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

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Craig Siapno
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Went fishing with Lock it Down Sportfishing on March 21, 2024
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.

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Jessica Whittington
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Went fishing with Poseidon Fishing – St. Petersburg on March 12, 2024
Get step by step directions to the boat before you even start driving in that direction. The address provided IS NOT WHERE THE BOAT IS. By the time we finally found it, I was very upset and that was definitely not the way I wanted to start out my trip. Get CLEAR details on where you will be fishing. IE: If I pay for deep sea, will I get actual deep sea? Know that you will possibly run out of bait. Is there a way to avoid this?? Idk, but it was sad. Bring your own drinks and snacks! You will have to urinate over the ide of the boat or hold it. Your fish will not get cleaned, as there is nowhere to clean them at this particular marina, per Captain Cody.

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Kathi Crawford
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Went fishing with Poseidon Fishing – St. Petersburg on February 29, 2024
Can’t answer that. We were presented with leaving from Ruskin not St. Pete’s. The woman on the phone pushed us as she said your trip we be so much better leaving from Ruskin….she mentioned that at least 3 times and felt pushed to do so, didn’t love that.

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Robert Giombetti
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Went fishing with Leisure Life Charters on February 16, 2024
It was great for us but the weather this year has been very cold so I could see how the fishing in Feb may be more difficult than in warmer months. All in all we had a great day on the water and caught lots of fish.

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Michael Brown
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Went fishing with My Girls Adventures on February 9, 2024
Some fish are more seasonal so if you are targeting a particular species, talk to your captain to see when the best activity is for your species. If you want the experience and are not selective, charters will find you species to catch.

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Dustyamy Hahn
Mosinee, WI
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Went fishing with Precision Backcountry Charters on August 8, 2023
Bring lots of water, it's HOT! Fishing really slows down the hotter it gets during the day. We did a 6 hour trip, next time I would only do 4 hours. Try to get an earlier start in the morning, before 8 if possible.

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Douglas Pluth
Roach, MO
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Went fishing with Leisure Life Charters on May 18, 2023
The captains all have a strategy for the best outcome given everchanging weather conditions, and tides. They are not magicians. If the charter involves spinning gear, then KNOW how to use it BEFORE your trip !

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Amie Gant
Morristown, IN
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Went fishing with Barracudaville Charters on July 1, 2019
Ask alot of questions before you book. What you can and can't keep , if you have a certain fish you want to catch if it is in season ask if your Charter has the proper license and tags for what you are fishing for.

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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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Lynne Cramer
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Went fishing with Capt. DL Spragg Charters on March 8, 2024
This was our first time fishing in St. Pete. Best day! So many different kinds of fish. Learned different fishing techniques. One of the best trips I have taken.

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Dan Phillips
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Went fishing with Leisure Life Charters on March 1, 2024
There’s fish to be had, and nice ones at that, but general consensus seems to be it really picks up starting in April.

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Travis Miller
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Went fishing with Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing on February 27, 2024
Make sure to get the right size boat for the trip you want, ours was perfect. Also talk to captain they are happy to help.

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Anna Landa
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Went fishing with Barracudaville Charters on February 21, 2024
February isnt the best time, but if you’re just looking to get out and try deep sea fishing as a novice, you will catch something and it’s still great fun!

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Nancy Motter
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Went fishing with Barracudaville Charters on February 20, 2024
We should have waited until the water was at least 70 degrees so we could have caught some bigger fish.

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Charles Bokor
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Went fishing with One More Charters on February 19, 2024
Highly recommend booking with Captain Torin. Caught enough fish to feed easily four people. Excellent fight with 38” snook

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Jennifer Bennett
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Went fishing with My Girls Adventures on February 14, 2024
Know what type fish are biting this time of year. Bring layers of clothing. Sunscreen even if it doesn't seem like it is sunny.

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Mary Beth Van Beek
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Went fishing with Westbound Sportfishing on March 29, 2024
Yes! I know if the conditions were better we would have have caught a ton of fish.

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Joey Kinchen
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Went fishing with Captain Andy's Salty Adventures on March 25, 2024
Don’t expect too much on a 2 hour tour. Be realistic, and know you will still have a great time.

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Scott Greene
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Went fishing with My Girls Adventures on February 9, 2024
He said it wasn't exactly the right season but we still had a lot of fun and caught some really cool fish

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Carrie Patrick
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Went fishing with Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing on January 27, 2024
If you are booking a charter do your homework on what you are expecting and reach out to the Captain so you do not get disappointed. We did not!!!

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Tony Arruda
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Went fishing with Leisure Life Charters on January 26, 2024
Make sure that The water is not to cold This time of the year water should have been warm for fishing but that’s natural Ask your captain so you no ahead of time

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Jesse Gafford
Nashville, GA
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Went fishing with Bay Reef Fishing Charters on September 24, 2023
Its a fun experience for all ages, besides thw fishing just the scenery and boat experience is awesome.

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Robert Abbott
United States
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Went fishing with Reef Relief Charters on August 23, 2023
Captain was very friendly and knowledgeable caught a lot of fish captain was very punctual I’d recommend it to the beginners

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Tami Melton
Crescent, MO
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Went fishing with Beyond Fishing Charters – St. Pete on August 3, 2023
I would definitely take the early morning trip. Zach was professional and excited to be sharing the water and this recreation with us.

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Elvin Pratt
Disputanta, KY
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Went fishing with One More Charters on July 31, 2023
Patience and above all a good captain. Would definitely come and fish again. Also mornings during the week not as crowded and hot

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Jason Stacey
Batavia, OH
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Went fishing with My Girls Adventures on June 24, 2023
Wear a hat. Long sleeve and maybe motion sickness medicine or a light breakfast. Don't party the night before.

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Charles Lueker
Franklin, TN
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Went fishing with Beachside Charters on June 10, 2023
Find a guide in St Petersburg who knows the area. If its your first trip to St Pete, you'll want to learn more about the area.

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Cristina Calilung
REDINGTN SHOR, FL
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Went fishing with Lock it Down Sportfishing on June 10, 2023
contact a captain and get recommendations on when is best time of year to catch your targeted species

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Peter Seuffert
Morristown, NJ
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Went fishing with Bay Reef Fishing Charters on May 15, 2023
Early morning before the wind comes up. Offshore is a blast if conditions are right. Otherwise you can’t miss w/ inshore fishing. Snook, snapper, sheep head, redfish a plenty

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Scott McNeil
Brighton, MI
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Went fishing with Reef Relief Charters on April 24, 2023
If you have motion sickness take a ginger supplement for 5 days before you go. Tip from the captain