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Angling and Charter Fishing in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is well-known for its location as a hotspot for fishing due to its proximity to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Whether it's flats fishing, hot saltwater fishing, or going to deeper waters, this city can cater to every angler’s whim and fancy.

St. Petersburg Beach

If you’re looking to go offshore to snag some groupers and snappers, our guides have you covered. Whether you’re a seasoned angler visiting the area, a local wanting to discover more hotspots, or just want to take your family on a safe boat ride out in the open waters, you can rest assured that you’ll be well taken care of. We have US Coast Guard certified captains that can take you out into tranquil deeper waters as far as fifty miles out to reach the best reefs, wrecks, ledges, honey holes, and structures to find magnificent bottom-fishing wonders.

If you just want to have some sport and hook some local favorites nearby, such as Snook, Redfish, and Speckled Trout, our seasoned professionals can guide you to their secret spots for the best bites. During peak season, we’ll bring you to where the Spanish mackerel, Cobia, and even tarpon all come within a mile from the shore. 

During the spring and fall, charter boats can get fully-booked because of the bi-annual King of the Beach tournament for the king mackerel. These magnificent fish arrive in large numbers and are St. Petersburg’s pride and joy. Booking our experienced captains in advance will guarantee you prime spots to gain an advantage in taking the prize. At the same time, they will help ensure that you are following state laws, and know all the ins-and-outs of angling in the area.

Seasonal fishing in St. Petersburg: Fish Species and Seasonality

Beach in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is known for being an active, year-round inshore and offshore fishing location. Anytime throughout the year, you have great chances of catching Amberjacks, Channel Catfish, Flounder, Black Groupers, Goliath Groupers, Keywest Grunts, Ladyfish, Jolthead porgy, Spotted Seatrout, Sheepshead, and Mangrove Snappers.

The peak season in St. Pete is between April and August, as numerous fish species hit pinnacle numbers. During this time, you can expect to see an abundance of barracuda, black sea bass, pompano, spotted seatrout, and Redear Sunfish

Even during the cooler months of November to January, there are still several species in good numbers to go angling for such as black crappie, flounder, groupers, sheepshead, sunshine bass, and tripletail. 

For seasoned anglers after the famed Big 3, which is Tarpon, Redfish, and Snook, timing their trip with their season is key. The Tarpon season is best from April until August, and it will peak around June. Redfish are great to catch year-round, but they are best from March to July. The coveted King Mackerel peaks in April to June, and once more in September.

Fish species
Redfish

Habitat: Onshore, Flats, Backcountry, Nearshore

Weight: 10 - 45 Pounds

Length: 30" - 61"

Snook 

Habitat: Inshore, Flats, Backcountry

Weight: 12 - 29 Pounds

Length: 16" - 50"

King Mackerel 

Habitat: Onshore, Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck

Weight: 10 - 20 Pounds

Length: 19" - 72"

Tarpon 

Habitat: Inshore, Flats, Backcountry

Weight: 25 - 63 Pounds

Length: 48" - 96"

Fun things to do in St. Petersburg

The “King of the Beach” kingfish tournament should top your list of things to do in St. Petersburg. The kingfish is the city’s pride and joy, and people from all over flock to the area during the spring and fall to join this one-of-a-kind experience. 

Waterfront Arts District St. Petersburg, FL

Since St. Pete is best known for its fishing waters, you wouldn’t want to leave the area without going to a St. Petersburg fishing charter. It’s easy to find a seasoned captain amongst our guides to ensure you have the best catch and the best time. Even if you don’t go angling, you can enjoy the beautiful coast of clear waters.

Fishing is not all there is to do in this beautiful city. You can go downtown for some waterfront restaurants, bars, shopping centers, and some entertainment. Children will love the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Great Explorations Children’s Museum and if you want to venture further out, Disney is less than an hour and a half away.

If you want to enjoy the outdoors, even more, head on over to Clearwater Beach and Pass-a-Grille beach to bask in the sun, play volleyball or enjoy the majestic sunset view. For some nature trails, Fort de Soto Park has over 1,100 acres to explore and two beaches of its own with pristine white sand and clear waters. 

Fish Techniques
Fly Fishing