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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.

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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 Sports 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 quickly. Let Flats & Bay Fishing Charters schedule a trip 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 state’s 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 flow 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 sportfishing 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.