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Fishing charters in Tampa Bay, FL

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Whether you are planning an inshore fishing trip or a reef fishing, you’ll easily find a fishing charter in Tampa Bay.

These waters will yield anything from Mangrove Snapper and Snook to Redfish and Tarpon.

Good to Know

  • Average inshore price $436 for 4-hour trip / 2 anglers
  • Average offshore price $682 for 4-hour trip / 2 anglers
  • Number of fishing charters 103 in Tampa Bay and nearby cities
  • Best months for fishing June, July and May

Inshore fishing charters in Tampa Bay

Inshore fishing is one of Tampa Bay's key attractions.

From the exciting Tarpon fishing to the night Snook fishing trips, there’s something for anglers of all tastes and all ages.

Anglers favorite Tampa Bay for its backcountry rivers, bays, and shallow flats.

There are a lot of options for your next fishing trip near Tampa Bay. These waters a home to Mangrove Snapper, Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, and many more.

Inshore fishing trips are good for families with kids, couples, and small groups of friends.

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 persons depending on the length of the craft.

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

You can find 190 fishing charters in Tampa Bay and nearby cities.

It’s easy to find your next fishing trip in Tampa Bay.

Best time for inshore fishing

June, July and May are the best months for inshore fishing near Tampa Bay.

Popular inshore fish species

  • Mangrove Snapper
  • Snook
  • Redfish

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive.

Captains provide all the necessary fishing equipment, bait, and cooler with ice.

Usually, Captains clean the catch with no additional payments.

The trip price includes a saltwater fishing license.

This license covers all the people on the vessel.

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 majority of the fishing charter deposits are refundable if you can cancel before the cancellation deadline.

On average, a free cancellation deadline is 2-14 days before the trip date.

Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

Boat ramps and marinas near Tampa Bay

Popular public boat ramps and marinas near Tampa Bay are:

  • Gandy Boat Ramp, 5108 West Gandy Blvd, Tampa, Florida 33611, USA
  • Crisp Park Boat Ramp, 3598-3500 Poplar St NE St. Petersburg, FL 33704
  • 602 Bahia Del Sol Dr, Ruskin, FL 33570