Captain Mike has been fishing the Tampa Bay area since 1990. In early 2000, Captain Mike began Thunderbay Charters Service and is currently fishing approximately 150+ days a year. Captain Mike is a professional tournament fisherman, and competes on the Ranger/Mercury Redfish Tour and Southern Redfish Trail. Captain Mike is also a contributor to a number of charitable organizations, including Boys & Girls Club of Tampa, Children’s Miracle Network and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
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.
Like reefs, bridges offer abundant opportunity with lots of room for personal style. However, unlike their submerged counterparts, bridges are easy to locate and you rarely have to worry about finding dive flags on your spot.
At the end of the day, fishing in Tampa Bay is always more than just the sum of its parts. The bay supports a vibrant ecosystem abundant with wildlife, endemic species and all sorts of unique natural wonders.
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.
The best time to fish for snook is the beginning of spring through early summer. Canals, small, deep channels and lighted docks draw in snook to feed. Huge numbers of large fish are taken from the Port Manatee channel in Tampa Bay.
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Leading the team at A-Wake N’ Drag Fishing Charters is Captain Greg Doherty, a full-time fishing guide who has been serving local clients for over a decade. Sailing on the Gulf of Mexico, Mr. Doherty has caught a tremendous array of fish species, including snook, redfish, trout, flounder, black drums, cobia, snapper, grouper, kingfish, Spanish mackerel, and tarpon. Clients speak highly of Captain Greg for his formidable knowledge of the best local fishing spots, as well as his patient, easygoing attitude.
The summer in the Tampa Bay fishery will see highly active Snook, with steady activity for the other flats favorites: Seatrout and Redfish. However, our favorite time of the year also appears now – The yearly Tarpon run. The Tarpon run generally starts in May and lasts until August.
Stay dialed-in to what’s biting in Tampa Bay! Capt. Travis Yaeckel, Capt. Jason Prieto, Capt. Ric Liles, & Danny Guarino bring you the full report each week. Listen every Sunday Morning 8-9am on 1040AM ESPN Sports Talk Radio. Watch LIVE on Facebook and YouTube every Wednesday 6-7pm. Or download the podomatic app on your phone or tablet and listen anytime. Search “ Tampa Fishing Outfitters Radio Show “ to follow us and find current and past shows.
There are plenty of captains willing to clean and fillet the fish for you following the trip. Unlike Tarpon, Reds make for a delicious table fare. In fact, many of the local restaurants will be more than happy to cook your catch. How’s that for a fresh lunch?
This is also how the area manages to cater to anglers of virtually all ages and skill levels. Anything from a 2lb Pompano to a 200lb+ trophy Tarpon can be caught on the local waterways. It all depends on the type of experience you’re after.
September 28, 2009 – Despite a congressional mandate to fix the “serious flaws in design” and “inadequate analysis methods” that renders MRFSS obsolete, the National Marine Fisheries Service continues using this fatally flawed program deny the public access to coastal fisheries like red snapper, amberjack and black sea bass, crippling the recreational fishing industry. Click here to read MRFSS position paper. (Note from Ed.: This is what I told everyone about in June of ’09. NMFS is now considering a total closure of the bottom fishery in the south Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico that could possibly close fishing for up to 35 years.)
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.
Panama City Beach is known for some of the best inshore fishing in the world. Whether fishing in the St. Andrews Bay or down the coast of PCB, we know where the fish are. We’ll bring you to the best spots, and help you the whole way. If you’re not as experienced, or just want to kick back, our first mate will assist you in baiting the hook and casting your line out. Our goal is for you to have fun, catch some fish and create memories that will last a lifetime!
The Tampa/St. Pete Beach area waters are abundant with Tarpon (Captain Kevin’s specialty), Snook, Redfish, Trout, and more, providing year-round flats fishing opportunities found nowhere else. Fishing the St. Petersburg flats or the gulf waters of St Pete Beach, you’ll catch them. With Captain Kevin as your guide, a fishing veteran who has been hired by fellow fishermen numerous times as a private fishing consultant, your St. Pete Beach fishing trip is going to be a memorable one. Guaranteed!
Tampa Bay offers some of the World’s BEST tarpon fishing! Forget the crowds of Boca Grande, Plan a Trip to St. Petersburg and enjoy Great tarpon Fishing and St. Petersburg, Florida’s Beaches and Nightlife!
Tampa Bay is fed by well over a 100 inland tributaries. In these you will find brackish water rivers and creeks that allow for some of the best backcountry fishing action in the state. This also provides temperate waters for game fish to congregate in when water temps change in the bay.
Information on saltwater regulations changes are noted on the Regulations page, this page and our homepage when first posted. Subscribe to the NJ Marine Fishing E-mail List to be notified automatically, or call the “listen-only” line at 609-292-2083 for updates. Marine Fisheries staff can be contacted at 609-748-2020.