• On the Space Coast, sheepshead are feeding inside Port Canaveral near structure as well as residential canals in both the Indian and Banana Rivers. Live shrimp, fiddler crabs, or cut clams, have all worked well. A few nice black drum up to 19 inches have been caught on fresh cut ladyfish or mullet fished along channel drop-off’s throughout the Haulover and Barge Canals, and the Thousand Islands. The black drum are most active during the first few hours of the day, reports Capt. Keith Mixon of Mixin’ Work With Play Fishing Charters. (321-212-8484).

Description: long, slim fish with broad depressed head; lower jaw projects past upper jaw; dark lateral stripe extends through eye to tail; first dorsal fin comprised of 7 to 9 free spines; when young, has conspicuous alternating black and white horizontal stripes.

Fly Fishing Tampa, St Pete Beach, Anna Maria Florida – Spring is in the air! It’s a great time to get out on the water and enjoy some beautiful weather here in Florida. Fly Fishing a good variety of species on the warm flats is happening right now around Tampa Bay from Anna Maria Island north to Homosass more…

On the Space Coast, black drum have been caught in both the Haulover Canal and the northern end of the Banana River. Fresh cut mullet, ladyfish, and live shrimp on a jig head are getting the best bite. Anglers will want to cast the bait in front of the fish or rest the bait on the bottom along channel drop-offs. These black drum have been averaging 15 inches with the largest fish measuring 23 inches, reports Capt. Keith Mixon of Mixin’ Work With Play Fishing Charters. (321-212-8484).

‘Secrets of the Bay’ is a mini-series which runs intermittently throughout the regular Average Angler seasons. Each episode highlights historical elements of specific places, towns and landmarks around Tampa Bay.

Whether fishing the fertile flats with a top water plug for Trout, live bait fishing a giant school of Redfish in Tampa Bay, or sight fishing for Tarpon along the beaches of St. Petersburg, this area offers a great variety of fishing opportunities and locations. These inshore waters are home to many large, hard fighting game fish! You can try fishing for a West Coast “Grand Slam” of Snook, Trout, and Redfish in one day. And when conditions are right, you can even catch the ultimate “Super Grand Slam” by adding a Tarpon!

Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest open-water estuary, extending over 400 square miles and forming coastlines of Hillsborough, Manatee and Pinellas counties. The freshwater sources of the bay are distributed among over a hundred small tributaries, rather than a single river. The bay bottom is silty and sandy, with an average water depth of only about 12 feet.

Throughout most of the year, the species are caught in very shallow grass flats, up to 3ft. deep. Even though most fisheries go in deep hibernation during the winter months, the tailing Reds of Tampa Bay remain very much active. That said, they usually migrate to deeper waters at this time, normally between 4 and 8 feet.

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 the 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…

Todd, Its always a pleasure having you on the boat. I wish the Kings would of shown up like they should of but I guess the grouper wasnt to bad of a catch. Congrats on getting your first Triple Tail! Capt. Steve Betz

Drifting live pilchards or threadfins downcurrent past pilings is a popular tarpon tactic, but don’t hesitate to fire down a small greenie on a light hook and splitshot. Mangrove snapper and the occasional grouper feed around bridge pilings just like they do on ledges, limestone outcroppings and coral reefs.

The hooks that are usually employed for saltwater application include the J hook, the live bait hook and the circle hook, each of which has its own specialized application. The J hook can either be a ‘baitholder’ with a few barbs on the shank or a standard J with a smooth shank. These are best for fishing with chunk or strip bait and allow you to hook the bait multiple times in order to keep it secure.

St. Pete/Clearwater is its own peninsula, with the Gulf of Mexico on the western shore and Tampa Bay to the east. That means there’s fish to be had just about anywhere, anytime, though spring and fall are the busiest times of the year. Snook, redfish, spotted sea trout, grouper and Spanish mackerel are just some of the species you’ll find in our beautiful waters. Choose where to go fishing from these fishing hot spots.

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

Captain Blick is a Professional Guide and USCG licensed (#1082866) boat Captain. He is an accomplished salt water angler, and will put you on the fish. So, I say again… if you’re ready to experience all that Tampa Bay has to offer the saltwater angler, give Captain Lee Blick a call, and Book your Charter of a Lifetime today!

New York State recreational anglers can now report their catch in a voluntary online angler logbook, called eLogbook. Anglers can document their fishing activities, compile their fishing data and plan more effective fishing trips. If you wish to use this online logbook, please register and log on online at the ACCSP web site. Check our ACCSP and Electronic Reporting web page for more information.

Whether you’re fishing inshore for snook, red fish and trout on the flats, heading offshore for grouper, snapper and amberjack or looking for the world’s best tarpon fishing… Tampa Bay Charter will connect you with a successful local captain that has a proven record of getting their clients on the fish!

Your typical Tampa Bay fishing trip can begin with casting jigs, live bait, and crank bait around the various bridges that traverse the bay. Fishing there can be rewarded with the famous bait stealer, Mangrove Snapper, which also live around docks, seawalls, and rock piles. is home to a myriad of charter boats. Whether are looking for a fun day out with your friends and family or for a corporate outing, there are dozens of packages available for you. Go for light tackle action for Redfish, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, Snook, and Trout, catch Tarpon on a fly. Bottom fish for Grouper, tasty Snapper or Amberjack. Enjoy trolling offshore for Wahoo and Mahi-Mahi. Whichever trip you have in mind, you will be able to make a great catch possible.

Weedon Island fishing pier is managed by Pinellas County Environmental Lands Division and offers; fishing pier about 225 feet in length on the southern edge of Riviera Bay, restrooms, water fountain, beautiful scenery and wildlife viewing.

Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned angler, as one of Florida’s premier guides Captain Woody’s knowledge, skill and expertise will provide you with the opportunity of a lifetime. My guide service gives anglers the chance to experience some of the most spectacular and exciting world class fishing anywhere in the world and if you are traveling a long distance, you might want to schedule more than one-day.

Get ready to set your hook for some of the best “KEEPERS” in Tampa Bay. Our Captains are some of the most experienced fishermen out there with the best equipped center console boats on the water. Prices include recreational fishing licenses for the trip, all bait and, tackle, and a cooler with ice.

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