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  • Monday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Thursday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Friday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Saturday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Sunday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Kid Friendly
  • Fishing License
  • Keep Your Fish
  • Fish Clean & Packaged
  • Fishing Gear
  • Drinks
  • Ice

Optimus Fishing Charters in Ruskin, FL, provides a productive day on the waters of Tampa Bay, known for its excellent fishing conditions year-round. The area’s diversity in inshore and nearshore waters makes it a well-known fishing hotspot. Optimus Fishing Charters targets Snook, Redfish, Trout, Snapper, Cobia, Kingfish, Sheepshead, Flounder, Mackerel, Shark, and other inshore species. They also offer sunset cruises and boat tours, suitable for family vacations, birthdays, weddings, or corporate outings.

Owned and operated by Captain Brian Lemelin, who grew up in the Adirondack Mountains where fishing and hunting were integral parts of life. A 20-year member of the US Air Force, Captain Brian has traveled the world, fishing and hunting in numerous countries. He began fishing the Tampa Bay and Gulf waters in 2003, gaining valuable experience as a first mate for several esteemed captains over a decade. Now, as an FWC-approved Captain and Hunting Guide, he is passionate about teaching and providing opportunities for others to enjoy the great outdoors.

Optimus Fishing Charters offers several types of fishing trips. The Full Day Trip takes you fishing in the inshore and coastal waters of Tampa Bay, venturing up to 10 miles off the coast to catch species like Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Sheepshead, Tripletail, Redfish, Trout, Sharks, and Bluefish. The 3/4 Day Trip is a 6-hour excursion focusing on the South Shore Tampa Bay, where you can catch Snook, Cobia, Trout, Redfish, Sheepshead, Tripletail, Spanish Mackerel, and Mangrove Snapper. The Half Day Trip, available in the morning or afternoon, is a 4-hour adventure fishing for Cobia, Redfish, Snook, Trout, Flounder, Sheepshead, and more in South Shore Tampa Bay.

The charter uses a 24’ Kencraft vessel built in 2021, accommodating up to six guests. This boat, powered by a 200 HP Yamaha engine with a maximum cruising speed of 42 knots, ensures a comfortable and speedy trip to the fishing grounds. Equipped with a GPS, fishfinder, forward and aft livewells, an icebox, and a wireless trolling motor, the boat is well-prepared for spotting and catching fish. For offshore charters, Optimus Fishing Charters uses a private 26′ twin-engine Cape Horn fishing machine.

Book your next fishing trip in Ruskin, FL, with Optimus Fishing Charters today. Visit their website to learn more.



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101 reviews
  • Cindy Dahl
    Cindy Dahl
    2 years ago

    Just love fishing with Captain Brian! We had so much fun and caught many different species, some were catch and release and some were dinner! We had an action packed day as usual. What a fabulous way to spend the day in the beautiful sun on Tampa Bay! If you want to learn a lot, catch a lot, and bring back lots of fresh fish to eat, I highly recommend you book with Captain Brian! Until next time, thank you Brian! 🐬🐠🎣

  • Mark Weinus
    Mark Weinus
    a year ago

    Captain Brian put us on the fish from the time we started and kept us reeling them in all day. We caught a ton of fish, many different species. If you want to catch fish I suggest you book a trip with Captain Brian. My brother and I have gone on a few fishing trips, but this one was the best by far. We had a blast. Even with the hot temps Captain Brian put us on fish. We will definitely book another trip with him.

  • Kaylyn Zerkle
    Kaylyn Zerkle
    2 years ago

    My grandpa, father and I had nothing short of an amazing time with Optimus fishing charters. We had a great day on the water and slayed some fish all thanks to our captain, Brian. This man has extensive knowledge on all of the fishing we endured. He knew where to go, what to look for, and all in all wanted us to enjoy ourselves, see some beautiful landmarks, and most importantly catch some fish. He’s a down to earth gentleman and if you’re looking for good laughs, good fishing, and a good captain, Optimus fishing charters is the way to go!! Will be recommending to any and all that I run into looking to fish!!

  • Greg Manning
    Greg Manning
    6 months ago

    We had a great day on the water with Captain Brian. We are not the most experienced fishermen and Captain Brian was very patient and gracious with us losing his gear in the mangroves. Will definitely be booking again so stock up on some more gear Captain..Thank you for helping make a great memory with my kids..

  • Darbie Pfeiffer
    Darbie Pfeiffer
    3 years ago

    Our fishing experience with Captain Brian was 2nd to none. Captain Brian provided a safety briefing, explained the fish we’d catch, and what to expect during the day. All of which came to fruition. He took us directly to the best fishing spots around the Bay Area and we caught a LOT of fish. We caught all the fish Captain Brian said we’d catch during our morning safety briefing (excuse me if I misspell a few fish, but you get the idea): Snook, Sheeps Head, Mangrove snapper, Trout, puffer fish, etc. I can’t remember all the fish we caught. During our adventure, Captain Brian knew exactly where to go to see dolphins, manatees, and sharks. It was absolutely amazing! ! ! Captain Brian had Captain Jordan (a friend from Texas) onboard to help us catch fish...and trust me, having two Captains helping us catch fish was an experience we’ll never forget, two for the price of one...they baited and prepared our poles so fast, we were continually catching fish...our arms got tired. At the end of the day, Captain Brian had a little friend join us on the boat....what a FANTASTIC day on the water. THANK YOU Captain Brian and Captain Jordan. My wife and I highly recommend Captain Brian to anyone wanting a fantastic experience fishing in Tampa Bay.

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