Tarpon range from 30lbs up to over 200lbs and the average tarpon caught on a tarpon fishing charter during the summer is right around 100lbs. Tarpon are known for their drag screaming runs and their high-flying leaps during the fight.

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Offshore Hustler Fishing Charters, located in St. Petersburg, is a fishing charter service that specializes in light-tackle and heavy tackle fishing. Expeditions are suitable for people of all skill levels, from novices to advanced anglers. Staff members at Offshore Hustler Fishing Adventures specialize not just in leading the voyage, but in teaching aspiring anglers how to fish.

Spring-like conditions have fired up a bite that a couple of weeks ago was practically nonexistent. Water temperatures in the mid 70s have mangrove snapper, grouper, triggerfish and hogfish aggressively chewing again in the 40- to 50-foot range.With …

Best of all, having a boat and/or fancy equipment is not a requirement for catching redfish, snook, and trout… all you need is the motivation to simply get out there along with a lure or two that you feel confident in using…

Description: dark stripe (variably present) extends from nose to in front of dorsal fin and “lights up” when fish is in feeding mode; no scutes; soft dorsal base less than twice the length of the anal fin base.

Our top choice is the old Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay, which became the world’s longest fishing pier after a 1980 disaster wiped out the center section of the bridge. Depending upon season and how far out you go, the bridge offers a chance to catch everything from snook, tarpon, grouper, black sea bass, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, cobia, sheepshead, red snapper and pompano.

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Fishing without a boat generally means staying dry by fishing from a pier. There are plenty of places to do that in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area; some of the better-known ones are the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Redington Beach Long Pier, Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach (located on the beach named USA Today’s “Best Beach Town in Florida” in 2013) and the Gulf Pier and Bay Pier at Fort De Soto Park. 

After our varied winter conditions, we are enjoying exceptional inshore fishing. Many snowbirds as well as local fly fishermen are finally having some fantastic shallow water fishing due to mild weather and warmer water. Baitfish are plentiful, and t…

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 be 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.

But why is that exactly? What is it about the greater Tampa Bay area that makes it one of the nation’s most prolific fish traps? Well, as it turns out, being the largest open-water estuary in all of the Sunshine State definitely comes with its perks.

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