Tampa Bay Inshore Fishing

Table of Contents

The flats and back-country waters in and around Tampa Bay provide some of the best light tackle fishing grounds in the world for Snook, Redfish, Trout, Tarpon and Cobia. These areas of shallow flats and miles of unspoiled mangrove estuaries provide optimal breeding grounds for most of the gamefish that live in the Tampa Bay inshore waters. The inshore fishing is year round in Tampa Bay and it is not uncommon to catch an “inshore slam” which includes a Redfish, Snook and a Trout all in one day. Snook fishing is best during mid spring to early summer and can be found around the beautiful beaches or along the miles of unspoiled mangrove shorelines and estuaries. Redfish in Tampa Bay peaks in mid to late spring and again in late fall. These species can be found tailing on the shallow inshore flats and provide some excellent rod bending action. Trout can be caught year around but are very active in the cooler months of winter as well as early fall and late spring. One of the most prized gamefish in the Tampa Bay area is the Tarpon, aka “Silver King.” Tarpon fishing really heats up in May and runs through early Fall. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Egmont Key and Anna Maria Island will be loaded with these Giants. Tarpon provide some of the best acrobatic shows and long runs that will give you the fight of your life! There is also fantastic reef and wreck fishing in and around Tampa Bay where you will find Grouper, Kingfish, Mangrove Snapper, Sharks and many other species that will make for a great day of fishing. To top off the amazing inshore fishery we have here in Tampa, the wildlife that you will see on a daily basis is incredible including birds, manatees and dolphins. It’s all waiting for you here in Tampa Bay!



Sharing is Caring...
About the Author...
Matt Douglas

Matt Douglas

Captain Matt Douglas is the founder of YACHTFISH and is a licensed United States Coast Guard 100 ton Master Captain. Captain Matt grew up on the waters of Tampa Bay and lived and worked in Costa Rica for over 11 years. He has extensive experience in Central America, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas and Florida. Captain Matt is a tournament-winning captain who has an intense passion for boating, fishing and creating life time memories for his Clients. These passions, combined with his experience, were the catalysts for YACHTFISH. Captain Matt is laser-focused on what he enjoys the most, and knows the best, in Tampa Bay and Costa Rica.
Related Posts...
Your St. Petersburg Fishing Charter Captain

from our happy Guests

We booked on Saturday for Monday so I appreciate them fitting us in. We went with Captain Scott and it was amazing!!! He’s extremely professional and customer oriented. He was super patient with my partner who’s never fished before and made sure he had a great time. My balance is... read more
Kimberly Patterson Avatar
We booked a four-hour out of St. Pete Marina. One of our best trips ever. Capt. Scott was very knowledgeable and took us to several great spots. Caught fish, had fun, great value, what more could you ask? We will be back.
Mark Hansel Avatar
I had a wonderful experience with Captain Johnny and Cooper! They were polite, kind, professional, and experts. Don’t let their age full you, they are extremely skilled! I enjoyed my experience, and highly recommend them! Planning my trip for next month with them!
Marius Nan Avatar
Captain Johnny and Scott were great!! I knew going in the tides were not in favor of fishing, but they both busted their tails to put us on fish and bring home a meal. Will be rebooking with them for sure!
Dylan Lefebvre Avatar
Highly recommend Captain Scott!!
Go Lightning! Avatar
We had an amazing time on YachtFish with Captain Johnny and Cooper! They were very welcoming and made our time super fun. Our time in the ocean was absolutely unforgettable and we will do it again. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Agnieszka Fisher Avatar
We had such a great time with these guys. Captain Nick and Captain Scott we spent two day inshore fishing with. Both of them are great guys and we had a blast fishing with them. We went off shore with Captian Pat and Sam, these two guys kept us busy... read more
Jake Vagher Avatar
Captain Jon was knowledgable and caught so many fish we couldn't keep track including this huge shark. Highly recommend Yacht Fish!
Emily Taylor Avatar
Had an epic time on the water with Captain Scott. He took great care of our group, constantly found good spots for us, and made sure we were safe and having fun. Mostly fished sharks and bass and were able to catch a great sunset on the way in 10/10... read more
Drake Hougo Avatar
Although we didn’t catch many fish it was a really great day on the water with captain Johnny and first mate Cooper. Thanks for keeping our spirits up in challenging conditions. I’d highly recommend YAGHTFISH.
Joe Spratt Avatar