Captain
Camille Mellot

Member since November 2014 Nokomis, United States
Background
Growing up on a large dairy farm in western Massachusetts, there wasn’t much for my brother and I to do once our chores were done, so we spent the majority of our free time stalking Trout through the mountain streams that flowed across our family’s property. When I moved to Florida, I fell in love with the amazing fishery that is found in Sarasota and the surrounding areas including Tampa Bay, Venice, and Charlotte Harbor. I was very fortunate in that one of the first people I met when I moved here was one of the best guides in the area and over time he taught me the intricacies and tactics for successfully fishing both the inshore and offshore waters of the greater Sarasota area. Now, many years later the area waterways feel more like home to me than any other place on Earth.
Techniques
I am a light Tackle and sight fishing enthusiast, especially when the conditions are right on the flats or in the backcountry. Light Tackle allows clients an opportunity to really go toe to toe with our area game fish in a much more fun and exciting way than with much heavier tackle.

Hey, I'm Captain Camille Mellot

Nokomis, United States
Background
Growing up on a large dairy farm in western Massachusetts, there wasn’t much for my brother and I to do once our chores were done, so we spent the majority of our free time stalking Trout through the mountain streams that flowed across our family’s property. When I moved to Florida, I fell in love with the amazing fishery that is found in Sarasota and the surrounding areas including Tampa Bay, Venice, and Charlotte Harbor. I was very fortunate in that one of the first people I met when I moved here was one of the best guides in the area and over time he taught me the intricacies and tactics for successfully fishing both the inshore and offshore waters of the greater Sarasota area. Now, many years later the area waterways feel more like home to me than any other place on Earth.
Techniques
I am a light Tackle and sight fishing enthusiast, especially when the conditions are right on the flats or in the backcountry. Light Tackle allows clients an opportunity to really go toe to toe with our area game fish in a much more fun and exciting way than with much heavier tackle.

My Charter Listings

High Class Hooker - Offshore

3 reviews
Nokomis
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $600

High Class Hooker Charters - Venice

32 reviews
Venice
In demand!
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $285

High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota

34 reviews
Sarasota
In demand!
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $285

Fishing Reports

Father And Daughter Duo Light It Up!

September 23, 2019

This father and daughter duo absolutely lit up the inshore bite out of Sarasota. We started the morning looking for Tarpon along the flats and went 2 out of 3 on some great mini Silver Kings. Later in the… Read Full Report →


Young Anglers Tear Up The Redfish

September 21, 2019

There is nothing better than watching the excitement in kids faces as they catch a fish. Especially when they are tearing up big fish. These two young anglers and their family did just that. During their trip they caught… Read Full Report →


Fall Means Redfish

September 11, 2019

Falls means Redfish along the Gulf Coast of Florida. We are starting to see a lot of Redfish along the flats, bays, and back country areas. These exciting local favorites are bending rods and thrilling anglers in many of… Read Full Report →


Young Angler Catches Inshore Grand Slam

September 10, 2019

A 13 year old angler, fishing with his father, not only caught his first tarpon but also completed his Inshore Grand Slam (successfully catching Snook, Sea Trout, Redfish, and Tarpon in one trip). The morning started with a few… Read Full Report →


Still Plenty Of Tarpon Action In Sarasot

August 30, 2019

The juvenile Tarpon bite is still going strong in the back country areas and along the flats. Don't miss out on this exciting sight fishing action on light tackle. These mini Silver Kings are averaging between 20-40# with larger… Read Full Report →


Angler Completes Inshore Grand Slam

August 28, 2019

For an angler to complete an Inshore Grand Slam he / she must successfully land a Snook, Redfish, Sea trout, and Tarpon within a 24 hour period. To make this even harder as a Captain, I have only four… Read Full Report →


Awesome fish! Great memories!

July 14, 2019

The past couple weeks have seen some really great catches for clients fishing out of Sarasota and Venice with High Class Hooker Charters. The big Tarpon long the beaches has slowed down but we are seeing some nice smaller… Read Full Report →


Sarasota Tarpon Fishing Is On Fire

May 31, 2019

It's tarpon season along the beaches of Sarasota and High Class Hooker Charters has been putting clients on great Tarpon action. The bite has been hot from the beaches of Englewood up to Anna Maria Island with average catches… Read Full Report →


Cooler Temperatures / Hot Bite!

December 15, 2018

The water and air temps are cooling down but that has brought on a very hot inshore bite right nowwe are seeing some amazing catches of Snook, Redfish, Sheepshead, Black Drum, and more. Read Full Report →


Sarasota and Venice Inshore bite is HOT

November 21, 2018

The water temps are cooling down but the fishing is heating up from Sarasota down to Venice. We have been seeing some great catches of Redfish, Black Drum, Sheepshead and Snook as well as some big Mangrove Snapper, Pompano,… Read Full Report →


Some nice Redfish action

November 08, 2017

As the water has cooled and the water conditions have improved there has been a really good bite inshore. Some really nice Redfish are showing up along the shorelines and bars from Sarasota Bay to Venice. We are also… Read Full Report →


Gag Grouper and Snapper

November 04, 2017

Anglers fishing with High Class Hooker Charters were rewarded with a great catch of Gag Grouper, Mangrove Snapper, and Porgy. Read Full Report →


Big Triple Tail and lots of Snapper Offs

November 02, 2017

The crab traps are holding some really nice Triple Tail including a monster 26# 31 inch beast we caught while sight fishing. Further offshore clients caught an impressive haul of Snapper and Porgy as well. Read Full Report →


Great family, good fishing

September 03, 2017

This morning's charter was a great local family. A father took his sons fishing to spend some quality time with his boys. We got into a great bottom bite with some really nice Red Grouper, big Mangrove Snapper, Lane… Read Full Report →


Tough bite after a week of bad weather

September 02, 2017

The bite was slow this morning and the seas were a little bigger than forecast but clients were still able to catch a good haul of Yellowtail Snapper, Lane Snapper, and Vermilion Snapper as well as a few small… Read Full Report →


Good Bite before the storms

August 25, 2017

Was able to sneak in a quick trip before some serious storms set into the area for a couple days. Unfortunately storms parked offshore and to the southwest of us ended my plans to hit an area that has… Read Full Report →


Grouper bite was hot

August 24, 2017

This morning's half day trip was awesome... The Grouper bite was hot right from the first drop and clients limited out on Red Grouper ranging from 23" to 32". There were plenty of big Lane Snapper and Yellowtail Snapper… Read Full Report →


Grouper, Mahi, Snapper. Oh My!

August 19, 2017

Lit up the bottom bite again yesterday with an amazing catch of Red Grouper as well as Yellowtail Snapper, Lane Snapper and Porgy. The highlight of the day was chumming up a school of peanut Dolphin ( small mahi… Read Full Report →


Great Grouper Bite

August 18, 2017

The Grouper bite was hot today. Lots of great Red Grouper, along with plenty of Lane Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, and Porgy. We also caught and released a nice Nurse Shark and a Blacktip Shark. Read Full Report →


Barracuda and Snapper

August 14, 2017

The Snapper bite was hot yesterday afternoon but we couldn't seem to find a keeper sized Grouper in a couple areas that we stopped and fished so I took clients to a nearby reef where they could hear the… Read Full Report →


Fun afternoon trip

August 12, 2017

Fun afternoon trip yesterday. Seas were calm and the bite was hot. Clients wanted to target "some big fish that run and pull" so we targeted some big Barracuda on artificial baits. After their arms were tired we turned… Read Full Report →


Grouper and Snapper

August 12, 2017

Dodged a few morning storms yesterday morning but once we got out past them the fishing was great. Some nice Red Grouper and plenty of Lane Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, and Porgy. Read Full Report →


Afternoon bite heats up

August 08, 2017

Second trip of the day caught some great fish despite the effects that full moon fishing can have on the overall bite. Clients this afternoon bent rods on a bunch of Yellowtail, Lane, and Vermillion Snapper, Red Grouper, and… Read Full Report →


Fishing The Full Moon

August 08, 2017

The conditions haven't been all that great lately and fishing the full moon fishing can be tough. But this morning's clients caught a great haul of Yellowtail Snapper, Lane Snapper, Vermillion Snapper and Red Grouper as well as Porgy… Read Full Report →


Still Catching Despite Poor Conditions

August 04, 2017

The seas have been less than perfect since the Tropical Storm hit the area on Monday. But clients have been roughing out the conditions and still catching fish. Yesterday morning's charter was no different. These two girls caught a… Read Full Report →


Grouper, Grouper, Grouper

August 03, 2017

The conditions improved this afternoon but lingering storms cut our afternoon charter a bit short. But clients got into some really nice Red Grouper, Lane Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, and Porgy. Read Full Report →


Grouper and Snapper

August 03, 2017

This morning's charter was the first time we have been able to fish since Tropical Storm Emily hit our area on Monday. Conditions were poor and water clarity was bad but clients still got into some great Red Grouper… Read Full Report →


Grouper bite was hot!

July 28, 2017

My friend Kelly, my 11 year old son and myself went out for a couple hours of fishing just to relax and bring home some dinner. Limits on Red Grouper plus lots of Lane Snapper and Yellowtail Snapper as… Read Full Report →


The bottom bit was lit up

July 27, 2017

Last minute booking yesterday resulted in a full on afternoon bottom fishing blitz. Clients rods were bent constantly as they reeled in a haul of Lane Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Porgy, Black Sea Bass, and Red Grouper. Great… Read Full Report →


Husband and wife tear it up

July 26, 2017

Husband and wife duo tore up the bottom on a 4 hour trip. We fished some new patches of hard bottom I recently found and were rewarded with a great catch of Lane Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Porgy… Read Full Report →


Bad weather didn't stop the bite

July 23, 2017

We had to dodge some rain storms today but that didn't stop the bite for clients fishing with us. The Snapper bite was very good this morning and the catch included Lane Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, And Vermillion Snapper to… Read Full Report →


Goliath Grouper tops off great trip

July 21, 2017

Thunderstorms delayed the start of this morning's charter but didn't stop a great bite. Clients caught plenty of Lane, Mangrove, and Yellowtail Snapper to go with Spanish Mackerel, Barracuda, and Porgy. The day was topped off by another big… Read Full Report →


Grouper and Snapper bite

July 16, 2017

Spent the day fishing with my children and fellow charter boat captain Chuck. We were trying out some old areas that haven't been fished in a while as well as trying new areas. We did well on some really… Read Full Report →


Family tore up the Grouper and Snapper

July 14, 2017

We had a great family aboard for a 4 hour morning charter out of Venice, Florida. The bite started out hot and continued throughout the trip including lots of Lane Snapper, plenty of Red Grouper, some Mangrove and Yellowtail… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

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4.79
out of 5 stars from 69 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
1\/2 Day trip
September fishing trip
Tarpon and Drum in September
+30
Angler Rating
62
5
0
1
1
Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
92%
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Duc N.
Stone Ridge, VA
 4.67
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Sarasota Fishing

VERIFIED   August 4, 2019
We are new to the Sarasota area and at the last booked a bay fishing trip with Captain Camille.  Captain Camille definitely...
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Brian H.
Owensboro, KY
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VERIFIED   June 22, 2019
My father, two sons, and I went on a night fishing trip with Capt Mellot. He was great with our boys and went out of his way...
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Adam M.
Valrico, Florida
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Fun day

VERIFIED   June 5, 2019
Took my boys and wife out for trip, everyone had a great time. Captain was fun and patient with the boys, 5 and 8. Tried for...
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Donald M.
Kennesaw, GA
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Half day fishing with Captain Camille

VERIFIED   August 3, 2019
Unpredictable stormy weather in the Gulf kept us from our original plan to fish for snapper, grouper and othet “table”...
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James H.
Whitney, TX
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1/2 Day trip

VERIFIED   NEW  October 7, 2019
I had a great time. Captain worked hard the entire time. If we weren’t catching fish we moved and tried something else. Would...
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