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What are the best fishing charters in Tampa?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 13 trips in Tampa, and the most popular trips in the area are Half Day Trip (AM) guided by Matt, Night Fishing Trip – 2 PAX guided by Matt, and Half Day Trip – Sight Casting guided by Jake.

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Other popular fishing spots nearby for booking a charter include Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Indian Rocks Beach.

What types of fishing charters are common in Tampa?

Inshore fishing is the most popular in Tampa as well as flats fishing, nearshore fishing, and river fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Tampa are: 1. tarpon, 2. redfish, 3. snook, 4. speckled trout / spotted seatrout, and 5. mangrove snapper.

The most common fishing techniques in Tampa are light tackle fishing, bottom fishing, and heavy tackle fishing but trolling and gigging are popular as well.

How much do Tampa fishing charters cost?

in Tampa prices can range anywhere from $449 to $1,200, but the average price for a half day in Tampa is $552. The average price for a full day in Tampa is $831.

When is the best time to go fishing in Tampa?

The most popular season for fishing in Tampa is summer, and most anglers book their trips 9 days in advance.

Where can I get a Tampa fishing license and what are the bag limits in Tampa?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Tampa, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Tampa. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Tampa.

Tampa Bay Charter Fishing

There is no shortage of variety when it comes to fishing charters in Tampa Florida. Whether you want a half-day Tampa flats fishing trip, a multi-day Tampa Bay deep sea fishing charter, or anything in between, Tampa fishing tours have it all. The inshore fishing in Tampa Bay is some of the best in the state of Florida, and that's saying something! Leaving the bay behind gives anglers an opportunity to experience a variety of nearshore and deep sea species on our Tampa fishing charters. With hot summers and moderate winters, the bite is always on, and with the variety of fishing charters Tampa offers, there is bound to be something for everyone!

Tampa Bay Inshore Fishing Charters

Just by looking at a map of Tampa Bay will get any inshore angler's adrenaline pumping. Visiting Tampa to go inshore fishing gives anglers a unique opportunity to check off bucket list species just a few minutes away from the big city. Tampa has all the features of a world-class inshore fishery: from mudflats, sand bars, and islands - to channels, cuts, and mangrove forests. This makes Tampa Bay's inshore community very biodiverse. Tampa's favorite fish, Snook, can be caught year-round, but the bite picks up from April to October. 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. The Silver King, or Tarpon, can be caught in the summer months when they invade Tampa Bay in search of schooling Menhaden or other baitfish. The formidable Redfish is the bread and butter of Tampa Bay fishing and the bite picks up from March through October. Other species to catch in Tampa include Sheepshead, Speckled Trout, and King Mackerel in the deeper waters.

Deep Sea Fishing Tampa FL

Just a short boat ride out of the bay will bring you to some highly productive nearshore waters. Deep dropping or trolling around structure will bring Hogfish, Snapper, Grouper, Cobia, and other formidable fighters to our Tampa charter boats. Schools of baitfish hang out near the mouth of the bay in the summer, so that's a great place to start. There are also plenty of reefs & wrecks always providing a diverse catch to Tampa deep sea fishing charters. For the full-day and extended day offshore trips of 40+ miles out, Kingfish, Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, and billfish can be caught.

Things to do in Tampa, FL

Once your day on the water ends, there's plenty to do in Tampa and the surrounding areas. Tampa offers all the perks of a big city while still feeling like a small town. Close by are numerous beaches, both in the bay and on the ocean. For the thrill seekers, Busch Gardens is a world-famous amusement park located in Tampa. Season and weather permitting, the Tampa Bay Rays baseball games and Tampa Bay Buccaneers football games are great for any crowd. Tampa also has a great seafood restaurant and bar scene for the 21+ crew. Check out our trips for more on Tampa fishing charters prices, target species, and more!

Tampa Tides and Weather

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How are fishing conditions in Tampa?

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