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 make 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.

• Laws: Consult local or Coast Guard authorities for special navigation rules applicable to bridges in your area. The U.S. Coast Guard has relaxed its post 9-11 regulations limiting boat proximity to bridges. Currently, a 100-foot security zone applies to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge’s center span, its pilings, dolphins and rock abutments. All other rules of navigation still apply, but anglers are allowed to fish elsewhere along the Skyway and other area bridges. FS

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.

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.

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June is just a few days away, and the Tarpon Fishing trips are going too be Good!!! If you haven’t caught the Silver King yet June and July are your chance to tangle with this beast from the sea. Tarpon fishing charters during June and July are only full day charters. Permit fishing will also be good for any angler looking to catch one of these trophy fish.

All together, Tampa Bay Charter’s fishing captains have nearly 90 years of not just local fishing experience but actual CHARTER FISHING experience in Tampa Bay! And, all of the listed captains  have been fishing Tampa Bay waters well before deciding to guide others to these exciting sport fish. These years of experience make a huge difference in you having a successful and exciting Tampa Bay fishing charter. Tampa Bay Charter captains are all independent owner/operators and don’t work on or run someone else’s boat. They’re in the business of keeping their clients on fish and having happy repeat clients for years to come. While fishing with your captain, you’ll benefit from him networking with other captains on the water to assure you’ll be where the bite is on and rods are bent…

We take fishing regulations seriously because we’re committed to conservation. It’s important to know and respect the local fishing regulations to help protect and sustain the fisheries. At best, it’s good sportsmanship. At worst, being unfamiliar is a prescription for fines and penalties. We must all do our small part in protecting the fisheries for future generations to come. Please learn more about Florida fishing regulations and how to acquire your fishing license.

Offshore boat fishing, sometimes called deep sea or open water fishing, is fishing in deep water (more than 30 metres) and at some distance from land. It is dangerous compared to shallow water or lake fishing. More knowledge is needed about weather patterns, navigation and safety precautions, and this is not an activity for beginners.

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.

It’s Frosty Out There – The first week in January confirmed that winter will come once again….5 – 6 nights straight with temperatures in the 30’s and 40’s….more than likely the coldest stretch of nights we’ll see this year. From a fishing guide’s perspective, that simply t more…

Come out for the Johnny Kellar. Fish to help support some great charities. Fish to get the holiday kinks out of your system. Or, fish just to have some fun. Whatever the reason. Learn more about the Johnny Kellar Inshore Fishing Tournament and register up to fish.

The Gulf of Mexico waters Tampa-side are home to some of the finest year-round fishing in the south. Hardly any angler could resist fishing in Tampa! The sugar sand beaches line countless miles of waterways, passes, open bays, acres of shallow grass flats, thousands of oyster bars, and dozens of rivers feeding into it. You instantly understand why Tampa fishing charters are so popular. This enormous natural estuary is one of the “Fishing capitals of the world”. But what makes fishing in Tampa so exciting?

Nearshore fishing trips of St.Pete beach and Clearwater beach have been catching nice sized mackerel and schoolie sized kingfish. The random cobia have been showing up as well, and we still have some sharks in the area.

Capt. Anthony booked our afternoon trip on short notice. When we arrived at the ramp 30 minutes early, he was waiting for us and we left the dock immediately for the fishing area. While the fishing …wasn’t hot and heavy for the most part, at no fault of Capt. Anthony. We still managed to catch several snook, a couple sharks and a few catfish. We chose to fish for snook in lieu of bottom fish, which he told us in advance would result to more fish being caught, but maybe not the size we were after. Capt. Anthony was very accommodating and made the trip really fun. I will definitly use him again if we come back to the Tampa area. Thanks Anthony and Joey for the good time. See More

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8 In the north end of Tampa Bay, “The sheepshead bite remains good. Rock piles, oyster bars, bridge pilings, and anything with barnacles are holding them. I’m fishing for them with pinched shrimp on a jig head,” reports Capt. Jake Whitfield Florida Outdoor Adventures (813-997-5980). Black drum up to 24 inches are also mixed in with the sheepshead. Trout are biting shrimp fished under a popping cork in deeper water of the creeks. Some “rat” redfish are also in the same areas, Whitfield says.

Captain Brian Mathey is the owner and operator of Clearwater Fishing Charters, LLC, a Palm Harbor fishing charter service launching from all over North Pinellas County. Mr. Mathey pilots a 22-foot vessel with plenty of dry storage and three “live wells,” stocked with plentiful live bait. He is a lifelong resident of the Tampa Bay area who received his Captain’s license in 2005 and has been taking clients fishing ever since.

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.

My husband and I went out on a morning trip with Capt Anthony and had an absolute blast! He was incredibly nice and super knowledgeable of what we were looking to catch. We will definitely be calling… him again for a return trip. See More

Youth Gold Sportsman’s License (Optional for children under the age of 16 and valid until 17th birthday – a fishing license is not required until age 16 – hunter safety certificate required – includes same licenses and permits as Gold Sportsman’s License)

Identifying productive bridge spots is mostly trial and error, but a few criteria will help you judge a good one. Current always benefits fishing, as it pulls food sources past ambush points—usually on the downcurrent side of pilings.

Best value for the money. Maximize time on the water. This is a great trip to exercise both patience and energy. Excellent choice for beginners with a desire to learn a lot or the experienced angler wishing to maximize his skills.

Captain  Danny’s inshore fishing charters are packed full of excitement. Just think of hooking that prize Snook in ankle deep water, a 24 inch Trout in the pristine grass flats of Tampa Bay or  viewing a Tampa Bay sunset while wade fishing one of the crystal clear back country flats.