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Best Snook Fishing Charters in Tampa

Top Snook Fishing Charters in Tampa



  • Size 3 to 15lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Inshore, Flats, Backcountry

Snook Fishing in Tampa

When you’re in the mood for superb action on the water, the Snook fishing Tampa has to show you will keep you busy on the rod. Head out to Hillsborough Bay and surrounding hotspots in the late spring and summer to target monster Snook and land your next personal record.
As the spawning season begins, Snook sneak up closer to the beaches and mangrove shorelines. Whether it’s light tackle or fly fishing, Snook come in such big numbers that you can hook up to 50 on an outing, and even triple-digit hookups happen if the conditions align! During the high season, you can land 30’’ lunkers that weigh anywhere from 5–30 pounds
One of the best times to catch huge Snook is at night, where the biggest feeders congregate near the dock lights inshore. Several captains offer specialized night Snook trips specifically so that you can experience this unique fishery.
Snook fishing in Tampa is popular because these strong fish are renowned for being outstanding fighters that will make you work for every inch of the line. There are captains in Tampa who specialize in Snook hunts, and if you hit the water with them, you only need to worry about bringing snacks and drinks for the day. On guided charters, the captain will provide the fishing license, as well as all the gear you need, unless you’d like to bring your own equipment.
Remember that Snook is a strictly catch-and-release fish throughout most of the year, except when it’s their high season, from September 1 to December 15. During that time, you can keep one Snook per day, as long as you’ve got a valid Florida saltwater fishing license and a Snook stamp. Also, your catch must be between 28–32’’ long to be a keeper.


  • Size 3 to 15lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Inshore, Flats, Backcountry

Tampa Snook Fishing Seasons

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Snook fishing in Tampa varies moderately throughout the year. High season is May to September and November. Low season is January to March and December. There is no closed season.

What People Are Saying About Snook Fishing in Tampa

"Full day trip with Capt. Chris"

Greg Hallberg fished with Inshore Society – Tidewater Boat on September 23, 2019

Capt. Chris had me fishing for and catching Snook after a short boat ride to the north end of Tampa bay. It did not take long for me to lose count of the number of fish that were caught. If I make it over to the Tampa area again, I will try to hook up with him if he has a open time slot.

"4 Hour Trip with Captain Chris"

Jim Mooney fished with Florida Reels Fishing Charters – Tampa on April 18, 2019

We had an epic day fishing for Snook. It the first time my son and I fished for Snook, and Capt. Chris put us onto the Snook big time! Must have got over 30 fish, it was a great day!!!

"3/4 day with captain Bucky "

Timothy Aeilts fished with Bag’em Fishing Charters on February 20, 2019

Had a great day fishing the flats with captain Bucky. Caught Redfish and Snook on a beautiful Florida day. Captain Bucky was a great fisherman and a great all around guy. Good fishing and good conversation made the highlight of my vacation. I highly recommend Bag em fishing Charters and Captain Bucky.

"Fishing with Joe"

Joel Boblit fished with Slobby Joe Charters – Tampa on April 22, 2018

Great day on the water, lots of Snook and a huge Redfish!

"Snook Bite"

Gene Stanford fished with Slobby Joe Charters – Tampa on November 27, 2017

Capt. Joe took us out for Snook in Tampa Bay and put us on fish immediately. We caught tons of fish and Joe was first class in his handling of my father in law and brother in law who have disabilities due to their health. A great day of fishing was had by all. I will charter with him again in the future. Good luck with school and your charters Joe!

"Half Day trip"

Robbie Allen fished with Capt. Chris Camps Triple C Charters on March 7, 2017

This was the first time I had ever fished for Snook and boy was i not disappointed! Capt. Chris and Capt. Mike had us on fish all day long. We also caught some big Trout and Red Fish. You couldn't ask for more knowledgeable and friendly boat captains. Next time I'm in Tampa I will definitely go out with them again.
Based on 15,414 reviews by FishingBooker anglers