One of the area’s true salts, Hawkins taught me an important tactical point: Fishing a bridge doesn’t necessarily mean hugging the structure. There are times when pompano and other species will feed close to the structure, but consider that the eddies spun by flowing tides can create feeding scenarios 100 yards from the pilings.
If it swims, it’s in these waters. The Bay provides such a wide variety of aquatic life, it’s not uncommon to bag more than a dozen species on any given outing. The mighty Snook prowls the mangrove shorelines. Schools of tailing Redfish rest on the glassy grass flats. And the notorious Florida Tarpon roam the Bay’s endless passes. Whatever you’re after, it’s never more than a cast away.
The piers are closed through May 5 for renovation. When they reopen, there is no charge to fish from them, although there is a $5 per car entry fee into the park. They both have bait shops, concession stands and restrooms.
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!
Capt Steve hit the spots where the fish were. We probably caught about 30 fish total – trout, ladyfish, sheepshead etc… with 6 keepers. He does everything and is a very good captain. I Highly recommend his service, the trip was very enjoyable. I certainly…More
Captain Blick is set up to fish The Tampa Bay area from his beautiful, fully equipped, 2017 24′ Sea Hunt, with a smooth 300 hp Yahama 6 cyl. 4 stroke motor, with plenty of room to fish!. So 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! (813) 802-6667
Fishing in Tampa Bay is diverse. From inshore and backcountry fishing for snook, redfish, sea trout and tarpon, to the nearshore zone for snapper, kingfish, grouper, permit, and cobia – Fishing in the state of Florida really doesn’t get any better than what you will find right here in Tampa Bay.
“Went fishing with Jason 3 times now. All 3 trips have been excellent. Caught a lot of fish and had a great time. Already looking forward to next spring for another fishing trip with Jason. I would recommend Steady Action Fishing with Captain Jason Prieto if you want to catch fish and have a full day of action!”
Trout fishing closures have been eliminated as of February 1 for the entire state, so this means that the trout season is open for take for recreational anglers. Strong management practices for this fish have allowed the additional months of open season without reducing the numbers of fish to the point where it would negatively affect the SPR (spawning potential ratio). Speckled trout are pretty tasty. I have one client who says this is his favorite eating fish, so I am often on the hunt for it. Speckled trout are available on most grass flats. Look for those with good moving water – that’s where you’ll find the best action. Sarasota Bay is a top spot for these fish. Longboat Pass and New Pass areas bring strong water flow into the areas in between, and the grass flats west of the canal going into Cannon’s Marina are some of the best for trout fishing. The Sister Keys and the flats to the south and east of that area and north to Jewfish Key just inside Longboat Pass are awesome places to start looking for trout. If you use live shrimp under a popping cork or a DOA Deadly Combo, you will quickly reach your trout limit.
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.
The Bay Pier, which runs 500 feet out in more protected water, is the perfect choice for fishermen with lighter tackle or those more concerned with bringing dinner home. Nearshore species like snook, redfish, trout, pompano and Spanish mackerel abound in these calmer waters.
With the spring season fast approaching, it ‘s a great time of year to experience the local outdoors. Interested in seeing animals from the plains of Africa, without the plane fare…go to Safari Wilderness, where safari vehicles will tour 260 acres near Lakeland, Florida. Another great place to view wildlife is Busch Gardens…a great zoo as well as being home to many adrenaline raising rides. Good luck and good fishing.
During the winter in Tampa Bay an angler will see increased activity for big (Gator) Seatrout, Redfish tailing the flats, and Snook will still be hitting baits early on in the season. Don’t let the cool temps fool you, this can be one of the best times to fish here.
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.
9. Store the motor in an upright position in adry, well-ventilated area. Select an area with constant temperature to avoid corrosion caused by condensation. Do not store next to furnaces, heaters, etc.
Remarks: spawns OFFSHORE between March and September; feeds on mollusks and crustaceans, especially sand fleas; local movements are influenced by the tide, and seasonal movements are influenced by temperature.
Inshore Fishing Charter clients utilizing Tampa Fishing Charters Light Tackle Charters can expect the use of top notch gear, all licensing taken care of, the expertise of Capt. Jim Lemke, and a memorable day of flats fishing in SW Florida. This fishery is absolutely amazing and offers some of the best fishing available in the state, arguably the planet. Tampa waters are a major component in the Florida’s title as “The Fishing Capital of the World.” Once you spend the day here on the water, you will see that this holds true in every aspect.
Saltwater Hook Up is a saltwater fishing charter providing trips all throughout the waters of Boca Grande and Great Tampa Bay. Saltwater Hook Up’s captain, Rich Andretta, specializes in trophy fishing in both inshore and offshore waters. Captain Rich is happy to help teach novices and to support experienced anglers. Saltwater Hook Up’s boat is a custom 25- foot Marauder Marine Avenger Bay boat, well known for its stability and room, making it ideal for anglers of all ages, from children to seniors.
Tampa Bay is one of the largest saltwater estuaries in the world and it is home to some of the most exciting Tampa Inshore Fishing Charters on the planet. With Redfish, Trout, Snook, Tarpon, Sheepshead, Cobia, several species of sharks and many other types of fish call Tampa Bay their home. Take a look at our popular species list at the bottom of the page for more species and information.
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.
The weather is outstanding and even a few days of winds can’t spoil it. Make Snook your main target this month, but don’t forget about Trout and Redfish of all sizes. Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, and Blackfin Tuna start to show up offshore.