Tampa fishing Report for September 2020


We are coming to an end for the summer of 2020. While this year has been full of surprises in the fishing world from Covid 19, we have stayed busy late summer and our fishing charters have been successful. Snook, Redfish, Grouper, Cobia, Tarpon, Trout and many others have been boat side this summer. Here is your Tampa fishing report for September.


Redfish are the highlight this month as big schools of breeder fish gather up in the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Redfish have been very plentiful this year with fish schooling up in good numbers especially around the new and full moons. I really like fishing the lower tides and finding fish on the outer flats roaming around eating anything in front of them. Both live and artificial baits are good options. I like throwing something with good weight to add to the distance on your cast. One of my favorite baits when fishing in Tampa bay is the z man chatter bait. The chatter bait works well when targeting big schools of Reds. It has plenty of weight, has flash and makes noise. This checks off all the boxes when looking for a bait to fish schools of Redfish in Tampa Bay.


Snook this time of year on the Tampa Bay flats. It’s not uncommon to catch 30 Snook on a fishing charter as we approach fall fishing in Tampa Bay. Snook  are some of our top sought after species for the month of September. Its just another species we target and make September fishing in Tampa so good.

Grouper and Snapper

Next on the list for the Tampa fishing report in September would have to be Mangrove Snapper and Gag Grouper. Both fish are considered nearshore or offshore fish but with the great Tampa fishing we have the pleasure of catching both species right inside the bay. This happens just a few minutes from the dock. Both Grouper and Snapper are plentiful and make for a great table fair. Sizes on Grouper for Tampa Bay are seasonal and have a minimum size of 24 inches and a bag limit of 2. For more information of the Grouper regulations https://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/groupers/

Snapper have a different size with a minimum size of 10 inches and 5 per person. They are also open year-round.

Looking forward to fishing with you!


Tampa Bay fishing report for June 2020

Tampa Bay fishing report for June 2020

Tampa Bay fishing report for June 2020


As the nation opens up and things get back to normal I’m glad to report we have been busy on the water running charters and catching fish.Tampa Bay fishing report for June of 2020 June is a transition month as summer hits us full swing. This means great fishing and lots of heat mixed with some rain every afternoon. You can expect to have some great fishing trips when fishing in Tampa Bay.

Tarpon fishing report

The spotlight for the month would have to be Tarpon. Thousands of fish migrate up the coast just off the beaches of Tampa Bay and St Petersburg. Tarpon are one of those fish that many consider a bucket list fish. While they take a lot of effort and patience you can find good success this time of year as they are very plentiful. Tarpons are a fish that will give you all you got and at the end of the fight you will wonder who caught who as you gasp for air on your next Tampa fishing excursion. Tarpon should be here all the way through the end of the summer so don’t forget to book your next Tampa fishing charters right here… This is your Tarpon fishing report

Tampa Bay Snook Fishing Report

Next on the list would have to be Snook. This is my all time favorite as I have enjoyed targeting them since I was a little child. If you like bass fishing then you will love Snook fishing. It’s something everyone should experience. Tampa Bay Snook fishing is some of the best in the state of Florida. Summer time is a great time to target them as they spawn throughout the summer. Fishing for Snook around the new and full moon will give you your best shot at a big female as they stack up around the passes and outer flats this time of year. It’s a great time to do some Snook fishing.. Snook fishing reports are good this time of year.

It’s typically flat calm and the Mangrove Snapper are schooled up at just about every reef and rockpile in Tampa Bay. Mangrove Snapper are awesome fighters and are also great eating fish. In the mist of Snapper fishing you will also find some great Gag Grouper fishing as well. These same areas hold big Gag grouper and if you’re really lucky you might run across a Cobia in the same area. 

Tampa Bay Redfish fishing report

Latest would be Redfish. Most think this to be a spring fish but we actually get some big schools of fish in the middle of the summer. Big schools of Reds is something everyone should experience at least one time. Redfish make for a great fight and you can catch fish exceeding 30 inches and shallow water. Book here is you are looking to catch some of the bronze bruisers.

As you can see we have a ton of options for summer fishing in Tampa Bay. Don’t wait till the last minute let’s get the date of you choice. We offer online bookings that are fast and convenient. Book at the touch of a button on our website. If you want to talk in detail or email about the charter we would love to answer any that you might have . You can reach us  813-727-9890 or captjasonp@gmail.com

Tampa Bay fishing Tips

Tampa Bay fishing tips

Tampa Bay fishing tips


One of the most overlooked secrets in Tampa Bay is the bay fishing for all types of species. Most people think you have to go offshore for miles to catch keeper Grouper,Mangrove Snapper, Mackerel and even Cobia. Truth be told you can catch all of the above on any given day just minutes from the dock right inside Tampa Bay.Im gonna give you a few Tampa Bay fishing tips

Tampa Bay fishing geography

Tampa Bay is 15 miles wide and 25 miles long at the widest areas. There are lime rock ledges,rocks,depressions and hundreds of artificial reefs right inside the Skyway bridge. Shallow water bottom fishing is some of the best fishing available on the west coast of Florida. 

What will you need to catch more fish in Tampa Bay

First you will need good electronics. These days you will find some great options for reasonable money like the Simrad GO series. Throw in an updated chart and you will instantly have wrecks throughout Tampa Bay. I have found multiple spots on my Simrad Evo 3 just by looking at the charts and locating the drop offs. I like the option of having the structure scan side imaging. This will give you more range and actually show you the contours as you slowly move across the desired fishing grounds. Bigger bay boats are preferred in our area as Tampa Bay get choppy. My top choice for a boat is a Canyon Bay 28H. This boat has all the needs of any angler that fishes in Tampa Bay and I like its offshore capabilities. 

Gear used to catch fish in Tampa Bay

Next would be the gear. I like the Tsunami 4000 spinning gear mixed with the carbon shield 2 rod. This is the perfect combination  from Snapper to cobia and grouper. Preferred leader size would be 40 to 60 lb test. If you are on the Mangrove Snapper sometimes downsizing to 25lb fluorocarbon will help with more bites. If the Grouper moves in you will end up getting a lot of break offs. This will change from trip to trip.Hook of choice would be a 2/0 to 4/0 Daiichi circle. These hooks will hold up to anything that roams Tampa Bay and will put fish boatside.

Bait of choice for Tampa Bay
Bait of choice will vary depending on what you are targeting or catching that day. This will create a feeding frenzy right behind the boat.Get ready for some non stop action with just about any species that roams Tampa bay able to be caught.  
Make sure and get your next fishing charters booked

On your next visit to the Tampa Bay area don’t forget to get out on the water enjoy the awesome fishing experience. We offer fishing charters from half to full days and both family fun trips are available as well as the serious angler.So give us a ring and let’s see what type of Tampa Bay fishing will work for you.