Some of the common types of saltwater fish sought out by anglers are bluefish, bonefish, cobia, cod, flounder, grouper, halibut, jewfish, kingfish, mackerel, marlin, pacific yellowtail, redfish, sailfish, sea trout, sharks, snapper, snook, striped bass, tarpon and tuna. The type of fishing tackle used can vary based on the species of fish the angler is trying to catch. Saltwater fishing charters are a billion dollar industry in tourist areas. In fact, if you’re new to saltwater fishing, a charter is a great way to get some experience and learn some tips from a professional saltwater fishermen. While they can be a little expensive, you could get a bunch of your buddies to go on a trip so you can all split the cost.
Anglers either use an uptide rod between 9 and 10 feet in length to cast from the boat or a shorter downtide rod between 6 and 8 feet. Lines are usually between 18 pounds and 50 pounds breaking strain dependent on the species of fish being targeted. Reels are usually multipliers, although fixed spool reels are being used more and more. Baits are similar to those used for beach and rock fishing except they are often larger since larger fish are targeted. The species will include all the beach species, but now also include big conger eels and small sharks like tope and smoothhound.
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Specializing in light tackle, trolling, and bottom fishing in search of Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout, Cobia, Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish, Shark and Mackerel among many other species on beautiful and abundant Tampa Bay, Florida.
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.
“I have been out on a charter with Captain Jason several times this year. Have to say his Knowledge of the water ways is second to none. We Always come home with a boat full of fish & memories that will last a lifetime. I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a fishing charter.”
The Skyway is not the only place for boat-less souls to land a fish. There is good wade fishing leading up to the bridge, as well as the areas around the Courtney Campbell Causeway and the Gandy Bridge. Fort De Soto Park has good wade fishing, as well as two piers. The Redington Long Pier off Redington Beach has been a go-to spot for pier fishermen for over 50 years.
Cpt Steve is friendly, kind and experienced. He’ll put you right on the fish and makes the trip enjoyable regardless of the catches. Great for couples, families or friends. Caight redfish, snook, catfish, trout, ladyfish and an awesome kack crevalle in just half a day….More
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.
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.
Spring break and is winding down on St Pete beach right now, but the fishing remains really good. We’ve caught snook trout and redfish fishing inshore and kings grouper and cobia on the offshore fishing charters. Some of the best trout fishing I’ve had was in early March. Several giant trout were caught. Most of […]
August Fishing Charter Report for Clearwater beach, Tampa bay, and St.Pete beach has had steady action of Snook, Snapper, Sharks, and Redfish! Redfish have made quite an appearance this month for many charters guest while fishing the morning high tides. Snapper have been the targets for anglers looking to keep a few fish for dinner, and snook have provide great catch and release action.
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. Trout 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.
• 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.
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Captain Ryan, who leads FishTaxi Charters, is a Coast Guard licensed fishing charter expert, with more than 25 years of experience leading passengers on charter trips. He can help clients catch red snapper, kingfish, grouper, mackerel, amberjack, and mahi-mahi, among other species. Customers may select from full-day trips, of eight hours, or half-day trips, of five or six hours. Especially dedicated fishing enthusiasts may be interested in FishTaxi Charter’s 10-hour extended trips.
Throughout most of the year, the species are caught in very shallow grass flats, up to 3ft. deep. Even though most fisheries go in deep hibernation during the winter months, the tailing Reds of Tampa Bay remain very much active. That said, they usually migrate to deeper waters at this time, normally between 4 and 8 feet.
The weather is outstanding and even a few days of winds can’t spoil it. Make Snook your main target this month, but don’t forget about Trout and Redfish of all sizes. Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, and Blackfin Tuna start to show up offshore.
At the end of the day, fishing in Tampa Bay is always more than just the sum of its parts. The bay supports a vibrant ecosystem abundant with wildlife, endemic species and all sorts of unique natural wonders.
Watch Your Leader – If you’re using a leader then it’s important to keep an eye on the knot area of where your line is tied to your leader. This area and about a foot or two above it tends to get damaged pretty quickly, especially if you’re surf fishing. You’ll want to cut off any bad or frayed areas and retie your leader. Don’t lose a big monster catch because you were too lazy to check your leader knot. And also make sure to use a quality leader, we recommend the Seaguar Blue Label Fluorocarbon Leader.
October is one of the best months for fishing here in the Clearwater beach, St.Pete beach, Tampa bay area. Everything is biting and the weather is Great!!! Inshore fishing Snook, Redfish, Trout and many more biting, nearshore the Kingfish and Mackerel are running.
It was a great time Scott! Thank you for coming and thank you for the review. I hope I will be able to take you on another Tampa Fishing Charter in the future. Capt. Steve Betz Tampa Flats and Bay Fishing Charters
We went on a four hour charter with captain Anthony. We hit up some docks and a reef in the bay. Caught so many sheepshead! Captain Anthony was awesome to fish with. He was very kind and easy to talk …to. Due to the cold snap we had to reschedule our trip but they were awesome about finding a day that was best for us and worked for them. Highly recommend using these guys for a charter. See More
Offshore fishing charters typically depart from St Petersburg and Clearwater. These trips offer a unique opportunity to leave the coastline behind and explore the notorious Gulf of Mexico. Game fish aplenty in the waters of the Gulf, with its countless wrecks, reefs, ledges, hard bottoms and copious weed lines.
The Teramar rod series was created for anglers from two very different locations: the Southeast and the West Coast. As a result, we built two unique series in one. Southeastern anglers will find perfect rods for plug casting for snook, spinning on the flats or tarpon fishing under passes. West Coast anglers have an array of rods that includes trigger-stick casting rods for swim baits and jig sticks.
While browsing the site, take a moment to view our Tampa fishing photo gallery, where you’ll see some of the many species of fish our fishing charter customers have recently caught. We’ve also included some Tampa area information, as well as fishing articles, and Tampa fishing regulations.
Later in the coming month, tides heights will start to improve. This, coupled with warming waters, will improve local redfishing. With fish still wanting to get warmer, look for them around oyster bars on the higher tides as well as up on the flats in areas with potholes during the warmer parts of the day. Until cold leaves for good, generally around the middle of March, redfish will respond best to crustaceans such as shrimp. When the warm settles in, they’ll eat just about anything.
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