Captain
Camille Mellot

Member since November 2014

Venice, 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

Venice, 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 Charters - Venice

8 Reviews  
Venice
In demand!
trips from US$ 285

High Class Hooker - Offshore

Nokomis
trips from US$ 600

High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota

Sarasota
trips from US$ 285

Fishing Reports

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

4.55 out of 5 stars from 13 reviews

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Tampa, Florida
Went fishing on Friday, April 20, 2018

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Acworth, Georgia
Went fishing on Friday, March 9, 2018

been on over 30 trips inshore and offshore always catch fish

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Sarasota, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, May 12, 2018

Great captain who was very patient with a group of beginners. We caught a bunch of fish and had a great time. We will be back.

Fished May 2018

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Lewisburg, oh
Went fishing on Saturday, April 28, 2018

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Gainesville, ga
Went fishing on Saturday, April 14, 2018

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Houston, tx
Went fishing on Monday, March 19, 2018

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Camille Mellot (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, April 2, 2018

Thank you! It was a pleasure to fish with you!

Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey
Went fishing on Friday, March 23, 2018

Fished March 2018

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Camille Mellot (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, March 26, 2018

Thank You. It was a pleasure to fish with you and your family.


Indianapolis, in
Went fishing on Thursday, March 8, 2018

Our trip was postponed a day by weather and it was nice that we were able to be fit into the captains schedule.
From there it went down hill.  Captain Camille did have quite a few spots to go to with fish and we caught fish.
If you have never fished before Camille is your guy, If you do fish on a regular basis keep your cool and just try to make it through a long six hours.  After six hours of being told how to hold the pole, how to fight fish, about his million dollar house, etc it makes for an extremely long trip.  He would prefer that you just watch him fish and reel in fish once he had them on the line, but don’t get excited, you will probably do that wrong also.
If you like to fish inshore find another captain, rent a boat, or bring your own boat.

Patrick Harm does not recommend High Class Hooker Charters - Venice

Fished March 2018

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Camille Mellot (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, March 10, 2018

Sorry you feel that way. It is my sole purpose to make sure that every customer has a good time and catches fish. I do believe some of your facts are more than slightly misconstrued though. You and your wife caught plenty of fish on a very tough tide and under less than perfect conditions. You caught Sheepshead, Black Drum, Redfish, and Snook.  Yes, I did Fish along side of you but only to help with a slow bite and every rod with a Fish was given to you and your wife, and at no time during the trip did I ignore the needs of either you or your wife and was attentive throughout( all of my clients appreciate the added effort and also appreciate the extra work I put in to insure a successful trip for them ) You also left out how your wife had trouble using the light spin Tackle we use, and I spent the day gladly helping her cast so that she could be in the areas where the fish were holding. Also, please don’t try and make it out as if I spent the whole day talking about my home, or myself, or whatever. Part of this job is talking to people for the time we are on the water and if my home or any of my achievements happened to come up in the course of casual conversation then I don’t feel as if I have anything to apologize for. I’ve worked hard for what I have and what I have done but don’t slant it to make it seem like all I do is talk about myself. It’s not me, and it’s not true. Lastly, my job is to help catch people fish, I have to put them in the best spots to match the conditions, I have to keep them safe, many days I have to help them cast, and I also have to Coach them through how to hook, fight, and land the fish we are targeting, there is a big difference between that and how you portrayed me supposedly “telling you what to do” for six hours. At no time during the duration of your trip did you express any problems and if you had I would have gladly corrected them immediately or let you Fish on your own with limited help if that is what you would have preferred. Once again I am sorry that you feel that your experience was less than satisfactory but I don’t feel as if I did anything wrong enough to warrant your remarks.


Humble, Texas
Went fishing on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Excellent day fishing, fun,and weather. After 2hrs fishing we had all the keepers
that we wanted, then released the rest.

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Plano, Texas
Went fishing on Thursday, February 1, 2018

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United States
Went fishing on Thursday, December 28, 2017

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Camille Mellot (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, December 30, 2017

Thank You!

Tampa, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, September 2, 2017

Fished September 2017

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Camille Mellot (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, September 3, 2017

Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure to fish with you both.


Hollywood, Florida
Went fishing on Friday, August 18, 2017

I had the best time fishing that I ever had before and caught the most amount of big groupers. The captain was very nice professional and very easy to get along with.

Fished August 2017

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Camille Mellot (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, August 20, 2017

Thank you. It was great fishing with you. Hope to fish with you again in the future.