U.S. Coast Guard Certified
Elite Equipment & Boats
Full Time Charter Captain
25 Years Experience
Captain Matt is a Tampa Bay native with over 25 years of experience. He is a premier guide who is locally known for being an expert on the patterns and habits of all the local game fish including snook, redfish, trout and tarpon. Embarking on an inshore fishing adventure with Captain Matt guarantees an unforgettable, action-packed time on the water.
Tarpon Season 2019
The year 2018 was one to remember. 92 days on the water during tarpon season and 148 tarpon released. 2019 Tampa Bay Tarpon fishing will be EPIC! Captain Matt’s fishing charters never come back without a catch. Now that’s a local experience that you can count on!
Tampa Bay Flats Fishing
You don’t have to be an experienced fisherman to have a fun, action packed day on the water. The mangrove-lined Tampa Bay flats are teeming with notorious game fish such as snook, redfish, trout and the highly prized tarpon. The prime time for inshore fishing happens to be year round, so book now for a memorable day with Captain Matt!
The YACHTFISH Fleet
Enjoy your Tampa, St. Petersburg or Clearwater inshore fishing adventure in style. YACHTFISH only has newer model vessels equipped with state-of-the-art safety equipment, electronics and fishing gear. The fleet is updated every two years and we maintain our equipment to be in “like new” condition.
Inshore Equipment: The two Avenger custom 25 bay boats with 300 horsepower will skip across the flats effortlessly and handle choppy deeper water with ease. Our recently refurbished Aquasport Classic 22 bay boat is a must for fishing the flats and shallow waters around the mangroves.
If you’re looking for an action-packed day on the water, let YACHTFISH take you on the ultimate Tampa Bay inshore fishing charter.
Tampa Bay is the year round home to one of the best light tackle fishing destinations in the country. The sub-tropical climate and miles of unspoiled mangrove estuaries and wetlands provide optimal breeding grounds for snook, redfish, mangrove snapper, flounder, trout, cobia and more. The 3,190-acre Weedon Island preserve on the west side of Tampa Bay is an aquatic upland ecosystem supporting a diverse population of bird rookeries and animals. It’s also the spawning grounds for many of the inshore species of fish found in Tampa Bay. Mackerel, kingfish, grouper and tarpon also move into the bay from the Gulf of Mexico and can be found around shipping channels, artificial reefs and deeper water.
If you are searching for the ultimate inshore fishing adrenaline rush, try Tampa Bay tarpon fishing. Anglers with intense “tarpon fever” from around the world descend on the Tampa Bay area when tarpon season gets into full swing. Tarpon fishing is year round, but really heats up in May and runs through early fall. Anna Maria Island, Egmont Key and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge will be loaded with these beauties. You will enjoy the fight of your life when these monsters, also known as silver kings, weighing up to 200 pounds snatch your live bait and skyrocket out of the water.
Whether you’re searching for tarpon rolling around the bridges and passes, flats fishing for redfish and snook, or trolling the edges of the shipping channel for mackerel and kingfish, it doesn’t get any better than a day with the YACHTFISH crew! Don’t forget to ask Captain Matt about his secret inshore grouper spots.
Inshore Info & Rates
We will customize a charter fishing trip just for you! Whether it’s hardcore fishing, breaking up the day with waterside dining, or exploring Egmont Key or Fort Desoto, we can do it. Below are the base rates for our daily fishing trips. Please review the frequently asked questions and let us know if you have any more. Reserve your fishing trip today!
Inshore Base Rates
4 hour 1/2 day trip
6 hour 3/4 day trip
8 hour full day trip
Inshore Tarpon Trips minimum 6 hours, add $100 to rate
Reservations require a $150 deposit, which will apply to the charter fee. The deposit is refundable with 10 or more days’ notice.
Larger groups are priced separately.