Ana Banana Fishing Company - Nautic Star

Ana Banana Fishing Company specializes in family fun on the beautiful waters of Tampa Bay. The crew aims to keep you happy, safe, and full of exciting memories.

Whether you have a group of fishing buddies, a family reunion, a corporate event, or any other reason to go fishing, you have found the right place. Ana Banana will take you fishing the inshore and nearshore waters up to 9 miles out. You don’t have to travel too far out - Tampa Bay’s flats, reefs, wrecks, and backcountry waters are home to a myriad of exciting species.

Get your hands on Redfish, Flounder, Trout, and Tarpon and fish along the shoreline. Or venture out just a little bit further to tackle Snapper, Kingfish, Jack Crevalle, Spanish Mackerel, and many other species. If you are traveling with kids, they will especially enjoy battling Sharks.

Test yourself in spearfishing or bowfishing for Cobia and Sheepshead. Pop for Trout, bottom fish for Grouper and Snapper, kite fish for King Mackerel. Catch fish with a fly or jig for Redfish. Whichever fishing technique you’d like to try, just let your captain know. He and his crew will make it happen. So, don’t miss to leave a tip for his First mate - he works for tips and gives his best to help you!

Hop onboard the ‘Nautic Star’, a 24’ center console. Her 200 HP Yamaha engine will power you to the hottest grounds and honey holes in the area quickly and safely. The Nautic Star can accommodate up to six anglers.

The trips with Ana Banana Fishing Company aboard the Nautic Star are all-inclusive. You will need to bring some sun protection, food, and drinks. Welcome aboard!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $795
    This half-day morning trip can be customized to meet your specific needs. Fish for whatever is in season and biting. Check the waters inshore or head up to 10 miles out. Kite fishing, trolling, bottom fishing, spinning, and many other techniques are available.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $795
    This afternoon trip is designed specifically for those who are busy in the morning but still want catch a lot of fish later. The package is customizable. Just let your captain know which fishing technique you'd like to try. The crew will work hard to accommodate your specific need. Target Redfish, Tarpon, Snook, Shark, Kingfish, Jack Crevalle, and many other species.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day 6 Hours
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $995
    Catch Snapper, Grouper, Tarpon, Shark, Barracuda, Jack, and many more species.
  • Private trip
    Full Day 8 Hours
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,195
    Catch Snapper, Grouper, Tarpon, Barracuda, Jack, along many other species of fish.

About the Captain

Joel Brandenburg
Marathon, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
237 Customer reviews
Response time 5 hours
Member since March 2015
This very experienced Captain is a 3rd generation fishing captain in his family. Captain Joel is on the water 300 days per year and he loves every minute of it. He is native to Florida and has traveled the world over for fish. He used to be a child psychologist for 20 years and had focused on childhood grief issues and grief counselling. Our captain is also a co-creator of two published kids books. Captain Joel loves acquainting his guests with the most epic fish which he believes are exactly where he is from - the Gulf of Mexico.

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Boat specs

Hanson (Center console) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 200HP Yamaha engine.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Tampa Bay and intracoastal waterways
Nearshore Fishing
Anna Maria, Egmonte Key, Ft Desoto
Offshore Fishing
Gulf of Mexico - up to 9 miles out
Reef Fishing
Many reefs
Wreck Fishing
Many wrecks
Flats Fishing
Grass, sand and oyster
Backcountry Fishing
Mangroves and esturaries

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Live bait spinning rod and reels
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Grouper and Snapper digging
Trolling
Grouper and Pelagics in Tampa Bay and the Gulf
Spinning
Most of the time
Jigging
For Trout, Reds, and Grouper
Popping
Pop for Trout
Fly Fishing
We have the biggest saltwater fly tourney on earth
Drift Fishing
Trout, Snapper, Grouper
Kite Fishing
Kingfish
Bowfishing
Cobia and Sheepshead
Handline
We hand line Goliath Grouper
Spearfishing
If it swims and it's legal we spear it
Deep Sea Fishing
We troll in Tampa Bay and Gulf

Amenities

Toilet
In center console
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
90% live bait fishing
Refrigerator

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
New
Live Bait
Caught fresh daily
Lures
Yes, we have them
Catch cleaning & filleting
Yes, we do it all
First Mate
Sometimes - Works for tips!
Fishing License
Yes, included
Lunch
You hook em we cook em
Fly Fishing Equipment
Upon request

Cancellation policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

Listing policies

Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Marathon to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
You hook em we cook em included in the charter fee
Catch and Release Allowed
Keep or release what you want as long as it's legal
Disabled Accessible
Take out wounded warriors in wheel chairs weekly

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 80 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (69)
Half day trip
Half day trip
Half day trip
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Angler Rating
68
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
95%
Catch intended fish
86%
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Jason K.
Hilton Head Island, SC
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Half day trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 10, 2022
Captain Joel and his first mate Eddie were great and provided a great experience for us. They definitely knew the spots to...
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Brenda F.
Overland Park, KS
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
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Half day trip with Captain Jo Jo

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on May 28, 2022
Had a great trip with Captain Jo Jo. Caught a lot of fish, and took them to Castaways and had them cook them up for us. Great...
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Drew L.
Morehead City, NC
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day 6 Hours on April 20, 2022
Joel and Eddie were awesome. They are very good hosts and great with kids. Highly recommend. We crushed the fish!
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Phineas S.
Sarasota, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 23, 2022
Great day with captain Joel ran into a lot of personal problems throughout the day and he did a great job to accommodate. Thanks...
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Marne H.
Naperville, IL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on January 4, 2022
Captain Joel and Jo Jo,  were very adroit at finding fish and teaching us techniques to land a ton of them.  We worked hard,...
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FAQs about Ana Banana Fishing Company - Nautic Star

Ana Banana Fishing Company - Nautic Star offers the following trips to customers:
  • $795 per group, additional $99 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $795 per group, additional $99 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $995 per group, additional $99 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day 6 Hours (6 hours)
  • $1,195 per group, additional $99 per person after 2 guests - Full Day 8 Hours (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Ana Banana Fishing Company - Nautic Star, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet In center console
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well 90% live bait fishing
  • Refrigerator
  • Spearfishing Equipment
  • Radar
  • Life Jackets

Trips booked with Ana Banana Fishing Company - Nautic Star include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (New)
  • Live Bait (Caught fresh daily)
  • Lures (Yes, we have them)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Yes, we do it all)
  • First Mate (Sometimes - Works for tips!)
  • Fishing License (Yes, included)
  • Lunch (You hook em we cook em)
  • Fly Fishing Equipment (Upon request)

Ana Banana Fishing Company - Nautic Star offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Tampa Bay and intracoastal waterways)
  • Nearshore Fishing (Anna Maria, Egmonte Key, Ft Desoto)
  • Offshore Fishing (Gulf of Mexico - up to 9 miles out)
  • Reef Fishing (Many reefs)
  • Wreck Fishing (Many wrecks)
  • Flats Fishing (Grass, sand and oyster)
  • Backcountry Fishing (Mangroves and esturaries)

Ana Banana Fishing Company - Nautic Star offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (Live bait spinning rod and reels)
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing (Grouper and Snapper digging)
  • Trolling (Grouper and Pelagics in Tampa Bay and the Gulf)
  • Spinning (Most of the time)
  • Jigging (For Trout, Reds, and Grouper)
  • Popping (Pop for Trout)
  • Fly Fishing (We have the biggest saltwater fly tourney on earth)
  • Drift Fishing (Trout, Snapper, Grouper)
  • Kite Fishing (Kingfish)
  • Bowfishing (Cobia and Sheepshead)
  • Handline (We hand line Goliath Grouper)
  • Spearfishing (If it swims and it's legal we spear it)
  • Deep Sea Fishing (We troll in Tampa Bay and Gulf)

Top targeted fish species with Ana Banana Fishing Company - Nautic Star include:
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon