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Clearwater Flats Fishing

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Clearwater Nearshore Hop - 22’ Dusky

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Reel Salty Sportfishing

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26 ft 1 - 4 People $
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21 ft 1 - 3 People $
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trip description for Clearwater Inshore Special in Clearwater

Come fish the beautiful waters off the coast of Clearwater, FL with Captain Jim! Whether you want to stay inshore for big Redfish, Speckled Trout, and various Snapper species, or head a bit further offshore to troll for Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, and Cobia, Captain Jim knows where the fish are biting. Captain Jim uses his 27’ Pro Cat Catamaran, equipped with state-of-the-art marine electronics and safety gear, to take up to 6 anglers fishing in comfort. He has nearly 30 years of experience fishing here, and can put you right on target, whatever species you want to chase. All fishing licenses, rods, reels, and tackle are provided by Captain Jim, so all you need to bring are your favorite snacks and drinks, sun protection, and camera to capture your trophies. Bring your family or friends and get out there! Read More

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Clearwater Inshore Special

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27 ft 1 - 6 People $$
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If you're looking for a fishing adventure in Clearwater, Florida, look no further than a trip with Captain Garrett, your expert fishing guide! With years of experience and a passion for the sport, Garrett knows all the best spots for inshore, nearshore, flats, and backcountry fishing. On his 22' Pathfinder bay boat, you'll enjoy a comfortable ride as you set out on your fishing expedition. Garrett specializes in using live bait to target a variety of fish species, including Snook, Redfish, Trout, and Tarpon. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a first-time fisherman, Garrett will cater to your skill level and ensure you have an unforgettable experience on the water. With his friendly and personable approach, you'll feel at ease as you learn new techniques and reel in your catch of the day. Don't miss out on the chance to fish with the best. Book your trip with Garrett today and get ready for an adventure you'll never forget! Read More

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22 ft 1 - 4 People $$
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Welcome to Clearwater, Florida—the perfect place for a fishing adventure! Join Captain Alex onboard his 22' Pathfinder bay boat and get ready to experience some of the best fishing the area has to offer. As you set out on the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico, you'll be surrounded by breathtaking views and the sound of waves gently lapping against the boat. Keep an eye out for dolphins and manatees, as they are often spotted in these waters. With Captain Alex's expert guidance, you'll be fishing for a variety of gamefish species, including Gag Grouper, Hogfish, Jack Crevalle, Sheepshead, and Mangrove Snapper. These gamefish are known for their fighting spirit and delicious flavor, making them a thrill to catch and a treat to eat! As you cast your line, you'll feel the excitement of the hunt and the rush of anticipation as you wait for a bite. When you finally feel that tug on the line, it's time to land in your catch and enjoy the thrill of the fight. Whether you're an experienced angler or a first-time fisherman, Captain Alex will make sure you have a memorable and enjoyable experience. Read More

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Clearwater Inshore Fishing

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22 ft 1 - 4 People $
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Sight cast redfish, snook and tarpon with light tackle or fly aboard a beautiful Floyd skiff. Captain Tyson is a local guude of 20 years in the Clearwater area. All top notch equipment is provided. Read More

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trip description for Clearwater Tarpon Fishing in Clearwater

Tarpon fishing is guaranteed to get any angler's heart pumping! There is nothing like the feeling of a giant Tarpon exploding out of the water with a hook in corner! Tarpon fishing has all the thrill of hunting and stalking, along with the skill of fishing, which makes for the ultimate big game experience. Most tarpon range between 50 and 200+ pounds, with the average fish being 70 to 140 pounds. Come and experience one of the world’s most powerful and acrobatic gamefish from the bow of Captain Seth's custom 23’ bay boat. This trip is an experience that you won't soon forget! Read More

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Clearwater Tarpon Fishing

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23 ft 1 - 3 People $$
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Everything to Know About Booking a Clearwater tarpon fishing charter

What are the best tarpon fishing charters in Clearwater?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 48 tarpon trips in Clearwater, and the most popular trips in the area are Coastal Clearwater Charter guided by Cameron, Clearwater Flats fishing guided by Tyson, and Clearwater Nearshore Hop - 22’ Dusky guided by Brad.

Our guides in Clearwater are rated a 4.93 out of 5 based on 2549 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

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

Looking for kid friendly tarpon guides / fishing lessons in Clearwater? Check out our beginner and family friendly tarpon guides in Clearwater.

What types of tarpon fishing charters are common in Clearwater?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for tarpon in Clearwater as well as inshore fishing, flats fishing, and nearshore fishing.

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

How much do Clearwater tarpon fishing charters cost?

for tarpon in Clearwater prices can range anywhere from about $450 to $1,050, but the average price for a half day trip for tarpon in Clearwater is $572. The average price for a full day trip for tarpon in Clearwater is $933.

What month is best for tarpon fishing in Clearwater?

The most popular season for tarpon fishing in Clearwater is spring, and most anglers book their trips 10 days in advance.

Do I need a Clearwater fishing license for tarpon and what are the bag limits for tarpon 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.

What is tarpon fishing in Clearwater all about?

Tarpon fishing in Clearwater, Florida, is an exhilarating pursuit that draws anglers from around the world to experience the thrill of battling these majestic "silver kings." Clearwater's coastal waters provide prime habitat for tarpon, especially during their annual migration along the Gulf Coast. From spring through fall, tarpon can be found cruising the shallow flats, channels, and passes, offering anglers ample opportunities to target these powerful game fish.

Known for their acrobatic leaps and drag-screaming runs, tarpon provide anglers with an unforgettable fishing experience. Anglers targeting tarpon in Clearwater often use live bait such as mullet, crabs, or threadfin herring, presenting them in areas where tarpon are known to congregate, such as bridges, channels, and passes. Alternatively, anglers can cast lures such as swimbaits or spoons, mimicking the tarpon's natural prey and enticing strikes from these voracious predators.

Clearwater's tarpon season peaks during the summer months when these migratory fish are most abundant along the Gulf Coast. Anglers can often find schools of tarpon actively feeding near the surface, making for exciting sight-fishing opportunities. Whether fishing from a boat, kayak, or the shoreline, anglers can experience the adrenaline rush of hooking into a tarpon and the challenge of landing these powerful fish amidst the stunning natural beauty of Clearwater's coastal landscapes.

What are the most popular months to fish for tarpon in Clearwater?

In Clearwater, Florida, tarpon fishing seasons bring excitement and anticipation to anglers seeking the ultimate challenge. Tarpon, known as the "silver kings," migrate along the Gulf Coast, passing through Clearwater's coastal waters during their annual journey. The tarpon season in Clearwater typically peaks from spring through fall, coinciding with warmer water temperatures and optimal feeding conditions. During this time, anglers can target tarpon as they cruise the shallow flats, channels, and passes, offering thrilling opportunities for sight-fishing and casting.

Spring marks the beginning of the tarpon season in Clearwater, as these magnificent fish start to arrive in increasing numbers along the Gulf Coast. As water temperatures rise and baitfish become more abundant, tarpon become more active and eager to feed, presenting anglers with prime opportunities to hook into these powerful game fish. The excitement continues through the summer months, with tarpon reaching their peak abundance along the coast. Anglers can often find schools of tarpon congregating in certain areas, making for exhilarating sight-fishing encounters and heart-pounding battles.

As fall approaches, tarpon begin their migration southward, providing anglers with one last chance to target these elusive fish before they head to warmer waters for the winter. Fall tarpon fishing in Clearwater can be equally rewarding, as tarpon continue to feed voraciously in preparation for their journey south. Whether fishing from a boat, kayak, or the shoreline, anglers can experience the thrill of hooking into a tarpon and the adrenaline rush of battling these majestic creatures amidst the stunning backdrop of Clearwater's coastal landscapes.

What techniques are popular for catching tarpon in Clearwater?

Tarpon fishing in Clearwater, Florida, requires anglers to employ a variety of effective techniques to entice these powerful and elusive game fish. One popular method is live bait fishing, where anglers use large live baits such as mullet, crabs, or threadfin herring to tempt tarpon into striking. Anglers typically present the live bait either suspended under a float or free-lined in areas where tarpon are known to congregate, such as bridges, channels, or passes. This technique allows anglers to target tarpon at various depths and can be particularly effective during times of heavy feeding activity.

Another successful technique for tarpon fishing in Clearwater is to use artificial lures such as swimbaits, plugs, or spoons. Anglers can cast these lures around structure, along shorelines, or into channels and passes, mimicking the movement and appearance of the tarpon's natural prey. Retrieving the lure with a steady and enticing motion can provoke aggressive strikes from tarpon, especially when they are actively feeding. Anglers often experiment with different lure colors, sizes, and retrieval speeds to determine what triggers the most strikes from tarpon in Clearwater's coastal waters.

For anglers seeking a more adrenaline-pumping experience, sight-fishing for tarpon is an exhilarating technique to try in Clearwater. During the tarpon season, anglers can often spot tarpon cruising the shallow flats or along the surface in search of prey. Equipped with polarized sunglasses, anglers can scan the water for the distinctive shapes and movements of tarpon, then cast ahead of the fish to intercept them. Sight-fishing requires stealth, precision casting, and quick reflexes, but the reward of hooking into a tarpon while witnessing its acrobatic leaps and powerful runs is an experience that anglers cherish in Clearwater's stunning coastal environments.

What other species are popular in Clearwater?

Clearwater, Florida, offers anglers a diverse array of fishing opportunities beyond targeting tarpon. One popular species to pursue is the redfish, known for its hard-fighting nature and abundance in the coastal waters of Clearwater. These copper-colored fish can be found in a variety of habitats, including shallow flats, mangrove-lined shorelines, and around oyster bars. Anglers often target redfish using live bait such as shrimp or mullet, or by casting lures like soft plastics or spoons. Redfish provide exciting angling experiences year-round, with peak seasons typically occurring in spring and fall.

Another sought-after catch in Clearwater is the snook, a sleek and silver game fish known for its aggressive strikes and powerful runs. Snook inhabit the coastal waters, estuaries, and mangrove-lined shorelines of Clearwater, making them accessible to anglers both from shore and boat. Using live bait such as pilchards or pinfish, or casting lures like jigs or swimbaits, anglers can entice snook to bite year-round, with peak seasons typically occurring in spring and fall.

Clearwater's waters are also home to a variety of other inshore and nearshore species that offer exciting angling opportunities. From speckled trout and flounder to sheepshead and Spanish mackerel, there's no shortage of options for anglers seeking diverse fishing experiences. Whether fishing from a boat, kayak, or the shoreline, anglers can enjoy the thrill of targeting a wide range of species against the backdrop of Clearwater's scenic coastline and abundant natural beauty.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Nick tried his best but the fish just weren't biting. Nick was very nice and knowledgeable we just wish we caught more fish.

    Andy G. with Nick H. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Did a nice job trying to get us on fish. Hustled his rear off. Seemed a bit overwhelming having 4 on the boat who had never fished the flats before and several being relative novices for just 1 crew member. As a result about 1/3 the time 1-2 of our party weren’t fishing as we could have been. He was working hard though … much appreciated! Would highly recommend a 2nd crew member when there are inexperienced people it will be a tight fit though but think it would improve the experience. Tyson was nice, polite, knowledgeable and very patient thanks for the experience. Would highly recommend especially if you’ve done this type of fishing before. Thanks Tyson!

    Mike D. with Tyson W. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great guide, great guy, knows his stuff! We will 120% be back.

    Timothy W. with Tyson W. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great experience with Captain Nick! He was very accommodating to me and my 8 and 4 year old. He put us on fish right away, and most important of all he was safe! Great experience.

    Joel A. with Nick H. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great trip with captain nick. Despite the tough conditions we were able to find some fish, will book again.

    Max S. with Nick H. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had Captain Brett for our day of fishing. What an amazing day we had. We caught multiple fish we could keep and multiple fish we couldn’t keep. We had the experience of seeing multiple species that we didn’t catch. We saw a bull shark, a Goliath Grouper, a loggerhead turtle, and a manatee. We hooked in to a giant. Watching Brett and my brother work together to get this fish in was spectacular. The team work that it took as well as the skill. He was also great for those of us that were less experienced. He was so pleasant and kind while helping me change my techniques so I caught fish verses continuously just feeding the fish. He did great with my teenage son. Brett is a great communicator. We will go with Brett again.

    Shellie K. with Cameron F. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great day fishing with Captain Nick Hughs! Trip started on time with nearly perfect weather. Boat was ready to go with all the bait and tackle we needed. Although the fish were hard to find, we did land a nice Snook. Nick worked his fanny off trying to get us on the fish. He’s a great Capt. and great host!

    Jan G. with Nick H. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great time! Cameron was personal and knew what he was doing! We would recommend!

    Justin M. with Cameron F. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Nick is a pro!!! We had so much fun and he put us on a variety of fish. Can't wait to eat our trout for lunch now.

    Ken P. with Nick H. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Chris was a awesome guide 5 star

    Robert L. with Christopher T. of Ruskin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great Fishing Trip. Patience required to catch fush

    Todd G. with Tyson W. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    My family fished with Alex today and everyone had a blast. Great guide and wonderful trip and experience with him and Taylor. Would highly recommend them and we plan to book them again in the future.

    Bill Z. with Alex K. of Bradenton, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had an awesome morning with our terrific guide. Could not have been better. Thanks.

    Chip B. with Andrew C. of St. Petersburg, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip. Capt Tyler did a great job on finding fish for us to catch. Would definitely go with him again.

    Craig B. with Tyler B. of Belleair Bluffs, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great first experience with Captain Tyler. We had great fishing with tough conditions !!

    Scott O. with Tyler B. of Belleair Bluffs, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Awesome trip, he put me on fish the whole trip. Caught redfish, snook, Jack crevalle, trout and a 4 ft 60 lb bull shark

    Matt D. with Matt Y. of Riverview, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Craig was great 👍. He told us about the history of the area and went above and beyond to get us fish and show us a good time. The tide and weather was definitely against us but he made the best of it. We had a great time. I appreciated everything and I recommend him for your inshore fishing trip. Thanks again Craig.

    Levi E. with Craig L. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We went out with captain Chris and had a BLAST. Great time great vibes, Chris is a hell of a guy and knows what he’s doing do a T, he put us on tons of fish between the both of us we probably caught around 30 fish in 4 hours!

    Nick D. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great all around guy. Worked hard to find fish for us. Not many keepers but lots of bites and throw backs. Kids had fun.

    James S. with Cameron F. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Cameron was awesome! Put us in the slot fish we asked for and was super friendly. We’ll be booking him again and again!

    Bill S. with Cameron F. of Clearwater, Florida

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