Lower Tampa Bay around the Clam Bar on the Pinellas side is notorious for holding some monster black drum that begin moving into the bay over the next couple of months. Many of these breeders range up into the 50-plus pound bracket. Due to their size, stout rods and line are advised in order to land these beasts. Like the sheepshead, these fish will take a shrimp tipped jig. A bag limit of five fish per person between 14 and 24-inches may be kept and one of these five may be over 24-inches. Black drum over the maximum size begin holding more parasitic worms. While they may be harmless to ingest when cooked properly, some feel that they aren’t very appetizing. Boat docks in Sarasota Bay are great spots to find black drum as well.
Your typical Tampa Bay fishing trip can begin with casting jigs, live bait, and crank bait around the various bridges that traverse the bay. Fishing there can be rewarded with the famous bait stealer, Mangrove Snapper, which also live around docks, seawalls, and rock piles. Tampa is home to a myriad of charter boats. Whether are looking for a fun day out with your friends and family or for a corporate outing, there are dozens of packages available for you. Go for light tackle action for Redfish, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, Snook, and Trout, catch Tarpon on a fly. Bottom fish for Grouper, tasty Snapper or Amberjack. Enjoy trolling offshore for Wahoo and Mahi-Mahi. Whichever trip you have in mind, you will be able to make a great catch possible.
Tampa Bay Florida and the surrounding waters of the Gulf of Mexico provide anglers with a tremendous variety of fish species in one of the United States best vacation destinations. Tampa Bay Charter’s goal is to provide reliable, detailed information for the fisherman in the family so that they can make the most of their time in the area.
Description: long, slim fish with broad depressed head; lower jaw projects past upper jaw; dark lateral stripe extends through eye to tail; first dorsal fin comprised of 7 to 9 free spines; when young, has conspicuous alternating black and white horizontal stripes.
Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest open-water estuary, extending over 400 square miles and forming coastlines of Hillsborough, Manatee and Pinellas counties. The freshwater sources of the bay are distributed among over a hundred small tributaries, rather than a single river. The bay bottom is silty and sandy, with an average water depth of only about 12 feet.
Cristian was born in Havana, Cuba in 1988, then moved to Tampa, Florida where he was raised walking distance from Upper Tampa Bay. There his father helped him discover a love for fishing that would last a lifetime. Cristian fished the area until he knew every creek, oyster bar, and channel but, most importantly where the fish would stage up during tidal change. One of his favorite places to fish is Double Branch Park, this area offers great site fishing opportunities for Snook, Redfish and Speckled Trout using fly or spinning set ups.
Steady Action Fishing Charters has dedicated services just for those who wish to charter fish in Tampa Bay. We offer everything from inshore sight fishing to battling with the Megalops (tarpon). Captain Jason Prieto is a local guide who shares his expertise locally on the Tampa Fishing Outfitters LIVE Fishing Report, as well as with all of his clients. He is truly dedicated to this fishery, and is the best option for your next Tampa fishing charter.
Captain Matt Santiago is a Full Time Guide and was born and raised on the waters of Tampa Bay. He is also the founder of the Tampa Bay Fishing Guide Association. With over 20 years experience fishing local waters, both inshore and offshore, his angling knowledge and skill have been proven by several first place and top five finishes in some of the area’s largest fishing tournaments. A Tampa Bay Fishing Charter with Captain Matt is an experience you will never forget.
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!
When the fish are thick, tip a bare jig with a live fiddler crab and it’s pompano fireworks. Pomps may bite one-here-one-there, but more often than not, you’ll have to search several pilings to find the mother lode. Do your looking with jigs and hit the school with fiddlers.
Fintastic Fishing Charters is a Madeira Beach company that leads Tampa area passengers on offshore fishing expeditions. The company’s vessel, which is 34 feet long, meets or exceeds each of the Coast Guard’s safety standards. It is equipped with type-one life jackets, a raft, an electronic monitoring system, a first-aid kit, and a satellite telephone, among other safety features. Interested potential clients may quickly schedule an appointment through the company’s online scheduling system.
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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Non Stop Fishing Charters is a St. Pete Beach fishing charter service providing separate service packages for catching tarpon, snook, redfish, and trout. Additionally, the company offers families a “Take the Kids Fishing” option. Captain Kevin Walton is a sixth-generation Floridian with considerable experience in back-country fishing, flats fishing, and beach fishing. He earned his license in 2001 and has since then been running charters with fishers of all ages and experience levels.
‘Secrets of the Bay’ is a mini-series which runs intermittently throughout the regular Average Angler seasons. Each episode highlights historical elements of specific places, towns and landmarks around Tampa Bay.
There are shallow flats, and miles of peaceful back-country which are the breeding grounds of most game fish. You can target schools of Redfish roaming the flats, Trout feeding in the miles of healthy sea grass, Tarpon Rolling along the bridges and passes throughout the bay, or Snook lying in the miles of undeveloped Mangroves lining Tampa Bay.
Further defining the proximity variables, a recent trip with Capt. Chuck Rogers of Tampa found us hovering under the Gandy and pulling a few mangrove snapper from the pilings. When the action slowed, we moved outside and did the anchor-and-chum routine. Rogers noted the wisdom of fanning a bridge section to locate the sweet spot. Once we dialed in the spot, several keeper mangos hit the ice.
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
My brother and I took a charter with Captain Greg Doherty this past Wednesday. It was the best fishing trip I have ever taken. Captain Greg had us on fish early and often. He knew exactly what the fish were going to do and when they were going to do it! It was almost surreal as he knew exactly where to be and where to put the bait. We caught so many fish that my brother and I lost track of the final number. Greg’s accomplished fishing skills are only secondary to his great personality. I’ve been on charters where the captain makes you feel uncomfortable or inadequate because you aren’t an experienced saltwater fisherman. Captain Greg demonstrated patience and a desire to actually teach rather than judge. He is a guy that truly gets a kick out of watching you catch fish and makes the trip an enjoyable experience. I had an awesome trip and hope to book another charter with Captain Greg Doherty in the future.
Awesome video! Damn dude, you really got me considering picking up a paddle board. I like the idea of having the higher vantage point. Most of the areas I fish in are so shallow and sometimes I feel like I’m spooking fish away before I have a chance to spot them. I always wondered how stable those paddle boards are. I weigh about 230 and don’t know how I’m going to avoid losing my balance if I hook a big ol’ snook. ha
Tampa Bay is an exciting fishery. There is no doubt that Captain Steve Betz and his 20+ years experience on these waters will put you on the fish. He offers years of Tampa Bay fishing reports here on his site. The data here can help increase your chances to land fish while on the water. Given that the reports come often and are seasonally based, studying the historical data here can become an asset you will wonder how you fished without.
Spending a day on the water catching fish and having fun is one of the best ways to make an enduring memory. At Captain John O’Hanlon Fishing Expeditions, we are proud to offer a variety of fishing expeditions suited to the needs of all anglers. Whatever your fishing charter needs, we can help.
Tampa Bay has an overall average depth of 12 feet, but this is broken up by huge natural grass flats for prime sight fishing opportunities, as well as deeper channels that house much larger inshore gamefish.
Bounty Hunter Florida Sport Fishing Charters & Guide Service Inc., in Clearwater, gives fishing charter services to Tampa Metro area clients. Light tackle and fly fishing options are available, and the company’s owner and Captain, Robert McCue, will take passengers through Tampa Bay and other waters in the area. Members of the Bounty Hunter Florida Sport Fishing Charters & Guide Service Inc. have broken Eight International Game Fish Association World Records. Mr. McCue has been featured in National Geographic for providing one of the nation’s “Top 100 Outdoor Adventures.”
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.
Tampa Bay has some of the best places to fish in the state – even if you never set foot on a boat. Landlubbers can cast a line from dozens of beaches or bridges (watch for other fishermen and learn the best times and baits from them) as well as multiple piers where fishing is the top activity.
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.
Large schools of redfish are found swimming through the shallow flats of Tampa Bay during September and October. Bunces Pass has good water flow and features spoil islands and troughs just in the pass with many fine fishing spots for redfish, snapper, trout and snook. The eastern side of Mullet Key offers excellent fishing for redfish.
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?
Captain John O’Hanlon and his crew are proud to be your Tampa Bay fishing charter company of choice. No matter your level of experience, we’ll ensure that you have the best trip possible. In addition to the Jenny O., we use other boats for trips as necessary.
Please be sure to bring a hat, camera, sunscreen, sunglass’s, shoe’s appropriate for boat use and a cheerful disposition! After all, this is Florida and it can get very HOT in paradise! We will allow you to bring beer (in cans), and allow drinking in moderation. Drunkenness WILL NOT be tolerated, and will result in the conclusion of the charter no matter how much time is left on the clock, and all fee(s) will be retained by InShoreTampaBay Fishing Charters. Anything deemed illegal by Florida law will not be permitted on our boat(s) period.
15 January 2018 By Captain David Beede in Black Drum, Cobia, Fishing Charter Tampa Florida, Fishing Guide Florida, Fishing Guide Tampa Bay, Gause Built Boat, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, Permit, Pompano, Redfish, Repeat Client, Shark, Sheeps Head, Snapper, Snook, Spanish and King Mackerel, Spotted Sea Trout, Tampa Fishing Charters, Tampa Fishing Guide
Another year down! 2017 was a great one. Captains @captcrisminami & @captkennysmith appreciate each and everyone of you for your constant support. Thank you to our clients who continually allow us to do what we love to do! We thank you and Happy New Year! ??? #inshoresociety #happynewyear