St. Pete Beach Inshore Fishing Charters

St. Pete Beach Inshore Fishing Charters

Best Inshore Fishing Charters in St. Pete Beach

Top Inshore Fishing Charters in St. Pete Beach

Inshore Fishing in St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach may just be one of Tampa Bay’s best kept secrets. The inshore fishing here is always good, whether you are looking for table fare or a hard fighting foe. While fishing the flats and backwaters you can catch something delicious such as Mackerel, Flounder, and Grouper on occasion. Or you can try your luck at landing a “Grand Slam” by going for Tarpon, Redfish, and Snook.

What to Catch and When to Target it

You will find many species biting in Tampa Bay year round. In summer, Tarpon and Snook are the highlight of inshore fishing.

You will see Snook in these waters during much of year, mostly emerging in warmer months. While you can enjoy catch-and-release fishing for Snook anytime, keep in mind that there are certain seasons when you are not allowed to keep this fish. When you are able to harvest Snook and plan to keep one, be sure to purchase a permit ($10, subject to change).

You can fish for Tarpon from May through July, and this fish is strictly catch and release. Bull Sharks, Blacktip Sharks, and Bonnethead Sharks provide great fighting action throughout the rest of the year.

As the weather grows colder in autumn, you will see more Flounder and Sheepshead inshore, with the addition of Gag Grouper. King Mackerel also re-appears in the fall (the first wave passes through in spring), joined by Spanish Mackerel. This is a great time for shark fishing, since Blacktip Sharks follow these fish inshore to feed.

How to Fish

Inshore fishing in St. Pete Beach involves a variety of techniques, such as spinning, live bait fishing, drift fishing, sight fishing, and fly fishing.

When targeting Tarpon, you might use live Threadfin Herring or crab, as well as dead Shad, depending on the technique and location. You can also target Tarpon on fly, using hefty bucktail streamers or scissor-action feather streamers.

Many anglers in Tampa Bay target Snook and Redfish by chumming with Mullet, Sardines, or Threadfins. You can catch both these fish by casting, drift fishing, still fishing, and fly fishing. Live bait can include shrimp, crabs, and small baitfish. Fishing with dead bait such as Mullet or Ladyfish heads will help you land a large Snook. Anglers also entice Snook with hard lures such as mirror plugs, jerk plugs, topwater plugs, plastic jigs, and spoons. Fly fishermen typically find large streamers and poppers to be effective when targeting both Snook and Redfish.

You can target Flounder by bouncing jig heads with soft plastic or live bait fishing with shrimp and whitebait. A small hook with a crab or a piece of shrimp will entice a Sheepshead. 

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Reviews of Fishing in Inshore Fishing in St. Pete Beach

Half day
Ken F. fished with Angler's Dream Fishing on November 21, 2020
little chilly in the morning but beautiful in the afternoon
May fishing trip
Karen W. fished with Angler's Dream Fishing on May 30, 2020
We loved it and will definitely return. Paul was awesome!
Half Day Trip for Business Outing Was Great!
Andrew H. fished with Angler's Dream Fishing on October 18, 2019
Yep - just watch the weather. Couldn't be happier.
June fishing trip
Anthony V. B. fished with Angler's Dream Fishing on June 26, 2019
Sunscreen, fishing attire and dramamine for those who have motion sickness.
Half day trip with Capt Bobby & Capt Dalton
Dessa S. fished with Angler's Dream Fishing on June 21, 2019
Do a full day trip further out to catch big fish
Half day with captain bob
Ashley R. fished with Angler's Dream Fishing on May 16, 2019
Sometimes it may take a few different spots to get a good amount of bites.
Half day trip with Captain Bob
Randy D. fished with Gulfcoast-Fishing Charters on April 3, 2019
Be ready for a cool morning and lots of sun. Bring plenty of sunscreen and some snacks and water.
Half day trip with Captain Mike
Joanna G. fished with Angler's Dream Fishing on March 23, 2019
Absolutely beautiful!! Will bring my own boat back on our next trip!

Top Targeted Inshore Fishing Species in St. Pete Beach