Near Shore Fishing Charters Tampa Bay - Flats Fishing Charters - In Shore Fishing Tampa,
5015 U.S. Highway 19, New Port Richey, FL 34652
Near Shore Fishing Charters close to Tampa,
Clearwater Beach, St. Petersburg, St Pete Beach, Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor
and New Port Richey. Two hours from Orlando and Disneyworld.
Go flats and near
shore fishing with Windsong Fishing Charters,
Pasco County's largest and oldest Fishing Charter, Sailing Charter and Boat
Rental company. Voted
Business of the Year in 2010 and proud to serve our community for over 11
Let Capt. Dave show you some of the best
back bay and near shore fishing in Florida. Catch Tarpon, Snook, Redfish,
Mackerel, Trout and so much more in the waters of Anclote Key State
Preserve, north of
Tampa and Clearwater Beach.
Whether you are an
avid fisherman or a family with kids, Capt. Dave has the experience for
No matter if we
stalking Redfish and Trout on grass flats, trolling for Spanish Mackerel,
or bringing Mangrove Snapper on board... we will make
guarantee you have a fantastic charter fishing experience on the beautiful
waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Many of our
inshore fishing charters will find us catching several different
species in just a four hour fishing charter!
We are the
ONLY fishing charter company licensed by the State of Florida to
take you ashore on Anclote Island and the Anclote beaches and
sandbars. If any other fishing charter company does this they are
breaking the law! Take a break from fishing and visit a beautiful
beach for swimming, shelling and beach combing. Visit our
gallery for more pictures
and video of the island.
Rates are based on 1-2 anglers. Add $50
each additional angler. Four people MAXIMUM.
4 hours - $295 (departs at 9AM or 1.30PM)
6 Hours - $395 (departs at 10AM)
8 Hours - $495 (departs at 9AM)
Includes taxes, fuel, fishing license, bait and all tackle.
FREE ICE. Departure times listed are typical but we are flexible based
upon request and the best tides.
Terms & Conditions
WHY WINDSONG FISHING CHARTERS?
Tournament winning fishing charter Captain - Dave Thompson with 30 years
fishing experience and a USCG Licensed Master Captain.
We are the largest and oldest charter company and
boat rental company in Pasco County.
Our boat is in the water ready to go, no launching
We have been in business for over 11 years and won
Business of the Year award in 2010.
We are the ONLY fishing charter company licensed to take
passengers to Anclote Island State Park.
We accept credit cards, online payments, cash. Flexible
policies and guidelines.
Deal with a REAL company, not a one man, one boat
operation. We have 15 boats including a dedicated rescue vessel. Know that
you are safe on the water with access to 8 experienced captains.
Some of Florida’s
finest saltwater flats fishing occurs along Florida’s Suncoast. This
area just north of Tampa Bay and Clearwater Beach has some of the best light tackle near
shore and flats fishing that Florida has to offer using light
tackle fishing the flats or up to 8 miles offshore.
hundreds of miles of shoreline, islands, sandbars, oyster bars and acres
of sea grass flats that attract an huge variety of saltwater game fish
providing an angling challenge for the accomplished fisherman, as well
as an exciting new experience for novice fishermen.
In addition to
world class fishing, the Anclote area's abundant wildlife helps to
provide a fantastic nature experience. Birds of prey, bald eagles,
ospreys, gulls, ducks and wading water birds are all common sights out at the
island. In addition, dolphins, stingrays and turtles are virtually a
sure thing on most fishing charters.
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Charters specializes in saltwater inshore & nearshore fishing charters,
guided fishing trips, nearshore fishing charters & saltwater light
tackle flats fishing trips on the crystal clear grass flats of the Gulf
CHARTER TERMS AND CONDITIONS
How far in advance should you book a fishing
the week 1-2 days is normally fine. On the weekend 3-4 days in
advance to get the boat you want. Holiday weekends (4th July,
Memorial Day, Labor Day) book 10-14 days in advance.
What are the fishing charter departure times? All charters
flexible due to weather and tides, but the typical times
of departure are (you can request a different time if you want
9.00 am -1.00 pm half day morning,
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm half day afternoon
10.00 am - 4:00 pm 3/4
9.00 am - 5.00 pm full day
You will be required to sign a release on the
behalf of your party when you arrive.
Departure times and dates are subject to
change without notice to due weather conditions and tides.
We are licensed for FOUR (4)
passengers ONLY. Yes, children and adults, whatever age
or size, are considered a
passenger according to the US Coast Guard.
NO, we are not allowed to put strangers together
in order to share the costs of a fishing charter. If there is just one
or two of you, either pay the full charter price or put your own
group together. In terms of our licensing, we are not allowed to
sell separate seats on the boat.
Reservations require a 30% deposit to
secure your fishing charter. Should the weather be deemed unsafe we will give you
a literal "rain check" to another date, or refund your deposit
in full. If you reschedule within 48 hours of your fishing charter, we
will hold your deposit for up to 6 months. If you reschedule
your charter less than 48 hours in advance you will LOSE your
If you CANCEL your fishing charter for
any reason you will lose your deposit.
You are considered a "NO SHOW" if you are
30 minutes late and do not call 727.859.0213. You will forfeit your deposit
and your credit card will be charged the full charter amount.
If you are redeeming a
gift certificate and are a "NO SHOW" you will forfeit your gift certificate.
We reserve the right to switch out boats due to
mechanical failure or other reasons.
standard in this industry for your captain and crew and account for a substantial
portion of their salary - typically between
15 -20% + or more based on the level of service you have received. Stiffing the Captain (especially) is considered rude and the captain will cry all night
wondering what s/he did wrong to tick you off. Would you stiff the server at the
restaurant where you just had the BEST time of your life? If a
particular staff member assisted in making your day come true,
these grunts are always happy for a hand out! :)
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We have a large cooler on board
but you may bring your own. Soft sided padded coolers are
preferred. Don't even THINK about bringing those nasty Styrofoam
coolers! (They leave a white snowy mess all over and split open- YOU gonna clean
BEER MUST BE IN PLASTIC OR ALUMINUM CANS!
bring glass containers of any type, such as bottled beer, drinking
glasses, etc. Glass breaks when the boat is a-rockin'! You MAY bring
bottled WHITE wine, liquor or champagne - we will stow it in the cooler.
ABSOLUTELY NO RED WINE!! (It
leaves horrible stains if spilled that we cannot get out). Red wine is confiscated by
Capt. Dave to drink later at home!
Smoking of cigarettes, cigars and pipes is
allowed. Illegal drugs or substances are
strictly prohibited by law and if boarded by the Coast Guard you
go to jail (because we'll report you!). We'll wave good-bye to you as
you are carted off to jail and then enjoy
the rest of your booze when we permanently dock for the day.
If the Captain believes you are
creating an unsafe boating situation due to extreme intoxication or failure to
comply with safety requests, the fishing boat will be returned to dock immediately
without a refund.
Children 6 years of age and younger will
be required to wear a personal floatation device while on the boat. Children are not required to wear a life jacket
while at the island.
Leave the kitchen sink AT HOME! This
isn't Gilligan's island and you needn't pack for 8 seasons on
prime time. The captain lugs all your junk on - the captain lugs all your
junk off - Junk you never touched because you had too much fun fishing,
swimming and so forth! Remember the captain.... ($$$)
Gift certificates are
non-refundable yet fully transferable. Hey, would Wal-Mart give you a
refund on the gift card you just bought? Gift certificates are
subject to black out periods and holiday restrictions.
Whilst out in the Gulf, the
may deem the weather unsafe based on ongoing weather reports. Be
advised we may return to port early or later than scheduled FOR YOUR SAFETY.
Some holidays are subject to a
$200 holiday surcharge (C'mon....we have families too!!).
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day, New Year's Eve/Day, and
possibly the owner's birthday. More depending upon our
NO VOMITING IN THE BOAT!! Use the Gulf of
Mexico!! Anyone who hurls in the boat will be charged a $200 cleaning and disinfection fee. Fish love the chum!
Just try to miss the side of the boat, OK?
Please respect all boats as if they
were your own. Thank you!
What to bring:
Sunscreen - Florida sun WILL cook
you like a lobster, before you can say, I LOVE WINDSONG FISHING CHARTERS!
You may bring
beer, wine or any form of alcohol, or soft drinks. It's hot out
there, the sun and the salt water will dehydrate you QUICKLY, so one bottle of
water ain't gonna cut it. BRING LOTS OF WATER! Bring 3-6 bottles water
per person depending if on a half day or full day. We do have ice and well as cooler rentals ($5/day) if you need them.
Bring snacks, sandwiches or anything else you
would like to eat. There are NO restaurants or snack bars out
Camera - Your captain will gladly
provide some atmosphere to your pictures!
Bring your own beach towels and any
change of clothing if you don't like sitting in a wet suit after
swimming. In summer you dry quickly! Usually about 3.2 nano-seconds.
In the winter months (December thru
February), bring something
warm to wear. Just because it's 75 degrees on land,
doesn't mean you ain't gonna freeze your butt when that chilly sea
breeze hits you.
Yes, we do have iPod capabilities on our boat.
Dramamine - you probably won't need it
unless you get really motion sick just walking from your living room
to the kitchen. Being on a fishing boat is a lot like being on a
merry-go-round. If you feel the need to take Dramamine, you'll zonk out and sleep through your whole
GINGER pills instead - you can pick them
up at any natural food store and they won't make you sleepy.
Ginger Root is actually better...a small dab between your cheek and
(We're just a plethora of useless knowledge, 'ey?)
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