A recreational saltwater fishing license is required for residents and nonresidents to take or attempt to take saltwater fish, crabs, clams, marine plants or other saltwater organisms (other than non-living seashells and lionfish with certain gear).
Tampa Flats and Bay Fishing Charters, based in Tampa, provides people from the area with in-shore and offshore fishing experiences. The company includes a single captain, Steve Betz, who spends more than 200 days per year navigating the Tampa Bay’s waters. Mr. Betz, who has been saltwaterfishing for over three decades, earns praise from passengers for providing fishers of all ages and skill levels with a fun, rewarding experience.
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Anglers either use an uptide rod between 9 and 10 feet in length to cast from the boat or a shorter downtide rod between 6 and 8 feet. Lines are usually between 18 pounds and 50 pounds breaking strain dependent on the species of fish being targeted. Reels are usually multipliers, although fixed spool reels are being used more and more. Baits are similar to those used for beach and rock fishing except they are often larger since larger fish are targeted. The species will include all the beach species, but now also include big conger eels and small sharks like tope and smoothhound.
Clearwater Beach has been packed with both people and Snook! Snook have made there annual visit out the the gulf beaches and passes to spawn. The snook have been stacked up together and have been eating live grunts on both incoming and outgoing tide. Sea trout have also been hanging in the passes and just off the gulf beaches. Shark fishing has also been productive on recent charters. We have been catching black tips, bonnet heads, Atlantic sharp noises, most have been in the 2-5′ range, and sharks offer great table fair!
Myself and my friends 10 yr old son went out with Captain Anthony this morning and we couldn’t have had a better time. My little buddy had a smile on his face all morning and for the rest of the day. …To take a few hours out of his day to give a child an experience he’ll never forget just shows the quality and character of Captain Anthony and Pocket Change Charters. I can’t recommend his services enough. 5 stars doesn’t come close to what he truly deserves. Thank you sir. We’ll not only be back again but as often as you’ll have us. Again, you made Aydens day. Thank you. See More
4 At Fort DeSoto Park, the sheepshead bite is still pretty good around the bridges and any area with structure. Lots of “rat” redfish are still being caught around the park. There are also a lot of small trout up to 14 inches being caught. “There’s a good amount of snook around, but the cold weather has made them lethargic. They’ve got lockjaw,” reports Capt. Claude Hinson, of the Bait Bucket (727-864-2108).
Recreational fishermen usually fish either from a boat or from a shoreline or river bank. When fishing from a boat, or fishing vessel, most fishing techniques can be used, from nets to fish traps, but some form of angling is by far the most common. Compared to fishing from the land, fishing from a boat allows more access to different fishing grounds and different species of fish.
This awesome jerkbait by Rapala (the X-Rap series) is designed for optimal performance in the 3-8 feet depth range. Of course, if you know you will be fishing in shallow water (or if you need a hard lure to get down really low), you will need to try out a crankbait lure with a longer bill to get down deep.
Talk to the Locals – You should talk to your local tackle shop employee in order to find out what’s going on in the area you plan to fish in. They’ll know what’s going on and what the best bait to use is at the time of year you’re fishing in. You might even want to consider joining a local angler’s club where anglers get together to swap stories, plan trips and drink beer.
As the weather gets warmer, sometimes it’s just more fun to wade fish. Grab a pair of sneakers and light fishing tackle, then cast into the channels that cut through lush seagrass beds. Be careful not to trample through seagrasses though – they’re critical habitat for almost nearly every fish in Tampa Bay.
Please be sure to bring a hat, camera, sunscreen, sunglass’s, shoe’s appropriate for boat use and a cheerful disposition! After all, this is Florida and it can get very HOT in paradise! We will allow you to bring beer (in cans), and allow drinking in moderation. Drunkenness WILL NOT be tolerated, and will result in the conclusion of the charter no matter how much time is left on the clock, and all fee(s) will be retained by InShoreTampaBay Fishing Charters. Anything deemed illegal by Florida law will not be permitted on our boat(s) period.
Thank you very much for the review. The fishing has been outstanding this month and I am glad I was able to take you guys on a charter to be part of it. I hope you enjoy the fresh Trout fillets for Christmas Eve dinner….More
The snook (aka Linesider) might be more of a Florida inshore fish, but it certainly deserves a place in the ultimate inshore fishing guide because it is one of the most popular saltwater game fish in the “Fishing Capital of the World”.
Hard Card: A hard, credit card-style license can be purchased in addition to purchasing your annual or five-year license. The ‘hard card’ costs $5. If you purchase the ‘hard card,’ your temporary license should read “hard card shipped separately.” NOTE: Each $5 ‘hard card’ can hold up to seven different licenses or permits. If you have more than seven licenses or permits and want them all on a card, you will need to purchase additional cards at $5 each.
Whether Osborne is guiding one or six anglers to some of the world’s best light tackle fishing, you’ll never catch him fishing himself or sitting on his butt, even on an eight-hour charter. That’s because he’s too busy rigging, chumming, baiting hooks and releasing fish. Osborne prides himself as being the hardest working fishing guide in the industry. He remains on his feet tirelessly your entire charter, to make sure you have the very best fishing experience available for your money, bar none.
Capt. Chet is by far the best guide in Tampa Bay. I utilized his services to organize several tournaments, including hiring 12 to 15 other guides, and even though we left the dock last and came back first, we consistently outfished the other boats. He is THE capt that other capt’s reach out to when they can’t find the bait or the fish. And he delivers in challenging conditions – the last time we fished together, a late front moved through in May and the wind was howling. Capt. Chet knew of several holes in the mangroves that produced many reds and snook. My next visit to Tampa will for sure include a day on the water with Capt. Chet.
Captain Anthony took us right where the fish were biting! Snook where constantly biting, and Captain Anthony was super helpful and knowledgeable about inshore fishing in the area. Would recommend to a…nyone looking for a great inshore fish charter and experience! See More
Tampa Bay, Florida offers a wide variety of fishing that keeps anglers coming back. Choices of saltwater, freshwater and deep-sea fishing present numerous choices of fishing with over 200 species of fish. Find out where the best fishing spots are for redfish, snook, spotted sea trout and tarpon.
Fishing will remain good throughout the summer months, so if you’re in the area and want to get out give me a call 727-831-0111…. Don’t forget we also do Scalloping charters in Homosassa, FL during July and August.
Have children you want to bring along? No problem. With Non Stop Fishing Charters, Kids 12 & Under Fish Free! No catch! Call Non Stop Fishing Charters today to schedule your next St. Pete Beach fishing trip! 727-638-0975
Inshore and offshore fishing are vastly different, and both have aspects that make them worthwhile. Although it’s arguable that offshore is more athletic or requires more skill, do not be fooled. Regardless of where you are on the water, you can still find a challenging catch, good eating, and a fantastic time.
From targeting specific species to the tall tales of Tampa Bay fishing folklore, we sit down with local Captains and others within the fishing world to discuss pertinent topics, techniques, instruction and many other areas of interest that can give you the edge out on the water. Check here frequently for new additions or feel free to email us with topics you’d like us to cover.
As a friend of mine once said, I feel sorry for anyone who hasn’t discovered their passion in life. We all have one inside of us. It’s that activity that brings you immense satisfaction. At seven years of age, I was introduced to fishing and knew it would be a part of my life from there forward. Although I fished whenever the opportunity arose, it would be a long time before I would actually become a guide. I went to high school, then college. Next, I held a variety of sales positions that took me to every state in the US. Then, in late 2005, it was time….time to walk away to spend my working hours doing something that I had always really wanted to do…fish. I pulled the plug to pursue my dream…become a fishing guide in the great state of Florida….arguably one of the best states to fish in the entire United States.