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.
We have finally had a couple good cold fronts push through and hang around long enough to cool the water temperatures throughout the bay. As we move towards December, we will sometimes switch gears and do some types of fishing. Speckled Trout, Flounder, and Sheepshead are a few of my favorites that are great to fish for during the winter months.
Selecting and spooling up with the right line for the type of fishing that you plan to do is an essential component in successful saltwater fishing. Because of the damage dealt out by constant exposure to saltwater and intense sunlight, it is important to always buy a good quality fishing line and change it often. Stick with the brands sold by major manufacturers and avoid ‘bargains’ on lesser-known products that may fail when put to the test. Losing the fish of a lifetime simply because you momentarily embraced a false sense of economy is a tough one to swallow.
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.
We are currently running inshore and nearshore trips in a 2017 Hanson Skiff. Having a length of 23′, a width of 9′-6″, and a shallow draft, this vessel allows us to fish the inshore flats, the back country rivers, the deep channels of Tampa Bay, and nearshore reefs. The boat is equipped with a large custom livewell, Bob’s Machine Shop Jacket Plate, 8′ Power Pole, Minnkota I-Pilot, Lowrance Electronics…
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Just want to sit back and relax on a new boat and drink a few beers? Well this is the trip for you. We will be fishing for Bull Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, and Blacktip Sharks. You could even catch an 8′ bull shark. A fishing license and gear are provided. Departure time may be flexible depending on your request.
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 offers inshore, backwater, and flats fisherman shots at redfish, snook, sea trout, black drum, flounder, snapper, and many other local favorites throughout the year. Seasonally, we also get the Tarpon migration and better shots at pelagic species such as mackerel and cobia. Even big game fisherman who love to fight on light tackle will find shots at grouper and sharks to be abundant.
To take advantage of all the fishing possibilities and customer requests, Capt. Anthony trailers his boat and takes you to the best fishing available at the time of your charter. He specializes in light tackle fishing, using many different techniques both with artificial and live bait. He supplies Star Rods with Penn reels, including fly fishing equipment.
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
The Bay Pier, which runs 500 feet out in more protected water, is the perfect choice for fishermen with lighter tackle or those more concerned with bringing dinner home. Nearshore species like snook, redfish, trout, pompano and Spanish mackerel abound in these calmer waters.
We went on a four hour charter with captain Anthony. We hit up some docks and a reef in the bay. Caught so many sheepshead! Captain Anthony was awesome to fish with. He was very kind and easy to talk …to. Due to the cold snap we had to reschedule our trip but they were awesome about finding a day that was best for us and worked for them. Highly recommend using these guys for a charter. See More
We have four different charter fishing boats for landing fish. Depending on what type of trip you book will depend on which Vessel is best suited for that type of trip. For Deep Sea Fishing we have our workhorse 37′ Spectre Fishing machine “Island Lure”! Inshore and Tarpon Fishing we have a 24ft Mako, a Skinny Water Machine. One thing that our boats have in common is that each is outfitted with the latest Safety Gear and the best electronics. As for our Crew, we have the areas most Experienced, Most talked about experts in Capt. John Fidi and Capt. Gene Maxwell. Nobody in the Gulf of Mexico can match our Tournament Records. Not even close.
Today my girlfriend and I went on a fishing trip with Captain Anthony and Joey, it was a gift for her birthday. Both were great guys and gave us a true quality experience. It was a new experience for …both of us. My girlfriend reeled in 2 sharks and a pufferfish. I caught 2 mackerel and a cobia. The cobia was actually Captain Anthony’s line but he gave it to me when it hooked so I could bring him in. Then they even filleted and bagged the fish for us to take home. We took them to a restaurant to eat fresh. Perfect day thanks to Pocket Change Inshore Fishing Charters See More
The weather is perfect right now and the fishing is just about there as well. Bait fish like scaled sardines and threadfin hearing are all over our beaches and the fish are gorging themselves on them. My charters are getting there fill of Spanish Mackerel and the Kings are starting to show as well. I […]
2 Shea Charters, founded in Clearwater in 2005, is a fishing charter that leads passengers on fishing journeys in Tampa Bay. Since its inception, the company has grown to operate three boats. In addition to its 42-foot Dorado luxury sports boat, 2 Shea Charters has a 24-foot Southport and a 31-foot Island Hopper. Captain TJ, the business’s founder, has been fishing and diving in the Gulf of Mexico since he was five years old. He leads a team of highly experienced and qualified captains who can guide fishers of any age and experience level.
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First up on the list, Spotted Seatrout is quite likely the most abundant sport fish in all of Tampa Bay. Not unlike Redfish, Trout is great to eat and can be found rummaging the shallow flats all throughout the year. They also like drifting to deeper waters (up to 15ft) during the cooler months.
“Have a variety of tackle rigged to capitalize on any situation (that) may arise, whether you are an inshore or offshore angler. For example, I’ll have several spinning rods rigged with plain circle hooks, bucktails and a top-water chugger, plus an assortment of dead (squid, ballyhoo) and live bait (pinfish, pilchards, etc.). If we’re running out and spot a cobia, or if we are bottom or drift fishing and a cobia, dolphin or even a sailfish swims by, we have several rods we can quickly get to, and baits; we’ve an excellent shot at catching that fish. The worst scenario is seeing fish pop up and you have nothing rigged to take advantage of it.”
If you are in the Tampa Bay area we can find a convenient place to meet for your charter. If you have a Tampa fishing charter or St. Petersburg fishing charter, we typically meet you by the magnificent Sunshine Skyway bridge at the top fishing marina in the bay area; O’Neill’s Marina where the custom built 2016 T Craft 24′ is stored on it’s private boat lift. Due to the versatility of the location, we can also arrange a pick up in downtown St Petersburg at Demens Landing Park, in Tampa at the Hula Bay Club, on the south shore of the bay in Apollo Beach, or across the bridge in Bradenton. If you have a Clearwater Fishing Charter then we are quick and easy access off of US 19 or 275.
Scuba and freediving spearfishermen and women have enjoyed great underwater visibility over the past week. Some boaters going offshore can make out the bottom structure from the gunnel of the boat. Best depths for visibility have been in 30 to 40 fee…
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.
• Watch Your Clearance: During a sudden summer downpour, my friend rushed under a section of the old Sunshine Skyway Bridge (now a pier) but forgot to pull down the rods from his T-top holders. The sound of hopelessly scarred fiberglass and graphite scraping against concrete was far worse than fingernails on a chalkboard. Lesson: Check your clearance and don’t take chances with rods or antennas.