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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.



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. Scaled Sardine

  2. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 42.89% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 37793 Scaled Sardine counted.

    Tampa Scaled Sardine Counts Chart
    Scaled

    ENLARGE TAMPA SCALED SARDINE COUNTS CHART


  3. Spotted Seatrout

  4. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 8.55% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 7535 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Tampa Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart
    Spotted

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  5. Pinfish

  6. Pinfish

    There is a 8.46% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 7456 Pinfish counted.

    Tampa Pinfish Counts Chart
    Pinfish

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  7. White Grunt

  8. White Grunt

    There is a 5.03% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 4428 White Grunt counted.

    Tampa White Grunt Counts Chart
    White

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  9. Ladyfish

  10. Ladyfish

    There is a 4.58% catch rate for Ladyfish, based on 4037 Ladyfish counted.

    Tampa Ladyfish Counts Chart
    Ladyfish

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  11. Snook

  12. Snook

    There is a 3.2% catch rate for Snook, based on 2816 Snook counted.

    Tampa Snook Counts Chart
    Snook

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  13. Red Drum

  14. Red Drum

    There is a 3.04% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 2681 Red Drum counted.

    Tampa Red Drum Counts Chart
    Red

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  15. Gag Grouper

  16. Gag Grouper

    There is a 2.75% catch rate for Gag Grouper, based on 2421 Gag Grouper counted.

    Tampa Gag Grouper Counts Chart
    Gag

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  17. Gray Snapper

  18. Gray Snapper

    There is a 2.4% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 2118 Gray Snapper counted.

    Tampa Gray Snapper Counts Chart
    Gray

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  19. Sheepshead

  20. Sheepshead

    There is a 2.29% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 2020 Sheepshead counted.

    Tampa Sheepshead Counts Chart
    Sheepshead

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Recommendations above based on 99 species of fish and 88117 fish counted for November around Tampa.

To date, there are 175 species of fish and a total of 2093320 fish counted for Tampa and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1860 (163 years).

Last Update: 11/24/2023 11:50:17 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.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Tampa are the following:

  1. EGMONT KEY REEF #26
    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
    37 CONCRETE CULVERTS


  3. USS Narcissus
    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
    CONCRETE RUBBLE]]> 27.9195 -83.026


  5. BUOY 3
    27.578333333333 -82.746166666667


  6. Courtney Campbell Causeway - Little Bridge


  7. BAHIA BEACH REEF (BAY) REEF#3
    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


  8. DESOTO BOAT RAMP


  9. Dunedin Causeway
    Good Snook fishing here, especially in the fall. You can catch small Gag Grouper around the rocks.Speckled Trout, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Mangrove Snapper and Pinfish ar


  10. Port Manatee Reef


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Latest Tampa Fishing Reports

  • Fishing Report – November 4th 2023
    Here is the November 4th 2023 fishing report. My reports are published in the Tampa Bay Times every 4th and 20th of the month! The post Fishing Report – November 4th 2023 app


  • Understanding Fishing in Tampa Bay’s Transitional Weather Seasons
    Tampa Bay with its rich marine life and diverse fishing opportunities is a haven for anglers. But to truly make the most of it understanding the transitional weather fishing


  • Mastering Redfish: Tips and Tricks from an IFA Tournament Winner
    Understanding Redfish in Tampa Bay Redfishing is a popular activity in Tampa Bay largely due to the redfish’s impressive strength and resistance when caught. Their unique bro


  • Fishing Report – October 4th 2023
    Here is the October 4th 2023 fishing report. My reports are published in the Tampa Bay Times every 4th and 20th of the month! The post Fishing Report – October 4th 2023 appea


  • FALL FISHING IS HERE! 
    Hi everyone! It has been a very hot summer out on the water! Fishing in July and August although hot was good and fall is shaping up to be great! The post FALL FISHING IS HER


  • Fishing Report – September 4th 2023
    Here is the September 4th 2023 fishing report. My reports are published in the Tampa Bay Times every 4th and 20th of the month! The post Fishing Report – September 4th 2023 a


  • Fishing Report – August 20th 2023
    Here is the August 20th 2023 fishing report. My reports are published in the Tampa Bay Times every 4th and 20th of the month! The post Fishing Report – August 20th 2023 appea


  • Fishing Report – August 4th 2023
    Here is the August 4th 2023 fishing report. My reports are published in the Tampa Bay Times every 4th and 20th of the month! The post Fishing Report – August 4th 2023 appeare


  • Snook Fishing in Tampa: Tips Tricks and Fishing Spots Revealed
    Welcome to the exciting world of snook fishing in Tampa Florida! Anglers looking to experience the thrill of reeling in the elusive and hard-fighting snook will find paradise


  • Fishing Report – July 20th 2023
    Here is the July 20th 2023 fishing report. My reports are published in the Tampa Bay Times every 4th and 20th of the month! The post Fishing Report – July 20th 2023 appeared


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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. 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

  7. Lee Fisher International Inc


  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. 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

  7. 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,

  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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Bouy Conditions

Station 42098 - Egmont Channel Entrance, FL (214)
November 30, 2023 6:26 am CST
Location: 27.59N 82.931W
Significant Wave Height: 2.6 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 3 sec
Average Period: 3.2 sec
Mean Wave Direction: ENE (64°)
Water Temperature: 68.5°F (20.3°C)


Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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