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Clearwater FL Fishing


Welcome to Hotfish Charters! Home of the hottest saltwater fishing in the area!

Hotfish Charters is a full-service fishing guide experience and is Captain Mark Crawford is USCG licensed and insured. Mark runs his fishing charters with a Custom built 23 ft' bay boat made by Dorado Boats. The charter fishing boat has a half tower with Simrad electronics and trolling motors and is powered by Mercury Marine. Mark provides custom Crowder Rods and a fleet of Diawa and Shimano reels. The charter includes live bait, licenses, cleaning & packaging of fish and a cooler full of ice. Mark is a Florida born native based out of Palm Harbor, Florida and has been fishing our local waters for over 25 years. He specializes in both inshore fishing trips and offshore fishing charters in and around West Central Florida (Tampa, Clearwater, Palm Harbor, and Boca Grande), with services that offer the best fishing for what the season dictates. Mark's inshore fishing charters will take you fishing for redfish, snook, trout, and large tarpon during the season. Offshore fishing charters target grouper, snapper, kingfish, and cobia. Book your fishing charter today to experience nonstop, rod bending action!

Fishing Charters

HotFish Charters provides highly productive guided inshore fishing trips and thrilling offshore fishing charters for up to 4 anglers. Come aboard to experience a professionally guided fishing charter service that offers a variety of fishing charters that will fit your schedule. Specializing in Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, Trout, Kingfish, Grouper, and Cobia (running trips out of Pinellas County year-round and Boca Grande April-August). Tarpon fishing in World Famous Boca Grande, which is located just 2 hours south of Tampa Bay. Captain Mark Crawford is the 2013 PTTS Team of the Year winner, with many other local tournament winnings! We can pick up at home marina or arrange to pick our clients up close to their hotel rooms on Clearwater Beach. We fish all around the Tampa Bay Area including St Pete beach. April-August Boca Grande tarpon charters, customer pickups are customized for each client.

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March 21, 2017 3/4 day charter with Captain Mark was great. I wanted a mixed bag inshore/backbay trip for Dad and I and he did not disappoint it was perfect. Sight fishing for redfish, snook, sea trout and cobia. I got the west coast slam (redfish, snook and sea trout) I was looking for. Captain Mark really worked hard and covered ALOT of area to find the fish we were looking for. Boat was great to fish off- very comfortable. Truly a great day and can't wait to get back down there to fish with Captain Mark again!

Richard Kenney wrote a review in 2017

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Captain mark works hard to help you catch fish every trip. He really enjoys helping and watching his customers catch fish. If your looking for a good quality guide that is always worth the money give hip a call.

Carl Lewis wrote a review in May 2019

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Mark is great and the charter is fun for any age! Offshore and Onshore fishing charters available! All you bring is your own lunch/snacks and everything else is taken care of!

Sarah Williams wrote a review in 2017

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Great fishing. Had an amazing day out on the water with Captain Mark. The reels never stopped moving, fish after fish we were pullin them in. Awesome time!! Clearly knows what he’s doing, would highly recommend Hotfish charters to anyone looking to book a fishing trip. Never pulled that many snook in on a singal trip :)

Stacy L wrote a review June 2019

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Captain Mark was outstanding! Captain Mark Crawford was a true professional. He put us on some Monster Reds under some tough conditions. He is definately the best guide that we have ever had. I strongly recomend seeking him out if you are ever in the Tampa area.

Mike C wrote a review in May 2015

JOIN CAPTAIN MARK CRAWFORD FISHING THE WATERS OF BOCA GRANDE, CATCHING THE WORLD-FAMOUS TARPON

Highly productive guided inshore fishing trips and thrilling offshore fishing charters.


Tarpon Fishing Charters

During the months of April through August, you can find Capt. Mark fishing the waters of Boca Grande, catching the World-Famous Tarpon, one of the premier game fish in the World. Tarpon fishing provides hard hitting, line stripping, rod gripping action. Tarpon will tail walk on water, take deep running dives, and will go absolutely berserk once they catch a glimpse of the boat. You'll have to fight hard and wear them down if you wish to get them to the boat for a photo opportunity. When Tarpon fishing heats up, space fills up fast so call now to book your next tarpon fishing charter.