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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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 report for May

Tampa Bay fishing report for May

Tampa Bay fishing report for May


This month Tampa Bay fishing report for May is great. This has not taken us off the water but limited us to inshore fishing. Some late cold fronts have dictated what we target and where we go. Thankfully, Tampa Bay has miles of backcountry area that protects us from the wind and waves. The result has been successful Tampa Bay fishing for Snook, Redfish, Trout, and a few shallow water Grouper. Here is a report on what is biting this week and what to expect as the winds lay down into next week.

Tampa Bay fishing for Snook

Snook fishing is the most consistent bite throughout the spring as they stage up in and around the passes and feed aggressively when the tide is moving. On any given day in the spring you can catch 30 Snook while fishing Tampa Bay. Bait of choice is Greenbacks but having a few Threadfin hearing will make for some great cut bait action. Moving water is key so planning your trips around the weeks of the new and full moons will ensure the tidal flow will be good. The rest is just being at the right spot at the right time. Tampa fishing report is great for Snook

 Redfish bite is hot

Redfish are also a hot fish to target. As of late we are seeing some nice schools of fish but they can be picky at times. The fish have been in smaller schools mixed in with mullet or on the flooded tides in the shaded areas on the mangroves. Redfish take some patience and timing but when all the stars align you can expect to catch some nice fish. Some are exceeding 30inches. On the high tides you need to fish the mangroves. I have had a bunch of success throwing a tail hook Greenback along the mangroves. Tampa Bay fishing report for May Red fish is awesome.

Tampa Bay fishing report for May

Trout fishing has picked up for me with the cooler temperatures. Fishing the potholes on low incoming tides has proven to be successful. Using a popping cork or a nose hook freelined Greenback will be you best bet to catching some big Trout. If artificial baits are your choice I always love throwing the Zman paddlerz pearl white in color. You can check out an assortment of baits at www.Zmanfishing.com


Tampa Bay fishing report for May  Tarpon fishing looks great .

I have some Tarpon trips booked and hope to be able to put the first Tarpon boat side for 2020. I have also been on some nice sized Gag grouper which can be a blast when catching them on freelined baits. Mangrove Snapper have also been hot in the bay. These guys fight like crazy and make for a tasty meal at the end of the trip. I have some days open that typically are not open due to the Corvid 19 pandemic that has hit the entire nation. I can’t think of a better way to get away and do some social distancing than to be out on the boat fishing. Please go to my contacts page and call, email or even book online  https://steadyactionfishingcharters.com/contact/ 

This has been your Tampa Bay fishing report for May.