What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Tampa, Florida for the first time?

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Melani Rosario
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Went fishing with Florida Professional Charters on April 1, 2024
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!

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David Lanka
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Went fishing with Capt Tony Frankland Inshore Fishing on March 4, 2024
We were a couple of weeks early from a water temperature perspective for catching some of the larger species, but the captain knew we were looking to catch and release for fun, so he put us in perfect position to have constant action all day with the right locations, bait and setup. Communication in advance is important so you know what will likely be running during your trip in March because of the changeover in water temperature.

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Antonio Colon
Tampa, Florida
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Went fishing with Slobby Joe Charters – Tampa on March 10, 2019
Tampa Bay Florida has one of the most beautiful pristine and preserved Fisheries any fishing fanatic or professional fisherman would want to to enjoy. And when you go fishing with a professional fishing charter like Captain Joe from sloppy joe fishing charters in Tampa Florida you can find yourself catching unbelievable record breaking number of fish like Snook redfish and jack crevalle just to name a few.

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Bernhard C. Richard
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Went fishing with Sundaze Inshore Charters on April 11, 2023
Spend some thinking about what you expect and communicate in detail with the captain beforehand. Things you might have liked but not mentioned will probably not be prepared if you dont talk about it in advance.

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Donna Rose
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Went fishing with Downtown Tampa Charters on December 27, 2019
If looking for a bigger boat to go out farther don't forget to ask about the boat lol I was expecting a bigger boat (didn't ask or specify) and wanted them to go further out but from the two boys point of view I got exactly what I wanted...a great experience...

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Jazma Martinez
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Went fishing with Florida Professional Charters on March 30, 2024
Check to see if any events going on before booking. There was a lot of boaters on the water. Which may have contributed to our limited catches.

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Tracey Hansen
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Went fishing with Bait-N-Bite on March 25, 2024
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.

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Sanniel Mowery
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Went fishing with Poseidon Fishing – East Tampa on March 8, 2024
Try out a half day early morning fishing with Jesse - Poseidon Fishing Charter. You will have a great experience and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Steve Ruble
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Went fishing with Afishionado Guide Services on March 4, 2024
Communicate with your guide. Make sure you know where you are going to meet. Be prompt (early) and easy to go. Then relax and enjoy the experience.

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Jennifer DeWolfe
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Went fishing with Bait-N-Bite on February 11, 2024
Book with Captain Tommy! He knows the waters and where to find the fish and will take care of everything to ensure you enjoy your trip.

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Simon Sculthorp
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Went fishing with Sundaze Inshore Charters on November 6, 2023
Take sun cream and a hat as the sun can still burn. No head on board so use the bathroom before hand. Listen to the skipper as her knows what he’s doing.

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Jeffrey Woody
LaGrange, GA
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Went fishing with Baytime Charters – Tampa Bay on June 7, 2023
Watch the moon . If it's a full moon the fish eat all night making them harder to catch during the day.

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Eric Soules
Apopka, FL
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Went fishing with Capt Tony Frankland Inshore Fishing on April 14, 2023
Call captains prior to going out to see current species, conditions… and how to pay captains because app can be confusing

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Traci Garcia
Elk Grove Village, IL
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Went fishing with Poseidon Fishing – East Tampa on March 28, 2023
Book the AM trip before the sun gets too hot. A tad cold heading out to the fishing spot but once settled it was a perfect weather.

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Chad Thill
Charlotte, MI
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Went fishing with Florida Professional Charters on February 5, 2023
Seeing dolphins and Manatee was also well worth the trip. The excitement of trying to catch the big one captain Dave was amazing. So much fun

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Louis Stewart
Livingston, TX
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Went fishing with Poseidon Fishing – East Tampa on December 23, 2021
You need to know the location and bait for catching the right species of fish. Local knowledge is important.

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Jamie Roehl
Underwood, MN
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Went fishing with Tampa Bowfishing Charters on May 4, 2021
Captain Ike would be an excellent choice for a beginner and experienced person wanting to get out on the water

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Clermont, Florida
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Went fishing with deleted charter 6686 on April 21, 2019
I recommend they go for Snook if it is the right time of year. And fish when the tide is moving. I think it makes a big difference.

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Deleted User
Tampa, Florida
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Went fishing with deleted charter 6686 on April 15, 2019
Get in touch with Captain John Rivers at Rivers 2 Bay Fishing Charters, (727) 313-1781. He will put you on some great fish! I know who I'm going to call for my next trip.

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John Vertrees
Tampa, Florida
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Went fishing with Inshore Society – Tidewater Boat on March 10, 2019
Use Inshore Society if you want to catch fish on your stay in the Tampa area. He will teach you how and you will be extremely happy with the results.

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Kerry Danger
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Went fishing with Poseidon Fishing – East Tampa on December 24, 2023
Know the species caught in the time of your trip and the open and closed seasons.

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Angela Alberson
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Went fishing with Slot Boys Charters on October 8, 2023
Definitely fish with Slot boys! Very knowledgeable of the area and knows what he is doing!

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Mark Pitchford
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Went fishing with Downtown Tampa Charters on October 6, 2023
It's a good inshore trip and starting downtown makes it easy for convention goers.

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Tammy Gill
Rifle, CO
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Went fishing with Poseidon Fishing – East Tampa on June 10, 2023
Find a good tackle and Bait shop. Fish early morning and afternoon Fish early morning and Evening

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Dan Unfried
Lineboro, MD
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Went fishing with Florida Professional Charters on May 4, 2023
Tampa is full of fish, many different species. Makes for a great fishing experience.

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Robert Chambers
United States
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Went fishing with Charlton’s Reef Charters on April 6, 2019
If you can't catch fish in Tampa, something is wrong! Great place to wet a line.

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Wendy Oleary
Lakeland, Florida
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Went fishing with Charlton’s Reef Charters on February 11, 2019
Call the guide ( Tom Charlton ) and ask him or her what fish are biting when you want to fish.

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Chris Tharp
United States
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Went fishing with Capt Ariel Charter Boats Inc. on July 28, 2018
Do you research on what fish your wanting to catch and when they are in season.