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. Scaled Sardine

  2. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 50.41% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 68650 Scaled Sardine counted.


  3. Pinfish

  4. Pinfish

    There is a 7.15% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 9736 Pinfish counted.


  5. Thread Herring

  6. Thread Herring

    There is a 6.38% catch rate for Thread Herring, based on 8695 Thread Herring counted.


  7. Spotted Seatrout

  8. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 5.06% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 6891 Spotted Seatrout counted.


  9. White Grunt

  10. White Grunt

    There is a 4.01% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 5466 White Grunt counted.


  11. Spanish Mackerel

  12. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 3.42% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 4654 Spanish Mackerel counted.


  13. Gray Snapper

  14. Gray Snapper

    There is a 3.05% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 4152 Gray Snapper counted.


  15. Red Grouper

  16. Red Grouper

    There is a 3.01% catch rate for Red Grouper, based on 4100 Red Grouper counted.


  17. Ladyfish

  18. Ladyfish

    There is a 1.91% catch rate for Ladyfish, based on 2602 Ladyfish counted.


  19. Hardhead Catfish

  20. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 1.82% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 2472 Hardhead Catfish counted.


Recommedations above based on 101 species of fish and 136183 fish counted for September around Tampa.

To date, there are 160 species of fish and a total of 1771081 fish counted for Tampa and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1860 (162 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 5:43:04 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

  • Fishing Report – September 20th 2022
    9/22/2022 4:31:35 PM - Here is the September 20th fishing report. My reports are published in the Tampa Bay Times every 4th and 20th of the month! The post Fishing Report – September 20th 2022 appe


  • A day on the water with Steady Action Fishing Charters
    9/15/2022 11:52:44 AM - In my 20 years of chartering in Tampa Bay and a lifetime of fishing here we have had thousands of clients step foot aboard our fleet of boats. Tampa Bay... The post A day on


  • Fishing Report – September 4th 2022
    9/8/2022 10:05:38 AM - Here is the September 4th fishing report. My reports are published in the Tampa Bay Times every 4th and 20th of the month! The post Fishing Report – September 4th 2022 appear


  • Fishing Report – August 20th 2022
    8/20/2022 3:55:19 PM - Here is the August 20th fishing report. My reports are published in the Tampa Bay Times every 4th and 20th of the month! The post Fishing Report – August 20th 2022 appeared f


  • My Biggest Catch August 2022 Capt. Sergio Atanes
    8/18/2022 2:43:25 PM - My most memorable gift was given to me by my uncle Manuel. I was only 5 years old when he arrived from Cuba to live with us until he got...


  • A Summer Night Adventure July 2022 By Captain Sergio Atanes
    8/18/2022 2:32:11 PM - Summer storms are upon us temperatures are rising and nighttime fishing is hot. Tampa residents are in for a treat. Night fishing has...


  • Boca’s Traffic Jam June 2022 Capt. Sergio Atanes
    8/18/2022 2:27:58 PM - Every May and June sportsmen from all over the world travel to Boca Grande in pursuit of the silver king. Corporations gather their top...


  • Early starts can pay big
    8/5/2022 9:22:56 PM - From Indian Rocks to Clearwater August and September can be challenging months to fish. Snook spread out in the the backwaters passes and spill ways. The early morning and lat


  • Fishing Report – August 4th 2022
    8/5/2022 5:12:09 PM - Here is the August 4th fishing report. My reports are published in the Tampa Bay Times every 4th and 20th of the month! The post Fishing Report – August 4th 2022 appeared fir


  • Mangrove Snapper Fishing in Tampa Bay
    7/26/2022 12:50:02 PM - Summertime fishing in Tampa Bay is a hidden jewel when it comes to versatility. Some might tell you that fishing in the summer is less than stellar due to 90-degree...


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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. 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

  8. 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

  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. 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

  9. 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

  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)
September 25, 2022 8:26 pm CDT
Location: 27.59N 82.931W
Significant Wave Height: 2.0 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 4 sec
Average Period: 3.0 sec
Mean Wave Direction: N (354°)
Water Temperature: 85.5°F (29.7°C)


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