Tampa Flats and Bay Fishing Charters, based in Tampa, provides people from the area with in-shore and offshore fishing experiences. The company includes a single captain, Steve Betz, who spends more than 200 days per year navigating the Tampa Bay’s waters. Mr. Betz, who has been saltwaterfishing for over three decades, earns praise from passengers for providing fishers of all ages and skill levels with a fun, rewarding experience.
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!
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.
Tampa Bay’s Snook and Redfish bite has been has hot! Inside the bay snook are bunching back up for the spawn, and the redfish are schooled up as well make for some fun fishing. Snook have been averaging anywhere from 20”-30” with a few large biting as well. Redfish have been top of the slot size 27” or even as large as 36” and we are catching them in shallow water 2′ or less. Live bait and Cut bait have both been working well. Trout fishing has also be outstanding, and getting a for a fresh fish dinner hasn’t been a problem.
Fishing is the most popular recreational pastime in America; it boasts more active enthusiasts than golf, tennis and sailing combined. Saltwater fishing alone draws in nearly 25 million participants nationwide in a single year. Whether it be trolling offshore for big tuna, drifting across a placid bay for flounder or fishing the skinny water of the intertidal flats for redfish and trout, the plurality of venues and fish species available to saltwater anglers can seem virtually endless.
In Tampa Bay Tarpon fishing has been good for smaller tarpon in the 5-20lb range. Live bait has been what we have mainly been fishing with, but these are awesome fish for the 8 weight fly rod and a small popper fly. We have been also been catching mangrove snapper in the bay, and these fish are excellent table fair. While they are on smaller side (10”-16”) they are abundant and they do put up a decent fight for there size. The snapper bag limit is 5 fish per person. Black Drum have also made a good showing in the TampaBay and there have been a few schools with 100-500 fish in the school. The black drum are Huge and will really test your tackle.
Captain Steve Betz offers Tampa Inshore Fishing Charters targeting all of the coveted inshore species that Tampa Bay has to offer. Whether looking for a day of easy fishing or stalking the shallows for sight fishing opportunities, Flats and Bay Tampa Fishing Charters has you covered!
The longevity and success of my business was built on repeat clientele and referrals. Please take a moment and read through a couple of my testimonials to see what they say. Fish with me once, and you’re hooked!
We have Good Size Red Grouper Located! And nobody can catch HogFish like the boys at Island Lure! So if you want to get on some quality fish, please book your dates. We have also been catching LOTS of Mango Snapper, Kingfish, Macks, Cobia and Amberjack. Be sure to book your full day charter and get in on the action! AND DON’T FORGET – We can ship your catch back home for you! If you’re not interested in Table Fare and Sport Fishing is your thing, we can target BIG, BACK BREAKING, REEF DONKEY AMBERJACK instead!
Today my girlfriend and I went on a fishing trip with Captain Anthony and Joey, it was a gift for her birthday. Both were great guys and gave us a true quality experience. It was a new experience for …both of us. My girlfriend reeled in 2 sharks and a pufferfish. I caught 2 mackerel and a cobia. The cobia was actually Captain Anthony’s line but he gave it to me when it hooked so I could bring him in. Then they even filleted and bagged the fish for us to take home. We took them to a restaurant to eat fresh. Perfect day thanks to Pocket Change Inshore Fishing Charters See More
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
The Compre series of inshore rods is a complete line of spinning and casting rods created for the angler chasing Redfish, Trout, Snook, and Tarpon. These rods were created to throw lures, and fight the fish that eat them. Compre rods are constructed with IM-9 blanks and and Fuji Aluminum Oxide guides, Shimano Reel Seats and Grade A cork handles for all day durability in any conditions.