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Boca Ciega Bay

Pinellas County, Florida.

Boca Ciega Bay ends in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

22004677.48 miles (35413106.63 sq kilometers)

About The Boca Ciega Bay

About Boca Ciega Bay, FL

Bordering municipalities in the Pinellas Peninsula like St. Petersburg, Florida, and Gulfport, Boca Ciega Bay is considered an aquatic preserve that celebrated its 50th anniversary last 2019. It separates these islands from one another. Boca Ciega Bay is composed of miles of canals surrounded by seawalls and thriving mangrove islands. It provides scenic imagery with its sandy beaches and habitats like seagrass beds, spring-fed caves, and corals. Because of its panoramic view, this body of water is considered a protected and preserved natural area. Moreover, a 185-acre park is named after it in Florida. The Boca Ciega Millennium Park boasts a 35-feet high observation tower made of wood. Frenchman's Creek, Clam Bayou, Bear Creek, and Cross Bayou are some of those which empty into the Boca Ciega Bay, making its water conditions of exquisite quality.

Interestingly, this bay got its name from the Spanish words boca meaning “mouth” and ciega meaning “blind”. It used to be known to Spanish travelers as “Blind Pass”. Despite its literal denotation, Boca Ciega is named such for being obstructed or “impassable” due to its shallow waters, proving it difficult for sailors to smoothly sojourn on its waters.

Boca Ciega Bay Fishing Description

All About Fishing in Boca Ciega Bay, FL

This protected marine area is home to an astounding number of fish especially common snook, spotted seatrout, red drum, and mangrove snapper. What makes Boca Ciega Bay an ideal fishing spot is its natural features like buoys, reefs, rocks, and ledges. These structures thrive with varying fish populations within its 100-mile radius. It also has some shipwrecks and coral reefs where fish love to swim and play around. Many fish congregate in this bay due to its several islands and keys, and mangrove trees. 

The best areas where you can fish at Boca Ciega Bay are Eleanor Island, Dog Leg Key, Little Bird Key, and Gulfport Middle Ground. These are all monitored by the Florida Environment Department to preserve the natural gifts of the said bay. Apart from the mangroves, Boca Ciega is known for its vast seagrass beds, oyster bars, and coral habitats, making it a favorite among many fish. The fish found here generally love cut live bait. They tend to stay near the shallow areas of the waterline.

Boca Ciega Bay Seasonal & Other Description

Fishing Seasonality

Sea trout abound the waters of Boca Ciega Bay from November to December. On the other hand, red drum is at its peak from March to July. Snappers thrive all-year round especially from June to August. Snook is also present the whole year round, with its peak from May to September and November.

In general, the most productive times for fishing at Boca Ciega Bay are from 12:15AM to 2:15 AM, and 12:32 PM to 2:32 PM. If you cannot tolerate the heat around that time, you can also book your trips in the morning from 5:38 AM to 7:38 AM. The best months to try your luck at this bay are from March to June.

Boca Ciega Bay Fishing Charters & Fishing Guides

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Saint Petersburg, FL

24ft - 4 guests

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$250

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Saint Petersburg, FL

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24ft - 6 guests

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Temperature and Optimal Seasons

Fishing Seasonality

Sea trout abound the waters of Boca Ciega Bay from November to December. On the other hand, red drum is at its peak from March to July. Snappers thrive all-year round especially from June to August. Snook is also present the whole year round, with its peak from May to September and November.

In general, the most productive times for fishing at Boca Ciega Bay are from 12:15AM to 2:15 AM, and 12:32 PM to 2:32 PM. If you cannot tolerate the heat around that time, you can also book your trips in the morning from 5:38 AM to 7:38 AM. The best months to try your luck at this bay are from March to June.

Boca Ciega Bay Weather Forecast

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