I take a lot of calls from all types of people, from all over the world looking to catch different types of fish in Tampa Bay. In my 10 years of being a full time guide in Tampa Bay I have always tried to meet every customers needs and put them on the type of fish they are out to catch. As a person coming to the area and looking to get out and do some fishing, you can have a ton of challenges ahead of you. Finding the right guy for what you are looking to do can be a bit difficult. As most surf the web looking for the right Tampa fishing charter, you will find the task to be a bit more difficult than it seems. I never really realized this until I recently tried to book a resort for a short vacation with the family. I found myself lost and confused an hour into doing my homework. With that being said, I’m going to try and give you a few tips and ideas to use if you are visiting Tampa Bay or St Petersburg and look to hire a fishing charter.
- Always ask questions- Dont be afraid to ask questions about the boat, size, year, engine, etc. You don’t want to be mislead and think you are on a bigger boat and find out different. If you have given a deposit that typically locks you in with that captain. This makes it more difficult o change after the fact
- Make Sure they have the right credentials- License and Insurance are something that every captain should have. Also ask whats included in the charter. Fishing License, Tackle, Fishing cleaning, etc.
- Reviews or Referrals- These are typically available online nowadays and are a great way to see what others have to say about their experience. Dont use this alone, book with a captain that you seem to have good conversation with on the phone. This will carry on the charter and make for a great day on the water.
- Ask if this is a part time or full time job- Fish move from week to week and booking with a full time guide that is out every day with typically make for a better day of catching.
- Pricing- Make sure you understand the charges, deposits, and cancellation terms before giving a deposit. Cancelling a charter is bad for both sides. Prices with most guys are typically right in line and very close. (Cheaper is not always better)
-What to expect- Make sure and get a report of what to expect beforehand. If you book months before this can be difficult but we typically have an idea of what you can expect.
Dont be afraid to let the captain find you another captain if he is booked- We typically network with others and I will only use guides that take pride in a charter and hold the same standards I do.
Fishing on Tampa Bay is a great experience as we have some of the best inshore fishing in the world. Make sure to do the homework mentioned above and I’m sure whomever you book with you will have memories to last a lifetime.
Capt Jason Prieto
August is a busy month as people get ready to get there young ones back in school. This means people tend to put fishing on the back burner, but little do they know this is one of the best times of year to get out. Here are a few reasons why you should get out to do fishing in August.Weather is pretty consistent so you don’t have to worry too much about booking charter and having to reschedule or cancel due to bad weather. In Florida its nice in the morning and rainy in the afternoon this time of year. Second is crowds this time of year are down so you can enjoy a great day of fishing without boats running all over the place. (Even on weekends) Third is that bait is very easy to get in the summer. What this means for you is getting back to the dock by noon yet still have a great day on the water. Typically this time of year if your willing to get an early start we will be back by noon with plenty of fish caught and more than likely fresh lunch. Next I’m sure you wondering what exactly will we be catching?
August offers up a variety of species from Reds on the flats,to Snook on the beaches,but I would have to say our best catch this year would have to be the Mangrove Snapper. Every year in July and August Mangrove Snapper move into Tampa Bay and use all of the artificial reefs, wrecks, bridges, and and other type of structure as their spawning grounds. Snapper range in size from 8 to 20 inches with the minimum size being 10 inches to harvest. They are also a great fish for the table and put up an awesome fight. We typically use the same light tackle spinning gear used on the flats so both novice and experienced anglers will not have a problem.Mangroves are one of the best fighting fish for their sizes since they hang together in big schools you typically catch a bunch of them. Since we are fishing areas in the bay with structure you will catch other species while Snapper fishing. Shark, Flounder, Cobia, and Grouper are just a few of other that will be hanging in these same areas. If Mangroves are not on your list well we are also catching plenty of Reds,Snook and Trout. as we head towards the fall. Remember your never to busy to go fishing. Tight lines.
July offers some great fishing inside Tampa Bay, from Tarpon moving around the outer flats and shoals to Mangrove Snapper invading every wreck and reef. If you book a Tampa fishing charter with us you will find yourself right slap in the middle of some great summer fishing. While temperatures are pretty hot fishing does not slow down. On a Tampa fishing charter this time of year with us you can expect to catch a ton of Mangrove Snapper in the bay, Redfish schooled up on the flats at sun up, Snook running the beaches and passes in search of food, and our resident Tarpon start to move into Tampa Bay. I name of the game is to beat the heat. This means get an early start and get back in time to have a nice Snapper sandwich for lunch. Do hesitate call now 813-727-9890 or just shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org we will put you on the fish!!!!
From: Don & Lucy Arthur
Date: Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 12:46 PM
Subject: Fishing Trip
To: Prieto Jason
I wanted to again thank you for a trip that will be remembered for a long time.
Your hard work, knowledge and fishing skills were very much appreciated by my two sons and me.
In addition to my two tarpon Robert boated two and Ken boated three.
We wish again to thank you and look forward to fishing with you in the future.
May brings some great inshore fishing in the Tampa Bay areas and while just about every species but have to be tops on the list for the months of May and June. Tarpon for the most part are a migratory fish as they move up the gulf coast every year and their stop in the Tampa area this time of year. Tarpon are pound for pound of the best fighting fish in the ocean and sizes range from 50 to 200lbs. Tarpon typically run along the beaches, passes, and bridges that are around Tampa Bay. It’s not uncommon to see those just feet off the beach first thing in the morning as they breach the surface and gulp up oxygen. Tarpon fishing is typically catch and release but is a fish of a lifetime to catch and I promise you will not be disappointed when you battle with the silver king of the bay. If you are interested in scheduling a Tarpon charter or just have some questions about any of our fishing services just shoot us an email at email@example.com or call 813-727-9890
March has ended and April is upon us. This means great fishing and most importantly consistent weather. March is a great month to fish in but with winter still looming you have to deal with some harsh cold fronts and cold weather, April is the month that most of that finally comes to an end. You can expect to to have great weather, calms seas, and great fishing for just about every species that swims in the waters of Tampa Bay. The next question is what fish are biting? Well Ill go ahead and give you a quick run down on what to expect when fishing in Tampa Bay.
Tarpon- season opens at the end of April but the big push of migration fish will start showing up by the thousands in mid May. Typically the Silver King will start running the west cost of Florida looking for Crabs, Threadfin Hearing and many other types of bait that crosses their path. I’m adding Tarpon to the top of the list because if you are planning a trip to Tampa Bay and plan on Targeting Tarpon you need to get your date reserved now. Dates are filling fast for Tarpon season and the demand is always high for Tarpon fishing May. Its as easy as calling us at 813-727-9890 or shoot us an email and we will answer any questions that you might have firstname.lastname@example.org
Snook- fishing is always on the top of every anglers to catch list as they are one of our top targeted species. Snook fishing really kicks off around mid February as fish start to make the transition from the rivers to the flats. March was a great month for Snook and April will be just as good. As the big fish make their transition from the flats they are looking to fatten up to get ready for the summer spawn. This means some great Snook fishing all the way through the summer months. If you have never caught a Snook its something everyone should experience.
Trout- fishing continues to be stellar in April as the big breeders stage up in the beautiful grass flats of Tampa Bay. Look for the bigger fish to hang around Oyster Bars, Sand holes, and Deep cuts with good tidal flow.Trout fishing is great for both the novice and advanced angler. They a great to target with both live and artificial baits and make for a great table fair. Trout fishing is good for all anglers and everyone should get out and try it.
Red fish- Is another species that tops the list for April. While March fishing is great most other inshore species Red fish can be hit or miss. April is a different story. The mullet run begins in April and along with the mullet come big schools of Reds milling the flats in search of all types of crustaceans that roam the flats. Reds can be a blast to target as they typically run in huge schools this time of year. You can expect to have some great rod bending action in Tampa Bay. If you are looking for some great fishing you have come to the right place. One call gets you set for a trip of a lifetime 813-727-9890 or email us at email@example.com.
While most of the country is covered in snow, Tampa Bay is seeing temperatures in the mid 70’s. With such great weather and so many things to do Tampa makes for a great place to take your Spring vacation. You can plan to see one of the many spring training games happening around the bay area, check out the awesome theme parks, and best of all get out and doing some fishing with Steady Action Fishing Charters on Tampa Bay. As for fishing, it doesn’t get any better than right now on the flats as Snook, Redfish, and Trout start to move onto the flats. Fishing is very productive and consistant with non stop light tackle action. Wheather you’re a novice or expert fisherman we can help you catch that trophy fish you have been dreaming about. Just give us a call at 813-727-9890 and we will answer any questions that you might have.
If you like mild weather and sunny days mixed with some great fishing then Tampa Bay is the place for you. While most of the country is shoveling snow and ice we have been catching nice Trout, Redfish, and Cobia this time of year. Although we do get some cold days they typically don’t hang around and temperatures quickly climb back into the mid 70s and fishing picks right back up. It’s a great time to visit Tampa and book a charter.
Trout is our highlighted species this time of year with just about every grass flat holding tons of Trout. On charters we are targeting Sea Trout with Zman soft plastic artificial baits. If you are a novice and have always wanted to throw artificial baits then Trout is a great fish to target. You will catch a ton of fish without having to be very technical. We are also having a good bit of success using live shrimp suspended under a Cajun Thunder float. Both have been very successful tactics when fishing for Trout.
Redfish is also a good species to target this time of year and while most of a bit smaller catching Reds on artificial baits is an awesome experience. With water clarity being great this time of year sight cast for Reds on the flats as small schools of fish move into the potholes around the back country. If water temperatures are lower from a passing cold front then we might opt to using a free lined live shrimp. This is also a great technique for reds as they are naturally bottom feeders. Cooler water temperatures make redfish fight that much harder.
Sheep head (AKA Convict fish) is another species that is a great fish to catch. They are also one of the most overlooked fish but they should not be as they are one of the best fighting and tasting inshore fish. Using #1 Daiichi circle hook tipped with a small shrimp will be the best way to catch Sheep head. They are structure oriented fish so any type of wreck or rocky ledge will be holding the big breeders. You will have a blast catching Sheep head.
If you are visiting the Tampa area for the winter and would like to get out and do some fishing, give us a call at 813-727-9890 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org I promise you it will be worth the trip. Tight Lines!
Well it’s the end of the year and everyone is busy with shopping for Christmas, cooking for Thanksgiving, or Traveling to see relatives. While schedules can be pushed for time remembers you always have to make a little time for fishing. I promise you that if you can set some time aside to book a fishing charter in Tampa Bay, it will be worth your while. Here is a little sneak peak of what you can expect when you get out with Steady Action Fishing Charters.
November and December offer some of the best light tackle inshore fishing Tampa Bay has to offer and is only minutes from the dock. This means lots of fishing and very little riding. Snook are really starting to rebound from the 2010 fish kill and we are catching plenty of BIG fish as they migrate towards the rivers to prepare for the heart of winter. Light tackle spinning gear is our tackle do choice which means most anybody from novice to expert can fish.
Trout and Redfish also continue to be great this time of year. Just about every flat on Tampa Bay holds good numbers of both species and are a blast to catch. Most targeted areas are the miles of mangroves that filter Tampa Bay. These areas are like a nursery for most of our Game fish in the area and make for some great fishing. If you are in the area for the holidays or just a local needing a break from your fast pace daily activities then you need to get out and enjoy some of the best fishing of the year. It’s an email or phone call away. 813-727-9890 or email@example.com.
Captain Jason Prieto
Tempatures have dropped into the 70s and fishing has been abosolutly outstanding. If you are looking to get out and enjoy some of the best inshore fishing Tampa Bay has to offer no other time is better. On a day out on the water in Tampa Bay you can catch plenty of Snook,Redfish, and Trout just about every day this time of year as most of the gamefish move into the shallow water. This time of the year is a great time to fish the flats as fish feed frequently before our winter approaches. Most fishing is done in water depths of 2 foot or less and we mostly use light tackle spinning gear. This means that you can have a get day on the water and catch fish no matter what your angling level is. If you are considering a trip into the Tampa area, you definitly need to do a Tampa fishing charter while you are in town. It is as easy as a phone call at 813-727-9890 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Its time to get you out and do some fishing.