Snook clearly represent the class of the inshore game fish. Their speed, strong runs and occasional jumps make them the fish of choice for many Florida anglers. Snook are available year round; however the cooler, winter water temperatures slow their metabolisms significantly and make them a difficult target during our coldest months. A wide range of artificial and natural baits can be used to catch snook. The most commonly used method is live baiting with scaled sardines or “whitebait”. However, be sure to review all current fishing regulations before keeping any Snook as this species is heavily protected. Spring and fall fishing typically takes place along inshore structure…river mouths, mangrove shorelines and residential docks. Come late spring, fish move out to the beaches, gather in larger groups and can be caught in greater numbers. During the hottest months of summer, fish tends to feed best during low light periods and at night.

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.

The sport fishing charters in Tampa, Fl that take place inshore is what draws anglers worldwide to the area. From backcountry Snook to sight casting tailing Redfish on the grass flats, these charters are always something special.

Silver trout can be found in deep holes in Tampa Bay, along the beaches, and up rivers like the Manatee River. Good numbers are caught each year in Terra Ceia, Tampa and in Sarasota Bays, on the Middle Grounds flats. Tandem rigged jigs like the new DOA Deadly Tandem are excellent for silvers. There are no bag or size limits on silvers. These fish do not freeze well. The flesh of silver trout deteriorates rapidly once it is frozen. So, eat your Silver the day you catch it. Make sure you keep only enough that gives you what you need for a fresh or two. This gives you the best flavor and maintains the resource.

Tampa Bay is one of the state’s largest natural harbors which houses a plethora of gamefish who call this place home. Tampa Bay is also the state’s largest natural open-water estuary. What this means for you is nonstop year round fishing action!

Hey guys! We are headed to Tampa-Brandon area for the weekend. We have a small Key West and are looking for some quick, easy access places to fish…as we don’t have a lot of time. Hoping to catch some reds and snook. Any suggestions for locations?? Thanks!!

Vincent, Great question. I did do one charter where I had two customers that wanted to split a charter. I went ahead and made the arrangements for them to fish together with me. Unfortunately for them personality’s clashed… More

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.

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.

• Watch Your Clearance: During a sudden summer downpour, my friend rushed under a section of the old Sunshine Skyway Bridge (now a pier) but forgot to pull down the rods from his T-top holders. The sound of hopelessly scarred fiberglass and graphite scraping against concrete was far worse than fingernails on a chalkboard. Lesson: Check your clearance and don’t take chances with rods or antennas.

Also, you can’t go wrong by working near baitfish schools. When food abounds, someone with an appetite will find it, so work your baits into the natural food chain. While you’re at it, don’t hesitate to catch some of the local forage and float them in clear vulnerability on the outskirts of the school and along the bridge’s shadowline.

Description: greenish gray on back, shading to silvery sides; fish in dark waters showing gold on throat, pelvic, and anal fins; deep flattened body with small mouth; no scutes; 22 to 27 soft dorsal rays; 20 to 23 soft anal rays; origin of anal fin slightly behind origin of second dorsal.

If you’re ready to immerse yourself, try wade-in flats fishing – you’ll get out into the water but with covered feet. This kind of fishing is a good choice if you’d like to avoid a half-day minimum commitment. It also doesn’t require a guide or charter boat. It you have bass and walleye tackle at home, bring it and your lures along. Fort De Soto offers 7 miles of shoreline; Weedon Island Preserve is also a solid option for this type of fishing.

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“Have a variety of tackle rigged to capitalize on any situation (that) may arise, whether you are an inshore or offshore angler. For example, I’ll have several spinning rods rigged with plain circle hooks, bucktails and a top-water chugger, plus an assortment of dead (squid, ballyhoo) and live bait (pinfish, pilchards, etc.). If we’re running out and spot a cobia, or if we are bottom or drift fishing and a cobia, dolphin or even a sailfish swims by, we have several rods we can quickly get to, and baits; we’ve an excellent shot at catching that fish. The worst scenario is seeing fish pop up and you have nothing rigged to take advantage of it.”

Saltwater Hook Up is a saltwater fishing charter providing trips all throughout the waters of Boca Grande and Great Tampa Bay. Saltwater Hook Up’s captain, Rich Andretta, specializes in trophy fishing in both inshore and offshore waters. Captain Rich is happy to help teach novices and to support experienced anglers. Saltwater Hook Up’s boat is a custom 25- foot Marauder Marine Avenger Bay boat, well known for its stability and room, making it ideal for anglers of all ages, from children to seniors.

To truly experience bowfishing in all its glory, many Captains recommend opting for a nightly excursion. While daytime trips  average around 50 shots per ‘angler’, that number can as much as double once it goes dark.

Even if there is a good reason why Snook and Redfish make it to the top of your angler’s list, you simply cannot miss the opportunity to catch Trout, one of the tastiest fish. Those shallow flats inhabitants are easy to catch and make great table fare, just like Sheepshead and the bottom-hugging flatfish Flounder. Flounder can be found relatively close to the shore, hiding in the sand of moving waters around passes and inlets. Off the shore, you can find them near reefs and shipwrecks. Nibblers Sheepshead also hang out there. You can always count on Sheepshead bite during the winter!

• Laws: Consult local or Coast Guard authorities for special navigation rules applicable to bridges in your area. The U.S. Coast Guard has relaxed its post 9-11 regulations limiting boat proximity to bridges. Currently, a 100-foot security zone applies to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge’s center span, its pilings, dolphins and rock abutments. All other rules of navigation still apply, but anglers are allowed to fish elsewhere along the Skyway and other area bridges. FS

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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.

Capt. Matt always delivers. Regardless of the season, He knows where the fish are and can get there in his very comfortable shallow running Andros 26′ boat. He provides his anglers with top notch fishing gear and a great history of his home waters, Tampa Bay. If you want to have a fantastic fishing trip in Tampa Bay, I highly recommend a charter with Capt. Matt!-Corey Maysles

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.

Gag grouper and Red Grouper are two favorite bottom reef fish species in the Gulf of Mexico. Tampa Bay is home to both species and they are available year round if you know where to find them. In this video segment I show you the best method to catching keeper grouper in Tampa Bay. If you live in an area with a similar bottom structure this will also apply to you.

Redfish are an extremely popular target for West Coast Florida inshore fisherman. They are abundant, generally aggressive feeders and, once located, can be caught in significant numbers. Although lacking the speed and jumping ability of the snook, they are most appreciated for their powerful, fighting style. When fishing the flats with artificial baits such as plastic baits or spoons, a redfish provides a jarring strike. Using bait, the take is typically a light tap followed by a driving run. Larger schools of fish can also be located on shallow grass flats. Getting properly positioned in front of a large school of “reds” can quickly put a bend in every rod on the boat. Redfish provide good summer action, even during the hottest months. Although fishing is slower during the winter, groups of fish can be located in the warmer backwater locations. Once located, these schools can provide “rapid fire” action.

 Use south winds to your advantage and work the shore lines. The Redfish bite can be pretty good, with chances of catching Trout and Snook. Small Black Drum and Sheepshead can also make an occasional appearance.

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