Hooked On Tail Charters Llc

10th Street
Sarasota FL, United States

Explore the rich waters of Sarasota, Florida with a fun and experienced captain – book a trip with Hooked On Tail Charters! Capt. Frank Padilla knows Sarasota waters like the back of his pocket and he can’t wait to share that vast knowledge with his guests.

He invites you for an incredible day aboard his 20’ LowTide flats boat, perfect for cruising the shallow and nearshore waters. Up to 3 anglers can fish simultaneously aboard this beauty, powered by a 115 HP Yamaha engine. It has a live bait tank, an ice-box, and state of the art marine electronics and safety gear.

Your adventure will start with meeting the captain at the dock. He will give you a safety beefing and tell you all about how to use life jackets and fire extinguishers. After that, you’ll set sail and start checking the bite of the most productive inshore, nearshore, flats, and backcountry spots. Armed with light and spinning tackle, your prey list will include Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, Grouper, Mangrove Snapper, Bluefish, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, and much more.

You’ll be supplied with the best tackle by Shimano and Okuma, live bait, and lures. The captain will talk to you before the trip to let you know what you should bring: sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, etc. You are more than welcome to bring your own snacks and lunch, but the captain will provide water and ice, as well as catch cleaning.

The only thing missing for a perfect day on the water? You!


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 700
    up to 3 persons
    This 8-hour trip will see you fishing for a variety of local species. Depending on the bite, your hit list will include Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, Grouper, Mangrove Snapper, Bluefish, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, and many others.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Tarpon
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Jul
    US$ 600
    up to 3 persons
    This trip will take at least 5 hours and it will take you out on the beach looking for the elusive Tarpon. You'll then throw the bait and wait. The captain likes to call this a 'cat and mouse' game. Tarpon is a fish that's a picky eater, so you never know if it'll bite. This trip is all about the hunt.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 550
    up to 3 persons
    Board the ship for 5 hours of pure excitement and target some of the coolest species out there. Depending on the season, Grouper, Mangrove Snapper, Bluefish, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, and much more will be on the menu.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 400
    up to 3 persons
    This morning trip is perfect for those who can't wait to go out on the water as soon as possible. The captain will do everything to put you on Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, Grouper, Mangrove Snapper, Bluefish, Flounder, and much more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 400
    up to 3 persons
    If you'd like to sleep in and go fishing well rested, this afternoon trip is exactly what the doctor ordered! You'll get to target some of the most interesting local species, such as Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, Grouper, Mangrove Snapper, Bluefish, Flounder, and whatever else takes the bait.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bluefish
Cobia
Flounder
Jack Crevalle

Ladyfish
Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook

Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon

Boat Specs

LowTide (Flats boat) originally built in 2000. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha engine.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 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 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
Checks

About the Captain

Frank Padilla
Sarasota, Florida, United States
Member since March 2017
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Captain Frank Padilla owns and operates Hooked On Tail Charters Llc. He was only nine years old when he started fishing and he knows Sarasota waters like the back of his pocket. Captain Frank enjoys fishing and meeting new people more than anything. The biggest fish caught by his customer was a 184-pound Tarpon and the captain is very proud of this.
Response time: 2 hours
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.67
out of 5 stars from 4 reviews
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Half-day trip with Captain Frank
Half-day trip with Captain Frank
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
75%
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Tim Samons
Sarasota, Florida
 5.00
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VERIFIED   December 31, 2017
Captain Frank is definitely someone that you should fish with, and is very kid friendly compared to the other people that we...
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Karen Gilmore
Dublin, OH
 5.00
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Half-day trip with Captain Frank

VERIFIED   June 17, 2018
Enjoyable and relaxing day of fishing and touring the waterways for my father,  my teen daughters and myself
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Mickey Henry
Bradenton, FL
 5.00
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VERIFIED   July 26, 2018
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Randall Haggard
Longboat Key, FL
 3.67
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VERIFIED   July 14, 2018
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