Similarly, the original Gandy Bridge now serves as a biking/pedestrian route called the “Friendship Trail,” with lower catwalks extending from either end. The structures adjacent to the Gandy and Skyway bridges—along with dedicated fishing lanes on smaller spans like the Tierra Verde Bridge (south Pinellas)—give landbound anglers access to the bounty below.

The original bridge was destroyed when the freighter Summit Venture collided with a column of the bridge during a storm on May 9, 1980. In 1992, the center spans of the old bridge were demolished and the remaining sections on the Pinellas and Manatee county sides were converted into piers. The south Skyway pier is the longest fishing pier in the world.

  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…

Fishing the local piers in Tampa Bay offers you easy access to some prime fishing. You can get excellent advice about the types of rigs their hitting, baits and techniques from savvy fishermen familiar with the area. Black tip sharks, snook, cobia and big reds are all caught off local piers.

Daisy Mae Fishing Co., located in Clearwater, operates a 45-foot boat that is certified to carry as many as six passengers. The boat has central heating and air-conditioning systems, luxurious living and sleeping accommodations, a differential GPS system, a satellite phone, and other amenities to ensure clients’ comfort and safety. The team at Daisy Mae Fishing Co. leads deep sea fishing expeditions on the Gulf of Mexico, during which passengers can catch offshore species such as kingfish, cobia, tuna, amberjack, Spanish mackerel, and mahi-mahi.

Tampa Bay is one of the state’s largest natural harbors which houses a plethora of gamefish who call this place home. Tampa Bay is also the state’s largest natural open-water estuary. What this means for you is nonstop year round fishing action!

If you want to catch big fish, then you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to Tampa Bay, Florida, home of some of the best inshore and offshore fishing in the world! I’m a native of the Tampa Bay area and have been fishing the waters of Tampa Bay and the Gulf since I could walk. This gives me the unique advantage of knowing when and where the fish are and how to make them bite on my tampa fishing charters. I am a FULL-TIME fishing guide and am on the water almost 300 days a year. Whether your goal is a monster snook, giant tarpon, or a shark 3 times your size, we can do it! Some of my favorite species to fish for include Tarpon, Cobia, Snook, Redfish, and trout.

There is a silver lining to all of this bad weather news however.  First, the worst is behind us and second, there are plenty of big seatrout out there waiting to be caught as fishing pressure has been incredibly light.  On several recent Tampa Fishing Charters, large trout were caught but both patience and effort were required. Once an area was located that had trout, action was generally not fast.  A fish or two would be caught, then the boat would be repositioned and another fish or two would be caught. As is usually the case, the bite was better on moving water.  With cold temperatures resulting in an absence of whitebait, large shrimp were the go to bait.  Another difficulty created by the weather was that, due to a shortage of small fish, birds were hyper aggressive and would relentlessly attempt to steal the free-lined select shrimp being presented.  A trick used by some Tampa Fishing Guides for minimizing bait loss is to add a slip bobber which holds the bait just off the bottom but also add a small split shot 6 – 12 inches up from the bait so when casting, the bait sinks quickly and is not consumed by a bird. The expectation on most Tampa / Clearwater Fishing Charters is that limits of trout will be secured on every trip.  This should again become reality as February arrives with average temperatures being higher…yes, January is the coldest month. 

“I was introduced to Jason as a guest on a charter 6 years ago and have been using him ever since. I’ve gone on fishing trips for business, with friends and family (with children) and in each case Jason has always been appropriately service driven in each environment. You just won’t find better.”

Lower Tampa Bay around the Clam Bar on the Pinellas side is notorious for holding some monster black drum that begin moving into the bay over the next couple of months. Many of these breeders range up into the 50-plus pound bracket. Due to their size, stout rods and line are advised in order to land these beasts. Like the sheepshead, these fish will take a shrimp tipped jig. A bag limit of five fish per person between 14 and 24-inches may be kept and one of these five may be over 24-inches. Black drum over the maximum size begin holding more parasitic worms. While they may harmless to ingest when cooked properly, some feel that they aren’t very appetizing. Boat docks in Sarasota Bay are great spots to find black drum as well.

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.

Welcome to Tampa Bay, Florida, home of some the best light tackle inshore fishing in the world! I’m a native of the Tampa Bay area and have been fishing Tampa Bay area waters all of my life. This gives me the unique advantage of knowing when and where the fish are biting year round. Born in St. Petersburg and never lived outside of the county, I’ve called Tampa Bay waters my “back yard” for a long time.  I’m a local Tampa fishing guide and have been charter fishing Tampa Bay area since 1997. All my Tampa Bay area fishing charters are family friendly with an emphasis on being easy going and having a great time on the water! I invite you to take a look at my website, look through the photo galleries and fishing reports, and browse the pages to learn more about the fish species we target and when and where we target them.

Shallow Point Charters offers guided fishing charters that target Tarpon, Snook, Snapper, Redfish, Sharks, Grouper, and much more! Come join us for Tampa Bay inshore fishing charters, Tampa Bay deep sea fishing, guided fly fishing, flats fishing and a host of other specialty fishing charters. All of our charter fishing trips are private and offer anglers an opportunity to target seasonal species that call the waters that surround Tampa Bay home.

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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.

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.

To get the most out of Snook fishing in Tampa Bay, you’ll want to target the beaches, residential docks and mangrove shorelines. Stocking the livewell with pilchards or scaled sardines (their favorite) is always a good choice. If you prefer artificials, plugs and jigs typically do the job just as well.

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.

Fishing from a pier is a popular pastime for may landlubbers around Tampa Bay. There are quite a number of piers around the bay. Some jut only a few feet into the water, while others extend a quarter of a mile or more away from shore (the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park south pier extends almost two miles into Tampa Bay). Piers offer anglers a chance to fish waters that cannot be reached from shore or wading. Many popular sport fish hang around fishing piers because piers provide structure and food. At night, these fish can be seen cruising around the edges of the pier’s shadows. Anglers at many piers catch most of the popular sport fish, as well as some other species like pinfish, shark, catfish, ladyfish, and spadefish. This makes fishing piers a great place to get started in fishing.

My husband, my 12 year old daughter and I booked a 3/4 day fishing trip with capt. Chet and had a brilliant day. We have been coming to Tampa/Clearwater for the last 5 years and have booked various private charters but this trip was definitely the best we’ve had! Capt Chet was very patient and accommodating with our daughter and had her catching fish all day. We stopped over a spot and were constantly catching jack crevalle, trout and mackerel. My husband really wanted to try and catch a tarpon so Chet took us to a spot where he thought was our best chance to catch one but unfortunately we had no luck. We are back in sept and will definitely be booking another trip with Chet!

June’s fishing report for the Tampa bay, Clearwater Beach, St.Pete Beach area has been hot with action just like the weather! Summer is here and the warmer weather not only brings people to the beach, but it also brings the fish! Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout, Mackerel, Snapper, and Sharks have all been around.

The time for a Springtime fishing charters Tampa Bay is now! Its almost as if someone flipped a switch and we went from full blown winter to spring in a matter of a few days. January 2018 one one of the coldest months we have……

It is prime time for catching quality trout, our most abundant fish, pretty cooperative and easy to catch most of the time. Make long casts and move lures slowly to connect with big Tampa Bay trout. Lures work just as well as bait for trout. Go with …

Debris from the old bridge was put in the water to form a reef. Because it was a bridge, both piers sit high above the water. It makes for spectacular views not only of the deep blue water, but of the new Skyway bridge just to the east.

Be it Tampa, St Pete, Clearwater, Bradenton or Sarasota, there’s no shortage of hotspots that fish well throughout the calendar year. Here, we’ll cover some of the area’s most popular species and dominant fishing techniques. We also might just give you a reason or two to put Tampa Bay fishing at the top of this year’s bucket list.

We finally have a beautiful weekend in store for us. Air and water temperature are going to be lower and no humidity. Fishing should be on fire coming off this super moon. The cooler water temperatures will make the fish really want to eat. Schooling Redfish continue…

Flats and Bay Fishing Charters Tampa offers you the opportunity to choose your style of fishing trip. Our famous inshore trips are the most popular, while nearshore fishing charters offer a new dynamic to the Tampa Bay fishing scene. Both trips offer an array of sportfish that the Florida fishery is known for. Don’t hesitate to Contact Us for more info or reserve today!

“I have been out on a charter with Captain Jason several times this year. Have to say his Knowledge of the water ways is second to none. We Always come home with a boat full of fish & memories that will last a lifetime. I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a fishing charter.”

Naturally, Tarpon tops the list for most fly fisherfolk. Most captains recommend using 10-12 weight fly rods, just in case you come across a trophy-sized ‘Poon. If you prefer to use lighter rods, Snook and Seatrout are definitely the go-to species.

One of the most exciting times of year here is the annual Tarpon migration. Tampa Bay fishing for Tarpon is second to none, on both spin and fly tackle. With the migration starting up in May, the charter boat spots fill up quick. Let Flats & Bay Fishing Charters schedule your day and get you on these fish!

1 Comment on “Cobia Fishing Tampa”

  1. Lucia Joyce says:

    The keys here are deeper water, cooler water, moving water, more oxygenated water, and low light. One of these elements is good, two are better, three or four are the best. Weather fronts also stimulate and energize fish, so fishing just before a front is usually good.
    I have fished for tarpon from Boca Grande to the Keys, however I do not think there is a better fishery than what is here in the Tampa Bay and Sarasota area. That coupled with the high quality of this group of guides should open up the area to many more who are not aware of it.

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