St. Pete Beach Deep Sea Fishing Charters

St. Pete Beach Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach: 102 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Tierra Verde
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trips from $1,400
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(74 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from $600
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(269 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from $850
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(324 reviews)
Treasure Island
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trips from $650
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from $2,350
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(31 reviews)
Gulfport
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trips from $850
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(199 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from $600

Deep Sea Fishing in St. Pete Beach

Whether you have an entire day at your disposal or merely several hours, there’s ample opportunity to try your hand at deep sea fishing in St. Pete Beach. Deep sea fishing off the coast of St. Pete Beach might take you anywhere from 20 to 100 miles out, searching for big game fish and a wide variety of bottom species.

What to Catch and When to Target it

Bottom fishing 
In St. Pete Beach, bottom fish are the main attraction of deep sea fishing. While you will find Snappers, Groupers, and other bottom fish within 20 miles of shore, the biggest specimens are lurking 30 miles out and beyond.

If you are intent on catching really large fish, you should plan on taking a full day or extended day trip (10+ hours). These give you a chance to target giant Snappers, Groupers, and even some Amberjack on heavy tackle. You are likely to troll for Kingfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Tuna on your way out and back, giving you a chance to catch some hard fighting pelagic species, too. For the very best of deep sea fishing in St. Pete Beach, you will want to head out more than 60 miles, which means booking a trip of at least 12 hours. It’s worth taking a longer trip to escape the fishing pressure and reel in some massive prizes.

You will have great success bottom fishing at any time of year, but state and federal regulations prohibit the harvest of certain species at various periods. Some species are most active in the winter months, such as Gag Grouper, Scamp Grouper, and Amberjack. However, fishing for Gag Grouper is only allowed from June through December.

In summer, Red Grouper, Mangrove Snapper, Red Snapper, Lane Snapper, Grunts, Seabass, and Porgy all reach their peak seasons. Red Snapper fishing is highly regulated in Florida and can vary from year to year. Open season lasts roughly from early June to early September. In some cases, fishing for Red Snapper is limited to weekends only.


Trolling 
For the best big game fishing St. Pete Beach can offer, you should fish between March and November. This is when King Mackerel, Tuna, and Cobia start to become more prevalent within 25 to 40 miles of shore.

Offshore fishing really picks up momentum in May, when you are likely to catch Sailfish, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi. These species are biting significantly less by the end of September, though you may have luck with Tuna through November. If you’re looking to catch these big game fish, your chances are best while fishing over 40 miles out. An extended day trip is ideal for those who plan to fish this far from shore. When in their peak season, you may be able to catch Tuna on a standard full day trip.

King Mackerel peaks in spring and again in fall, giving you a chance to land a real “smoker” at either end of the deep sea fishing season. If you go fishing at the right time, you can even hope to catch this species on a four hour half day trip.


How to Fish

Deep sea fishing is mostly a combination of bottom fishing and trolling. Many offshore St. Pete Beach fishing charters are likely to include trolling on the way to and from the fishing grounds, where you will spend most of your time bottom fishing. Many anglers rely on flat lining for King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Sailfish, and Cobia.

Depending on your target species, bottom fishing will include jigging, still fishing, casting, and drifting near wrecks or reefs. Dead bait such as frozen squid, sardines, mullets, or pinfish typically work well when targeting Snapper and Grouper. Small live baitfish may prove more effective when enticing these specimens in heavily fished areas. You can fish for Hogfish with a hook and line or by spearfishing.

St. Pete Beach
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 27,694 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in St. Pete Beach

This was a great trip! The crew was absolutely great and were fun to be around.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was a great trip! The crew was absolutely great and were fun to be around.
Dan  A.
Dan A. Woodbury, MN
Irs a great place to fish and see other sea life. I recommend Anglers Dream charters.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Irs a great place to fish and see other sea life. I recommend Anglers Dream charters.
Kile  T.
Kile T. Fincastle, VA
Go when it is cooler water and weather. Don't miss the dolphin show at the end!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Go when it is cooler water and weather. Don't miss the dolphin show at the end!
Peggy  P.
Peggy P. St. Petersburg, FL
This is for you.. all equipment. Bait. And the help you need if preferred.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This is for you.. all equipment. Bait. And the help you need if preferred.
Randy  L.
Randy L. Clearwater, Florida
Try to go out in spring and fall. The water temp is at record high right now in July.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Try to go out in spring and fall. The water temp is at record high right now in July.
Randy  J.
Randy J. Largo, FL
The party boat is a great and less expensive way to take the whole family out on the water
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The party boat is a great and less expensive way to take the whole family out on the water
Scott  C.
Scott C. Calhoun, GA
Any day on the water is great. It’s even better when the fish are biting and the dolphin are jumping.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Any day on the water is great. It’s even better when the fish are biting and the dolphin are jumping.
SHARYN  M.
SHARYN M. Sarasota, FL
Saw everything from dolphins, to manatees, grouper, grunts, and a spanish mackerel!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Saw everything from dolphins, to manatees, grouper, grunts, and a spanish mackerel!
Thomas  N.
Thomas N. Fort Wayne, IN
We tried fishing on the piers but had very little luck. We also tried an inshore fishing trip and caught a few small fish but nothing we could keep. We decided to try a longer, deep sea fishing trip and caught many fish and even have fish to bring home.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We tried fishing on the piers but had very little luck. We also tried an inshore fishing trip and caught a few small fish but nothing we could keep. We decided to try a longer, deep sea fishing trip and caught many fish and even have fish to bring home.
Amanda  C.
Amanda C. Saint Paul, MN
Was very hot and red tide made the fishing tough, however the Captain and crew did everything possible and fish were caught. If you want to catch fish and have a crew that goes above and beyond, this Captain and crew are top notch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Was very hot and red tide made the fishing tough, however the Captain and crew did everything possible and fish were caught. If you want to catch fish and have a crew that goes above and beyond, this Captain and crew are top notch.
Scott  J.
Scott J. Allentown, Pennsylvania
Sunscreen, fishing attire and dramamine for those who have motion sickness.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sunscreen, fishing attire and dramamine for those who have motion sickness.
Anthony  V.  B.
Anthony V. B. Cumberland, IN
Be ready for a cool morning and lots of sun. Bring plenty of sunscreen and some snacks and water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for a cool morning and lots of sun. Bring plenty of sunscreen and some snacks and water.
Randy  D.
Randy D. St. Petersburg, Florida
Still caught some fish despite the red tide that took a toll on local fish populations.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Still caught some fish despite the red tide that took a toll on local fish populations.
Julie  R.
Julie R. Big Lake, MN
I liked the fish trip but the area is experiencing red tide at this time the captain found some good eater and put us on some fish. Can't say enough about the crew to work hard to make all of the passengers and fisherman happy. Thanks to them every one caught fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I liked the fish trip but the area is experiencing red tide at this time the captain found some good eater and put us on some fish. Can't say enough about the crew to work hard to make all of the passengers and fisherman happy. Thanks to them every one caught fish
Ahmet  O.
Ahmet O. Hamburg, NY
The water can be very choppy, take appropriate medicine and stay hydrated.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The water can be very choppy, take appropriate medicine and stay hydrated.
Michael  Z.
Michael Z. Carmichaels, PA
Go on the fishing charter with Captain Mike, you will have a great fishing experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go on the fishing charter with Captain Mike, you will have a great fishing experience.
Earl  G.  S.
Earl G. S. Tampa, Florida
Start with 1/2 day if you have smaller children. They were a little bored waiting to drop their lines on way out. But at least we saw several dolphins along the way back that swam along the boat
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Start with 1/2 day if you have smaller children. They were a little bored waiting to drop their lines on way out. But at least we saw several dolphins along the way back that swam along the boat
Steve  D.
Steve D. Tampa, FL
Capt and crew were very helpful and responsive to the clients. The trip went very well I took my 11 year old son and Grandpa and we had a good time. We did not catch a boat load of fish but it was a good time.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Capt and crew were very helpful and responsive to the clients. The trip went very well I took my 11 year old son and Grandpa and we had a good time. We did not catch a boat load of fish but it was a good time.
Derrick  W.
Derrick W. Gilbert, AZ
Research the most likely fish to be caught according to season and book accordingly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Research the most likely fish to be caught according to season and book accordingly.
Tim  A.
Tim A. St. Petersburg, FL
We really enjoyed the charter and had a great time, but the captain smoked throughout the trip and the first mate smoked some as well and on the way back one of the customers started smoking too. I not trying to complain, but smoke tends to bother me and the vessel was clearly marked no smoking.
Very good
3.7 / 5
We really enjoyed the charter and had a great time, but the captain smoked throughout the trip and the first mate smoked some as well and on the way back one of the customers started smoking too. I not trying to complain, but smoke tends to bother me and the vessel was clearly marked no smoking.
John  I.
John I. Bluffton, SC

Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in St. Pete Beach