Tampa Bay Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Tampa Bay Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Top Tampa Bay Deep Sea Fishing Destinations

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay: 79 fishing charters available

Tide Flies Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Clearwater
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trips from $325

Sherwood Nautical Adventures

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

Poseidon Fishing – St. Petersburg

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(102 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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Scotty J's Charters LLC

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(81 reviews)
Gulfport
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trips from $700

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.

Tampa Bay
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 25,065 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Tampa Bay

Book Inverted Fishing with Captain Martin Lane. Very professional and great boat and gear!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book Inverted Fishing with Captain Martin Lane. Very professional and great boat and gear!
James  P.
James P. Altamonte Springs, Florida
If it is hot then get out of the intercontinental area and go out about 2- 3 miles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If it is hot then get out of the intercontinental area and go out about 2- 3 miles
Len  S.
Len S. Lisle, IL
Utilize the o Local guides. You will gain a considerable amount of knowledge.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Utilize the o Local guides. You will gain a considerable amount of knowledge.
William  K.
William K. Schenectady, NY
Ask to catch lots of fish, they will put you on a spot to do that, if you ask to catch big fish, they will put you on the spot but if fish do not cooperate well then you won't catch fish. But in the first spot once you start catching fish you never know, you could catch something big .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask to catch lots of fish, they will put you on a spot to do that, if you ask to catch big fish, they will put you on the spot but if fish do not cooperate well then you won't catch fish. But in the first spot once you start catching fish you never know, you could catch something big .
Donald  L.
Donald L. Grand Rapids, MI
Make sure your guide is experienced and friendly. He took us out and did everything that we wanted to do. We went fishing, boating, looked for dolphins etc.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure your guide is experienced and friendly. He took us out and did everything that we wanted to do. We went fishing, boating, looked for dolphins etc.
Lori  G.
Lori G. Lorain, OH
Plenty of reef and inshore species to target. Don’t expect a deep water pelagic experience. The shelf here doesn’t get to blue water until many miles offshore.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plenty of reef and inshore species to target. Don’t expect a deep water pelagic experience. The shelf here doesn’t get to blue water until many miles offshore.
Kevin  L.
Kevin L. Cleveland, OH
Highly recommend they go see Greg & Brett. They’ll make their day a true adventure.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Highly recommend they go see Greg & Brett. They’ll make their day a true adventure.
Joe  D.  B.
Joe D. B. Los Angeles, California
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
Wait until the water warms up March to November also check and see if the boat has a bathroom what they are going to use for bait get exactly how many miles you are going out for deep-sea fishing What fish they are going to target
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wait until the water warms up March to November also check and see if the boat has a bathroom what they are going to use for bait get exactly how many miles you are going out for deep-sea fishing What fish they are going to target
Dino  R.
Dino R. Macomb, MI
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
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
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
While we weren’t fishing for big fish, we were able to catch a bunch of fish to eat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
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
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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

Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Tampa Bay