Captain
Blake Harris

Member since May 2015

Ruskin, United States

Background
I am a Florida native with a lifetime of fishing experience on the west coast and Gulf of Mexico. I mated and worked on all kinds of fishing boats until getting my license 8 years ago. I am now a full time tugboat captain in the port on nights, and do morning charters and weekends
Techniques
My preferences kindof vary as the seasons change. Some fish are only cranking at certain times of year. I am very experienced at Flats and Offshore fishing

Hey, I'm Captain Blake Harris

Ruskin, United States
Background
I am a Florida native with a lifetime of fishing experience on the west coast and Gulf of Mexico. I mated and worked on all kinds of fishing boats until getting my license 8 years ago. I am now a full time tugboat captain in the port on nights, and do morning charters and weekends
Techniques
My preferences kindof vary as the seasons change. Some fish are only cranking at certain times of year. I am very experienced at Flats and Offshore fishing
Angler's Choice
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My Charter Listings

Ruskin
trips from
US$ 400
St Petersburg
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US$ 400

Fishing Reports

Tampa Bay Flats Fishing gone Wild!

May 04, 2017

With the water warming up for spring the fishing in Tampa Bay is going wild. Redfish are showing up in decent numbers with plenty of overslot bulls to run that drag! Snook season is closed but that isn't slowing… Read Full Report →


Inshore Redfish is a blast!

April 03, 2017

The Inshore Redfish bite is really turning on. As the bay waters warm up and the weather patterns get into a more steady cycle the Redfish are seriously coming out of hibernation. The only problems we have had lately… Read Full Report →


Offshore Bottom Fishing is bringing them

April 02, 2017

Bottom fishing the Gulf of Mexico is bringing the meat to the rail! The bite has been pretty nonstop. There is good fishing on the hard bottom areas near the shipping channel. Bringing in lots of Hogfish and Sheepshead… Read Full Report →


Sheepshead bite still bangin

February 07, 2017

Tampa bay inshore reef and wreck bite is still on fire! Shrimp on light tackle is doing the trick. We have to keep moving around a lot to get the bite but thats the name of the game this… Read Full Report →


Gulf of Mexico Snapper bite is on!

February 03, 2017

With the wintertime negative tides the Gulf offers a great option for catching fish this time of year. We are catching hogfish and mangrove snapper in hard bottom patches near deep water. Some red grouper have been mixed in… Read Full Report →


South Shore's Winter Tides

February 02, 2017

The South Shore this has left the prime species very picky about when and what they eat. I had a very tough trip early in the week so I took some time off to do some scouting. Snook can… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.64 out of 5 stars from 28 reviews

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Went fishing on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Fished April 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, April 14, 2017

Trip was great and have a great time. It was a tough day to catch what I want it to, but did get some fish on the line. Windy and very choppy day. Overall we all have fun and Captain Blake was great person. Would charter with him again just for the fun of it all.

Fished April 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, April 2, 2017

Capt Blake gets you on the fish,if it aint biting he moves to the next spot til your on fish..had a blast with capt Blake

Fished April 2017

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Blake Harris (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, April 3, 2017

Had a great time fishing with you guys! Thanks!


Went fishing on Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Great captain does everything in his power to get fish in the boat

Fished February 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, January 13, 2017

Had a great trip. Nice day out in the gulf. Captain Blake knows where the fish are and will do everything possible to keep you on fish. He even worked with a non fisherman to keep him catching. Three of us went out and have no idea how many we caught. I know my arm was tired after all I caught. I didn’t expect such a trip but was so surprised at the whole trip, we talked about the next time.

Fished January 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

We had a great day out on the water with Captain Blake. He worked hard to get us on the fish. We caught fish all day, and landed some really nice Hogfish!

Fished January 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, December 26, 2016

We had a fantastic day! Our captain was awesome with the kids, Blake made sure he took lots of time an moved a few times to find the fish…. definitely will continue to use him again!! Super fun! Thank you Blake!!!

Fished December 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, January 2, 2017

Fished January 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Fished December 2016

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Blake Harris (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Went fishing on Monday, November 21, 2016

captain was early and ready. we were early and ready. away we went. he was relentless to be catching fish . cold front had slowed the bite on the bigger fish he was after but we never quit catching fish the whole time we were out. we had the time of our lives. my son’s 13th birthday and he will never forget it . will be doing it again in the future for sure our captain was one of us all day. he extended the trip . we caught many species. never knew what we were bringing in the boat. best day ever !

Fished November 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, September 25, 2016

I have been on multiple fishing charters around Florida - Capt. Blake is by far the best I have been with. He is very personable & he works hard to put his clients onto fish - he will pull out all the stops & do everything he possibly can. He does not give up!!
He will be our go to Captain from now on!! I recommend his services to anyone looking for a professional & ethical guide!!

Fished September 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The fishing trip was a great experience for my family.  Captain Blake of the Red Dawn was good about communicating back and forth prior to the fishing trip.  He picked us up right at the place that we were staying.  His boat was comfortable and easy to fish out of.  The gear and bait was all set to go when we started.  He was good about baiting and taking the fish off the hook.  It was clear that he knew what he was doing.  We were at times, fishing at certain spot where other boats were anchored and we would be the only one’s catching fishing.  We caught a variety of fish incl., snook, sea trout and flounder.  We tried for some red fish, however, they weren’t biting that day.  We caught about a dozen fish, enough for 2 dinners.  Again, a great day.  Thanks to Captain Blake

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

First of all, we are supposed to meet between 7:30 and 8:00, Captain Blake shows up at 8:30. We have a group of 4, and end up with 2 trout…..that’s it. He did take us to a spot where we caught a couple of snook, but then told us that they are not in season so we couldn’t keep them.

Carrie Jackson does not recommend The Red Dawn-Gulfside

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Great trip. Blake took us to the spots that kept biting. Caught a lot of fish. Snapper is my favorite and we caught a lot of snapper. Had a great time.

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Me and my 8 year old son booked a 3/4 day charter with Capt. Blake. We started at 7 in the morning and took a little boat ride to one of Blake’s fishing spots and it was on right off the bat!!!! As soon as we put our lines in we were both hooked up! We caught everything from hog fish, porgey, grunts,sheep head, snapper, and my son even caught a puffer fish and a baby Goliath grouper. It was a great experience and Capt. Blake was awesome! We will definitely be back next year.

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, May 20, 2016

What a blast!  We went out with Captain Blake for a small bachelor party we had in town.  Two of our six guys fishing live in Florida and have been out on a few other charters in the area and this was hands down the best.  From the very first cast until the end of our eight hour trip it was almost constant action!  Captain Blake was very knowledgeable and accommodating. He would take us to a spot and tell us what we would catch there and just a few seconds later, “fish on”.  I would recommend this charter to anyone looking to catch a ton of fish to keep or just for sport he will make sure you do whichever you ask of him.

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, May 15, 2016

Blake took 3 of us out from Ft Desoto this weekend. The boat was in the water, bait and tackle all set, ready and waiting for us when we arrived.
He took us to some of his special spots and didn’t waste any time getting us going.
I caught a grunt on my first cast!
We caught grouper, grunts, hog fish and spots. Some were too small to keep but we ended up with a ton. The FWC surveyed us upon our return and said we had the best haul of the day.
We had a great time. The price was super reasonable and everything was included with no surprise fees or disappointments.

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, April 17, 2016

Rough day on the bay fish not biting captain gave us every opportunity trying many different holes caught a nice keeper trout and a few undersize snook 4 hr trip but gave us 2 hrs extra due to poor results all in all a bad day fishing is bdtter than a good day at work. We had a good trip all things considered. Captain did all he could to get the fish on board they just ssrent biting.

Fished April 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Captain Blake was the whole crew, and he knew very well where the fish would be in the bay. We caught 13 fish: snook, lady fish, jack, mangrove snapper, and even a ray. None we caught were large enough to keep. He was excellent at casting. All good, right? We are novices and he was prepared for that, even baiting the greenbacks for those of us who wanted that help. It was a fun day.
Well but, asking the two lady passengers to look to the stern while he peed off the bow, and mildly but regularly carping about loosing some fishing line, seemed a bit much (especially when shaking hands goodbye with no sanitizer we could see).
Finally, and this may just be our perception, but once we got back to the dock he immediately spotted a snook large enough to keep. He caught it, but never gave us a chance to do so. We had talked about a fish dinner that night for a lot of the trip, and we thought he should have offered it to us. Perhaps we are wrong, but with the six of us having gone out, it was a $500+tip fish . . . Just sayin’..

Fished April 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, April 1, 2016

Not the best conditions to catch fish. This guy pulled out all the stops. It was really slow and you could see the other Charter boats following in our old spots but he kept trying and we eventually started to find the fish. Ended up being a great day. Lots of fun conversation and eventually some nice Snook and some really big trout. This guy knew his stuff for sure. Going to book again for next year.

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Went fishing on Monday, February 15, 2016

Boat and captain were great, caught a bunch of fish, saw dolphins and manatee, we had a great time!

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Went fishing on Monday, December 28, 2015

great captain, will use again thank you

Fished December 2015

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Went fishing on Sunday, December 27, 2015

Captain knew just where to take us in the am to start catching fish right away. brought home a nice mix of cleaned fish by the Captain. We even stayed out a little longer time, he was looking out for our safety at all times,and explained where every thing was in case of an emergency,great guy going out again in January.

Fished December 2015

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Went fishing on Sunday, August 2, 2015

We had a great time. The captain was very good.  He took great photos of us with our fish.

Fished August 2015

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Blake Harris (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Thank You! You guys were great clients and you thought the terrible weather was exciting..haha. Great trip!

Went fishing on Saturday, September 12, 2015

Great day - Captain Blake Harris made sure we were satisfied! Caught two redfish - one was 26.5”! Two grouper, a stingray, two snapper, and a catfish. We’ll definitely use Captain Blake again. - Sealys

Fished September 2015

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Went fishing on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

We had a great day and caught a variety of fish and kept a couple Red fish and a Snapper and cooked them that evening for dinner. We found Captain Harris willing to please and an expert in locating the fish. He took us to a number of places

Fished October 2015

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