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trip description for Gulf Coast Inshore Slam in St. Petersburg

On this trip with Captain Ray, you'll target Redfish, Snook, and Speckled Trout on light tackle! This is classic Tampa Bay fishing, where you can explore inshore mangrove channels and nearshore waters with ease. The type of fish you'll be targeting will be determined by the time of year. Most trips are geared towards catching a trophy Snook or Redfish. When summer comes around, the focus changes to targeting trophy Tarpon along the beaches. Captain Ray also targets other species like including Trout, Black Drum, Mackerel, Flounder, Tripletail, Permit, Pompano, Snapper, Grouper and Cobia! This trip is extremely flexible and can be catered to your preferences! Captain Ray will launch anywhere from Clearwater to Sarasota if the fish are there. Make sure to stay in contact with him in the days leading up to the trip to discuss what meet up location works best for you. Read More

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Gulf Coast Inshore Slam

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trip description for Offshore Seasonal Species - 48’ Yacht Sport Fish in St. Petersburg

Get ready for an epic day fishing offshore with one of the most elite outfits in the St. Pete-Clearwater Tampa Bay area! Equipped with all the possible federal permits, credentials, and several years of on the water experience, Captains & 1st Mates are here to go above and beyond to do whatever it takes to ensure you have an incredible experience! If you're looking for that next level fishing trip, you've come to the right spot. Our 48' Convertible Pro Tournament Series Yacht vessel is operated under the direction of the exorbitantly credentialed Pelagic Expert Captain and 1st Mate. We are excited to offer this ideal opportunity. On these trips, your Captain & 1st Mate will help you attempt to limit out on species that are in season like Red Snapper, Gag Grouper, Red Grouper, Tuna, Mahi and other species that call the Gulf of Mexico's offshore waters home. You'll be riding out aboard a beautifully maintained BERTRAM 48' Convertible Pro Tournament Series Yacht vessel is equipped with significant horsepower inboard engines and a deep-v that get you to and from the fishing grounds quickly and safely. This vessel’s ride has a reputation in the fishing community as being one of the smoothest and driest on the water. These offshore trips benefit from the Contender’s ability to minimize the amount of time cruising and maximize the amount of time spent fishing. You will depart from the beautiful Tierra Verde Marina Resort in St. Pete. Alongside mega yachts and classy sportfishing vessels. Captain & 1st Mate will help load your gear aboard the boat and ensure you are comfortable and properly briefed for your day before you depart. Suggest that you arrive 30 mins prior to departure time for all trips aboard his boats to ensure your Captain has enough time to get all your gear onboard and properly orient you on the day ahead! His boat is docked at the Tierra Verde Resort Marina but if you are looking to get picked up from a nearby location, Captains are often more than happy to accommodate! All fishing essentials are provided along with a cooler with ice and water. Bring your own lunch and beverages, and a small personal cooler is fine as well. SAFETY, HEALTH & WELFARE ARE PARAMOUNT! We Deliver The Results & Exceed Expectations! Read More

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trip description for Tampa Bay Tarpon Roundup in St. Petersburg

If you're looking to get on some spectacular Tarpon fishing in the Tampa Bay/St. Pete area, there's no better guide than Captain Thomas. He's been fishing these waters for more than two decades, and he's studied the prime spots and best holes in order to put you on record-setting fish! On this trip, you'll be focused on catching Tarpon, the premier Florida gamefish. These fish are big, beautiful, and known worldwide for their ferocious fighting abilities and acrobatic leaps! Commonly known as the "Silver King", these fish are the top predators in their inshore habitat, and hooking one is the experience of a lifetime. You'll chase bites using light tackle techniques with both bait and lures. Tarpon behavior changes depending on the season, the water conditions, and even the phases of the moon, so Captain Thomas' expertise here is absolutely invaluable. Thomas runs his trips aboard his 22' Century bay boat—an ideal vessel for hunting lunkers in inshore waters. She's fast, with a 250-HP Yamaha engine, and a hull profile that's sharp enough to cut through chop and shallow enough to get into backcountry channels where monster Tarpon like to congregate. She's also equipped with a wireless trolling motor to help you sneak up on your targets, plus a live well for bait. Tarpon fishing is catch-and-release only, so bring a camera! Everything you need will be provided for you, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. All you need to bring is sunscreen (lotion only, no spray!), a hat, and a pair of sunglasses to cut the surface glare. Get out there and have a blast! Read More

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trip description for Florida Sportfish on Light Tackle in St. Petersburg

Captain Chris offer fishing charters for Tampa Bay and The Gulf of Mexico. They know the inlets, islands, and estuaries of the waters around Tampa. When you want to catch kingfish, gag grouper, mangrove snapper, black sea bass, sheepshead, tarpon, Goliath grouper, red grouper, shark and more, they’ll show you where, when and how. They’ll take you to the best spots and guide you around the area. His 22’ Cape Horn comes loaded with all the gear you could possibly need for a successful day out on the water including all the rods, reels, tackle, bait and fishing licenses. So all you have to do is bring your favorite snack and drinks, your sun protection, and your camera and Captain Chris will take care of the rest! Read More

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trip description for Tampa Bay Inshore Roundup in St. Petersburg

If you're looking to get on some spectacular inshore sportfish in the Tampa Bay/St. Pete area, there's no better guide than Captain Thomas. He's been fishing these waters for more than two decades, and he's studied the prime spots and best holes in order to put you on record-setting fish! You'll be targeting classic inshore species such as Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Snook—sometimes known as the "Florida Triple" or the "Florida Grand Slam". These fish are all great fighters, and are an absolute blast to catch, whether it's your first time out there, or your thousandth. You'll be chasing bites using light-tackle techniques, fishing both live bait and lures depending on the season, water conditions, and weather. Captain Thomas is a pro, and he's got an array of tips and tricks to help you hook a personal best! Thomas runs his trips aboard his 22' Century bay boat—an ideal vessel for hunting lunkers in inshore waters. She's fast, with a 250-HP Yamaha engine, and a hull profile that's sharp enough to cut through chop and shallow enough to get into backcountry channels where big fish like to congregate. She's also equipped with a wireless trolling motor to help you sneak up on your targets, plus a live well for bait and an ice box for your keepers. Everything you need will be provided for you, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. All you need to bring is sunscreen (lotion only, no spray!), a hat, and a pair of sunglasses to cut the surface glare. Get out there and have a blast! Read More

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trip description for 4-hour Inshore - 23’ Key West in St. Petersburg

Captain Dmitri will guide you through the waters outside of St. Petersburg, Florida, as you embark on this 4-hour fishing escapade! His 23-foot center console is equipped with a GPS, Fishfinder, Live Bait Well, and an Ice Box. You’ll be targeting the Mangrove Snapper, Redfish, Snook, and Speckled Trout / Spotted Seatrout that live nearshore and around the flats. Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen, and a cooler with ice to take home your day’s catch. Captain Dmitri will provide all rods, reels, tackle, lures, and fishing licenses. He will also clean and fillet your fish at no extra charge! Captain Dmitri takes fishing to a whole new level, so come on down to St. Petersburg and make some memories! Read More

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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Charter in St. Petersburg

What are the best fishing charters in St. Petersburg?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 198 trips in St. Petersburg, and the most popular trips in the area are Half-Day Quick Trip guided by Juan, St. Pete Offshore Experience guided by Greg, and Offshore Trip - 27' Cape Horn guided by Adam.

Our guides in St. Petersburg are rated a 4.94 out of 5 based on 2711 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 charter include Clearwater, Tierra Verde and Holmes Beach.

Looking for kid friendly charters / fishing lessons in St. Petersburg? Check out our beginner and family friendly charters in St. Petersburg.

What types of fishing charters are common in St. Petersburg?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular in St. Petersburg as well as inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and flats fishing.

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

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

How much do St. Petersburg fishing charters cost?

in St. Petersburg prices can range anywhere from about $500 to $2,005, but the average price for a half day trip in St. Petersburg is $671. The average price for a full day trip in St. Petersburg is $1,282.

What month is best for fishing in St. Petersburg?

The most popular season for fishing in St. Petersburg is spring, and most anglers book their trips 22 days in advance.

Do I need a St. Petersburg fishing license and what are the bag limits in St. Petersburg?

If you’re thinking about a saltwater trip, you’re in luck! Our saltwater fishing tours in St. Petersburg don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. For freshwater trips, you’ll still need to purchase a license. See here for more information on fishing licenses, bag limits, and fishing season regulations in St. Petersburg. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations.

Popular Types of Fishing In St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg fishing charters offer a variety of options for anglers of all levels. The most common types of fishing charters include inshore, offshore, and deep-sea fishing.

Inshore fishing charters are perfect for those who want to stay close to shore and catch species such as redfish, snook, and trout. Offshore fishing charters take you further out to sea and target species such as grouper, snapper, and kingfish.

For the ultimate fishing adventure, deep-sea fishing charters are the way to go. These charters take you miles offshore to catch big game fish such as tuna, marlin, and sailfish.

Some popular landmarks that St. Petersburg fishing charters visit include the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park and the Fort De Soto Park.

No matter which type of fishing charter you choose, you're sure to have a great time and catch some amazing fish in the beautiful waters of St. Petersburg, Florida.

St. Petersburg Inshore Fishing

Looking at a map of St. Petersburg will get any inshore angler fired up. An inshore trip here go gives anglers the unique opportunity to check off several bucket list species only a few minutes away from the big city. St. Petersburg has all the features of a world-class inshore fishery from mudflats and sand bars, to channels and mangrove forests. The vast amount of habitat makes St. Petersburg a diverse and productive fishery.

Anglers fishing the coastal water near St. Petersburg can expect to find some of the most sought after species in the country. Snook can be caught throughout the year, but the bite peaks from April to October. Tarpon, or “The Silver King” can be caught in the summer months when they dominate the inshore waters hunting of schools of menhaden and other baitfish. The formidable redfish is the bread and butter of St. Petersburg fishing and the bite picks up from March through October. Sheepshead and speckled trout are also popular among anglers in St. Petersburg and can be caught year round.

St. Petersburg Offshore Fishing

Just a short boat ride out of the bay will bring you to some highly productive waters. Bottom fishing around structure will bring hogfish, snapper, grouper, cobia, and other formidable fighters to our St. Petersburg charter boats. Red snapper heats up in the summer and can be found only a short distance from the dock which is unlike most places they are found.

Schools of baitfish hang out near the mouth of the bay in the summer, so that's a great place to start. There are plenty of reefs & wrecks off the coast of St. Petersburg and typically produce a mixed bag of fish. For the full-day and extended day offshore trips of 40+ miles out, kingfish, tuna, mahi-mahi, and other billfish can be caught.

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The Best Places To Fish In St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Florida is a prime location for fishing enthusiasts. With its abundance of waterways and diverse fish species, there are plenty of great spots to cast a line. Whether you're looking for a peaceful day of fishing or a thrilling adventure on a fishing charter, here are some of the best places to fish in St. Petersburg:

1. Fort De Soto Park - This popular fishing spot offers a variety of fish species, including snook, redfish, and tarpon. Fishing charters are available for those looking for a guided experience.

2. Weedon Island Preserve - This scenic location is known for its excellent snook fishing. Fishing charters are available for those who want to explore the area's hidden gems.

3. Tampa Bay - With its vast expanse of water, Tampa Bay is a prime location for fishing. Anglers can catch a variety of fish species, including grouper, snapper, and kingfish. Fishing charters are available for those who want to explore the bay's many fishing hotspots.

4. John's Pass - This popular fishing spot offers a variety of fish species, including snook, redfish, and tarpon. Fishing charters are available for those looking for a guided experience.

5. Skyway Fishing Pier State Park - This iconic fishing spot offers stunning views of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and a variety of fish species, including snook, redfish, and tarpon. Fishing charters are available for those who want to explore the area's many fishing hotspots.

Other Things To Do In St. Petersburg

While St. Petersburg fishing charters are a popular attraction, there are plenty of other things to do in this vibrant city. Take a stroll through the beautiful Sunken Gardens, a 100-year-old botanical paradise. Visit the Salvador Dali Museum, which houses the largest collection of the artist's work outside of Spain. For a taste of history, explore the Fort De Soto Park, a historic fort and beach with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. If you're looking for family-friendly fun, head to the Great Explorations Children's Museum or the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home to Winter the dolphin from the movie Dolphin Tale. And don't forget to check out the bustling downtown area, filled with shops, restaurants, and art galleries.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    The boys and I had a great time. It was the first time they’d ever been out on a charter. Kevin was a great host he put us on the fish cleaned our catch and was just a joy to spend four hours with. We would highly recommend. Where he picks you up they have valet parking and his boat is just a few steps away.

    Cornelius B. with Kevin W. of St. Pete Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    The four of us had a great time with Captain Nick. The boat was very clean, comfortable, easy to move around and enjoy the day. We caught real nice fish, Captain was very knowledgeable. I would recommend Captain Nick and would use him again.

    Ken C. with Nick H. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had great time with Capt. Nick. Had us on fish all day long! Caught Reds, Trout and Snook. Highly recommended!!

    Kenneth K. with Nick K. of Holmes Beach, Florida

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    A friend and I we went out with Cpt. Gage for some afternoon offshore fishing. As soon as my line was in the water I had a bite, then we caught fish after fish! We mush have caught about 50 fish between us. It was a great experience and is highly recommended. I’d never fished before in my life, but after being shown what to do it was easy to pick up.

    John M. with Gage B. of Clearwater, Florida

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    Captain Wade was great. Worked hard and put me in lots of fish! Will definitely call him again!

    Brian G. with Wade O. of Tampa, Florida

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    Not sure why we didn’t have our original captain as I selected on the web site. I would not recommend a trip through your services ever again. Very unprofessional operation and glad to provide the crappy feedback. Rating 2

    Robert P. with Roy J. of St. Petersburg, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Absolutely amazing fishing experience! From catching a variety of big fish to catching sharks and seeing dolphins, it was the complete package. Highly recommend. The guides answered all our questions and talked to us like we’ve been friends for years. 100% would go on this trip again.

    Karlee G. with Heather H. of Clearwater, Florida

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    Great Fishing trip with Noah. We had a great time and we could not of asked for a better experience.

    Mike P. with Gage B. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Fantastic service and best Capt. And first mate. Wel all caught over 20 fish a piece. Will highly recommend your charter in the future.

    Foster (. with Brad D. of Clearwater, Florida

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    Awesome trip! DJ and Milan did a great job getting us into the fish! Caught a really nice blue fish. Great experience! Thank you!

    Rex G. with Heather H. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Nick was an amazing captain! He got us on some fish right away! We had a great time!

    Chris S. with Nick H. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great time with Brooke. Showed us a lot of the area while we fished. Had to change days because of weather. That was no factor. Glad all fit in. He is very interested in teaching the youth to fish. He got stuck with 2 old farts that still had a good time m

    Wayne J. with Brook W. of Bradenton, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great half day out on the water with Hank. Very friendly and done a good job of keeping us on the fish.

    Brian W. with Hank V. of St. Petersburg, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    I could not have asked for a better outfit to take our family fishing. Captain Keith took us to the best spots and we caught something each time. Pat and Captain Keith were amazing with our diversity of age and skill level. Thank you again.

    Terry H. with Keith N. of Madeira Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Experience of a Lifetime! You know when you book an Air&BnB or an excursion and you have a slight apprehension due to the uncertainty of what the host guarantees? I will tell you this upfront, book with confidence. Let me explain… I’m going to do my best, but to capture the essence of what we experienced, in simple written word, is nearly an impossible task. Our guided fishing trip really started out like any other excursion. We met early morning, dockside at the “Bait House”. The host gave very clear and concise directions to our link up, what to expect and recommendations on what to bring along. The day before our trip, the staff reached out directly to ensure everyone was on the same page. We had (6) in our party. (3) adults and (3) kids. We packed our own lunches, drinks, adult beverages and snacks. This kept the guides fully engaged on fishing and not preoccupied preparing some spoiled kids’ lunch on the water. We also packed along warming layers and rain/wind gear. Our cadre of guides consisted of a captain/primary guide (Luke) and deckhand/assistant guide (Ben). Both were very cordial, professional and entertaining with their banter and dialogue. The boat was a 33’, fiberglass, Suzuki twin-engine, center console workhorse that appeared to be specifically designed for guided fishing. The live-well was fully packed with ice to preserve our harvested fish. (3) large bean bags were provided to lounge on while underway. The boat had been fitted with modern electronics for navigation, communication and fishing. Very nice, reliable, comfortable and safe vessel. Upon boarding we got a quick brief and were given ample storage space for all the gear we brought. This was key as everything must be stowed while underway. Our initial boat ride was 24 miles off the shore of Clearwater, FL. The ride was teeming with wildlife. As the sun came up, the city skyline disappeared into the horizon until you couldn’t see anything but ocean in every direction. It was magnificent. From start to finish, our guides were very organized on the boat. Gear, tackle, cabin, live bait, ect. all well organized and serviceable. As situations changed, they communicated clearly what they needed from us. Personnel management to balance the vessel and alleviate excessive listing, along with keeping the deck open to allow freedom of movement was well executed. The equipment provided was better than adequate. All of the gear was well maintained and prepped for use. From rigging and baiting to removing the fish and cleaning/prep, the guides handled every aspect of the equipment very well. My wife wanted to accomplish (2) things. She wanted to harvest fish for our family dinner that night, and catch the biggest fish. Both were achieved. We caught A LOT of fish. We began fishing for large Amber Jack, however the guide identified that the bite was slow so we shifted gears to catch our daily harvest. We slammed a bunch of amazing fish. Porgy, Hogfish, Red Snapper, Grunt and others. We also caught some fun interesting fish like: Lizard fish, Remora (suction cup fish) and blow fish. Some were even reused as bait for the huge Amber Jack we caught later in the day. After catching plenty of fish for dinner, we moved back to our original location for another run at the large Amber Jack (AJ); an artificial reef of an intentionally sunken ship. Fishing in about 80’ of water, we quickly hooked into our first AJ. After locating the targeted species, the guides quickly switched gears in an epic display of professionalism and mastery of their craft in order to draw out the largest AJs. The communication between the guides and their actions was impeccable. One man on the rod, the other in full support. As the guide asked for a certain type/color of bait fish, the other pulled it from the livewell and began to toss the same baitfish overboard. When that particular bait was unsuccessful, they moved onto another type. This was system repeated several times until they found the right bait. It was really cool to see. Very fast, deliberate and accurate fishing. Once we had the right bait, it was like the AJs were “switched on”. Shortly we were pulling monster AJs in the boat. Huge fish the size of both of a grown man’s legs. After an exciting run of pulling in several huge AJs, we were down to our last baitfish. What I’m about to tell you just can’t really capture how awesome this last cast truly was. Now, earlier in the day we had an AJ get bit by a shark. We got it in the boat and it had some teeth marks and a gushing blood. It was crazy cool. However, this last cast set into motion a series of events that we’ll certainly remember for the rest of our lives. The line was cast and immediately hooked up. My wife was fighting this monster AJ (Yes, the biggest fish of the day) for several minutes. As the AJ was retrieved and became closer to the boat (so close we could see it) two HUGE sharks swam right to it taking a gigantic bite out of the AJ. When I say “bite” I mean a literal shark-head-shaped-bite. A cartoonish bite. Like, imagine what you would see on a Saturday morning cartoon. The bite was so clean and the exact round shape of the jaws of a shark. It was remarkable. As it got up to the boat, guide Ben (in an epic display of reluctant courage mind you) reached down and pulled up this AJ. Even the pictures just don’t do this experience justice. My wife, grabbed this fish holding it right in the bitten area like a savage. She was so excited! We were all excited. As we unhooked the AJ, the guides tossed it back out and a full-on shark feeding frenzy erupted. Multiple sharks attacking this AJ in just the most amazingly violent display. This was straight up, no BS, some National Geographic sh!t. When the AJ was pulled in, nothing remained but a huge sardine head. The Gulf gave us a show we’ll never forget and it was all due to the expertise, fast thinking and relentless efforts of our guides. As if our experience wasn’t enough, our ride back was filled with dolphins, sea turtles and a host of other incredible wildlife. The guides cleaned and prepared all of our harvested fish. They even labeled them by name so we knew what types they were. Our family loves the outdoors, and we have a saying when we venture out, “Don’t expect anything”. The fishing trip that day took everyone by surprise as to how incredible it unfolded. If you are looking for an amazing experience on the water, book with confidence because we had the experience of a lifetime.

    Yuliya H. with Brad D. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    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

  • ★★★★★
    We booked for a family trip, and it was amazing!!! All of us enjoyed it thoroughly. Pat and Keith were on point, we had two boys 12 and 14 with us we all caught fish. I cannot say enough good things about this experience or Offshore Addiction's captain and crew!!

    Terry H. with Keith N. of Madeira Beach, 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

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