Tampa Bay Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Tampa Bay Deep Sea Fishing Charters

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Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Tampa Bay

Top Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Tampa Bay

Deep Sea Fishing in Tampa Bay

For a massive catch and some serious bragging rights, give Tampa Bay deep sea fishing a try. This experience will take you 60-100 miles into the Gulf of Mexico, where you can fish the deep blue waters for Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, and a variety of large bottom fish.

The Deep Sea Charter Experience

Most Tampa Bay deep sea fishing charters leave from Clearwater and St. Petersburg. It can take close to two hours to reach true deep water, which is why most trips last somewhere between 8-12 hours to make sure you get enough fishing time. For the biggest fish, look for a charter that will take you 60+ miles from shore.

Bottom fishing

The Gulf of Mexico is home to a multitude of bottom fish. Swimming near the wrecks and reefs are Porgy, Grunts, Seabass, Triggerfish, Snapper, and Grouper. Summer is the peak season for many of these species, except for Amberjack, Scamp Grouper, and Gag Grouper, which are most abundant in winter.

Deep sea bottom fishing usually calls for heavy tackle and dead bait such as mullets, sardines, and pinfish. Fishing with live bait is more effective when targeting your catch in heavily fished areas.

Some Snapper and Grouper species are highly regulated in both state and federal waters, so be sure to ask your captain about what’s open to harvest ahead of time. You can also stay up to date on local regulations online.

Trolling

While heading offshore and back you are likely to troll for various pelagic species including Wahoo, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Cobia, Barracuda, and King Mackerel. Most of these fish reach their peak in summer months, though you can count on seeing larger numbers of King Mackerel in spring and fall.

Fishing between March and November gives you the chance to catch any of the above, with Tuna, Cobia, and King Mackerel swimming as close as 25-40 miles from shore.

Alternative Charter Options

If you’re looking for an introductory experience, there are plenty of Tampa Bay deep sea fishing charters which keep you closer to shore. Though you can’t target all the major players while fishing within the 10-30 mile range, this is a great opportunity to bring home something delicious without burning through all your stamina.

These trips last 4-8 hours and you will usually reach the fishing grounds within an hour. Seabass, Grunts, Hogfish, Snapper, and Grouper are all common catches. In spring and fall you might also troll for King Mackerel and Barracuda.

Deep Sea Charter Prices

Tampa Bay deep sea fishing charters come in many different forms and price ranges. In general, you can expect to pay $1,000 or more for an extended day trip (10-12 hours) that will take you around 70 miles offshore. A trip of this kind allows you to book the entire boat to yourself and you can expect to target the biggest fish in the Gulf, from Snapper to Sailfish.

Fishing closer to shore opens up more possibilities, including full day trips, half day trips, and party boat fishing charters. These trips might take you as far as 30 miles from shore, fishing for smaller bottom fish as well as King Mackerel and Barracuda when the season allows.

Private charters range from $650-800 for a full day trip. You can book a half day trip for $450-650. On the other hand, party boat fishing allows you to reserve a spot on board for as little as $200 per person for a full day trip. Half day party boat trips are $50-100 per person.

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What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Tampa Bay

We fished at night, and it was a beautiful evening, lots of fun! Didn't have to worry about sunscreen or daytime heat. Thank you for offering the night trip!
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We fished at night, and it was a beautiful evening, lots of fun! Didn't have to worry about sunscreen or daytime heat. Thank you for offering the night trip!
David  H.
David H. Greencastle, IN
Find yourself a good captain and get out there! Captain Kirby was a great way to spend the afternoon out on the water!
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Find yourself a good captain and get out there! Captain Kirby was a great way to spend the afternoon out on the water!
Douglas  S.
Douglas S. Pine River, 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.
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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
While we weren’t fishing for big fish, we were able to catch a bunch of fish to eat.
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While we weren’t fishing for big fish, we were able to catch a bunch of fish to eat.
Anna  G.
Anna G. PUEBLO DEP AC, CO
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
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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
Where we wanted to fish for tarpon was extremely windy where he took us was still a little windy but not as bad as where we had originally went and it was a wonderful atmosphere compliments to the captain
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Where we wanted to fish for tarpon was extremely windy where he took us was still a little windy but not as bad as where we had originally went and it was a wonderful atmosphere compliments to the captain
JayR  H.
JayR H. BVL, FL
Captain Ike would be an excellent choice for a beginner and experienced person wanting to get out on the water
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Captain Ike would be an excellent choice for a beginner and experienced person wanting to get out on the water
Jamie  R.
Jamie R. Underwood, MN
Be prepared for weather changes in Spring in Florida. We started day with good weather rather calm seas but wind picked up in afternoon and swells built a little.
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Be prepared for weather changes in Spring in Florida. We started day with good weather rather calm seas but wind picked up in afternoon and swells built a little.
Jason  M.
Jason M. Pulaski, VA
If this is your first ocean fishing experience I recommend booking with Offshore Addicts. Its a whole lot different than fishing in the midwest where we are from but they made the experience so enjoyable!
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If this is your first ocean fishing experience I recommend booking with Offshore Addicts. Its a whole lot different than fishing in the midwest where we are from but they made the experience so enjoyable!
Samantha  I.
Samantha I. Black River Falls, WI
Plan for a change in the weather, we had a cold front and wind force us to reschedule.
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Plan for a change in the weather, we had a cold front and wind force us to reschedule.
Chad  S.
Chad S. Winter Park, Florida
If you want to catch alot of great eating fish this is the trip. If you are in it for the fight of big fish take all day deep water trip
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If you want to catch alot of great eating fish this is the trip. If you are in it for the fight of big fish take all day deep water trip
ANDREW  F.
ANDREW F. Liberty Center, OH
Great area, beautiful waters, lots to see and fun boating fishing experience!!
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Great area, beautiful waters, lots to see and fun boating fishing experience!!
David  R.
David R. Welcome, MD
If the Kingfish are biting I would go for them and they do taste pretty good fried
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If the Kingfish are biting I would go for them and they do taste pretty good fried
James  L.
James L. Saint CLR SHORES, MI
Do your research and make sure to know what is in season so you can go out and get it.
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Do your research and make sure to know what is in season so you can go out and get it.
DANIEL  E.
DANIEL E. ABAC, GA
Easy fishing but if you want to go after the larger fish its a much longer ride since the gulf is so shallow.
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Easy fishing but if you want to go after the larger fish its a much longer ride since the gulf is so shallow.
Jon  C.
Jon C. Mt. Juliet, TN
Go fishing with CPT Mike. Very knowledgeable about his job. Easy to talk to. My brother and I had a blast catching a lot of fish in a short amount of time.
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Go fishing with CPT Mike. Very knowledgeable about his job. Easy to talk to. My brother and I had a blast catching a lot of fish in a short amount of time.
Kenneth  S.
Kenneth S. Millsboro, DE
You will be fishing in the bay, so theres no need for a 30' boat. Waves are pretty calm .
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You will be fishing in the bay, so theres no need for a 30' boat. Waves are pretty calm .
Dan  T.
Dan T. Greenville, MI
All aspects of the trip were excellent. I suggest that any July trip be in the morning only, since afternoon rains are probable. Captain Jarrod was pleasant, knowledgeable, and put ous onto fish for the entire trip. J. W. Wilde
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All aspects of the trip were excellent. I suggest that any July trip be in the morning only, since afternoon rains are probable. Captain Jarrod was pleasant, knowledgeable, and put ous onto fish for the entire trip. J. W. Wilde
John  W.
John W. Tampa, FL
In some spots the fish were practically jumping on the boat and in other spots we couldn't catch anything. Be patient.
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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
Hire a guide who knows the area. Read comments from guests. A guide obviously cannot guarantee catching fish but if he knows the area, he knows where the productive areas are. We knew nothing about Clearwater or fishing in February. Feedback from customers is your best source in choosing a guide.
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Hire a guide who knows the area. Read comments from guests. A guide obviously cannot guarantee catching fish but if he knows the area, he knows where the productive areas are. We knew nothing about Clearwater or fishing in February. Feedback from customers is your best source in choosing a guide.
Ron  K.
Ron K. Richmond, VA

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