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Topwater Fishing Charters Near Tampa, Fl
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
Tampa Bay Flats, Mangroves & Bay
There's simply no better way to enjoy the water than a backcountry fishing trip with Captain T.J. He's fished the mangroves and around Tampa Bay for years, and you can be sure that he'll put you right where the fish are! This area provides the perfect habitat for several sportfish species, especially Snook, Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Mangrove Snapper! These species are perfect inshore opponents that fight hard and love to bite on a range of lures and baits. There's nothing like pulling some big ol' Snook out of the mangrove roots, whether it's your first fish or your hundredth! In addition to these inshore species, on a six-hour trip you'll be able to take a crack at nearshore gamefish including Blacktips, Bull Sharks, Gag Grouper, Jack Crevalle, and more! Strap in, because these fish are a challenge for any angler. On this trip, you'll be taken care of aboard Captain T.J.'s 22' BullsBay bay boat (say that three times fast!). She's a beauty, and is equipped with a 200-HP Suzuki engine to take you "dock to dock" smoothly and comfortable. She also features a full kit of electronics, a wireless trolling motor, and a live well for your bait. Captain T.J. will bring everything you need for a great day, including all the rods, reels, bait, and tackle. All you need to bring is proper clothing, sunscreen, and a pair of sunglasses to help you spot fish. Read More
Tampa Bay Backcountry Trip
Get out there and enjoy a fun, laid-back light tackle sportfishing trip on beautiful Tampa Bay. On this trip with 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, 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 is an ideal boat for fishing this 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
St. Petersburg Inshore Adventures
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
Offshore Catch And Release
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
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Everything to Know About Booking a Tampa topwater fishing charter
What are the best topwater fishing charters in Tampa?
Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 11 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 9581 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 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. redfish, 2. snook, 3. speckled trout, and 4. blacktip shark.
How much do Tampa topwater fishing charters cost?
for topwater fishing in Tampa prices can range anywhere from an affordable $300 to $1,000, but the average price for a half day trip for topwater fishing in Tampa is $534. The average price for a full day trip for topwater fishing in Tampa is $808.
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 spring, and most anglers book their trips 16 days in advance.
Do I need a Tampa fishing license and what are the bag limits in Tampa?
You’re in luck! Our fishing tours in Tampa don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. See here for more information on bag limits and fishing season regulations in Tampa.
Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences
MY SON HAD THE TIME OF HIS LIFE
RON L. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida
Cody was great! Very Knowledgeable and Helpful for the entire trip. Definitely recommend!
Doug H. with Cody B. of Tampa, Florida
Trip was fun. Thanks
Galen K. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida
We had a great time, great guide. Would highly recommend him.
Daryl H. with Cody B. of Tampa, Florida
We went out with captain Chris and had a BLAST. Great time great vibes, Chris is a hell of a guy and knows what he’s doing do a T, he put us on tons of fish between the both of us we probably caught around 30 fish in 4 hours!
Nick D. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida
He was so freaking awesome! This was a great experience and I would recommend him to any and everyone!
CAMECIA B. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida
Captain Wade was the absolute best! He came fully prepared with the best rods and plenty of bait to last the entire day. His expertise is second to none, a true professional. On top of that, he put us on fish all day long.
David S. with Wade O. of Tampa, Florida
Wade was awesome. We caught fish on the first cast, literally. It took about 30 seconds. I took my kids and my son-in-law and we had a fantastic time. I highly recommend Wade and I will definitely be back!
Quint W. with Wade O. of Tampa, Florida
We had a great time. Chris was a great captain/fishing guide. We had a hookup on the first cast fishing near the mangrove trees. Took home two good sized red fish, a snapper and a spotted trout. Had a few got aways and a couple throw backs (under sized). It was a fun half day. Thanks Captain Chris!
Harry Y. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida
Wade was great! Patient with us newbie fishermen and didn't give up trying to find us fish for dinner. Great time. Thanks!
Henry C. with Wade O. of Tampa, Florida
Chris was excellent. Great knowledge nice boat had a fantastic time. Thank you so much.
Brian C. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida
Great trip, great captain.
We had a wonderful vacation at Clearwater Beach Florida. So many memories. The totally enjoyed fishing with Captain Christopher, he was knowledgeable and easy to talk with. Good time for them. Only comment was a little larger boat for the four of them. But then they like to move around…thank you for the memories. Denise
Denise S. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida
It was a blast! Chris knew where the fish were biting. And I caught my first hammerhead shark! Overall 10/10!
Laura K. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida
Bad weather plagued our trip. A big fog bank rolled in on us. Caught a few but it could have been better. I saw no other boats catching fish either. Chris knows his stuff and I'm booking a Tarpon trip with him next month.
Walter R. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida
Had a great time! Caught a lot of fish! Would recommend!
Michael H. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida
Captain Chris put us on some fish and made us laugh!!! Made a good experience out of a hot day! 10/10 recommend! We had a blast
Madelyn S. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida
Christopher was an excellent captain and fishing guide who gave me and my buddy a memorable trip across tampa bay! We caught many shark, and other fish at our stops. If you’re anywhere near the Tampa area it’s worth the drive and Captain Christopher will make the experience a life long memory!
Julian K. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida
A good day on the water with Captain Chris. Plan to go back out on the water with him soon.
Larry H. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida
Went fishing for my bachelor party. Chris was super cool. We had a great time laughing and joking the whole time. He was able to put us in fish and keep things lively. Excellent experience. Will be back again eventually.
Landen D. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida
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