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
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $1,050
    price breakdown
    $1,050
    This trip is for the more serious anglers. This trip ranges 25-35 miles offshore.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $825
    price breakdown
    $825
    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 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    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 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    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
Venice, Florida, United States
33 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 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) Barracuda (Great)
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)

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

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

Boat Specs

Contender (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2000. Powered by 2 250HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 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 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Amazing Fishing!!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on June 22, 2020
What a great day of fishing!!  David and his 1st mate were GREAT, very professional!!  It was my daughter and my 1st time...
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on December 29, 2020
Capt David was outstanding with my 2 kids. We caught more fish than we could count and he put us on some BIG fish.  I’ll...
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VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on June 20, 2020
Great boat and great crew. They put us on the fish and we had a blast. Will definitely be back.
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on June 3, 2020
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