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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

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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 Tarpon Fishing

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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

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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.

Latest Tampa Fishing Charter Reviews

    star rating  Captain Steve is the best captain around. He had us on the fish all day. He cleaned the fish at the end of the day and provided recommendations on how... read more

    randyn781
    7/05/2021

    star rating  Went out today with captain Steve. First off, he replied quickly to my initial text to book a trip. He was in touch with me prior and on... read more

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    7/05/2021

    star rating  We had a great day with Captain Steve. Our original charter was scheduled for the next day but Steve was concerned about the weather and wanted us to have a... read more

    dorih420
    3/13/2021

    star rating  Took out a boat full of Florida boys and one Ohioan. boat in terrific shape. Gear as well. Well planned trip with a careful eye on the weather. Real... read more

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    2/11/2021

Tampa Fishing

Tampa, Florida is home to a year-round fishery that is located in the heart of the states largest open water estuary – Tampa Bay. In this, Tampa inshore and nearshore fishing is a non-stop action-packed adventure that can take place any time of the year.

 

This fishery is one of the most diverse in the entire state of Florida. Home to snook, redfish, seatrout, tarpon, spanish mackerel, several species of grouper and snapper, cobia, flounder, jack crevalle, black drum, and so much more. Tampa Bay itself covers over 400 square miles of water that houses four Aquatic Preserves. According to the Tampa Bay Estuary Program website, there are over 200 resident fish species in total here.

 

“The Tampa Bay area is home to some of the state’s best snook and mackerel fishing. Snook like to lay up against structures like bridges and pier pilings, and Tampa Bay has plenty of such structures.” ~ USA Today

 

For fisherman, Tampa offers a multitude of fishing trip types. From heavy tackle tarpon and shark fishing to light or fly tackle backcountry and flats fishing. Live bait or artificial, fisherman and families from all walks of life can find their next fishing adventure right here in Tampa Bay.

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The Latest Tampa Bay Fishing Reports from Captain Steve

  • Let’s talk about summertime fishing. We have been experiencing some really nice catches this summer with Snook being one of our primary targets. Fishing in the morning has produced good results. Getting out before the sun gets up high and fishing areas with clean water...

  • We have been fishing and most importantly we have been catching! In this Fishing Report I will be catching you up to date on what was happening in April and May and what we can expect to be catching in June. It been a windy...

  • Tampa Bay Fishing in March is just the start of our short but sweet spring time season here in the Tampa Bay. As we move into April the bite should just get better and better. This past month we had a great Redfish and Snook...

Popular Tampa Bay Species

Snook

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Snook, aka Line-Siders, are the inshore bruisers here in Tampa Bay. This is an ambush predator who can be found primarily along the mangrove root systems, but plenty are regularly caught chasing prey in the backcountry.

Redfish

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Red Drum, aka Redfish, are one of the staples here in Tampa Bay. This species is one of the many who utilizes Tampa Bay’s estuary system for breeding through adulthood. In this, this is a year-round species that offers anglers all day excitement and drag screaming runs.

Sea Trout

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Sea Trout are an abundant species here in Tampa Bay. This fish readily strikes both live and artificial baits. It is both a local favorite, as well as a favorite of our fishing charter guests from all over. Sea Trout also makes excellent table fare with its delicate white meat, and has generous limits set by the state.

Tarpon

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Tampa is home to a well known Tarpon fishery. Tampa Bay is the states largest open-water estuary, in this – resident tarpon are available all year from juvenile to small adult. Throughout the summer Tampa Bay is also home to the yearly Tarpon migration.

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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!