Clearflats Captain Brian Dopirak

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It all started for Brian at a young age.

It all started for Brian at a young age. He grew up as a Florida-native in Palm Harbor where he learned how to fish from one of the most respected fisherman in the state; his father, Captain Al Dopirak. Brian grew up fishing the Tampa Bay area and he had two loves in his life; fishing and baseball!

At the age of eight, Brian started playing baseball and continued to play through high school until he got drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the second round. He played professional baseball a total of close to 10 years, playing for three different major league organizations; the Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays and the Houston Astros. He led his dream life having both loves as a career; baseball through the season and fishing during the offseason.

Now that Brian is retired from baseball, he is able to focus all his time on his true passion; fishing! Brian has chartered many trips, earning himself a great reputation of being a first-class guide with his customers. Many of them have become family friends! If you’re a fan of fly fishing, that is one of Brian’s specialties. Growing up, he paid close attention to learning the techniques of fly fishing from his father. At the age of twelve, he caught his first tarpon on a fly; one of his most cherished memories as a kid. Today, he charters tarpon trips in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay, & Homosassa, FL where most of all the world records for tarpon are caught today with a fly rod. Brian is also very experienced in fly fishing for big red fish and snook if tarpon are not making their run up the coast. Different times of the year bring different species of fish so you can plan ahead of time what you want to catch. When the weather starts to cool off, our beaches will have large runs of king fish and mackerel that make for a great day of fishing; constant action and big fish on the end of your line!

We encourage you to book a trip today. Whether it’s inshore or nearshore, fly fishing or spin fishing, we can meet your needs. Brian personally wants his clients to have the experience of a lifetime; not only by catching fish but also by having a fun, relaxed atmosphere and making great memories. He is a passionate guide and he will go above and beyond to help you and your family or friends have an experience you’ll never forget!