Dade City, FL
Excellent
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6 Hour trip with Capt. Jeremy & Nick

VERIFIED   6 Hour Coral Bottom Fishing Trip on August 16, 2022
What a great day on the water!  Capt. Jeremy & Nick made the trip very successful for us novice fishermen.  We are looking...
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FAQs about Bottoms Up Fishing Excursions

Bottoms Up Fishing Excursions offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group - Family Special (3 hours)
  • $650 per group - 4 Hour Shark Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - 4 Hour Shark Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $900 per group - 6 Hour Coral Bottom Fishing Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - Full Day Trip (8 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
  • Drinks
  • 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 (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)