Frequently Asked Questions
The reely important stuff...
What kind of boat will I be fishing from?
The boat is a 23 foot, center console bay boat. This style of boat was designed with fishing in mind. With a spacious layout, the boat can safely and comfortable host up to 5 guest.
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Is there a bathroom on the boat?
No. The boat does not have a built in bathroom.
What should I bring?
The boat will provide all fishing equipment, licensing and will be stocked with ice and bottled water. Sunscreen, food/snacks and any special drinks (alcohol is allowed) should be brought in preparation.
Is there shade?
The boat has a tower which will provide some shade. Keep in mind that UV rays will reflect off the water. Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and a proper long sleeve shirt (light color, breathable material) are recommended.
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Will I get sea sick?
Most of the fishing that we will be partaking in will be inshore - shallower, calmer waters. But if motion sickness is, or ever has been a concern, there are over the counter medicines that can be taken in preparation. If you're questionable about sea sickness it’s better to be safe than sorry!
What kind of fish will I catch?
Tampa Bay and the surrounding coastlines are home to multiple species of fish and sea life. Snook, trout and redfish are the "Big Three" that frequent the backwaters of the bay. Tarpon, kingfish and sharks of all kinds linger off the beaches. Captain Garrett has put in years of time gaining optimal knowledge for the best possible chance at the catch of a lifetime. Whether wanting to land the “trophy fish” or have an action packed day, there is no telling what might bite the hook!
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Fishing Seasons of Tampa Bay
Like most wildlife, the marine species of Tampa Bay very seasonally.
•FALL (September-November) : Large schools of Redfish and Mackerel migrate thru from Louisana, feeding in the waters of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico on their final push down to South Florida for the winter.
•WINTER (December- February) : With the waters a bit colder, the nearshore fish (within 9 miles) begin to accumulate in large quantities. From Grouper and Snapper, to Sheepshead and Hogfish, it’s a great time for a fish fry! Inshore we are targeting Trout, Sheepshead and Jacks while fishing the canals and multiple power plants on windier days when nearshore isn’t a possibility.
•SPRING (March- May) : Depending on the water temperatures, you'll find schools of Redfish and Mackerel following the schools of bait pushing north from the south. The Snook bite will continue to get better as temperatures rise and Tarpon- The Silver King, begin to make their appearance!
•SUMMER (June-August) : Tarpon migration is in full swing and so are the sharks! We are targeting these awesome fish around the beaches, bridges and passes. Massive schools of Hammerheads, Bulls and Black Tipped sharks will lurk around the tarpon schools trying to score an easy meal. If the hunt for the tarpon or sharks seems a bit much there is always Snook, Redfish and Mackerel to target near the passes.
What to wear ...
Landing a trophy fish or getting the days limit is always unforgettable, but so is a gnarly sunburn. Here are some tips to keeping it cool and comfortable this summer.
Shirt: Lightweight, light color, breathable fabric. We suggest long sleeve for additional sun protection.
Shorts: Lightweight, breathable fabric. Board shorts, athletic shorts or something similar is always a good choice.
Bathing Suit: Always a good choice, especially if you may want to hop off the boat for a quick swim.
Hat: Always a good idea to block the sun.
Sunglasses: Polarized sun glasses to protect your eyes, cut the glare and see fish better.
Shoes: Non-skid, rubber soul are recommended. But most important something non- slip and comfortable to stand in and you don't mind getting wet.
Small Bag (for personal items): Small bag, or back pack that closes to keep personal items from getting wet and/or lost. Water proof is suggested, but a zip-lock bag works well too.
A few more suggestions ...
Hand Sanitizer: helps with fishy hands.
Bug Spray: for evening trips and inshore by the mangroves.