Our lures can catch you anything from feisty little snapper blues to grander blue marlin. Pick from an incredible selection of plugs, spoons and trolling lures. You’ll find offerings from major manufacturers like Yo-Zuri, DOA and Iland Lures. You’ll even discover some wooden lures and custom-made artificials here.
Warm weather for the past week has led to an increase in feeding activity for inshore fish species. Speckled trout have been venturing out of deep holes and channels and back into shallow water to feed. This has presented a great opportunity to fish …
Capt. Chet is by far the best guide in Tampa Bay. I utilized his services to organize several tournaments, including hiring 12 to 15 other guides, and even though we left the dock last and came back first, we consistently outfished the other boats. He is THE capt that other capt’s reach out to when they can’t find the bait or the fish. And he delivers in challenging conditions – the last time we fished together, a late front moved through in May and the wind was howling. Capt. Chet knew of several holes in the mangroves that produced many reds and snook. My next visit to Tampa will for sure include a day on the water with Capt. Chet.
Buyer beware: These days, it seems everybody and their brother is a fishing guide. Unfortunately, many of these captains are part-timers which use inferior equipment, vessels, have zero customer service skills or just recently obtained their USCG license and have little experience. Then there are the charter booking agencies who don’t care whose boat they stick you on, as long as they take your hard-earned money. These unscrupulous charter services sadly leave the consumer very disappointed and believing that the fishing in Florida is highly overrated.
Blistering Heat = “Good Fishing!” “Air Conditioned Holes “R” Comfort Zone for Fish” When the summer heat rolls into Florida’s waterways, many fishermen find themselves catching more sun and less fish….
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5-Year Gold Sportsman’s License (includes Saltwater Fishing, Hunting and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Snook, Lobster, Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Deer, Turkey, and Florida Waterfowl permits)
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 […]
Capt. Matt has not only put me on fish every time I have booked a charter – He got me my biggest tarpon ever 150+!!! He is the best Captain I have ever fished with and I recommend him highly. Always a great time and always finds the fish! -John Lashbrook
Later in the coming month, tides heights will start to improve. This, coupled with warming waters, will improve local redfishing. With fish still wanting to get warmer, look for them around oyster bars on the higher tides as well as up on the flats in areas with potholes during the warmer parts of the day. Until cold leaves for good, generally around the middle of March, redfish will respond best to crustaceans such as shrimp. When the warm settles in, they’ll eat just about anything.
Description: pale body color, yellow above, silver to white below; one or two prominent canine teeth usually at tip of upper jaw; inside of mouth yellow; no well-defined black spots on back; 10 to 12 soft rays in anal fin; no chin barbels.
Tampa Fishing Charters is a Tampa-based company giving guide services to locals, in the Tampa Flats as well as offshore. Captain Brandon Henley will lead passengers on a voyage through Tampa Bay’s shallow waters, to catch gamefish such as tarpon, snook, redfish, and trout. Customers can expect to see a variety of aquatic wildlife, including dolphins, turtles, and manatees.
Summer is winding down, Hurricane Hermine just came through and we are ready for cooler weather and some good Fall fishing. This summer started with some of the best snook fishing I’ve had in years. Fishing the flats, passes and beaches produced big numbers of fish and big fish as well. Our best snook fishing […]
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.
Also, you can’t go wrong by working near baitfish schools. When food abounds, someone with an appetite will find it, so work your baits into the natural food chain. While you’re at it, don’t hesitate to catch some of the local forage and float them in clear vulnerability on the outskirts of the school and along the bridge’s shadowline.
1: At Big Pier 60 in Clearwater, the Spanish mackerel bite is still good early in the morning with some nice keepers being caught. At night, good size speckled trout are a solid catch. Anglers should note the Pier’s hours are now 6 a.m to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week,reports Big Pier 60 Bait & Tackle (727-462-6466).
The Fort De Sota fishing pier on the bayside is 500 feet in length, with a 300 foot tee at the end. Has shaded pavilion at midway point. Lots of parking close to the pier. Check on restroom availability at this location prior to going.
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.
Tampa fishing charters in Tampa Bay can be an exciting adventure for all. Your Tampa bay fishing guide here at Flats and Bay is an experienced Captain who spends well over 200 days per year on the water by either providing charters or scouting for the next one. You will be able to expect being aboard a boat with one of the top full time fishing guides in Tampa, Your Tampa Bay fishing guide Capt. Steve Betz will instruct you on how to target the species of fish you are after. You will catch a variety of inshore and nearshore species on your fishing adventure. Novice, Pro’s and Families welcome.
Once you go past the large towers in center of the bridge the entrance is approx. 1.9 miles on your right hand side. At the first intersection after exiting make a left, go under roadway, at four-way intersection make a left, go up this road for 750 feet and then make a right with almost an immmediate left after that, stay on this road for 6/10ths of a mile to the entrance gate for the pier.
It’s worth noting that the open season for some of the Gulf species tends to be very limited. It’s always a good idea to check with your captain or the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission before making the charter arrangements.
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.
Capt. Gene Maxwell is our resident expert on everything that has to do with whats biting in Tampa Bay. A native of this area Geno has spent his whole life fishing these flats and know the area like no other.
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 don’t have to worry about selecting an incorrectly balanced rig. They come from premium manufacturers like Daiwa, Penn, Shimano, and many more.
Perhaps one of the most underrated Bay fish, Black Drum are incredibly fun to catch. Also, as they can be anything from a few pounds to 90lb+ monsters, you never know what you may find on the other end of the line. Typically found in larger concentrations throughout the winter months, they’re a sucker for shrimp and gather around docks and in shallow waters.
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.
Clearwater Beach Fishing Inshore this month has produced lots of Spotted Sea Trout, a few Redfish, and a some snook. Live Shrimp has been the bait of choice, but Sardines are starting to show back up. Mackerel and King Fish should be right behind them. Spring Fishing is here and the fishing is going to be outstanding, and the weather will be phenomenal! If you are looking to book a trip please give me a call, text, or email asap as booking are already becoming limited 727-831-0111. – Capt.Jared
Areas of Salt & Brackish Water in Pinellas County Florida Includes; Alligator Lake, Anclote River, Big Bayou, Boca Ciega Bay, Boggy Bayou, Charlotte Harbor, Clearwater Harbor, Cross Bayou, Grande Bayou, Gulf of Mexico, Kreamer Bayou, Lake Tarpon Canal, Little Bayou, Long Bayou, Minetta Bayou, Myers Cove, Old Tampa Bay, Pelican Cove, Riviera Bay, Scharrer Bayou, Snell Isle Harbor, Spring Bayou, Stevenson Creek, St Joes Creek, St Joseph Sound, Tampa Bay, Tarpon Bayou, The Narrows and Whitcomb Bayou.
Captain Greg Doherty is a USCG licensed captain who has a passion for all things fishing. There is nothing that will get your blood pumping than watching a 20 lb snook push “A-Wake” in the shape of a V behind your top water lure, and then hearing the “Drag” start screaming as the fish bolts for the nearest cover…