Welcome to our Tampa Bay, FL Area Fishing Home Page
The Tampa Bay area and its beaches provides tourists with a nice variety of entertainment and recreation. The mild winter temperatures, tropical summers, beautiful beaches and stunning sunsets keep people coming back.
The fishing can be excellent with many inshore and offshore opportunities. Anglers can catch a variety of different fish such as redfish, sea trout, tarpon, grouper, snapper, sheepshead, sharks and more. If you can’t get on a boat, there is still some excellent surf and pier fishing available throughout this area.
The Fish of Tampa Bay
Learn more about the different fish and how to catch them on our Fish of Tampa Bay page.
Tampa Bay Fishing Calendar
Take a look at our Tampa Bay Fishing Calendar to see the average temperatures by month and what species are throughout the different fishing seasons.
Tampa Bay Boat Launches
Take a look at our Tampa Bay Boat Launches page to find a place to get your boat on the water.
Tampa Bay Inshore Fishing
The Tampa Bay area is one of the most popular inshore fishing destinations in all of Florida. With all of the water here, it can definitely be overwhelming to a first timer, so you may want to hire a fishing charter your first time out. There are several bridges, bays, docks, canals, mangroves and numerous flats to fish in this area. Some of the popular fish to catch inshore are snook, redfish, sea trout and tarpon. However, there are so many more fish that you can catch here. The tides play a huge role in whether or not you will catch fish inshore. Moving water is key for most species of fish and the slack tide usually provides the worst fishing conditions for most fish.
Learn more on our Tampa Bay Inshore Fishing page.
Tampa Bay Nearshore Fishing
The nearshore fishing is very good in the Tampa Bay area. Whether you head just outside the bay or run along the beaches, there are a variety of fish that you can target here in the nearshore waters. Some of the popular fish to catch are tarpon, grouper, snapper, kingfish, cobia, goliath grouper and several others depending on the season. The time of year will dictate what fish will be more prevalent, but you can catch fish nearshore year-round in the Tampa Bay area.
Tampa Bay Deep Sea / Offshore Fishing
The fishing is very good offshore in the Tampa Bay area. This area is very popular and there are so many deep sea fishing charters here to take you out on a fishing trip. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but this area will provide plenty of action for something year-round. The popular fish that are targeted here are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, permit, amberjack, mahi mahi, tuna, barracuda and goliath grouper, but there are so many other species of fish that you can catch.
Learn more on our Tampa Bay Deep Sea Fishing page.
Tampa Bay Shore Fishing
The surf & pier anglers have so many options in the Tampa Bay area. This area is huge, so there are several miles of beaches to fish, piers, bridges and even some inshore areas where you can wade the shallows waters as you target redfish, sea trout, snook and many other species of fish.
Learn about the best spots to fish here from shore.
Tampa Bay Small Boat Fishing
If you are coming here to fish in a smaller watercraft such as a canoe, kayak or inflatable, check out our Tampa Bay Small Boat Fishing page to see the best spots to get your watercraft on the water.