Description: greenish gray on back, shading to silvery sides; fish in dark waters showing gold on throat, pelvic, and anal fins; deep flattened body with small mouth; no scutes; 22 to 27 soft dorsal rays; 20 to 23 soft anal rays; origin of anal fin slightly behind origin of second dorsal.
At Sebastian Inlet, the sand fleas (mole crabs) are on the beach and they’re catching pompano and whiting on the fleas and clams. Black drum and sheepshead are also being caught in the inlet on fleas and clams. There’s still some mullet around and they’re still catching some big snook. Redfish have been mediocre, but there’s a good trout bite inside in the river. The bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and jack crevalle bite is still really good. “The flounder are starting to run and we have a tourney going on to the end of January. It’s a $20 entry fee, with a 100 percent payout for 1st 2nd and 3rd place heaviest weight,” reports Whitey’s Bait & Tackle (321-724-1440).
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The Skyway is not the only place for boat-less souls to land a fish. There is good wade fishing leading up to the bridge, as well as the areas around the Courtney Campbell Causeway and the Gandy Bridge. Fort De Soto Park has good wade fishing, as well as two piers. The Redington Long Pier off Redington Beach has been a go-to spot for pier fishermen for over 50 years.
Don’t forget to bring the kids. They are the future of our sport. If they get to go, they will learn to love the outdoors, inshore fishing charters. Remember your camera, you never know what you might hook while fishing in Destin, Florida – The Luckiest Charter Boat Fishing Village in the world!
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Gold Sportsman’s License (includes Saltwater Fishing, Hunting Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Snook, Lobster, Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Deer, Turkey, and Florida Waterfowl permits)
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.
The hooks that are usually employed for saltwater application include the J hook, the live bait hook and the circle hook, each of which has its own specialized application. The J hook can either be a ‘baitholder’ with a few barbs on the shank or a standard J with a smooth shank. These are best for fishing with chunk or strip bait and allow you to hook the bait multiple times in order to keep it secure.
Thank you Roland and Sharon for coming. It was great seeing you both again and I hope you will be back the next time you are in Florida for a Tampa Fishing Charter. Take care and have safe travels! Capt Steve Betz
Tampa Bay fishing has also been steady with anglers catching Snook, Snapper, and trout while fishing out of the Gandy boat Ramp. Snook are still out of season but are awesome to target for hard pulling runs, and there wild jumps! Snapper are hanging around the bridge and we have been catching them during the slower tide periods. Trout have been tearing up the bait fish school over the grass flats and some days it can be almost every cast!!
The Teramar spinning rod series was built to suit the very specialized performance requirements of the Southeastern in-shore angler. With hardened alconite guides and cork grips, these rods can not only dish out power and performance, they can handle any situation on the flats. No matter if you are casting plugs to snook, cork & bobber for trout, or chasing tarpon under bridges, the Teramar spinning series will get the job done.
Run shallow-diving plugs like a Bomber Long A, Yo-Zuri or Rapala X-Rap right next to the pilings, where snook and speckled trout chase baitfish. Jigs and baitfish imitators like a D.O.A. TerrorEyz work well in the slack water behind bridge fenders. For mackerel, cast a Clarkspoon rigged with a 1- or 2-ounce cigar weight above the leader. A good rig for landlubbers, the weight hugs the bottom and the spoon flutters up like a fleeing baitfish.
We went on a four hour charter with captain Anthony. We hit up some docks and a reef in the bay. Caught so many sheepshead! Captain Anthony was awesome to fish with. He was very kind and easy to talk …to. Due to the cold snap we had to reschedule our trip but they were awesome about finding a day that was best for us and worked for them. Highly recommend using these guys for a charter. See More
While browsing the site, take a moment to view our Tampa fishing photo gallery, where you’ll see some of the many species of fish our fishing charter customers have recently caught. We’ve also included some Tampa area information, as well as fishing articles, and Tampa fishing regulations.
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
Captain Steve puts you on the fish. Our recent charter had us catching lot’s of trout, snook, red fish and even a bluefish. One of our snook was over 34″ with several trout over 20″. I have fished in Tampa for over 10 years with…More
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.
With a second set of controls up in the tower, sight fishing ability is greatly enhanced. The net effect is more time spent fishing where the fish are. The tower also increases the chances at getting a good cast at a roving Cobia, Shark or Tarpon that otherwise might not be seen.
Throughout peak migration (May-July), most Tarpon range between 80 and 140 pounds. Still, you’ll probably hear of joining the coveted ‘200 club’ every now and again. If you’re specifically booking a Tarpon charter, expect an average of 2-7 hookups per trip. Days with more than 10 hookups are certainly not unheard of, though. In the end, it all depends on your own expertise and a lil’ bit of luck.
Matt it was a pleasure having you and your wife Aubrey out on the boat. It was definitely a great 4 hours of fishing. Spring has finally sprung in the Tampa Bay area and you were the first to experience it with me in 2018….More
Cockroach Bay and Bishop's Harbor are both good fishing spots, located in the middle of Tampa Bay. Deeper channels between the islands just outside of Skyway Bridge near the south shore of lower Tampa Bay are also good fishing spots.
September Fishing has been good! Hurricane Irma hit Florida hard, but didn’t hit Clearwater beach, St. Pete beach, or Tampa Bay. While many people lost power here I was on vacation in Venice,Louisiana catching Bull Redfish! I came home the second week of the month and the Snook, Redfish, trout, mackerel and many others were ready to bite, and the weather has been perfect with no wind or rain!