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Your Fishing Guide for Tampa Bay, Sarasota, Bradenton, and Surrounding Areas

Tampa Bay Fishing ChartersSarasota Bay & Tampa Bay fishing guide & family charter captain for Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, and Spotted Sea Trout.

Reel Aggressive Charters is owned and operated by Capt. Rob Gilbert, which is based and located out of Bradenton Florida. Rob fishes Sarasota Bay, South Tampa Bay, from Anna Maria Island to Fort Desoto / St. Pete Beach, behind the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, and up into Port Manatee for some of the best fishing Tampa Bay has to offer.

Rob is a full time Tampa Bay fly fishing guide and also offers light tackle charters for those who have not learned how to throw a fly rod yet. Captain Rob lives for the hunt, so 90% of the fishing you will be doing is sight casting on the flats in skinny water. Rob runs a fully equipped Maverick 17 HPX-V Carbon Kevlar. For group inshore and nearshore charters the Shearwater 25 LTZ has all of your needs covered.

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If you’re looking to hunt the flats for that cruiser push or the fanning tail of a Red, busting a Gator Trout out of a bait ball over the grass, or pulling a Snook out of the mangroves – Capt. Rob has your flats fishing experience covered with both the equipment and the expertise.

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One of the biggest and most renowned fish of the flats, the “Silver King” should be on everyone’s bucket list. Cruising the Tarpon run in the Maria Island/Longboat Key area is a specialty of Reel Aggressive Charters. Let Capt. Rob make your Tarpon venture an unforgettable one.

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Capt. Rob has made long rod fishing a passion and an endeavor he strives to share. With his expertise on the platform he can bring you into the shot zone. The list of targets is long, but the heart pumping action of fly fishing in itself  is guaranteed to make this trip the trip of a lifetime.

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tampa bay fishing guide authority captain rob gilbertAs a Tampa Bay fishing guide, Rob understands that a day on the water means stalking the trophy fish of your dreams. Rob will work hard to make sure you have a fun filled day on the water and your time is not wasted.

Born and raised in Sarasota Florida Rob Gilbert’s earliest memories are spending time in his family’s tackle shop. Begging his father daily to let him skip school and come to work with him Rob learned to love a life on the water at a very early age.

Picking up a fly rod for the first time at the age of seven captain Rob remembers his grandfather teaching him the basics in the front yard of his home. As Rob got older he went on countless trips with his father learning how to target inshore species in his home waters of Sarasota Bay & Tampa Bay, unknowingly grooming him to be a Tampa Bay Fishing Guide.

What His Clients Are Saying

“Capt. Rob is the man!! I told him what I wanted to do and he did not disappoint. Capt. Rob was very accommodating making sure we had everything that we needed. His gear is top notch too. I love the Clutch rods that he has, and his boat is very dry, stable, and comfortable as well. If it swims in the southern waters of Tampa Bay Capt. Rob can help you catch it!” 

Ryan M.

“Captain Rob made it very enjoyable and we have had a blast catching fish every time we have been out. Captain Rob taught me how to fly fish and also helped me catch my first snook on fly, we must have caught around 40 snook in a single night trip my first time out. It was absolutely awesome. Captain Rob has a killer boat, rods, and tackle. Captain Rob has the program down to a science and definitely knows what he is doing and always knows where the fish are. I will most definitely be going out again soon. Thanks Captain Rob.”

Colin M.

“Capt Rob took us out for a nighttime snook extravaganza….a boy did he deliver. in no time at all i was staring at 30-40 snook just waiting to eat. I had asked him if he could show me how to catch 1 of these guys on fly, the answer became obvious as i caught my 1st, 2nd, 3rd snook on fly, and it didn’t stop there, just kept reelin em in! Knowledge of the area and tackle selection as well as non stop action made my experience with Capt Rob one for the record books.”

Jeremy F.