Optimus Fishing Charters

Optimus Fishing Charter invites you to spend a fun and productive day on the bountiful waters of Tampa Bay, Florida. Fishing here is excellent throughout the year as a multitude of species comes into season each and every month. With this much diversity in the inshore and nearshore waters, it is no wonder Tampa Bay is a famous fishing hot zone.

Fishing for Redfish, Snook, Cobia, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, and Sharks is Captain Brian’s specialty. He can also take you fishing for the super delicious Sheepshead, Tripletail, and other local species available in season. Using a variety of live bait such as Shrimp and white fish, you will utilize a number of fishing techniques in order to bring the fish on board.

Captain Brian Lemelin first started fishing in Tampa back in 2003 and he was hooked from the very first moment. He worked as a first mate for many respected captains in this area, acquiring knowledge and experience, before getting a captain’s license himself. He is now a proud owner and operator of his own charter boat company.

Stepping aboard his 23’ Nautic Star Center console built in 2015 with a capacity for six guests, you will be whisked to the fishing grounds comfortably. Powered by a 200 HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 42 knots, the boat is fast and steady on the water. It features a GPS and a fishfinder that aid your search for the fish; it has a forward and an aft livewell, an ice box for the catch, and a wireless trolling motor.

Optimus Fishing Charter provides rods, reels, tackle, bait, a fishing license for everyone on the boat, as well as a cleaning and filleting after the trip. What is even better than taking your catch home, is having Brian fillet it for you and the Hooks restaurant in Little Harbor cooking it for you! Cooking comes at an extra fee, so make sure you enquire about this service on the trip.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $595
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    This full day trip will take you fishing the inshore and coastal waters of Tampa Bay. You can go out to 10 miles off the coast in search of Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Sheepshead, Tripletail, Redfish, Trout, Sharks, Bluefish, and lots more.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $495
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    On this 6-hour long trip, you will fish the Southshore Tampa Bay for a wide variety of species such as Snook, Cobia, Trout, Redfish, Sheepshead, Tripletail, Spanish Mackerel, Mangrove Snapper, and more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip AM
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $395
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    Southshore Tampa Bay fishing for Cobia, Redfish, Snook, Trout, Flounder, Sheepshead, and more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip PM
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $395
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    This is an afternoon Southshore Tampa Bay fishing trip for Snook, Trout, Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Sharks, and more.

About the Captain

Brian Lemelin
Ruskin, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
8 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
17 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since June 2017
Grew up in the great Adirondack Mountains. Fishing and hunting were a way of life. 20 year member of the US Air Force. Travelled the world and fished and hunted in numerous different countries. Began fishing Tampa Bay and Gulf water in 2003. First mated for numerous outstanding Captains for over 10 years, learning the trade and waters. Love the Captain's life, teaching and providing the opportunities for others to take part in the great outdoors. FWC approved Captain and Hunting Guide.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bluefish Bluefish
Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish

Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Nautic Star (Center console) originally built in 2015. Powered by a 200HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 42 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Bowfishing
Flounder Gigging

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

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

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. 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 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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.82
out of 5 stars from 17 reviews
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A really big Bonethead Shark
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
87%
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Andrea S.
Saint Paul, MN
 5.00
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VERIFIED   November 20, 2019
Best vacation ever!!! Brian was a fantastic captain! He is extremely knowledgeable and an expert fisherman and I wouldn’t...
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Brian R.
Orlando, Florida
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I have been on many different fishing charters and can say that Captain Brian is the best in the Tampa Bay area!  The...
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Apollo Beach, FL
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3/4 with Captain Brian

VERIFIED   December 23, 2019
The weather wasn’t good, but we had a great time with Captain Brian!!  He was helpful, informative, and knowledgeable...
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Charles M.
Loxahatchee Groves, Florida
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VERIFIED   February 21, 2019
I have fished and guided in Florida all my life and Capt. Brian Lemelin is the best guide I have ever fished with.  He...
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Robyn M. W.
Denver, Colorado
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Every time we go to Florida we book this charter. If you want to catch fish, Captain Brian is a guarantee! We have never gone...
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