Here's our recommendations for long range offshore party boats on the Florida Gulf Coast. Each of these established businesses offer the opportunity for anglers to target deepwater snapper, grouper, cobia, tuna along with numerous other ground fish and pelagic fish.
Offshore head boats give the opportunity for anglers to fish far offshore at a fraction of the cost of a private charter. While live and dead bait techniques dominate the rails, a growing number of anglers plan ahead and bring along a selection of jigs, plugs and soft baits to supplement their techniques.
Video filmed aboard the Sea Trek fishing Dry Tortugas
Capt. Ross' Florida Headboat Gear List
4.5oz Flutter Pitch Jig: Light current, shallower waters 80' - 140'. Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, Kingfish.
6oz Flutter Pitch Jig: All purpose jigging in deep water, or shallow water in heavy current. Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, Kingfish.
8oz Flutter Pitch Jig: Deepwater jigging 180' plus, or shallow jigging in heavy seas. Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, Kingfish.
2oz Hogy Epoxy Jig®: Sunrise and Sunset casting to blackfin tuna feeding on the surface.
5.5" 3oz Protail Paddle: Casting to surface pelagics, cobia & blackfin tuna.
Easy Kit: Small Flutter Pitch Jig Kit
Hubbards Marina - Madeira Beach (Tampa)
This popular offshore head boat offers multi-day trips to the famous middle grounds area of the Gulf of Mexico. This popular fishing location is a great place to target Mangrove Snapper, Red Snapper, Red and Gag Grouper, Amberjack, Cobia, Hogfish and more.
Sea Trek Fishing - Fort Myers Beach
Located in Fort Myers Beach, the Sea Trek offers multi-day offshore trips to the Dry Tortuga region of the Gulf of Mexico. These popular trips offer excellent opportunity to target Mutton Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Red Snapper, Red and Black Grouper, Amberjack, African Pompano, Cobia and much more!
Yankee Capts - Stock Island (Key West)
The infamous Yankee Captains offer some of the most exciting offshore fishing opportunities in the state of Florida. Hailing from Stock Island, just outside Key West offers trips to the infamous Pulley Ridge and Dry Tortuga fishing regions. Numerous ground fish species are possible to catch including Mutton Snapper, Red Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Scamp and Black Grouper, Blackfin Tuna, Cobia, Kingfish and much more.