St. Petersburg Deep Sea Fishing Charters

St. Petersburg Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg: 103 fishing charters available
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5.0 / 5
(66 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from $750
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4.9 / 5
(270 reviews)
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St. Petersburg
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trips from $600
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trips from $495
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trips from $850
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(115 reviews)
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trips from $800
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Deep Sea Fishing in St. Petersburg

When you’re flying in to ‘the Sunshine City’, you’re likely expecting a holiday to remember. And rightly so. St. Petersburg has much more than just beautiful weather. The local culture scene is teeming and in recent years the city has rejuvenated itself. The parks, the hip suburbs, and flocks of tourists come here year after year. But for any angler out there the best part is the deep sea fishing St. Petersburg has at its doorstep. The offshore fisheries are ripe for insane game fishing and with some patience, you’ll be coming home with bragging rights no one can deny.

What fish to catch

Head to the Gulf of Mexico and you can find a rich selection right below the water’s surface as well as far below near the bottoms of reefs and wrecks.

Here you’ll find Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Barracuda, Sailfish, Blackfin Tuna, Mahi, Wahoo--and the list goes on. Add to that Amberjack, Grouper, Snapper, as well as Triggerfish, Hogfish, Cobia, Sharks, Bonitos, and you’ll see what keeps anglers lining down the marina and boat ramps hoping to find a spot on a charter that will take them out for the prize.

When to fish

St. Petersburg boasts over 300 sunny days each year, so technically there isn’t a bad time to go deep sea fishing here. This is the textbook definition of a year-round fishery. An average day on the water can easily get your cooler full. There are some guidelines to keep in mind though to have the best chances of landing your coveted fish.

Kingfish, Grouper, and Amberjack bite the best in spring and fall, while summertime is traditionally meant for serious game, such as Mackerel, Sharks, Tunas, Sailfish, Mahi, Wahoo, Bonito. Snapper are in the water year-round, but watch out for the seasonal opening.

How to get the fish

The two most common methods you’ll try out here are bottom fishing and trolling. If you want to take home tasty food to grill, then you’ll probably do bottom fishing for the likes of Grouper and Snapper.

There are many more bottom fish around here, such as Amberjack, but many anglers claim that Grouper’s taste is second to none. Use live or cut bait to entice the fish to bite, but you’ll need to sink the bait deep enough for the fish to see it -- which is where the charter crew comes to play. You can get Grouper and Snapper by using medium to heavy rods with conventional reels. Amberjack will take almost any bait but they are freakishly strong, so stock up on the appropriate tackle.

If you want a trophy-sized catch, you’ll troll for Kingfish and other apex predators around here. Slow trolling with live bait can get you impressive Kingfish especially if you heat things up with chum before you start trolling. For speed-lovers, fast trolling with plugs can be efficient as you can cover a larger surface and entice a bite in less time. Trolling is efficient for Mahi and Tuna too, plus local captains know the tricks to put you on fish.

Need to know

If you’re fishing from a licensed charter, you don’t need a fishing license. Most of the time, charter captains will provide all the fishing gear, tackle, bait, and lures, so that leaves you with food and drinks to care of. When you’re packing for the trip, bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and Dramamine, especially if you’re prone to seasickness. It’s always good to check with the captain before you hit the road whether there are some errands to run before you set out.

St. Petersburg
Excellent
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What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in St. Petersburg

Its a fun experience for all ages, besides thw fishing just the scenery and boat experience is awesome.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Its a fun experience for all ages, besides thw fishing just the scenery and boat experience is awesome.
Jesse  G.
Jesse G. Nashville, GA
Pay a little money for a charter because the water is shallow and·lots of sandbars.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pay a little money for a charter because the water is shallow and·lots of sandbars.
Tony  N.
Tony N. Riverview, Florida
Captain was very friendly and knowledgeable caught a lot of fish captain was very punctual I’d recommend it to the beginners
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain was very friendly and knowledgeable caught a lot of fish captain was very punctual I’d recommend it to the beginners
Robert  A.
Robert A. United States
I would definitely take the early morning trip. Zach was professional and excited to be sharing the water and this recreation with us.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would definitely take the early morning trip. Zach was professional and excited to be sharing the water and this recreation with us.
Tami  M.
Tami M. Crescent, MO
Patience and above all a good captain. Would definitely come and fish again. Also mornings during the week not as crowded and hot
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Patience and above all a good captain. Would definitely come and fish again. Also mornings during the week not as crowded and hot
Elvin  P.
Elvin P. Disputanta, KY
Sure. It was hot and we knew fish were gonna be slower. Our captain did excellent work
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sure. It was hot and we knew fish were gonna be slower. Our captain did excellent work
Russell  C.
Russell C. Crete, NE
Get a good captain who knows the area. It was great for us. I wouldn’t do it any other way.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a good captain who knows the area. It was great for us. I wouldn’t do it any other way.
Laura  R.
Laura R. Womac, IL
Wear a hat. Long sleeve and maybe motion sickness medicine or a light breakfast. Don't party the night before.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wear a hat. Long sleeve and maybe motion sickness medicine or a light breakfast. Don't party the night before.
Jason  S.
Jason S. Batavia, OH
Bring sunscreen, or wear sun shirts. Encourage kids to join the fun. Get ready for a good time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring sunscreen, or wear sun shirts. Encourage kids to join the fun. Get ready for a good time.
Cheryl  S.
Cheryl S. Hermitage, PA
contact a captain and get recommendations on when is best time of year to catch your targeted species
Excellent
5.0 / 5
contact a captain and get recommendations on when is best time of year to catch your targeted species
Cristina  C.
Cristina C. REDINGTN SHOR, FL
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Charles  L.
Charles L. Franklin, TN
Be ready for anything and get ready to have fun because it’s impossible not to! Book a trip asap!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for anything and get ready to have fun because it’s impossible not to! Book a trip asap!
Brady  S.
Brady S. Burnsville, MN
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 !
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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 !
Douglas  P.
Douglas P. Roach, MO
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Peter  S.
Peter S. Morristown, NJ
If you have motion sickness take a ginger supplement for 5 days before you go. Tip from the captain
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have motion sickness take a ginger supplement for 5 days before you go. Tip from the captain
Scott  M.
Scott M. Brighton, MI
These are the folks you want to contact whether you’re first timers or ardent fishermen…they are wonderful people!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
These are the folks you want to contact whether you’re first timers or ardent fishermen…they are wonderful people!
Tim  T.
Tim T. Canonsburg, PA
Find a captain who has a lot of experience fishing the waters you intend to fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find a captain who has a lot of experience fishing the waters you intend to fish.
Matthew  B.
Matthew B. Syracuse, IN
Seek out a reputable captain and connect with them early and often. Plan according to weather reports, i.e., calmer seas.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Seek out a reputable captain and connect with them early and often. Plan according to weather reports, i.e., calmer seas.
Tom  G.
Tom G. Utica, Michigan
3 hour trip was perfect for our first time out but will do a longer trip next time. We had a great time and Captain Joe was awesome.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
3 hour trip was perfect for our first time out but will do a longer trip next time. We had a great time and Captain Joe was awesome.
Brandy  S.
Brandy S. North Salem, IN
I am an experienced fresh water fisherman, but I highly recommend a guide to teach you the ways of the Ocean. Some skills transfer, some new techniques are definitely needed.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
I am an experienced fresh water fisherman, but I highly recommend a guide to teach you the ways of the Ocean. Some skills transfer, some new techniques are definitely needed.
Joe  H.
Joe H. Brookfield, WI

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