Winter Fishing Expectations in St. Pete Beach

Amberjack St Pete Beach

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2021 is here and St. Pete Beach’s waters are alive! Despite what many people say, we love winter fishing in St. Pete Beach because we catch a lot of fish! Here’s what you can catch in January and February in St Pete Beach:

Red Grouper Is Hot in St. Pete Beach

As usual in January, in St. Pete Beach, we’re seeing huge numbers of Red Grouper.

These big tasty beasts are usually deep-sea hunters, but they move a lot closer to the beach’s warmer waters in the winter and are found on rocky bottoms. Like most Grouper, the Red Grouper is a monster of a fish and is a catch to be proud of!

Usually, they weigh between 5 and 10lbs and can grow up to 2ft! Regulations allow us to catch 2 per person within the 4 grouper boat aggregate.

Amberjack Is Biting in St. Pete Beach

Amberjack are ignoring all social distancing rules, as we’ve seen them in small groups this January. These aggressive and predatory fish have been caught in their usual spots – reefs, wreckages and structures. With a variety of underwater structures and wreckages near us in St. Pete Beach, Amberjack put up a great fight and are plentiful all year round. We’ll even see more of them as we head into March!

Hogfish Are on Fire in St. Pete Beach

On our fishing charters in St. Pete Beach, we like to hunt down one of the best-tasting fish our waters offer – Hogfish! As we head into February, the high season begins for Hogfish. If you’ve never caught a Hogfish before, you’re in for a treat! These fish fight hard and never give up. They’re great fun for all anglers, young or experienced – guaranteed fun.

January Fishing Charters in St. Pete Beach

The cold days of January that many people write off, are actually some of the best fishing days of the year. As the fish drop off deeper, they get together in larger schools. If you’re on board with an experienced fishing charter captain, it’s game on!

For many people it’s also a more enjoyable time of year for fishing, as you’re not melting under the summer’s blistering sun all day. Fly fishing is also great in St. Pete Beach at this time of the year!

February Fishing Charters in St. Pete Beach

February is notorious for changing every year, but it’s often famous for deep-sea fishing for

the fish we’ve mentioned or hammering the Snook in ultra-shallow waters. As the Snook sun themselves in the shallow waters, you can pick out your catch and go for it.

COVID Safe Fishing Charters in St. Pete Beach, FL

Having the world’s usual entertainments and escapes closed off is tiring. Fortunately, our St. Pete Beach fishing charters are not for large groups. They are your own safe and private Fishing charter meant to be shared with family and friends. With all that fresh salt air around you, you can forget the stress of COVID. It’s just you, the boat and nature.

If you’re interested, contact us today to find the fishing charter experience in St. Pete Beach that is perfect for you, family and friends.

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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.
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