Don’t forget to bring the kids. They are the future of our sport. If they get to go, they will learn to love the outdoors, inshore fishing charters. Remember your camera, you never know what you might hook while fishing in Destin, Florida – The Luckiest Charter Boat Fishing Village in the world!
The latest in Tampa Bay fishing reports from Captain Steve Betz. Spending hundreds of days per year on the waters of Tampa, Captain Steve has some great insight to share about this fishery. You can browse both current and historical data for this fishery right from this page.
This package is for 1 or 2 people with just a little time on the hands (2 hour trip). Departure time is flexible based on your request and the captain’s schedule. You will target Trout and whatever bites on the flats, perhaps even Redfish or a Shark! A fishing license and gear are provided.
The extensive AA log of shows is diverse and quite unpredictable, From AA‘s sickness for spotted fish in “Spotted Fever” to using chicken wire shark cages in “Shark Island”, the over 200 episodes have brought colorful stories, high seas adventure and unique Florida history to the aqua-tube!
You will be aboard a fully restored 24 foot Proline that built for shallow draft, and also to handle the choppy open Tampa Bay fishing charters waters. You can read more about the boat on the Boat page.
and Red Grouper Fisheries – This report is very long and very tedious to read, but it is one that EVERY bottom fisherman in the Gulf of Mexico should read….Then read below what the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Commission is trying to do to us….Click here for the report
Captain Steve Betz offers Tampa Inshore Fishing Charters targeting all of the coveted inshore species that Tampa Bay has to offer. Whether looking for a day of easy fishing or stalking the shallows for sight fishing opportunities, Flats and Bay Tampa Fishing Charters has you covered!
Remarks: red drum are an INSHORE species until they attain roughly 30 inches (4 years), then they migrate to join the NEARSHORE population; spawning occurs from August to November in NEARSHORE waters; sudden cold snaps may kill red drum in shallow, INSHORE waters; feeds on crustaceans, fish and mollusks; longevity to 20 years or more.
The weather is warming up and the abundance of sunshine makes it ideal for sight fishing. You never know what’s crushing the flats! Look for Jack, Redfish, and Tarpon. Sheepshead is in full swing this month to fill the freezers.
Captain Betz – Flats and Bay Fishing Charters are the Best… My friends and I come down from Atlanta each year for the Falcons vs Bucs for football, golf, and fishing. Besides the game, fishing with Captain Betz is the highlight of our trip. Not…More
Bag and length limits apply to listed saltwater species. There are no bag, possession, or length limits on game or nongame fish, except as listed in this guide. See definitions of daily bag and possession limits.
Built for the anglers fishing from New England south through Long Island and the Jersey Coast, Teramar ‘Northeast’ rods have features, lengths and actions perfectly suited for the rugged North Eastern seaboard. The series includes seven spinning rods, offered in 6’6″, 7′ and 7’6″ lengths, with line ratings from 8 to 30 pound PowerPro braid.
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.
Tampa Bay is world renowned for some of the best light tackle inshore fishing. This region includes the pristine flats of the various bays making up the greater Tampa Bay, along with deep channel cuts leading into the Port of Tampa. Tarpon, the “Silver King,” are plentiful in Tampa Bay. They often weigh more than 100 pounds with some occasionally topping 200 pounds – a real thrill on light pound test line. The Tampa area is also famous for spearfishing. An abundance of large game fish, such as cobia, snapper, kingfish, bonito, mackerel and grouper, can be found in the Gulf waters.
Depending on the season, spring, winter, summer or fall you can expect to catch a wide variety of species with your Tampa Bay fishing guide Capt. Steve Betz on a 1/2, 3/4 or full day fishing charters out of Tampa, Fl.
To truly experience bowfishing in all its glory, many Captains recommend opting for a nightly excursion. While daytime trips average around 50 shots per ‘angler’, that number can as much as double once it goes dark.
Captain Jason Dozier has spared no expense in order to offer you simply the best in Tampa fishing adventures. Running a custom built 2018 Bonefish 26′ Malvado powered by a 300hp Evinrude outboard, FishnFl will get you on the fish while keeping you dry and comfortable – no matter what conditions Tampa Bay is throwing at us.
Plan your next saltwater fishing adventure with your family and friends. From the coastline to the deep-sea, there are countless saltwater fishing opportunities for all anglers. Learn what type of fishing gear and equipment you need to use based on the species you are trying to catch.
“Always study the bottom on your fish finder when running to and from the grounds, and even when fishing. You will discover new spots this way. When I see an interesting area, I save it in my GPS. It’s these little finds that often pay big dividends, as they’re not likely pressured like the more heralded spots. I also want to know what the ocean features are like, i.e. temperature breaks, rips, etc. I want to immerse myself with the workings of the environment. You need to get in a fish’s head.”
Visit our Commercial Fishing page to find commercial trip limits, quota allocation plans, and more! Also, check out the list of DEC’s marine permits and licenses and the contact information for applying.
Tampa Bay Inshore Fishing Charters is a Tampa fishing guide service, providing people in the area with inshore fishing experiences. Captain Scott Keith is a licensed charter captain and a member of the Florida Guides Association. With passengers of all ages and skill levels, Mr. Keith can lead expeditions on Tampa Bay’s waters to catch snook, redfish, trout, tarpon, cobia, and even sharks.
Tampa Bay Florida and the surrounding waters of the Gulf of Mexico provide anglers with a tremendous variety of fish species in one of the United States best vacation destinations. Tampa Bay Charter’s goal is to provide reliable, detailed information for the fisherman in the family so that they can make the most of their time in the area.
Gag grouper and Red Grouper are two favorite bottom reef fish species in the Gulf of Mexico. Tampa Bay is home to both species and they are available year round if you know where to find them. In this video segment I show you the best method to catching keeper grouper in Tampa Bay. If you live in an area with a similar bottom structure this will also apply to you.
Once new saltwater anglers get their sea legs, they can begin to explore other options like drifting inshore in a small skiff, fishing on a party boat, kayak fishing or even eventually heading offshore to battle big tuna or marlin. A whole new world awaits them.
Tampa Bay has an overall average depth of 12 feet, but this is broken up by huge natural grass flats for prime sight fishing opportunities, as well as deeper channels that house much larger inshore gamefish.
When storing your motor for a long period oftime (for example, at the end of the boating season), it is recommended that you take yourmotor to your authorized Suzuki Marine Dealer.However, if you choose to prepare the motor forstorage yourself, follow the procedure outlinedbelow:
Tarpon are one of Tampa’s premier Sport Fishing charters species in Tampa Fl. When you hook into a Tarpon, aka The Silver King, on your Sport Fishing bucket list, you will know you have hooked the fish of a lifetime!
3: At John’s Pass, Spanish mackerel are still around the pass, but the bite is better a little further south. Pompano are still on the beaches. “This week some nice pompano were caught from the north jetty on Nekid Ball Jigz,” reports Dylan Hubbard of Hubbard’s Marina (727-393-1947). Snook fishing is still good around the docks inside John’s Pass on the outgoing tide. “The sheepshead bite is good and will only get better with the upcoming front,” reports Hubbard.
Over the past decade or so, the circle hook has become increasingly popular because it tends to hook up in the corner of the fish’s mouth rather than ending up hooked deep in the gullet, which greatly decreases the chances of a successful live release.
Terry Tomalin, the Tampa Bay Times’ larger-than-life outdoors editor, traveled Florida and the world to take readers on extraordinary adventures. He died on May 19 after suffering a heart attack. He was 55.
Of course, the main difference between the two is the depth of the water at the fishing location. In ocean or seawaters, inshore fishing is within a few miles from the shore. Estuaries and bays are popular inshore fishing spots as well. Offshore is far from the shore, typically 20-30 miles out, in waters hundreds and thousands of feet deep.
Yes sir, you missed one for sure, never leave without at least one Bill Lewis RAT-L-TRAP. I find the gold chrome with a black back or silver chrome with a blue back catches a ton of fish. 1/2 or 5/8 ounce size is about right..
Your Tampa Bay Fishing Guide specializes in light tackle fishing for inshore game fish in Tampa Bay. He is licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard and has fished the waters of Tampa Bay since 1970. Captain John takes pride and gives 110% effort to ensure his guests have a fun, action-filled experience that will create lifetime memories. Capt. John’s patience, professionalism, and intimate knowledge of Tampa Bay waters have enabled him to maintain a NO FISH NO PAY policy.
Buyer beware: These days, it seems everybody and their brother is a fishing guide. Unfortunately, many of these captains are part-timers which use inferior equipment, vessels, have zero customer service skills or just recently obtained their USCG license and have little experience. Then there are the charter booking agencies who don’t care whose boat they stick you on, as long as they take your hard-earned money. These unscrupulous charter services sadly leave the consumer very disappointed and believing that the fishing in Florida is highly overrated.