Reel Appeal Fishing Charters & Guide service

Fishing from Sarasota to Tampa Bay

sarasota florida fishing chartersIn sports having the home field advantage puts the odds in the home teams favor. In fishing, having an extensive knowledge of the waterways is vital to success.  Born and raised on the waters of Sarasota and Tampa Bay, no one makes the advantage of fishing their home waters more obvious. I have been obsessed with fishing this area my entire life, and I am always looking to put my clients on the trophy fish of a lifetime.

I have owned a boat since age 16 and spend every chance I get out on the water. With the knowledge I have gained throughout all of the years of fishing, I am able to calculate when and where certain species will be with the given tide, wind, water clarity, temperature, and weather activity. It truly takes a lifetime of dedication to master the complex interaction of all these factors. Luckily when you’re fishing with me I can share all that knowledge to ensure you have the best opportunity to catch fish.

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Inshore Fishing Charters

Specializing in Snook Tarpon Redfish and Trout

Inshore fishing charters

Our inshore fishing charters can put you in the serene backcountry looking for large Snook to exploring the expansive grass flats for tailing Red’s and Gator Seatrout. We offer a comfortable ride into some of the best inshore fisheries in the State of Florida. We cover the best areas from Tampa Bay to Bradenton.

Offshore Fishing Charters

Specializing in Cobia Permit Grouper and Snapper

offshore fishing charters

Offshore fishing charters originating from one of our many SW Florida launch locations will put you on some great fishing action. Offshore fishing in the Gulf Of Mexico is a mixed bag of pelagic strikes and deep water species. These can include Grouper, Snapper, Cobia, Kingfish, and even large Permit.

Custom Fishing Charters

Night Snook, Shore Lunches, and Custom Trips

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We can create the trip of your dreams. We offer a large selection of customizable fishing activities that can include night time Snook fishing, Sunset Cruises of Local Waterways, Snorkeling, and Fresh Catch Shore Lunches. That is to name just a few options. What are you in the mood for? Let us know!

Premiere Fishing Guide

The Premiere Fishing Charters Service for the Following Fine Establishments

The Ritz Carlton

Sarasota, Florida

ritz carlton sarasota florida premiere fishing guideReel Appeal Fishing Charters is the Premiere Guide for the Famous Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Florida. The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota is a luxury hotel that redefines personal service. With easy access to both the Gulf Coast and city, guests of the hotel can enjoy bay or city skyline views from soothing guest rooms and suites; and contemporary dining at Jack Dusty.

Tarpon Pointe Marina

Bradenton, Florida

arpon point marina premiere fishing guideReel Appeal Fishing Charters is the Premiere Fishing Guide for Tarpon Pointe Marina in Bradenton, Florida. The Marina is located on Florida’s beautiful Manatee River – at Channel marker 24. We offer a full service marina featuring; fueling station, jet ski lifts, ship’s store, bait and tackle shop, pump out station, flush and wash all with 24 hour security!

The Captain

Ryan McClash

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Born in Sarasota and Raised in Bradenton Captain Ryan McClash has over two decades of experience fishing local waters. At the age of 21 he received his Captain’s License and immediately put it to use guiding at Lodges in Alaska during the Summer. As soon as he could afford his own charter boat he purchased the Reel Appeal in 2010 and has been running charters locally ever since. He has also fished in exotic locations such as Costa Rica, Aruba, The Virgin Islands, Mexico, and the Bahamas. A true fisherman with home roots in his operational area of Bradenton and Sarasota.

  • USCG Licensed and Insured
  • Over 20 Years’ Experience in Local Tampa Bay Area Waterways
  • Sarasota, Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, And Tampa Bay
  • Inshore And Offshore Fishing Charters
  • Custom Trips and More

The Boat

The Reel Appeal

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The Reel Appeal is a classic 21’8” 1978 T-craft. It was fully restored at T-craft boatworks in 2006. T-crafts are legendary in the charter fishing industry for their versatility, durability, and performance. No other 21’ bay boat can fish in 8” of water for tailing redfish and take you 15 miles offshore for Amberjack in the same day.  Rigged with a 150hp Yamaha 4 stroke, Bobs Machine Shop Flats Jack, Full custom tower, enormous 80 gallon bait well, Humminbird GPS fish finder with Navionics, Boss Audio Bluetooth Speakers, and a Rhodan Marine HD GPS Anchor trolling motor.

Fishing Machine

Tech and Comfort

sarasota fishing charters boatThe Reel Appeal is strictly a fishing machine with nothing but the best equipment to put you on the fish in style and comfort. The combination of the Tower and Rhodan trolling motor is deadly. It allows me to quietly patrol the flats and beaches. and visually locate and approach trophy fish allowing you to sight cast into the strike zone

Fishing Charter Reviews

My Clients
  • We have had the pleasure of two great fishing adventures with Capt. Ryan.   He is a knowledgeable professional guide in the local waters to enable us the opportunity to catch a wide variety of fish.  If we lived closer, we would frequently fish with him for fun and friendship.  We look forward to our next fishing expedition with Capt. Ryan!

    - Stan and Kim Yeatts – Newport VA

  • It’s always an adventure on the Reel Appeal!  Captain Ryan does whatever it takes to put you on the fish of a lifetime. He is personable, professional, and knowledgeable. As a repeat customer we have caught a vast variety of the amazing sport fish Florida has to offer. He even makes the effort to share his favorite recipes to cook them to perfection.

    - Tyler Mead – Peoria, Illinois

The Captain's Log

Fishing Reports, Trip Reports, and Fishing Blog

Bradenton, Florida

Fishing Charters

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Our Bradenton fishing charters offer the inshore, nearshore, and backcountry adventures you are looking for. From Redfish to Grouper and on the fly or spin- a trip out of Bradenton is a must do. Reel Appeal is the Premiere Guide for Bradenton based Tarpon Pointe Marina.

Tampa Bay, Florida

Fishing Charters

Tampa Bay Fishing Charters

One of the most unique and active SW Florida fisheries, our Tampa fishing charters are a top notch venue. From seasonal Tampa Tarpon trips to expansive grass flats, Tampa Bay has it all. The real Florida fishing experience can be had right here. It is one of the reasons Florida is considered the Fishing Capital of the World. Do not miss this opportunity!

Anna Maria Island

Fishing Charters

anna maria island fishing charters

This area offers world class living, and the nearby fishing is quite literally world class as well. From inshore to offshore, our Anna Maria Island Fishing Guide offerings are second to none. With a lifetime in these waters and endorsements from places like the Ritz-Carlton, you have come to the right fishing charter company.

Fishing Charters Information and Reservations

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Captain Ryan McClash

Phone: (941) 773-1749

USCG Licensed and Insured
Over 20 Years’ Experience in Local Tampa Bay Waterways
Alaskan Fly-fishing Guide Experience

Also offers:
Sunset Cruises of Local Waterways, Snorkeling
Fly-fishing lessons and specialty trips available
Fresh Catch Shore Lunches available

Featured in:
Saltwater Sportsman Magazine
Bradenton Herald Tribune

Charter Information

What to Expect and Rates


$400 Half day

$600 Full day

Night Snook, Shore Lunches, and Custom Trips Available with advance notice. 4 Angler maximum 6 person maximum, no children under 5.

What’s Included

  • Fishing Licenses
  • Fishing Rods
  • Bait
  • Fishing Tackle
  • Fish Cleaning
  • Large Cooler with Ice and Water

What to Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Food and Drink of your choice
  • No Glass Bottles


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