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Wet Lines Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(425 reviews)
Clearwater
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Rebel Coast Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(247 reviews)
Clearwater
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $300

Florida Professional Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
Tampa
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trips from $250

Capt. Evan Denis Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(170 reviews)
Belleair Bluffs
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trips from $500

Tampa Fishing Academy and Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(60 reviews)
Apollo Beach
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $425

Deep Color Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(317 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from $400

Glo#1 Fishing Charters Captain Juan Herndon

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(74 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from $500

Lock it Down Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(66 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from $500

Full Throttle Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
Clearwater
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trips from $300

Capt Tony Frankland Inshore Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(30 reviews)
Tampa
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trips from $500

Tampa Bay is a great place to get a taste of Florida’s superb fishing! What’s more, there’s an incredible number of Tampa Bay fishing charters ready to put you on the hot bite. With no shortage of incredible, hard-fighting, and tasty fish, the question isn’t why you should try fishing in Tampa Bay – it’s why wouldn’t you?

The bay is actually a saltwater estuary, with 400 miles of rich shallow habitat to explore. Impressive-sized Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, and Spotted Seatrout are the most common inshore catches in the area. Want more variety? Add Sheepshead, Black Drum, Flounder, Pompano, and Sharks to the equation.

Fishing the nearshore waters of the bay is an adventure in itself. Mackerel, Snapper, Grouper, Cobia, and many other species are swimming around, ready to take your bait. Venture out into the Gulf of Mexico, and chase all the favorite game fish – Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel, Barracuda, Tuna, and even Sailfish are in the cards.

Inshore trips are perfect for anglers of all levels, as well as family outings. More seasoned fishermen love targeting monster Tarpon and going after the inshore Grand Slam. The offshore fishery is so diverse that both novices and pros are all but guaranteed to have a blast.

Because the choice of fish is fantastic, charters offer a wide array of trips. Some of the best destinations to find a professional guide are St. Petersburg, Tampa, Clearwater, and Bradenton. And once you find your captain and hit the bay’s prolific waters, you’ll always come back for more!

Rules & Regulations

Most Tampa Bay fishing charters provide a fishing license for their customers so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Some sought-after species, like Red Snapper and Tarpon, have strict seasonalities, so ask your captain about the details before your trip.

Tampa Bay
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Early in the year, you can expect excellent fishing if you know where to look! Average temperatures are in the sixties, cold enough to push Redfish and Speckled Trout into the deeper waters of the bay.

February

February is full of possibilities here in Tampa Bay. Fishing inshore could produce anything from Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Sheepshead to small Sharks.

March
As average temperatures climb toward 75°F, things are heating up on the flats. Charter boats in St. Petersburg and Clearwater are gearing up for the season offshore.
 
April
Tampa Bay is bustling with anglers in April as Tarpon make their first appearance. Bear in mind that Tarpon fishing is strictly catch and release. Snook are also biting, so light tackle and fly fishermen can have a blast on the flats. The offshore fishing season is up and running.
May

Temperatures are rising daily in the bay, so it’s hard to say what’s hotter, the weather or the fishing! Tarpon season is in full swing, with top-notch Snook fishing to boot. Redfish, Trout, Pompano, and many more are biting as well.

June

You’ll be spoiled for choice in June, with unparalleled fishing on the flats and in the Gulf. Why choose when you can spend one day wrestling Tarpon inshore and the next reeling in Mahi Mahi offshore?

July

You can expect some of the hottest weather of the year in July, and all the prized fish are loving it! Whatever you’d like to target in Tampa Bay, now is the time to do it. Cool off on the water and reel in some prestigious game fish while you’re at it!

August
The summer heat continues, along with stellar fishing left and right. You can expect multiple hook-ups while fishing for Tarpon and a wide variety of catches on the flats. These warm summer nights are perfect for bowfishing.
September
In some years, fantastic fishing continues all the way through September. Tarpon and Snook are still in the cards, along with a variety of big game fish offshore. Average temperatures are slipping below 90°F.
October
If you’re lucky, Tarpon fishing in Tampa Bay could still be strong at this time of year. The flats offer plenty of light tackle and fly action. Cast a few lines before a cold front pushes the fish into deeper water.
November
The offshore fishing season comes to a close in November, but this can be the perfect time to check out the busy waters inshore. With fewer tourists in the Bay, you can have this fishery all to yourself!
December
Even in December, you can expect balmy weather and excellent angling conditions. Fishing the deeper water in the bay will yield Redfish, Speckled Trout, and the odd Snook. You could also find Flounder and Sheepshead because they prefer “colder” weather.

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Make sure your guide is experienced and friendly. He took us out and did everything that we wanted to do. We went fishing, boating, looked for dolphins etc.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure your guide is experienced and friendly. He took us out and did everything that we wanted to do. We went fishing, boating, looked for dolphins etc.
Lori  G.
Lori G. Lorain, OH
Plenty of reef and inshore species to target. Don’t expect a deep water pelagic experience. The shelf here doesn’t get to blue water until many miles offshore.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plenty of reef and inshore species to target. Don’t expect a deep water pelagic experience. The shelf here doesn’t get to blue water until many miles offshore.
Kevin  L.
Kevin L. Cleveland, OH
Highly recommend they go see Greg & Brett. They’ll make their day a true adventure.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Highly recommend they go see Greg & Brett. They’ll make their day a true adventure.
Joe  D.  B.
Joe D. B. Los Angeles, California
We tried fishing on the piers but had very little luck. We also tried an inshore fishing trip and caught a few small fish but nothing we could keep. We decided to try a longer, deep sea fishing trip and caught many fish and even have fish to bring home.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We tried fishing on the piers but had very little luck. We also tried an inshore fishing trip and caught a few small fish but nothing we could keep. We decided to try a longer, deep sea fishing trip and caught many fish and even have fish to bring home.
Amanda  C.
Amanda C. Saint Paul, MN
Wait until the water warms up March to November also check and see if the boat has a bathroom what they are going to use for bait get exactly how many miles you are going out for deep-sea fishing What fish they are going to target
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wait until the water warms up March to November also check and see if the boat has a bathroom what they are going to use for bait get exactly how many miles you are going out for deep-sea fishing What fish they are going to target
Dino  R.
Dino R. Macomb, MI
Make sure you feel good overall; you are miles from the shoreline;go to the restroom before you get in the boat. Have some snacks with you and water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you feel good overall; you are miles from the shoreline;go to the restroom before you get in the boat. Have some snacks with you and water.
Marcel  F.
Marcel F. Tarpon Springs, FL
We fished at night, and it was a beautiful evening, lots of fun! Didn't have to worry about sunscreen or daytime heat. Thank you for offering the night trip!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We fished at night, and it was a beautiful evening, lots of fun! Didn't have to worry about sunscreen or daytime heat. Thank you for offering the night trip!
David  H.
David H. Greencastle, IN
Find yourself a good captain and get out there! Captain Kirby was a great way to spend the afternoon out on the water!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find yourself a good captain and get out there! Captain Kirby was a great way to spend the afternoon out on the water!
Douglas  S.
Douglas S. Pine River, MN
Was very hot and red tide made the fishing tough, however the Captain and crew did everything possible and fish were caught. If you want to catch fish and have a crew that goes above and beyond, this Captain and crew are top notch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Was very hot and red tide made the fishing tough, however the Captain and crew did everything possible and fish were caught. If you want to catch fish and have a crew that goes above and beyond, this Captain and crew are top notch.
Scott  J.
Scott J. Allentown, Pennsylvania
While we weren’t fishing for big fish, we were able to catch a bunch of fish to eat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
While we weren’t fishing for big fish, we were able to catch a bunch of fish to eat.
Anna  G.
Anna G. PUEBLO DEP AC, CO
Start out with fresh cut bait and if you land a ladyfish use her as cut bait they hit that every time it hit the water
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Start out with fresh cut bait and if you land a ladyfish use her as cut bait they hit that every time it hit the water
DELTON  T.
DELTON T. Adams, TN
Where we wanted to fish for tarpon was extremely windy where he took us was still a little windy but not as bad as where we had originally went and it was a wonderful atmosphere compliments to the captain
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Where we wanted to fish for tarpon was extremely windy where he took us was still a little windy but not as bad as where we had originally went and it was a wonderful atmosphere compliments to the captain
JayR  H.
JayR H. BVL, FL
Captain Ike would be an excellent choice for a beginner and experienced person wanting to get out on the water
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Ike would be an excellent choice for a beginner and experienced person wanting to get out on the water
Jamie  R.
Jamie R. Underwood, MN
Be prepared for weather changes in Spring in Florida. We started day with good weather rather calm seas but wind picked up in afternoon and swells built a little.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for weather changes in Spring in Florida. We started day with good weather rather calm seas but wind picked up in afternoon and swells built a little.
Jason  M.
Jason M. Pulaski, VA
If this is your first ocean fishing experience I recommend booking with Offshore Addicts. Its a whole lot different than fishing in the midwest where we are from but they made the experience so enjoyable!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If this is your first ocean fishing experience I recommend booking with Offshore Addicts. Its a whole lot different than fishing in the midwest where we are from but they made the experience so enjoyable!
Samantha  I.
Samantha I. Black River Falls, WI
Plan for a change in the weather, we had a cold front and wind force us to reschedule.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plan for a change in the weather, we had a cold front and wind force us to reschedule.
Chad  S.
Chad S. Winter Park, Florida
If you want to catch alot of great eating fish this is the trip. If you are in it for the fight of big fish take all day deep water trip
Excellent
4.7 / 5
If you want to catch alot of great eating fish this is the trip. If you are in it for the fight of big fish take all day deep water trip
ANDREW  F.
ANDREW F. Liberty Center, OH
Great area, beautiful waters, lots to see and fun boating fishing experience!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great area, beautiful waters, lots to see and fun boating fishing experience!!
David  R.
David R. Welcome, MD
If the Kingfish are biting I would go for them and they do taste pretty good fried
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If the Kingfish are biting I would go for them and they do taste pretty good fried
James  L.
James L. Saint CLR SHORES, MI
Do your research and make sure to know what is in season so you can go out and get it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do your research and make sure to know what is in season so you can go out and get it.
DANIEL  E.
DANIEL E. ABAC, GA

Poseidon Fishing – Apollo Beach
Poseidon Fishing – Apollo Beach
Fishing charter in Apollo Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(77 reviews)
Great day on the water. Got to see my son catch his first snook. Caught several snook overall, spotted trout, a jack, and a couple catfish. Capt Dustin was great. Thanks again
Jason  B.
Jason B. Astatula, FL
Poseidon Fishing – St. Petersburg
Poseidon Fishing – St. Petersburg
Fishing charter in St. Petersburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
We had to meet at a different location due to weather, but we’re notified in time to make the trip as scheduled. Our Captain, Captain Brophy was knowledgeable and friendly and took us to several spots around Tampa Bay to give us a chance to catch a variety of fish. We easily caught our limit for trout, but also caught snook and red snapper and a couple of catfish, besides the two species of trout. Would recommend this trip.
Ron  S.
Ron S. Delaware, OH
Optimus Fishing Charters
Optimus Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Ruskin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
Fishing was not good today but it wasn’t because we didn’t try! Captain Brian worked hard and we really enjoyed our trip. Sometimes the fish just don’t bite! That is the way it goes. We still had a great trip and will do it again! Thank you Captain Brian!!
Jennifer  G.
Jennifer G. Ruskin, FL
Lock it Down Sportfishing
Lock it Down Sportfishing
Fishing charter in St. Petersburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(66 reviews)
Hunter was great. Been on a lot of fishing trips and this is the guy you want. Low key and relaxed and put us on the fish. Snook, reds and a chance at some tarpons. What a day. Thanks Hunter.
Andrew  G.
Andrew G. Charlotte, NC
Florida Professional Charters
Florida Professional Charters
Fishing charter in Tampa
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
Great day on the water and David was amazing. Professional, patient, friendly, and just all around good vibes. Exceeded all expectations and would recommend this charter for anyone regardless of experience. I will be booking with him again.
Chris  C.
Chris C. Philadelphia, PA
Jewel Of The Bay Charters
Jewel Of The Bay Charters
Fishing charter in Holmes Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(107 reviews)
We were supposed to head out at 8am however a storm front came in that postponed our trip. Thanks to a patient captain, he kept an eye on the weather, and made sure we got our anniversary trip in. Captain Doug was very helpful and patient as I'm still a newbie. We had a great day, caught a lot, some catch & release but SO MUCH FUN!!!
Joyce  C.
Joyce C. Owens Cross Roads, AL
Rebel Coast Charters
Rebel Coast Charters
Fishing charter in Clearwater
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(247 reviews)
No experience needed, was great for 12 yo and non-fishing mama! Lots of fish! Easy to book and go. Would recommend! Thanks for a fun morning!!!
Melissa  K.
Melissa K. Waterford Township, MI
Sherwood Nautical Adventures
Sherwood Nautical Adventures
Fishing charter in St. Petersburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
Capt. Will was extremely flexible with the rain situation and made the trip amazing. We fished in 3 different locations and caught some awesome fish. Thank you Capt Will. Highly recommend going with Capt. Will.
Chad  M.
Chad M. United States
Full Throttle Fishing Charters
Full Throttle Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Clearwater
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
We had a great trip. We started fishing for trout, next thing you know we landed a monster sized tarpon. Truly a fish of a lifetime. Took over an hour to reel in but definitely worth the fight, this thing was huge. Huge shoutout to captain Garrett for a great experience, and a super fun time.
Archie  K.
Archie K. Sioux City, IA
Florida Professional Charters
Florida Professional Charters
Fishing charter in Tampa
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
We took our grandson on his first charter and had a blast! Captain Dave took us to some great spots and put us on the fish right away. He was very well prepared and gave good instruction, since we had only done freshwater bass fishing previously. You could tell he was most interested in everyone having a good experience, and we certainly did!
Brian  R.
Brian R. Murfreesboro, TN
Gulfcoast-Fishing Charters
Gulfcoast-Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in St. Pete Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(173 reviews)
We caught a lot of fish and even a shark! Captain Bobby was great! Totally worth it!
Sarah  K.
Sarah K. United States
Reel Experience Fishing Charters
Reel Experience Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Palmetto
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
My wife and I had a great trip with Captain Donny on the Manatee this week. Donny is really personable, professional and works his butt off to make sure you have a great experience. We got into some decent Snook fishing even on a difficult tide, found a few Jacks, Trout, as well we had a good tango with a Bull shark. Awesome. It's great to work with a captain that truly loves what he does.
John  H.
John H. Madison, WI
Bay Reef Fishing Charters
Bay Reef Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in St. Petersburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(116 reviews)
Awesome captain, tough day on the water, still managed too catch a variety of fish. Overall great time out on the water!!
Oscar  L.
Oscar L. St. Petersburg, Florida
Gulfcoast-Fishing Charters
Gulfcoast-Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in St. Pete Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(173 reviews)
The boy's had a great time and had a blast with the snook They were catching not fishing
Steven  T.
Steven T. Jacksonville, FL
Reef Relief Charters – 25'
Reef Relief Charters – 25'
Fishing charter in St. Petersburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Captain Rich made the whole experience great. You can be as hands on as you want to be. Definitely will be back in the future
Brian  M.
Brian M. Nixa, MO
Glo#1 Fishing Charters Captain Juan Herndon
Glo#1 Fishing Charters Captain Juan Herndon
Fishing charter in St. Petersburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(74 reviews)
We can't describe the fun and great time we had..captain Juan went out of his way to make a awesum charter, he made sure we caught fish, went to bridges and all over the gulf..taught us alot about Florida fishing, very knowledgeable , new all the tricksters! Very polite, and fun!! I highly recommend him and we certainly go with him again!
Shelly  S.
Shelly S. Lockport, NY
Precision Backcountry Charters
Precision Backcountry Charters
Fishing charter in St. Petersburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
Met up before noon, everything was ready to go! We fished several spots, caught a few fish each, enjoyed the weather, and had great conversation with Captain Mike. Very relaxing, brand new boat. Mike is also an incredible caster, very patient, and he taught us a few things. Would definitely fish with Captain Mike again - for longer next time!
Bryan  D.
Bryan D. Tampa, Florida
Inverted Fishing Charters Inshore
Inverted Fishing Charters Inshore
Fishing charter in St. Petersburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
We had a successful day Tarpon fishing! The crew was very personable and patient with my 7 year old. They put us on many schools of Tarpon. Despite the fish’s lack of hunger due to the full moon, we still hooked a beast! I can only imagine how it would have turned out if there hadn’t been a full moon! I highly recommend captain Martin!
Crystal  F.
Crystal F. Tampa, FL
Wet Lines Fishing
Wet Lines Fishing
Fishing charter in Clearwater
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(425 reviews)
Our captain is was friendly and knowledgeable what a great way to make memories with family and friends. I would recommend 10/10!
Aaron  V.
Aaron V. Mishawaka, IN
Westbound Sportfishing
Westbound Sportfishing
Fishing charter in St. Petersburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
If you want to catch fish this is the charter to do so at. Me and my college age buddies had a blast with captain Brian and caught a crap ton of fish. He also put us on some insane permit. If we are ever on vacation in this area again we will be booking with him. Had an absolute blast 5/5.
Brody  M.
Brody M. Clarksville, OH

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Tampa Bay

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Tampa Bay costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $513, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $874. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Tampa Bay is 25 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Wet Lines Fishing, Rebel Coast Charters, and Florida Professional Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Tampa Bay. Full list of top fishing charters in Tampa Bay.

Wet Lines Fishing, Rebel Coast Charters, and Florida Professional Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Tampa Bay.

The best way to experience fishing in Tampa Bay is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Tampa Bay.

The most popular fish species you can target are Snapper (Mangrove), Snook, and Redfish. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, spinning, and bottom fishing. Nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and flats fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Temperatures are rising daily in the bay, so it’s hard to say what’s hotter, the weather or the fishing! Tarpon season is in full swing, with top-notch Snook fishing to boot. Redfish, Trout, Pompano, and many more are biting as well. Check availability for local fishing charters in Tampa Bay.