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
May and June is when tarpon migrate up from the south, chasing schools of baitfish and that’s the best time for you to catch them in Tampa Bay. The hot spots for tarpon are under the bridges during summer months. Try fishing the Sunshine Skyway all summer long when fish are feeding on herring and sardines.
Captain Blick is a Professional Guide and USCG licensed (#1082866) boat Captain. He is an accomplished salt water angler, and will put you on the fish. So, I say again… if you’re ready to experience all that Tampa Bay has to offer the saltwater angler, give Lee Blick a call, and Book your Charter of a Lifetime today!
Cristian was born in Havana, Cuba in 1988, then moved to Tampa, Florida where he was raised walking distance from Upper Tampa Bay. There his father helped him discover a love for fishing that would last a lifetime. Cristian fished the area until he knew every creek, oyster bar, and channel but, most importantly where the fish would stage up during tidal change. One of his favorite places to fish is Double Branch Park, this area offers great site fishing opportunities for Snook, Redfish and Speckled Trout using fly or spinning set ups.
So, prepare yourself for the Tampa Fishing expedition of a lifetime! Using cutting-edge technology, a top-of-the-line fishing boat along with decades of experience and knowledge you’ll get the opportunity to experience fishing adventures and memories lasting a lifetime.
This is a seasonal favorite as every summer these silver kings migrate through the area. The peak of this season is generally from May to July, but each year presents a different set of circumstances that can change when the Tarpon arrive and how long they stay. Always check with the Captain for current conditions and dates.
Spring in February – Spring has arrived early and we’re glad to see the water temperatures out of the 50’s. Bait is thick and gamefish are a lot more active. The trout bite has been on fire with 17 to 22 inchers being the average size fish. White bait has been the g more…
Clearwater Beach has been packed with both people and Snook! Snook have made there annual visit out the the gulf beaches and passes to spawn. The snook have been stacked up together and have been eating live grunts on both incoming and outgoing tide. Sea trout have also been hanging in the passes and just off the gulf beaches. Shark fishing has also been productive on recent charters. We have been catching black tips, bonnet heads, Atlantic sharp noises, most have been in the 2-5′ range, and sharks offer great table fair!
Tarpon season runs from March to October. The target zone moves, from up and down the coast into Tampa Bay and back out. When offshore, tarpon can get as close as 50 yards. And when they’re in Tampa Bay, you can find yourself catching a 7-foot fish in just 4- to 5-feet of water.
Our primary targets during your Tampa Inshore Fishing Charters are Redfish, Snook and Sea trout and they can be caught in a variety of ways. They can be targeted with live bait, artificial lures, by fly fishing.
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.
Depending on the time of year, we could fish out of one of several locations such as Upper Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, or Downtown Tampa. These areas are described in detail in our Tampa Fishing Charters Areas Served information links at the bottom of the page.
Midsummer is here and fishing can be very productive! Early mornings and late evenings are the best time to go fishing this month. Trout are hiding in the deeper water, whilst Snapper can be all over the Tampa Bay area.
In Old Tampa Bay—the northwest arm of Greater Tampa Bay—three bridges link Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. North to south, these are: the Courtney Campbell, Howard Frankland and Gandy. South of the Courtney Campbell’s west end, the Tampa Bayside Bridge connects Clearwater and St. Petersburg.
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Throughout peak migration (May-July), most Tarpon range between 80 and 140 pounds. Still, you’ll probably hear of folks 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.
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.
Great full day trip today with the Figueroas. Loads of snook to the point that we lost count. Early morning trout were chewing as well. Dinner for the table, successful fun day fishing! #inshoresociety Captains @captkennysmith & @captcrisminami Call to book your trip, spring bite is hot! ?? 813-609-0910
Get your dose of Redfish when the fishing is still hot! The Snook bite is consistent on the outgoing tide with 20 to 24 inch class. Sheepshead and Mangrove Snapper are around the bridges and on the rock pile.
Another fantastic winter species in the Bay area is Flounder. Undoubtedly one of the most unattractive fish, but probably one of the best tasting! This time of year, the Flounder will move in on large sandy areas in big numbers. For flats fishing, target potholes and creek mouths with substantial flow. Use the same rig for Sheepshead but you might want to switch to a circle hook. On the warmer days, a small live greenback or shrimp on the bottom will be best. If you like throwing artificial, try a #313 Gold Glitter C.A.L jig from D.O.A paired with a 3/8 oz Hook-Up Lures jig head. The heavier jig head will keep your bait on the bottom and in the strike zone longer during the retrieve. On the colder days, the fish might not be as active. Try a cut piece of any baitfish or shrimp. Some great areas to look for the “Door Mats” are around the Skyway Bridge, Fort Desoto, and Pinellas Point. The minimum size is 12” total length and the bag limit is 10 per person.
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The Tampa, Clearwater, and Tampa Bay areas offer a broad array of Tampa and Clearwater fishing charters. Your Tampa fishing trip begins fishing along our beautiful, world class beaches for game fish like Snook, whose drag screaming runs and jumps will excite even veteran anglers. If redfish are your primary target, you can pursue these tough battlers out on the Tampa Bay fishing flats, or in tight against the mangroves or other shoreline structure. Speckled sea trout represent our most readily available game fish in Tampa, FL. Trout can be caught most times of the year and often, from late November to early April, in great abundance. During the spring and fall months, near shore Clearwater fishing, (2 – 9 miles out) offers the opportunity to catch a wide range of species including Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, kingfish, grouper, and others. All of these species can be caught in Tampa and Clearwater using artificial lures or live bait.
Redfish are one of our heartiest winter fish. They will cooperate under extreme conditions. But don’t confuse these fish with something easy to catch, because under clear water conditions, they can get spooked easily, so stealthy approaches to reds are a must.
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After seeing the healthy grass flats from the window seat of many flights while descending towards Tampa International Airport (who would have ever guessed you could find fishing spots from a commercial airline flight), I finally decided to venture out there to see if they held redfish, snook, and/or trout.
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Fish for species that can handle warmer, low oxygenated water, like Tarpon, which can live in dirty water or water with no oxygen, and Black Drum. If you’re still set on fishing for Snook, Redfish, or Trout, you’ll want to fish during the early morning hours and be done by 11am. This is especially true if you’re fishing the beaches for Snook. The water has the entire night to cool down and is at its coolest in the morning. If you can’t fish early and the sun is already up, fish deeper water, which stays cooler longer and is least affected by the sun.
Out there he’ll find plenty of bigger grouper, snapper and amberjack. Blackfin tuna kick in at 25-30 miles offshore. But since grouper migrate, in cooler weather they can be found closer to shore. Kingfish can be caught in the spring and fall (think Easter and Thanksgiving).