Wreck fishing in Tampa Bay

Wreck fishing in Tampa Bay

Wreck fishing in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay is a premier fishing destination when targeting multiple species right inside the bay. With plenty of towers markers and spoil islands there is more than enough places for fish to hide. These areas hold plenty of structure oriented fish  and make for some great fishing during the summer months. You can expect to have some great action packed Tampa fishing charters when you venture out into the bay. You will catch some of the most sought after fish in the Gulf of Mexico right inside the bay. Wreck fishing in Tampa Bay is a  hidden jewel.


What bait to use when wreck fishing?

Bait is always the first chore on any Tampa fishing trip. When bay fishing I like to have plenty of live pinfish and Greenbacks. I also like to have a bunch of dead greenbacks or even better Threadfin Hearing. We use a lot of dead bait so the morning bait run can be somewhat time consuming but worth the extra time needed.  We catch our bait while on the Tampa flats fishing just about year round. When its cold bait moves deep. In the summer bait has its hatch and typically is all over the flats. Our net of choice would be the Barracuda 12 foot 3/8 or 1/4 inch mesh depending on the bait size. Toss a little chum and you will be pulling in hundreds of bait and ready to go fishing.

Types of fish you will catch while wreck fishing?

As mentioned above Tampa Bay is filled with artificial reefs and wrecks from one end to the other. These wrecks are loaded with all types of structure and fish are not far behind. Fishing the wrecks,reefs, and ledges inside Tampa Bay will make your next Tampa fishing charters an epic day. One any given day we can catch Grouper,Snapper, Flounder, Sharks, Tarpon and Cobia just to name a few. Most of the time we can do this all in the same spot. Tampa Bay is a truly amazing fishery.

What type of tackle we will be using while fishing wrecks in Tampa Bay?

Tackle, techniques and tips are the last important part to fishing wrecks inside Tampa Bay. When fishing wrecks you want to have a variety of rods from a light tackle inshore rod for the Mangrove Snapper and Triple Tail, to the big heavy spinning gear for the bigger gamefish like Tarpon,Goliath Grouper,Gag Grouper and Sharks. Both of my preferred rods and reel combos are the Tsunami Evit 3000 size for light tackle and the 400 to 5000 for the heavier gear. Match this with the medium 8 foot action Tsunami Carbon rod for the lighter rig and the Extra Heavy spinning rod for the heavier stuff and you are ready for some great fishing in Tampa Bay. Check out the entire Tsunami line up.


Another great tip to help catch fish on these wrecks would be to have a good sonar with side imagining. This will help you find structure and actually see what type of structure is down there. I love the Lowrance Live units or you can’t go wrong with the Simrad GO12. Both offer a variety of features that will help you catch more fish. Check out some of the latest products at Navico


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Five of my favorite artificial baits when fishing Tampa Bay

Five of my favorite artificial baits when fishing Tampa Bay

Five of my favorite artificial baits when fishing Tampa Bay


Here in Tampa Bay we like using live bait. This happens on our Tampa fishing charters during most of the year. We have millions or bait schools throughout Tampa Bay during the summer months. This makes for an easy fishing trip when the bait bats start slinging baits. But during the winter months in Tampa Bay bait can be a real pain. Here are five of my favorite artificial baits when fishing Tampa Bay.

This is a good time to get out the artificial baits out and head to the boat ramp. Here are a few top baits I love to throw when fishing in Tampa Bay or Redfish tournaments throughout Florida. .


Five of my favorite artificial baits when fishing Tampa Bay


I love to throw artificials during the winter and one of my go to types of baits would have to be soft plastic baits. Match these with an ⅛ to ¼  once weighted hook and you will have one of the best artificial baits when fishing Tampa,Fl. Soft plastics come in a ton of different sizes,shapes and colors and all produce awesome fish when put in the right situation. The key is knowing when to use what color. 

Favorite types of bait to use in Tampa,Florida

My go to bait of all time has to be a pearl white Zman minnowZ. This has produced hundreds of Trout boatside for me and is a great go to bait. It’s simple and very productive. Another great one that I have discovered while fishing in Redfish tournaments throughout Florida would have to be the Zman Paddlerz Houdini. This has a natural shrimp look to it with a sparkle to catch the attention of fish. I’ve caught some trophy Redfish while using this bait and it is a go to bait for me.

More types of my favorite artificial baits to use in Tampa Bay

Another great combination is a mix of two different companies is a go to when  fishing dirty water just about anywhere. I love to tie on a Cajon Thunder Back Bay float and match this with about 3 foot of leader and a ¼ once jig head with whatever color produces in that area. This is a great producer in all parts of Florida and Louisiana for Trout and Redfish. I always go to the combination when fishing very dirty water. The popping noise from the float is something they can’t refuse.


The ole Gold Spoon is a great option no matter where you are fishing at. It’s been a staple for years and yet it’s still a top producer for Snook,Redfish,Trout, and Flounder. I like to throw a Gold spoon when I’m covering a lot of area during a tournament.

How to book an artificial fishing charter

As you read this I hope I was able to give some insight to some great baits to start with when fishing with artificials in Tampa Bay or anywhere else for that matter. Hopefully this will be useful for beginners and give you a good start to putting some fish boatside when getting started throwing artificial baits onm Tampa Bay. If you are interested in throwing some artificial baits or just getting out for a live bait trip give us a try. Here is another article to check out if you like this Article written.


Catching Tampa Bay Redfish 

Tips to catching nice Redfish in Tampa Bay

..Catching Tampa Bay Redfish 

Catching Tampa Bay Redfish. We get people from all over the United States that come here to target Redfish. Reds are one of my favorite fish to target as I have grown up chasing these spotted tailed favorites. We have a bunch of great inshore fishing in Tampa Bay but I would say that Reds would have to be one of my customers favorites to target on a Tampa fishing charter. Here are a few tips on catching Tampa Bay Redfish in the area.

You need the right gear for Redfish in Tampa Bay

The first would be to have the right gear.. Redfish are typically caught in the shallow water here and can be very spooky when the water is clear. That’s why I typically use a fluorocarbon leader around 30lbs and a 1/0 Daiichi circle hook. Reds tend to shy away from heavier leaders and hooks that may be too big.

My tackle of choice would have to be a 3000 Tsunami Evict matched with a Tsunami 7’6 carbon 2 rod to haul in the big bruisers. This will have enough backbone to land a fish caught by the mangroves but will make the long cast when chasing the school.

Areas to target Redfish

Second would have to be the area to target. Redfish are a roaming fish, so they tend to move around a bunch and can be a bit hard to gather a pattern on. Once you understand where to fish go you will become more efficient at catching Redfish in Tampa Bay. Good areas to target are open flats, mangroves, Oyster bars, and spoil islands. All hold fish but knowing when to look at a certain  area will help increase your catch on your next Tampa fishing charter.

Right tools to catch Redfish in Tampa

Third would be to have the right gear on your boat to insure you don’t spook the Redfish In Tampa Bay. A trolling motor is a very important tool when trying to catch Reds while flats fishing in Tampa Bay. The outboard might sound quiet outside the boat but under the water they make a ton of noise. When targeting Reds noise will be your enemy. A set of Power Pole Shallow water anchors is also essential when targeting Redfish. When fishing a school of fish banging the anchor will ruin a great day of fishing.


Another great and simple tool you will need to bring would be a good pair of sunglasses. This is commonly overlooked and probably one of the most important parts to targeting any inshore fish. This is especially important with Reds in Tampa Bay. We typically get big schools of fish in the summer months and these schools are a blast to catch, but they are on the move a lot and knowing where to find the school can be a real chore if you can’t see them.

These are just a few tips to help you catch Redfish on your next inshore fishing excursion. The best way to catch plenty of Redfish and learn a lot in one day would be to book a fishing charter on Tampa Bay. It’s easy and we also offer online bookings that are safe and secure. Check out some more great articles . Tightlines!!!