Tampa fishing charters in Tampa Bay can be an exciting adventure for all. Your Tampa bay fishing guide here at Flats and Bay is an experienced Captain who spends well over 200 days per year on the water by either providing charters or scouting for the next one. You will be able to expect being aboard a boat with one of the top full time fishing guides in Tampa, Fl. Your Tampa Bay fishing guide Capt. Steve Betz will instruct you on how to target the species of fish you are after. You will catch a variety of inshore and nearshore species on your fishing adventure. Novice, Pro’s and Families welcome.

This has been a cold year thus far as fronts have blasted the Tampa Bay area. Now things are beginning to warm up, and the transition from winter to spring begins. Every warm day takes us one step closer to some awesome fishing. As water temperatures…

Depending upon the type of saltwater fish that you are targeting, the most effective baits are usually the ones that most closely match the normal diet of that species. This might be anything from clams, mussels and sea worms to shrimp, squid and appropriately sized baitfish. Many fish will also strike chunk and strip baits, which tend to exude enticing oils through the water column.

Florida Inshore Angler.com was created by Allen Applegarth to provide Florida inshore saltwater fishing anglers with saltwater fishing tips, saltwater fishing reports, how tos, fishing videos, fishing and boating related product reviews, and a forum for anglers and other outdoor activities such as camping and hunting.  A few years after establishing this saltwater fishing site in 2007, I decided to write another book based on Florida inshore fishing, fittingly named after this site.  Depending on my available time limitations, my new title should be published in 2013-14.  

There is also fantastic near shore fishing around many artificial wrecks, and reefs where you’ll find Grouper, Mackerel, Mangrove Snapper and many other species that will make for a great day of fishing!

6: At Anna Maria, the kingfish bite near shore from three to seven miles is still really good. There’s not many Spanish mackerel, but there’s a good amount of little tunny mixed in with them. On the reefs, there’s mangrove snapper and few flounder. Inshore, there’s still a few snook in the passes, but most have made a big run for their winter spots such as the rivers and creeks. “Trout fishing is on fire. Big trout are with the schools of mullet with some scattered redfish as well. There’s also schools of bluefish four to six pounds all over Sarasota Bay,” reports Capt. Scott Moore of Bradenton (941-713-1921).

Red Drum typically congregate in many of the same places as Trout and Snook. If you’re looking for monster Reds though, they usually rally a few miles off the beaches or near the various ship channels. Happy hunting!

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With many of the major tackle manufacturers here to answer all your questions and local tackle retailers available to fill your orders, this is truly one stop shopping.  Meet face to face with guides and charters, compare and buy saltwater fishing boats and kayaks, and learn the latest techniques from local experts at the Garden State Exhibit Center.

Take a fishing charter with Capt Matt and you won’t regret it! He’s very professional and knows the Tampa Bay Area waters better than anyone. No matter what the season or fish you want to catch he’ll get it hooked. He starts his trips off with a simple question: Do you want to fish for sport or dinner? Well, that night we ate snook and redfish! A day with Capt Matt is unforgettable whether it’s fishing with buddies or family. Oh yeah, and his boat is awesome!-Vinny Imbro

Plastic is poisoning our planet. There is nearly as much plastic in the oceans as fish and Costa is doing its part to turn the tide. Aside from cleaning up our own, Costa initiated the Kick Plastic Guide Program to help guides and captains find alternatives to single use plastic water bottles. No one wants to live in a plastic sea.

We also sight fish for Bull Redfish during the spring! There is nothing quite like hooking a 30+ lb bull redfish and being face-to-face with such an incredible species. (These are all trophy fish and they are catch and release only!) They definitely make a picture worth a thousand words.

To get the most out of Snook fishing in Tampa Bay, you’ll want to target the beaches, residential docks and mangrove shorelines. Stocking the livewell with pilchards or scaled sardines (their favorite) is always a good choice. If you prefer artificials, plugs and jigs typically do the job just as well.

Over the years Steve has stalked the many varieties of fish, expanding his knowledge of Tampa Bay. With more than 25 years of saltwater fishing experience tucked into his tackle box he began his career as a full time Tampa Bay Fishing guide.  Capt. Steve brings over 200 days a year of time spent on Tampa Bay to each and every one of his Tampa Bay Fishing Charters.

The net affect of this weather was that all Tampa Fishing Guides got a whole lot more vacation days than planned over the course of the last month. On the coldest days, sheepshead were the only logical target.  Although good to eat, the cold air and limited species selection kept most anglers off the water anyway. For those who ventured out, fishing shrimp or small crabs up under docks or against bridge pilings was the ticket.

23’ Dorado tower boat “ Funny Feeling”. Based out of Apollo Beach. Captain John Paiva fishes from north Tampa Bay to south of the Skyway Bridge, depending on the targeted species, time of year, and weather conditions..Read More…

Before purchasing a recreational saltwater fishing license or permit, please make sure you understand what qualifies as Florida residency and whether you really need a license or permit based on the exemptions.

If you’re staying on St Pete Beach or  St Petersburg or in the Downtown Tampa Area, and your looking for EXPERIENCED Top Notch Fishing guides or Tarpon Fishing Guides, Island Lure Fishing Charters prides itself on being the best charter in the area! We are located right off I275 in St. Petersburg at the Tierra Verde Resort Marina. No need to fight the Clearwater or Johns Pass Traffic. Our convenient location puts you right into the Gulf of Mexico quickly.

2 At Madeira Beach, “The hogfish bite is still going strong despite the full moon from a depth of 40-60 feet. Deeper offshore, the tuna are thick, but it’s been difficult getting to them with the weather. The snapper bite has been good. The moon has the fish on the move and the good weather has them chewing,” reports Capt. Dylan Hubbard of Hubbard’s Marina (727-393-1947).

Clearwater Beach has had a good Redfish bite, along with a good number of trout and some nice sharks. Redfish have been biting best on the early morning high tides for us and for anglers looking to target these fish we haven’t been have any issues finding them! Trout fishing has also been really good fishing over deep grass flats near the passes. And the sharks have been biting good on fresh dead bait while we have been catching other fish.

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.

Snook, Red Fish, Trout, Tarpon (When in Season – See Tarpon Rates), Drum and anything else that’s chewing depending on the time of year. The Flats Fishing around Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg, FL is Legendary!

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Todd, Its always a pleasure having you on the boat. I wish the Kings would of shown up like they should of but I guess the grouper wasnt to bad of a catch. Congrats on getting your first Triple Tail! Capt. Steve Betz

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.

• Dangling Tackle: Popping out from the bridge shadows and running face-first into a dropping hook or sinker is a guaranteed ER visit. Also, an often tenuous relationship exists between those fishing from a bridge and those motoring around it, so remember the courtesy thing and stay clear of deployed lines.

Spanish Sardine Fishing Charters is a St. Petersburg-based fishing guide service, providing Tampa Bay fishers with an in-shore fishing experience, during which they can catch trout, snook, sheepshead, flounders, redfish, and sharks. Spanish Sardine Fishing Charters also leads offshore fishing expeditions. The Spanish Sardine, the company’s boat, is 24 feet long and includes a 250 HP Yamaha Outboard. Interested clients can go to the company’s slip at O’Neill’s Marina, or they can request a pick-up anywhere in Tampa Bay.

Tarpon are one of Tampa’s premier Sport Fishing charters species in Tampa Fl. When you hook into a Tarpon, aka The Silver King, on your Sport Fishing bucket list, you will know you have hooked the fish of a lifetime!

We have four different charter fishing boats for landing fish. Depending on what type of trip you book will depend on which Vessel is best suited for that type of trip. For Deep Sea Fishing we have our workhorse 37′ Spectre Fishing machine “Island Lure”! Inshore and Tarpon Fishing we have a 24ft Mako, a Skinny Water Machine. One thing that our boats have in common is that each is outfitted with the latest Safety Gear and the best electronics.  As for our Crew, we have the areas most Experienced, Most talked about experts in Capt. John Fidi and Capt. Gene Maxwell. Nobody in the Gulf of Mexico can match our Tournament Records. Not even close.

InShoreTampaBay.com charters will originate from any Marina accessible to Tampa Bay area water’s, and from Hudson (Pasco County) in the North, to Anna Maria Island (Sarasota County) in the South. Captain Lee will Launch the boat to access the best fishing grounds depending on season. Our Home Port is O’Neill’s Marina in St. Petersburg – see map 

New Jersey’s rich marine resources an outstanding variety of recreational opportunities for residents and visitors to the state. They also support an important commercial fishery and provide the basis for one of the state’s most important industries – tourism. From blue claws to striped bass, from surf fishing to deep artificial reefs, the division’s management of marine resources provides an incredible range of possibilities for enjoying our coastal areas.

We have expectations of only catching a few fish. They where exceeded ten fold. We started small with shephead to make sure we got some fish. Then we stepped it up from species to species and did amazing on all. Steve is a great guy…More

Saltwater fishing boats are typically larger and designed for coastal and offshore fishing, such as sport and open fishermen boats, center consoles, and power catamarans decked and rigged for fishing.

And although there is no one spoon that will always work better than all spoons, it’s tough to wrong with the traditional gold spoon that has been known to attract hits from countless types of saltwater species.

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  1. 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).
    Fishing with Danny is like a trip to the fish market but a WHOLE lot more fun. Last Saturday (10/05), I caught 18 fish (10 different species). Had a fabulous day. We fished from Apollo Beach all  along the Southshore of Tampa Bay
    For a natural chum job, scrape the pilings to crush and release barnacles or mussels. The scent stimulates sheepshead, drum, redfish and pompano—all likely recipients of cut shrimp dropped into the scent zone on 1⁄4-ounce jigheads. (Light hooks and splitshots also work, but jigheads effect a more streamlined presentation that drops quicker in current without spooking fish.)

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