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Top Fishing Charters in St. Petersburg

Fishing in St. Petersburg

The entire Tampa Bay area plays host to some of the finest inshore fishing grounds in the country, and St. Petersburg is more than determined to follow suit. With prolific flats fishing opportunities spanning almost the entire year, infamous nearshore fishing in the fall and spring, and the offshore waters holding a rich array of species, St Petersburg fishing has it all.

Known For

Nicknamed the “Sunshine City,” St Petersburg enjoys an average of 361 sunny days every year. It even won a Guinness World Record for logging the highest number of consecutive days of sunshine in the world, at 768 days.

If that wasn’t enough to get you hopping on a plane right away, the town is ideally located for some really unmissable fishing. St Pete and Clearwater make up a peninsula, with Tampa Bay to the east and the magnificent Gulf of Mexico to the west. And with more days of calm seas that almost anywhere in the United States, this is what we’re talking about when we say the words “a year round fishery.”

Inshore, good St Petersburg and Clearwater fishing charters can put you in some of the best places to catch a West Coast Slam - Snook, Redfish, Trout, and Tarpon all call these waters home at some point in the year. Otherwise, get the thrill of a lifetime by battling a Blacktip Shark on the flats in Tampa Bay during the summer - these toothy monsters can give one heck of a fight in just three feet of water.

Nearshore, you can find some of the best St Pete fishing - especially in Fall, when record-breaking King and Spanish Mackerel swim past the beaches on their annual migration. But that’s not all: seasonal Cobia, Grouper, Snapper and Shark hookups will keep you rods bent, whatever time of year you come to sample St Pete Beach fishing.

And as if that wasn’t enough to get you packing, take a deep sea fishing charter for the full St Pete experience. The offshore waters of the Gulf remain ripe with big game fishing potential, with the likes of Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Barracuda and Amberjack giving the Caribbean fisheries a run for their money!

Rules & Regulations

If you're fishing from a for-hire vessel, such as a guided charter or a party boat, that has a valid captain's license or a charter boat license, no license is required.

Types of Fishing

You don’t want to miss flats fishing in the Tampa Bay for amazing hook ups of Snook, Redfish, and Trout. And for thrill of a lifetime, don’t miss out on battling a Tarpon - the appropriately-named ‘Silver King’ - in shallow water. Everywhere around the iconic Skyway Bridge, fishing is unforgettable.

For deep sea fishing, Johns Pass, St Petersburg and Clearwater all have strong fishing charter fleets that will take you offshore in search of Blackfin Tuna, Snappers, Groupers, and more. Whether you are more into trolling or bottom fishing, you will be able to find a charter to suit your needs.

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St. Petersburg Fishing Seasons

Winter in St Pete won't stop you enjoying the sea breeze. With temperatures not having dropped below freezing since records started in 2010, getting out on the water is easy. Catch Trout in Tampa Bay and reef fish offshore.

Catching Gator Trout is not uncomm on at this time of year - catch them over the grass flats for a tasty meal. Fish the canals along St Pete Beach for a range of species enjoying the relatively warmer water.

If you're looking for variety, then mid March-April is the time for you in Tampa Bay. Trout remain on the flats and are joined by big Redfish. Snook start to emerge and the beaches come alive with migrating fish.

As the temperatures rise, the fishing gets better and better. The first Tarpon begin to show up at St Pete Beach and Snook fishing begins to heat up towards the end of the month. Redfish can be excellent.

Snook season closes through Sept. Although you can't keep the fish, you can catch and release them in abundance as they spawn along the beaches. Find them from south of St Pete Beach to north past Clearwater Beach.

By now, Tarpon season is in full swing. Snook continue to spawn along the beaches. Head to the flats to catch Blacktip Sharks in just 3 ft of water. The federal Red Snapper season opens for charter boats.

Tarpon fishing remains fantastic and is the main attraction of fishing at this time of year. High tourist season sees charters being booked well in advance as people rush to fill their quotas inshore and offshore.

The weather remains very hot and humid. This makes deep water fishing one of the best options, with Grouper and Snapper being on the menu. Inshore, fight a Tarpon or Shark in shallow water.

As tourist season winds down, the fishing season esculates. Temperatures become more manageable and big Kingfish arrive close to the beaches on their fall migration. People come to catch a 'smoker' from far and wide.

Tarpon season winds down, although you still catch them over rocky bottoms in the Clearwater Beach area. They love the slick created by stone crab season - just watch out for the crab lines once you're hooked!

Celebrate the amazing Kingfish migration by taking part in the Old Salt King of the Beach Tournament. Otherwise, catch Gag Grouper in as little as 12 ft of water and enjoy the return of the hot Trout season in Tampa Bay.

Celebrate the holidays by seeking out Speckled Trout on the flats in Tampa Bay. As the water cools, look for Redfish, Sheepshead, Snook, and Grouper around the docks and channels near St Pete Beach.

St. Petersburg Fishing Calendar

What People Are Saying About St. Petersburg

"Half day morning trip"

Eli Capili fished with Ultimate Fishing Charters on July 12, 2018

Snook are out of season but fun to catch. Bring sunblock, sunglasses, a hat, and wear a long sleeve fishing shirt. Make sure to listen to and respect the captain of the boat.

"Kingfish and Spanish Mackerel with Capt. Hank"

Vukan Simic fished with Deep Color Fishing on July 12, 2018

Great options inshore, nearshore and offshore options fishing water up to 50ft deep. Any time of the year, you'll have one of the big game species active and a great choice of captains to take you out fishing.

"Half day Capt greg"

Matthew Ingram fished with Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing on July 4, 2018

Key West grut American snapper red grouper

"Full day trip"

David Matheny fished with Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing on July 3, 2018

Take a private charter not a party barge

Top Fishing Techniques in St. Petersburg

  1. Deep Sea Fishing

Top Targeted Species in St. Petersburg

Snook

Redfish

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Cobia

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