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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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What People Are Saying About Offshore Fishing in Tampa Bay

"Full day offshore trip with ElCapitano's Offshore"

Cody Thomson fished with ElCapitano’s Offshore LLC on March 13, 2017

Captain Chad Hickman put us on a ton of fish. His boat is fast and comfortable which got us to our destination quick. As soon as we got there, our poles started bending over immediately. The action was hot and we landed some beasts. One of the best fishing days I've ever had. Would highly recommend ElCapitano's Offshore for your next fishing trip.

Top Targeted Offshore Fishing Species in Tampa Bay

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Grouper (Gag)

Snapper (Red)

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