Top Priority Charters

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.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $1,200
    up to 6 persons
    This trip is for the more serious anglers. This trip ranges 25-35 miles offshore.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $850
    up to 6 persons
    The 6 hour trip is perfect for anglers that are looking to go further offshore than our 4 hour trip
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $650
    up to 6 persons
    Great trip for anglers looking for plenty of action closer to shore. Typical 4 hours trips range from 3 miles-10 miles offshore.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $650
    up to 6 persons
    Great trip for anglers looking for plenty of action closer to shore. Typical 4 hours trips range from 3 miles-10 miles offshore.
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About the Captain

David Patton
Nokomis, Florida, United States
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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
Barracuda (Great)
Cobia
Grouper (Gag)

Grouper (Goliath)
Grouper (Red)
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Permit

Snapper (Lane)
Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Red)
Tarpon

Boat Specs

Morgan (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1996, and restored in 2010. Powered by 2 420HP Cat engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
41 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. 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 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 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

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Customer Reviews

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4.97
out of 5 stars from 26 reviews
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Jim N.
Colchester, CT
 5.00
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Half day with Captain David

VERIFIED   June 17, 2019
I treated grandkids to an ocean fishing day and they really loved the experience. Captain David was great with them and put...
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Leif H.
Venice, FL
 5.00
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6 hr trip full of action

VERIFIED   December 28, 2018
I will charter with First Priority again
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Tighe P.
Lady Lake, FL
 5.00
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January fishing trip

VERIFIED   January 17, 2019
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Jeremy B.
Trenton, MI
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December fishing trip

VERIFIED   December 29, 2018
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Jennifer C.
Zionsville, Indiana
 5.00
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6 hour trip

VERIFIED   July 25, 2018
We chartered with “Top Priority Charters” on 7/28/2018 for a 6 hour trip. We really enjoyed the trip. We were new...
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