Tampa Bay Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Tampa Bay Deep Sea Fishing Charters

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Best 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.

Tampa Bay
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Based on 28,253 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Tampa Bay

Be flexible. Mike and Josh know what they are doing and will got you on fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be flexible. Mike and Josh know what they are doing and will got you on fish
Island Time Family Charters
Island Time Family Charters
A private charter is definitely the way to go, and Cody was the best! We’ve tried a few different charters and the experience with Captain Cody was by far our best experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A private charter is definitely the way to go, and Cody was the best! We’ve tried a few different charters and the experience with Captain Cody was by far our best experience.
Captain Cody's Charters
Captain Cody's Charters
Spend a day with Captain Scott and he will make sure you find and catch plenty of fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Spend a day with Captain Scott and he will make sure you find and catch plenty of fish!
She’s Way Out There Charters
She’s Way Out There Charters
February isnt the best time, but if you’re just looking to get out and try deep sea fishing as a novice, you will catch something and it’s still great fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
February isnt the best time, but if you’re just looking to get out and try deep sea fishing as a novice, you will catch something and it’s still great fun!
Barracudaville Charters
Barracudaville Charters
Bradenton is a great fishing area with lots of options. We took a boat from a private house, so had parking. It was very convenient to our location in Anna Maria Island. The fishing is a mix of inshore and nearshore which we appreciated.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bradenton is a great fishing area with lots of options. We took a boat from a private house, so had parking. It was very convenient to our location in Anna Maria Island. The fishing is a mix of inshore and nearshore which we appreciated.
Full Boat Charters – Kids Fishing, est. 2005
Full Boat Charters – Kids Fishing, est. 2005
Highly recommend booking with Captain Torin. Caught enough fish to feed easily four people. Excellent fight with 38” snook
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Highly recommend booking with Captain Torin. Caught enough fish to feed easily four people. Excellent fight with 38” snook
One More Charters
One More Charters
It was great for us but the weather this year has been very cold so I could see how the fishing in Feb may be more difficult than in warmer months. All in all we had a great day on the water and caught lots of fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was great for us but the weather this year has been very cold so I could see how the fishing in Feb may be more difficult than in warmer months. All in all we had a great day on the water and caught lots of fish.
Leisure Life Charters
Leisure Life Charters
It depends on the day, it’s colder climate so dress accordingly. Sometimes it’s rainy, and the day we went the water was super choppy. However, that’s the luck of the draw.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It depends on the day, it’s colder climate so dress accordingly. Sometimes it’s rainy, and the day we went the water was super choppy. However, that’s the luck of the draw.
Niche Fishing Charters
Niche Fishing Charters
Know what type fish are biting this time of year. Bring layers of clothing. Sunscreen even if it doesn't seem like it is sunny.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know what type fish are biting this time of year. Bring layers of clothing. Sunscreen even if it doesn't seem like it is sunny.
My Girls Adventures
My Girls Adventures
Be open to catching a different variety of fish, some that may not be listed or even large but still fun too reel in & delicious to eat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be open to catching a different variety of fish, some that may not be listed or even large but still fun too reel in & delicious to eat.
Poseidon Fishing – Apollo Beach
Poseidon Fishing – Apollo Beach
Book with Captain Tommy! He knows the waters and where to find the fish and will take care of everything to ensure you enjoy your trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Tommy! He knows the waters and where to find the fish and will take care of everything to ensure you enjoy your trip.
Bait-N-Bite
Bait-N-Bite
Yes ?? PS- One thing about the children question. Older children the trip is fine, I would say 10 and up. No smaller children.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes ?? PS- One thing about the children question. Older children the trip is fine, I would say 10 and up. No smaller children.
Angler's Dream Fishing
Angler's Dream Fishing
He said it wasn't exactly the right season but we still had a lot of fun and caught some really cool fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
He said it wasn't exactly the right season but we still had a lot of fun and caught some really cool fish
My Girls Adventures
My Girls Adventures
Great bottom fishing, great time to fill your freezer with fish, none stop action as soon as your bait hits the bottom
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great bottom fishing, great time to fill your freezer with fish, none stop action as soon as your bait hits the bottom
Bigangler Fishing Charters
Bigangler Fishing Charters
Bring a cooler for your Catch. Also bring out some sandwiches and something to drink ie. soda pop, beer but nothing in glass containers.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a cooler for your Catch. Also bring out some sandwiches and something to drink ie. soda pop, beer but nothing in glass containers.
Salty Confusion Charters
Salty Confusion Charters
No heavy drinking the night before. We did the half day which would be fine for kids, probably not a full day trip. We are novice fisherman and had a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
No heavy drinking the night before. We did the half day which would be fine for kids, probably not a full day trip. We are novice fisherman and had a great time.
La Costa Charters
La Costa Charters
Bring a jacket in case it's chilly. Temperatures were in the high 50's, low 60's, and "cold" when moving between fishing spots across the bay. Luckily, our Captain Brian had extra jackets to share with us and kept us warm.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a jacket in case it's chilly. Temperatures were in the high 50's, low 60's, and "cold" when moving between fishing spots across the bay. Luckily, our Captain Brian had extra jackets to share with us and kept us warm.
Optimus Fishing Charters
Optimus Fishing Charters
The recent cold spell dampened the fishing a little, but we still had a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The recent cold spell dampened the fishing a little, but we still had a great time.
Reel Fun Charter
Reel Fun Charter
If you are booking a charter do your homework on what you are expecting and reach out to the Captain so you do not get disappointed. We did not!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are booking a charter do your homework on what you are expecting and reach out to the Captain so you do not get disappointed. We did not!!!
Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing
Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing
Make sure that The water is not to cold This time of the year water should have been warm for fishing but that’s natural Ask your captain so you no ahead of time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure that The water is not to cold This time of the year water should have been warm for fishing but that’s natural Ask your captain so you no ahead of time
Leisure Life Charters
Leisure Life Charters

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