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Tampa is an underratedly world class fishing destination.

When people think about fishing in Florida, they usually think about the flats, the mangroves, and the deeper waters around Miami and the Florida Keys. However, just across the panhandle on the Gulf of Mexico lies Tampa, an underrated and world class fishing destination. The nutrient rich waters of the Gulf provide ample food for baitfish and mollusks. The abundance of food here brings the big fish close to the waters around Tampa, creating a year round fishery and an almost perfect storm of fishing options.

Fishing here is incredibly diverse. Anglers can take shots at redfish, sea trout, permit, tarpon, snook, and cobia all in one day. Whether you want to spend a day inshore fishing for redfish, tarpon, and snook or go out into the deep waters of the Gulf after shark and cobia, Tampa will live up to all your fishing expectations.

For the non-anglers in your party, many outfitters offer relaxing ecological trips which can be easily mixed with fishing. The wildlife in this area of Florida is incredibly distinct. It is not uncommon to see bottlenose dolphins, manatees, and flamingoes while cruising out to some of the region’s protected land. Guests can pack a lunch and have picnic on the beaches of pristine islands like Egmont Key State Park and the Paradise Islands. Snorkeling and swimming are available as well.

Basic Info
  • 70° 52° Dec-Feb
  • 80° 63° Mar-May
  • 90° 76° Jun-Aug
  • 84° 68° Sep-Nov
Gulf Of Mexico, Tampa Bay
Fishing license info here: here

The Catch

Top fish species to target in Tampa, FL


A large saltwater fish known for its cylindrical shape, flat head, and fearlessness.


Groupers have stout bodies and wide mouths, used to suck prey in from a distance.


Elusive and unforgiving, the permit is almond shaped with a unique tinge of yellow.

Red Snapper

Light red body with stronger pigment along the back. Gravitate towards structure on the bottom.


Reddish color along the back and white on the belly, Redfish are known for the distinct eyespot on their tail.

Sea Trout

Plentiful and good eating in the saltwater marshes of the South. Known for their spots, the sea trout is often called a speckled or spotted trout.


Prefer warmer water, put up a spirited fight, and have a delicate mild flavor.


Tarpon have swimming since prehistoric time. They can reach sizes up to 8 feet and weigh up to 280 pounds. As fierce a fight as any fish.

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Fishing with Tampa Fishing Charters in Tampa

Tampa Fishing Charters

Tampa, FL

Rick grew up fishing the Tampa Bay area and has over 30 years of inshore, offshore, & freshwater experience in the commercial sector, the charter profession, and recreational fishing. He has fished waters ranging from Columbia, South America all the way north to Charleston, S.C. Being born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, he knows these waters well. While Rick’s father, grandfather and grandmother taught him much about fishing, his cousin Captain Jerry Rathey and Jerry’s father Captain Pete Rathey trained Rick to be a professional captain and fisherman. Jerry & Pete have been professionally fishing the Tampa Bay Area since the 1930’s and Rick has been able to glean from their wealth of knowledge. Rick has taught fishing seminars, been on the cover of fishing magazines and has been featured on TV Shows. You can be assured that with Rick behind the helm you will be well taken care off. He is a fourth generation professional fisherman and is well trained to give you the trip of a lifetime. Tampa Bay FishingRick is also the father of four young children, so bring your young anglers and be at ease that he will be patient as you search for trophy catches. Rick loves to share his fishing knowledge. Being a gifted teacher and published author, he is able to impart passion for the sport of fishing. You will end the day with more than just a fish story. We will do our part to make you a better fisherman if you desire. Rick is always looking for an edge to become a better captain and fisherman, please feel free to share your techniques or critiques. We welcome your feed back.

Fishing with T-Kat Fishing Charters in Treasure Island

T-Kat Fishing Charters

Treasure Island, FL

Light tackle and live bait sport fishing at its best! T-Kat Charters, located in beautiful Treasure Island, Florida, offers superior light-tackle and live bait deep sea fishing in the finest Gulf Coast locations, including Treasure Island, Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg. Enjoy the rod-bending thrills and excitement of light-tackle offshore fishing for gamefish such a;, grouper, snappers, kingfish, tarpon, tuna, barracuda, and cobia. Captain Tom Kane has over 35 years of experience fishing the Central Gulf Coast of Florida and knows what it takes to have a successful and fun charter fishing experience. Novices and expert anglers alike benefit from his knowledge and experience. Captain Tom knows the fish and he knows the waters around Treasure Island. He can find the fish and knows what’s biting. Enjoy full-day, ½-day, ¾-day and specialty fishing charters aboard the T-Kat, a 31’ sportfishing vessel that’s fast and comfortable, and includes all the best amenities-custom rods and reels, a large fishing area with room for 6, top of the line electronics, and a professional crew. All necessary licensing, bait, coolers, and ice are included. Choose from near-shore, or offshore, live bait or light-tackle fishing. We want you to have the charter fishing experience of a lifetime. The waters of Florida’s Central Gulf Coast boast some of the most fertile fishing in North America with great year round action. Light-tackle fishing at its best, offering the pulse-pounding excitement of a one-on-one battle of man vs. fish. Treasure Island may have gotten its name because of its rich history of pirate lore and buried treasure, and its pristine white sand beaches and year-round beautiful weather, but anglers know its real treasure is the unbelievably great sport fishing. Let T-Kat Charters take you on a deep sea fishing adventure, and experience the true riches of Treasure Island.

Fishing with 100 Proof Fishing Charters in Clearwater

100 Proof Fishing Charters

Clearwater, FL

learwater Marina on Clearwater Beach Florida the 100 Proof fishing charter is conveniently located to Tampa, St. Petersburg and Orlando Florida. Clearwater Beach is on the beautiful gulf coast of Florida. Whether you're an avid angler or novice, a vacationing family or businessman, Capt Billy Burke can accommodate you. Clearwater FL fishing specializing in four, six, and eight hour fishing trips the 100 Proof is ready to serve you. Clearwater FL fishing on the west coast of Florida is awesome, we have some of the best fishing and weather for sport fishing anywhere in the country. Captain Bill Burke and First Mike Norbom will make you feel right at home with their warm hospitality. The 100 Proof Clearwater fishing boat offers a variety of fish to target. In the Spring, Summer and Fall we catch king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, barracuda, bonito, grouper, snapper and more. In the Winter we catch grouper, snapper, amberjack and many other reef fish. The Gulf of Mexico offshore west Florida is well known for its calm sea conditions and excellent year round deep sea fishing. Clearwater, Fl, located just west of Tampa, Florida, and directly on the Gulf of Mexico is the perfect point to access and enjoy this great deep sea fishing. Depending on the fishing season, you will catch all sorts of different species of fish while fishing offshore of Clearwater, Florida aboard our deep sea fishing charter fishing boat. Deep sea fishing on the Gulf of Mexico for grouper and snapper is good most any time of the year. Other offshore fish such as kingfish, cobia, tuna, amberjack, Spanish mackerel, dolphin, shark, and barracuda, are all caught as they seasonally migrate through the deep sea waters of the Gulf of Mexico offshore of Tampa, Florida.

Fishing with Reel-Adventures Fishing Charters in Odessa

Reel-Adventures Fishing Charters

Odessa, FL

World class Florida fishing charters, Boca Grande tarpon charters, and Tarpon fishing charters on the flats and backcountry of Tampa Bay, Boca Grande, Clearwater, St Petersburg, Tarpon Springs and Charlotte Harbor. Join Captain Jeff Hagaman for a tarpon fishing charter or a light tackle flats and back country Florida fishing charter for tarpon, snook, redfish, permit, trout, cobia, sharks or goliath grouper. From Tampa Bay to Boca Grande, Captain Jeff is an award winning Florida fishing guide who specializes in light tackle fishing charters in the shallow waters of Florida's Gulf Coast. Whether it is fishing the fertile flats of Clearwater's St. Joseph Sound with a top water plug, jig fishing the rich grass flats of Tarpon Springs, live bait fishing a giant school of redfish in Tampa Bay, or sight fishing for tarpon along the beaches of St. Petersburg, our area offers a great variety of fishing opportunities and locations. To take advantage of all the fishing possibilities and customer requests, I keep my boats on trailers and take you to the best fishing available at the time of your charter. I use many different techniques and fish both artificial and live bait. Our inshore waters are home to many large, hard fighting game fish. Snook, trout, redfish and tarpon are our primary target species, but we also have excellent fisheries for cobia, permit, goliath grouper, sharks, king mackerel, spanish mackerel, and jack crevalle. Try fishing for a West Coast Grand Slam, a snook, trout, and redfish in one day. And when conditions are right you can even catch the ultimate Super Grand Slam by adding a tarpon.

Fishing with Tampa Flats Fishing Charters in Tampa

Tampa Flats Fishing Charters

Tampa, FL

Tampa Bay flats fishing is a shallow water enthusiasts dream. Tampa flats fishing charters take place along hundreds of miles of mangrove shorelines and sandy beaches. Tampa Bay flats are teeming with snook, redfish, tarpon, seatrout, cobia, pompano and permit. Our flats fishing charters offer light tackle and fly fishing with the finest equipment in one of the best shallow water fisheries on the planet. We cater to both novice and advanced anglers. Whether its casting to snook in the mangroves, sight fishing tailing redfish on the flats or fly fishing for tarpon on the beaches, Tampa Flats Fishing Charters can make the most of your angling adventure. The Tampa bay area is offers some of the finest flats fishing in the world. With so much water to choose from I trailer my boat so I have access to the entire bay. One day I may be charter fishing Bradenton for tarpon and the next day I will be snook fishing in St. Petersburg. So whether you want to try a Sarasota fishing charter or want to go fishing in Clearwater, Tampa Flats Fishing Charters has you covered. As a Tampa fishing guide I have access to a wide array of places to fish as well as species to fish for. Flats fishing Tampa Bay offers a truly unique angling experience. This means big fish in shallow water on light spinning gear or fly fishing tackle. I offer a truly custom fishing charter based on your needs, skill level and the pulse of the fishing in Tampa Bay. I have a true passion for flats fishing and I love showing others this amazing sport. Give me a call today and we can setup the Tampa Bay fishing charter you have been dreaming of.

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