What would you recommend to anglers fishing in St. Petersburg, Florida for the first time?

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Kelly Brown
Wascott, WI
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Went fishing with Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing on February 17, 2019
We fished for Amberjack even though we couldn't keep them, it's a blast having to reel in a fish for 15-20 minutes. Pure power for most of these species. It isn't like fishing from the lake or pond back home.

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Al Tompkins
Tampa, Florida
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Went fishing with Barracudaville Charters on July 5, 2018
If you stay in the bay, trout are a great first outing. I have seen days when we caught so many and sent them back that we kinda got tired of catching them. Ladyfish are amazingly fast and easy to catch. Go further out into the Gulf and lots of options open including Barracuda, which are a ton of fun. Off bridges, you will find Sheepshead and stuff like that. Bottom fishers like grouper. All that action is a tad slow for me.

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Vukan Simic
Norfolk, VA
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Went fishing with Deep Color Fishing on July 12, 2018
Great options inshore, nearshore and offshore options fishing water up to 50ft deep. Any time of the year, you'll have one of the big game species active and a great choice of captains to take you out fishing.

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Stacey Lorenz
Springfield, MO
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Went fishing with Captain Ted Nesti Inshore Fishing on June 19, 2018
I was wanting to catch grouper and hogfish. That's what I expected but with this being my first time his is mainly intercoastal waters. Not so much deep sea fishing. But we for sure had a great time!!

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Zach Fulford
Peoria, IL
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Went fishing with Pocket Change Inshore Fishing on April 30, 2018
I'm from out of state and vacationed to St. Petersburg area in January. Fishing was almost dead in January. I came back for a 3 day fishing trip in April. Fishing was HOT! I recommend fishing in April/May/June months. Fishing is WAY better.

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Robert D Campbell
Rapid City, Michigan
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Went fishing with Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing on November 7, 2017
Yes, based on my two experiences. One of the tricks, though, is having three or four days that you could fish, then checking the marine weather outlook, especially if you want to go offshore for a 6 or 8-hour charter, for each of those days. We were lucky to have had consistent weather (no cold fronts) and relatively light winds. But it can blow big time in November. Always best to book before than after a predicted weather change. In early November, especially midweek, it's a slower time so your guide likely can work with you to pick the best day. From mid-Nov through the end of the month, it gets a lot busier. Also, look for charters with lots of good reviews on Fishing Booker. Saving a couple hundred bucks isn't worth not catching many fish or having a good time

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Lisa Bartikofsky
Tampa, FL
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Went fishing with Leisure Life Charters on March 21, 2019
Weather in March can be a little chilly on the open water, but really warm by the mangroves so definitely dress in layers. Book it...it's worth every penny!

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Anthony Cramer
Evans, GA
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Went fishing with Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing on March 19, 2019
Make sure you and the captain have the same intent on the fish your wanting to catch.

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Paul Robinson
Tampa, Florida
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Went fishing with Deep Color Fishing on January 21, 2019
Don't do the big party fishing boats. Book ahead with your local captains for your best fishing. And I will be booking another trip with Captain Hank at Deep Color fishing charters!!

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Arnold Harrison
Lawrenceville, GA
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Went fishing with Leisure Life Charters on December 29, 2018
If you just want to catch fish target Jack and ladyfish away from structure with live shrimp - less snags

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Garry Plumb
Coventry, ENG
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Went fishing with Captain Ted Nesti Inshore Fishing on August 16, 2018
Well worth an fishing trip with an experienced Captian who knows the waters and where to catch fish. Captian Ted is great with families and young children.

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Eli Capili
Tampa, FL
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Went fishing with Ultimate Fishing Charters on July 12, 2018
Snook are out of season but fun to catch. Bring sunblock, sunglasses, a hat, and wear a long sleeve fishing shirt. Make sure to listen to and respect the captain of the boat.

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Greg Garner
United States
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Went fishing with Leisure Life Charters on July 5, 2018
Hire a guide or fish the surf. July can be hit or miss on the surf so if you want to get hooked up for sure then your best bet is a guide.

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Charles Hammonds
United States
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Went fishing with Pocket Change Inshore Fishing on June 21, 2018
Great fishing. You will have to get a temporary license. Free license only for residents of Florida.

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Laura Merchant
Lexington, KY
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Went fishing with Head First Fishing Adventures on June 11, 2018
We caught a lot of fish that were too small but were also able to keep a lot of fish. I wish we could have kept fishing but it got very hot. Bring lots of sunscreen and water!

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Terry Hogan
Uniontown, OH
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Went fishing with Deep Color Fishing on June 11, 2018
A good place to fish for families. The water is very calm typically making sea sickness less likely. It can get hot so bring plenty to drink.

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Jennifer Goings
Quincy, Illinois
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Went fishing with Leisure Life Charters on May 18, 2018
I recommend booking a trip with Captain Jeff Gibson if you want a great day fishing in St. Petersburg. 727 776 8369

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Jim Hessel
Tampa, Florida
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Went fishing with Captain Ted Nesti Inshore Fishing on May 11, 2018
Book ahead and fish with Captain Ted. He will find fish for you to catch and you will really have a good time!!!

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Donald Reimer
Wichita, KS
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Went fishing with Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing on April 21, 2018
Yes. We were a little disappointed in the size and number of fish we caught, but it was still a great experience.

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Chuck Christofferson
Tampa, FL
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Went fishing with Head First Fishing Adventures on March 15, 2019
Fishing for Snook requires accurate casting to shady spots close to mangrove roots & docks.

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Christopher Knipe
Pinellas Park, FL
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Went fishing with Deep Color Fishing on October 5, 2018
Wait for the bites, they will come. I would say we experienced a bite at least every five minutes.

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Norv Mcintyre
Belvidere, IL
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Went fishing with Leisure Life Charters on August 5, 2018
Arrive eager to learn and you will catch fish.. a lot of sunscreen and water to drink

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William Vrooman
St. Petersburg, FL
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Went fishing with Florida Reels Fishing Charters on June 22, 2018
Get ready to catch fish. You don't have to go to Costa Rica for workd class fishing.

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Daniel Baker
Lynn Haven, FL
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Went fishing with Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing on June 20, 2018
Eat at Columbia...also book a full day. Will get a chance at biggest fish on a longer day.

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Grand Ledge, Michigan
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Went fishing with Head First Fishing Adventures on April 19, 2018
Warm weather lots of sun and great fish action and HEAD FIRST FISHING charter!!!

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Josh Kitchel
Venice, Florida
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Went fishing with Head First Fishing Adventures on October 29, 2017
If you don’t know the area book someone who does. Capt.Joe with headfirst fishing most definitely knows the area and when to be where.

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Chris Miller
North Fort Myers, Florida
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Went fishing with Deep Color Fishing on February 17, 2018
Just bring sunscreen and be ready to enjoy the beautiful inshore and offshore waters that Florida offers

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James Frisbie
Humble, Texas
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Went fishing with Pocket Change Inshore Fishing on February 12, 2018
Call Anthony at pocket change! He will get you on your desired fish for such a great price for you and your family.

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Chris Dipasqua
Brandon, Florida
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Went fishing with Pocket Change Inshore Fishing on August 13, 2017
Great experience with Captain Anthony. Highly recommend this very professional and accommodating skipper!

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Adam Vicary
United States
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Went fishing with Barracudaville Charters on August 9, 2017
If you can fly fish, there's plenty of sport of the beach but inshore and off shore charters are very good and cater well for in fishers Children etc

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