Your typical Tampa Bay fishing trip can begin with casting jigs, live bait, and crank bait around the various bridges that traverse the bay. Fishing there can be rewarded with the famous bait stealer, Mangrove Snapper, which also live around docks, seawalls, and rock piles. Tampa is home to a myriad of charter boats. Whether are looking for a fun day out with your friends and family or for a corporate outing, there are dozens of packages available for you. Go for light tackle action for Redfish, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, Snook, and Trout, catch Tarpon on a fly. Bottom fish for Grouper, tasty Snapper or Amberjack. Enjoy trolling offshore for Wahoo and Mahi-Mahi. Whichever trip you have in mind, you will be able to make a great catch possible.
“You have to be patient,” Chiem said. “You can catch fish out here, grouper, snapper, mackerel. People don’t think you can catch grouper out here but you can. You just have to know what you’re doing and be patient.”
My favorite bait for sight fishing is the MirroLure Lil John soft plastic stick bait, because its aerodynamic shape lends itself to exceptional casting distance and accuracy. I’ll use ProCure to add scent for added confidence, and prefer this method over Gulp, but as you say it’s mostly all in the presentation!
Red Drum typically congregate in many of the same places as Trout and Snook. If you’re looking for monster Reds though, they usually rally a few miles off the beaches or near the various ship channels. Happy hunting!
Large schools of redfish are found swimming through the shallow flats of Tampa Bay during September and October. Bunces Pass has good water flow and features spoil islands and troughs just in the pass with many fine fishing spots for redfish, snapper, trout and snook. The eastern side of Mullet Key offers excellent fishing for redfish.
For whatever reason, Tampa Bay is often unjustly overlooked as a premier fly fishing destination. It can certainly be hard to compete with the traditional heavyweights such as Homosassa and the Florida Keys. However, the relatively-untapped potential of the Bay should make it incredibly appealing to real fly enthusiasts everywhere.
Welcome to our section on saltwater fishing tips. In this section you’ll learn how to fish in saltwater like a professional by learning everything you need to know about saltwater fishing. You don’t just get tips here, you get educated on the complete basics of saltwater fishing. You will start off by learning exactly what saltwater fishing is, followed up by some of the best saltwater fishing tips currently available to us. In addition, you’ll also get access to our list of recommended saltwater fishing tackle and additional resources of information. We hope you find everything you need in this section to become a successful saltwater angler.
Fishing the local piers in Tampa Bay offers you easy access to some prime fishing. You can get excellent advice about the types of rigs their hitting, baits and techniques from savvy fishermen familiar with the area. Black tip sharks, snook, cobia and big reds are all caught off local piers.
Our top choice is the old Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay, which became the world’s longest fishing pier after a 1980 disaster wiped out the center section of the bridge. Depending upon season and how far out you go, the bridge offers a chance to catch everything from snook, tarpon, grouper, black sea bass, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, cobia, sheepshead, red snapper and pompano.
My brother Luke fishes this Rapala X-Rap with and without the red feathers in the back in both fresh and salt water, but depending on where you are fishing (and what species) you can try it with or without.
Tampa Bay is fed by well over a 100 inland tributaries. In these you will find brackish water rivers and creeks that allow for some of the best backcountry fishing action in the state. This also provides temperate waters for game fish to congregate in when water temps change in the bay.
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7: At St. Petersburg, good numbers of bluefish have been feeding on trout in lower Tampa Bay. There’s a few redfish around the oyster bars near channels that dump water off the flats. Snook are moving into the backcountry, residential canals, and up the rivers and creeks. The trout bite is very good coming off the full moon and will only get better with the cold front. The sheepshead bite is also picking up as they continue to show themselves in greater numbers. Rock piles along the coast, in Tampa Bay, and around the Gandy and Howard Frankland Bridges are good areas to target, reports Capt. Ray Markham of Backwater Promotions (941-723-2655).
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Depending upon the type of saltwater fish that you are targeting, the most effective baits are usually the ones that most closely match the normal diet of that species. This might be anything from clams, mussels and sea worms to shrimp, squid and appropriately sized baitfish. Many fish will also strike chunk and strip baits, which tend to exude enticing oils through the water column.
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Keep Live Bait in Tip Top Shape – If you’re using live bait it’s important to keep it in the best shape possible. Make sure to always keep live bait out of direct sunlight and if you have aquatic bait like minnows then sure to buy a water bait aerator to keep sufficient oxygen levels. If you don’t have an aerator then make sure that you change the water every 2 hours. Warm water can’t hold as much oxygen as cool water.
Captain Jason Dozier has also spared no expense when it comes to the gear in your hands, but more importantly he is a native guide who will do whatever it takes to get you on the fish with the local knowledge to make it happen. Your fishing charter experience with him will be nothing short of epic.
Fall in Tampa Bay will see the beginnings of Gator Trout, and will also offer another shot at big Redfish. Tailing Red’s will be found throughout the skinnies. Cobia will begin to increase action again on their return migration.
During a license year, one red drum over the stated maximum length limit may be retained when affixed with a properly completed Red Drum Tag and one red drum over the stated maximum length limit may be retained when affixed with a properly completed Bonus Red Drum Tag. Any fish retained under authority of a Red Drum Tag or a Bonus Red Drum Tag may be retained in addition to the daily bag and possession limit as stated in this section.
St.Pete Beach has also been providing similar action to Clearwater beach, and the Redfish have been providing consistent action for charter trips we have done lately. St. Pete is a great area to fish out of because of the action at the mouth of the bay which means every fish that goes in and out of the bay have to pass St.Pete beach going between Egmount Key and Ft.Desoto Park, if you would like to fish any of these areas specifically just let me know.
Then, if you feel the urge of fishing the deep blue waters off the shore, you will head out for Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna, and Mahi-Mahi on your deep sea fishing charter. There are amazing fishing opportunities off the coast. Tampa Bay offshore charters can meet the needs of those who love to hear screaming drags. Fight with King Mackerel, Sailfish, Hogfish, Permit, Snapper, Triggerfish, Cobia, and Amberjack. You can even wrestle Sharks!
Fall Brings Cooler Temps and Fishing Heats Up! – Back to normal temps this time of year has the fish biting! The bite has been outstanding the past 10 days and it should stay like this for a while. Let’s talk Trout fishing; my clients are enjoying some nice trout to take home this time of year a more…
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On the Space Coast, black drum have been caught in both the Haulover Canal and the northern end of the Banana River. Fresh cut mullet, ladyfish, and live shrimp on a jig head are getting the best bite. Anglers will want to cast the bait in front of the fish or rest the bait on the bottom along channel drop-offs. These black drum have been averaging 15 inches with the largest fish measuring 23 inches, reports Capt. Keith Mixon of Mixin’ Work With Play Fishing Charters. (321-212-8484).
Capt. Jason offers exceptional Tampa fishing charters here at Fishn Fl (formerly Chasing Tails Charters) out of the greater Tampa Bay area including: Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg & Anna Maria Island. He also runs seasonal charters in the Florida Keys and Homosassa, FL.
For most of this month the weather has been great and with great weather brings great fishing. Fishing the waters of St Pete, Madeira and Treasure Island beach my charters have caught, snook, trout, redfish, sheeps head, flounder, grouper, jacks, Spanish mackerel and pompano. All of the fishing this month has been done with shrimp. […]
We also sight fish for Bull Redfish during the spring! There is nothing quite like hooking a 30+ lb bull redfish and being face-to-face with such an incredible species. (These are all trophy fish and they are catch and release only!) They definitely make a picture worth a thousand words.
Annual recreational fishing licenses and permits are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase or the alternate starting date if selected at the time of purchase, unless otherwise specified on the face of the license.
Captain Dave runs a 26’ foot Gause Built Boat that will fish 6 anglers comfortably. 26 feet of open fishing space, a 9 foot of beam, wide, high gunnels, custom 14’ tower with 16 rod holders, twin 10 foot PowerPole shallow water anchors, high end fishing equipment, and a dry ride! Versatility, comfort, quality and safety at its finest!
Todd, Its always a pleasure having you on the boat. I wish the Kings would of shown up like they should of but I guess the grouper wasnt to bad of a catch. Congrats on getting your first Triple Tail! Capt. Steve Betz