Fishing ReportsWest-Central

Tarpon Springs

The Gulfstar crew and I are always looking for ways to create great experiences with our customers. We have come up with what we are calling “Hog Heaven Weekend”…..It starts with a hunt at an outfitter in Cedar Key FL at a hunting camp. ( and ends up fishing aboard the Gulfstar for Hog Snapper.


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Earlier this year some of the crew and I hunted there for a day to check it out. Besides the fact that 4 of us had plenty of action, the hunting package and the staff were first rate…. The whole day was an awesome experience from the morning coffee at camp to watching the days harvest get butchered and packed into the trucks. That same experience is what we always work towards providing for you when you fish onboard the Gulfstar. Feeling confident that Tiger Island outfitters would provide a great time for Gulfstar passengers it seemed natural to combine a hog hunt and a fishing trip. We will hunt for a wild hog on Saturday 6/28 followed by a late afternoon barbeque at camp and then we all get onboard the Gulfstar (back in Tarpon Springs) at Midnight for an 18 hour Hog snapper fishing trip on Sunday 6/29.

During the hunt we will have soft drinks available….for the safety of all…. No alcohol is allowed while hunting. After the hunt lunch/dinner, we will hang out in camp and swap our hog killing stories while enjoying barbequed chicken, burgers and Mako shark steaks.

This hunt is not just for experienced hunters… the crew at Tiger island outfitters have a great assistance program that will make a beginner look like a pro. If you have never hunted before and would like to give it a try, this is the right place to do it. I would encourage you to take a gun safety course before hunting. Here is a link to Florida fish and wildlife Free courses


The Hog Heaven weekend total package is $450.00 and it includes:

Hunt day Sat 6/28 Max 18 hunters

1. 1 hog up to 100lbs
2. Hog butchering and bags
3. Ice for your coolers
4. Morning coffee, donuts and various baked goods
5. Barbeque lunch/dinner
6. All soft drinks

Fish day 6/28-6/29 max 30 anglers

1. Depart Sat 6/28 @12 midnight. return 8pm Sun 6/29
2. All meals and soft drinks included
3. Bait provided (crab and Shrimp)
4. Tackle included
5. If you choose to fish only the price is $275.00 for the fishing trip

The hunt morning starts with everybody checking in at the cabin and at that point the hunters will be divided up into 3 groups of six hunters. The well-seasoned hunters will hunt first at around 6am. The next group will be the hunters with moderate experience and the last group will be the novice hunter. This is being done this way so the novice hunter has time to ask questions and get familiar with the process. At time of booking please let us know what your hunting experience is.

The fishing part is fairly straight forward… we will fish for hog snapper with shrimp and crabs but you should also expect to catch grouper, mangrove snapper, grunts and possibly some kingfish.

To book call us at 727-938-5300

If you have questions e-mail me at