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.

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 6 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 icebox for the catch, and a wireless trolling motor.

Fishing for Redfish, Snook, Cobia, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, and Sharks is Capt. 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.

Capt. Brian provides rods, reels, tackle, bait, a fishing license for everyone on the boat, as well as 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.

Join Optimus Fishing Charters and enjoy the prolific waters of Tampa Bay and have an unforgettable time!



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
    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
    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
    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
    This is an afternoon Southshore Tampa Bay fishing trip for Snook, Trout, Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Sharks, and more.
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About the Captain

Brian Lemelin
Ruskin, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
8 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
40 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
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

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 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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

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Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Father and son throw back!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on May 4, 2021
What a great experience all the way from the ride to the catch.  Nothing was spared and it was a great day.  Started off...
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Half day trip with Captain Brian

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on April 28, 2021
Yesterday’s fishing trip with Captain Brian stands at the top of the list. I vacation in Florida every year for the past...
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Great family trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on July 21, 2021
In the middle of a red tide, our captain put us on fish.  We didn’t see anyone else coming in with fish, but we had good...
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Valrico, FL
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Me my wife Rohini, my sister, her husband Jose and their two sons went with Captain Brian Lemelin on 6 plus hours of fishing...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 19, 2021
Our family had an amazing time and thoroughly enjoyed the fishing. We could laugh and smile and relax while making some great...
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FAQs about Optimus Fishing Charters

Optimus Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $395 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $395 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $495 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $595 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Optimus Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well (Two - forward and aft )
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Optimus Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Optimus Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Optimus Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Bowfishing
  • Flounder Gigging

Top targeted fish species with Optimus Fishing Charters include:
  • Bluefish
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tripletail