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Old 06-11-2019, 06:23 PM
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I'll post this just "open." Perhaps someone who wants to make a quick profit will PM me. I'm trying to book an inshore trip for Sunday, June 16. Just me and the wife. I've posted on charter captains' websites. I've called. Not one outfit surrounding Tampa Bay will return anything. I'm using their web forms and their contact info/phone numbers. I've been waiting 10 days for just ONE reply.

It seems the Tampa/St. Pete charter business is so robust; no one wants a full-day charter for cash. I tip well. I know how to get to the dock on time. I own my own boat; so, I know how to treat other people's property.

Looking for snook, tarpon, reds, trout . . . if only ARS or gags were in season; but WE'RE NOT PICKY. We're not bringing any gear; we just want to walk on.

I'll make this REALLY EASY. PM me, and let me know when and where to meet. Is every charter outfit as hard to do business with as the "best recommendations?" Maybe, this is just how it works in TB?

I've NEVER given ANY charter a bad review. I'm NOT going to call out all the charter outfits that refuse to simply answer simple requests. If you're a decent guide and want some business this Sunday . . . great; let me know. I'm amazed at the lack of interest; why even pay the web fees if you don't intend to answer client inquiries?
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Old 06-11-2019, 06:59 PM
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:02 AM
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If it were a weekday I would send you a PM and take you. Myself and others try not to run inshore charters on weekends. The waters around the Tampa Bay area have become so congested it is almost impossible to fish. In the area around Tarpon Springs the places where the majority of the fish are "the beaches and passes" become over run by jet skis and party goers by mid morning. Then you have to deal with the boat ramps as most inshore guides launch their inshore boats each day.

I have a hard time charging roughly 100 dollars an hour to only have about a 2 hour window of decent fishing. Ran a trip on Sunday a few weeks back. Started at daylight Tarpon fishing on the beaches. Hooked up a nice one and fought it for 30 minutes before it finally broke off.

Got back on the pod again and hear the swarm. Here comes a uncountable number of jet skis "Rally" coming up the beach. That ended the Tarpon fishing just that quick. Got on the inside of the barrier Islands and these idiots were running all over everything. Decided to run down to a couple of no motor zones and found everyone that wanted to catch a fish in there.

That said, if you called me I would call you back and tell you just what I wrote and discuss options as you mentioned Gags and ARS which are open and I can do that as well but it's pricey for just 2 anglers to go offshore.

As far as other means of contact I prefer a phone call. Any other form to book a trip is generic BS. I want to discuss your expectations and tell you what the best bet is. That is the stuff that changes daily for a variety of reasons.
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:45 AM
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THT works right again.

Bimini . . . thanks for that write-up. I completely understand, and it looks like you do too. All I expect is a response - even if "generic." Amazing that people in any service industry will just play 'possum.

Tanner . . . PM'd you back. Spoke with Jake, and he reflects Bimini's comments very closely; I think we'll have a nice morning with him. He said much the same: can't see charging for a full day when we'll be done by 11:00AM for much of the reason Bimini illustrates above. That said . . . I'm ok spending some money even if there's some degree of bumper boat chaos to deal with. This is a quick getaway with the wife; not a full push with a couple of mark zona wannabees on board.

Thanks guys.
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:08 AM
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Originally Posted by SalmonDaze View Post
THT works right again.

Bimini . . . thanks for that write-up. I completely understand, and it looks like you do too. All I expect is a response - even if "generic." Amazing that people in any service industry will just play 'possum.

Tanner . . . PM'd you back. Spoke with Jake, and he reflects Bimini's comments very closely; I think we'll have a nice morning with him. He said much the same: can't see charging for a full day when we'll be done by 11:00AM for much of the reason Bimini illustrates above. That said . . . I'm ok spending some money even if there's some degree of bumper boat chaos to deal with. This is a quick getaway with the wife; not a full push with a couple of mark zona wannabees on board.

Thanks guys.
Hope you have a good day and to be honest a half day for inshore is plenty this time of year. It get's to damn hot by noon on the flats for humans and the fish.
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Old 06-16-2019, 09:39 AM
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You posted this on June 11th looking for a weekend charter on the 16th of the same month? The reason you aren't getting any returns is 100% of the top captains where booked months ago, and most of the captains have been booked for awhile. Maybe try for August or September and you'll have better luck.
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Old 06-16-2019, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Farside88 View Post
You posted this on June 11th looking for a weekend charter on the 16th of the same month? The reason you aren't getting any returns is 100% of the top captains where booked months ago, and most of the captains have been booked for awhile. Maybe try for August or September and you'll have better luck.
In all honesty he stared 10 days ago o/a June 1, but you are still correct. Particularly if looking to book a weekend.
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You two ^^^^ are pretty comical. I'm glad your business is flourishing and that you're booked 60 days out. Congrats.

Now, back to those who are paying attention: Ended up with a GREAT captain. He put us on fish all day. Great guy. We met several local captains around the dock, and they all said they'd have been happy to take us on short notice too. Hell . . . our captain booked a charter on his phone for today as we were entering the harbor Monday. Guess he's doing it wrong.
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Originally Posted by SalmonDaze View Post
You two ^^^^ are pretty comical. I'm glad your business is flourishing and that you're booked 60 days out. Congrats.

Now, back to those who are paying attention: Ended up with a GREAT captain. He put us on fish all day. Great guy. We met several local captains around the dock, and they all said they'd have been happy to take us on short notice too. Hell . . . our captain booked a charter on his phone for today as we were entering the harbor Monday. Guess he's doing it wrong.
Well don't hold out, who did you run with? In past experience, the captains local to Tampa are great guys. There are a few jerks and know it alls, but lots of flourishing captains that kept their business running right through the recession thanks to personality, business sense, and raw ability to go get the fish
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Originally Posted by SalmonDaze View Post
You two ^^^^ are pretty comical. I'm glad your business is flourishing and that you're booked 60 days out. Congrats.

Now, back to those who are paying attention: Ended up with a GREAT captain. He put us on fish all day. Great guy. We met several local captains around the dock, and they all said they'd have been happy to take us on short notice too. Hell . . . our captain booked a charter on his phone for today as we were entering the harbor Monday. Guess he's doing it wrong.
60 days out this time of year. Maybe a few that specialize in Tarpon fishing but historically the summer months are slower for most.

July and August is when many of the busier inshore guides around here take a vacation and go to the Keys to get away from floating around on the flats in 90 degree water.

OP, Glad you had a good trip, next time you better book 6 months in advance.
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