Drop Hook Fishing Charters

Come aboard Drop Hook Fishing for a customized angling adventure, as you discover the range of fishing grounds out of Jacksonville, FL. Hit the inshore, nearshore, and offshore waters and target a variety of exciting species, as you try a range of techniques to land that dream catch.

Who better to take you out than a dedicated, experienced guide? Captain Mike Ardolino caught the fishing bug at the age of 5, while fishing with his Grandfather in Miami. He always dreamed of returning to Florida to work on the water, and he’s now living out his fantasy, spending every day fishing. Along with his first mate, he promises to do everything he can to make sure you have the fishing trip you deserve.

Up to 6 guests are welcome aboard the 28’ Sportcraft pilothouse, that comes fitted with everything you need for a productive day out. Make yourself at home in the comfortable cabin that comes fitted with a bunk and toilet for your convenience. You’ll all be able to fish at the same time as you bottom fish, while the downriggers will help you troll at the same time.

You’re in for an intense day of fishing whatever trip you choose, as you explore the numerous productive fishing grounds. Go after Seabass, Groupers, Snappers, Mahi Mahi, Cobia, Barracuda, Amberjacks, and even Sailfish and Sharks, on what promises to be a thrilling day out. Test your skills to attract the bite of these beauties, while you’ll need to rely on sheer strength to hook ‘em aboard and fill the boat.

At the end of your trip, the first mate will clean and fillet your catch for tips of 15-20%, so you can head back home and devour the fruits of your labor right away. Don’t forget to stock up on drinks and snacks for the trip, though, as you’ll need all the energy you can get while fighting these fierce fish.

If you’re looking for some rod-bending action that will create memories that will last a lifetime, then Drop Hook Fishing Charters is the place to come. Settle in for an unforgettable adventure!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,300
    up to 4 persons
    + $75
    each additional person
    Make the most of the Atlantic's rich waters and head up to 45 miles offshore in search of some exciting and delicious fish. Get your fish on in style, as you become one with the ocean, with nobody else around for miles. There's no end to what you can catch, as King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Grouper, Amberjack, Barracuda, Sharks, Cobia, Red and Vermillion Snapper, Black Sea Bass, Triggerfish, and a whole range of other fish can be found. Get your fish on like never before and get ready to fill the boat.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $900
    up to 4 persons
    + $75
    each additional person
    You decide how you want to make the most of your day on this full-day special. Explore the range of productive waters out of Jacksonville, FL, as you hit the nearshore waters or head up to 30 miles out for an offshore adventure. Try bottom fishing for Grouper, Amberjack, Barracuda, Sharks, Black Sea Bass, Snappers, and Triggerfish, or troll for King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia and more. Whatever you target, you're in for a thrilling day, as you fill the boat with some delicious fish.
  • Private trip
    July Snapper Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 6 - Jul 12
    $800
    up to 3 persons
    + $150
    each additional person
    This trip is for Snapper season the second week of July, this is a 4 hour trip.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $650
    up to 4 persons
    + $75
    each additional person
    Whether you're a beginner or an expert, this "Captain's Choice" trip has something for you. Choose between hitting the calm shallow bays to learn to fish, or head to the deeper waters near shore and get your fish on against some pelagic monsters. Wherever you go, you're in for a thrilling time, as you target Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Cobia, Wahoo, Tuna, Sharks, Redfish, Sea Trout, Sheepshead, Flounder and many more, depending on the season.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    + $75
    each additional person
    What better way to start the day than with the sea breeze in your hair and the prospect of an exciting few hours of fishing ahead of you? Head out to the nearshore waters of the Atlantic and try trolling for some pelagic species, such as Cobia and King Mackerel. Both of these beauties will make you work hard to land some delicious meat, so get ready for a fun and productive morning out.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    + $75
    each additional person
    If you're not a morning person, then there's no reason to miss out on the incredible fishing on offer in the Atlantic. Come aboard in the afternoon and get your fish on against Cobia, Mackerel, and other pelagic species. You'll spend your time trolling to entice the bite of these tough-fighting creatures, before leaping into action at the sound of the screeching reels to battle it out with a big one.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Inshore Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $150
    per person
    3 persons minimum
    You will stay near shore and catch Reds, Trout, Sheepshead, Croakers.
  • Private trip
    Shark Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $150
    per person
    2 persons minimum
    This is a 4-Hour Shark trip only.
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About the Captain

Michael Ardolino
Jacksonville, Florida, Estados Unidos
ID & License verified
Response time within an hour
Member since Julio 2019
From going out on Miami’s rich waters with his Grandfather at the age of 5, Captain Michael has never wanted to do anything other than get on the water at every opportunity. He spent countless days fishing with his “Grandpa” and fell in love with fishing, even catching his first Sailfish in the Florida Keys aged 7! He dreamed of living in the Keys and hoped to fish for a living, and that dream became a reality 37 years later. He’s been building up his reputation and business as a charter operator from the Keys to where he is today in Jacksonville, and hopes to make sure each customer gets the same rush of fishing here as he does.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Grouper (Scamp) Grouper (Scamp)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Queen Snapper (Caribbean) Queen Snapper (Caribbean)
Sailfish Sailfish

Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Snapper (Cubera) Snapper (Cubera)
Snapper (Mutton) Snapper (Mutton)
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)

Boat Specs

Sportcraft (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1982, and restored in 2018. Powered by 2 350HP Caterpillar 3116 engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 27 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
First Mate
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day before the trip date. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4.5% fee.

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