IMPORTANT NOTES: Our top three picks do not require that you have a Florida saltwater fishing license to drop your line, but you’ll need one almost everywhere else. (Learn more at http://myfwc.com/license/recreational/saltwater-fishing/) Some exemptions apply for children, senior citizens, disabled residents and people who have qualified for federal financial aid. A no-cost license is required for fishing from docks or piers unless the pier itself has purchased a license. Learn more at http://myfwc.com/license/recreational/do-i-need-a-license/
5: Around the Sunshine Skyway and lower Tampa Bay, the gag grouper bite has been real good around the south Skyway area. There’s also lots of nice sheepshead and flounder, along with some mangrove snapper. The snook are still biting, but they’re on the move. The area flats are producing some nice trout and the size is getting better. There’s also a good bite on black drum from 18 to 24 inches, reports Eric Gilbert Skyway Bait and Tackle (941-357-1122).
Remarks: spawns OFFSHORE between March and September; feeds on mollusks and crustaceans, especially sand fleas; local movements are influenced by the tide, and seasonal movements are influenced by temperature.
How to catch: 6-9wt fly rods, typically floating fly lines 8-12′ leader in 8-15# test, sinking flies when tailing, suspending flies when in deeper water, flies with medium strength hooks in sizes #8 to 1/0
I have been fishing with Capt Steve for several years. I am usually in the Tampa area 5-7 times per year and try to sneak in a trip with Capt Steve. We went out today during a very cold day. Capt Steve put us on…More
May Fishing Charter Report for Clearwater Beach, Tampa Bay, and St.Pete Beach area. Inshore and Nearshore the fish are biting!! Inshore Snook, Redfish, Trout, and Finally the Tarpon are all biting. Nearshore Snapper, Sharks, and Permit are around.
Last week, we talked about the overall gear you want to pack when traveling to a destination, now it’s time for the nuts and bolts of what lures to put in your arsenal. Anywhere I go fishing, there are always staples in the… Read More
Trout Picking Up. Redfish returning. – Quite quickly, temperatures went from unseasonably cold to unseasonably warm. In just a few short weeks, inshore water temps have moved almost 15 degrees and are currently closing in on the 70 degree mark. Logic would say that fishing must be impro more…
Always match your hook to the size of the bait that you plan to use; if it is too big it will look unnatural and discourage attention, but if it is too small a striking fish could miss the hook altogether and steal the bait.
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Tarpon fishing Tampa Bay-style is perhaps the most exciting aquatic adventure in all of Florida. When they migrate up from the south in May and June, you will go chase the jumpy monsters under the bridges. While targeting “the Silver King”, you might also hook into fast and aggressive Spanish Mackerel.
If you’re just getting your feet wet in saltwater fishing, our rod-and-reel combos are a good way to go. These combinations provide you perfectly matched equipment, so you have to worry about selecting an incorrectly balanced rig. They come from premium manufacturers like Daiwa, Penn, Shimano, and many more.
In actions and lengths, along with special design features to tackle waters from New England down through Long Island and the Jersey Coast, Shimano introduces an extensive selection of Teramar ‘Northeast’ rods. The Inshore series includes nine casting and seven spinning rods, offered in 6’6″, 7′ and 7’6″ lengths, with line ratings from 8 to 50-pound PowerPro braid.
The flats and back bays are abundant with Redfish. When the tide is low, you can see their spotted tails on top of the water. Aren’t they just perfect for sight fishing? If you know where to look, you can also catch your late-season Tarpon.
Welcome to the waters of Tampa Bay. Good Inshore Fishing Charters specializes in fishing the beaches and passes of Pinellas county. These waters are the home to many species of inshore game fish like Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Cobia, Trout, Snapper, Shark, Spanish and King Mackerel. Captain Kenny Good is a Pinellas county native, and has been fishing these waters his entire life. He brings a local knowledge of this area, and strives to ensure each charter guest is satisfied. His personal guarantee is that you will catch fish or get your money back. Whether you enjoy fishing on light tackle or fly, Captain Kenny will do his best to deliver a memorable time while on the water. Thank you for browsing the site, and I look forward to having you on my boat soon.
Cpt Steve is friendly, kind and experienced. He’ll put you right on the fish and makes the trip enjoyable regardless of the catches. Great for couples, families or friends. Caight redfish, snook, catfish, trout, ladyfish and an awesome kack crevalle in just half a day….More
As a 30 year fly fisher of Tampa Bay and the surrounding waters, and the owner of the area’s only dedicated Fly Shop, Tampa Bay on the Fly, I recommend any member of the Tampa Fly Guides for a truly unforgettable experience. I have personally fished with and alongside of each of these guides and I would recommend them for all levels of fly fishermen.
Parking along Pass A Grille Way and the side Avenues, No railings on the pier. Pier sticks out into the water about 75 feet and the “T” section is about 110 feet in length parallel with the shore. 5 benches to sit on and drop a line and relax. Trash receptacles are available, please place monofilament line in receptacles.
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…
Unlike the Skyway, which literally happened by accident, The Long Pier at Redington Shores was built in 1962 expressly to allow fishermen to catch more of the Gulf’s bounty than they could from shore. The 1,200-foot-long pier boasts a long history of significant catches, including tarpon, snook, redfish, kingfish, flounder, drum, trout, pompano, whiting and an occasional shark.
Make sure to enroll in the annual no-fee Recreational Marine Fishing Registry before going fishing in the marine and coastal district waters or when fishing in the Hudson River and its tributaries for “migratory fish of the sea” (e.g. striped bass).
Swift Fish Charters is a Tampa business that gives fishing guide services to local clients. Tim Whitfield, the company’s owner and Captain, is a third-generation Floridian, who grew up fishing in ponds, lakes, and creeks in Pasco County before moving onto the flats of Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay. He has been writing articles for the publication Onshore Offshore for over nine years.
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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.
Non Stop Fishing Charters is a St. Pete Beach fishing charter service providing separate service packages for catching tarpon, snook, redfish, and trout. Additionally, the company offers families a “Take the Kids Fishing” option. Captain Kevin Walton is a sixth-generation Floridian with considerable experience in back-country fishing, flats fishing, and beach fishing. He earned his license in 2001 and has since then been running charters with fishers of all ages and experience levels.
Saltwater fishing boats are typically larger and designed for coastal and offshore fishing, such as sport and open fishermen boats, center consoles, and power catamarans decked and rigged for fishing.
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My fishing grounds are from the beautiful waters of Tarpon Springs, then progressing south to Clearwater Beach, Indian Shores, Redington Shores, Madeira Beach, Treasure Island, St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg and the entire south shore of Tampa Bay and everything in between.
Booked a 7a-11a trip with Captain Anthony. We arrived at 6:40 and he had his boat in the water and was all set to go. Anthony is very friendly and easy to talk to. He put us over a reef where we caught silver trout and some sea bass. He then took us to some vacant docks where we caught sea trout, pinfish, ladyfish, and multiple sheepshead. Fun trip, will hope to book another trip in the future.
Run shallow-diving plugs like a Bomber Long A, Yo-Zuri or Rapala X-Rap right next to the pilings, where snook and speckled trout chase baitfish. Jigs and baitfish imitators like a D.O.A. TerrorEyz work well in the slack water behind bridge fenders. For mackerel, cast a Clarkspoon rigged with a 1- or 2-ounce cigar weight above the leader. A good rig for landlubbers, the weight hugs the bottom and the spoon flutters up like a fleeing baitfish.
Take a fishing charter with Capt Matt and you won’t regret it! He’s very professional and knows the Tampa Bay Area waters better than anyone. No matter what the season or fish you want to catch he’ll get it hooked. He starts his trips off with a simple question: Do you want to fish for sport or dinner? Well, that night we ate snook and redfish! A day with Capt Matt is unforgettable whether it’s fishing with buddies or family. Oh yeah, and his boat is awesome!-Vinny Imbro
Once you get the party rocking, freeline live shrimp, pilchards or threads on 2/0 circle hooks toward the pilings. Let out line in 5-foot increments to “count” back and locate the hot zone. In strong current or choppy conditions, add a splitshot or replace the circle hook with a jighead to keep your bait from kiting too high in the water column.
Cockroach Bay and Bishop's Harbor are both good fishing spots, located in the middle of Tampa Bay. Deeper channels between the islands just outside of Skyway Bridge near the south shore of lower Tampa Bay are also good fishing spots.
Tampa Bay Fishing waters come in from several locations creating a dynamic inshore fishery. The tidal flows and water flows come together to create amazing differences in the sea floor. At the same time this mix of currents and tides create a highly active fishery with “fish highways.”