The Area’s Best Tampa Fishing Charters

Tampa fishing charters in Tampa Bay can be an exciting adventure for all. Your Tampa bay fishing guide here at Flats and Bay is an experienced Captain who spends well over 200 days per year on the water by either providing charters or scouting for the next one. You will be able to expect being aboard a boat with one of the top full time fishing guides in Tampa, Fl. Your Tampa Bay fishing guide Capt. Steve Betz will instruct you on how to target the species of fish you are after. You will catch a variety of inshore and nearshore species on your fishing adventure. Novice, Pro’s and Families welcome.

Tampa Inshore Fishing

An angler holding a large snook caught out of Tampa Bay

 

Captain Steve Betz offers Tampa Inshore Fishing Charters targeting all of the coveted inshore species that Tampa Bay has to offer. Whether looking for a day of easy fishing or stalking the shallows for sight fishing opportunities, Flats and Bay Tampa Fishing Charters has you covered!

Tampa Bay Tarpon Trips

A Tarpon jumping out of the water in Tampa Bay

 

When that time of year arrives for the annual Tarpon migration, the Tampa waters heat up with droves of the Silver Kings. Tampa Tarpon fishing charters are generally available May through August, but do call ahead as these Tampa Tarpon fishing charters can start at any time.

Tampa Bay Fishing

An angler with a mangrove snapper caught in Tampa Bay

 

Fishing in Tampa Bay is diverse. From inshore and backcountry fishing for snook, redfish, sea trout and tarpon, to the nearshore zone for snapper, kingfish, grouper, permit, and cobia – Fishing in the state of Florida really doesn’t get any better than what you will find right here in Tampa Bay.

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Learn more about Tampa Fishing Charters in the FAQ Section Below.

Can I learn more about my Tampa Fishing Guide, Captain Steve Betz?

 

Capt. Steve has lived in Tampa since 1969. He relocated to Tampa at the young age of 9 years old along with his mother, father and 5 brothers and sisters. Steve’s passion for fishing started at a young age fishing the local ponds, lakes and rivers. I the early 80’s Steve was introduced to the world of Snook fishing. Snook fishing was like no other he had done and he quickly became addicted to the salt.

 

Over the years Steve stalked the many varieties of fish expanding his knowledge of Tampa Bay. With more than 25 years of saltwater fishing experience tucked into his tackle box he began his career doing full time Fishing charters in Tampa Bay.

Captain Steve Betz holding a sheepshead with Tampa fishing charter clients on the boat.

Capt. Steve brings over 200 days a year of time spent on Tampa Bay to each and every one of his Tampa Bay Fishing Charters. As your fishing guide in Tampa Fl., Capt Steve will cater all types of fishermen, young, older, experienced and novice. Steve loves the opportunity to be able to share his knowledge and experiences as a Tampa Bay fishing guide. Capt. Steve runs family friendly Fishing Charters in Tampa Fl.

 

What type of fish with be caught on my Tampa Bay Fishing Charters?

 

Depending on the season; spring, winter, summer or fall you can expect to catch a wide variety of species with your Tampa Bay fishing guide Capt. Steve Betz.

 

Flats and Bay Tampa Bay Fishing Charters offers 1/2, 3/4 or full day fishing charters in Tampa fl.

 

Some of the species you may catch on a Tampa fishing charters are, but not limited to, Snook, Redfish, Spotted Sea Trout, Tarpon, Black Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, Mangrove Snapper, Sheepshead, Cobia and Sharks.

 

During Tampa Bay fishing charters you never know what you may catch! Tampa Bay provides a large variety of fish that most only dream of catching with a Tampa Bay fishing guide.

 

What about Tarpon fishing in Tampa Fl ?

 

Tarpon are one of Tampa’s premier Sport Fishing charters species in Tampa Fl. When you hook into a Tarpon, aka The Silver King, on your Sport Fishing bucket list, you will know you have hooked the fish of a lifetime!

 

This is a seasonal favorite as every summer these silver kings migrate through the area. The  peak of this season is generally from May to July, but each year presents a different set of circumstances that can change when the Tarpon arrive and how long they stay. Always check with the Captain for current conditions and dates.

 

The battle will begin, your heart will start pumping, the adrenaline will flow and the sweat will pour from your body. All while you battle to bring your trophy boat side!

 

Every jump and drag ripping run will put you, the man or women angler, to the test! Are you ready for your adventure of a lifetime? This is the place to do it.

 

When is the best time for Tarpon fishing in Tampa?

 

One of the most exciting times of year here is the annual Tarpon migration. Tampa Bay fishing for Tarpon is second to none, on both spin and fly tackle. With the migration starting up in May, the charter boat spots fill up quick. Let Flats & Bay Fishing Charters schedule your day and get you on these fish!

 

Why book a charter in Tampa Bay?

 

Tampa Bay Fishing is a world apart from the rest of the states fisheries. Very few areas offer the chance at targeting more species in more types of environments than right here.

 

In backcountry pockets you can find lurking Snook and Redfish skimming the mud flats. Out front in the grass flats you again can find Snook patrolling the edges of the mangroves, while right behind you massive pushes can be sight casted from tailing Red’s. Finding Flounder near shallow structure is very common, as well as Gator Seatrout working the bait pods just a little further out.

 

Heading nearshore you can find Cobia and Kingfish, as well as chances at Grouper and Sharks!

 

Tampa Bay Fishing waters come in from several locations creating a dynamic inshore fishery. The tidal flows and water flows come together to create amazing differences in the sea floor. At the same time this mix of currents and tides create a highly active fishery with “fish highways.”

 

Popular Florida gamefish species travel the entire bay and can be found all year round. This is why Flats and Bay Tampa Fishing Charters has centralized our efforts here.

 

What kind of fishing will we do?

 

Flats and Bay Fishing Charters Tampa offers you the opportunity to choose your style of fishing trip. Our famous inshore trips are the most popular, while nearshore fishing charters offer a new dynamic to the Tampa Bay fishing scene. Both trips offer an array of sportfish that the Florida fishery is known for. Don’t hesitate to Contact Us for more info or reserve today!

 

What is an inshore or flats fishing charter?

 

The sport fishing charters in Tampa, Fl that take place inshore is what draws anglers worldwide to the area. From backcountry Snook to sight casting tailing Redfish on the grass flats, these charters are always something special.

 

What is a “nearshore” charter?

 

The nearshore charters in Tampa, Fl offer an expanded list of targeted species. The border between what would be considered inshore and offshore offers an amazing assortment of fish species. Pushing a little further out, you can expect to hook up with Permit on structure, Kingfish in the pelagic zone, and Grouper working the bottoms. Let Flats & Bay handle your next nearshore fishing charter! From migrating Pelagics to bottom dwelling Grouper and Sharks – This trip never ceases to be one of the best when the weather and conditions permit it.

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Ready for a relaxing day on the water with the calming sounds of a screaming drag?

Depending on the season, spring, winter, summer or fall you can expect to catch a wide variety of species with your Tampa Bay fishing guide Capt. Steve Betz on a 1/2, 3/4 or full day fishing charters out of Tampa, Fl.

Book a charter today with Flats and Bay!