Info & questions

Get the essential info & questions answered for your fishing trip: what to bring, what to wear, and important safety reminders.


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what to bring:


  • Sunscreen
  • Drinks, Food, Snacks
  • Hat, Sunglasses, Towel
  • Shoes – Footwear  if at all possible, please wear light-soled / non-marking shoes, crocs, or flip-flops
  • Appropriate clothing: Dress according to the weather on the day of your trip.

what we provide:


  • Fishing licenses for all anglers
  • All fishing tackle, poles, gear, and bait
  • First Aid and Trauma Kits
  • Cooler with ice for your snacks, and drinks. Please do not bring an additional cooler on the boat, leave it in your vehicle.
  • Bottled water
  • Over 25 years of experience and fishing knowledge of the Tampa Bay area
  • Safety Equipment, Life Jackets (children are required to wear lifejackets per Law)

please no:


  • No aerosol sunscreen as it stains the boat and can make the boat deck slippery.
  • No GPS or Tracking devices on board. 
  • No bananas on the boat! This includes Banana Boat sunscreen or anything related to bananas. It is BAD LUCK. (A popular fishing myth is to ban bananas and even Banana Boat sunscreen on board. Some anglers believe that having bananas along on a trip will not only lead to a fishless day, but they can be responsible for a crew falling ill or just bringing bad luck. )

Do you filet our fish?


  • Yes, Captain Chris will clean and fillet your fish for you.

       Tackle & equiptment

  • Don’t worry about bringing a pole or tackle, we have everything you need.  Captain Chris spends quite a bit of time preparing for every fishing charter. We only use top-of-the-line equipment from our rods to our reels, line, and tackle. You will target fish that will look for any opportunity to gain the upper hand, and Captain Chris does his best to give you every advantage. 
  • Live bait including White Bait, Pinfish, and or cut bait,
  • An assortment of artificial lures are provided on your fishing trip.   

Our Boat

  •  The Epic Bay boat 22SC, is powered by a Suzuki 175 four-stroke motor. The Epic’s dry ride and stable fishing platform make your fishing experience as comfortable as possible. It offers comfortable seating for four anglers while also providing shade. Drafting only 12 inches, the Epic Bay boat is capable of navigating the shallow waters along the Nature Coast of Florida and the beautiful open bays in the Tampa Bay area. The vessel has large live wells, state-of-the-art electronics, first aid, and trauma kits, as well as all safety equipment required by law and the USCG, and is U.S. Coast Guard inspected annually. Our boat is serviced and maintained regularly so you’re always safe while out on the waters. Captain Chris obeys all state laws and regulations as safety is a priority. 

payment & deposit

  • A $100.00 deposit is required to reserve your trip for the requested date.
  • We accept cash or credit cards.
  • Payment is due in full before the end of your charter.
  • Gratuity is always appreciated but never required.

Cancelation policy

  • Your deposit will hold your charter date. If you cancel your trip outside 5 days of your scheduled charter, your deposit will be fully refunded. But, if you cancel within 3 days you will otherwise forfeit your deposit.
  • Your deposit will hold your charter date. If you cancel your trip outside 5 days of your scheduled charter, your deposit will be fully refunded. But, if you cancel within 3 days you will otherwise forfeit your deposit.  By making your reservation we have likely turned down other clients for the day.  We understand unforeseen situations may arise beyond anyone’s control and can affect travel plans. However, If the Captain cancels your trip due to weather or any other reason, you will receive a full refund, credit, or the option to reschedule.

Where to meet?

  • We launch from one of three local dock locations.
  • Before your trip, Captain Chris will let you know the dock location and time to meet. 
  • Please see below for dock locations & directions.

    Dock locations & directions



Robert J. Strickland Memorial Park

6345 Clark Street Hudson, FL 34667

Dock Location


Anclote River Boat Ramp 

1119 Baillies Bluff Road, Holiday, FL 34691 

dock Location


dock Location



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