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Tampa Fishing

Tampa Fishing

Tampa is known as a Cigar City, and if smoking a stogie and catching fish is your thing, then you need to try fishing Tampa, Florida. From the excellent inshore fishing in Tampa Bay, plentiful nearshore reefs and shipwrecks, to the offshore waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa offers many different types of fishing to anglers.

Inshore fishing around the Tampa Bay can produce Redfish, Sea Trout, Bluefish, Black Drum, and Ladyfish most of the year. During the late spring and summer, Permit, Snook, and Tarpon can be found in the shallow waters.

Fishing nearshore Tampa provides excellent Amberjack, Barracuda, Cobia, Kingfish, and Spanish Mackerel fishing. Around the many reefs and wrecks, good grouper and snapper fishing is popular with bottom fishermen. There is also good Shark fishing during the summer months.

Fishing the deeper offshore waters out of Tampa gives anglers the opportunity to catch many different species of tuna, and occasionaly a Sailfish or Marlin. There is also good Wahoo fishing when the waters are cooler.



Top Tampa Fishing Spots

  1. EGMONT KEY REEF #26
    4/13/2011 4:19:49 PM - EGMONT KEY REEF #26 (Bay) Relief (in feet) 8 Description GULF PIER -FT. DESOTO PILE CUTOFFS Date of Deployment May 17 2002 Primary Material CONCRETE PILE CUTOFFS Ton


  2. SAND KEY NOURISHMENT REEF
    5/6/2011 11:53:46 PM - 37 CONCRETE CULVERTS


  3. USS Narcissus
    7/16/2012 6:29:30 PM - The USS Narcissus is a screw steamer launched in July 1863 as Mary Cook at East Albany, N.Y. It was purchased by the Union Navy at New York City on 23 September 1863 from Ja


  4. RUBE ALLYN REEF
    5/6/2011 11:53:42 PM - CONCRETE RUBBLE]]> 27.9195 -83.026


  5. BUOY 3
    5/6/2011 11:51:25 PM - 27.578333333333 -82.746166666667


  6. BAHIA BEACH REEF (BAY) REEF#3
    4/13/2011 4:19:14 PM - BAHIA BEACH REEF (BAY) REEF#3 Depth (in feet) 19 Relief (in feet) 8 Description CONCRETE BRIDGE DECKING RAILINGS AND RUBBLE FROM TREASURE ISLAND CAUSEWAY Date of Dep


  7. Courtney Campbell Causeway - Little Bridge
    4/11/2013 3:46:32 AM -


  8. DESOTO BOAT RAMP
    5/10/2017 12:26:34 PM -


  9. Bird Key Channel
    1/4/2017 9:49:00 PM - Channel with a ledge here that will hold fish.


  10. HARD BOTTOM
    5/6/2011 11:52:16 PM - 28.287016666667 -82.8544



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Tampa Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Tampa, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Spotted Seatrout

  2. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 18.06% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 9646 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Tampa Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart
    Spotted

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  3. White Grunt

  4. White Grunt

    There is a 16.35% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 8730 White Grunt counted.

    Tampa White Grunt Counts Chart
    White

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  5. Scaled Sardine

  6. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 10.99% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 5869 Scaled Sardine counted.

    Tampa Scaled Sardine Counts Chart
    Scaled

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  7. Sheepshead

  8. Sheepshead

    There is a 8.61% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 4600 Sheepshead counted.

    Tampa Sheepshead Counts Chart
    Sheepshead

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  9. Pinfish

  10. Pinfish

    There is a 7.06% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 3768 Pinfish counted.

    Tampa Pinfish Counts Chart
    Pinfish

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  11. Ladyfish

  12. Ladyfish

    There is a 5.48% catch rate for Ladyfish, based on 2928 Ladyfish counted.

    Tampa Ladyfish Counts Chart
    Ladyfish

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  13. Black Sea Bass

  14. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 5.3% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 2828 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Tampa Black Sea Bass Counts Chart
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  15. Gag Grouper

  16. Gag Grouper

    There is a 3.55% catch rate for Gag Grouper, based on 1895 Gag Grouper counted.

    Tampa Gag Grouper Counts Chart
    Gag

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  17. Gray Snapper

  18. Gray Snapper

    There is a 3.34% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 1785 Gray Snapper counted.

    Tampa Gray Snapper Counts Chart
    Gray

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  19. Red Grouper

  20. Red Grouper

    There is a 2.64% catch rate for Red Grouper, based on 1411 Red Grouper counted.

    Tampa Red Grouper Counts Chart
    Red

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Recommendations above based on 88 species of fish and 53398 fish counted for February around Tampa.

To date, there are 163 species of fish and a total of 1774943 fish counted for Tampa and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1860 (163 years).

Last Update: 2/1/2023 2:03:14 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

View full Tampa Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Tampa Fishing Reports

  • Best live bait fishing charters in Florida
    1/31/2023 12:31:44 AM - The clock has struck! Reports captain John Fischbach a west central Florida Gulf coast  professional salt water sport fishing guide service based out of Tarpon Springs New Po


  • Fishing Report – January 20th 2023
    1/21/2023 3:33:58 PM - Here is the January 20th 2023 fishing report. My reports are published in the Tampa Bay Times every 4th and 20th of the month! The post Fishing Report – January 20th 2023 app


  • Fishing Report – January 4th 2023
    1/4/2023 8:18:26 AM - Here is the January 4th 2023 fishing report. My reports are published in the Tampa Bay Times every 4th and 20th of the month! The post Fishing Report – January 4th 2023 appea


  • Fishing Report – December 20th 2022
    12/20/2022 1:30:46 PM - Here is the December 20th fishing report. My reports are published in the Tampa Bay Times every 4th and 20th of the month! The post Fishing Report – December 20th 2022 appear


  • Great holiday fishing
    12/14/2022 9:05:26 PM - The holidays are upon us we have the gift of some great fishing right now. On a recent grouper trip to bag a few gags [...] The post Great holiday fishing appeared first on A


  • Tampa Bay Fishing in the Winter Months
    12/9/2022 11:13:40 AM - There is no better place to experience the winter season while fishing than Tampa Bay. The stunning waterfronts crystal clear waters and abundant wildlife make Tampa Bay a pr


  • Fishing Charters Tampa Bay
    12/5/2022 6:42:59 AM - Fishing Charters Tampa Bay have been productive this past month. Schools of large Jacks have been around. Talk about pulling drag! Snook and Redfish have been part of the act


  • Fishing Report – December 4th 2022
    12/3/2022 4:06:51 PM - Here is the December 4th fishing report. My reports are published in the Tampa Bay Times every 4th and 20th of the month! Thank you for reading and I look forward to getting


  • OUTSTANDING FISHING TIMES
    11/28/2022 10:26:22 PM - Captain John Fischbach of Absolute Florida Flats Fishing a personalized charter fishing service based in New Port Richey and working surrounding areas of Tarpon Springs Clear


  • Flats Fishing is GREAT!!!!!
    11/25/2022 2:42:00 PM - Captain John Fischbach of Absolute Florida Flats Fishing Charters is a long time professional saltwater Sport Fishing Guide Along Florida’s West Central Big Bend Gulf Coast R


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Top Tampa Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. 4th Street Tackle
    4th Street Tackle is a new bait and tackle shop in St. Petersburg, Florida. We offer you top name brands, excellent service, and tackle for all types of fishing situations. Whether your fishing the mangroves or grass flats in the upper Tampa Bay or t

  2. Tampa Bay Bait N' Tackle
    Tampa Bay Bait and Tackle is the largest salt and fresh water bait supplier in the Tampa Bay area.

  3. Gandy Bait & Tackle
    Full-service angler’s one-stop, offering an excellent selection of live and frozen bait, artificial lures and other fishing gear.

  4. Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Inc.
    Since 1944 we have provided the highest quality fishing baits and related products to fishermen

  5. Southeastern Fishing Tackle Liquidators


  6. Lee Fisher International Inc


  7. Minnows & Monsters Tackle Rod
    Minnows and Monsters carries thousands of freshwater, fly fishing, inshore and offshore fishing tackle items. Since 1998 anglers have found that missing piece in their tackle boxes here. Minnows and Monsters is an ideal place for any angler, from the

  8. Tampa Fishing Outfitters
    Tampa Fishing Outfitters is a tackle shop that carries over TEN thousand fishing tackle items, freshwater, fly fishing, inshore and offshore. With 5,400 SQFT of operating area, anglers can find the missing piece in their tackle boxes here. Tampa Fish

  9. Tampa Bay On The Fly
    Tampa Bay On The Fly is a dedicated fly fishing shop committed to promoting and advancing the sport of fly fishing, both inshore and offshore, in salt and fresh water. With brands such as Sage, Redington, Scientific Anglers, Rio, Tibor, Temple Fork O

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Top Tampa Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Steady Action Fishing Charters
    Steady Action Fishing Charters is a Tampa fishing charter service that specializes in light tackle fishing charters in the Tampa FL and St. Petersburg area. We're just an hour drive from Disney World Resorts.

  2. Tampa Flats and Bay Fishing Charters
    Surrounded by Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton, Largo and down to Sarasota, from the skyscrapers of Tampa and the Skyway Bridge to the beaches of St Petersburg is Florida's largest open water estuary, covering some 398 square miles, i

  3. Inshore Charters
    If your dream day on the water is casting to and hooking a giant 100lb. + tarpon, or watching a big snook blast a live bait out of the water under the mangroves? Or, maybe stalking redfish in the gin clear grassflats of the gulf or plugging the flats

  4. Back Bay Guide Service
    Light Tackle Adventures offers many types of fishing charters in Tampa that are sure to meet your needs for an epic day on the water! The fishing Charters offered by Light Tackle Adventures are second to none. This is mainly due to the experience of

  5. Tampa Bay Flats Fishing Charters
    Tampa Bay Flats Fishing Charters offers light tackle and fly fishing trips. Tampa Bay fishing charters from Clearwater to Sarasota.

  6. Phatfish Kayak Charters
    Kayak fishing has slowly become one of the fastest growing sports in the industry. There is no better way to enjoy the sport as well as the natural beauty the state of Florida has to offer. How else could you all of this and more than on a peaceful,

  7. Captain Mike Gore Charters
    During your Tampa Fishing charter you will have the opportunity to fish for Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout, Cobia, Sharks, Pompano, Mackerel, Permit, Snapper, Grouper, and Kingfish

  8. Inshore Fishing Charters
    Captain John specializes in light tackle fishing for inshore game fish in Tampa Bay. He is licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard and has fished the waters of Tampa Bay since 1970. Captain John takes pride and gives 110% effort to ensure his guests have a

  9. The Saltwater Hook Up
    Your number one fishing charter service in the Tampa Bay area. We specialize in catching trophy fish for our clients. Our charter service offers fun for everyone, including family, kids, corporate/business outings, avid angler and beginning anglers w

  10. West Coast Fishing Adventures
    Whether on the tournament trail or wasting away a lazy summer day, West Coast Fishing Adventures can be anything you desire. Imagine a day filled with slamming snook in shore currents, or casting into the hidden deep holes in shallow flats for lurk

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Top Tampa Marinas

  1. Lands End Marina
    If you’re looking for an exceptional boating experience, come to Lands End Marina, where service meets the sea. Lands End is west-central Florida’s premier marina for both sport and pleasure boaters. Situated in vibrant Apollo Beach on the scenic Sou

  2. Inter-Bay Moorings
    Inter-Bay Moorings is located only 10 minutes from downtown Tampa off Highway 41 in Gibsonton and 8 miles north of Apollo Beach on the Alifia River. We are a full service or do-it-yourself ship repair yard. We have 40 deep water wet slips with 30 A

  3. Tampa Harbour
    Tampa Harbour is the answer to all your boating needs. Our convenient South Tampa location is just seconds to the open waters of Old Tampa Bay. For landlubbers we are the home of the world famous “Hula Bay Club” and “Duke’s Retired Surfers Bar”. Just

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Gag Grouper 13991

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Gag Grouper 13947

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Gag Grouper 13944

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Bouy Conditions

Station 42098 - Egmont Channel Entrance, FL (214)
February 2, 2023 10:26 am CST
Location: 27.59N 82.931W
Significant Wave Height: 0.7 ft
Average Period: 3.9 sec
Water Temperature: 69.6°F (20.9°C)


Current Moon Phase

Waxing Gibbous Moon

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