Your Complete 2024 Guide to Shark Fishing in St. Petersburg

Your Complete 2024 Guide to Shark Fishing in St. Petersburg

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Whether you’re a seasoned angler or looking to dip your toes into something wildly adventurous, this guide is chock-full of the latest and greatest on Shark fishing in St. Petersburg, Florida. Before you cast that line and start your duel with the ocean’s top predators, it’s smart to arm yourself with the knowledge that could make or break your adventure.

Enter YACHTFISH charters, the local legends who know these waters like the back of their hand. Ready for a Shark fishing experience that’ll have you telling tales for years to come? Contact YACHTFISH today! Fill out our online form now or call (727) 433-4200.

A Day You’ll Never Forget—Shark Fishing with YACHTFISH

When it comes to Shark fishing in St. Petersburg, there’s nothing quite like the rush you get when you’re out on the open water. Our St. Petersburg Shark fishing excursions offer 4-6 hour trips aboard private YACHTFISH vessels, departing from St. Petersburg, Florida. Unlike crowded tourist boats, our charters are a private experience for you and your small group of friends and family, accompanied by our skilled Captains.

Whether we’re fishing deep-sea or near the shore, we’ll know the best spots to catch fish while also appreciating the local wildlife. Once we have our dead and live bait, we’ll head to the specific areas known for Shark activity, where the excitement of catching one begins.

From the moment you feel the first tug on your fishing line to the thrilling fight with a wild Shark, every second is filled with excitement. You may even catch Grouper or Snapper on the way!

Why Choose St. Petersburg for Shark Fishing?

St. Petersburg offers some of the best Shark fishing opportunities in Florida for several reasons:

  • Abundance of Sharks: The waters around St. Petersburg are teeming with various Shark species.
  • Diverse Habitats: From shallow flats to deep channels, St. Petersburg has a wide range of habitats where Sharks can be found.
  • Experienced Guides: YACHTFISH Fishing Charters has knowledgeable guides who know the best spots and techniques for targeting Sharks.
  • Beautiful Scenery: While waiting for a bite, you’ll get to enjoy stunning views of the coastline and maybe even catch a glimpse of dolphins or sea turtles.

When is Shark Fishing Season in St. Petersburg?

Summer Season: As temperatures rise, so does Shark activity, making July onwards the best time for Shark fishing in St. Petersburg.

Nighttime Fishing: Some people believe that fishing around dusk is the most effective as many Shark species become more active—and may be more likely to bite during the early evening. YACHTFISH has actually found that they bite at all times of the day or night.

What Shark Species Can I Catch in St. Petersburg Waters?

Of the over 500 species of Sharks worldwide, St. Petersburg waters are home to many of them!

Let’s get acquainted with these amazing creatures:

  • Blacktip Shark: Recognizable for its iconic appearance, timid nature, and typically 5-6 feet in size.
  • Bonnethead Shark: Unique with its distinct head shape, kid-friendly, and usually 2-4 feet long.
  • Bull Sharks: Known for their aggressive predatory behavior, these Sharks can grow to 6-8 feet.
  • Shortfin Mako Sharks: Deep-sea dwellers and incredibly fast swimmers, reaching up to 12 feet in length.
  • Fine Tooth Sharks: A challenging and iconic species, typically measuring 5-6 feet.
  • Thresher Sharks: Impressive in appearance with large purple eyes, ranging from 10-15 feet in length.
  • Sharpnose Sharks: Adorable baby-sized Sharks, perfect for kids.
  • Spinner Sharks: Energetic and acrobatic creatures known for their jumping abilities.

Looking for a particular Shark species for your adventure? Just tell us, and we’ll take you to top spots where these legendary marine predators roam!

Proven Techniques for Hooking and Landing Sharks

For Shark fishing techniques, nothing beats the reliability of bottom fishing. This method puts your bait where Sharks hunt, hugging the sea floor where these apex predators prowl for their next meal. To stand a chance against the raw power of a Shark, heavy tackle for Sharks is non-negotiable. Trust in gear that can handle the intense pressure, including:

  • Heavy-duty rods and reels: Opt for robust materials capable of withstanding a Shark’s might.
  • Strong lines: Consider braided lines for their superior strength-to-diameter ratio.
  • Circle hooks: These increase the chances of a secure hook-up and are better for the Shark’s welfare.

During the fight, remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Apply consistent yet controlled pressure to keep the Shark from gaining the upper hand. The goal is to tire out your opponent while staying alert to its sudden runs or changes in direction. It’s this dance between angler and Shark that makes landing one such an addictive challenge.

Are You Allowed to Keep Your Shark Catch?

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) guidelines allow for the retention of one Shark catch per person and up to two Sharks per vessel.

Permissible Shark species for retention include:

  • Atlantic Sharpnose
  • Blacknose
  • Blacktip
  • Bonnethead
  • Finetooth
  • Smooth dogfish
  • Florida smoothhound
  • Gulf smoothhound
  • Bull
  • Nurse
  • Spinner
  • Blue
  • Oceanic whitetip
  • Porbeagle
  • Thresher (common)
  • Shortfin mako

For prohibited Sharks, FWC rules state that if caught they must stay in the water with their gills submerged. Our Captains know the best way to keep the Sharks safe and release them back into their natural habitat.

Shore vs. Charter Boat Shark Fishing

Wondering about the difference between fishing from the shore or a charter boat for Sharks? While you can fish from piers and beaches, there may be no Sharks biting in that spot that day. In contrast, charter boat fishing offers the advantage of being able to move to wherever the Sharks are.

Our high teck boats cover extensive water areas to reach prime Shark fishing locations. Additionally, being aboard with an experienced Captain ensures a safe and expert-guided fishing expedition, promising a memorable day on the water amidst these formidable marine creatures.

Book a Memorable Shark Fishing Charter with YACHTFISH

Ready to reel in the big one? YACHTFISH is standing by to deliver an exhilarating Shark fishing experience. With our expert guidance, you’ll have the time of your life on the water, all while respecting these magnificent creatures and their habitat.

To book your charter or to ask any questions, give us a shout at (727) 433-4200 or through our online form. Let’s make your Shark fishing story one for the books!

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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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