Above Average Fishing Charters, in Clearwater Beach, provides local fishers of any age and skill level with half-day and all-day fishing trip options. Fishing charters leave at seven in the morning, while afternoon trips and shark expeditions depart at noon. All fishing licenses, permits, bait, tackle, and rods are included with the charter package. Above Average Fishing Charters operates two boats, and both feature electronic navigation systems as well as restrooms.
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.
“I was introduced to Jason as a guest on a charter 6 years ago and have been using him ever since. I’ve gone on fishing trips for business, with friends and family (with children) and in each case Jason has always been appropriately service driven in each environment. You just won’t find better.”
I caught some of the biggest pompano I’ve ever seen with St. Petersburg skipper Capt. Paul Hawkins. Targeting one of the smaller bridges on the Sunshine Skyway’s approach section, Hawkins worked the upcurrent side during an incoming tide and switched to the downcurrent side when we returned later in the day to fish the outgoing water.
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Seeing large groups of pelicans diving and catching baitfish in warmer, shallow water is a sure sign spring conditions are approaching. The appearance of quality baitfish will spark a feeding frenzy that should steadily improve flats fishing for fly …
My girlfriend and I booked 4 hour charter with Captain Anthony on Wednesday. We were on fish the whole time. Hooked and landed many large snook. So many we skipped catchin fish we could have had for… lunch to stay on the jumping hard fighting fish he put us on! Anthony was very personable and friendly and knew his stuff. Being a long time fisherman I couldn’t have been more pleased with our experience and we will definitely be back to catch more with this charter See More
“It’s really relaxing to come out here and fish,” said Jamie Messina, 42, of Tampa. “It’s nice coming out here at night when the lights are on and you have the view of the city. You can catch jacks and angel fish. I’ve even seen some small hammerhead (sharks) caught here.”
• Watch Your Clearance: During a sudden summer downpour, my friend rushed under a section of the old Sunshine Skyway Bridge (now a pier) but forgot to pull down the rods from his T-top holders. The sound of hopelessly scarred fiberglass and graphite scraping against concrete was far worse than fingernails on a chalkboard. Lesson: Check your clearance and don’t take chances with rods or antennas.
Unlike the Skyway, which literally happened by accident, The Long Pier at Redington Shores was built in 1962 expressly to allow fishermen to catch more of the Gulf’s bounty than they could from shore. The 1,200-foot-long pier boasts a long history of significant catches, including tarpon, snook, redfish, kingfish, flounder, drum, trout, pompano, whiting and an occasional shark.
“I have been fishing with Jason for a number of years and have been on multiple trips! We have never been disappointed with his ability to put us on fish!! Even got my son on the cover of a magazine with his prized snook. Can’t say enough great things about Capt. Jason! ”
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 bridges produce year-round but the popularity increases as the thermometer rises. Fish and anglers beat the heat by sticking close to a bridge’s shaded waters. When thunderstorms threaten, a bridge is your umbrella and windbreak. No need to run back to port—just tuck behind the downwind side and ride out the blow.
Offshore boat fishing, sometimes called deep sea or open water fishing, is fishing in deep water (more than 30 metres) and at some distance from land. It is dangerous compared to shallow water or lake fishing. More knowledge is needed about weather patterns, navigation and safety precautions, and this is not an activity for beginners.
Drifting live pilchards or threadfins downcurrent pilings is a popular tarpon tactic, but don’t hesitate to fire down a small greenie on a light hook and splitshot. Mangrove snapper and the occasional grouper feed around bridge pilings just like they do on ledges, limestone outcroppings and coral reefs.
Couldn’t have planned a better day! It was everyone’s favorite part of our week long stay in Tampa! Shark fishing was our favorite. Thank you guys for the awesome memories and delicious fish that we h…ad cooked up over at the Friendly Fisherman. See More
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….
7: At St. Petersburg, good numbers of bluefish have been feeding on trout in lower Tampa Bay. There’s a few redfish around the oyster bars near channels that dump water off the flats. Snook are moving into the backcountry, residential canals, and up the rivers and creeks. The trout bite is very good coming off the full moon and will only get better with the cold front. The sheepshead bite is also picking up as they continue to show themselves in greater numbers. Rock piles along the coast, in Tampa Bay, and around the Gandy and Howard Frankland Bridges are good areas to target, reports Capt. Ray Markham of Backwater Promotions (941-723-2655).
Live bait hooks have a much shorter shank that is smooth and is designed to be pinned through the nose, under the collar, just beneath the dorsal or through the anal opening of a live baitfish. It provides the opportunity for the bait to swim freely in a natural manner that will eventually provoke a strike from a hungry game fish.
For Snook enthusiasts that would rather avoid the summer heat, night fishing is a highly-productive alternative. Snook are nocturnal and generally prefer to feed at night anyway. You’ll typically find them scouting for dinner underneath the dock lights.
5/8/09 OFFICIAL RED SNAPPER SEASON FOR 2009The recreational fishery will open on June 1, 2009. The closure is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, August 15, 2009, which of course means that August 14, 2009 is the last day to land red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.
Use south winds to your advantage and work the shore lines. The Redfish bite can be pretty good, with chances of catching Trout and Snook. Small Black Drum and Sheepshead can also make an occasional appearance.
Stretching out at around 400 square miles, Tampa Bay is the largest open water estuary system in the state of Florida. It is also considered one of the world’s most productive natural ecosystems. This is due to the fact that this type of estuary is one where saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico and freshwater feeds from all along the coast mix. It is here where several species of gamefish, baitfish, and crustaceans spend their critical stages of development protected from larger open water predators.
I have previously been with Capt Steve of Tampa Flats and Bay Fishing Charters on several inshore trips in Tampa Bay targeting Snook, Redfish, Trout, Mackerel, and Mangrove Snapper. This time we went to the Gulf to target Kingfish and Grouper. It was a beautiful…More
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!
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.
2 Shea Charters, founded in Clearwater in 2005, is a fishing charter that leads passengers on fishing journeys in Tampa Bay. Since its inception, the company has grown to operate three boats. In addition to its 42-foot Dorado luxury sports boat, 2 Shea Charters has a 24-foot Southport and a 31-foot Island Hopper. Captain TJ, the business’s founder, has been fishing and diving in the Gulf of Mexico since he was five years old. He leads a team of highly experienced and qualified captains who can guide fishers of any age and experience level.
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