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22 ft 1 - 6 People From $625
Fishing in Spring Hill

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Bowfishing & Gigging

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19 ft 1 - 4 People From $500
Fishing in Crystal River

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Crystal River Bowfishing

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23 ft 1 - 6 People From $650
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Fishing in Kissimmee

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Pontoon Fishing Charter

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25 ft 1 - 6 People From $550
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Fishing in Crystal River

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Crystal River Near And Inshore

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24 ft 1 - 6 People From $475
Fishing in Ruskin

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Grouper And Snapper Trips

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23 ft 1 - 4 People From $600

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Fishing in Crystal River
Fishing in Crystal River
Fishing in Crystal River
trip description for Palm Beach Exotics and Invasives in Crystal River

Are you ready for a fishing adventure like no other? Join Captain Janot on an inland fishing charter in Palm Beach, FL, where you'll be chasing some of the most exciting and exotic invasive species in the area! That includes the iconic Peacock Bass, a variety of invasive Cichlid species, Giant Snakeheads, and more! Every single one of these species are a blast to catch, and their exciting fighting abilities are only matched by their vibrant colors and patterns. Peacock Bass in particular are known for their huge surface blow-ups, as well as their brilliant orange, yellow, red, and green coloration. These fish are known for their striking appearance and their ability to put up a strong fight, making them a true challenge for even the most experienced angler. Cichlids are very diverse, but all the species you'll see here in the Florida canals are brightly colored and highly aggressive. Get out there and catch a bunch! Read More

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Palm Beach Exotics And Invasives

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21 ft 1 - 4 People From $600
Fishing in Bradenton
Fishing in Bradenton
Fishing in Bradenton
trip description for Exploring Manatee County in Bradenton

Get ready for an unforgettable fishing experience in Manatee County, FL on this trip with Captain Noel! You'll be on board his 23' Hanson center console, hunting down inshore sportfish such as Redfish, Snook, Flounder, Trout, and more! Captain Noel is a local expert with years of experience fishing the inshore waters around Bradenton, FL, and he knows the best spots to catch a variety of fish. With his expert guidance, you'll have the opportunity to reel in some truly impressive catches—possibly even a new personal best! But it's not just about the fishing; Captain Noel will share his knowledge of the local waters and wildlife, pointing out different marine species such as manatees, dolphins, and sea turtles that may be swimming nearby. He'll also take you to the most scenic spots where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico. Don't miss out on the fishing trip of a lifetime with Captain Noel! Get out there for an action-packed day of inshore fishing, fun, and adventure in Bradenton, FL. Read More

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Exploring Manatee County

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23 ft 1 - 6 People From $500
Fishing in Homosassa
Fishing in Homosassa
Fishing in Homosassa
trip description for Reds & Snook - Fly or Light Tackle in Homosassa

Experience the Nature Coast of Florida with Captain Lacey, a 4th generation Florida Native. Lacey has been guiding the Nature Coast of Florida from Cedar Key, South to Homosassa for nearly a decade specializing in redfish, snook, and tarpon. This area of Florida is still what is considered "Old Florida," with very little development on the coast and the surrounding areas. Fishing this area is like taking a step back in time. Read More

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Reds & Snook - Fly Or Light Tackle

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17 ft 1 - 2 People From $500
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Fishing in St. Petersburg
Fishing in St. Petersburg
Fishing in St. Petersburg
trip description for St Petersburg inshore Fishing!!! in St. Petersburg

Captain George has been fishing the waters of the St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay area for over 42years and has been professionally guiding for 25 years. He welcomes all from the novice angler to the professional angler. Trips with Capt. George are family friendly but are also good for entertaining business clientele, birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties. We will fish Tampa Bay and its flats and backwater areas. We will always put you in protected waters on windy days to make sure you are in calm waters having a great time. There is a wide variety of fish in Tampa Bay that can be tailored to what you are after, whether it is dinner or just sportfishing catch and release, we customize the trip for you. The main species that we target are snook, redfish, trout and mangrove snapper but we also catch shark, spanish mackerel, sheepshead, cobia and more! The 4 hour trip is a great trip to get out there and have plenty of time to experience the great fishing that Tampa Bay has to offer. This trip is great for the novice to the average angler who doesn't want to be out there to long but still have fun catching plenty of fish. The 6 hour trip is for the angler that just can't get enough and wants to maximize their day of fishing. This trip will give the fishing fanatic plenty of time to get their fishing fix in! Also your picture could end up on a show or in magazines if you would like that. Captain George co-hosts Fishing Adventures Florida which streams on 5 channels plus YouTube, he also co-hosts Florida West Coast Fishing Report Live Monday nights on Facebook and he writes for Coastal Angler Magazine and Onshore Offshore Magazine. So there is a good possibility that you could be slightly famous after a trip with Capt. George if you would like your photo featured on one of these platforms. Read More

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St Petersburg Inshore Fishing!!!

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24 ft 1 - 5 People From $425
Fishing in St. Petersburg
Fishing in St. Petersburg
Fishing in St. Petersburg
trip description for Inshore Fishing Excursion in St. Petersburg

Captain Mike knows just where the fish bite around these parts, so listen closely to his advice - you could land yourself a trophy-sized fish! You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Mike’s 24-foot Mako, a center console that is equipped with a 225 HP Johnson Evinrude engine. She also comes with a GPS, fishfinder, live bait well, and an ice box. He will bring the energy as well as his drone and go pro so he can shoot quality videos while you reel in the likes of Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Trout, Sheepshead and maybe even catch an epic shot of a Silver King soaring out of the water! Captain Mike likes to launch out of two different spots in the St. Pete area: Maximo is where he goes to wear out sheepshead, trout, and other inshore species for some rod bending action. His other launch is E.G. Simmons park which gives you closer access to the backcountry where you can chase Big Reds and Snook! All the rods, reels, tackle, lures, licenses, and live bait come included with your trip, and Captain Mike will also clean and fillet your fish after your trip at no extra charge! He will have bottled waters on board, but feel free to bring your own food and beverages. Don’t forget a hat, sunscreen, and a cooler with ice to take home your day’s catch. No matter if you’re a beginner or a seasoned professional, Captain Mike will lead the way! Read More

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Inshore Fishing Excursion

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24 ft 1 - 4 People From $500
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Fishing in Windermere
Fishing in Windermere
Fishing in Windermere
trip description for Orlando Bass Fishing Charter in Windermere

While many people come to Orlando for the theme parks, angler enthusiasts strive for catching trophy fish in the surrounding area. Captain Steve offers to take you to the local lakes only the natives know about. Hopefully, you’ll get your “PB” at the end of the day for a photo you can show off. Come to Windermere and embark on your next fishing trip in Florida! You’ll fish aboard a 21’ Ranger bass boat that fits 4 guests and is wheelchair-accessible. It’s got all the fishfinding equipment you need and a single 225 HP Mercury engine that can reach speeds up to 50 knots. You’re sure to reach your lucky spot in no time and be safe doing it. And for a more stealthy approach, you’ll use wireless trolling motors. The boat also features an icebox and a livewell. Specializing in lake fisheries in the downtown Orlando area, Captain Steve will take you fishing for Largemouth Bass and Crappie. You can explore Johns Lake, Butler Chain of Lakes, Conway Chain of Lakes, as well as other lakes in the area just a quick drive away. With your guide, you’ll get to explore and fish some less touristy locations. Catch great photos and a glimpse of the amazing Florida wildlife. During your adventure, you’ll fish on light tackle using techniques such as trolling, spinning, fly fishing, and more to reel in your catch. You can release the fish you catch. Kids are welcome to come aboard. Before setting off, make sure to bring a Florida freshwater fishing license. All the necessary fishing tackle and lures will be waiting for you on board. The boat also offers cold bottled water during the trip but feel free to bring any drinks or food you want. Enjoy the lakes of Orlando and their wildlife and make memories of a lifetime. Don’t miss out and book now! Read More

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Orlando Bass Fishing Charter

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20 ft 1 - 4 People From $350
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Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
trip description for Reel Salty Sportfishing in Clearwater

Nick invites you to check out the local fishery in style. Come on aboard with Capt. Nick, whose main priority is to get you on some fish. Expect to use light tackle based on the species you're targeting. Speaking of which, you have the option of 4 to 8-hour trips, where you'll be fishing for the likes of Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, and Tripletail, depending on the specific season and the day's weather. Your adventure begins on board a 21' Sea Pro boat that can fit a maximum of 4 anglers. The price of your trip includes all the rods, reels, and terminal tackle you'll need for a productive day on the water. As for fishing licenses, everything will be taken care of by the captain so you don't have to worry about it. You're welcome to keep all legal species caught during the trip. Want to bring the rest of the family along for the ride? Kids are welcome aboard, so you're free to make it a family adventure. Book your trip now and hit the water with Nick. Read More

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Reel Salty Sportfishing

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26 ft 1 - 4 People From $450
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Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
trip description for Reel Salty Sportfishing Tarpon fishing in Clearwater

Tarpon fishing only! May- September Read More

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Reel Salty Sportfishing Tarpon Fishing

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26 ft 1 - 4 People From $750
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
trip description for Clearwater Fishing Thriller! in Clearwater

Are you ready for the fishing adventure of a lifetime? Come join Captain Steve or Captain DJ on board their beautiful 34' delta sportfishing vessel, and get out there on a thrilling charter fishing trip in the beautiful waters of Clearwater, FL! On this offshore trip, you'll be targeting a range of species across the whole water column. Up towards the surface, you'll troll and cast for Barracuda, Kingfish, Bonito,and Spanish Mackerel, while down on the bottom you'll drop lines for Grouper, Snapper, and Amberjack. Whether you're a seasoned angler or just looking to try your hand at fishing, our experienced captains and crew have got you covered. The 34' Delta sportfisher is a purpose-built fishing vessel equipped with top-of-the-line fishing gear, comfortable seating, restrooms, and all the amenities you need for a successful day on the water. Licensed to carry up to 6 passengers, this safe, clean, comfortable vessel carries state-of-the-art Furuno GPS bottom-sounder and radar and is equipped with Coast Guard approved safety equipment, EPIRB radio beacon, life preservers, flares, and throwable life ring. There is a bathroom, tuna tower, outriggers for offshore trolling, fish-fighting chairs, and plenty of seating on board. 4 hour, 5 hour, and 6 hour charters are offered in the morning and afternoon and are generally bottom fishing in winter and trolling in spring, summer, and fall. 8 hour, 10 hour, and 12 hour charters require a morning departure (7am at the latest) and are the perfect length for bottom fishing, trolling, and live baiting. Red snapper season begins June 1st through July and requires a 10 or 12 hour trip! Captain Steve and Captain DJ have years of fishing experience out of Clearwater combined, so you'll be in great hands when you set out to bag some fish! Read More

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Clearwater Fishing Thriller!

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34 ft 1 - 6 People From $880
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
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 From $1,200
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
trip description for Clearwater Flats fishing in Clearwater

Captain Tyson specializes in fishing the inlets and beaches for world-class saltwater fish species. The pristine waters of Florida’s Gulf Coast including Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Redington Beach and Tampa Bay are home to an incredibly diverse variety of gamefish including: snook, trout, redfish and the king of inshore fishing…the mighty tarpon. Come fish with us! Whether you're a serious angler wanting to pursue a quest for a trophy fish or a novice wanting to learn the basics of saltwater fishing, he can do it all. Read More

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Clearwater Flats Fishing

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25 ft 1 - 5 People From $550
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
trip description for Crushing Clearwater Offshore in Clearwater

Are you ready for the fishing adventure of a lifetime? Come join Captain Steve or Captain DJ on board their beautiful 34' Crusader sportfishing vessel, and get out there on a thrilling charter fishing trip in the beautiful waters of Clearwater, FL! On this offshore trip, you'll be targeting a range of species across the whole water column. Up towards the surface, you'll troll and cast for Barracuda, Kingfish, Bonito,and Spanish Mackerel, while down on the bottom you'll drop lines for Grouper, Snapper, and Amberjack. Whether you're a seasoned angler or just looking to try your hand at fishing, our experienced captains and crew have got you covered. The 34' Crusader is a purpose-built fishing vessel equipped with top-of-the-line fishing gear, comfortable seating, restrooms, and all the amenities you need for a successful day on the water. Licensed to carry up to 6 passengers, this safe, clean, comfortable vessel carries state-of-the-art Furuno GPS bottom-sounder and radar and is equipped with Coast Guard approved safety equipment, EPIRB radio beacon, life preservers, flares, and throwable life ring. There is a bathroom, tuna tower, outriggers for offshore trolling, fish-fighting chairs, and plenty of seating on board. 4 hour, 5 hour, and 6 hour charters are offered in the morning and afternoon and are generally bottom fishing in winter and trolling in spring, summer, and fall. 8 hour, 10 hour, and 12 hour charters require a morning departure (7am at the latest) and are the perfect length for bottom fishing, trolling, and live baiting. Red snapper season begins June 1st through July and requires a 10 or 12 hour trip! Captain Steve and Captain DJ have years of fishing experience out of Clearwater combined, so you'll be in great hands when you set out to bag some fish! Read More

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Crushing Clearwater Offshore

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34 ft 1 - 6 People From $880
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
trip description for Shallow Water Sightfishing in Clearwater

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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Shallow Water Sightfishing

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18 ft 1 - 2 People From $500
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
trip description for Clearwater Nearshore - 22’ Dusky in Clearwater

Looking a fun and enjoyable charter out of Clearwater, FL? This trip with Captain Brad is a Clearwater fishing charter at it’s finest! On this trip, you can enjoy some of the world's best bottom fishing, hooking up Groupers, Snappers, Sharks, Hogfish, and many other species on light to heavy tackle. If you're looking for some thrilling fishing, you're in the right place! You'll be out there on board Captain Brad's 22' Dusky center console. She's a super versatile vessel that's ideal for mixing it up and fishing inshore or nearshore! Captain Brad will supply everything you need for an awesome day on the water, from rods and reels to bait and tackle. Book a trip with him and see what Clearwater has to offer! Read More

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Clearwater Nearshore - 22’ Dusky

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22 ft 1 - 3 People From $550
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
trip description for Coastal Clearwater Charter in Clearwater

Join Captain Cameron for an amazing day out on the water, tailored to your skill level and goals. Captain Cameron's expertise lies in his ability to customize your trip to exceed your expectations, whether you're a seasoned angler looking to catch your next trophy or just starting out. Off the coast of Clearwater, FL, you'll find a diverse range of inshore species, including Snook, Redfish, Black Drum, and Sea Trout. If you want to explore deeper waters, Captain Cameron can take you to check out reefs for amberjack and grouper. In the summer months, Tarpon also migrate through the waters off of Clearwater. You just need to let Captain Cameron know which species you want to target, and he'll make it happen! Captain Cameron's boat comes fully equipped with everything you need for a successful day of fishing, including rods, reels, tackle, bait, and fishing licenses. All you need to bring are your favorite snacks and drinks, sun protection, and camera, and Captain Cameron will take care of the rest! Read More

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Coastal Clearwater Charter

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24 ft 1 - 5 People From $550
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
trip description for Bottom Fishing and Trolling in Clearwater

Captain Bob offers fishing charters throughout the year in Clearwater, FL. Our fishing boats have a six-person capacity where all are welcome, and you can spend 4 to 8 hours fishing for grouper, snapper, hogfish, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, barracuda, and more depending on the season. Fishing for sport? We can catch and release so that you can enjoy the thrill of the hunt. Enjoy trolling, bottom fishing and shark fishing with a day out on the water that you and your loved ones will remember for a lifetime. Bob has a wealth of fishing knowledge and uses only the best equipment to ensure a successful and enjoyable day on the water. With a commitment to customer satisfaction, we take the time to understand our client’s needs and tailor their trips accordingly. From the stunning views of the waterways to the thrill of reeling in a big catch, we provide an experience that will leave a lasting impression. So, whether you're a seasoned angler or a first-time fisherman, book your next fishing charter with Bob and his crew and discover why they are the premier fishing charter service in Clearwater, FL. Read More

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Bottom Fishing And Trolling

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30 ft 1 - 6 People From $750
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
trip description for Clearwater 2 Hr Family Fishing Trip in Clearwater

Perfect for the family to get out on the pristine waters of Clearwater beach fishing. This trip is caters to all skill levels and with kids of any age level. We will make sure everyone has a great time. And leave the kids with a smile on their face. Read More

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Clearwater 2 Hr Family Fishing Trip

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23 ft 1 - 5 People From $350
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
trip description for Tarpon Fishing Baby! in Clearwater

Embark on an epic fishing adventure in the Gulf of Mexico as you chase the mighty Tarpon, the ultimate trophy fish. Join us for an exhilarating tarpon fishing trip aboard our top-of-the-line 22' Dusky Bay Boat, specially designed to navigate these waters with ease. Whether you're an advanced angler seeking a challenge, a beginner looking to learn the ropes, or an intermediate angler honing your skills, our skilled guides will ensure an unforgettable experience tailored to your skill level. Experience the thrill of the chase as you cast your line and entice these magnificent silver kings with a variety of techniques including artificial lure fishing, light tackle fishing, live bait fishing, and sight casting. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you witness the powerful leaps and acrobatics of these massive fish, known for their incredible strength and stamina. With our expert guidance, you'll have the opportunity to test your skills and tackle one of the most sought-after game fish in the world. Whether you choose to fish inshore or venture nearshore, the Gulf of Mexico offers prime habitat for tarpon. As you cruise along the stunning coastline, you'll not only have the chance to hook into these impressive creatures but also soak in the breathtaking natural beauty that surrounds you. So grab your fishing gear, bring your sense of adventure, and get ready for an unforgettable tarpon fishing experience in the pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Book your tarpon fishing trip today and get ready to embark on a thrilling angling adventure that will leave you with lifelong memories. Our experienced guides, state-of-the-art equipment, and prime fishing locations ensure an action-packed and rewarding fishing experience for anglers of all skill levels. Don't miss the opportunity to test your mettle against the mighty tarpon – the "Silver King" awaits! Read More

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Tarpon Fishing Baby!

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22 ft 1 - 2 People From $800

Everything to Know About Booking a Tampa river fishing charter

What are the best river fishing charters in Tampa?

Why should I book a river fishing charter in Tampa with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 4 river trip in Tampa: Tampa Bowfishing Charters guided by Ike.

Our guides in Tampa are rated a 4.94 out of 5 based on 3223 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.

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

What types of river fishing charters are common in Tampa?

The most commonly sought after species for river Fishing are: 1. redfish, 2. speckled trout, 3. flounder, and 4. sheepshead.

The most common fishing techniques in Tampa are live bait fishing, light tackle fishing, and sight casting but artificial lure fishing and cut bait fishing are popular as well.

How much do Tampa river fishing charters cost?

for river fishing in Tampa prices can range anywhere from about $500 to $850, but the average price for a half day trip for river fishing in Tampa is $625. The average price for a full day trip for river fishing in Tampa is $737.

Is booking a fishing guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a fishing guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced fishing guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is on the water every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear and tackle, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your home waters, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

What month is best for river fishing in Tampa?

The most popular season for river fishing in Tampa is summer, and most anglers book their trips 17 days in advance.

Do I need 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.

What is river fishing in Tampa all about?

River fishing in Tampa is a rewarding experience, offering a variety of fish species and beautiful scenic views. The Hillsborough River, which flows through Tampa, is a prime spot for anglers. One of the most popular species to target in this river is the largemouth bass. Known for their strong fighting abilities, largemouth bass can be found near underwater structures, such as fallen trees and vegetation. Anglers often use artificial lures like soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits to entice these fish.

Another notable species in the Hillsborough River is the catfish, with channel catfish and bullhead catfish being the most common. Catfish are typically found in deeper, slower-moving sections of the river, often near the bottom. They are usually caught using natural baits such as worms, chicken livers, or cut bait. Fishing for catfish can be particularly productive during the evening and nighttime hours, as these fish are more active during low-light conditions. This makes night fishing a popular and exciting option for anglers looking to catch a sizable catfish.

Panfish, including species like bluegill, sunfish, and crappie, are also abundant in Tampa’s rivers. These smaller fish provide plenty of action and are great for anglers of all ages and skill levels. Panfish are often found in shallow waters near the banks, especially around aquatic vegetation and submerged structures. They can be caught using light tackle and small baits such as live worms, crickets, or tiny jigs. Panfish are especially popular for family fishing trips, as they are easy to catch and provide a fun and engaging fishing experience. Overall, river fishing in Tampa offers diverse opportunities and a chance to enjoy the natural beauty of the area while pursuing a variety of fish species.

What are the most popular months to go river fishing in Tampa?

River fishing in Tampa varies throughout the year, with each season offering unique opportunities and challenges for anglers. During the spring months, the water temperatures start to rise, making fish more active and easier to catch. This is an excellent time for targeting species like largemouth bass, as they move into shallower waters for spawning. Anglers often find success using soft plastic baits and crankbaits around submerged structures and vegetation. Panfish, such as bluegill and crappie, also become more active in the spring, making this a great time for family fishing outings.

In the summer, the fishing can become more challenging due to the heat, but it also brings opportunities for catching different species. Early mornings and late evenings are the best times to fish, as the temperatures are cooler and the fish are more active. Catfish, in particular, are a popular target during the summer months. They tend to stay in deeper, cooler parts of the river during the day and become more active in the evening. Night fishing for catfish with natural baits like chicken livers or cut bait can be very productive during this time.

Fall offers a reprieve from the summer heat and is another excellent season for river fishing in Tampa. As the water temperatures begin to cool, fish start to feed more aggressively in preparation for the winter. This is a prime time to catch largemouth bass, as they move out of their deeper summer haunts and become more active in shallower waters again. Additionally, fall is a great time for catching panfish, as they continue to be active and provide consistent action for anglers. Overall, each season in Tampa's rivers brings its own set of conditions and opportunities, making river fishing a year-round activity with plenty of variety.

What techniques are popular for river fishing in Tampa?

River fishing in Tampa offers a variety of types and techniques to suit different angler preferences and target species. One popular method is bank fishing, where anglers fish from the river's edge. This technique is accessible and allows for easy access to prime fishing spots without the need for a boat. When bank fishing, using live bait such as worms, minnows, or crickets can be particularly effective for catching species like bluegill, crappie, and catfish. Anglers can also use artificial lures, such as jigs and soft plastics, to target largemouth bass and other predatory fish that lurk near the shore.

Another common type of river fishing in Tampa is wade fishing. This technique involves anglers walking into the water, typically up to waist or chest deep, to reach areas that are otherwise inaccessible from the bank. Wade fishing is especially useful in shallow parts of the river where fish may be congregating around submerged structures like fallen trees, rock piles, and weed beds. Anglers often use lightweight spinning tackle and soft plastic baits, topwater lures, or small crankbaits to entice bass and other species. Wade fishing provides a closer connection to the environment and can be a rewarding experience for those who enjoy being in the water.

For those who prefer a more mobile approach, kayak or canoe fishing is an excellent option on Tampa's rivers. These watercraft allow anglers to explore different parts of the river, including deeper channels and secluded backwaters. Fishing from a kayak or canoe provides the advantage of stealth, as these vessels create minimal disturbance, making it easier to approach fish. Anglers can use a variety of techniques, such as trolling with live bait or casting lures like spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, and swimbaits to cover more water and locate active fish. This method is particularly effective for targeting larger game fish like largemouth bass and catfish, and it offers the added benefit of a peaceful and scenic adventure on the river.

What species are popular for river fishing in Tampa?

When river fishing in Tampa, anglers can expect to encounter a diverse array of fish species, each offering a unique challenge and rewarding catch. One of the most popular species targeted in Tampa’s rivers is the largemouth bass. Known for their aggressive strikes and strong fights, largemouth bass are a favorite among sport fishers. They are typically found around structures like submerged logs, vegetation, and rocky areas where they hunt for prey. Anglers often use a variety of lures such as crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics to entice these formidable predators.

Another common species in Tampa’s rivers is the catfish. Both channel catfish and blue catfish are prevalent in these waters, providing excellent opportunities for those who enjoy bottom fishing. Catfish are known for their size and strength, making them a sought-after catch for many anglers. They are typically caught using live or cut bait such as worms, shrimp, or small fish. Fishing for catfish is often done in deeper parts of the river, especially around bends and drop-offs where the current slows down and food tends to accumulate.

Panfish, including bluegill, crappie, and redear sunfish, are also abundant in Tampa’s rivers. These smaller fish are ideal for anglers of all skill levels, especially those looking for a fun and productive day on the water. Panfish are often found in shallower, calmer sections of the river, particularly around aquatic vegetation and submerged structures. They can be caught using simple setups with live bait like worms and crickets, or small artificial lures such as jigs and spinners. Panfish are known for their willingness to bite and can provide a steady stream of action, making them a great target for family fishing trips or novice anglers.

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    Captain Ike is a first class person very polite very nice guy me and my son had a great time will do it again when we come back.

    Chris H. with Ike C. of Tampa, Florida

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    We had a great morning on the water with Captain George. He put us over fish right away. First cast went into the cooler! He was very knowledgeable and courteous. We enjoyed our time on his boat!

    Lindy K. with George H. of St. Petersburg, Florida

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    Justin C. with Ike C. of Tampa, Florida

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    We had an absolutely amazing time with Captain George! We had several other fishermen passing through that were going on about how it was a “tough day” but not with Captain George!! He put us right on the fish! He was always aware of his surroundings, watching the schools of bait fish, and making sure we were in the most optimal spot. He was very knowledgeable about all of the species we caught throughout the day. We were having such a blast that we added an extra hour to onto our trip, which is when he put us on to the BIGGEST Spanish Mackerel I’ve ever seen!! Just to top it off, he was also very kind and caring. He never lost patience with me when he kept having to cast my pole into difficult spots, and he made sure to remind us to drink plenty of water and reapply sunscreen. At the end of the trip, as he was cleaning our fish, I began to overheat and he knew EXACTLY what to do. He stayed calm, let us stay for a while as I regained my strength, and even checked on me later on in the day. What an amazing experience, captain, and day!! 10/10! We will be fishing with Captain George when we are back this way, and will be referring all of our friends and family!

    Lauren H. with George H. of St. Petersburg, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Kevin did an awesome job. Although the conditions were difficult we still caught a meal to take home with us. He was very patient with the kids and kept things entertaining and informative. Had a great time!

    Kurt G. with Kevin T. of Crystal River, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great time , enough action . Bad weather, Kevin did a great job

    Kenneth K. with Kevin T. of Crystal River, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Capt. Steve did an awesome job keeping our crew of six old salts on fish while battling the wind and unseasonably cold weather. We landed fish and were happy with our day out. Capt. Steve was professional and personable.

    Joseph G. with Steve N. of Kissimmee, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    My two sons and I fished with Capt. Kevin today and had a blast. Kevin worked hard to put us in fish. The day was a complete success. Caught everything from redfish to an 80lb shark with a few gag groupers a grunts in between. Don’t hesitate to fish with him. He knows the fishery and is helps that he’s a really nice guide…

    Todd P. with Kevin T. of Crystal River, Florida

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    Noel was professional, knowledgeable and genuinely fun to spend the day with. We caught a boat load of fish-snook, redfish and trout. Thanks

    Gerald G. with Noel S. of Bradenton, Florida

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    Very nice man, a true professional! Great knowledge and work ethic. Handled the ages from 85-3 with grace and class! Thank you Steve!

    Douglas C. with Steve N. of Kissimmee, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    My daught had an absolute blast. Noel let her help with the bait. It was the best trip we have ever been on. We will be going again next time we come here.

    Tanya S. with Noel S. of Bradenton, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Thanks so much Kevin! He worked overtime to make sure we had an epic day! Crystal River is a beautiful, amazing place and Kevin is a wonderful guide.

    Dena C. with Kevin T. of Crystal River, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    5 star captain. Worked hard to get us on the bite. Super knowledgeable about the area and all of the wildlife. Great personality. Will book again in future. Family had a blast.

    Tony C. with Kevin T. of Crystal River, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    The trip was perfect. Despite cold weather, Captain Kevin did everything to make sure the boys were catching fish, and they all did. He shared his knowledge about the local waterways and animals/fish, and the kids learned a lot. He was great with the kids! He was very patient and taught them a lot. We will definitely use Captain Experiences and Captain Kevin again when we return to Crystal River.

    Amanda S. with Kevin T. of Crystal River, Florida

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    Had the best time. Captain worked hard to keep all 6 of us fishing. Can’t wait to go again!

    William S. with Steve N. of Kissimmee, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had awesome trip with capt Mike. He is very pleasant, knowledgeable and patient. With his guidance we caught snappers, red fish, snook, and cat fish and kept 12 great sized snappers😊

    Laura A. with Mike A. of St. Petersburg, Florida

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