Undoubtedly a skinny-water favorite, the resident Redfish is happy to chase down a plug any day of the year. With unparalleled stamina and a reel-smoking tenacity, Redfish is certainly the king of Tampa Bay flats.
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.
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Tampa Bay Fishing waters come in from several locations creating a dynamic inshore fishery. The tidal flows and water flows come together to create amazing differences in the sea floor. At the same time this mix of currents and tides create a highly active fishery with “fish highways.”
Clearwater Beach fishing has been good just before I left I was catching good numbers of redfish and trout. When I got back mid month we got right back to it with Redfish, Trout, Snook, mackerel, jacks, and many more species fishing the deep grass flats just inside Clearwater harbor and up around St. Joesph sound in Dunedin. Live sardine have been key to our success and they have been abundant, but small. We have even done a couple fly fishing trips lately, and we had no issues catching plenty of fish on the fly! If you want to do a fly trip just let me know.
Tampa Bay fishing hotspots don’t end with saltwater. The Tampa area has some of the most productive inland lakes and rivers. Whenever you are done with fighting Tarpon on the bay, head to a local lake for Largemouth Bass. Or just explore the Tampa fishing piers!
“I fished with Captain Jason and can’t say enough good things about him. Jason was timely, professional, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. We caught a nice amount of fish and Jason took us to different areas to target the fish we wanted to catch.”
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…
Captain Andy and Captain Ollie were fantastic! We were so excited to experience deep sea fishing and they helped make the experience worth while. We caught several difference fish including a handful of sharks! They were knowledgeable of the water and where the best spots to catch fish were. Our family day trip for 5 was an amazing adventure and a fantastic experience. I would highly recommend anyone who lives in the area or is visiting Florida make time for these guys! They do an incredible job and you are guaranteed to catch some fish. At the end of the trip Captain Ollie cleaned our fish for us and we were able to eat our catch(es) of the day at Ricky’s. The experience was one to remember! Thank you to both guys for a successful day on the water!M MJ Boyce
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.
Born in Ybor City, Florida; and raised fishing the Back Country of Tampa Bay. At a young age, and under the guidance of his Grandfather, Capt. Blick learned everything there was to know about fish, and fishing. Capt. Blick spent countless hours fishing the waters of Tampa bay, and other Florida river’s, Lake’s, and anything he can cast a line into; He is a Born Fisherman . Capt. Lee has participated in Florida CCA Tournaments for many years, as well as participating as a Captain in the St. Jude’s Tournament, Mercury Grand Slam, Tampa Bay Builders Association, YMCA Flats Fishing Classic, Outback Fishing Challenge, and The Andy Brown Memorial Rough Riders Fishing Tournament.
Capt Steve hit the spots where the fish were. We probably caught about 30 fish total – trout, ladyfish, sheepshead etc… with 6 keepers. He does everything and is a very good captain. I Highly recommend his service, the trip was very enjoyable. I certainly…More
When it comes to your Tampa fishing charter guide, no one can beat Capt. John O’Hanlon. With more than 30 years of experience on the water, Capt. John has the knowledge needed to serve as your offshore fishing, inshore fishing or flats fishing guide. He has piloted both large and small vessels for himself and other charter operators. Capt. John lives on the water and has extensive knowledge of how weather and water conditions affect fishing.
Spotted sea trout feed mainly on crabs, menhaden, shrimp, mullet and anchovies. Good fishing for spotted sea trout can be found near the mouth of Tampa Bay around Fort DeSoto during the summer months. The best fishing is at dawn or dusk.
Inshore Snook, Redfish, and Trout have all been caught on recent fishing charters. Snook season is open and we have been catching slot fish. Snook slot size is 28″-33″. Redfish are getting caught on most charter. We have been free lining live sardines around oyster beds, and cut baiting around docks with good success. fishing is also getting better by the day, and the size of the fish are increasing as they come in from offshore and gather in shallows.
Stay dialed-in to what’s biting in Tampa Bay! Capt. Travis Yaeckel, Capt. Jason Prieto, Capt. Ric Liles, & Danny Guarino bring you the full report each week. Listen every Sunday Morning 8-9am on 1040AM ESPN Sports Talk Radio. Watch LIVE on Facebook and YouTube every Wednesday 6-7pm. Or download the podomatic app on your phone or tablet and listen anytime. Search “ Tampa Fishing Outfitters Radio Show “ to follow us and find current and past shows.
The time for a Springtime fishing charters Tampa Bay is now! Its almost as if someone flipped a switch and we went from full blown winter to spring in a matter of a few days. January 2018 one one of the coldest months we have…
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.
Capt. Steve has lived in Tampa since 1969. He relocated to Tampa at the young age of 9 years old along with his mother, father and 5 brothers and sisters. Steve’s passion for fishing started at a young age fishing the local ponds, lakes and rivers. I the early 80’s Steve was introduced to the world of Snook fishing. Snook fishing was like no other he had done and he quickly became addicted to the salt.
Leading the team at A-Wake N’ Drag Fishing Charters is Captain Greg Doherty, a full-time fishing guide who has been serving local clients for over a decade. Sailing on the Gulf of Mexico, Mr. Doherty has caught a tremendous array of fish species, including snook, redfish, trout, flounder, black drums, cobia, snapper, grouper, kingfish, Spanish mackerel, and tarpon. Clients speak highly of Captain Greg for his formidable knowledge of the best local fishing spots, as well as his patient, easygoing attitude.
Warm Temps has fired off the bite in Tampa Bay – Welcome, fellow anglers to Rivers to Bay’s Fishing Report Page. It’s been unusually warm for February even breaking some records. The fish are already in their Spring patterns, and that means the fishing is red hot. Snook fishing has been very good more…
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.
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