Above Average Charters
Above Average Charters
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Boat Tours • Fishing Charters & Tours
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Welcome to Above Average Charters! We are a private fishing charter located in the Clearwater Municipal Marina just steps away from beautiful Clearwater Beach. Since February 2001, we offer 4 hour to 14 hour offshore fishing trips in the Gulf of Mexico. We are US Coast Guard licensed and insured for up to 6 passengers. Our boats are operated by one of Clearwater’s finests Charter Captains. Our boats are very spacious, clean and safe! Depending on the season you’ll be trolling for King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Barracuda and Bonito; bottom fishing for Grouper, Snapper and other bottom fish or go Shark fishing for Black Tip, Spinner, Hammerhead or Tiger Sharks! From beginners to seasoned anglers alike, we have a trip for everyone! We have fun on our boats! So give us a call or book online to reserve your private fishing charter! It’ll be the highlight of your Florida Vacation! :)
Clearwater, Florida
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Cheeks100
Argyle, TX115 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Booked the half day shark fishing with Captain Rich. His wife, Helen, is great to work with and very helpful texting back and forth. I had done this trip several years ago with friends and always wanted to go again. It did not disappoint. Rich took us out about an hour out and had the poles set up in no time. We literally had a 5+ ft shark on the line in minutes of getting set up. We had good action until we decided to start playing music. Then the sharks disappeared. After about 20-30 minutes of no hits, I finally asked the Captain and he was like “yea, sometimes it bothers them, sometimes it doesn’t...”. No music = more hits. After 4 sharks, ended up getting a Goliath Grouper. It took 30-45 minutes to pull up and was about 400 lbs!!!! It’s illegal to get them on the boat so pics are limited. Also, I like this outfit because shark fishing is all catch and release.
Written July 20, 2022
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We are so glad you had a wonderful day out on the water! Give us a call when you're back in the area! We would love to tak you all out again!!
Written November 29, 2022
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Eric
1 contribution
Mar 2021
My son and I did the early morning 4 hour fishing with Captain Rich on 3/31/21. We had such a good time, and caught 16 fish, 15 king mackerel and 1 Spanish mackerel. Can’t Rich is friendly and definitely knew where the fish would be. We literally each caught a fish as soon as the line was in the water. I liked that he checked with us to see how much we might want to keep, that allowed us to keep 4 and do catch/release on the other. When we got back to the harbor we took pics with our catch and Capt Rich filleted those 4 fish in lightening quick fashion. He told us we could take it to the restaurant Crabby’s across the way and they would prepare it for us. We did so and it was delish! Helen was so easy to work with too. I would definitely do another fishing trip with him again but probably longer and go for something bigger. Highly recommend them!
Written April 8, 2021
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Brian D
Boerne, TX39 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
We made arrangements to fish on spring break. They were ready for us and on time. Janes was excellent and put us on fish immediately. Went out 13 miles and were killing it. Makrel and amberjack. When the fish stopped jumping in the boat he drove to multiple other spots. Worked his rear end off. While we were thrilled with the outcome long before we arrived on shore, once on shore we were more thrilled. Two boats from the marina caught anything of consequence. Above average 1 and 2. They knew what to throw and where to go.
Written March 11, 2021
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Janna W
Traverse City, MI4 contributions
Mar 2021
What a great day we had with Captain James Stewart of Above Average! We had so much fun fishing and caught several fish including a 30# king mackerel.

Captain James knew exactly where the fish were and we caught them! Loved hearing about James' stories from his crab fishing days out of Dutch Harbor. What a great guy and knowledgeable captain.

We took our Mackerel across the street to Crabby's and they cooked it for us. It was amazing!

Thank you so much to Captain James and Helen for a great day!
Written March 13, 2021
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biodtl916
33 contributions
Jan 2020
This is the second time we have gone on a charter with Above Average Charters. This time we went out with Richard. It was amazing. He makes everyone feel at ease and gives you a great chance to catch something. We will definitely return on every vacation to Clearwater.
Written January 7, 2020
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Matthew B
2 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
Above Average is one of the best Charters we have been on!! Captain Rich was outstanding. Made our trip a lot of fun! We caught fish from start to finish. His style is easy going and friendly. Highly recommend this company. Also Helen is super easy to work with and very good with communication! We caught a lot more fish than on the picture- we threw a bunch back.
Written September 9, 2020
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SG52221
3 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Helen was great with getting us booked and taken care of. If she wasn’t able to answer the phone, she called back in a timely manner. We took a 4 hour trip and caught a few different types of fish, and enough for us to eat several meals. Captain Rich was very helpful and we appreciated that he filleted the fish for us! Would recommend for deep sea fishing!
Written June 1, 2021
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LorineMM
New Jersey17 contributions
No active fishing.

We selected this charter after reading the reviews on trip advisor ratings- top in its class.
The four hour fishing charter consisted of trolling two lures and a single bait fish around the Gulf of Mexico. It was a big disappointment, and even more so when the charter next door rolled back in the slip with over 20 fish.

It was an expensive boat ride.
Written December 28, 2014
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Momofthree3
1 contribution
Jun 2019 • Family
My family was Verbally abused by Captain Rich during our half day charter. He only took us out near shore, caught very little but NOTHING compares to how rude unprofessional and disrespectful he was to my family. Please choose wisely!
Written June 2, 2019
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Cindy C
2 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
I booked this charter based on the great reviews, but was very disappointed. The 45 minute ride out was very choppy, wet and miserable. Captain Rich stopped over a school of mackerel and just circled. There was no discussion of what we were doing - he just cast out the lines and told the children when there was a fish on so they could crank it in. I would have liked for them to at least learned something about the method, the tackle, the fish and how to fish. They cranked and he pulled them off the hook with little comment. This was not much more than picking out a fish at the grocery store. After about 45 minutes of circling in choppy waters and breathing exhaust we were deathly bored and ready to come back in. Not to mention starting to feel sick. I asked "is there something else we could fish for?" and was told nope this is it. Perhaps he was just having a bad day and ready to go on his vacation, but he seemed not to want to be there. I've been on many fishing charters and this was by far the worst.
Written July 20, 2015
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