Two times each year we are visited by migrating Kingfish. They usually show up in May and stick around for most of the summer. They will also show up in November and stay until our first major cold front. When they are here, I will always let my charters know in case they want to target something they have never caught before.
And Pinellas County doesn’t have a monopoly on piers. In south Tampa, Picnic Island and Ballast Point fishing piers can be hot spots. The Ballast Point pier reaches far out into Tampa Bay. With a picturesque view of the downtown Tampa skyline, it has plenty of room for anglers.
If you want to catch big fish, then you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to Tampa Bay, Florida, home of some of the best inshore and offshore fishing in the world! I’m a native of the Tampa Bay area and have been fishing the waters of Tampa Bay and the Gulf since I could walk. This gives me the unique advantage of knowing when and where the fish are and how to make them bite on my tampa fishing charters. I am a FULL-TIME fishing guide and am on the water almost 300 days a year. Whether your goal is a monster snook, giant tarpon, or a shark 3 times your size, we can do it! Some of my favorite species to fish for include Tarpon, Cobia, Snook, Redfish, and trout.
With Captain Mark as your fishing guide, you will enjoy all that our beautiful bay has to offer. A day fishing includes beautiful back country flats fishing and wildlife vieiwing opportunities such as dolphin, manatee, and rosette spoonbills nestled in the mangroves of Tampa Bay.
Best of all, having a boat and/or fancy equipment is not a requirement for catching redfish, snook, and trout… all you need is the motivation to simply get out there along with a lure or two that you feel confident in using…
If you’re not happy with the amount of quality redfish, snook, and trout that you’re catching per trip, then you should join our “Inshore Slammer” family because you’ll quickly learn how to consistently catch slams throughout the entire year… even without using any live bait.
Captain Matt Santiago is a Full Time Guide and was born and raised on the waters of Tampa Bay. He is also the founder of the Tampa Bay Fishing Guide Association. With over 20 years experience fishing local waters, both inshore and offshore, his angling knowledge and skill have been proven by several first place and top five finishes in some of the area’s largest fishing tournaments. A Tampa Bay Fishing Charter with Captain Matt is an experience you will never forget.
Tampa Bay during the spring time will still see those tailing Red’s in the flats, but with the addition of big Red’s throw in the mix. Catching Snook becomes more common, and Seatrout will still be lurking actively in the grass flats. Also, Cobia will begin to appear during the migration.
If you have never tried snook fishing, now’s your chance. FWC restrictions on snook fishing season in Florida for 2017 have been lifted, so it’s the perfect time to schedule a trip to go snook fishing in Tampa Bay. Through May 1st, 2017, the season is open: make some new memories while casting your line at some snook. After that, your next shot will be in late fall – so get out there ASAP!
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.
When storing your motor for a long period oftime (for example, at the end of the boating season), it is recommended that you take yourmotor to your authorized Suzuki Marine Dealer.However, if you choose to prepare the motor forstorage yourself, follow the procedure outlinedbelow:
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.)
Description: long, slim fish with broad depressed head; lower jaw projects past upper jaw; dark lateral stripe extends through eye to tail; first dorsal fin comprised of 7 to 9 free spines; when young, has conspicuous alternating black and white horizontal stripes.
The weather is warming up and the abundance of sunshine makes it ideal for sight fishing. You never know what’s crushing the flats! Look for Jack, Redfish, and Tarpon. Sheepshead is in full swing this month to fill the freezers.
Spending a day on the water catching fish and having fun is one of the best ways to make an enduring memory. At Captain John O’Hanlon Fishing Expeditions, we are proud to offer a variety of fishing expeditions suited to the needs of all anglers. Whatever your fishing charter needs, we can help.
The latest in Tampa Bay fishing reports from Captain Steve Betz. Spending hundreds days per year on the waters of Tampa, Captain Steve has some great insight to share about this fishery. You can browse both current and historical data for this fishery right from this page.
St. Pete Beach Fishing Charter Spring Fishing Report – Spring is here in St. Pete Beach and that means fishing is heating up! The cold fronts have stopped coming through for the most part and we have set record high air temps in February. Those warm air temps have let our water temps creep back up and more…
Steady Action Fishing Charters has dedicated services just for those who wish to charter fish in Tampa Bay. We offer everything from inshore sight fishing to battling with the Megalops (tarpon). Captain Jason Prieto is a local guide who shares his expertise locally on the Tampa Fishing Outfitters LIVE Fishing Report, as well as with all of his clients. He is truly dedicated to this fishery, and is the best option for your next Tampa fishing charter.
Captain Jason Dozier has also spared no expense when it comes to the gear in your hands, but more importantly he is a native guide who will do whatever it takes to get you on the fish with the local knowledge to make it happen. Your fishing charter experience with him will be nothing short of epic.
Captain Dave runs a 26’ foot Gause Built Boat that will fish 6 anglers comfortably. 26 feet of open fishing space, a 9 foot of beam, wide, high gunnels, custom 14’ tower with 16 rod holders, twin 10 foot PowerPole shallow water anchors, high end fishing equipment, and a dry ride! Versatility, comfort, quality and safety at its finest!
InShore Tampa Bay Fishing Charters, centered in St. Petersburg, is a fishing charter company serving clients from all over the area. Customers who sign up for InShore Tampa Bay Fishing Charters will receive, included in the price of the package, Florida State fishing licenses, rod and reel set-ups, live and artificial baits, and safety equipment. Captain Lee Blick is a native Floridian, who grew up fishing in Tampa Bay.