Inspired Fishing Charters

Inspired Fishing Charters specializes in inshore and nearshore Tampa Bay adventures out of St. Petersburg, Florida. Owned and operated by life-long local, Captain Skylar Wilks. The company places a premium value on fish and fun.

Hop aboard a new 22’ Pathfinder 2200 Tournament bay boat. This clean and spacious vessel is powered by a 250 HP Yamaha motor. The boat was built with comfort in mind and can comfortably accommodate up to 4 anglers. The wireless trolling motor is there to keep you stealthy and the live wells keep your bait fresh.

Start your day off by checking out the bite inshore and get your hands on a "Grand Slam" by hooking a Redfish, Snook, and Trout all in one trip! You’ll explore a variety of areas around islands, oyster bars, beaches, and mangroves.

Trips with Capt. Skylar include everything you need for a fun and fish-filled day on the water. This includes licensing, rods, reels, ice, water, and safety equipment. When you come back to the marina, your captain will clean, fillet, and bag your catch for easy transport home.

Hop aboard and make memories to last a lifetime with Inspired Fishing Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $550
    Spend 5 hours fishing the Tampa Bay's inshore waters for Redfish, Snook, Trout, and Flounder. If you'd like, you can also be able to explore the nearshore Gulf waters and cooler with Mangrove Snapper, Grey Snapper, and, Mackerel. All of your gear, as well as a variety of light snacks, await on board.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $550
    For a productive afternoon, get out into the Tampa Bay's inshore waters for 5 hours of hooking into Redfish, Snook, Trout, and Flounder. You can also opt to take your trip into the nearshore waters of the Gulf for Mangrove Snapper, Shark, Grey Snapper, Mackerel, and many more.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $750
    There's nothing quite like 8 hours on the water! You'll spend the entire day hooking into a variety of inshore and nearshore species. Start your day in the mangroves and oyster bars and hook into Redfish, Trout, Flounder, and Snook. In the afternoon, shift your focus to the nearshore wrecks and reefs. where you'll hook int Snapper, Grouper, Sharks, and Mackerel.
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About the Captain

Skylar Wilks
Gulfport, Florida, United States
8 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
78 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since July 2017
For Captain Skylar Wilks, starting a fishing charter business was inevitable. Capt. Skylar is Florida born and raised and he grew up fishing. Capt. Skylar’s repertoire includes fishing the Indian River, Fort Myers, Sanibel, Pine Island, Tampa Bay, as well as trophy fishing from Clearwater to Sarasota.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Flounder Flounder
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish

Shark (Lemon) Lemon Shark
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Pathfinder 2200 Tournament (Bay boat) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 55 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

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

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days 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 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
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Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Half Day Trip Fun
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Angler Rating
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
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Appropriate for children
99%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Half Day Trip Fun

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on February 10, 2022
Had an awesome half day charter with Captain Skylar. Ended up with a “5 fish slam” or so I’ve been told. We caught baby...
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Half day trip with captain Skylar

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on December 20, 2021
We had a blast with captain Skylar. He is very knowledgeable. He was very helpful. We had 4 people in family. He was always...
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Mark S.
Maysville, KY
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Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 2, 2021
Skylar thank you for an awesome day of fishing. I have been on several charter fishing trips in my lifetime. This trip is ranked...
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Chris C.
Cumming, GA
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Best fishing day ever

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 17, 2021
Captian Skylar was amazing with the kids. He put us on some awesome snook, trout, and red fish. I asked that we target some...
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Connor A.
Columbus, MN
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Half day with captain Skyler

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on October 21, 2021
We had the most amazing time! He made sure to accommodate not only my husband and I but also our 6 year old daughter. He was...
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FAQs about Inspired Fishing Charters

Inspired Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

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

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

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

Inspired Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with Inspired Fishing Charters include:
  • Flounder
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Lemon)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon