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Gulfstar [guhlf-stahr] -noun

#1- Gulf of Mexico’s premier offshore deep drop charter boat     #2- Often imitated… Never duplicated!!!

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The Charter Boat ‘GulfStar’ is located at the Sunset Bay Sportsmans Bar at 607 Island dr, Tarpon Springs, Fl. We specialize in catching deep water Grouper and Snapper on 3 and 4 day long range Pulley Ridge and beyond multi day deep drop fishing trips.

When we are not hunting the deep water of the Gulf we are fishing the “Florida Middle Grounds” and Elbow on two day trips. The Middle grounds and the elbow produce a huge variety of grouper, snapper and tons of other reef fish as well as pelagic fish such as black-fin tuna, king mackerel and Wahoo.

The GulfStar is a custom built Fishing Boat complete with an air conditioned cabin, full galley kitchen,The sleeping quarters are air conditioned and have a large clean shower. Each berth is 32″ wide and 6′ 6″ long with soft comfortable cushions..

We are US Coast Guard Certified and Inspected for up to 44 passengers but “Limit” our trips to 19 passengers on the two day trips and as low as 10 passengers for the longer trips.

She is a U.S Coast Guard inspected offshore fishing vessel, rigged for and capable of fishing up to 200 miles offshore for any fish that swims in the Gulf of Mexico. She is 65′ in length and 19 ft wide with a huge 20′ x 19′ fishing cockpit, equipped with two 200 gallon livewells and fish storage for up to 4000 lbs. She is powered by twin 770 hp modern diesel engines and has the fuel capacity to fish any offshore canyon or remote fishing area.

We are the only 65′ charter boat fishing the Gulf of Mexico that is U.S Coast Guard certified to fish up to 200 miles offshore we can”go where the fish are”

The Gulfstar captains and crew are some of the most friendly and highly skilled fishing professionals in the industry making the Gulfstar the number one offshore fishing boat on the west coast of Florida.

We only use the absolute best in fishing tackle. With name brands like Accurate and Avet Reels, Mya Epoch electric reels, Gulf Star rods, Mustad and Eagle Claw. The equipment is second to none.  Our deep drop rods are hand crafted by Handler Custom fishing rods in Cape Canaveral FL.

The Gulfstar is equipped with the latest high tech navigation and safety electronics.

  1. 2 high power Furuno color fishfinders
  2. over 10,000 fishing spots
  3. 2 pc based navigation computers
  4. 1 pc based satellite weather system
  5. Furuno nav-tex receiver
  6. Furuno 48 mile radar
  7. 3 Gps systems
  8. Furuno autopilot
  9. 1 satellite gps e-mail and tracking system
  10. XM satellite  Radio
  11. Flat screen with DVD player and surround sound
  12. 3 VHF marine radios
  13. Furuno Single side band long range radio
  14. Inmarsat Satellite phone service

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The SundanceII

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The SundanceII sails Half Day every day @11am. It was built by human hands in southwest Maine in 1970 from Juniper and Oak timber and monel nails. She fished out of New Hamshire for 40 yrs catching Codfish, pollack and Haddock during the summer. Handling the North Atlantic her heavy duty construction make for a very sea-kind boat with a soft round chine hull and heavy wood planking. The Two diesel engines in her are the real deal all steel heavy work horses, just like the engines that helped us win World War II.

In 2014 we purchased her and on labor day we set sail on a 2000 mile trip with a 40 yr old boat from New Hamshire, she handled the ocean trip like we were on a vacation cruise. Running perfect all the way to Florida. The picture above was taken on September 14th day she arrived at our dock in Tarpon Springs. We all love the boat, her classic lines, her kind gentle ride at sea, the hand crafted construction and the smell of old timber down below just somehow makes us feel good.

We just updated the electronics with a new Furuno radar and digital fishfinder. We also updated the steering system helm and hydraulic ram system. “Its hard to believe that the original steering system lasted nearly 50 years”