Absolute Florida Flats Fishing

Absolute Florida Flats Fishing

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Captain Rich Knox has been featured on television channels and networks TNN, Sunshine, OLN Outdoors, NBC Channel 8 Catch of the Day and many local fishing shows. He has been featured in Florida Sportsman Magazine, Saltwater Sportsman Magazine, Saltwater Angler, Gulf Coast Angler, Tampa Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, The Fisherman magazine, Sportfishing magazine, Masters’ of Snook Book, by famed outdoor writer Frank Sargeant, Suncoast Fisherman’s Guide, cover of Florida’s Best 100 Fishing Spots, as well as numerous radio talk shows and has won more than $290,000 in area flats and tarpon fishing charter tournaments with clients. Absolute Flats and Tarpon Fishing charters with Capt. Rich Knox gives you and your party an excellent, better than average chance to catch your trophy fish year round and getting 110% and 20 years of area knowledge.Start your day on the beautiful flats of the west central gulf coast of Florida on a Florida fishing charter with shallow, clean, clear calm waters teaming with and fishing for tarpon, snook, redfish, speckled sea trout, cobia, mackerel, flounder and more with longtime local guide, Capt. Rich Knox. Novices to experienced anglers all receive personal instruction to get you started using top of the line conventional, light tackle spinning, plug or fly fishing gear and utilizing techniques, honed by a seasoned professional who is on these waters over 250 days a year with clients, guests and fishermen from all over the world, shared and explained in plain English.
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John Z
5 contributions
Apr 2021
My son and I had a wonderful day on the water fishing with Captain John! John is extremely knowledgeable and helpful in every way. We caught Snook, Jack Crevalle, Reds, and over 40 Trout. I got my first in-shore slam. I would highly recommend Captain John!
Written April 10, 2021
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Captain Sean Yeckley
Wilmington Island, GA9 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
Captain John was awesome putting us right on fish scoring a triple slam. We caught nice snook, redfish, trout, & jack crevalle. Beautiful scenery. We even saw manatees, dolphins, & ospreys. Highly recommend.
Written March 16, 2021
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th0mray
Evansville, IN7 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
Just moved to Tarpon Springs area and I have no salt water fishing experience. I did a full day charter w Captain John to learn the area and the techniques. He is like fishing with an old friend. Immediately likeable, I learned about the area, how to fish the targeted species, and how important it is to understand tides & wind in the flats. I was fortunate enough to hit the slam! I caught a redfish, snook, and sea trout in one outing. My wife caught several more sea trout and Mike filleted them and we had the chef at Miss Vicki's grill them for dinner. John and Mike were also very good teachers with my wife, helping her with techniques and tips. All around a very fun day.
Written April 24, 2016
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Apr 2022
On 1/5/22 I paid John Fishback, Charter Captain, New Port Ritchie $600.00 for 1/2 day Charter for 2 people on 4/5/22. He said he would communicate with me by email. He never did. The day before the 5th charter I called him with no answer. I called a second time, no response. About 8 pm on the 4th I got Captain Jared A/K/A Jared's Fishing Charters to agree to take me and my visiting grandson on 4/5 at 9:00 am. We caught 15 fish...including two 27" redfish by Noah my grandson. Jarred was a super captain and bailed me out due to John Fishback standing me up. On 4/6 Fishback responded saying I never paid him so I was not on active list which was wrong as I had paid him and he never communicated that to me nor answer my telephone pleas for response up to day of agreement. I am very disappointed in John's service but really pleased with Captain Jared's service Guardian Angel last minute "Save the Day" performance and would recommend Captain Jared HIGHLY.
Written April 6, 2022
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Daniel H
Broomfield, CO1 contribution
May 2016 • Couples
Let the buyer beware!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Booked with "Capt" John for a two day Tarpon fishing trip for May 16-17, 2016. First day he was 3 1/2 hours late leaving the dock due to several lame excuses. We were suppose to leave the dock at 6:00 AM but actually left at 9:30AM.Fished for 5 hours and had zero strikes. We did get to enjoy the wonderful aroma of "Capt" John chain smoking in the boat all day. He had to have smoked 3 packs of cigarettes. We ended the day early because there were no active fish to be found. I questioned "Capt" John on why we should even bother fishing the second day. His response was that we should get out early before sunrise to catch the fish before they are disturbed by other boats. My response was I thought that is what we were suppose to do today. "Capt. John assured me that if we left the dock by 6:00 AM we would be fine. He instructed us to be at the gate to the marina at 5:45 AM. He claimed he would be there at 5:45 to open the gate, which would be locked. Next morning, 5-17-2016 we were at the gate at 5:45 AM sharp but no "Capt" John and the gate was locked. We waited until 6:15 AM and I tried to call "Capt" John but no answer on his cell. I then received a text from Capt John around 6:30 AM that he was running late and would be there in a half hour or so. At this point I texted "Capt" John back and told him that being consistently late for charter trips when you are the Captain is not acceptable. I also told him that I would be cancelling the trip that day because he was unreliable. He then threatened to charge my credit card, which he did and it is now under dispute.

There are a number of really good fishing charters in the Clear Water, FL area but this circus is not one of them. Save your time, lungs and money and fish with anyone but "Capt" John Fischbach. Worst fishing experience of my life.
Written June 8, 2016
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WiltonMD
Wilton, CT28 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
When taking your 9-year old son fishing while on vacation, there is always the risk that he'll not catch anything. That being said, Capt. John made it his mission to make sure we hooked and landed some fish during our visit to Clearwater. We set up the departure time based on tide and weather via cell phone the night before the charter. Within 20 minutes of leaving the dock, my son had a nice Crevalle jack on the line. We also caught redfish, snook, and a sea trout. This is an excellent 1/2 day charter that is easy to get to if you are in the Clearwater or Palm Harbor area. Everything needed was provided, and Capt. John will filet the fish dockside if you so desire (staying at a hotel, we were there just for catch and release). As a bonus, the Anclote Village Marina had a lively outdoor bar called Miss Vicki's that was a great post-charter stop. Solid boat and solid 25+ year fishing experience in the area made this a no brainer for an easy family fishing experience and a lot of local flavor/anecdotes from Capt. John.
Written April 19, 2016
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Trevor K
Shanghai, China1 contribution
Jan 2013 • Friends
Great guide. First class gear, boat, premium bait and most importantly put us on fish. Limited on trout and top of the slot reds in half a day....in January. Can't say that too often! Funny too......
Written February 2, 2013
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James G
Dallas, TX3 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
Capt. John Fischbach did an amazing job. We wanted to focus on inshore fish and Capt. John put us on Trout and Redfish first thing in the morning. Second day we were on Snook. We got to experience many different areas of the Anclote Key / New Port Richey hot spots. He worked very hard all day both days and it was one of the best charters I've ever been on. I definitely will be back a lot. Thanks Capt. John!!
Written April 24, 2016
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Ted T
Westport, Canada2 contributions
Mar 2015 • Friends
Thanks to captain rich for putting us on some beauty trout .
He worked hard to get us the fish.
His many years of experience was very evident in putting us on the fish
Great boat and top notch equipment
We would definetly go again
Ted ,Patrick and Brandon
Written March 5, 2015
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IRIEN8V
3 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
Captain John was great, very knowledgeable and courteous. Good times, I'd hire him again. Next time for longer trip tho.
Written January 7, 2021
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