Tampa Bay Fishing
The crown of all SW Florida fishing is that place known as Tampa Bay. Redfish (Red Drum), Snook, Tarpon, Spotted (Speckled) Sea Trout, Cobia, Mackerel, False Albacore, Flounder, Triple Tail, sharks, and a plethora of other game specie can be found inshore and nearshore in Tampa Bay waters. From an extensive system of backcountry areas, dock light fishing, oyster beds, and pristine flats combined with a highly active eco system make this area one of the best in the world.
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Tampa Bay Fishing Guide
Capt. Jim Lemke welcomes you to enjoy the fishing available in the Tampa Bay area. There is so much to target here, so many types of waters to fish, and highly active seasons for varying species that make this place one of the worlds best fishing locations. Follow general area information on our Tampa Bay Fishing Reports page, and check out the Captains Log for more details.
Flats Fishing Tampa Bay
Light Tackle Fishing: On light tackle you will have a choice between live bait and artificial. For live bait you would be looking at white bait, shrimp, and small crabs. On artificial- top water, suspending twitch baits, soft plastics, and jigs can all have a fair share of success.
Fly Fishing Tampa Bay
Fly Fishing: For inshore fly fishing you would most likely utilize 7wt or 8wt gear. We recommend and utilize Clutch Fly Rods. A weight forward floating line and a tippet between 12-30lb can be used- with plenty of backing. A wide variety of flies will see success, but a standard clouser will attract the attention of a wide range of fish.
Tarpon Fishing Tampa Bay
Tarpon Fishing: During the summer tarpon run in Tampa Bay you can expect a great number of opportunities to come your way. On spinning gear you can expect hits on both artificial and live baits, while the fly fisherman will see a jump from 7/8wt rods to 10/11wt fly rods and a stronger tippet.
Tampa Bay Fishing Captains Note
Though I target many areas within Tampa Bay, I have to say that as a whole it would take a lot of convincing to get me to believe that Tampa Bay is not just one of the best places to fish in Florida, but The Best Fishing of Anywhere. We hope you choose us to make your Tampa Bay Fishing trip the trip of a lifetime.
As a Tampa Bay fishing guide, Capt. Jim Lemke understands that a day on the water means stalking the trophy fish of your dreams.