Laurels
Best Fishing
Guides
in Tampa
2017

Why These Fishing Guides?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored fishing guides on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best fishing guides in Tampa, FL.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

2 Shea Charters

2 Shea Charters, founded in Clearwater in 2005, is a fishing charter that leads passengers on fishing journeys in Tampa Bay. Since its inception, the company has grown to operate three boats. In addition to its 42-foot Dorado luxury sports boat, 2 Shea Charters has a 24-foot Southport and a 31-foot Island Hopper. Captain TJ, the business's founder, has been fishing and diving in the Gulf of Mexico since he was five years old. He leads a team of highly experienced and qualified captains who can guide fishers of any age and experience level.

Clearwater, FL(813) 385-2169

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A-Wake N' Drag Fishing Charters

Leading the team at A-Wake N' Drag Fishing Charters is Captain Greg Doherty, a full-time fishing guide who has been serving local clients for over a decade. Sailing on the Gulf of Mexico, Mr. Doherty has caught a tremendous array of fish species, including snook, redfish, trout, flounder, black drums, cobia, snapper, grouper, kingfish, Spanish mackerel, and tarpon. Clients speak highly of Captain Greg for his formidable knowledge of the best local fishing spots, as well as his patient, easygoing attitude.

Tampa, FL(727) 871-8822

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Above Average Fishing Charters

Above Average Fishing Charters, in Clearwater Beach, provides local fishers of any age and skill level with half-day and all-day fishing trip options. Fishing charters leave at seven in the morning, while afternoon trips and shark expeditions depart at noon. All fishing licenses, permits, bait, tackle, and rods are included with the charter package. Above Average Fishing Charters operates two boats, and both feature electronic navigation systems as well as restrooms.

Clearwater Beach, FL(727) 365-7931

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Bounty Hunter Florida Sport Fishing Charters & Guide Service Inc.

Bounty Hunter Florida Sport Fishing Charters & Guide Service Inc., in Clearwater, gives fishing charter services to Tampa Metro area clients. Light tackle and fly fishing options are available, and the company's owner and Captain, Robert McCue, will take passengers through Tampa Bay and other waters in the area. Members of the Bounty Hunter Florida Sport Fishing Charters & Guide Service Inc. have broken Eight International Game Fish Association World Records. Mr. McCue has been featured in National Geographic for providing one of the nation's "Top 100 Outdoor Adventures."

Clearwater, FL(727) 461-4882

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Clearwater Fishing Charters, LLC

Captain Brian Mathey is the owner and operator of Clearwater Fishing Charters, LLC, a Palm Harbor fishing charter service launching from all over North Pinellas County. Mr. Mathey pilots a 22-foot vessel with plenty of dry storage and three "live wells," stocked with plentiful live bait. He is a lifelong resident of the Tampa Bay area who received his Captain's license in 2005 and has been taking clients fishing ever since.

Palm Harbor, FL(727) 667-8291

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Daisy Mae Fishing Co.

Daisy Mae Fishing Co., located in Clearwater, operates a 45-foot boat that is certified to carry as many as six passengers. The boat has central heating and air-conditioning systems, luxurious living and sleeping accommodations, a differential GPS system, a satellite phone, and other amenities to ensure clients' comfort and safety. The team at Daisy Mae Fishing Co. leads deep sea fishing expeditions on the Gulf of Mexico, during which passengers can catch offshore species such as kingfish, cobia, tuna, amberjack, Spanish mackerel, and mahi-mahi.

Clearwater, FL(727) 442-1502

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Dos Hombres - John's Pass Fishing Charters

Dos Hombres - John's Pass Fishing Charters, in Madeira Beach, is a Tampa Metro area fishing charter service. The boat is 30 feet long and 12 feet wide, made in 2000 by Island Hopper. It cruises at 23 knots and includes spacious seating, under a large canvas top that protects passengers from the sun. Captain Anthony and his team win high praise from past clients for their friendly attitudes and their familiarity with the best fishing spots.

Madeira Beach, FL(727) 580-6531

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Fintastic Fishing Charters

Fintastic Fishing Charters is a Madeira Beach company that leads Tampa area passengers on offshore fishing expeditions. The company's vessel, which is 34 feet long, meets or exceeds each of the Coast Guard's safety standards. It is equipped with type-one life jackets, a raft, an electronic monitoring system, a first-aid kit, and a satellite telephone, among other safety features. Interested potential clients may quickly schedule an appointment through the company's online scheduling system.

Madeira Beach, FL(727) 642-3411

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FishTaxi Charters

Captain Ryan, who leads FishTaxi Charters, is a Coast Guard licensed fishing charter expert, with more than 25 years of experience leading passengers on charter trips. He can help clients catch red snapper, kingfish, grouper, mackerel, amberjack, and mahi-mahi, among other species. Customers may select from full-day trips, of eight hours, or half-day trips, of five or six hours. Especially dedicated fishing enthusiasts may be interested in FishTaxi Charter's 10-hour extended trips.

Indian Shores, FL(727) 410-0021

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Gulfstream II Fishing Charters

The family-owned Gulfstream II Fishing Charters, based in Clearwater, has been leading Tampa Metro area clients on fishing expeditions since 1974. The fleet includes three vessels, including the business' namesake, the Gulfstream II, a U.S. Coast Guard-inspected boat that can carry up to 22 people, as well as the Gulfstream, which can carry as many as a dozen people. The third vessel, the Wizard, is 35 feet long and certified to carry smaller groups, of six people or fewer.

Clearwater, FL(727) 442-6339

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Inshore 2 Offshore Fishing Adventures

Inshore 2 Offshore Fishing Adventures, based in Ruskin, leads locals on fishing trips to catch native species such as redfish, snook, and tarpon. Service options include four, six, and eight-hour trips, in addition to a five-hour option, at a discounted price, exclusively for active and retired members of the military. Captain Sean Goddard takes his passengers on journeys through Cockroach Bay, Piney Point, Bishops Harbor, and the shore reefs of Tampa Bay.

Ruskin, FL(813) 731-3426

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InShore Tampa Bay Fishing Charters

InShore Tampa Bay Fishing Charters, centered in St. Petersburg, is a fishing charter company serving clients from all over the area. Customers who sign up for InShore Tampa Bay Fishing Charters will receive, included in the price of the package, Florida State fishing licenses, rod and reel set-ups, live and artificial baits, and safety equipment. Captain Lee Blick is a native Floridian, who grew up fishing in Tampa Bay.

St. Pete Beach, FL(727) 867-2585

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Non Stop Fishing Charters

Non Stop Fishing Charters is a St. Pete Beach fishing charter service providing separate service packages for catching tarpon, snook, redfish, and trout. Additionally, the company offers families a "Take the Kids Fishing" option. Captain Kevin Walton is a sixth-generation Floridian with considerable experience in back-country fishing, flats fishing, and beach fishing. He earned his license in 2001 and has since then been running charters with fishers of all ages and experience levels.

St. Pete Beach, FL(727) 638-0975

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Offshore Hustler Fishing Charters

Offshore Hustler Fishing Charters, located in St. Petersburg, is a fishing charter service that specializes in light-tackle and heavy tackle fishing. Expeditions are suitable for people of all skill levels, from novices to advanced anglers. Staff members at Offshore Hustler Fishing Adventures specialize not just in leading the voyage, but in teaching aspiring anglers how to fish.

St. Pete Beach, FL(727) 647-3783

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Saltwater Hook Up

Saltwater Hook Up is a saltwater fishing charter providing trips all throughout the waters of Boca Grande and Great Tampa Bay. Saltwater Hook Up's captain, Rich Andretta, specializes in trophy fishing in both inshore and offshore waters. Captain Rich is happy to help teach novices and to support experienced anglers. Saltwater Hook Up's boat is a custom 25- foot Marauder Marine Avenger Bay boat, well known for its stability and room, making it ideal for anglers of all ages, from children to seniors.

Tampa, FL(813) 503-6761

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Spanish Sardine Fishing Charters

Spanish Sardine Fishing Charters is a St. Petersburg-based fishing guide service, providing Tampa Bay fishers with an in-shore fishing experience, during which they can catch trout, snook, sheepshead, flounders, redfish, and sharks. Spanish Sardine Fishing Charters also leads offshore fishing expeditions. The Spanish Sardine, the company's boat, is 24 feet long and includes a 250 HP Yamaha Outboard. Interested clients can go to the company's slip at O'Neill's Marina, or they can request a pick-up anywhere in Tampa Bay.

St. Pete Beach, FL(727) 768-5564

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Swift Fish Charters

Swift Fish Charters is a Tampa business that gives fishing guide services to local clients. Tim Whitfield, the company's owner and Captain, is a third-generation Floridian, who grew up fishing in ponds, lakes, and creeks in Pasco County before moving onto the flats of Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay. He has been writing articles for the publication Onshore Offshore for over nine years.

Tampa, FL(813) 714-0889

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Tampa Bay Inshore Fishing Charters

Tampa Bay Inshore Fishing Charters is a Tampa fishing guide service, providing people in the area with inshore fishing experiences. Captain Scott Keith is a licensed charter captain and a member of the Florida Guides Association. With passengers of all ages and skill levels, Mr. Keith can lead expeditions on Tampa Bay's waters to catch snook, redfish, trout, tarpon, cobia, and even sharks.

Tampa, FL(813) 760-6735

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Tampa Fishing Charters

Tampa Fishing Charters is a Tampa-based company giving guide services to locals, in the Tampa Flats as well as offshore. Captain Brandon Henley will lead passengers on a voyage through Tampa Bay's shallow waters, to catch gamefish such as tarpon, snook, redfish, and trout. Customers can expect to see a variety of aquatic wildlife, including dolphins, turtles, and manatees.

Tampa, FL(305) 340-9863

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Tampa Fishing Charters, Inc.

Tampa Fishing Charters, Inc., located in Tampa, is the fishing charter service of Captain Oliver O'Riordan. In 2016, the business won a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Mr. O'Riordan, who owns and leads the company, is an expert inshore fishing guide who has extensive experience navigating the waters of Tampa Bay and its estuaries. Tampa Fishing Charters, Inc. operates from three locations, covering virtually the entirety of Tampa Bay.

Tampa, FL(813) 245-4738

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Tampa Flats and Bay Fishing Charters

Tampa Flats and Bay Fishing Charters, based in Tampa, provides people from the area with in-shore and offshore fishing experiences. The company includes a single captain, Steve Betz, who spends more than 200 days per year navigating the Tampa Bay's waters. Mr. Betz, who has been saltwaterfishing for over three decades, earns praise from passengers for providing fishers of all ages and skill levels with a fun, rewarding experience.

Tampa, FL(813) 727-8843

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