Captain
Camille Mellot

Member since November 2014 Venice, United States
Background
Growing up on a large dairy farm in western Massachusetts, there wasn’t much for my brother and I to do once our chores were done, so we spent the majority of our free time stalking Trout through the mountain streams that flowed across our family’s property. When I moved to Florida, I fell in love with the amazing fishery that is found in Sarasota and the surrounding areas including Tampa Bay, Venice, and Charlotte Harbor. I was very fortunate in that one of the first people I met when I moved here was one of the best guides in the area and over time he taught me the intricacies and tactics for successfully fishing both the inshore and offshore waters of the greater Sarasota area. Now, many years later the area waterways feel more like home to me than any other place on Earth.
Techniques
I am a light Tackle and sight fishing enthusiast, especially when the conditions are right on the flats or in the backcountry. Light Tackle allows clients an opportunity to really go toe to toe with our area game fish in a much more fun and exciting way than with much heavier tackle.

Hey, I'm Captain Camille Mellot

Venecia, Estados Unidos
Background
Growing up on a large dairy farm in western Massachusetts, there wasn’t much for my brother and I to do once our chores were done, so we spent the majority of our free time stalking Trout through the mountain streams that flowed across our family’s property. When I moved to Florida, I fell in love with the amazing fishery that is found in Sarasota and the surrounding areas including Tampa Bay, Venice, and Charlotte Harbor. I was very fortunate in that one of the first people I met when I moved here was one of the best guides in the area and over time he taught me the intricacies and tactics for successfully fishing both the inshore and offshore waters of the greater Sarasota area. Now, many years later the area waterways feel more like home to me than any other place on Earth.
Techniques
I am a light Tackle and sight fishing enthusiast, especially when the conditions are right on the flats or in the backcountry. Light Tackle allows clients an opportunity to really go toe to toe with our area game fish in a much more fun and exciting way than with much heavier tackle.
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Fishing Reports

Tarpon, Tripletail and more Inshore

July 01, 2020

We started the morning in some backcountry canals looking for Tarpon and clients did an amazing job on 4 juveniles from 10-30 pounds. After a brief rain shower came through we decided to move out along the flats and… Read Full Report →


Fun Afternoon Trip

June 30, 2020

Another awesome family aboard for an afternoon trip. The weather has been hot so the bite was a little slow to start but as the afternoon cooled down the bite heated up and clients caught a bunch of nice… Read Full Report →


Great fishing in the Gulf

June 29, 2020

The Gulf was super flat on this morning so we shot out between 8 and 9 miles into the Gulf. After a quick stop to pick up bait it was game on. A couple nearshore wrecks held great quantities… Read Full Report →


Grouper in the nearshore Gulf

June 25, 2020

The weather was perfect and the Gulf was flat so I decided to run out a few miles off of the beach and fish some hard bottom and structure. My clients did an amazing job of consistently landing the… Read Full Report →


Hand Line for Goliath Grouper

June 24, 2020

Conditions were as close to perfect as they come so I decided to run out into the Gulf a couple miles. We started out catching some baits just off the beaches and then after a quick run turned them… Read Full Report →


Another Great Family Trip

May 22, 2020

Two dads and their young sons were aboard for a morning of fishing. The young kids quickly schooled their dads and put on a clinic about catching fish. Leaving their dads in the dust. The young anglers and their… Read Full Report →


Awesome Rainy Day!

May 21, 2020

The weather called for sunny skies and seas under a foot. Mother nature had other plans. We started out early looking for tarpon on the beaches and found a nice pod almost immediately. Then a huge storm rolled in… Read Full Report →


Redfish Bonanza

May 14, 2020

It was a very windy morning but we hit it hard and my clients were rewarded with doube digit numbers of slot-sized Redfish, as well as a bunch of Sheepshead, Triple Tail, Black Drum, and Snappers. Mother nature couldn't… Read Full Report →


Sight Fishing Barracuda is a Blast!

May 12, 2020

Barracuda are a blast. They are found over shallow wrecks and reefs and provide an excellent sight fishing opportunity magnified by long powerful runs and aerobatic leaps. We started the morning out early and sincve the Gulf was relatively… Read Full Report →


Lots of Redfish

May 08, 2020

We started the morning looking for some backcountry Tarpon but after only seeing a couple we decided to hit the bay for some Redfish action. Lots of nice Redfish and even some Black Drum and Sheepshead kept the rods… Read Full Report →


Kings and Cudas

May 04, 2020

This father and son duo wanted to try for something a little bigger so we headed out a couple miles into the Gulf to fish over some structure. Almost immediately we hooked up on the first Barracuda of the… Read Full Report →


Tons of Redfish

May 03, 2020

This father and son team from South Carolina tore up the Redfish bite while fishing out of Venice. Over the course of the morning they landed over 20 Reds with multiple double hook ups. They also got into some… Read Full Report →


Father and Son Fishing Trip

May 02, 2020

This father and son duo did an amazing job of catching the Redfish all morning long fishing out of Venice. They also caught some Snook and Black Drum as we moved along the shoreline. Read Full Report →


Its Tarpon Time

May 01, 2020

Its that time of year again... Tarpon time. We are seeing a lot of Tarpon showing up in the backcountry and in some of the residential canals, as well as the first schools along the beaches. On this particular… Read Full Report →


The fishing is great. Don't miss out!

April 19, 2020

Another great trip on the flats of Sarasota Bay. This is an amazing time of year to target popular gamefish such as Snook, Redfish, Sea Trout and Tarpon. The water was calm and beautiful when my clients and I… Read Full Report →


Black Drum and Redfish Action

April 10, 2020

It's a crazy world right now but fishing offers a safe and fun environment for people to get outside and break free from the monotony of being at home all the time. This great family fished with us yesterday… Read Full Report →


The morning bite has been amazing!

April 06, 2020

The morning bite has been amazing lately. Redfish, Snook, Trout, Sheepshead, and Black Drum are moving throughout the bay. We are even starting to see some small Tarpon in the bay and the big ones will be here in… Read Full Report →


Mowing Down Mackerel - Still Fishing

March 25, 2020

While the world is shutting down we at High Class Hooker Charters are still putting people on the meat. Yesterday morning my clients and I headed about a mile into the Gulf under near perfect conditions and were rewarded… Read Full Report →


Once In A Lifetime - Whale Encounter

March 21, 2020

We headed out into the Gulf because of perfect conditions and fished between 8 and 9 miles off the beach. Throughout the morning clients caught a bunch of tasty fish including Snapper, Porgy, and Sea Bass. As we were… Read Full Report →


Great Weather / Fishing - Still Open

March 19, 2020

Awesome group of anglers this morning from Michigan. We started the morning working around the inlets and loaded up on a pile of nice Sheepshead ( over 20+ caught ) as well as some Redfish and Flounder. After a… Read Full Report →


Family Time - We're Still Fishing

March 18, 2020

Wicked fun afternoon trip with some fun clients down from Tennesee. Fishing structure in and around the Venice and Osprey area they caught a bunch of nice Black Drum as well as some Sheepshead and Flounder. Most were released… Read Full Report →


Single Angler Trip - Still Open

March 17, 2020

A very fun and enjoyable afternoon for one our Single Angler Trips. High Class Hooker Charters is one of the few charters - if not the only one - in the area that offers a trip specifically priced for… Read Full Report →


Great Redfish Action - Still Fishing!

March 10, 2020

Another great trip abouard High Class Hooker Charters. We started the morning working around the inlets for Sheepshead and caught a few but ended up with some great action on Redfish and Black Drum. As we worked the shorelines… Read Full Report →


Sarasota "Slay Day"!!

February 05, 2020

This young couple killed it on a morning trip aboard High Class Hooker Charters. The morning started out strong with a steady bit of Sheepshead and Redfish. As we moved around to other areas throughout the morning the bite… Read Full Report →


Fish - Its what's for dinner!

February 04, 2020

Super fun family fishing with High Class Hooker Charters out of Sarasota for an afternoon trip. The bite started out a little slow and we had to make a couple moves to get out of the wind and into… Read Full Report →


Great fishing in Venice

February 02, 2020

The morning was chilly and the winds kept us in just a few areas. All in all though clients fishing on this morning did an excellent job of catching fish despite the conditions. Tons of nice Sheepshead as well… Read Full Report →


Chilly morning yields a Hot bite

January 28, 2020

Chilly temperatures and a negative low tide didn't stop the fun aboard High Class Hooker Charters. We started out in Osprey but the bite was slow so I made the decision to run a little north and see if… Read Full Report →


Young angler steals the show on a Family

January 27, 2020

The young angler on this Family & Children trip stole the show and landed some impressive catches. His family were no slouches either but he outshined them all catching some very nice Redfish and big Sheepshead. All together this… Read Full Report →


Chilly morning but tons of fish

January 27, 2020

It was a chilly morning fishing out of Siesta Key. The winds were a little high so I got the boat into a protected area that has been producing some great numbers of fish lately and we started to… Read Full Report →


Wicked Fun 3/4 Day Trip

January 24, 2020

Super fun trip with a great group of anglers fishing out of Venice, Florida. We started the morning along some oyster beds looking for Sheepshead. The oyster beds produced a couple nice Sea Trout but no Sheepshead. So after… Read Full Report →


Amazing Redfish Action

January 23, 2020

The Redfish action has been hot lately and anglers have been seeing some really impressive catches in terms of numbers and size. We started out early looking for bigger fish and we found them. The highlights of the day… Read Full Report →


Great Redfish action despite tough condi

January 09, 2020

Fishing a full moon with high winds makes for some very tough conditions. This afternoon's trip stuck with it though and after a few location changes were rewarded with some spectacular Redfish action, including a couple of really big… Read Full Report →


Awesome morning action

January 06, 2020

The weather on my client's originally scheduled date was aweful so we were able to move his trip to another day and it really payed off. The first cast of the morning was a nice slot sized Redfish and… Read Full Report →


Family Fishing Fun

December 17, 2019

The weather for the date of this family's scheduled trip was going to be bad so I was able to move my schedule around and move them up a day to get their trip in before the weather deteriorated.… Read Full Report →


Chilly Morning, Great Fishing

December 16, 2019

Had a single angler trip out of Venice on the morning after a cold front. We started the morning along some oyster beds as we tried to stay out of the winds. As the sun rose higher the bite… Read Full Report →


Cold Front Doesn't Stop The Fun

December 14, 2019

A cold front came through earlier in the morning and left us with chilly and windy conditions that made fishing difficult but far from impossible. I had a great father and son duo from New Jersey aboard and they… Read Full Report →


Spectacular Nearshore Bite

December 11, 2019

When the conditions are favorable I will usually run out into the nearshore Gullf to do something a little different with clients. I had a day off recently and my oldest daughter and my son had asked to go… Read Full Report →


New Boat Record!!!

December 05, 2019

For the past 6 years the record for most Redfish caught in a single trip has stood at 32 fish. Five guys on a chilly March morning in 2013 caught and released a total of 32 Redfish in the… Read Full Report →


Fun Times with another great family

November 29, 2019

My morning trip was successful on this particular day under tough conditions and my afternoon trip was the same. A bad tide made for a slow bite but my crew stayed dedicated with me and we were able to… Read Full Report →


Some great Redfish

November 29, 2019

It was a tough bite on this particular morning. It was a little chilly and we had a really bad tide to contend with. But the crew stuck it out and caught some really nice fish. Some really big… Read Full Report →


Great family trip

November 27, 2019

A super fun family on this Afternoon Trip. The kids were funny and had a great time fishing along the shorelines for Redfish, Black Drum, Sheepshead, and Snapper. They even let Mom and Dad catch a few as well. Read Full Report →


Son and Wife's first fishing charter

November 27, 2019

What a great way to spend time with family - on the water enjoying the beauty of Florida and catching fish. Dad booked the trip but it was his son and wife ( their first saltwater charters ) who… Read Full Report →


Tearin' em up on Siesta Key

November 26, 2019

We spent the morning fishing in and around the Siesta Key area pitching to structure along the shoreline. This fun family did really well on some very nice Redfish, Black Drum, and Sheepshead throughout the morning. Read Full Report →


Lots of Redfish, Drum, and Sheepshead fo

November 25, 2019

It was a fun afternoon with a great family. The kids tore up the bite in and round the Sarasota and Osprey areas. We spent the afternoon pitching to structure and were rewarded with a bunch of nice Redfish,… Read Full Report →


Tearin' up the Sarasota shoreline

November 18, 2019

Finally, a calm morning after a weekend of high winds. Near perfect water conditions made it easy to get into a lot of areas that had been inaccessable due to the windy conditions. We started out the morning with… Read Full Report →


Slayin' The Stripes

November 16, 2019

It was cold ( by Florida standards ). We started our trip a little later than normal to try and let the weather warm up, but it just wasn't going to happen. 20kt winds out of the NNW and… Read Full Report →


Diggin' for Gold in the cold...

November 13, 2019

We had a pretty strong cold front come through overnight before this trip and when we left the dock it was around 59 degrees with winds over 20 kts. For those of us in Florida this is like waking… Read Full Report →


Post Cold Front Action

November 10, 2019

Clients fishing with me out of Sarasota got into some great action on the flats and backcountry. They were originally scheduled for Saturday morning, but I had contacted them late Friday night and let them know that a cold… Read Full Report →


Backcountry Bonanza

November 08, 2019

The weather and conditions were a bit iffy with an approaching cold front but clients fishing out of the Venice, Florida area on Friday stuck it out with me and got into some really nice fish while fighting the… Read Full Report →


Gettin' After It!

November 07, 2019

I understand that not everyone has a group of people that they can fish with while they are in Florida. So High Class Hooker offers a special rate for anglers fishing by themselves to accomodate these anglers. The other… Read Full Report →


Tearing Up The Inshore Fishing

November 06, 2019

I had a great bunch of anglers aboard for a half day inshore trip. The morning started out off of Siesta Key and we spent the morning hitting structure and some mangrove shoreline. The bite was solid all morning… Read Full Report →


Picking Pumpkins For Halloween

October 31, 2019

It's Halloween and nothing says Halloween more than pumpkins - and by pumpkins of course I mean Redfish. We took to Sarasota Bay at day break and spent the morning looking for Redfish along some shallow flats and structure.… Read Full Report →


Big Redfish and Black Drum

October 29, 2019

I decided to start the morning by looking for some late season Tarpon in a back area, but despite seeing a good number of Tarpon we just couldn’t get a bite. So I decided to move spots and try… Read Full Report →


Black Drum Smackdown

October 25, 2019

Clients fishing with me out of Venice had a great outing on an afternoon trip. They specifically requested "dinner" so we targeted primarily fish that were in season at this time. We made a little bit of a run… Read Full Report →


Father And Daughter Duo Light It Up!

September 23, 2019

This father and daughter duo absolutely lit up the inshore bite out of Sarasota. We started the morning looking for Tarpon along the flats and went 2 out of 3 on some great mini Silver Kings. Later in the… Read Full Report →


Young Anglers Tear Up The Redfish

September 21, 2019

There is nothing better than watching the excitement in kids faces as they catch a fish. Especially when they are tearing up big fish. These two young anglers and their family did just that. During their trip they caught… Read Full Report →


Fall Means Redfish

September 11, 2019

Falls means Redfish along the Gulf Coast of Florida. We are starting to see a lot of Redfish along the flats, bays, and back country areas. These exciting local favorites are bending rods and thrilling anglers in many of… Read Full Report →


Young Angler Catches Inshore Grand Slam

September 10, 2019

A 13 year old angler, fishing with his father, not only caught his first tarpon but also completed his Inshore Grand Slam (successfully catching Snook, Sea Trout, Redfish, and Tarpon in one trip). The morning started with a few… Read Full Report →


Still Plenty Of Tarpon Action In Sarasot

August 30, 2019

The juvenile Tarpon bite is still going strong in the back country areas and along the flats. Don't miss out on this exciting sight fishing action on light tackle. These mini Silver Kings are averaging between 20-40# with larger… Read Full Report →


Angler Completes Inshore Grand Slam

August 28, 2019

For an angler to complete an Inshore Grand Slam he / she must successfully land a Snook, Redfish, Sea trout, and Tarpon within a 24 hour period. To make this even harder as a Captain, I have only four… Read Full Report →


Awesome fish! Great memories!

July 14, 2019

The past couple weeks have seen some really great catches for clients fishing out of Sarasota and Venice with High Class Hooker Charters. The big Tarpon long the beaches has slowed down but we are seeing some nice smaller… Read Full Report →


Sarasota Tarpon Fishing Is On Fire

May 31, 2019

It's tarpon season along the beaches of Sarasota and High Class Hooker Charters has been putting clients on great Tarpon action. The bite has been hot from the beaches of Englewood up to Anna Maria Island with average catches… Read Full Report →


Cooler Temperatures / Hot Bite!

December 15, 2018

The water and air temps are cooling down but that has brought on a very hot inshore bite right nowwe are seeing some amazing catches of Snook, Redfish, Sheepshead, Black Drum, and more. Read Full Report →


Sarasota and Venice Inshore bite is HOT

November 21, 2018

The water temps are cooling down but the fishing is heating up from Sarasota down to Venice. We have been seeing some great catches of Redfish, Black Drum, Sheepshead and Snook as well as some big Mangrove Snapper, Pompano,… Read Full Report →


Some nice Redfish action

November 08, 2017

As the water has cooled and the water conditions have improved there has been a really good bite inshore. Some really nice Redfish are showing up along the shorelines and bars from Sarasota Bay to Venice. We are also… Read Full Report →

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Tarpon Fishing Trip

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I’ve been on a lot of charter fishing trips over the years, but this one I will never forget. Captain Camille with High Class...
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What a day

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The boys continue to argue about who caught more fish. The biggest was easily identified in the picture above. We had a great...
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Family and Children Trip

VERIFIED   Junio 1, 2020
We had a great time fishing with Camille on our vacation to Florida. He was constantly helping us get set up and fixing our...
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High Class Hooker is worth every penny

VERIFIED   Marzo 21, 2020
Captain Camille was incredible from putting us on fish to providing a very enjoyable experience. Icing on the cake was during...
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VERIFIED   Enero 27, 2020
Excellent trip also caught very large redfish and a decent size grouper. The captain had to work hard to keep us in the fish....
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