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

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.