Captain Eric Schmidt and his son Captain Bryce Schmidt have fished the waters surrounding Florida throughout their entire lives. They’re very keen on sharing this experience with other people as they’re both passionate anglers and involved in making sure your trips with them are as fun and exciting as possible.

Climb aboard the 24’ Triton center console, powered by a 225 HP Yamaha outboard engine. The vessel is capable of holding 5 anglers at the same time comfortably. It’s capable of developing a maximum cruising speed of up to 52 knots, allowing you to get to the fishing grounds in no time. It comes equipped with outriggers for trolling, as well as a full suite of electronics for finding the fish.

You will go after a very mixed batch of species on this charter, ensuring every trip is different and more memorable than the last one. Amberjack, Black Drum, Redfish, Cobia, Tarpon, Sharks, and other exciting prey are targeted. The techniques used will mainly be bottom fishing and trolling.

All of the equipment required is provided by the charter, quality-recognized brands such as Penn and Shimano. Live bait is provided for the customers at no additional price on the trips. Schmidt Happens Fishing is a child-friendly charter and while there is no minimum age for children, Captain Eric recommends that they be 3 years or older. They provide vests in all sizes, as well as all required safety items as per Coast Guard standards.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Inshore/Offshore
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    The full-day trip is a fantastic opportunity to go after some proper pelagic fish. Trolling for Kingfish will be on the target list as well as bottom fishing. You will also target Amberjack, Redfish, Black Drum, Sea Bass, Triggerfish, and others. All required equipment is provided for this trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore AM
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $450
    You will fish the creeks, intercoastal waterway or possibly the St. Mary's jetties on this half-day trip. The targeted species are Red Drum, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Trout and others. During the summer months you'll be going after King Mackerel as it's very active then. Sharks are always a possibility as well
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Nearshore PM
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $450
    This trip will take you to the many natural reefs in the area as well as the numerous wrecks. The fish you'll be going after is Red Snapper, Groupers, Sea Bass, Cobia, and others. In the summer the King Mackerel is in season and on the menu.
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About the Captain

Bryce Schmidt
Fernandina Beach, Florida, United States
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Captain Bryce Schmidt has been fishing the waters of north Florida all of their lives. They strive to provide the best fishing or eco-cruise trip possible. With local knowledge obtained over years of fishing, and quality gear we make sure your day on the water is a great experience. Bait, tackle, rods and reels, and ice provided. You only need to bring what you will want to eat and drink, and don't forget your sunscreen!

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Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Redfish Redfish
Seabass (Black) Black Seabass
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark
Shark (Bonnethead) Bonnethead Shark

Snapper (Red) Red Snapper
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Triton (Center console) originally built in 2006. Powered by a 225HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 52 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Checks

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Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Johnny R.
Mansfield, GA
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Apopka, Florida
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Nearshore PM on June 16, 2021
Lots of fun catching fish and sharks with captain Bryce!
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Jacksonville, FL
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Inshore AM on March 18, 2021
Cpt Schmidt was amazing. We had two small kids on the trip and he made sure it was fun, comfortable, and safe along the way....
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Jesup, GA
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Nearshore PM on June 29, 2021
We all enjoyed our experience and would definitely look forward to going out with the Capt. again!
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Jacksonville, Florida
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Nearshore PM on June 12, 2021
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FAQs about Schmidt Happens Fishing

Schmidt Happens Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 5 guests - Half Day Trip - Nearshore PM (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip - Inshore AM (4 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip - Inshore/Offshore (7 hours)

When you book a trip with Schmidt Happens Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers

Trips booked with Schmidt Happens Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn and Shimano)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Schmidt Happens Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Schmidt Happens Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Schmidt Happens Fishing include:
  • Amberjack
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Bonnethead)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Tarpon