Captain
Patrick Eckelbarger

Member since January 2015

St Petersburg, United States

Background
Captain Patrick specializes in deep sea and bottom fishing on the productive St. Petersburg waterways. He loves targeting Red Grouper, Amberjack, Gag Grouper, Snappers, as well as various pelagics inhabiting the offshore grounds.

Hey, I'm Captain Patrick Eckelbarger

St Petersburg, United States
Background
Captain Patrick specializes in deep sea and bottom fishing on the productive St. Petersburg waterways. He loves targeting Red Grouper, Amberjack, Gag Grouper, Snappers, as well as various pelagics inhabiting the offshore grounds.
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My Charter Listings

St Petersburg
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US$ 480
St Petersburg
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US$ 200

Customer Reviews

4.95 out of 5 stars from 20 reviews

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Went fishing on Wednesday, September 7, 2016

We had a great time with Patrick & Michael.  They were both great with our kids.  Would highly recommend them!

Fished September 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, July 15, 2016

I have been looking for an awesome memorable trip for my children. We chose a 3/4 day in hopes of catching a red snapper and keeper grouper.  Well, we not only landed these, we landed two huge black fin tuna - sushi grade and if it were not for the skill and quick thinking of the crew, we would have not ever done that on our own.  They were so obviously experienced to land two at once and we were thrilled.  We went to a local dive called willeys and had they fry, blacken and sear the fish. We have it packed in ice and plan to eat it for next few days.  The boat is great and has shade but be sure to ask for the bean bags. The captain is first rate and mate is a joy to be with and work with.  They let my teens have much autonomy but ensuring they didn’t lose a fish. We are so so happy we had this experience and we will return

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, July 22, 2016

I wanted to create the same experience for my youngest son and daughter as I had as a child.  Going deep sea fishing with the captain and crew made the experience lasting and amazing

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 2, 2016

Excellent trip. Cap and crew always had a line ready for us. Even caught a very rara African Pompano. Thanks Cap we’ll be returning customers for years to come.

Fished July 2016

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Patrick Eckelbarger (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

What a great day out there! Thanks again Eddie

Went fishing on Thursday, June 23, 2016

Captain Patrick and his first mate Michael were both incredibly friendly knowledgeable and helpful. They assure that we caught fish and had fun at the same time. Would highly recommend for anyone looking for a good charter fishing experience.

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, May 19, 2016

Captain was great.  This was the best charter we have been on in years,  highly recommended

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Our group had a great time fishing with La Costa Charters. Captain Patrick and his first mate Will were terrific. Patrick laid out a game plan for our trip at the docks and stuck to it. At our first stop we were catching fish as soon as we dropped our lines in the water. Our group caught Grunts, King Mackerel, and black tail Tuna. I would go with these guys again next time we are in St. Petersburg area.

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Great day out at sea.  Caught fish right away even a black finned Tuna which was rare.  It was a family trip with three teenagers!  Lots of fun!  Captain Pat and First mate Ryan were the best.  Fish were cleaned at the dock for us to take if we wanted.  :) Collins Family

Fished April 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, April 3, 2016

It was nice, we caught more than enough fish. Everyone we went with had a great time. Very relaxing.  Thanks guys!

Fished April 2016

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Patrick Eckelbarger (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, April 7, 2016

Thank you for coming out with us. You guys were a blast!

Went fishing on Monday, March 28, 2016

Captain Patrick and Ryan provided myself, my daughter and son-in-law with a fantastic experience.  None of us have fished very much and they were very helpful in instructing us and helping us to be comfortable with the scene on the ocean.  A great time was had by all!

Fished March 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, January 10, 2016

Capt Patrick and Mate Will took us out today and put us right on the fish we were interested in catching. They’re both very knowledgeable and took care of everything we needed, so you could focus solely on the fish. We’ll definitely be choosing them for our next Charter, had a great time.

Fished January 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Great Time!!!

Fished December 2015

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Went fishing on Friday, November 27, 2015

Captain Patrick and deckmate Michael made our family outing very relaxing and fun. The trip was so easy for us because Patrick and Michael did all the hard work. We just relaxed, had fun, enjoyed the beautiful day and caught fish all day. We highly recommend La Costa Charters.

Fished November 2015

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Patrick Eckelbarger (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thanks we had great trip and look forward to another!

Went fishing on Saturday, September 5, 2015

This was by far the best charter I have ever used. Captain Patrick and his deck hand Michael we very professional, knowledgeable, and know all the good fishing holes. We had 6 people in our group and in our first stop we almost caught our limit of red grouper. All total we caught 12 Red Grouper, 1 Gag Grouper, 3 Snapper, and 2 of the largest Grunts that the captain had ever seen. The boat was very spacious and comfortable. It was probably the smoothest running boat I have ever been on which is saying a lot because I used to have a 23 foot Contender. I will definitely be booking with La Costa Charters again and will recommend them to everybody I can.

Fished September 2015

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 18, 2015

Our fishing trip was awesome!

Caught some great fish.Captain Patrick was outstanding.So much fun.

Would definitely recommend.

Fished July 2015

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Went fishing on Monday, August 17, 2015

The boat was great for fishing from, also got us to the spots quickly so we did not just have a long boat ride. We had five in our party. Not sure I would have liked fishing one more. Captain knew the right spots for the species of fish we were interested in. He worked hard as he did not have mate.

The only negatives I would comment on: Before we left dock, the captain announced we should use the shore bathrooms before we leave as the head on the boat stopped working the day before. The head was one of the boat features that was important to me as my wife was along with my two sons and one grandson. Not a real inconvenience for us guys, but so for the wife on an eight hour trip. The second item was the anchor wench broke while we were out. Captain had to spend some time getting the anchor line unraveled which ate into some fishing time. He also then had to deploy and retrieve the anchor by hand after that. Made it more difficult for him. But he endured and we caught some nice grouper.

I would not let the difficulties we encountered stop me from booking with them again. All in all, it was a great day and experience.

Have not downloaded pictures to the computer yet to attach here.

Fished August 2015

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Went fishing on Thursday, August 6, 2015

Took wife and two daughters out for a half day.  20 miles out, we caught red grouper, yellowtail snapper,and grunts.  TONS of fun.  Afterward, we went to Willy’s and had the fish cooked up…blackened and fried.  Delicious!  Would do it again in a heartbeat.

Fished August 2015

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Went fishing on Friday, July 3, 2015

The fishing was a lot of fun. The Captain and deck hand were great and I would recommend them to anyone that asked. We did catch fish but not anything large enough to brag about. But that’s fishing. My experience with FishingBooker was really good and I will use this service again in the future.

Thanks

Fished July 2015

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Went fishing on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Great fishing experience with Captain Patrick and his mate Michael. They know where to go and guarantees you will catch what you are aiming for. We caught all the species we wanted to catch specially the American red snappers. Awesome trip. Will certainly hire Captain Patrick again. Thank you for your recommendation. Photos attached as a testament to our experience.

Fished June 2015

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Went fishing on Thursday, April 2, 2015

There is no other boat to charter except for La Costa!  She’s the best on the sea with a knowledgeable, fun and professional Captain to go with her. Our family of five had the BEST TIME EVER last week with Captain Patrick from start to finish.  We could not have envisioned a more picturesque day of reeling in more fish than we knew what to do with.  By and far, this is the Captain, the boat and the rigs you want for your one of a kind experience on the crystal sea waters. Our many thanks to Captain Patrick & his 1st Mate for starting our vacation off with more incredible memories and fun that we continue to share with family, friends & colleagues!
All the best -
The Carey Family

Fished April 2015

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