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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

      Third year with captain Steve, had a great time. We were out after a cold front, and still caught enough fish for a great fish fry! Can’t wait for... read more

    ryanhA5774LJ
    10/06/2020

      We had a great time with Captain Steve and caught a ton of fish!! Captain Steve was extremely patient and accommodating with my children. We were able to hit... read more

    Busymee
    8/16/2020

      My wife and I took my nephew out for his first ocean fishing trip and Cpt. Steve had us catching fish right up to the last minute. Getting to the... read more

    candrey62
    7/23/2020

      Took my three sons and my son-in-law out fishing with Captain Steve Betez before Father’s Day. Steve guided us to Snappers, Mackerels, trout and even a couple of Puffer... read more

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    7/09/2020

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

  • Tampa Flats Fishing Charters have been successful this month. Snook and Redfish have been our main target. Flats and back country fishing has been a great alternative this month as our wind has been unpredictable and fishing in protected areas has been key to fishing...

  • Fishing Tampa Bay The bite is on in Tampa Bay. October has been a great month as usual for Snook, Redfish, Trout and Big Jacks to bend rods and pull drag. Fresh caught live  scaled sardines have been the key bait. The fish are hungry...

  • I am sure you have been wondering what we have been catching on Tampa Fishing Charters. This past month of August has been a great month of catching. I expect September to to be more of the same. The Mangrove Snapper bite was outstanding! Some...

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!