Captain
Joseph Raines

Member since March 2016

St Petersburg, United States

Background
I've been fishing my whole life, and the Gulf of Mexico for most of that. I became a captain to work in both the recreational and commercial sides of boating. Watching our guests reel in big exciting fish is very rewarding for me. We know you book with trusted professionals in order to increase your chances of having the trip of a lifetime. We work hard to bring you a memorable trip that you will be talking about for years to come.
Techniques
I love live bait fishing and watching big predator fish feed on the surface on these baits.

Hey, I'm Captain Joseph Raines

St Petersburg, United States
Background
I've been fishing my whole life, and the Gulf of Mexico for most of that. I became a captain to work in both the recreational and commercial sides of boating. Watching our guests reel in big exciting fish is very rewarding for me. We know you book with trusted professionals in order to increase your chances of having the trip of a lifetime. We work hard to bring you a memorable trip that you will be talking about for years to come.
Techniques
I love live bait fishing and watching big predator fish feed on the surface on these baits.

My Charter Listings

St Petersburg
trips from
US$ 375

Fishing Reports

Snook in the Mangroves

March 30, 2016

Copy and Paste YouTube Video Link to see the action from the trip. Lots of snook were caught and seen! We even caught a Jack Crevalle. Live Whitebait did the trick as the snook were up against the mangrove… Read Full Report →


King Mackerel

April 14, 2016

Today we went to the Shipping channel and slow trolled live sardines for kingfish. The bites was excellent with many fish taking our baits. We were able to get our guests on their first kingfish and their biggest fish… Read Full Report →


Mackerel and Tuna bite

April 20, 2016

Another day at the Tampa Bay shipping channel didn't disappoint. Tons of bait and the fish were hungry. Read Full Report →


SNOOK, SNAPPER, AND GROUPER

May 02, 2016

We hooked up with some Veterans from the non profit org. VETCATCH and donated a fishing trip to them. There was steady action all day. The highlight was the light tackle grouper catching and hot mangrove snapper bite. We… Read Full Report →


Tarpon , Trout, Redfish at Night

June 11, 2016

We started out on the outgoing tide using live threadfin herring for tarpon bait. We had a short period of time to try for tarpon and managed two bites and one hookup. The tarpon were rolling and free jumping… Read Full Report →


Offshore Adventure

May 26, 2016

Bottom Dropping and Trolling for Grouper, Snapper, Mackerel, and Tuna. Read Full Report →


Inshore SLAM! Multi Species Adventure

June 22, 2016

We started out fishing residential boat docks in Saint Pete Beach. There were several large fish that absolutely hammered our bait offerings and were so strong they broke 80 lbs leader and 50 lb braided line. We managed to… Read Full Report →


Offshore SLAM - Grouper, Snapper

July 03, 2016

We started out prospecting some new areas, which proved to be a great idea. The grouper showed up immediately. There were vermilion snapper everywhere.. Mangrove snapper showed up slower but we did get a few in the box, plus… Read Full Report →


VARIETY! Snook, Redfish, Mackerel,Trout+

August 21, 2016

Another outstanding charter in the books. We had some YouTube fans come out with us for a full day of inshore fishing. We caught snook, spanish mackerel, flounder, big trout, and hooked a few grouper. The snook were in… Read Full Report →


BIG SNOOK AND FLOUNDER

August 11, 2016

We started off hunting for a snook or large proportions, and scored on a nice 33' inch fish. This was our customer's first snook ever! We mixed things up a bit and hunted down some flounder, snapper and trout.… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

5.00 out of 5 stars from 5 reviews

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Went fishing on Sunday, August 21, 2016

Joe and Scott made a great team to serve up a fantastic day of fishing, whether we were island hopping targeting Snook, running and gunning for Spanish Mackerel or dock bombing for Grouper or the occasional Egret (long story, ask Joe) We had a tremendous day and the gear and bait were right there. No waiting on stuff to be rigged and a first class ride on their 20’ boat (Almost new too!)

Fished August 2016

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Joseph Raines (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, August 27, 2016

Harley, it was a great day for sure! We had fun watching you fight that nice snook. I knew you wanted that the most! The mackerel bite only gets better from here.

We strive to provide a great trip that provides big value for the dollar. We hope you can get back down this fall for the King Mackerel run. Keep in touch!

headfirstfishing@gmail.com

Went fishing on Friday, July 29, 2016

We had a family fishing trip which was second to none!  I took my two boys out for the day and they had the best time ever!  The crew were amazing and so good with the children.  They really are a great asset to the fishing trip industry!  We would have no hesitation in recommending Head First Fishing Adventures.

W Hobbs
United Kingdom

Fished July 2016

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Joseph Raines (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thanks for the great review, Warren! We’re happy we could help make some great memories for your family. Give us a call when you get back down and we’ll set you up on another great trip!


Went fishing on Saturday, June 25, 2016

We had such a great time. They were all about making it a memorable experience for my son. They were all about making sure he was able to catch fish. They were very helpful and informative and very friendly. We will definitely be booking with them again. I would recommend them to everyone!

Fished June 2016

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Joseph Raines (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Thank you for the great review. It was exciting to see your son catch all those different types of fish. We’re still wondering what it was that almost took the rod from his hands.

Went fishing on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Both Capt Joe and Capt Scott were fantastic. From the start this trip was about what my son and I wanted and Head First delivered. We started fishing in the bay which was a blast. Knowing we wanted to try catching a variety of fish Capt Joe was happy to switch gears and go to the backcountry. I came out with an inshore slam and my son caught the big cobia of the day. With the value of the dollar getting smaller and smaller the memories provided by the Head First team are priceless!

Fished June 2016

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Joseph Raines (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, June 24, 2016

Thanks for the great review, Allen. We are committed to providing excellent fishing trips that our guests will never forget.

Went fishing on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I had a great time fishing with Capt Joe and Scott. We caught some bait and then headed straight to the fish. As soon as we got to the Mangroves we started catching Snook. I was very impressed with how quickly they found the fish. We continued to catch fish the entire time we were out. A great day I will never forget! I will definitely go fishing with the guys from Head First the next time I’m in the area. I’m already thinking about what kind of fish to go after next time out!!

Fished March 2016

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Joseph Raines (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Thanks for the great review. We were proud to have you onboard and you did great fighting those snook! Lets go get some kingfish this fall.