Tampa Bay area fishing guide. I've lived most of my life in SW FL and love the versatility of fishing Tampa Bay. The flats fishing is excellent for snook, redfish, tripletail and trout while the deeper waters within the bay are home to healthy mangrove snapper and grouper.
Gulf offshore bite is heating up with plenty of kings and blackfin moving in close. King mackerel can be found in Tampa Bay and all around nearshore reefs and schools of baitfish. The blackfin tuna are in as close as the nearshore ship anchorage where several cruise ships are anchored. The ships are a great place to start for kings and blackfin tuna but get there early to beat the crowd. Free lined live bait or trolling ballyhoo rigs is the best bet.