Down Sea Charters

Riverside Park Drive
Vero Beach FL, United States

Down Sea Charters invites you to fish the Indian River Lagoon out of Sebastian, Vero Beach, and Fort Pierce, Florida. You will fish with Captain Sam Atwell who has fished the local waters his whole life. He is a positive and knowledgeable captain whose mission is to always provide a safe and productive environment for everyone onboard.

Captain Sam will take you fishing aboard his 18-foot Maverick HPX skiff originally built in 2018. Powered by a 115 HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots, this boat is a beast on the water. It features a GPS used to locate the schooling fish, an icebox to store the catch, life jackets for safety, and two raised fishing platforms for sight fishing.

The Indian River Lagoon is rich in a variety of shallow water species such as Redfish, Speckled Trout, Pompano, Jack Crevalle, Tarpon, Snook, Flounder, and more. Captain Sam is well skilled in a fishing techniques such as light tackle, fly fishing, spinning, and gigging. He will be able to teach you anything you need to know and as you long as you pay close attention, you are bound to have a successful day on the water.

Down Sea Charters will provide you with all the fishing gear you need including Abel, Islander, and Tibor reels accompanied with either Sage or Gloomis rods when fly fishing. They also have conventional Gloomis and Shimano rods, Shimano spinning and conventional reels, and tackle. There will also be live and artificial baits, a fishing license, drinks, and a catch cleaning and filleting service at the end of your trip.

If you are looking to spend a day on the beautiful shallow water and mangroves in the Indian River Lagoon then Down Sea Charters is a great choice.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 550
    up to 4 persons
    The full day trip will allow you to target more species at once such as Pompano, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, etc. Alternatively, you can concentrate on one like Tarpon and make you day even more exciting.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip: AM
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 400
    up to 4 persons
    On the half day trip, you will have the chance to target Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Pompano, etc. Alternatively, you can concentrate on just the one like Tarpon and make your day even more exciting.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip: PM
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 400
    up to 4 persons
    On the half day trip, you will have the chance to target Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Pompano, etc. Alternatively, you can concentrate on just the one like Tarpon and make your day even more exciting.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

  Black Drum
  Cobia
  Flounder
  Jack Crevalle

  Permit
  Redfish
  Shark (Blacktip)
  Snook

  Spotted Seatrout
  Tarpon
  Tripletail

Boat Specs

Maverick HPX (Skiff) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha engine.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Fly Fishing
Flounder Gigging

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day before the trip date.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Vero Beach to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

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
PayPal

About the Captain

Sam Atwell
Vero Beach, Florida, United States
Member since May 2017
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No one knows for sure, but it’s possible that Sam Atwell was born on the water. From the moment he could hold a fishing pole or carry a surfboard, he was out there. At age 10, he got his hands on some poles and a Zodiac to explore the nooks and crannies of the Indian River Lagoon, and hasn't looked back since. To say Sam understands the local fishing spots is an understatement. He lives and breathes Florida fish and wildlife and is attuned to its subtle rhythms: the tides, the weather, the seasons, the habits, the cycles. He’s been learning from them for nearly three decades. You won’t just catch fish with Sam, you’ll immerse yourself in the entire Florida experience and begin to understand how this fascinating ecosystem works together to present such incredible opportunities for adventure. What’s more, Sam’s just a good, fun guy to be around. Even when he’s picking you up before the sun rises at 5:30am, he’s cracking jokes and has a smile on face. He loves getting to know new people.
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

Vero Beach Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

5 out of 5 stars from 5 reviews

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Tough day of trying to catch but capt Sam was fantastic.

Fished April 23, 2018
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Very knowledgeable & personable. We had a great morning fishing and exploring the area. Would definitely ask for Sam if we are back in the area .

Fished March 24, 2018
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Any day fishing is better then any day working lol had great time the fish had problems hitting the bait guess they’re a little blind lol

Fished February 25, 2018
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Fishing Reports

Fishing continues to be consistent !

June 01, 2018

The fishing bite is on! Snook...tarpon..trout ! Come book a trip with Down Sea Charters !! Read Full Report →


Great fishing in the Treasure Coast!!

May 28, 2018

The fishing has been on fire in the last couple weeks! The rain has mixed things up and the fish seemed to love it!!! There are a lot of tarpon, snook, redfish, etc. around. Come book a trip with… Read Full Report →