Slobby Joe Charters invites you down to the Ruskin, FL, for great fun and unbeatable fishing, exploring the area’s seemingly endless backcountry. Captain Joe is all about getting people as hooked as the fish themselves. He always has a trick up his sleeve when the fish aren’t biting, and always knows “one more spot” you can try if things are not as lively as they could be.

To get the most out of Tampa Bay’s South Shore, you will need a vessel that is able to navigate nimbly through shallow backwaters and narrow creeks. You will often be in only a few inches of water as you follow those tailing fish deep into the skinny waters where they search for food.

Capt. “Slobby” Joe’s 23’ Ranger was built and rigged precisely with this in mind. With GPS, Fishfinder, a trolling motor, and a live well full of great bait, you will set out ready to tackle anything the day can throw at you.

Spend the day battling the huge Redfish which thrive in these murky waters, as well as pulling in other top food and game and table species like Cobia, Speckled Trout, and Mangrove Snapper. From May till August, you have the best chances of catching massive Tarpon and Snook.

The expansive collection of high-quality fishing tackle on board will make sure you do bring in whatever comes your way, and the choice of fresh live bait and life-like lures will have the fish fighting over who gets to bite your hook.

Most of all, though, what sets Slobby Joe Charters apart from the crowd is the level of enthusiasm and experience that becomes obvious the first time you meet your captain. Get out for a day you won’t soon forget and go home with some great catch!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    The Waterman
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $1,300
    Full day 12hr trip built for "The Waterman" Think you can handle 12hrs on a boat, here's your chance to give it a shot!
  • Private trip
    Tarpon/Sharks/Mackerel/Grouper
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,100
    Only available from May-August for Sharks and Tarpon, however, Grouper season extends till December starting June 1st.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $900
    Spend 7 hours on the water, exploring the depths of the South Tampa Bay's winding backcountry! You'll target Snook Redfish, Cobia, Tarpon, Speckled Trout, Mangrove Snapper, and more with gear provided by Capt. Joe. Be sure to bring enough drinks and snacks to keep you going all day long and you're ready to go!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $500
    Spend the morning fishing in the south region of Tampa Bay, exploring the backwaters and creeks for big Snook, Redfish, Trout, and more. Capt. Joe provides all the gear you need for a successful day so you can make the most out of your time on the water. All you'll need to bring are any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    $500
    Get out on the water for an afternoon of fun, fishing the backwaters and secluded creeks for Redfish, Trout, Snook, Tarpon, and way more! You'll have 4 hours and top-notch fishing gear at your disposal to make the most out of your time on the water. Bring drinks and snacks to keep you going and you're ready to head out!
  • Private trip
    The Shorty
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    Short 2 - 3 hour fishing trip good for someone who is either new to fishing or is limited to the amount of time they have to fish.
  • Shared trip
    Friend Finder
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    Friend finder is a great way to meet some new fishing buddies, book a split charter and maybe make some new friends in the process!

About the Captain

Joe Burruezo
Ruskin, Florida, United States
15 Fishing Reports
121 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2017
Fishing has always been my passion! I grew up in Tampa Bay and have fished here all my life. I can't wait to show you the waters I've grown to love. I prefer light tackle fishing and shallow water sight fishing. From time to time I target Mackerel, Cobia, and Tarpon, but my main targets are Snook and Redfish.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Redfish Redfish

Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bonnethead) Shark (Bonnethead)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Ranger (Bay boat) originally built in 1995, and restored in 2020. Powered by a 300HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 47 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

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Snook fishing was fun. Got a 30\u201d too
Small part of our snapper haul
Fishing with Joe
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Angler Rating
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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Brian De St Jean
Dyer, IN
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Captain Slobby Joe

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 27, 2021
Captain Slobby Joe is a great guy and definitely knows where to find the fish. We had a group of 6 and our trip exceeded all...
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Amazing morning trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 22, 2021
How was a great guy, he was out and ready when we got there and got ice before and after trip with us. He got us right to are...
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Kristine C.
Brandon, FL
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Half Day Trip with Captain Jo

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 17, 2021
We did a half day charter out of Cockroach Bay, gorgeous day and seas. By captain Jo’s standards it was a so so day, we thought...
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Full day with Slobby Joe

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on March 16, 2021
Great day out on the water. Joe got us right on the fish, and kept us on them consistently throughout the full day. He seemed...
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Kansas City, MO
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May fishing trip

VERIFIED   Tarpon/Sharks/Mackerel/Grouper on May 10, 2021
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FAQs about Slobby Joe Charters – Ruskin

Slobby Joe Charters – Ruskin offers the following trips to customers:
  • $350 per person - Friend Finder (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - The Shorty (2 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $75 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $75 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (7 hours)
  • $1,100 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Tarpon/Sharks/Mackerel/Grouper (8 hours)
  • $1,300 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - The Waterman (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Slobby Joe Charters – Ruskin, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor

Trips booked with Slobby Joe Charters – Ruskin include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn reels, start rods )
  • Live Bait (Greenbacks, shrimp, crabs, mullet, lady fish )
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Will clean catch typically adds 30m-1.30hrs )
  • Drinks (I'll have waters but a cooler for yourself is good )
  • Fishing License (All licenses provided )
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Slobby Joe Charters – Ruskin offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing (Catching big fish in shallow water! )
  • Backcountry Fishing (Advanced anglers ask about artificial trips! )

Slobby Joe Charters – Ruskin offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (Penn reels, star and penn rods )
  • Trolling (Minn kota I-pilot )
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Slobby Joe Charters – Ruskin include:
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Redfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Bonnethead)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon