Tampa Bay Offshore Fishing Charters

Best Offshore Fishing Charters in Tampa Bay

Top 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.
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Reviews of Fishing in Offshore Fishing in Tampa Bay

4 hr trip with Capt Pedro
Jon C. fished with El Pescador Fishing Charters on October 9, 2020
Easy fishing but if you want to go after the larger fish its a much longer ride since the gulf is so shallow.
4 Hour trip with Outlaw Gunner
Casey F. fished with Outlaw Gunner Charters on August 29, 2020
For a 4 hour trip the fish are smaller than we thought.
Half day trip with CPT Mike
Kenneth S. fished with Coastal Chaos Fishing Charters on August 28, 2020
Go fishing with CPT Mike. Very knowledgeable about his job. Easy to talk to. My brother and I had a blast catching a lot of fish in a short amount of time.
Half Day
Tyler W. fished with Hookin' Ain't Easy on August 20, 2020
Made it quick and easy to find a great provider and a memorable experience
Full day trip
Elton V. fished with HIGH TIDE Saltwater Charters on August 10, 2020
Lots of sun lotion, drinking water, sunhats , great captain like we had.
Half day trip on short notice.
Dan T. fished with Shaky Legs Fishing Charters on July 29, 2020
You will be fishing in the bay, so theres no need for a 30' boat. Waves are pretty calm .
Half day Capt Brad
Donald M. fished with Fat Cat Fishing Charters on July 20, 2020
Have fun Calm water and great fishing Fish were biting on first cast
Fishing with Jarrod
John W. fished with Aquatic Escapes on July 17, 2020
All aspects of the trip were excellent. I suggest that any July trip be in the morning only, since afternoon rains are probable. Captain Jarrod was pleasant, knowledgeable, and put ous onto fish for the entire trip. J. W. Wilde

Top Targeted Offshore Fishing Species in Tampa Bay