Tampa Tarpon Fishing Guide with jumping tarpon


Catch the "Silver King" on a Tampa Bay Tarpon fishing charter with Capt. Jim Lemke!
Redfish caught on Tampa Bay Guide service boat


Catch Snook, trout, redfish and much more on a Tampa Bay Flats Fishing Charter with Capt. Jim Lemke!
Homossassa Scallop Charters

Scallop Charters

Cool off, swim around and catch a great dinner all at the same time!
Fly fishing guide captain with a Snook

Tampa Bay
Fly Fishing

Experience the incredible shallow water fly fishing Tampa Bay has to offer!


Light Tackle Adventures offers many types of fishing charters in Tampa that are sure to meet your needs for an epic day on the water! The fishing Charters offered by Light Tackle Adventures are second to none. This is mainly due to the experience of Captain Jim Lemke. As a Tampa fishing guide for more than 20 years, Captain Jim has the inshore area mapped out with the greatest spots to fish. This experience and knowledge means that no matter what time of year you are looking for your fishing charter in Tampa - Captain Jim will put you on the fish. Browse our many offerings below.


Whether you want to catch a giant tarpon, make that perfect cast with a fly, catch Florida's most saught after shallow water fish, or swim around and cool off during scallop season... there's no better time than right now to book your next adventure with Capt. Jim Lemke!

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Fishing Charters Information for Tampa, Florida

Our Tampa fishing charters offer a unique look into the Florida fishery as a whole and into the ecology that makes up the world famous Florida estuaries and inshore flats. The inshore areas and backcountry of Tampa Bay are just as much part of the Everglades ecosystem as it's freshwater counterpart. It is truly all part of the inshore system that is truly why Florida is "The Fishing Capital of the World."

During your day of fishing with Light Tackle Adventures, you can expect more than just exceptional fishing. You will find the experience to be a once in a lifetime one. The draw for most career Florida anglers is just as much about the connection to the area as much as it is about the fishing. You will find that connection during your day as well.

The fishing itself is as diverse as it is exciting. You can find yourself sight fishing tailing Red's one moment, pulling Gator Trout out of the grass in another moment, and then hooking up with a Snook out of the mangroves the next. Add to this the exciting Tarpon season that rolls through this area, Tampa Tarpon Fishing Charters, and you will simply not find a more exciting fishery.

Fishing Reports

Fall Fishing Tampa Bay

Fall Fishing Tampa Bay - With the cold fronts starting to roll in next week and the Kingfish run in full swing in the Fall Fishing Tampa Bay area and the dropping air temps at night and water temps dropping down to the mid to upper 70’s at night. This cold front will have the bite fired up inshore and offshore. … [Read More...]

Don’t Forget Scallop Season!

Homosassa Scalloping Charters

Homosassa Scalloping Charters and Guide

What better way to cool of in the heat of the Florida Summer than to get right on into the water? And, while you’re at it, you can gather up dinner right off the shallow sea floor!

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Check out one of our recent fishing charter videos. Our Tampa guided fishing trips capture moments in fishing that no client can forget. Join us on some of our adventures by taking a look at our fishing videos.

Capt. Jim Lemke has been featured in many worldwide television shows like ESPN2 Inshore Angler and Urban Angler along with many local shows like Hooked on Fishing with Capt. Bill Miller, The Average Angler and the 47 Fish Finder with many more.

Why not create your own Tampa Bay memories and reserve a charter today!

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Why choose Tampa for my fishing trip?

So what separates Tampa fishing from the rest of the state? The answer is simple. There is more diversity in fishing combined with year around action that you simply cannot find anywhere else. The guides are more experienced and their love for the area is unmatched.

What should I bring?

You should bring with you a good pair of UV sunglasses, a hat, weather relevant clothing, sunscreen, drinks, and snacks. We provide everything else, and yes - that includes the license and all tackle. You can learn more in our Charter FAQ section.

What style of fishing?

Whether novice or pro, Captain Jim can cater the trip to best meet your needs. He offers tips & tricks and an exceptional sight fishing experience on the platform. He caters to both light tackle and fly fisherman. And also offers support for both live/frozen bait and artificial lures - The choices are all yours.

What is light tackle fishing?

Light tackle fishing is done by utilizing light line and light action rods. We offer heavier tackle trips for nearshore and Tarpon charters, but light tackle fishing is a sight fisherman's favorite.

What is sight fishing?

Sight fishing is using your eyes to scan the water for "the push" or activity of game fish in shallow water. When the guide is poling the boat, you both scan the flats for activity to present to.

Why pole the boat?

Our inshore charters on light tackle and on the fly are done on the Maverick. This boat can float in mere inches of water. We pole the boat with the motor up as it is literally too shallow to power the boat into. Poling is the ultimate way to spot and stalk fish on the flats.

Species Spotlight in Tampa

a tarpon rolling in tampa bay
captain jim with client
captain jim poling flats

Things to do in Tampa

Tampa and Tampa Bay are home to many activities that include the arts, sports, and even spring training. However, there is no better way to get a feel for this great city than by the water. We offer some of the most exciting and fulfilling charters in the area.

Tampa Florida Attractions

It s by no mistake that Tripadvisor has listed more fishing charters in Tampa in their top 10 attractions than any other singular activity. We are proud to offer you the access to some of the best fishing in the area with Captain Jim Lemke.

Tampa Area Fishing

Jim Lemke's Light Tackle Adventures offers the best in the area. Whether a visitor or resident, there is no better way to explore this fishery than right here with us. Our fishing charters tap into the wealth of gamefish in the area in their various habitats. Captain Jim can gently pole you into some really skinny waters for the ultimate in Florida flats fishing. He can also set up a drift over the grass flats, get you on Tarpon, or take you out to structure for some epic deeper water Permit. We truly cover all of your fishing opportunities right here at Light Tackle Adventures.

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