Captain
Kellen Ankrum

Member since May 2014

Madeira Beach, United States

Background
I grew up fishing and hunting. As soon as I realized that fishing for a living was a possibility, I jumped all over it. My obsession with the water and ability to catch fish has proven to keep my customers happy and coming back for more.
Techniques
I prefer live-baiting and providing as much action as possible while also targeting prize fish. Specialize in: Grouper, Snapper, Hogfish, and often pelagics such as Cobia, Kingfish, Wahoo, Mahi, Tuna, Permit, and more.

Hey, I'm Captain Kellen Ankrum

Madeira Beach, United States
Background
I grew up fishing and hunting. As soon as I realized that fishing for a living was a possibility, I jumped all over it. My obsession with the water and ability to catch fish has proven to keep my customers happy and coming back for more.
Techniques
I prefer live-baiting and providing as much action as possible while also targeting prize fish. Specialize in: Grouper, Snapper, Hogfish, and often pelagics such as Cobia, Kingfish, Wahoo, Mahi, Tuna, Permit, and more.

My Charter Listings

 
Madeira Beach
trips from
US$ 650

Fishing Reports

Big Amberjack and Grouper

February 12, 2016

The Amberjack are hungry and fired up! Steady action until you've had enough. Started out on the bottom, pulling in some 10 to 15 lb red grouper and then moved on to Amberjack weighing from 20 to 50 lbs.… Read Full Report →


Loads of Action!

November 03, 2015

We set out to target Hogfish and ended up with a nonstop bite including Lane Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Scamp Grouper, big Red Grouper, Hogfish, and plenty of Amberjack. Great time of year to get out there with the cooling… Read Full Report →


Mack Attack!

October 23, 2015

Temperatures are cooling but fishing is still hot. The Spanish and King Mackerel are running our coast now in full force. These fish provide plenty of exciting action normally within minutes from the shore. You can expect to catch… Read Full Report →


The Grouper and Snapper Bite Is On!

May 11, 2015

Traveling approx. 30 to 40 miles into the Gulf with live and frozen bait lately, catching loads of Red Grouper and a variety of Snapper. The bottom fish are keeping us busy and exciting pelagics are often exploding on… Read Full Report →


Fun with Amberjack and Grouper!

March 04, 2015

Took a group of guys out last Wednesday for their first time to battle some Amberjack and Grouper. A nice calm day provided the perfect opportunity to ease out to approx. 90 feet of water and let the fun… Read Full Report →


Time To Fish The Wrecks

February 25, 2015

The wrecks, reefs, and larger structures can provide some pretty intense fishing. The targeted species Wednesday was the Greater Amberjack. Within moments of pulling up to the first spot, we had immediate hookups with hard fighting AJ's up to… Read Full Report →


Hoggin in the Gulf

February 12, 2015

Hog fishing has never been better. Water temps are cold, but this doesn't bother the hogfish. On this trip, my customers limited out on hogs in just one hour. So we then moved on to catching mangrove snapper and… Read Full Report →


The Elusive Hogfish!

February 07, 2015

People used to be and some are still under the impression that the Hogfish could not be caught with a rod and reel. My customers have been successfully targeting hogfish for over five years now. I believe the cooler… Read Full Report →


Nearshore flounder and snapper

January 23, 2015

Sometimes around this time of year the weather can restrict how far we like to travel for fish, but there are plenty to catch within sight of the beach. Such as hogfish, flounder, and snapper. Great light tackle action… Read Full Report →


Grouper digging time

January 15, 2015

If you like steady action and hard fighting fish, then its time for some grouper fishing. Not only are they a blast, but also provide a tasty meal at the end of the day. We pull out our big… Read Full Report →


Amazing fishing for 2015!

January 05, 2015

Can't ask for better fishing for this time of year. Red Grouper and Amberjack are now open again with plenty to go around. We are having one of the best years ever for Hogfish. Hogfish are known as one… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.78 out of 5 stars from 9 reviews

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Went fishing on Friday, July 21, 2017

We spent most of our half day riding in the boat. We probably had the opportunity to drop lines in the water and actually fish for a total of 30 minutes. We never stayed at one spot more than 10-15 minutes and then he had us pull our poles in and we were off to another spot. I think we had 15 minutes were all five of us on the private charter had our poles in the water at one time. I think it was too much to have 5 people and only a captain. There should have been someone else there to help us. Captain Keller was very nice, but he seemed very stressed and overwhelmed.We would definitely not spend that kind of money again with this same company, we will book our next trip with another company.

Michele Wolf does not recommend Fish Pro Charters: Fish Guaranteed!

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 8, 2017

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, October 9, 2016

Unfortunately due to a storm a couple of days before our trip the water was quite rough and dirty. This made finding fish tough although we did catch about 8 but nothing really big. This happens and we would not hesitate doing this again. We all had a good time. Our captain was great and he tried his best to find the right spots.

Fished October 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 7, 2016

I arranged this four hour trip for three couples, two of which had very limited fishing experience. We arrived 15 min before 7am and Capt. Kellen had everything ready for us to board and start our trip. The boat was immaculate and looked brand new. The bait shop opened late and then didn’t have any live bait, but Capt. Kellen was not going to waste our fishing time so he went to plan B and made a quick stop at his live bait trap. After this quick stop we hit our first spot about 15 miles off shore and with in the first minutes we were on lots of bites (two nice grouper and a big kingfish). The bay is very hot right now and bites are a bit slow, but as soon as the fish slowed down Capt Kellen moved us to a better spot. We had consistent grouper hook ups throughout the day, but surprisingly no snappers at all. Capt Kellen did a great job of keeping everyone’s reels set with live bait (he was catching as fast as we were using them) and we had a really good time. This was a very enjoyable first time for the new anglers and I had a blast as well. When friends come through Tampa we will hit this charter up again.

Fished July 2016

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Kellen Ankrum (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, July 17, 2016

thats so awesome! thanks again guys

Capt. kellen

Went fishing on Sunday, June 19, 2016

I did not know Captain Kellen before I booked our outing. We were going to be in Florida on a company trip and I wanted to get out and do some fishing.  I booked him simply based on the other recommendations I had read. I can tell you that Captain Kellen is a Pro. I would highly recommend him. Even though the fishing was tough he worked very hard to try to get us on Fish in some terribly rough water conditions. He’s a super nice guy. If you’re in Florida and want to fish this is your guy.

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, November 21, 2015

Friendship, fishing, fun and firewater….
A great time had by all.

Ya just gotta do it when your in town.

Fished November 2015

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Kellen Ankrum (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, November 23, 2015

Awesome group of guys. Thanks again!

Went fishing on Thursday, July 9, 2015

First class equipment but what impressed me the most was how hard he worked all morning to find fish for us on a very windy day. Any time I have the opportunity to fish I will use Fishpro Charters.

Fished July 2015

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Went fishing on Friday, November 28, 2014

The trip was a huge success and all aboard had a great time .Our trip with Captain Kellen was outstanding. He really knows his business and had us right on top of fish all afternoon long. I’m sending him numerous pics of the outing including several that show the fish cleaning station where he fileted the catch. This took over an hour, not because he’s slow but because there were so many fish to deal with. I’ve already told him that I’m planning on revisiting my family in Tampa next year and I’ll certainly be talking with him then to arrange another trip.
Thanks for everything,

Fished November 2014

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Kellen Ankrum (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, January 5, 2015

Thanks a bunch Mike. Had a blast with your family as well. Look forward to seeing you guys again.
Capt. Kellen