ABSOLUTE FLORIDA FLATS FISHING AND TARPON FISHING CHARTERS Florida Fishing Charters on the West Central Florida Gulf Coast for Trophy Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout, Cobia, Kings and more in Clean, Clear, Shallow, Calm waters with shallow water expert
Florida Saltwater Fishing Charters in and around Tarpon Springs, Boca Grande, Tampa, Clearwater, Palm Harbor, New Port Richey, Port Richey, Spring Hill, Brooksville, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Disney World area and Tampa Bay, which is the Florida West Gulf Coast.
Only Millers Tarpon Club Tournament Captain to win all three phases of Millers Tarpon Tide Tournament Series, Weekly Tarpon Tide Tournament, Catch the King Tarpon Fishing Tournament, Mega Money Tarpon Fishing Tournament
2001 Winning Captain 1st Place Millers Mega Money Tarpon Fishing Tournament $162,500 most prize money in any single event per fish
2002 1st Place Peoples Bank Invitational Flats Fishing Tournament Grand Slam (Total Inches Snook, Redfish, Trout) $1,400
Member IGFA, Florida Guides Assoc., Gulf Coast Conservation Assoc., National Assoc. of Charter Boat Operators, Snook Fishing Foundation
1 to 4 persons per boat Capacity, Group Charters from 4 to 50 People, Multiple Boat Fishing Charters, Corporate Fishing Charters with a variety of Packages
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Catch Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout, Cobia, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Jack Crevalle, Flounder, Permit, Pompano, Near Shore Grouper, Snapper, Shark and More!
Captain Rich Knox has been featured on television channels and networks TNN, Sunshine, OLN Outdoors, NBC Channel 8 Catch of the Day and many local fishing shows. He has been featured in Florida Sportsman Magazine, Saltwater Sportsman Magazine, Saltwater Angler, Gulf Coast Angler, Tampa Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, The Fisherman magazine, Sportfishing magazine, Masters of Snook Book, by famed outdoor writer Frank Sargeant, Suncoast Fishermans Guide, cover of Floridas Best 100 Fishing Spots, as well as numerous radio talk shows and has won more than $290,000 in area flats and tarpon fishing charter tournaments with clients. Absolute Flats and Tarpon Fishing charters with Capt. Rich Knox gives you and your party an excellent, better than average chance to catch your trophy fish year round and getting 110% and 20 years of area knowledge.
Start your day on the beautiful flats of the west central gulf coast of Florida on a Florida fishing charter with shallow, clean, clear calm waters teaming with and fishing for tarpon, snook, redfish, speckled sea trout, cobia, mackerel, flounder and more with longtime local guide, Capt. Rich Knox. Novices to experienced anglers all receive personal instruction to get you started using top of the line conventional, light tackle spinning, plug or fly fishing gear and utilizing techniques, honed by a seasoned professional who is on these waters over 250 days a year with clients, guests and fishermen from all over the world, shared and explained in plain English. Florida Flats Fishing and Tarpon Fishing Charters will lead you to the fish. You will be rewarded hundredfold related to the size and power of these fish and the expanse of the fishable waters. Florida Fishing Charters is the world of tidal flats barrier islands, sand bars with distinct drop offs, beautiful turtle grass flats dotted with sand potholes, oyster bars, rock piles, deep channels, deep holes bumping up against mangrove shorelines, creeks and mouths of rivers, sand and grass points get awful fishy at times. All this just minutes from the dock, not to mention the southern climate and sun that we have to offer. It is an anglers world where your guides knowledge, skill and experience combine to connect the unwary fisherman to the call of the sea. Bent rods and smiling anglers are the norm on one of our professionally rigged, state of the art skiffs and bay boats.
Absolute Florida Flats Fishing and Tarpon Fishing Charters will show you an excellent experience for everyone, whether it be a tarpon fishing charter, snook fishing charter, redfish fishing charter, trout fishing charter, plus catching many other species of fish on the same Florida fishing charter.
Absolute Florida Flats Fishing and Tarpon Fishing Charters offer a wide variety of Tarpon Fishing choices along the Florida Gulf Coast, Boca Grande area, backcountry, harbor, bays, sounds, passes and beaches. Unfortunately, Boca Grande Pass has become a very crowded area and much of the basic etiquette, rules on how to fish the Pass, tactics, techniques, attitudes and self control are not observed these days by many others fishing there. There is too much fishing pressure on these tarpon and these fish now tend to relocate up and down (North and South) on the Florida gulf coast. They also use the sounds, harbors, bays and flats for comfort zones, and bite better. As a result, Absolute Florida Flats Fishing and Tarpon Fishing Charters will be tarpon fishing on the beaches, bays, flats and barrier islands of the west central Florida gulf coast area.
The Florida west coast beaches from Homosassa to Marco Island hold an incredible concentration of fish from early May to July. Yet on most weekday mornings, its rare to spot another boat as you cast your plug or live bait at seemingly unlimited schools of passing fish. When they are 30 yards away, cast your bait in their direction, throwing ahead of and beyond the school. Beach/flats tarpon fishing is buck fever time as the horse like fish roll toward the baits, gulping air through bucket-sized mouths. Its remarkable fishing and yet only a few locals regularly enjoy it. It is ironic, considering that Boca Grande Pass, the worlds best known and hardest fished tarpon spot, sits dead in the middle of this stretch of the FL gulf coast. While boats regularly bump rub rails to get to tarpon and chase back and forth in the big Pass, the thousands of west central FL tarpon that roam the beaches and flats are largely ignored.
Some nicknames for tarpon, most notably is the Silverking and also Sabalo and Grande Ecaille. Their habitat is in nearly all Florida Gulf coast areas. They eventually spawn offshore and migrate some to the north right around the Gulf coast all the way to Central America and some back to the south to the Florida Keys, Cuba and other Caribbean locations.
Some mid size 60 to 70 pounds return to all the Florida Gulf Coast backcountry fishing areas and are found in estuary systems, back bays, rivers and river mouths, power plants and very deep dark water canals along the west central Florida Gulf coast.
Tarpon has a back of dark green or grey, while the rest of the fish seems to be fashioned from silver. The scales are huge. The body of adult fish is deep and thick with a forked tail. The mouth is large and scoop shaped. There is a long streamer at the rear of the dorsal fin. Florida tarpon fishings optimal water temperatures are between 75 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit.
Absolute Florida Flats Fishing and Tarpon Fishing Charters offers excellent snook fishing in hour home base out of Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Port Richey, Spring Hill, Brooksville, Tampa Bay, New Port Richey, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and close by Orlando, the Disney World area. Snook fishing Florida in the backcountry, inshore flats, bays and barrier islands of the Florida Gulf Coast is the best in the continental United States. Snook fishing offers one of the very best pound for pound light tackle fishing. There is no tactic a snook doesnt use powerful runs, jumps that are often spectacular, and an unerring eye for any kind of obstruction. Juvenile snook of 4 to 5 pounds leap high and often while the really big ones of 12 to 30 pounds manage to clear only about half their bodies trying to wear through the shock leader or throw the hook. Florida fishing charter boats use the lightest leader possible tied to 10 to 30 pound braided line on light tackle spinning gear. Florida snook fishing covers all the Florida flats fishing areas as during the seasons they migrate east to west on the Florida Gulf coast, not north and south as the tarpon fishing charters go. Snook travel way up into the backcountry rivers and bayous to the near shore barrier islands and all the flats in between. Absolute Florida Flats Fishing and Tarpon Fishing Charters cover all of these areas with anglers using surface plugs, buck tails, plastic jigs, swimming plugs and spoons. Any small baitfish makes good live bait as do live shrimp and small blue crabs. Migratory schooling baitfish such as pilchards and thread herring work wonders when they show up on the fishing flats and beaches. Large dead baits soaked on the bottom, such as half a small mullet or ladyfish, take some big snook too. Nicknames for snook include Robalo, Sea Pike, Linesiders and Ravillia. Snook fishing on a Florida fishing charter is as addictive as it gets. You have to think like the snook to take the snook. Sixty-eight degrees Fahrenheit and higher is the magic number for water temperature, but snook will feed in peak warmth hours when cooler.
Absolute Flats Fishing and Tarpon Fishing Charters present great opportunities to catch good number of fish on the Florida Gulf Coast Redfishing. Florida fishing charters for redfish are real fun for any angler and are available year round. They are found in many of the same backcountry and inshore fishing spots any month of the year. Redfish school up normally on the Florida Gulf coast and are willing feeders if approached in the right manner Stealth, Stealth and Stealthy moves as they are found in the shallow gin clear waters around oyster bars, saw grass, grass flats dotted with sand potholes, sand and grass drop-offs, docks, flat rock piles, creek mouths, rather mouths on the Florida flats fishing areas in our home base for Florida Flats Fishing and Tarpon Fishing Charters of Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, Tampa Bay, Palm Harbor, New Port Richey, Port Richey, Spring Hill, Brooksville, St. Petersburg and nearby Orlando, Disney World area.
Most redfish here run from 2 to 3 pounds to 10 to 12 pounds with some in the 30 and up range to 25 pounds. Redfish on the Florida Gulf coast are one of the best gamesters of inshore fishing waters, displaying strength, stamina and determination not to come boat side with long hard runs. Although redfish can be as moody and spooky as any fish, redfish are usually ravenous feeders on the inshore flats fishing scene that will gobble up live baitfish, small crabs, live shrimp and also dead fresh cut bait. Most productive artificials are weedless gold spoons, plastic scented jig tails and noisy top-water plugs. Redfishing charters offer some great sight fishing opportunities. Water temps that are optimal is 63 degrees Fahrenheit and higher. Short of hard cold fronts, there doesnt seem to be a bottom range for their temperature tolerances, but the bite sure gets softer as the mercury plunges.
Absolute Florida Flats Fishing and Tarpon Fishing Charters are well known in the area for year round excellent trout fishing charters on the west central Florida gulf coast. From our home base of New Port Richey, Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Spring Hill, Brooksville, South to Clearwater and all the way to St. Petersburg and the mouth of Tampa Bay, Anclote Keys are the last of the Mohicans in a string of barrier islands that stretch along Floridas Gulf coast. At the same time, the area is the starting point for the broad shallow grass flats that stretch northward from the keys to the main shoreline. Florida Flats Fishing and Tarpon Fishing Charters frequently take good size trout to gator trout (nickname for big trout) on shallow turtle grass flats, rock piles, oyster bars and dump banks and virtually any inshore eater from the surf of outside islands to far up coastal rivers where they often seek refuge during cooler weather. Other nicknames include Speckled Sea Trout, Specks, Truite Gris and Trucha De Mar.
The fight is positively showy with much thrashing at the surface and an occasional jump and grey hounding tactics. Trout are not quite as powerful as the aforementioned species, but they make up for that with aggressiveness and just wait until they see the boat or landing net!
Florida Flats Fishing and Tarpon Fishing Charters all use light tackle-spinning outfits with light line and leader when on a trout fishing charter. Pilchards and live shrimp to the list of natural baits, but small live fish are superior when going after big trout. Artificials we use that also work well in certain seasons area plastic jerk baits rigged Texas style, jigs with shrimp imitation plastic tail, silver spoons and top water plugs and hard swim baits. Trout on the coldest of days gang up in deep holes and short of the hardest cold front or Alberta Clipper, there doesnt seem to be a bottom range for their temperature tolerances.
Everything is included on our trips: license, bait, tackle, lures, ice, etc. All we recommend you need to bring are sunglasses, camera, hat, sun block and favorite snack, food or beverage. We take care of the rest.
WELCOME ABOARD one of two new modern charter boats professionally rigged & tournament ready will all top of the line equipment supplied, full electronics & cellular.
NOVICE TO EXPERT FISHERMAN can enjoy a full or half day of friendly-guided fishing trips with a one to four person capacity for Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout, Cobia Kingfish, Grouper, Snapper, Jack Crevalle, Flounder, and Spanish Mackerel & More!!!
LIGHT TACKLE EXCITEMENT on spin, plug, fly or conventional tackle. Multiple boat and corporate trips are welcomed with a variety of packages. Groups of up to 30 people.
CAPTAIN KNOX is exceptional shallow water professional with multiple tournament wins. Guiding novice and expert clients on the west coast of FLORIDA fishing charters.
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Absolute Florida Flats Fishing charters serve the FL Gulf Coast, West Central FL Gulf coast, FL West coast including New Port Richey, Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, Tampa Bay, Tampa, Orlando (near Disney World attractions), Palm Harbor, Port Richey, Brooksville and Spring Hill. Florida Flats Fishing offer fishing charters, inshore fishing charters, inshore fishing trips, bay fishing charters and fishing guides on state of the art charter boats specializing in Florida tarpon fishing, FL snook fishing, FL redfish fishing, FL trout fishing and many more inshore fishing species and migratory fish that include cobia, kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, snapper and shark. Florida flats fishing in beautiful ecological settings from the famous Florida backcountry to the main shoreline, out to gorgeous barrier islands, big sand bars to near shore rock piles and inshore reefs and wrecks all on top name light tackle spinning, conventional and Fly fishing equipment. These saltwater sportfishing charters in Florida, "the fishing capitol of the world," are available from one (1) charter boat to twenty-five (25) charter boats with a 1 to 4 capacity per boat. We can accommodate both small and large groups, business company outings, corporate groups, family reunions, birthdays and class reunions with the areas most experienced FL fishing guides.
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