When people think of fishing in Florida, the Florida Keys, Miami and Boca Grande/Charlotte Harbor come to most people’s minds. But anglers in the know know that Tampa, Florida and the Tampa Bay area is one of the best places for fishing in Florida, and that is why there are so many Tampa Bay fishing charters. When you are in Tampa, you will want to seek out one of the professional Tampa fishing charters to take you for a fun day of fishing the flats and Bay or going offshore to fish the Gulf of Mexico. They can offer you many different charters, from half-day inshore to multi-day offshore trips.
Tampa Bay is one of the most exceptional fisheries in the country and is known as “The Crown Jewel” for its sheer number of fish species ready for your hook. A certified Tampa Bay fishing charter is the best bet to get the most of your experience fishing the Bay. If you are hoping for a story to tell your buddies, then head to the flats and mangroves and try your best to rustle up a “Florida Grand Slam,” an exciting day reeling in not only a hard-hitting Redfish but also a Snook and Tarpon in the same day. With the waters being so fertile, this is not only possible, but at certain times of the year and with the right Tampa Bay fishing charter, it is very probable.
The Boca Grande, as mentioned above, is known as the “Tarpon Capital of the World,” but Tampa Bay is starting to get a reputation for being one of the most productive Tarpon fisheries as well. The large Tarpon are rolling through the Bay during the summer months, just waiting to gulp your bait and take you for a wild ride. Fishing for Tarpon is so fun, and the beauty of Tampa Bay is that the volumes are just as large as Boca Grande, but the number of charter boats is much smaller.
Inshore fishing is some of the finest in Florida, but your fishing experience does not have to stop at the Bay. The entire Gulf of Mexico lies just to the west, and with your experienced Tampa fishing charter, you will be able to get out to sea and reel in fish after fish in the reefs, wrecks and deep blue waters. Some fish you might target are the many types of Grouper and Snapper, including the tasty Red Snapper and the colossal Goliath Grouper, Amberjacks, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Kingfish, Cobia, Tuna, Hogfish and Sharks aplenty. You will have a great day on the water, bring home a cooler full of tasty fish and plenty of lasting memories.
The average prices vary depending on what you are looking for but:Offshore
Tampa fishing charters usually are all-inclusive, and everything is included and onboard, ready for a fun and exciting day for you. Rods, reels, bait, tackle and a cooler with ice. Also, your license is included as well.
Recommended personal items to bring along with you are a good hat, UV protective sunglasses, sunscreen, a good camera or a video camera to have proof of the fish to show and show off to your buddies back home. You might want to bring a long sleeve shirt and a waterproof jacket depending on the weather. You also can bring your favorite beverages and snacks. Beer and wine are usually allowed, but hard liquor is strictly prohibited. Many Tampa fishing charters do include water, and some include snacks. However, you will have to check with your charter to see what is included. So basically, you just need to bring a few items and come prepared to fight some fish!