Above Average Charters

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25 Causeway Blvd #28
 
Clearwater, FL 33767
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We offer 1/2, 3/4 and All Day deep sea and sport fishing charters for beginners to experienced anglers. We are located off of beautiful Clearwater Beach, Florida. Go bottom fishing for grouper and snapper, trolling for Kingfish, Barracuda & Bonito, jigging for Amberjack or Shark Fishing in the evening! We are Coast Guard licensed for up to 6 passengers. All licenses, bait, rods, tackle and parking permit included. It'll be the highlight of your vacation in Clearwater, Florida!"

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    Bob K from Arlington Heights, IL says:

    First class experience from my initial email to the 20lbs of fillets we left with at the end of our 4 hour excursion. Captain Rich and Helen are great and very focused on providing their customers with service and results. From what we heard on the radio to the amount of fish the other boats come in with we had the best results of the day with Above Average Charters. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in catching fish and having fun, not to mention the great meal afterwards. We will be back.

    Posted On 03/31/2012

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    Dave from Iowa City says:

    Had a fantastic New Years Day half-day fishing trip with Captain Rich. He and Helen kindly made an accomodation for us to go on New Years Day rather than our scheduled trip, because of a bad forecast, and they did not disappoint. After catching about a dozen Bonito and a mackeral while trolling, we switced over to bottom fishing with equal success. We ended up with 26 Grunts, a handful of Grouper, and even a blowfish. Ended up with enough fillets for two full meals for 4 people to take to Crabby Bill's to have cooked (which I also recommend). Fishing is always kind of hit or miss, but they gave up a holiday to make sure our day was a hit, rather than letting us go on a bad day. It was clear that these are really nice people who know their stuff. Highly recommended.

    Posted On 01/06/2012

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    marcia from utica, michigan says:

    Five Stars for Captain Rich and our wonderful six hour fishing excursion on November 3rd, 2011. Myself, husband, daughter and son-in-law can't say enough about the FUN experience from start to finish. There was no "downtime" ..... trolling and bottom fishing netted constant reeling, measuring, throwing back and nonstop laughter .... Rich even let us get close to several dolphin pairs jumping around tho they are not loved by fisherman b/c they scare away little fish.....didn't know that! I am still amazed at the size and number of fish we caught ALL DAY LONG :) Rich expertly filleted them and we feasted on our catch at Crabby Bill's immediately after......A W E S O M E. From start to finish from speaking with Helen who set everything up for us, it was a professional and fabulous experience which we will be talking about for years. I hope to come back for more next year so our son can also join in this once in a lifetime experience. I am still laughing about "shut up and reel lady"...........love you guys!

    Posted On 11/09/2011

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    John Robison from Tooele, Utah. says:

    You won't regret your trip with Cpt. Rich. I flew into Orlando on Monday, 10/3/11, and made a spontaneous decision to try an off-shore fishing trip. I did an internet search and sent a few e-mails inquiring about a trip in the next two days. Helen was the only one who replied, so it was my lucky day. She was friendly and helpful, treating me like a friend, rather than just a charter. She tried to get me in a shared trip, but I wound up going solo...so all the fish were mine... ;-) And it was a lot of fish. Cpt. Rich lived up to his hype. One of the other boats kept following us as we trolled, and if Rich moved the boat they were on the radio asking where he was going.
    He started off with 3 poles out, but had to put one up as the fish were hitting two poles at a time and it was too much to handle with his driving the boat too. I had a great time. A grouper, a 3ft barracuda, a bunch of Spanish mackarel, and a caught and released bonito. Thanks Cpt. Rich and Helen for a fantastic time. I plan on coming back with a brother and/or my Dad.

    Posted On 10/07/2011

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    Alyson Deans from Seattle, WA says:

    Had a great experiance Sept 12, 2011 with Helen and Rich! Group of 5 of us caught lots of Spanish Mackerel and Barracuda...which tastes amazing! Rich was so nice about filleting whatever we wanted and Helen was so helpful right from the start. Had so much fun and I would definetly fish with Above Average for our next charter! Thanks so much!

    Posted On 09/25/2011

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    Paul Barney from Franklin, TN says:

    We chartered an Above Average fishing trip Sept 10, 2011 with kids and grandparents. It was everything we hoped for. Every member of our family had fun, caught fish and has memories to last a lifetime.

    From the first telephone conversation with Helen to the professional fishing with Captain Richard, they went above and beyond to exceed our expectations.

    Thank you again! You are WAY ABOVE AVERAGE in our book.

    Paul & Alyssa Barney
    611 Laurel Court
    Franklin, TN

    Posted On 09/16/2011

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    Mike and Codi from Kirkland, WA says:

    My wife and I had a great time fishing with Richard and another couple on the boat. It was our first fishing trip in Florida. Richard and Helen are very friendly and the boat was the perfect size. We caught a bunch of fish and Richard did the filleting and we had Crabby Bills cook it up for us! I would go out again with them and would highly recommend them.

    Posted On 05/24/2011

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    Dawn from Tampa, FL says:

    Rich and Helen are the BEST! A group of us went on Mother's Day and had so much fun (and fish) we are going again this Sunday!!! I had never been and now I'm addicted!

    Posted On 05/24/2011

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    Fred Wojtas from hamburg ny says:

    attach to previous review

    Posted On 05/10/2011

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    Fred Wojtas from Hamburg, New York says:

    I was looking for a special charter for my family, my son had died 2 years ago, he was an avid fisherman, and this was a trip we had wanted to do before he died. Myself, my grandsons, my son in law and a family friend, 6 of us, went on the fishing charter. I had searched the internet for a charter near clearwater. What made me decide on "Above average" were the reviews other customers wrote about his Family oriented approach, and the photos with kids fishing. We booked him a few day before we went. Helen was very informative. We arrived a few minutes early and Richard was ready to go, He packed our drinks on ice, we jumped in and took off. He was courteous, friendly and informative. Within 10 minutes of fishing we were getting hits and catching fish. He worked constantly looking for areas of bait fish, setting lines, checking lines, taking fish off,resetting lines quickly.
    He consistantly put us on fish. I wanted all the kids to experience a big king on the line and they got that experience. The memories will last forever for them. It was a fantastic trip.
    Thank you Richard and Helen for such a wonderful experience!!
    I will send photos when they are ready

    Posted On 05/10/2011

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    Dawn from Goodview, VA says:

    We had a great trip with Captian Richard. Myself, my husband and my 12 & 15 year old boys were very pleased with our trip. WE CAUGHT FISH!!! Captian Richard fileted our Mackeral perfect, gave us great reciepes and it tasted great! Even when I cooked it! LOL Helen was so sweet to deal with. I highly recommend them. Plus they are priced very fair.

    Posted On 04/30/2011

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    Laddie Schade from Irwin P.A. says:

    First time ever out with Captain Richard, We wne tout with him on April 11, 2011. My brother and myself and my 2 boys ages 15 and 12 went shark fishing, and were absolutley grateful he got these boys both a shark one about 6ft 150 lbs and a 3 footer great experience, wonderful Captain and his wife great lady, very helpful.W definately recommend taking the trip it was so worth it and we will be back again and again...Thanks for the memories.

    Posted On 04/21/2011

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    Beth & Brian from Chicago says:

    We went out in january of this year, our second time out with Captain Richard. We had a terrific time, caught a ton of fish. Captain Richard & Helen go above and beyond!! Pleasant, honest people...we recommend Above Average to all!!!

    Posted On 04/16/2011

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    Holly from Wisconsin says:

    We booked a 4-hour trip and had an amazing time! Helen was full of information when we booked the trip. Everything ran right on time and was exactly what we expected. Rick promised us fish, and we caught more than we knew what to do with. Even after we'd caught what we wanted to keep, Rick worked just as hard to help us catch and release even more. Rick was a great captain and definitely knows the waters. His family was on the dock when we returned, and they were delightful! Rick beautifully fileted all of the fish we kept, and we took it across the street to Crabby Bill's, where they made it 3 ways for us.

    We've done fishing charters in Hawaii and USVI, and this was by far the best.

    Added bonus: Helen put our picture on the website! :)

    Posted On 03/08/2011

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    Steven Unterbrink from St. Louis, MO says:

    Our family went on our first fishing trip this past October, and we chose a four hour trip with Above Average Charters. Helen booked our trip promptly and efficiently, answering several questions, as we had no idea what to expect. I felt very comfortable after booking the trip. We arrived in the morning and met Captain Richard, who had everything ready to roll. He helped stow our belongings, and in no time at all we were headed out. When we booked the trip, Helen ask what we wanted to catch. I said we wanted to take some fillets home, and I didn’t want my daughters to get bored. We got exactly that. Within minutes after setting the lines (trolling), we had fish. Not only did Captain put us on fish quickly, but he was able to keep us on. At times we had all three lines with fish on. Captain Richard was extremely busy getting our lines back in the water but had no trouble keeping up. The boat had plenty of room to accommodate our six person party. My youngest daughter was even able to find some shade and take a small nap (I think she got tired from reeling so much.) Captain Richard keeps his boat and tackle extremely clean and squared away, indicating to me reliability. Captain was very personable and fun to talk to, and committed to giving the best fishing experience he can provide. At the end of the day we took home 50 pounds of fillets. I asked several times to help fillet, but captain insisted he do them all. After watching him, my wife said I would have only been in the way. He’s done this before. Very Satisfied, We will be back again…The Unterbrink’s

    Posted On 12/02/2010

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    Bill Carl from Tampa, FL says:

    We went out with Captain Rich on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and from beginning to end, it was an amazing experience. Rich was excellent with our group and taught the youngest member of the party so well, that 10 yr old Mikey ended up catching the biggest fish of the day on light tackle.

    The boat was large and very stable and best of all we came back with a box full of fish...which Rich filleted and bagged...even the grouper cheeks.

    I live in Tampa and I've been out on charters for 10 years and can truly say this was outstanding and a great value. Rich and Helen are great with kids too. Above Average is more than above average.

    Posted On 11/25/2010

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    Tracey Bigham from Canada says:

    We had an awesome trip! From the moment we called and emailed they responded to both immeditely. We had booked from Canada to a different charter company and they cancelled two hours before we were to leave for the fishing trip. We were very disappointed and the search was on to find another shark fishing trip. We found Above Average on the net and called right away. Helen was very professional and helpful. Our first impression was what a nice caring person Helen was. We arrived at the boat and were immediately greeted by both Richard and Helen. We were supplied with a parking pass. The day of our trip the weather was wonderful and we were so happy to have caught two sharks. Richard did a fantastic job and made sure our trip was a perfect. What a memory. His patience was amazing. I would recommend and fish with Above Average Charters again.

    Posted On 10/31/2010

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    Alex Z. from Central Florida says:

    Went out October 2nd for my bachelor party with 5 other guys. Started with absolute kindness on the phone with the first lady :) Then the day of the charter the boat was very clean and the captain and his wife were both out there bright and early to greet us. We did a 6 hour tour, went 11 miles out and caught 21 fish (5 different species). When we got back the captain prepared them all for us and we went right across the street and had the restaurant cook about 1/4 of our catch. We ended up with about 4 pounds of fish for each of 6 guys to take home. This could not have been a better day for us. I am so glad we went with above average charters.

    Posted On 10/05/2010

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    Debi Allen from Oklahoma says:

    Boat was clean... It was extremely hot and miserable. Some sort of shade would have been great. The smoking bothered us a great deal. Was not that impressed and it was overpriced. The least favorite activity we did in Clearwater.

    Posted On 08/27/2010

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    Kelly Duffy from Fairfax, Virginia says:

    Today was me, my Mom's, and Dad's first time fishing with Rich and Helen and it was fantastic. It was a perfect day for perfect fishing. I'm definitely going to be coming back year after year! Thanks again for a great time!

    Posted On 07/23/2010

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    Jim Hoffman from Hobart Indiana says:

    This being our first charter, did not know what to expect. Helen and Rich were just great and helped us with everything that we requested. From directions, to parking permits , finding fish, catching, cleaning and even getting them cooked for our dinner that evening. Will do this charter again next year. Thanks for everything.

    Posted On 03/16/2010

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    Prisilla S from Pittsburgh, PA says:

    The entire family had a great time with Cpt Rich! We had two toddlers (3&4) and we were worried that it wouldn't be okay having such young children but Cpt Rich and his wife welcomed them and really got them involved. We caught lots of fish and the capt cleaned them all and put them on ice for us with no extra charge. If your looking for a really good and friendly charter this is the one. Next time we are in Clearwater we will be visiting Above Average Fishing Charter again for another wonderful day at sea!!!

    Posted On 03/03/2010

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    Craig Winger from Dubuque, Iowa says:

    Communication was great, easy to book and had a wonderful day. They worked hard to put us on fish, and I would be bluffing you if I said I wasn't soar the next day from wranglin big grouper and amberjack! THANKS!!!

    Posted On 02/22/2010

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