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Tarpon Springs Fishing

Tarpon Springs Fishing

Tarpon Springs may be an American city, but it has strong Greek influence. Located on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida, Tarpon Springs has the highest percentage of Greek Americans. This has created distinctive cultural and architectural features in the city. The city has numerous bayous that feed into the Gulf, and local production has flourished with sponge diving off the shore. The city has focused heavily on beautifying the shoreline, and anglers have discovered why this city was named after a desirable saltwater fish.

As the name suggests, Tarpon Springs fishing is best known for Tarpon. When early settlers first chose Tarpon Springs, they noticed plentiful Tarpon jumping out of the water. Even today, Tarpon are still caught in great numbers near the shore. If you plan on inshore fishing in the area, then Tarpon should be on your target list. Other common catches include Flounder, Redfish, Snook, and Speckled Trout. Inshore fishing opportunities are plentiful with the numerous bayous. Plus, Anclote Key is part of the area, and this small string of islands has ample shoreline for eager anglers.

Tarpon Springs fishing is also possible with nearshore venues. The shore can be rather shallow along the coast, and there are various reefs and wrecks that attract fish. At these depths, you might bring home one of the many Snapper and Grouper species. Trolling the reefs and wrecks should produce Barracuda, King Mackerel, and Spanish Mackerel. At certain times of the year, the population of Cobia is also quite robust. Any of these fish make for delectable hauls.

With the Gulf of Mexico so close, it is no surprise that offshore Tarpon Springs fishing is also quite alluring. When you move farther away from shore, you can enjoy the bounties of the deep. Some of the species you might encounter can include Grouper and Snapper on bottom, and Blackfin Tuna, Mahi-mahi, and Wahoo on top.



Top Tarpon Springs Fishing Spots

  1. PASCO REEF #4
    4/13/2011 4:20:43 PM - Name PASCO REEF #4 County PASCO Depth (in feet) 27 Relief (in feet) 8 Description "272 PIECES OF CONCRETE 1RST OF TWO LOADS" Date of Deployment June 3 1998 Primary


  2. Sheridan Wreck
    6/4/2012 11:37:11 PM - MV D.T. Sheridan GPS Coordinates: latitude: 27°52.562' N longitude: 083°11.140' W depth: 82 max. D. T. Sheridan is an 180 foot Ocean going tug that now rests


  3. ST Martins Reef
    12/7/2016 7:20:17 PM - ST Martins Reef


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


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


  6. MASTHEAD LEDGE
    5/6/2011 11:52:50 PM - 28.0316833333333 -83.0484666666667


  7. Nona Gale
    5/8/2011 1:37:14 AM - Attributes RECRD 222 VESSLTERMS NONA GALE FEATURE_TYPE Wreck - Submerged, dangerous to surface navigation LATDEC 28.298611 LONDEC -83.301508 GP_QUALITY Low DEPTH 0 SOUNDING_TY


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


  9. 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


  10. Jewfish Sink
    1/13/2018 11:02:12 PM -



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Tarpon Springs Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

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

  2. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 14.12% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 8798 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Tarpon Springs Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart
    Spotted

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  3. White Grunt

  4. White Grunt

    There is a 14.03% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 8746 White Grunt counted.

    Tarpon Springs White Grunt Counts Chart
    White

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  5. Scaled Sardine

  6. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 12.67% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 7898 Scaled Sardine counted.

    Tarpon Springs Scaled Sardine Counts Chart
    Scaled

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  7. Pinfish

  8. Pinfish

    There is a 8.8% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 5483 Pinfish counted.

    Tarpon Springs Pinfish Counts Chart
    Pinfish

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  9. Gag Grouper

  10. Gag Grouper

    There is a 7.64% catch rate for Gag Grouper, based on 4760 Gag Grouper counted.

    Tarpon Springs Gag Grouper Counts Chart
    Gag

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  11. Black Sea Bass

  12. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 5.72% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 3564 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Tarpon Springs Black Sea Bass Counts Chart
    Black

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  13. Red Grouper

  14. Red Grouper

    There is a 5.07% catch rate for Red Grouper, based on 3160 Red Grouper counted.

    Tarpon Springs Red Grouper Counts Chart
    Red

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  15. Ladyfish

  16. Ladyfish

    There is a 4.2% catch rate for Ladyfish, based on 2616 Ladyfish counted.

    Tarpon Springs Ladyfish Counts Chart
    Ladyfish

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  17. Gray Snapper

  18. Gray Snapper

    There is a 3.74% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 2328 Gray Snapper counted.

    Tarpon Springs Gray Snapper Counts Chart
    Gray

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  19. Sheepshead

  20. Sheepshead

    There is a 3.49% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 2177 Sheepshead counted.

    Tarpon Springs Sheepshead Counts Chart
    Sheepshead

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Recommendations above based on 100 species of fish and 62318 fish counted for December around Tarpon Springs.

To date, there are 158 species of fish and a total of 1222971 fish counted for Tarpon Springs and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1860 (162 years).

Last Update: 12/8/2022 12:40:29 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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Latest Tarpon Springs Fishing Reports

  • 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


  • Fishing Report – November 20th 2022
    11/20/2022 10:00:39 AM - Here is the November 20th fishing report. My reports are published in the Tampa Bay Times every 4th and 20th of the month! The post Fishing Report – November 20th 2022 appear


  • Inshore fishing can bring surprises
    11/6/2022 5:28:37 PM - Since the weather keeps fluctuating. Most of the fish have been scattered but are of good quality. We have been encountering. Redfish Trout and snook on the flats but the tid


  • Fishing Report – November 4th 2022
    11/4/2022 10:13:14 AM - Here is the November 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


  • Changes Are On The Way
    10/23/2022 12:39:19 PM - By Capt. Sergio Atanes October 2022 October has a lot to offer depending...


  • Cooler waters – more species
    10/23/2022 8:05:46 AM - The water has cooled down with the recent fronts in the clearwater/Stpete FL. Bait has been plentiful with scaled sardines threadfin shad ladyfish and blue runners. This has


  • Fishing Report – October 20th 2022
    10/20/2022 10:14:43 AM - Here is the October 20th fishing report. My reports are published in the Tampa Bay Times every 4th and 20th of the month! The post Fishing Report – October 20th 2022 appeared


  • Hurricane + cool front = variety
    10/9/2022 8:29:48 AM - With hurricane Ian gone and bringing lots of rough water and weather and a few cool fronts that have dropped our water temperatures has brought wide variety of species. There


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Top Tarpon Springs Bait & Tackle Stores

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

  2. Bait House
    Open since the 1940s, The Bait House Tackle & Tavern is located in the marina on beautiful Clearwater Beach. We are proud to offer the freshest fish, highest quality tackle and gear, and some of the best food on the beach. Our daily menu features

  3. Sunset Landing Marina


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Top Tarpon Springs Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Absolute Flats Fishing
    Absolute Florida Flats Fishing with local saltwater guide, Capt. Rich Knox, who has been a fishing guide service on the West Central FL Gulf Coast for over 20 years, fishes the beautiful expansive Florida Gulf Coast from Tampa Bay to New Port Richey,

  2. 2 Shea Charters
    My years of experience in the Gulf give me an unmatched knowledge of its seasons and spots and the 2 Shea is more than ready to carry you quickly and comfortably to them. Whether you are after some nice grouper just off-shore or those large amberjack

  3. GulfStar Fishing
    World class fishing-first class service..We Catch EM!

  4. Capt. John O'Hanlon Fishing Expeditions
    We are fishing the St. Joseph Sound area. Featuring Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island and Three Rooker Bar. The Islands offer a convenient access from Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, and Tarpon Springs. Both Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island are

  5. Captain Brian Caudill Inshore Fishing Charters
    Clearwater Fishing Guide Capt. Brian Caudill has expert knowledge of the shallow water flats, beautiful mangrove islands and sandy beaches around Clearwater, Tarpon Springs and Dunedin in the Tampa Bay, Florida area. With his extensive knowledge of C

  6. Double Eagle Deep Sea Fishing
    ocked in the Clearwater Municipal Marina on Clearwater Beach the Double Eagle fishing fleet is conveniently located to Tampa and St. Petersburg on the gulf coast of Florida. Whether you're an avid angler or novice, a vacationing family or busines

  7. Skinny Water Charter
    Pro Fishing Guide For Clearwater, Tampa Bay, Redington Beach, Madeira Beach, Treasure Island Beach, & St. Petersburg Beach Areas.

  8. Above Average Charters
    We are located in sunny Clearwater Florida, just a few steps away from beautiful Clearwater Beach in the Clearwater Municipal Marina. We offer deep sea fishing or sport fishing charters for beginners to experienced anglers.

  9. Fun Flats Fishing
    Join Captain Mark for a great day of fishing! Whether you are an experienced angler or a novice, you will enjoy an exciting, fun, action-filled fishing charter. Tampa Bay is home to many species of fish including snook, redfish, trout, mangrove snap

  10. Gone Fishing Charters
    The Tampa, Tampa Bay, St Petersburg, and Clearwater areas offer a broad array of tampa fishing opportunities. Your Tampa fishing charter might begin fishing along our beautiful, world class beaches for game fish like Snook, whose drag screaming runs

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Top Tarpon Springs Marinas

  1. Anclote Village Marina
    Located at the mouth of the Anclote River, Anclote Village Marina offers unparalleled access to the Gulf of Mexico. Both wet and dry slips are available, along with a fleet of rental boats.

  2. Sunset Landing Marina


  3. Blue Pelican Marina
    More than just a marina, Blue Pelican Marina is a home for your boat. With unique amenities and member benefits, patron guests are part of an exclusive club where our professional staff will constantly insure your experience exceeds your expectation

  4. 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

  5. Hernando Beach Marina


  6. Hubbard's Marina
    Hubbard's Marina is the Original Pary boat fishing fleet and Dolphin watching company in the State of Florida! We have been in operation since 1928, fishing local waters for over 80 Years! We offer 5,10,12 & 39 hour party boat fishing trips.

  7. Port Hudson Marina LLC


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