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Florida Professional Charters

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

Capt Tony Frankland Inshore Fishing

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

Rebel Coast Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(281 reviews)
Clearwater
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trips from $350

Capt. Evan Denis Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(188 reviews)
Belleair Bluffs
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trips from $600

Poseidon Fishing – Apollo Beach

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(90 reviews)
Apollo Beach
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Wet Lines Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(455 reviews)
Clearwater
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Big Daddy SportFishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(164 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from $600

Full Throttle Fishing Charters

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

Glo#1 Fishing Charters Captain Juan Herndon

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

All American Adventures

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

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Tampa Bay

The average price for a private 4 hour Tampa Bay fishing trip is $537, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $926 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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

Florida Professional Charters, Capt Tony Frankland Inshore Fishing, and Rebel Coast Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Tampa Bay.

The most popular fish species you can target are Mangrove Snapper, 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.

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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If it is hot then get out of the intercontinental area and go out about 2- 3 miles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If it is hot then get out of the intercontinental area and go out about 2- 3 miles
Len  S.
Len S. Lisle, IL
Utilize the o Local guides. You will gain a considerable amount of knowledge.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Utilize the o Local guides. You will gain a considerable amount of knowledge.
William  K.
William K. Schenectady, NY
Ask to catch lots of fish, they will put you on a spot to do that, if you ask to catch big fish, they will put you on the spot but if fish do not cooperate well then you won't catch fish. But in the first spot once you start catching fish you never know, you could catch something big .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask to catch lots of fish, they will put you on a spot to do that, if you ask to catch big fish, they will put you on the spot but if fish do not cooperate well then you won't catch fish. But in the first spot once you start catching fish you never know, you could catch something big .
Donald  L.
Donald L. Grand Rapids, MI
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

Reel Passion Charters
Reel Passion Charters
Fishing charter in Clearwater
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
We had a great time! Captain Nick was a blast abd kept us moving to the fish! Will be back100% !
Michael  G.
Michael G. Florence, KY
All American Adventures
All American Adventures
Fishing charter in Clearwater
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(40 reviews)
First of all communication before the fishing was excelent. The boat was really cool- new, nice and clean. Matt offered complimentary drinks on board. And what is most important Matt is really knowledgeable - knows good spots and everything about fish and sourrounding ( it was really nice to chat with him). We did inshore fishing and caught many fishes. At the end he filleted fish and we did really good tacos at home. We definitley recommend Matt to everybody.
Anda  M.
Anda M. Largo, Florida
El Pescador Fishing Charters
El Pescador Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Indian Shores
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(106 reviews)
Great time Really enjoyed ourselves. Cap put us on a lot of fish. All six of us was keeping him busy and caught plenty Thanks
Terry  S.
Terry S. Largo, Florida
Florida Fishing Charters – 36' Boat
Florida Fishing Charters – 36' Boat
Fishing charter in Palmetto
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(131 reviews)
Great time. Captain first rate. First mate wonderful. Everyone caught multiple fish.
Arthur  H.
Arthur H. Davenport, Florida
Reel Passion Charters
Reel Passion Charters
Fishing charter in Clearwater
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
Capt Nock was such a great Captain to fish with. He took such good care of us and got us on fish! I HIGHLY recommend fishing with him.
Jack  D.
Jack D. Haines City, FL
Capt Tony Frankland Inshore Fishing
Capt Tony Frankland Inshore Fishing
Fishing charter in Tampa
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Captain Tony is an excellent option for fishing in Tampa. We had a great time and would recommend him to anyone looking to fish.
Adam  S.
Adam S. Roanoke, TX
Coastal Bound Charters
Coastal Bound Charters
Fishing charter in Palmetto
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
I am so extremely happy I found Captain Timothy. Booked this for a birthday present, we had so much fun. Weather was great, fishing was fantastic and Captain Tim was superb!! We are already planning our next trip!
Charity  D.
Charity D. Miami, Florida
Skyway Sportfishing
Skyway Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Anna Maria
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
Captain Tony was great and so was the day out with friends and family. We caught a lot of fish that we had cooked up that night and enjoyed every minute of our trip. Thank you Captain Tony for a wonderful time out in the Gulf 🎣
Clifford  Z.
Clifford Z. Sun City, AZ
Double Time Offshore Fishing Charters
Double Time Offshore Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gulfport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(77 reviews)
We flew out from Southern California for our anniversary and spent a day on the water with Captain Kevin. The boat was great and Kevin was a great Captain and guide. He was very knowledgeable about the fish in the area and put us on the bite from the beginning to end of our trip. I would definitely recommend the Double Time fishing charter trips. Thanks again Kevin! Dave and Noni
David  B.
David B. Tampa, FL
Take A Day Off Fishing Charters
Take A Day Off Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Tampa
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
We read good reviews so we decided to book it. captain Tom did not disappoint. We had a lot of fun fishing and after he cleaned then we also enjoyed eating the fish. Would recommend and go again, 6/5 stars.
Finnegan  M.
Finnegan M. Omaha, NE
Poseidon Fishing Charters – Tampa
Poseidon Fishing Charters – Tampa
Fishing charter in Tampa
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(166 reviews)
Capt Paul did his best to put us on fish… they were there on the electronics. We just didn’t land many. I have been on my own boat and on plenty of charters and understand you can do everything right and still not catch a thing. We brought home fish so our day was a success. Would have loved more. Absolutely will go again in the spring or fall.
Ivra L Bassett Jr.
Ivra L Bassett Jr. Chagrin Falls, OH
Angler's Dream Fishing
Angler's Dream Fishing
Fishing charter in St. Pete Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(863 reviews)
Deck hand Brandon was amazing and captain Joe was absolutely great. The people we met were amazing and very kindhearted considering my husband got sea sick. The kids had a great time and caught many fish.
Tamara  B.
Tamara B. Sterling Heights, MI
So Salty Fishing Charters
So Salty Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bradenton Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(2 reviews)
We are a family of four, two adults and two boys. We went out for a half day of bay and inshore fishing. Captain Anthony was patient, knowledgeable and professional. He took us several places and did his best but the fish just weren't cooperating. Although we didn't catch as many fish as we would have liked it was still an overall really great day and positive experience!
Angel  E.
Angel E. Overland Park, KS
Florida Professional Charters
Florida Professional Charters
Fishing charter in Tampa
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
GREAT EXPERIENCE with Captain David! Very friendly and informative. I can’t believe we caught a shark. I wish I would of paid for a longer trip. I can’t wait to go back. Thanks again for the wonderful experience
Cortlan  W.
Cortlan W. Gainesville, FL
Reel Passion Charters
Reel Passion Charters
Fishing charter in Clearwater
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
Captain Nick had us on fish from the very first cast. Caught my personal best redfish and several more over slot reds. When the action slowed down in one location Captain Nick would find the bite in another location. You will be hard pressed to find another captain to put in the effort Captain Nick does.
David  B.
David B. Lexington, KY
Full Boat Charters – Kids Fishing, est. 2005
Full Boat Charters – Kids Fishing, est. 2005
Fishing charter in Bradenton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
THE KIDS HAD A GREAT EXPERIENCE CATCHING FISH AND THE BOATING EXPERIENCE...GREAT JOB CAPT. BROOK !!!
David  M.
David M. Jacksonville, FL
Reel Passion Charters
Reel Passion Charters
Fishing charter in Clearwater
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
Nick was great!! Fished with my 8 year old son and father in law. He worked hard to get us on fish. Caught a bunch of mangrove snapper for dinner then landed some monster reds!! Awesome day!!
Brad  P.
Brad P. United States
Full Throttle Fishing Charters
Full Throttle Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Clearwater
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(134 reviews)
The trip we lined up was in the afternoon he called me and said that it was too hot. He did not have a open in the morning. So he lined us up with another captain Matt that took on a morning trip! We had a great trip and thanks for that !!!
Larry  C.
Larry C. Manchester, TN
Mow Fish Charter
Mow Fish Charter
Fishing charter in Belleair Bluffs
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Easy to book Easy to get there Capt Mike and Nick were awesome Great experience Caught some great fish Highly recommend these guys Will be back next year
Bob  M.
Bob M. Plum, PA
Bottom Line Sportfishing
Bottom Line Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Belleair Bluffs
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
We had a blast with Capt Sam and his first mate, Mikey!! Mikey was running trying to keep our lines baited and Sam kept maneuvering us to where the fish were biting. Caught more than we needed and were even allowed to help filet at the end. We were this |-| close to reeling in that barracuda ~ next time! We would definitely recommend and use them again. Let us know when you get that next batch of shirts. Thank you for a fantastic day!!!
Christine  B.
Christine B. United States