If you haven’t been fishing around here, then you’re in for a real treat. St. Pete/Clearwater is known for some serious fishing. Inshore, offshore, spear, backcountry, wade, kayak, bridge, family-friendly or party boat – it’s all here to experience.
All along our coastline, you’ll find reputable fishing charters that can hook you up with just about any kind of trip you’re looking for. Best of all, St. Pete/Clearwater is its own peninsula, with the Gulf of Mexico on the western shore and Tampa Bay to the east. That means there’s fish to be had just about anywhere, anytime, though spring and fall and the busiest times of the year. Snook, redfish, spotted sea trout, grouper and Spanish mackerel are just some of the species you’ll find in our beautiful waters.
Check out some of these suggestions to have a great day fishing on the water!
Go Early and Stay Late: The earlier you depart, the better chance you have of beating everyone else to the best catch of the day. Staying out late will increase your chances of hooking a big catch! Plus, what's better than spending a whole day out on the beautiful water?
Think Like a Fish: Finding the fish can be a challenge, but there are simple trickts to help you find them in the open waters. If it is a hot day out, look for shadier spots in the shallow water, or deeper spots offshore. If it colder outside, look for spots in the shallows with the most direct sunlight. Also, watch out for schools of small baitfish since the big ones are sure to be right behind them!
Follow the Birds: When fishing offshore, spotting birds in your area can be your best bet at finding larger species feeding on a school of smaller fish. Keep your eye on the horizon for birds swooping and diving towards the water, then head in the direction and cast your line!
Tag along with a Professional: For first time fishermen or visitors who might be new to fishing in the area, hiring a professional guide can be a great asset. Ask questions, observe and take as much advice from them as you can. This should give you the best opportunity to snag some fish.
It's all about Equipment: Having some handy devices with your such as chart recorders, sonar and good quality rods and reels can increase your chances of finding and catching fish. A tasty dinner of Gulf-fresh seafood will be yours when the day is done!