Snook, Red Fish, Trout, Tarpon (When in Season – See Tarpon Rates), Drum and anything else that’s chewing depending on the time of year. The Flats Fishing around Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg, FL is Legendary!

Sheepshead will be coming into their spawn around the full moon beginning in February. Some of the largest sheepies of the year are usually caught during the next two months. They are a tough catch on artificial lures, but tipping jigs with a small thumbnail size morsel of fresh shrimp can add to your mixed winter bag of fish. You’ll find the bulk of these fish around boat docks and structure, like the many artificial reefs that were made from the rubble of the old Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

How to catch: 6-9wt fly rods, typically floating fly lines 8-12′ leader in 8-15# test, sinking flies when tailing, suspending flies when in deeper water, flies with medium strength hooks in sizes #8 to 1/0

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.

Fishing the local piers in Tampa Bay offers you easy access to some prime fishing. You can get excellent advice about the types of rigs their hitting, baits and techniques from savvy fishermen familiar with the area. Black tip sharks, snook, cobia and big reds are all caught off local piers.

Tampa Fishing Charters, Inc., located in Tampa, is the fishing charter service of Captain Oliver O’Riordan. In 2016, the business won a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Mr. O’Riordan, who owns and leads the company, is an expert inshore fishing guide who has extensive experience navigating the waters of Tampa Bay and its estuaries. Tampa Fishing Charters, Inc. operates from three locations, covering virtually the entirety of Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay, Florida offers a wide variety of fishing that keeps anglers coming back. Choices of saltwater, freshwater and deep-sea fishing present numerous choices of fishing with over 200 species of fish. Find out where the best fishing spots are for redfish, snook, spotted sea trout and tarpon.

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 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.

For more information about charter fishing Tampa Bay, fishing St. Pete Beach, or Clearwater fishing charters or to request more information on arranging a fishing charter Tampa area, follow the links above.

Redfish schools have started to invade the flats. They have seemed to pass up the Skyway bridge area and head into upper Tampa Bay. I start early in the morning by throwing my 12-foot custom cast net under one of the many bridges. I pick the brightes…