St. Petersburg Deep Sea Fishing Charters

St. Petersburg Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg: 85 fishing charters available

Reef Relief Charters – 25'

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(24 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from $600

Catch On Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(98 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from $500

Scottish Reel Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from $750

Playin' Hooky Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from $495

Sherwood Nautical Adventures

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(24 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from $599

Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(175 reviews)
St. Petersburg
trips from $700

Westbound Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
St. Petersburg
trips from $750

Keep On Reeling Fishing Charters Offshore

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from $1,100

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
4.5 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in St. Petersburg

Make sure you feel good overall; you are miles from the shoreline;go to the restroom before you get in the boat. Have some snacks with you and water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you feel good overall; you are miles from the shoreline;go to the restroom before you get in the boat. Have some snacks with you and water.
Marcel  F.
Marcel F. Tarpon Springs, FL
Start out with fresh cut bait and if you land a ladyfish use her as cut bait they hit that every time it hit the water
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Start out with fresh cut bait and if you land a ladyfish use her as cut bait they hit that every time it hit the water
DELTON  T.
DELTON T. Adams, TN
In some spots the fish were practically jumping on the boat and in other spots we couldn't catch anything. Be patient.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
In some spots the fish were practically jumping on the boat and in other spots we couldn't catch anything. Be patient.
Christopher  E.
Christopher E. Tampa, FL
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Amie  G.
Amie G. Morristown, IN
Get out there by boat!! The shore is really over fished and unless it's running it'll be pin fish and cat fish for sure. Use a great guide and get out there and have a great experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get out there by boat!! The shore is really over fished and unless it's running it'll be pin fish and cat fish for sure. Use a great guide and get out there and have a great experience.
David  B.
David B. St. Petersburg, Florida
perfect for the sport fisherman, currently a red tide ban on keeping certain fish to eat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
perfect for the sport fisherman, currently a red tide ban on keeping certain fish to eat
Armand  T.
Armand T. Valrico, FL
Give it a try, it's fun and a great way to explore the bay and all the amazing wildlife.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Give it a try, it's fun and a great way to explore the bay and all the amazing wildlife.
James  R.
James R. Spring Hill, FL
Enjoy the day and being on the water. The bite may be great or maybe it won’t...but St. Petersburg will always have better fishing tomorrow! :-)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Enjoy the day and being on the water. The bite may be great or maybe it won’t...but St. Petersburg will always have better fishing tomorrow! :-)
John  N.
John N. Saint Petersburg, FL
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Lisa  B.
Lisa B. Tampa, FL
If you just want to catch fish target Jack and ladyfish away from structure with live shrimp - less snags
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you just want to catch fish target Jack and ladyfish away from structure with live shrimp - less snags
Arnold  H.
Arnold H. Lawrenceville, GA
I would expect fishing to be better than when we went out. Our outing was right after the worst red tide in 50 years had just cleared up.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
I would expect fishing to be better than when we went out. Our outing was right after the worst red tide in 50 years had just cleared up.
Adam  M.
Adam M. Comstock Park, MI
Make sure to follow advice of your captain and they will get you hooking fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure to follow advice of your captain and they will get you hooking fish
Walter  H.
Walter H. Berea, KY
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Garry  P.
Garry P. Coventry, ENG
Great experience! We caught big fish in calm waters! Couldn’t have asked for a better time!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great experience! We caught big fish in calm waters! Couldn’t have asked for a better time!
Vikki  K.
Vikki K. Miami, FL
Arrive eager to learn and you will catch fish.. a lot of sunscreen and water to drink
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Arrive eager to learn and you will catch fish.. a lot of sunscreen and water to drink
Norv  M.
Norv M. Belvidere, IL
Good fishing conditions, however the full moon and tides should be monitored closely. Early morning or night trips would be best this time of year.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Good fishing conditions, however the full moon and tides should be monitored closely. Early morning or night trips would be best this time of year.
Patrick  R.
Patrick R. Spring Hill, TN
If your looking for the fishing adventure/experience of a lifetime then get in touch with the guy's of Big Daddy Charter's. I've been fortunate enough to have fished throughout the Gulf of Mexico. From the shores of Galveston, TX to the southern most tip of islamorada and these guy's are the best I've seen at what they do when it comes to making sure that when you book a fishing trip with them it'll surely be the experience of a lifetime......
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If your looking for the fishing adventure/experience of a lifetime then get in touch with the guy's of Big Daddy Charter's. I've been fortunate enough to have fished throughout the Gulf of Mexico. From the shores of Galveston, TX to the southern most tip of islamorada and these guy's are the best I've seen at what they do when it comes to making sure that when you book a fishing trip with them it'll surely be the experience of a lifetime......
Jay  H.
Jay H. Memphis, TN
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Eli  C.
Eli C. Tampa, FL
Some people may not be familiar with different medications you can take for seasickness. I would recommend consulting with your physician on that before you go. It affects some people more than others.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Some people may not be familiar with different medications you can take for seasickness. I would recommend consulting with your physician on that before you go. It affects some people more than others.
Alex  S.
Alex S. Orlando, Florida
Get ready to catch fish. You don't have to go to Costa Rica for workd class fishing.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Get ready to catch fish. You don't have to go to Costa Rica for workd class fishing.
William  V.
William V. St. Petersburg, FL

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