Fishing without a boat generally means staying dry by fishing from a pier. There are plenty of places to do that in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area; some of the better-known ones are the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier, Redington Beach Long Pier, Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach (located on the beach named USA Today’s “Best Beach Town in Florida” in 2013) and the Gulf Pier and Bay Pier at Fort De Soto Park.
St.Pete Beach has also been providing similar action to Clearwater beach, and the Redfish have been providing consistent action for charter trips we have done lately. St. Pete is a great area to fish out of because of the action at the mouth of the bay which means every fish that goes in and out of the bay have to pass St.Pete beach going between Egmount Key and Ft.Desoto Park, if you would like to fish any of these areas specifically just let me know.
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.
Join Captain Mark for a great day of fishing! Whether you are an experienced angler or a novice, you will enjoy an exciting, fun, action-filled fishing charter. Tampa Bay is home to many species of fish including snook, redfish, trout, mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel, tarpon, pompano, and cobia.
Sheepshead have already started to infiltrate the flats, shell bottom creeks, canals, and rivers. Most of the fish that we have been seeing are on the smaller side, but normally this means that the deeper rock piles and edges will be holding the big ones. The two locally known reefs, “Bahia Beach & Port Manatee” are great places to start looking for the bigger convicts. Deep water canals and bridges will also be holding them. Look for oysters or rocks and focus on fishing around structure. As far as the rig goes, I like about 24” of 15-20lb Ohero fluorocarbon leader paired with a No. 1 live bait hook. Depending on the depth and current, I will use Joyfish Split Shot weights to gently get the bait to the bottom. Live or cut pieces of Shrimp will work just fine, or if you can get some fiddler crabs they can’t resist them. The key to catching Sheepshead is “feeling” the bite. They are known for eating the bait right off the hook. Unless they are pretty excited, the bite is fairly soft and gentle. I always tell my clients, “If you think you got a bite, you did – Set the hook!” Once hooked, they are feisty fish and have tremendous power for their size. Sheepshead must be at least 12” total length to harvest, the bag limit is 15 per person, and they provide excellent table fair.
For diverse fishing opportunities, you can’t beat Fort DeSoto County Park. Start with the Gulf Pier stretching more than 1,000 feet into the Bay near the open waters of the Gulf. A strong tidal current attracts bait fish, which in turn bring in the big fish — everything from king mackerel to tarpon and sharks. (You’re also likely to see at least a couple of dolphin frolicking nearby.)
Tampa Bay fishing has also been steady with anglers catching Snook, Snapper, and trout while fishing out of the Gandy boat Ramp. Snook are still out of season but are awesome to target for hard pulling runs, and there wild jumps! Snapper are hanging around the bridge and we have been catching them during the slower tide periods. Trout have been tearing up the bait fish school over the grass flats and some days it can be almost every cast!!
I am planning a family vacation to Tampa in November so I have been researching the shallow water fishing in the area. I love to wade fish and your site has the best information. Are there any safety concerns that a new person should be aware of? Thanks for the wonderful site.
With no cold fronts rolling into the bay area soon, it also means water temperatures are on the rise to the mid 70s. That has the bite fired up inshore and nearshore. Snook fishing is on fire with these warmer temperatures at night. We’ve been findin…
For anglers, this means that Tampa Bay is one of the most productive fisheries in the State. Housing over 200 species of fish, prime habitat, diversified ecological structures, temperate climate, and a plethora of baitfish, Tampa Bay is also a year round active fishery.
Capt Oliver knows how to fish the Tampa Bay! He was on time, his boat was clean, organized and working great. He put us right on the fish. I look forward to going out again for another day of fishing! T. Burton
St.Pete Beach fishing has been providing plenty of action for anglers visiting this area. Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, trout, and sharks have all been around and willing to bite over the last few weeks. Tarpon fishing is starting to get good, the fish were a little late this year, but they are finally here and the bite is getting better daily. Tarpon fishing trips are limited to only one trip per day as it is a full day charter. Snook, Redfish, and Trout are also providing a steady bite on the inshore flats around ft.desoto park. Live sardine have been abundant and the fish are willing to strike. If you have kids the small sharks have been around they they loving them! Give me a call if you want to get out
Since this was my first time fishing this area, I really didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. There is a wide variety of fish, and they are EVERYWHERE. I don’t know how the rest of the year is, but March 2018 was a fantastic trip for me. I caught 20 fish in a 4-hour charter, including four different kinds of fish, and I just finished dinner made from part of my catch.
Clearwater Beach Fishing Inshore this month has produced lots of Spotted Sea Trout, a few Redfish, and a some snook. Live Shrimp has been the bait of choice, but Sardines are starting to show back up. Mackerel and King Fish should be right behind them. Spring Fishing is here and the fishing is going to be outstanding, and the weather will be phenomenal! If you are looking to book a trip please give me a call, text, or email asap as booking are already becoming limited 727-831-0111. – Capt.Jared
Enjoy a fishing experience in one of the best fisheries in florida like no other. Captain Eli knows all the local hot spots from fishing 300+ days year. We are kid friendly and great for family adventures. All you’re going to have to do is relax and have a great time fishing. On a typical day we catch anywhere from 4-8 different species of fish but we can target certain fish if you’d like to choose one of our guided fishing trips. You will never need a fishing license when in the boat fishing with Captain Eli. Stop by our “what’s biting” page and see what we’ve been up to recently. To book your very own fishing adventure please call us anytime or fill out the form on this page to get started.
Tampa Bay has had a great Snapper and Snook bite with a few mackerel and sharks being caught as well. Snapper fishing around the bay bridges and public reefs around near Down town St.Pete or off Macdill air force base have been providing plenty of snapper over the 10” keeper size limit, and for there size these fish pull hard! Snook fishing in the bay has been decent, but not crazy good. Most of the fish have been in the mid 20” range. For the anglers wanting sharks there have been a good number of sharks patrolling the bait schools throughout the bay.
December Fishing Report for the Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, St.Pete Beach, and Tampa Bay Area. We have been targeting Trout, Redfish, and Snook for most of December with good results. Live shrimp, Sardines, and Artificial lures have been working. Most days we are just doing half day charters, but a few anglers have been doing full days. Here are some pics from recently.
The real fun occurred when we noticed several brown figures darting through our chumline. Rogers flipped out a pinfish with an ounce sinker and brought a short cobia to the boat fairly quickly, but previous success on this spot told him the real talent had yet to take the stage. We left the rod with a freelined pinner in the transom rod holder and five minutes back into the snapper deal, that big rod doubled with a 25-pounder.
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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.
Just as we chronicled the Average Angler’s quest to complete the elusive Florida Bass Slam, we would also like to see your best bass catches. Send us pictures of you and your best catches we’ll showcase them right here!
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 Captain Lee Blick a call, and Book your Charter of a Lifetime today!
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.
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.
Capt. John O’Hanlon and crew are dedicated to providing the best possible charter fishing experience in the Tampa Bay, FL, area. We offer half, three-quarter and full-day expeditions for up to four people. If this is your first fishing expedition, we’ll be happy to help you pick the type of trip that will provide you with the best first experience: offshore fishing, inshore fishing or flats fishing. Of course, we also cater to the needs of experienced fishermen and fisherwomen. Bait, tackle, licenses, and cleaning and packaging of your fish is included in the price of your expedition.
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.
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
Dos Hombres – John’s Pass Fishing Charters, in Madeira Beach, is a Tampa Metro area fishing charter service. The boat is 30 feet long and 12 feet wide, made in 2000 by Island Hopper. It cruises at 23 knots and includes spacious seating, under a large canvas top that protects passengers from the sun. Captain Anthony and his team win high praise from past clients for their friendly attitudes and their familiarity with the best fishing spots.
On a particularly good year, the season can last up to 7-8 months. As any angler half worth his bait knows, that’s hardly standard for any Tarpon fishery. Does someone you care about suffer from a seemingly unbreakable ‘Tarpon curse’? Bring him to Tampa Bay. He should be completely cured within a day or two.
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.)
“It’s really relaxing to come out here and fish,” said Jamie Messina, 42, of Tampa. “It’s nice coming out here at night when the lights are on and you have the view of the city. You can catch jacks and angel fish. I’ve even seen some small hammerhead (sharks) caught here.”
May Fishing Charter Report for Clearwater Beach, Tampa Bay, and St.Pete Beach area. Inshore and Nearshore the fish are biting!! Inshore Snook, Redfish, Trout, and Finally the Tarpon are all biting. Nearshore Snapper, Sharks, and Permit are around.