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.
- 70° 52° Dec-Feb
- 80° 63° Mar-May
- 90° 76° Jun-Aug
- 84° 68° Sep-Nov
Top fish species to target in Tampa, FL
Captain Dan Malzone
Your ORVIS Endorsed Guide for the Tampa Bay Area. Helping Novice and Experienced Fisherman to Enjoy a Great Fishing Trip. Redfish, speckled trout, permit, tarpon, snook, and cobia are just some of the great fish species available here on the Central Florida Gulf Coast. Captain Dan is a master of the skills needed to locate and capture these shallow water sport fish. No matter if you're visiting the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater area, or planning a vacation in the Orlando, Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Disney region, you owe it to yourself to try this fabulous fishing location, and maybe have your picture added here. DAN MALZONE : Started fly fishing in early 60’s in fresh water and moved to saltwater late 60’s. One of the front runners of fly fishing at Homossassa in 1975, where he learned the area from well known guide Capt. Gary Maconi and Norman Duncan ( Duncan Loop )