Captain Shawn - West Florida Fishing Charter

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Photography Excursion in the Tampa and Lower Bay Areas

Florida Sportfishing Outfitters offers the Tampa and Lower Bay Bird and Wildlife Photography Excursion experience From Tampa Bay to Sarasota.

Call Us Today: 941.705.3160 to schedule your custom Florida Bird and Wildlife Photography Excursion Experience.


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Have you ever wanted to get closer to wild life to get that once in a lifetime shot? If so, I have the solution for you!

Hi, I am Capt. Shawn Crawford. I am a 6th generation native and have been guiding people to trophy catches of fish for 27 years now. .Over the years I have had opportunities to get up close to many of the birds and various wildlife during my charters. Some of my clients started bringing their high-end camera equipment during trips requesting that I get them closer to “the shot”. It was during this time I realized I had an opportunity to expand my services to include nature photography from a different prospective that can only be captured from a boat. Book your photography charter today.

As you can see on my site, my boat is a perfect platform for shooting photography. It's 24'5" X 9'4" with plenty of room for several people and stable enough to let you use a mono or bi pod. It also has a tower that's just over 6' off the deck of the boat for those shots where you want to be a little higher than usual. I can get into about 8-10" of water safely as well run across a choppy bay without getting beet up or wet. There is also ample room for all your stuff in my dry storage boxes so you don't have to worry about your camera equipment getting wet either. She will run around 40 mph. so we can get to these places where both the migratory birds and the native species of birds both roost and mate. After spending most of my life on the water I know where this happens and would love to take you to these places. During our outing we will most likely also run into sea life from turtles to manatees and porpoises and who knows what else!

Many of these birds are seasonal and we only see them a few months out of the year however a lot of them live here year round. The exciting part is the birds that migrate here for the winter come here in flocks of hundreds so you will see more of these birds in one place than anywhere else. If you are looking for that shot of a life time, give me a call and let's set up a time when the sun and light are right and get you close to these beautiful creatures!

I can carry up to 6 people at a time so you can being your photography friends with you. I wish I could show you all the photo's that have been taken from my boat over the years but there are so many there's no possible way! Plan your trip with me, Captain Shawn Crawford for a few hours of nonstop, action packed, photography!

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Call Us Today: 941.705.3160 to Speak with Captain Shawn about your Florida Bird and Wildlife Photography Excursion from Tampa to Sarasota Florida.

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Call Us Today: 941.705.3160 to schedule your custom Fishing Charter & Excursion Experience.

Florida Sportfishing Outfitters offers guided fishing charter boat services in the Tampa, Florida, area. Enjoy a fishing charter in both shallow and deep waters aboard a customized Privateer® boat led by Captain Shawn Crawford. As a sixth-generation Floridian, Captain Crawford believes that 10 percent of the fishermen catch 90 percent of the fish.

Captain Crawford has more than 27 years of experience, and has earned many clients through the word of mouth. He gives seminars throughout the year, and teaches the finer points of fishing. He knows just about everything there is to know about the waters around Tampa Bay, like Longboat Key!

Captain Crawford and Sandi Adams won the 5th Annual Ranger Boats/Evinrude™ Outboards Saltwater Flats Fishing Championship Tournament held at the Bahi Beach Island Resort Marina in Ruskin, Florida, with a 145.5-inch catch. The prize was worth more than $24,000. The Megalops team (Captain Mark Rankin, John Yingling, and Louis Garcia) came in second with a 145.25-inch catch. Both teams had a double slam, catching three fish each day. Ernie Rubio caught the largest snook at 32.25 inches on the Megabite. Frank Heter caught the largest red fish at 32.5 inches on the Wrench'Em In. His teammate, Jim Stanek, caught the largest trout at 26.25 inches.

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Call Us Today: 941.705.3160 to schedule your custom Bay Fishing Charter Excursion Experience from Tampa to Sarasota, Florida.

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