Need help choosing the right bait, tackle, rod, or reel, these guys have both used it all and know it all so come in and put them to the test, they look forward to it!
Meet our resident Captain Phil Ruffini. He has expertise in fishing the local waters in our area and will be happy to help you pick up the right gear and bait and take you out on some exciting fishing in the flats and various hot fishing spots in and around the Sarasota County area.
And if Capt. Phil is not available, maybe one of our visiting captains or our very knowledgable staff can assist you.
The Happy Snooker
Captain Phil Ruffini offers flats and near shore fishing charters. From Charlotte Harbor to Tampa Bay, Phil will lead you to the Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Bluefish, and more.
At seven years old, Phil caught his first fish, so starting his passion for fishing. From growing up in Long Island, Phil spent 15 years in Georgia competing in tournaments, and the last ten years in Florida. Phil became a captain in 2012 to pilot The Happy Snooker around Florida shores.
Spend a day fishing and you will build memories with your children, family, and friends.Captain Phil works alongside Brian at Nokomis Beach Bait & Tackle. Stop by to get the latest news on what’s running, and don’t forget your live bait!