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What are the best fishing charters in Clearwater?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 137 trips in Clearwater, and the most popular trips in the area are Clearwater Mixed Bag Trip guided by Gage, Clearwater Classic guided by William, and Tampa Bay Fishing Classic guided by Christopher.

Our guides in Clearwater are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 5033 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

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Other popular cities nearby for booking a charter include St. Petersburg, Tampa and Ruskin.

What types of fishing charters are common in Clearwater?

Nearshore fishing is the most popular in Clearwater as well as inshore fishing, deep sea fishing, and flats fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Clearwater are: 1. gag grouper, 2. mangrove snapper, 3. snook, and 4. redfish.

The most common fishing techniques in Clearwater are live bait fishing, light tackle fishing, and heavy tackle fishing but bottom fishing and trolling are popular as well.

How much do Clearwater fishing charters cost?

in Clearwater prices can range anywhere from $300 to $3,000 and up, but the average price for a half day in Clearwater is $651. The average price for a full day in Clearwater is $1,177.

When is the best month to go fishing in Clearwater?

The most popular season for fishing in Clearwater is spring, and most anglers book their trips 12 days in advance.

Do I need a Clearwater fishing license and what are the bag limits in Clearwater?

You’re in luck! Our fishing tours in Clearwater don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. See here for more information on bag limits and fishing season regulations in Clearwater.

Clearwater Fishing Charter Overview

The inshore, nearshore, and offshore waters surrounding Clearwater Beach make for a true angler's paradise aboard any of our Clearwater fishing charters. Experienced anglers can check off multiple bucket list species in a single day, and families can cruise around for an enjoyable day full of memories. Whether you want to fight monsters from the depths, cast around miles of mangrove forests, or target that dream fish that keeps you up at night, our Clearwater fishing charters have you covered.

Inshore Fishing Clearwater

For any angler, just looking at a map of Clearwater will cause excitement. For inshore anglers, however, Clearwater is a very special place. The biodiverse inshore waters are home to many bucket list species. In the spring and summer months Tarpon swing by on their southbound migration. They are accompanied by ambushing Snook and Redfish moving into the warmer bay waters. As the waters cool down, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and Grouper species can be expected. Fish the best Clearwater fishing spots like Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island or cruise the bays, backwaters, and bayous for mangrove monsters. Regardless of the time of year, your Clearwater fishing charter will ensure that you stay on the bite!

Nearshore and Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Clearwater's deep sea fishing is not to be overlooked. Much like inshore fishing, seasonality is not an issue: the fish are biting all year, but target species typically change with the season. Depending on which species are in season, various species of Snapper, Grouper, Shark and Tuna can be expected.

When the fall months come around and the water temperature begins cooling, schools of baitfish head south for warmer waters. Trailing behind them are Kingfish, the prize jewel of Clearwater fishing. These streamlined predators are often likened to a torpedo because of their shape and speed. Kingfish can be found in large numbers corralling baitfish in shallow structure, along the shore, or prowling around deep water wrecks for their next meal. Trolling bait fish tends to be the most productive technique for catching these beasts.

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Other Things to do in Clearwater

Apart from the world-class inshore fishing, productive offshore waters and award-winning white sand beaches, there are plenty of events and activities to provide entertainment off the water. Take a break from the fishing and visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, or for those 21+ choose from a number of micro-breweries, bars and nightclubs. In early November, head just south of Clearwater to Madiera Beach for the biggest Kingfish tournament in the world, Old Salt's King of the Beach. Head south to St. Petersburg or east to the bustling metropolis of Tampa. There is no shortage of fun to be had in Clearwater, on AND off land!

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