Tampa Bay Offshore Fishing Charters

Tampa Bay Offshore Fishing Charters

Best Offshore Fishing Charters in Tampa Bay

Offshore Fishing in Tampa Bay

The offshore fishing Tampa Bay is known for is nothing short of legendary. If you’ve had your share of inshore expeditions, and you’d like to explore what awaits beyond the bay, the Gulf of Mexico is there for the taking. 
 
For the greatest chance of success in the offshore waters, head to the mouth of the bay, near  St. Pete Beach. Bear in mind that most charters go up to nine miles from the shore, which is locally considered “offshore.” So to get on the trail of Groupers, Snappers, King Mackerel, and more, book an offshore fishing trip.
 
Choose a half day trip to go after Gag, Red, Scamp, and Goliath Grouper, or a plethora of Snappers, including Red, Vermillion, Yellowtail, and Mangrove beauties. All these fish make for scrumptious table fare.
 
If you’d like to combine inshore and offshore fishing, or you simply want more time to explore the bountiful offshore waters, full day trips are the way to go. To target big Mahi Mahi and Tuna, book a deep sea fishing charter. Choose a captain who is federally licensed so you can go 40–60 miles offshore to chase the pelagic royalty. Going on longer trips (8 or 10 hours) grants you more time with your line in the water, not to mention you will avoid the crowds.
 
One of the great things about fishing with a captain is that you don’t need any experience to have a great time on the water and catch plenty of fish. The charter will also cover your fishing license, which you would have to buy on your own if you were going fishing solo. Before you set out to test the offshore fishing of Tampa Bay, you will need a supply of food, drinks, and sunscreen, and leave everything else in the hands of your capable guide.
Tampa Bay
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 28,566 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Offshore Fishing in Tampa Bay

I would definitely recommend fishing in Palmetto. 2 hour trip was good but 4 would have been great.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would definitely recommend fishing in Palmetto. 2 hour trip was good but 4 would have been great.
Coastal Bound Charters
Coastal Bound Charters
Yes I Would. But need to watch the weather and what time of year for the main fish you want to catch. It was our first time our Captain was great with us and was excellent with my 8 year old granddaughter. She had a great time. Thanks again to our Captain
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes I Would. But need to watch the weather and what time of year for the main fish you want to catch. It was our first time our Captain was great with us and was excellent with my 8 year old granddaughter. She had a great time. Thanks again to our Captain
Wet Lines Fishing
Wet Lines Fishing
Captain Louis went out of his way to provide a high quality tailored fishing trip, he taught us how to fish and took us to several hot spots. My son caught so many fish he lost count. Smiles all around for the adventure. We all loved it. We would book with him in the future.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Louis went out of his way to provide a high quality tailored fishing trip, he taught us how to fish and took us to several hot spots. My son caught so many fish he lost count. Smiles all around for the adventure. We all loved it. We would book with him in the future.
Island Boat Tours & Adventures
Island Boat Tours & Adventures
If you are an inexperienced fisherman Figured It Out Charters was very informative with helpful instructions while fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are an inexperienced fisherman Figured It Out Charters was very informative with helpful instructions while fishing.
FIGURED IT OUT CHARTERS (Belmonte Charters)
FIGURED IT OUT CHARTERS (Belmonte Charters)
Relax, be open minded and just have fun. If you listen to exactly what the captain tells you, you will get a catch almost every time. If you don’t catch anything at least enjoy the experience. Happy fishing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Relax, be open minded and just have fun. If you listen to exactly what the captain tells you, you will get a catch almost every time. If you don’t catch anything at least enjoy the experience. Happy fishing!
Florida Professional Charters
Florida Professional Charters
Be ready for fun! Great weather, great boat and crew! Bring your sunscreen.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for fun! Great weather, great boat and crew! Bring your sunscreen.
Bottom Line Sportfishing
Bottom Line Sportfishing
It’s all weather dependent. Of course, with a knowledgeable captain, a good boat and equipment, your chances of success go up. Just remember, it’s called fishing, not catching for a reason. Good Luck!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s all weather dependent. Of course, with a knowledgeable captain, a good boat and equipment, your chances of success go up. Just remember, it’s called fishing, not catching for a reason. Good Luck!
Charter Fish Bradenton
Charter Fish Bradenton
Today was a little windy but we caught lots of fish. Some too small to keep but still had awesome time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Today was a little windy but we caught lots of fish. Some too small to keep but still had awesome time.
Good Times Fishing Adventures with Capt Wayne
Good Times Fishing Adventures with Capt Wayne
Weather didn’t fully cooperate, but the captain made it a great experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather didn’t fully cooperate, but the captain made it a great experience!
Jewel Of The Bay Charters
Jewel Of The Bay Charters
We didn't have ideal weather as it was overcast and a bit windy with a storm coming in, but the fish were hungry and biting. We packed some long sleeves since it was a little chilly with the wind, but overall it was a great experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We didn't have ideal weather as it was overcast and a bit windy with a storm coming in, but the fish were hungry and biting. We packed some long sleeves since it was a little chilly with the wind, but overall it was a great experience.
2 Shea Charters
2 Shea Charters
Great beginning charter for those looking for fun family experience. May be a bit of a rough ride for small ones and elderly.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Great beginning charter for those looking for fun family experience. May be a bit of a rough ride for small ones and elderly.
Anna Maria Charter Fishing
Anna Maria Charter Fishing
Bring a wet proof wind breaker , and old towel for wiping your hands. A good attitude b/c you will lose some fish and share the boat and the captain services with others. Sunscreen for epiderma protection is a must!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Bring a wet proof wind breaker , and old towel for wiping your hands. A good attitude b/c you will lose some fish and share the boat and the captain services with others. Sunscreen for epiderma protection is a must!
Ami Excursions
Ami Excursions
It was definitely a windy day but the weather is out of everyone’s control. Captain Tom led us to a few areas so we could catch a few different types of fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was definitely a windy day but the weather is out of everyone’s control. Captain Tom led us to a few areas so we could catch a few different types of fish.
Bait-N-Bite
Bait-N-Bite
Don’t expect too much on a 2 hour tour. Be realistic, and know you will still have a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t expect too much on a 2 hour tour. Be realistic, and know you will still have a great time.
Captain Andy's Salty Adventures
Captain Andy's Salty Adventures
Perfect last minute trips, great day on the water and caught a lot of fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Perfect last minute trips, great day on the water and caught a lot of fish.
Lyons Charters - 26'
Lyons Charters - 26'
Select captain Hunter Wilcox, knows his profession plus is personable and friendly. He has thorough knowledge of the Skyway area waters of Pinellas County and the near shore Gulf Of Mexico. This area affords the largest variety of fish under the broadest weather conditions in Pinellas County.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Select captain Hunter Wilcox, knows his profession plus is personable and friendly. He has thorough knowledge of the Skyway area waters of Pinellas County and the near shore Gulf Of Mexico. This area affords the largest variety of fish under the broadest weather conditions in Pinellas County.
Lock it Down Sportfishing
Lock it Down Sportfishing
Bring plenty of sunblock keep your balance the boat gets a little rocky and just have some fun
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring plenty of sunblock keep your balance the boat gets a little rocky and just have some fun
Reel Passion Charters
Reel Passion Charters
Bring your own equipment if you can, when you only have 2-3hrs to fish you don’t want to lose any time learning the feel of their rigs. I missed lots of strikes in the first 45min or so.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring your own equipment if you can, when you only have 2-3hrs to fish you don’t want to lose any time learning the feel of their rigs. I missed lots of strikes in the first 45min or so.
Angler's Dream Fishing
Angler's Dream Fishing
Be prepared for weather change. Take warm clothing, and plenty of sun screen. Listen closely to the captain and 1st mate as they give instruction. Concentrate on what you're doing and you should catch fish.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Be prepared for weather change. Take warm clothing, and plenty of sun screen. Listen closely to the captain and 1st mate as they give instruction. Concentrate on what you're doing and you should catch fish.
Angler's Dream Fishing
Angler's Dream Fishing
Just remember it is called fishing and not catching. We had caught a bunch of fish, just not the “monster” the captain was after.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just remember it is called fishing and not catching. We had caught a bunch of fish, just not the “monster” the captain was after.
Home Again Old Florida Adventures
Home Again Old Florida Adventures

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