Once new saltwater anglers get their sea legs, they can begin to explore other options like drifting inshore in a small skiff, fishing on a party boat, kayak fishing or even eventually heading offshore to battle big tuna or marlin. A whole new world awaits them.

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.

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The net affect of this weather was that all Tampa Fishing Guides got a whole lot more vacation days than planned over the course of the last month. On the coldest days, sheepshead were the only logical target.  Although good to eat, the cold air and limited species selection kept most anglers off the water anyway. For those who ventured out, fishing shrimp or small crabs up under docks or against bridge pilings was the ticket.

At Sebastian Inlet, the sand fleas (mole crabs) are on the beach and they’re catching pompano and whiting on the fleas and clams. Black drum and sheepshead are also being caught in the inlet on fleas and clams. There’s still some mullet around and they’re still catching some big snook. Redfish have been mediocre, but there’s a good trout bite inside in the river. The bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and jack crevalle bite is still really good. “The flounder are starting to run and we have a tourney going on to the end of January. It’s a $20 entry fee, with a 100 percent payout for 1st  2nd and 3rd place heaviest weight,” reports Whitey’s Bait & Tackle (321-724-1440).

Captain Greg Doherty is a USCG licensed captain who has a passion for all things fishing. There is nothing that will get your blood pumping than watching a 20 lb snook push “A-Wake” in the shape of a V behind your top water lure, and then hearing the “Drag” start screaming as the fish bolts for the nearest cover…

Don’t forget to bring the kids. They are the future of our sport. If they get to go, they will learn to love the outdoors, inshore fishing charters. Remember your camera, you never know what you might hook while fishing in Destin, Florida – The Luckiest Charter Boat Fishing Village in the world!

This trip is for 4 people. We will fish reefs in the bay and near the Skyway Bridge. We specialize in light tackle for that adrenaline rush, targeting Grouper, Snapper, Sheepshead, Tarpon, Sharks, and Cobia. We cater to all skill levels, from the novice to the advanced angler.

Similarly, the original Gandy Bridge now serves as a biking/pedestrian route called the “Friendship Trail,” with lower catwalks extending from either end. The structures adjacent to the Gandy and Skyway bridges—along with dedicated fishing lanes on smaller spans like the Tierra Verde Bridge (south Pinellas)—give landbound anglers access to the bounty below.

Just as we chronicled the Average Angler’s quest to complete the elusive Florida Bass Slam, we would also like to see your best bass catches. Send us pictures of you and your best catches and we’ll showcase them right here!

At Homosassa, offshore, anglers are catching big kingfish, gag grouper and catch and release amberjack. Inshore, the trout bite has been good, but the redfish have been fair. The inshore rock piles are good for keeper gag grouper, Spanish mackerel, and grunts. “This may all change if the upcoming cold front drops the Gulf water temperatures three to six degrees. Most inshore fish will move back to deeper water in passes, deep-water creeks, and coastal rivers that will hold the warmer water,” said Toney.

Undoubtedly a skinny-water favorite, the resident Redfish is happy to chase down a plug any day of the year. With unparalleled stamina and a reel-smoking tenacity, Redfish is certainly the king of Tampa Bay flats.

Our fishing rights are under attack like never before in the history of this nation! I urge everyone, saltwater and freshwater, boat or landside fishermen to get involved in the politics of fishing now! (See the two “Warnings” below) There are so-called ‘environmental’ groups getting ‘tough’ with the politicians and pretending they are pro fishing, when in reality they want all uses of our waters to cease immediately. No more fishing, recreational or commercial, no water skiing, no boating, no houses on the shores, also no hunting, no hiking in the wild, NO NOTHING!

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 Flats and Bay Fishing Charters, based in Tampa, provides people from the area with in-shore and offshore fishing experiences. The company includes a single captain, Steve Betz, who spends more than 200 days per year navigating the Tampa Bay’s waters. Mr. Betz, who has been saltwaterfishing for over three decades, earns praise from passengers for providing fishers of all ages and skill levels with a fun, rewarding experience.

Annual recreational fishing licenses and permits are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase or the alternate starting date if selected at the time of purchase, unless otherwise specified on the face of the license.

The answer is the first-class inshore game fishing, of course! You will absolutely love fighting Snook. Once these Tampa Bay superstars are on the line, they put up quite the fight. They are a must for any experienced fisherman and a “bucket list” catch for any beginner angler. Search for Snook on a summer evening. There are huge numbers of impressively large Snook being taken from the Port Manatee channel in Tampa Bay every year. Or you can pursue Redfish out on the flats, mangroves, and underwater structures. Those tough fighters are just unrelenting when hooked. Or to be more precise, IF hooked – Redfish are often referred to as the fish that won’t quit.

Capt. Jason offers exceptional Tampa fishing charters here at Fishn Fl (formerly Chasing Tails Charters) out of the greater Tampa Bay area including: Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg & Anna Maria Island. He also runs seasonal charters in the Florida Keys and Homosassa, FL.

Once you hit thirty meters deep, you are offshore, in the deep water fishing zone. Here, the boats get more robust, the fish harder to reel in, and the equipment more sturdy. Your small motorboat is traded in for a charter or large fishing vessel, and you are therefore in the running to catch some serious fish. The fishing becomes more athletic and less of a relaxing day out on the boat. (Of course, you can always relax offshore, too … you just may get interrupted with an intense haul.) It’s safe to say that offshore has more variables, more of the unknown, and a lot more potential physical exertion.

Description: color brownish red; lining of mouth scarlet-orange; blotches on sides in unorganized pattern; second spine of dorsal fin longer than others; pectoral fins longer than pelvic fins; squared off tail; margin of soft dorsal black with white at midfin; black dots around the eyes.

5 Around the Sunshine Skyway and lower Tampa Bay, sheepshead are all over the Skyway Bridge area and the approach bridges. Flounder are pretty solid in the South Skyway area. Spanish mackerel have started to show up at the north and south piers. “The tripletail have moved in thick. Look for them on all the crab pots and markers all the way into the bay,” reports Capt. Shawn Crawford of Florida Sport Fishing Outfitters of Bradenton (941-705- 3160).