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Boat Ramps

Captain Goddard utilizes three different boat ramps in the Tampa Bay area to either cater to our clients location and driving preferences or more importantly where the fish are at that specific time of year.


EG Simmons Park, Ruskin Florida

E. G. Simmons Regional Park is eighteen miles south of Tampa just north of Ruskin on Tampa Bay. The park is 258 acres of native mangrove with open land , intertwined with waterways. In addition 200 acres of mangrove swamp has been set aside for a bird and wildlife sanctuary. Established to provide a place for outdoor activities to be enjoyed by all.  Picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, and modern facilities for overnight camping are all provided to guests of the park.  Because of this E.G. Simmons Park our primary launch site for most of the year.

Parking $2.00

Directions   2401 19th Avenue Northwest, Ruskin, FL 33570

Fort Desoto Park, Tierra Verde Florida

The park offers the greatest diversity of systems just about anywhere. Because of  bird life, sea life, wild life making Fort De Soto is  great place to spend time with family and friends enjoying your favorite activities.  In addition to the abundant wildlife and scenery picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, and modern facilities for overnight camping are amenities offered by the park.  As a result of all that the park offers it is one of the more the popular place for family outdoor activities in the Tampa Bay area.

Parking $5.00

Directions   3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL 33715

Salty Sol Fleischman Boat Ramp, Gandy Blvd. Tampa Florida

Located near in the center of Tampa Bay and providing access to Weedon island, North Tampa Bay and downtown Tampa this is an ideal launching site to explore Tampa Bay.  Because this ramp is located in the middle of Tampa Bay it provides a great starting point for a day of inshore fishing. 

Parking $5.00

Directions   5108 Gandy Blvd. Tampa Fl. 33611

Email confirmation and possible changes to existing plans

The client and Captain may discuss optional fishing locations and boat ramps. Although the E.G. Simmons Park Boat Ramp is a great launch providing secure parking and clean bathrooms.  It may not be the best spot depending on the time of the charter or where the fish are.

Our job is to put you on the fish and there are times where changing tactics are necessary.  Although the decision about which launch we will use will be made at the time of booking.  A confirmation email will be sent to the client with all the pertinent information regarding the trip.  For example; time, location, directions, what to bring, and any remaining balance will be included in the message. Even though last minute changes are rare they do however occur.  Weather, fishing conditions or water quality are but a few examples of what may prompt the captain to make any changes to your agreed float plan.  Under those circumstances the captain will contact you within 24 hours of departure to discuss any changes.