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21 ft 1 - 4 People From $350
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Tampa Bay Inshore Fun

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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 St. Petersburg
Fishing in St. Petersburg
Fishing in St. Petersburg
trip description for St. Petersburg Inshore Adventures in St. Petersburg

Get out there and enjoy a fun, laid-back light tackle sportfishing trip on beautiful Tampa Bay. On this trip with 27 year veteran Captain Wade, you'll be going after classic species including snook, redfish, seatrout, and more! There are multiple options for your adventure, so you can find what's best for you. On the three-hour charter, you'll get a great introduction to Tampa Bay and have time to catch multiple species of fish. This is ideal for visitors, first-timers, couples, seniors, or parents with kids, young or old. Of course, you'll be treated to professional, family-friendly service and courteous expert instruction. Four hours provides a greater opportunity to cover a larger area of Tampa Bay and catch more fish. Many people find this amount of time ideal for entertaining friends, clientele or hosting bachelor parties. Have a blast, while competing to see who catches the biggest fish or most fish. Six hours is highly recommended to maximize your fishing adventure on Tampa Bay. This charter is ideal for avid anglers, and enthusiasts looking to hone their inshore angling skills. Experience fishing numerous grass flats, mangrove shorelines, oyster beds, creeks and back-bays. No matter the adventure you select, you'll have a great time fishing with Captain Wade! He provides premium spin, fly or plug fishing tackle such as G-Loomis, Bull Bay, Penn, Sage and Tibor. Live-bait, flies, artificial lures, ice, bottled drinking water and sunscreen lotion is also provided. He will also fillet, bag, and ice your catch, should you decide to keep some fish for lunch or dinner! His 24' Sheaffer, “regarded the best bay boat in the industry,” is ideal for fishing the inshore environment and was refurbished in 2022 with brand-new electronics and motor. Get out there and enjoy all that Tampa Bay has to offer! Afishionado, "Always an Adventure." Read More

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St. Petersburg Inshore Adventures

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24 ft 1 - 6 People From $400
Fishing in Apollo Beach
Fishing in Apollo Beach
Fishing in Apollo Beach
trip description for Tampa Bay Flats, Mangroves & Bay in Apollo Beach

Looking for a great time fishing in Tampa Bay? Well look no further! With over 20 years fishing the waters of Tampa Bay and the surrounding areas, Captain Tommy strives to offer you the best experience catching all Tampa Bay has to offer. Different times of year present opportunities at a multitude of species in this year round fishery. Climb aboard a well equipped Action Craft 2410 Tournament Edition center console with custom tower that can get anywhere in the Bay. Anyone and everyone is welcome aboard With a limit of 4 customers you and your crew will be sure to have Captain Tommy's full attention. Read More

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Tampa Bay Flats, Mangroves & Bay

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25 ft 1 - 4 People From $600
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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

Flats, Inshore, River Fishing Charter near Tampa

St Petersburg Inshore Fishing!!!

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24 ft 1 - 5 People From $425
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
trip description for Clearwater Flats Fishing in Clearwater

What’s the difference between a clearwater fishing guide & a charter captain? Anyone can go out and pass a test to get a Charter Captains' license. However, a guide is someone who truly knows how to fish in the area. From having the right equipment, boat, waterway knowledge to knowing what is biting on a summer's morn vs. a winter's eve and what bait to use in each scenario. Captain Craig is a true, ‘Clearwater Fishing Guide’. From shallow grass flats fishing to the bays, Captain Craig's flats fishing charters are among the best in the area. His flats charters include taking one to 3 persons to areas such as the grass flats, nearshore, backwaters, and bays along Clearwater and Tarpon Springs and even into Tampa Bay. These flats fishing experiences include casting with artificial or live bait along with traditional & fly fishing with no price disparity between any technique or quarry! Expect to catch snook, redfish, tarpon, mackerel, sharks, cobia, threadfin, & more! You will be fishing aboard Captain Craigs 21' Backcountry Flats boat equipped with a trolling motor and polling platform which allow Captain Craig to sneak you up on the fish to get the best possible look at catching them! This boat can maneuver the skinny water (hence the name of his charter) to chase down the awesome flats fish like tailing Reds, Snook, and even Tarpon! Captain Craig will provide almost everything for your flats fishing adventure from rods, reels, tackle, bait, fishing licenses, and even fish cleaning though he does encourage catch and release. All you'll need to bring are some snacks and drinks, your sun protection, and your own fly gear if that's your flavor, but Captain Craig will take care of the rest to ensure you have an epic day out on the water! Feel free to bring your young ones on this family-friendly trip; Captain Craig is great at getting kids hooked on fishing, and kids under 12 come aboard for free! Read More

Flats, Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore Fishing Charter near Tampa

Clearwater Flats Fishing

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23 ft 1 - 4 People From $560
Fishing in Largo
Fishing in Largo
Fishing in Largo
trip description for Offshore Catch and Release in Largo

Embark on an Epic Offshore Catch and Release Adventure with Captain Cameron in Largo, FL! Join Captain Cameron for an adrenaline-pumping offshore fishing expedition in the stunning waters of Largo, Florida. With a comprehensive range of fishing techniques at your disposal, this trip promises an unforgettable day filled with the thrill of catch and release. Diverse Fishing Techniques Captain Cameron's expertise spans a wide spectrum of fishing techniques, ensuring a well-rounded and exciting experience for anglers of all skill levels. Whether you prefer artificial lure fishing, bottom fishing, cut bait fishing, drift fishing, heavy tackle fishing, jigging, light tackle fishing, live bait fishing, topwater fishing, or trolling, he's got you covered. Trophy Fishing Extravaganza Prepare to target an array of impressive trophy fish, including Blacktip Shark, Cobia, Gag Grouper, Goliath Grouper, Mangrove Snapper, Permit, Red Snapper, and Tarpon. This trip is primarily focused on catch and release, allowing these magnificent creatures to thrive. Some fish may be kept depending on the offshore location and the current season regulations. Captain Cameron's Expertise Captain Cameron's intimate knowledge of the local waters and years of experience ensure that you'll be in the best possible hands for a successful and sustainable offshore fishing adventure. Book Your Catch and Release Expedition Today! Whether you're a seasoned angler seeking the ultimate trophy catch or a conservation-minded enthusiast eager to experience the thrill of catch and release, Captain Cameron's fishing trip in Largo offers a day filled with excitement and respect for the marine ecosystem. Secure your spot now and get ready for an incredible day of catch and release trophy fishing with Captain Cameron! Read More

Deep Sea, Flats, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter near Tampa

Offshore Catch And Release

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24 ft 1 - 4 People From $550
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Everything to Know About Booking a Tampa topwater fishing charter

What are the best topwater fishing charters in Tampa?

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

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 13 topwater fishing trips in Tampa, and the most popular trips in the area are Tampa Bay Inshore Adventures guided by Wade, Tampa Bay Fishing Trip guided by Christopher, and Inshore Family Fun Fishing guided by Christopher.

Our guides in Tampa are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 3185 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 topwater fishing guides / fishing lessons in Tampa? Check out our beginner and family friendly topwater fishing guides in Tampa.

What types of topwater fishing charters are common in Tampa?

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

The most commonly sought after species for topwater fishing in Tampa are: 1. speckled trout, 2. snook, 3. redfish, and 4. sheepshead.

How much do Tampa topwater fishing charters cost?

for topwater fishing in Tampa prices can range anywhere from about $450 to $938, but the average price for a half day trip for topwater fishing in Tampa is $560. The average price for a full day trip for topwater fishing in Tampa is $859.

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 on a topwater fishing charter in Tampa?

The most popular season to go on a topwater fishing charter 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.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    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

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Wade was incredible. He exposed us to several different species of fish and was very educational. A huge manatee and even sting rays gave us appearances. Definitely worth while. Thank you sir!!!

    Jason V. with Wade O. of Tampa, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had an amazing time, didn’t get on the fish like we had hoped but still had a blast. That’s why they call it fishing.

    Todd D. with Nick H. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Christopher provided an exceptional fishing experience! As an army veteran and seasoned fisherman, his expertise was evident from the moment we set sail. My brother-in-law and I enjoyed a fantastic day in the bay near Tampa, reeling in trout under clear skies. Christopher's attention to detail and care extended beyond fishing – he even offered me water when I started feeling dehydrated. We had a blast and highly recommend Christopher for anyone looking.

    Rocky M. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Christopher provided an exceptional fishing experience! As an army veteran and seasoned fisherman, his expertise was evident from the moment we set off. My brother-in-law and I enjoyed a fantastic day in the bay near Tampa, reeling in trout under clear skies. Christopher's attention to detail and care extended beyond fishing – he even offered me water when I started feeling dehydrated. We had a blast and highly recommend Christopher for anyone looking to have a great time fishing in Tampa Bay!

    Rocky M. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Friendly and informative Captain we had an enjoyable morning on the bay.

    Tim B. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Five stars! Fun trip!

    Ray E. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great Captain… Last minute trip…. 1st time saltwater fishing for my daughter…..knowledgeable and personable…. Found fish in tough conditions… Will book with him again…. Don’t think I can give a better endorsement than that!

    Joseph S. with Wade O. of Tampa, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    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

  • ★★★★★
    Great time, great guide. Can’t wait for the next trip.

    Thomas G. with Nick H. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Chris was a great host!! Took my father uncle and I out on a great fishing trip. Very respectful, kind, and great sense of humor. I got the biggest catch of the day with 21 inches we will 100 percent be back. Thanks again Chris!!

    Kiani L. with Christopher T. of Tampa, 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

  • ★★★★★
    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

  • ★★★★★
    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

  • ★★★★★
    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 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

  • ★★★★★
    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 afternoon of fishing with Captain Wade in Tampa Bay; catching snook and redfish. Wade knows the bay well and he put us in the right spot for the conditions. We were originally scheduled for a Sunday morning trip but when the weather was not looking favorable, he offered to put in an extra long day and take us on Saturday afternoon. He works well with all skill levels and I highly recommend him for your next fishing trip!

    Ben R. with Wade O. of Tampa, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Wade was great! We were a bit late getting to the dock due to downtown traffic and we still went out on the water and had a good time. We caught some trout and sheepshead and so many lady fish! He was very informative on techniques and areas to fish. He kept the ride smooth and it was just a beautiful day on the water. So much wildlife out there, dolphins, ducks, pelicans and much more! Thank you for a great day on the water!

    Ashley R. with Wade O. of Tampa, Florida

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