Tampa Bay Fishing Charters

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Tampa Bay: 325 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Cortez
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trips from US $475
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(46 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from US $450
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(112 reviews)
Holmes Beach
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trips from US $600
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(67 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from US $600
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(111 reviews)
Holmes Beach
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trips from US $450
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(133 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from US $650
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(30 reviews)
Tampa
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trips from US $400
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(140 reviews)
Bradenton
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trips from US $400
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(75 reviews)
Tampa
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trips from US $575
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(62 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from US $599

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Tampa Bay

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Tampa Bay are: Full list of top fishing charters in Tampa Bay

The average price for a private 4 hour Tampa Bay fishing trip is US $549, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,002 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Tampa Bay that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Tampa Bay are:

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Many fishing charters in Tampa Bay provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Tampa Bay are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Tampa Bay are:
  • 3-hour fishing trips – US $400
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $522
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $563
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $733
  • 7-hour fishing trips – US $583
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $967
  • 9-hour fishing trips – US $950
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $700

Fishing in Tampa Bay

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 Fishing Seasons

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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What anglers said about fishing in Tampa Bay

Be flexible. Mike and Josh know what they are doing and will got you on fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be flexible. Mike and Josh know what they are doing and will got you on fish
Island Time Family Charters
Island Time Family Charters
A private charter is definitely the way to go, and Cody was the best! We’ve tried a few different charters and the experience with Captain Cody was by far our best experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A private charter is definitely the way to go, and Cody was the best! We’ve tried a few different charters and the experience with Captain Cody was by far our best experience.
Captain Cody's Charters
Captain Cody's Charters
Spend a day with Captain Scott and he will make sure you find and catch plenty of fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Spend a day with Captain Scott and he will make sure you find and catch plenty of fish!
She’s Way Out There Charters
She’s Way Out There Charters
February isnt the best time, but if you’re just looking to get out and try deep sea fishing as a novice, you will catch something and it’s still great fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
February isnt the best time, but if you’re just looking to get out and try deep sea fishing as a novice, you will catch something and it’s still great fun!
Barracudaville Charters
Barracudaville Charters
Bradenton is a great fishing area with lots of options. We took a boat from a private house, so had parking. It was very convenient to our location in Anna Maria Island. The fishing is a mix of inshore and nearshore which we appreciated.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bradenton is a great fishing area with lots of options. We took a boat from a private house, so had parking. It was very convenient to our location in Anna Maria Island. The fishing is a mix of inshore and nearshore which we appreciated.
Full Boat Charters – Kids Fishing, est. 2005
Full Boat Charters – Kids Fishing, est. 2005
Highly recommend booking with Captain Torin. Caught enough fish to feed easily four people. Excellent fight with 38” snook
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Highly recommend booking with Captain Torin. Caught enough fish to feed easily four people. Excellent fight with 38” snook
One More Charters
One More Charters
It was great for us but the weather this year has been very cold so I could see how the fishing in Feb may be more difficult than in warmer months. All in all we had a great day on the water and caught lots of fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was great for us but the weather this year has been very cold so I could see how the fishing in Feb may be more difficult than in warmer months. All in all we had a great day on the water and caught lots of fish.
Leisure Life Charters
Leisure Life Charters
It depends on the day, it’s colder climate so dress accordingly. Sometimes it’s rainy, and the day we went the water was super choppy. However, that’s the luck of the draw.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It depends on the day, it’s colder climate so dress accordingly. Sometimes it’s rainy, and the day we went the water was super choppy. However, that’s the luck of the draw.
Niche Fishing Charters
Niche Fishing Charters
Know what type fish are biting this time of year. Bring layers of clothing. Sunscreen even if it doesn't seem like it is sunny.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know what type fish are biting this time of year. Bring layers of clothing. Sunscreen even if it doesn't seem like it is sunny.
My Girls Adventures
My Girls Adventures
Be open to catching a different variety of fish, some that may not be listed or even large but still fun too reel in & delicious to eat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be open to catching a different variety of fish, some that may not be listed or even large but still fun too reel in & delicious to eat.
Poseidon Fishing – Apollo Beach
Poseidon Fishing – Apollo Beach
Book with Captain Tommy! He knows the waters and where to find the fish and will take care of everything to ensure you enjoy your trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Tommy! He knows the waters and where to find the fish and will take care of everything to ensure you enjoy your trip.
Bait-N-Bite
Bait-N-Bite
Yes ?? PS- One thing about the children question. Older children the trip is fine, I would say 10 and up. No smaller children.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes ?? PS- One thing about the children question. Older children the trip is fine, I would say 10 and up. No smaller children.
Angler's Dream Fishing
Angler's Dream Fishing
He said it wasn't exactly the right season but we still had a lot of fun and caught some really cool fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
He said it wasn't exactly the right season but we still had a lot of fun and caught some really cool fish
My Girls Adventures
My Girls Adventures
Great bottom fishing, great time to fill your freezer with fish, none stop action as soon as your bait hits the bottom
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great bottom fishing, great time to fill your freezer with fish, none stop action as soon as your bait hits the bottom
Bigangler Fishing Charters
Bigangler Fishing Charters
Bring a cooler for your Catch. Also bring out some sandwiches and something to drink ie. soda pop, beer but nothing in glass containers.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a cooler for your Catch. Also bring out some sandwiches and something to drink ie. soda pop, beer but nothing in glass containers.
Salty Confusion Charters
Salty Confusion Charters
No heavy drinking the night before. We did the half day which would be fine for kids, probably not a full day trip. We are novice fisherman and had a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
No heavy drinking the night before. We did the half day which would be fine for kids, probably not a full day trip. We are novice fisherman and had a great time.
La Costa Charters
La Costa Charters
Bring a jacket in case it's chilly. Temperatures were in the high 50's, low 60's, and "cold" when moving between fishing spots across the bay. Luckily, our Captain Brian had extra jackets to share with us and kept us warm.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a jacket in case it's chilly. Temperatures were in the high 50's, low 60's, and "cold" when moving between fishing spots across the bay. Luckily, our Captain Brian had extra jackets to share with us and kept us warm.
Optimus Fishing Charters
Optimus Fishing Charters
The recent cold spell dampened the fishing a little, but we still had a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The recent cold spell dampened the fishing a little, but we still had a great time.
Reel Fun Charter
Reel Fun Charter
If you are booking a charter do your homework on what you are expecting and reach out to the Captain so you do not get disappointed. We did not!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are booking a charter do your homework on what you are expecting and reach out to the Captain so you do not get disappointed. We did not!!!
Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing
Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing
Make sure that The water is not to cold This time of the year water should have been warm for fishing but that’s natural Ask your captain so you no ahead of time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure that The water is not to cold This time of the year water should have been warm for fishing but that’s natural Ask your captain so you no ahead of time
Leisure Life Charters
Leisure Life Charters

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Tampa Bay?

Reel Fun Charter
Reel Fun Charter
Fishing charter in Cortez
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
I can't say enough good about the captain, his boat, or the awesome trout that we hooked into. 5/5 would recommend! Great trip!
Cody  S.
Cody S.
Big Daddy SportFishing
Big Daddy SportFishing
Fishing charter in St. Petersburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(179 reviews)
The captain was great. He worked really hard to put us on fish and did a great job. We really enjoyed our trip.
Debe  W.
Debe W.
Sundaze Inshore Charters
Sundaze Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Tampa
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(75 reviews)
Captain Eddy was great! My wife and I had a great time, he put us on some good fish and my wife was able to catch her first redfish ever then she caught two more after that. So overall great trip I will definitely be recommending Sundaze fishing charter to my friends and family. Thanks again
Clifton  B.
Clifton B.
Wish Upon A Fish Charters
Wish Upon A Fish Charters
Fishing charter in Belleair Bluffs
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
Our Captain Ethan was very courteous and polite as well as experienced and Efficient. We always had hooks baited and never had to ask for anything. We caught Mangrove Snapper, Gray Snapper, Gag Grouper and Trigger Fish..We had a Great time and plenty of sun. We would highly recommend this charter to friends and family.
Barbara  P.
Barbara P.
Capt. DL Spragg Charters
Capt. DL Spragg Charters
Fishing charter in St. Petersburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
A buddy and I took our 11 year old daughters out today with Captain Dylan. We caught more than enough fish to keep the smiles going all afternoon. Both girls are absolutely hooked and can’t wait to go again. The trip was definitely an adventure that none of us will ever forget!
Brian  A.
Brian A.
Fishing Charters With Capt. Taylor Cowieson
Fishing Charters With Capt. Taylor Cowieson
Fishing charter in Bradenton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(150 reviews)
Captain was very knowledgeable about fish, fishing and the area. Went out for 4hrs and caught several different species of beautiful fish. Mangrove snaper, sea trout, sheepshead, snook, barracuda, mackerel and many more. Nicely cleaned and skinned all the keepable fish. My 11 year old nephew caught fish, family friendly and helpful.
Anna  P.
Anna P.
Anna Maria Island Fishers and Fun
Anna Maria Island Fishers and Fun
Fishing charter in Holmes Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Josh was not only a great captain and angler, he is so personable and showed us a lot of great spots AND he is a dolphin whisperer. Highly recommend. His boat is also very well equipped.
Dara  C.
Dara C.
Flight Risk Charters LLC
Flight Risk Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Holmes Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(127 reviews)
Perfect day on the water. Captain Norvin put us on some nice fish. Lots of fun!
Vincent  V.
Vincent V.
Wet Lines Fishing
Wet Lines Fishing
Fishing charter in Clearwater
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(650 reviews)
The crew at Wet Lines was great. They worked hard, were super accommodating and were fun to spend the day with. We caught Red, snapper and Trout. Highly recommend both Captains Zach & Kyle.
Todd  V.
Todd V.
Gulfcoast Fishing Charters
Gulfcoast Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in St. Pete Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(361 reviews)
Captain Bob provided a great fishing experience my family will never forget and provided some great dolphin action following the boat as well. He provided a very professional and personal experience that completed our vacation in style.
Michael  C.
Michael C.
Captain Andy's Salty Adventures
Captain Andy's Salty Adventures
Fishing charter in St. Petersburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(205 reviews)
Captain Andy was great and so knowledgeable about the fishing experience and everything my kids asked him. Super friendly, great fishing and would highly recommend Captain Andy for anyone who wants a great time and money well spent!!
Kelley  M.
Kelley M.
Niche Fishing Charters
Niche Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bradenton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(214 reviews)
Captain and mate were great! We got on a lot of fish and had a variety of species. Caught gag and red grouper, lane, mangrove, and vermillion snapper, grunts, porgies, and a variety of other fishes. Would definitely recommend this trip to anyone looking for a fun day on the Gulf
Grant  D.
Grant D.
Wish Upon A Fish Charters
Wish Upon A Fish Charters
Fishing charter in Belleair Bluffs
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
Captain Ethan was great in every aspect. We told him we wanted to catch enough fish for dinner and that is exactly what he did. Went out to his first spot and immediately got into fish! We ended up moving a couple of times to locate bigger fish and it worked. We even caught a 6 ft shark which was great. I would HIGHLY recommend Captain Ethan to anyone. He was on top of everything in the boat and worked very hard! Well done!
Brent  H.
Brent H.
Coastal Bound Charters
Coastal Bound Charters
Fishing charter in Palmetto
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(114 reviews)
Captain Tim took us on an amazing trip around Terra Ceia Bay. We stopped at several fishing spots! Captain Tim helped me cast and reel in as I have only fished for bluegills in the past. There was lots of fun bird watching too! Great trip! We will do it again for sure!!
Jennifer  K.
Jennifer K.
Get After It Fishing Charters
Get After It Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Dunedin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(83 reviews)
This trip was fantastic! Our Captain Derek was very knowledgeable of the area and we started catching fish right away. In a two hour trip we caught 11 or 12 fish including sparkling trout and red fish. Derek worked his butt off keeping all the poles in the water with fresh bate. Ensuring all 3 boys had a great time. I would definitely recommend anyone, no matter your fishing skills to book with him. Thank you for the unforgettable memories!
Samantha  S.
Samantha S.
Fish Slapped Charters – Clearwater
Fish Slapped Charters – Clearwater
Fishing charter in Clearwater
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(241 reviews)
Jeremy works hard to catch and put you on fish I would recommend his charter to my friends. Will be back
John  S.
John S.
ReelFunFishing
ReelFunFishing
Fishing charter in Treasure Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Mike is an energetic captain whose passion for his craft is apparent. He made sure that our trip was as entertaining and informative as possible, and took great pains to make sure that we not only caught fish, but had a great experience. We were repeat customers this year, and would absolutely book with Mike again next year!
Maura  G.
Maura G.
She’s Way Out There Charters
She’s Way Out There Charters
Fishing charter in Holmes Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(154 reviews)
We had a great day on the water with Captain Scott. He accepted a 24 hour request within 1 hour to confirm his availability. The weather was perfect and we caught a nice variety of fish. We had plenty of fish to bring home and some to share! We had a day we will remember! Thanks Captain Scott!
Dora  M.
Dora M.
Rebel Coast Charters
Rebel Coast Charters
Fishing charter in Clearwater
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(371 reviews)
Recommend 100% was the best fishing trip we have had. Very easy to work with and we had a blast
Randall  M.
Randall M.
Ratha B Fishin
Ratha B Fishin
Fishing charter in Holmes Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
We had a great time. The fishing was good. We got to see sting rays and dolphins and more. Captain Jeffrey was helpful and took care of us. I would recommend this to anyone and I already have told others about our trip. Thanks again for a great time on the water!
Lucas  Z.
Lucas Z.

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