Captain Brian Mathey is the owner and operator of Clearwater Fishing Charters, LLC, a Palm Harbor fishing charter service launching from all over North Pinellas County. Mr. Mathey pilots a 22-foot vessel with plenty of dry storage and three “live wells,” stocked with plentiful live bait. He is a lifelong resident of the Tampa Bay area who received his Captain’s license in 2005 and has been taking clients fishing ever since.
Jon, It was my pleasure to take you and the rest of the group fishing. It was a fun group charter event. I know all of the other Captains did well with there customers and I was happy I could put this event together for…More
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.
I put together this Insider Report from a trip to Picnic Island just a couple weeks ago. You’ll see where a lot of snook and some quality redfish were holding in this post: https://www.saltstrong.com/insiders/insider-exclusive-content/2-days-full-moon-3-days-front-picnic-island-trip-2/
The next thing that can help is to slow down your presentation, which in will turn keep your lure or bait in the strike zone longer. Since the fish don’t want to expend a lot of energy and burn up oxygen, a well-placed, slow-moving bait will help.
Tampa fishing charters for redfish, snook, tarpon, and other Tampa Bay species. Our inshore fishing charters are family friendly and we offer a variety of trips for all ages. We are a Christian owned and operated company.
Spring in February – Spring has arrived early and we’re glad to see the water temperatures out of the 50’s. Bait is thick and gamefish are a lot more active. The trout bite has been on fire with 17 to 22 inchers being the average size fish. White bait has been the g more…
When you are looking for Tampa Fishing Charters inshore fishing action in the Tampa Bay area, you need look no further. Capt. Jim is a native-born guide who has put his 20 years of knowledge and … Learn more about Capt. Jim
“Always study the bottom on your fish finder when running to and from the grounds, and even when fishing. You will discover new spots this way. When I see an interesting area, I save it in my GPS. It’s these little finds that often pay big dividends, as they’re not likely pressured like the more heralded spots. I also want to know what the ocean features are like, i.e. temperature breaks, rips, etc. I want to immerse myself with the workings of the environment. You need to get in a fish’s head.”
There are plenty of captains willing to clean and fillet the fish for you following the trip. Unlike Tarpon, Reds make for a delicious table fare. In fact, many of the local restaurants will be more than happy to cook your catch. How’s that for a fresh lunch?
A 1⁄4-ounce jig set through the tail of a live shrimp and hopped across the bottom will turn up a diverse selection of bridge residents including redfish, flounder, cobia, sheepshead, black drum, gag grouper, mangrove snapper and juvenile tarpon. Probably the most popular jigging target in local waters is the pompano. Species-specific jigs such as Doc’s Goofy style or small, round-head bucktails tempt the golden nuggets.
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…
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.
Night fishing is always a bonus, as bridge lights attract baitfish, which draw in predators. From June through October, tarpon patrol the shadowlines of most Tampa Bay bridges and anglers drifting live baitfish or accurately casting MirrOlures, D.O.A. Baitbusters and swimbaits will put a few nocturnal ‘poons in the air.
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
A-Wake N’ Drag Fishing Charters with Captain Greg Doherty is located in the heart of one of the most versatile estuaries in the world on the pristine waters of the Tampa Bay Florida area. From chasing tailing schools of over slot redfish on the grass flats, combing the beaches for the prized tarpon aka “silver king”, or stealthily approaching lunker snook along the mangrove shorelines, you are sure to have a safe, fun filled day on the water catered to your personal desires.
Captain Betz – Flats and Bay Fishing Charters are the Best… My friends and I come down from Atlanta each year for the Falcons vs Bucs for football, golf, and fishing. Besides the game, fishing with Captain Betz is the highlight of our trip. Not…More
• Ready To Run: If you’re targeting the bridge big boys—tarpon, sharks, cobia—you may have to run down a hefty fish. You may not have time to pull anchor, so rig a float to your anchor line and simply uncleat the rope and toss the whole deal overboard when go-time arises. After the fight, return to your float and retie your anchor line at your original position.
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.
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.
Night fishing is great for targeting Tarpon around bridges or chasing after Snook underneath the dock lights. Either way, a demand for this fishing niche has been welcomed by light tackle and fly fishermen alike.
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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.
Swift Fish is a Tampa business that gives fishing guide services to local clients. Tim Whitfield, the company’s owner and Captain, is a third-generation Floridian, who grew up fishing in ponds, lakes, and creeks in Pasco County before moving onto the flats of Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay. He has been writing articles for the publication Onshore Offshore for over nine years.
Trout Picking Up. Redfish returning. – Quite quickly, temperatures went from unseasonably cold to unseasonably warm. In just a few short weeks, inshore water temps have moved almost 15 degrees and are currently closing in on the 70 degree mark. Logic would say that fishing must be impro more…