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Fishing charters in St. Petersburg, FL

Top 5 fishing charters in St. Petersburg, FL

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Whether you are planning a family-friendly fishing charter or a deep sea fishing adventure St. Petersburg fishing charters will show you the best fishing spots.

St. Petersburg fishing charters will help you to land Mangrove Snapper, Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg waters give a unique inshore fishing experience all year round. Bays, intels, and shallow flats provide excellent fishing opportunities for a relaxing outing. Anglers favorite St. Petersburg for its backcountry rivers, bays, and shallow flats.

Local fishing charters will do whatever it takes to reel in Mangrove Snapper, Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, and many more.

Inshore fishing trips are very popular with families, couples, and small groups of friends.

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Inshore fishing trip prices

$436 is the average price for a 4-hour inshore fishing trip and 2 people. Add $50 for an extra angler. Captains can take 4-6 anglers depending on the length of the boat.

$200 is the lowest price for a 2-hour inshore fishing trip in St. Petersburg found on our platform.

You can find about 41 fishing charters in St. Petersburg and nearby cities. It’s easy to book your next fishing retreat in St. Petersburg.

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Best time for inshore fishing

The best time to go inshore fishing in St. Petersburg are considered to be June, July and May.

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Deep sea fishing charters in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg deep sea fishing charters offer easy access to some of the best fishing grounds in the open water: from nearshore reef fishing to deep sea fishing at the Continental Shelf.

There are a variety of options for your next fishing trip near St. Petersburg. These waters are filled with Cobia, King Mackerel, Gag Grouper, Jack Crevalle, and many more.

Deep sea fishing trips are good for experienced anglers, groups for friends, and those who want to reel in a bigger catch. Be ready to travel into the federal waters miles off the coast.

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Deep sea fishing trip prices

$682 is the average base price for a private 4-hour deep sea fishing charter and 2 anglers. Add $50 for an extra angler. Fishing charters can accommodate up to 6 persons depending on the capacity of the boat.

$350 is the lowest price for a 4-hour deep sea fishing trip in St. Petersburg found on our platform.

In St. Petersburg and nearby cities, there are about 29 offshore fishing charters. It’s easy to book your next fishing retreat in St. Petersburg.

Keep in mind that it takes time to get to the best deep sea fishing spots. It’s better to take a 6-hour deep sea fishing trip if you want more fishing action.

The average tips are 15-20% of the total fishing charter price.

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Best time for deep sea fishing

June, July and May will be your next best months for deep sea fishing in St. Petersburg.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg family-friendly fishing charters will help you experience a memorable fishing trip with your family. Your Captain will show you how to use the tackle and catch different species of fish.

Inshore fishing could be your next choice if you prefer to be close to land and away from the wild seas. When you’re fishing inshore, you’ll usually be within a few miles of the coast.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

A half-day inshore fishing trip is a perfect trip for a family. It’s a short trip for a quick outing — perfect for kids because they will learn something new and won’t get tired.

$436 is the average price for a 4-hour family-friendly fishing trip and 2 guests. Add $50 for an extra angler. Captains can take 4-6 anglers depending on the length of the boat.

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Shark fishing charters in St. Petersburg

Sharks are plentiful all year round, from the shallow flats to the offshore waters near St. Petersburg. You can target these famous ocean predators by hiring one of the St. Petersburg shark fishing charters.

Local shark fishing charters target a variety of sharks including species like Blacktip Shark, Bonnethead Shark, Bull Shark, Nurse Shark, and many more.

Note: you can keep certain Florida shark species, but most sharks are off-limits for harvesting. These sharks have to be released. But don't worry about shark identification. Your Captain will assist you.

Sharks inhabit various waters, from shallow to deep. Juvenile sharks use estuaries and lagoon areas as nursery grounds, while adults could be found in deeper waters.

Live or dead baits are great for shark fishing. It could be Mullet, Bonita, Blue Runner, or Ladyfish. Fishing charter will prepare the correct bait for your shark fishing trip.

Shark fishing trip prices

On average, the price for a 4-hour shark fishing trip is $522 for 2 guests. Add $50 for each additional guest. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.

You can find more than 13 fishing companies in St. Petersburg and nearby cities. You will have plenty of choices to find your next fishing outing.

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Best time for shark fishing in St. Petersburg

Most of the non-prohibited shark species can be caught any time of the year. The best months for shark fishing in St. Petersburg are March through October.

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Tarpon fishing charters in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg attracts ambitious anglers looking to target Tarpon. Local fishing charters specialize in Tarpon fishing. They will show you various fishing methods and productive spots.

Tarpon inhabit flats, inshore, and backcountry waters. Top fishing bait would be mullet, carb, pinfish, and shrimp.

Note: Tarpon fishing is catch-and-release-only. You can’t lift Tarpon out of the water if its length is over 40 inches. So be careful with a fish, take a few photos, and release your catch.

Tarpon fishing rates

On average, the price for a 6-hour Tarpon fishing trip is $580 for 2 guests. An extra guest fee is $50.

In St. Petersburg and nearby cities, there are around 15 fishing guides specialized in Tarpon fishing.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in St. Petersburg

The best seasons for Tarpon fishing in St. Petersburg are spring and summer. The perfect months are August, July, and June.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. Captains provide everything you need for a fishing trip: tackle, rods, reels, bait, and a cooler with ice. Usually, Captains clean the catch with no additional payments.

A Saltwater fishing license is included in the price. It covers all the anglers on the boat.

An offshore fishing charter has to have a federal permit to fish in the federal waters.

What to bring on a fishing charter trip?

Depending on the weather, Captains recommend bringing sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, long sleeve shirt, hat, windbreaker, waterproof jacket, waterproof pans, appropriate non-skid footwear, gloves, your medicines, bug bite cream, sanitizer, drinks, and snacks.

Bring your freshwater license if you are planning to fish in the freshwater.

Some Captains don’t recommend bringing spray sunscreen, liquor, weapons, fireworks, and inappropriate footwear.

How to book a fishing charter trip?

You can make a reservation with a 10-30% deposit.

The remaining balance has to be paid directly to the Captain on the day of your trip or upon arrival.

The deposit could be refunded if you cancel the trip before the cancellation deadline. It's usually within 2-14 days of your trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

What are the closest boat ramps and marinas to St. Petersburg?

Popular public boat ramps and marinas near St. Petersburg are:

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