Patriotic Guide Service operates out of Holiday, FL, providing a range of trips to suit any schedule. Co-captains David and Michael been fishing their whole life, and have joined forces to provide the highest level of service possible.

Spend the morning fishing the local inlets before the sun kicks in, or pass the whole day on board, targeting Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish and more offshore. Fancy something even more exciting? Fish into the night in search of huge Bull and Hammerhead Sharks for some serious heart-pounding action.

No matter which trip you choose, you can fish with confidence aboard Patriotic Guide Service’s 25’ Tidewater Bay Max boat. Built in 2021, this hardy vessel can cruise at 35 knots, carrying up to five guests to the best waters at speed.

The vessel comes equipped with GPS and fishfinder to make sure you are always fishing in the right place. Her trolling motor and power pole will let you stalk the shallows in silence in search of spooky Tarpon and big tailing Reds, and her huge twin livewells come loaded with enough quality live bait to tempt in half the ocean.

Once you sink your hook, you can rely on the boat’s quality tackle to get the job done. You will be supplied with brand new, top of the line Penn reels, twinned with custom-built rods. If fly fishing is more your style, you will be kitted out with 8-weight Pflueger Patriarch rods and G Loomis reels.

No matter what trip you choose, you can trust Captains David and Michael to take you to the best spots around and to work tirelessly to put you on the fish. All trips come with tackle, bait, and lures. They will even clean and fillet all your catch for you at the end of the day, so all you need to bring is your camera and your biggest cooler!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip - Beat The Heat
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    This specialty inshore offers a great day on the water before the heat of the day begins. All of our inshore trips target a variety of species, such as Redfish, Snook, Trout, Tarpon, Cobia, Snapper, and more. All gear, bait, and beverages are provided on these trips.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Scalloping Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 16 - Jul 25
    $400
    The trip will consist of snorkeling in the beautiful waters of the Gulf for bay scallops. The is all inclusive from gear and scallop cleaning at the end of the trip to beverages. On these trips, you will commonly see dolphins and other marine life in their natural habitat. Departure point for this trip: Anclote River Park, located at 1119 Bailies Bluff Road, Holiday FL, 34691.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    Spend the morning targeting a range of inshore favorites, including Redfish, Snook, Trout, Tarpon, Cobia, Snapper, and more.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    $500
    Get out on the water for an afternoon targeting Redfish, Snook, Trout, Tarpon, Cobia, Snapper, and more.
  • Private trip
    Shallow water Grouper PM
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 31 - Dec 31
    $550
    This trips is to specifically target grouper in the months of October November, and December. We fish depthes from 8-25 feet of water targeting these drag screaming, great eating dinosaurs ! On these trips we also have the possibility of catching mangrove snapper, grunts , cobia, mackeral , and kingfish!
  • Private trip
    Sharks Sharks and more Sharks
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    Ever had the dream of catching Jaws? Want to tangle with an 8 foot Bull Shark or an athletic Spinner Shark?! Book with Patriotic Guide Service and tangle with the top of the food chain.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip - Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    A couple of extra hours mean even more amazing fish! Redfish, Snook, Trout, Tarpon, Cobia, Snapper, and more. Gear, bait, and beverages are provided.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip - Nearshore/Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    This trip is one for the offshore fisherman. On these trips we target our bottom species as well as our pelagic species. You can expect to catch Grouper, Snapper, Grunts, Kingfish, Cobia, Tripletail, and much more. Everything is included on this trip, from bait to beverages.
  • Private trip
    Goliath Grouper Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    This 6 hour trip will take you after the monster in the depths, the Goliath Grouper. Capable of exceeding weights of 300 pounds, battling a fish this size will take everything you have and put your fishing skills to a test. You'll use 50w reels with 400lb top shot to reel in these monsters before snapping a photo and releasing them to fight another day.
  • Private trip
    Shallow water grouper
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Dec 31
    $700
    This trips is to specifically target grouper in the months of October November, and December. We fish depthes from 8-25 feet of water targeting these drag screaming, great eating dinosaurs ! On these trips we also have the possibility of catching mangrove snapper, grunts , cobia, mackeral , and kingfish!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip - Nighttime Sharks
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    $800
    This is one of the captain's specialty trips. Departing the dock an hour before sunset, you'll venture off into the night to target one of the apex predators of the gulf: Sharks! The sole purpose of these trips is to target the biggest fish you can find. You'll hook into specimens such as are 8-foot Bull Sharks, 10-foot Hammerheads, and many other large species.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip - Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $850
    Spend the whole day on the water, targeting the best these shallow waters have to offer, including Redfish, Snook, Trout, Tarpon, Cobia, Snapper, and much more.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip - Specialty Trips
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $850
    Patriotic Guide Service offers many specialty trips, From Tarpon to Goliath Grouper to bowfishing trips, depending on the time of year. If you have a special species you want to go after, these guys will get it done.
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About the Captain

Michael Dawson
Holiday, Florida, United States
2 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
71 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since September 2017
Growing up in Tarpon Springs area, I grew up fishing the waters of the Tampa Bay area. The first fish I ever caught was a 32" Speckled Trout. Ever since then I have been hooked. My fishing career took off in high school when I started a fishing club at Tarpon Springs High School. I then went to USF Where I was the president of the USF fishing club and team. I have done work with TheOnlineFisherman and am the official guide of The Patriotic Angler Podcast.

About this listing

Targeted species

Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper

Boat specs

Tidewater (Bay boat) originally built in 2021. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha 4-stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 60 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
up to 9 miles offshore targeting grouper &snapper
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
Specialty trips, bring your own bow.
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Two massive livewells to ensure plenty of bait.
Wireless Trolling Motor
Power pole mounted on boat as well
Ice Box

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 25% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 2.5% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 71 reviews
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Andrew B.
Delaware, OH
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1/2 Day (a.m.) Trip with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - Inshore (AM) on June 30, 2022
Captain Mike was early, ready, and welcoming, so the trip started off great. I told him I wanted to catch fish until my kids...
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Jack D. L.
Dyer, IN
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6 hour Shark Charter

VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Trip - Nighttime Sharks on January 21, 2023
Awesome trip. Even though the weather was cold and the water was choppy, we all reeled in some big sharks.  He knows where...
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Kristina N.
Tampa, Florida
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Full day

VERIFIED   NEW  8 Hour Trip - Specialty Trips on January 16, 2023
Great trip. Captain mike had it all and had the 5 of us fishing non stop. 9 species of fish caught on our trip. Made sure we...
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Scott D.
Covington, Georgia
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On Fish ALL DAY

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip - Inshore on February 21, 2022
15 minutes into the trip we were on a school of 500-1000 Jack Crevalle and fighting for our lives!  The captain spotted them...
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David C.
New Palestine, IN
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Half Day with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip - Nearshore/Offshore on April 4, 2022
Capt. Mike put us on fish all day! It was my son’s first time catching fish from the gulf. Capt. Mike recommended inshore...
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FAQs about Patriotic Guide Service

Patriotic Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 2 Hour Trip - Beat The Heat (2 hours)
  • $400 per group - 5 Hour Scalloping Trip (5 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 4 Hour Trip - Inshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 4 Hour Trip - Inshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Shallow water Grouper PM (5 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Sharks Sharks and more Sharks (5 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 6 Hour Trip - Inshore (6 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 6 Hour Trip - Nearshore/Offshore (6 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Goliath Grouper Fishing (6 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Shallow water grouper (5 hours)
  • $800 per group - 6 Hour Trip - Nighttime Sharks (6 hours)
  • $850 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 8 Hour Trip - Inshore (8 hours)
  • $850 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 8 Hour Trip - Specialty Trips (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Patriotic Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well Two massive livewells to ensure plenty of bait.
  • Wireless Trolling Motor Power pole mounted on boat as well
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Patriotic Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Patriotic Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (up to 9 miles offshore targeting grouper &snapper )
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Patriotic Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Bowfishing (Specialty trips, bring your own bow.)
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Patriotic Guide Service include:
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail