Top Priority Charters operates out of Venice, FL, heading way out into federal waters to get you onto the biggest fish around. Running anywhere from 10 to 35 miles offshore, you will be able to target top species like Red and Gag Grouper, Red Snapper, and more without being limited by the state fishing seasons.

You will be fishing aboard a 31’ Contender sportfisher with plenty of room for four anglers. She has a head onboard to make long offshore trips more comfortable and a covered flybridge to cruise in style on your way to and from the dock.

Capt. David welcomes anglers of any age or experience level. He loves to teach children and beginners the basics and see them pull in their first fish and is just as happy working with skilled old-timers to bring in a massive haul. Capt. David will talk through your skills and your expectations ahead of the trip to build the perfect charter for you. Your fun is his Top Priority!

You will be mainly bottom fishing on your trip, targeting tasty table fish around various reefs and wrecks offshore. You will also have the chance to troll for fast-moving King Mackerel, Barracuda, and Cobia. If there is a certain species you really want to go after, like Tarpon or Goliath Grouper, just let Capt. David know and he will do his best to put you on a monster.

All Top Priority Charters trips come with quality tackle and plenty of fresh live bait. At the end of your trip, your fish will be cleaned and filleted for you, ready for the freezer or the frier. All you need to bring is your sunscreen, your camera, and any food and drinks you want for the day.

Capt. David is one of the few federally licensed captains in the Venice area! Check out what fishing for giants in federal waters looks like!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    1/2 day 4 Hour (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US $850
    Great trip for anglers looking for plenty of action closer to shore. Typical 4 hours trips range from 10-15 miles offshore.
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Trolling
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Permit
    Permit
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    1/2 day 4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    US $850
    Great trip for anglers looking for plenty of action closer to shore. Typical 4 hours trips range from 5-15 miles offshore.
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Trolling
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    1/2 Day 5 Hour
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US $1,050
    The 5 hour trip will be similar to the 4 hour trip ,but by adding the extra hour = more fishing time, possibly a bigger grade of fish.5 hour trips usually range 10-20 miles offshore.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day 6 Hour Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US $1,150
    The 6 hour trip is usually the "crowd favorite" offering the best of both ends of trips we offer. Not too long- not too short!
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Permit
    Permit
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Shark (Porbeagle)
    Porbeagle Shark
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Bonito
    Bonito
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Grouper (Scamp)
    Scamp Grouper
  • Private trip
    Full Day 8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US $1,400
    This trip is for the more serious anglers. This trip ranges 20-40 miles offshore.
    Types of fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Grouper (Goliath)
    Goliath Grouper
    Permit
    Permit
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Jack (African Pompano)
    African Pompano Jack
    Grouper (Scamp)
    Scamp Grouper
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
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Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
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Appropriate for children
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Great Fishing Trip

VERIFIED   Full Day 8 Hour Trip on November 17, 2023
I have taken fishing trips all over the world and I can truly say this is on the top of my list. Capt Dave is great at his...
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Tim O.
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Perfect day fishing

VERIFIED   3/4 Day 6 Hour Trip on April 21, 2024
Great day sport fishing for Amber Jacks, catch and release, then went deep for grouper and snapper to eat.  Highly recommend...
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Mike C.
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Great Day !

VERIFIED   1/2 day 4 Hour (AM) on April 1, 2024
Captain Dave is Fantastic, very friendly, knowledgeable, clean boat.  Highly recommend Top Priority Charter.  This will be...
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Stephen P.
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Perfect day of fishing

VERIFIED   1/2 Day 5 Hour on March 14, 2024
The captain and crew were very cordial and his boat was awesome. We ALL caught several fish. Very enjoyable trip, will do it...
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Tony T.
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Great offshore trip

VERIFIED   Full Day 8 Hour Trip on February 29, 2024
David was a great captain enjoyable trip very knowledgeable and great equipment
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FAQs about Top Priority Charters

Top Priority Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $850 per group, additional US $50 per person after 5 guests - 1/2 day 4 Hour (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $850 per group, additional US $50 per person after 5 guests - 1/2 day 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $1,050 per group, additional US $50 per person after 5 guests - 1/2 Day 5 Hour (5 hours)
  • US $1,150 per group, additional US $50 per person after 5 guests - 3/4 Day 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • US $1,400 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - Full Day 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Top Priority Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet Private enclosed flushing marine head.
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Top Priority Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (A variety of live baits used depending on season and type of fish we are targeting.)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (We filet/rinse and bag your filets at the end if your trip.)
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License (We carry all licenses needed)

Top Priority Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing (Out to 20 miles offshore)
  • Offshore Fishing (20-35 miles offshore)
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Top Priority Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Top Priority Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Permit
  • Snapper (Lane)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Tarpon

Meet the Captain

David Patton
Englewood, Florida, United States
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49 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since November 2017
Captain David Patton is a fifth-generation Sarasota native. His family has worked the local lands and waters for over a century, and he has spent much of his life out on his local waters fishing with his father and now with his children. Fishing has always been his passion, and he made the move to a full-time charter business in order to share his native seas with as many people as possible. David loves teaching beginners and working with children to help them bring in their first fish. For him, there is no greater pleasure than helping a family spend quality time out on the water like he did as a kid.

About this listing

Targeted species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper

Boat specs

Yellowfin (Sportfishing) originally built in 2006. Powered by 2 350HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
36 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Out to 20 miles offshore
Offshore Fishing
20-35 miles offshore
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Private enclosed flushing marine head.
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
A variety of live baits used depending on season and type of fish we are targeting.
Catch cleaning & filleting
We filet/rinse and bag your filets at the end if your trip.
First Mate
Fishing License
We carry all licenses needed

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 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
6 and up offshore, any age nearshore.
You Keep Catch
We clean and bag your catch for you
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

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

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