Everyone should believe in something; I believe I’ll go fishing
– Henry David Thoreau
Take your pick – trolling offshore for a speed-demon wahoo, manhandling a monster amberjack off a deep wreck, or stalking snook and redfish in the quiet backwaters of Tampa Bay. Fishing from the beach, piers and party fishing boat charters also are easy ways for the novice to get into the action. Seldom a day goes by when an angler gets skunked fishing these waters. This is West Coast fishing at its best.
Here is just a snapshot of some of the record fish caught in our West Coast waters. The Men’s 16# Tippet record for Tarpon was set in Homosassa at 190 lbs 9 oz; and the 20# record at Chassahowitza at 202 lbs 6 oz. A monster 109 lb 12 oz Cubera Snapper was taken on 50# line off Madeira beach, and a record Mutton Snapper weighed in at 28 lbs 3 oz on 30# line. In 2003, a 62 lb 6 oz Gag Grouper was taken off the coast. Are you ready to set a new record?
Let our experts at the Guy Harvey Outfitter connect you with one of the local offshore or inshore fishing guides to put you and your crew on the fish. To learn more about our “go-to” sport-fishing captains for a great day on the water, call the Guy Harvey Outfitter Shop at 855.GH.OUTFITTER or 727-329-1408.
You can also find Captain Tim, our Master Outfitter and resident angler, at the Guy Harvey Outfitter shop. For over 15 years, Captain Tim has been assisting guest anglers of all skill levels in getting the most out of their time on the water. The Tampa Bay fishery is world class. When it comes to knowing the area’s best fishing spots, or hearing about the hot bite, stop by the Guy Harvey Outfitter Shop and meet Captain Tim and his world class Outfitter staff. Whether it’s for guidance, gear, or just plain old fish tales, the Outfitter has you covered.
To help you plan your next fishing adventure here on the Gulf Coast, be sure to review the fishing calendar for the Gulf of Mexico. It helps to confirm the likelihood your record fish is actually going to be in the area when you are, and if you’re charter fishing with a guide, it gives you something to talk about that just might impress the captain! To view the chart, click here.
No life is so happy and so pleasant as the life of the well-govern’d angler.
– Izaak Walton
We at Guy Harvey Outpost take fishing regulations seriously. We’re committed to conservation and hope you are as well. It’s important to know and respect the local fishing regulations.
At best, it’s good sportsmanship. At worst, being unfamiliar is a prescription for fines and penalties. Sadly, for some anglers fishing restrictions are for others to worry about. Such attitudes quickly result in an unsustainable fishery. So we ask all our anglers to be good sportsmen and conservationists, and respect the regulations.
If you are planning a charter fishing trip, you likely don’t need a fishing license, as the boat’s licensee will automatically apply to charter guests. Nevertheless, it pays to inquire. For further information on the need for a license, click here.
Lots of species means lots of differing regulations on open and closed seasons, slot limits, bag limits and the like. For the most current info from the Florida Wildlife Commission, click here. For a quick link to the July, 2012 regulations, click here.
We must all do our small part in protecting the fisheries for both our lil guys and future generations to come. Now let’s go fishin’!
Most of the world is covered by water. A fisherman’s job is simple: Pick out the best parts.
– Charles Waterman
Fishing is our DNA. For us, a good bedtime read is the IGFA World Record Book, peppering our dreams with thoughts of our own world record. There’s a lot of water in Tampa Bay, and even more in the Gulf of Mexico. Don’t waste your valuable time trying to find that perfect spot…that special wreck, or that secret honey-hole.
At the Outpost Tampa Bay, we know the fishery and the top-of-class guides who put you on the fish. Catching the fish is your job, finding the fish is theirs! Whether its inshore, offshore or flyfishing, we’ve teamed up with some of the best fishing guides in the region. Read more about them below! Tight lines and good fishing!
Tampa Bay is world renowned for some of the best light tackle inshore fishing. This region includes the pristine flats of the various bays making up the greater Tampa Bay, along with deep channel cuts leading into the Port of Tampa. Tarpon, the “Silver King”, are plentiful in Tampa Bay. They are often over 100 pounds and occasionally topping 200 pounds – a real thrill on light pound test line. The intracoastal waters of St. Petersburg, Clearwater and up to Tarpon Springs add to your potential catch of spotted seatrout, redfish, snook, pompano, Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, and grouper. A few fights with a jack, ladyfish or gafftopsail catfish keeps the day lively. The mild climate provides for favorable fishing conditions year round.
Half-day trips are 4 or 6 hours and full-day trips are 8 hours. If you’d like to join Captain Mike on an inshore fishing trip call the Guy Harvey Outfitter Shop at 855.GH.OUTFITTER.
Captain Mike Anderson
Born and raised in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on June 9, 1968, Captain Mike was introduced to the wonders of the great outdoors and the simple joy of fishing at a very young age. Reared in a family of fishing enthusiasts, Mike joined his father and uncle on a regular basis throughout his childhood, as they would cast for walleye, muskie and perch.
Captain Mike has been fishing the Tampa Bay area since 1990. In early 2000, Captain Mike began Thunderbay Charters Service and is currently fishing approximately 150+ days a year. Captain Mike is a professional tournament fisherman, and competes on the Ranger/Mercury Redfish Tour and Southern Redfish Trail. Captain Mike is also contributor to a number of charitable organizations including Boys & Girls Club of Tampa, Children’s Miracle Network and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
Tampa Bay’s warm weather and warm waters make it a mecca for fishing enthusiasts year-round, with different species heating up the action seasonally. Kingfish make their run through the area just off the beaches twice a year, and you never know when a stray wahoo may hit that trolling line. Grouper, snapper, permit and amberjack love to hang around the hard bottom of artificial reefs and wrecks, and you can usually pick up an early morning cobia around one of the buoys or markers. If you’re ready for a rod bending, adrenaline pumping experience, then get on board for the ultimate offshore fishing trip.
If you plan on making fishing part of your adventure, call early if you’d like to join Captain Harry Connor or Captain Jesse Mayer on an offshore fishing trip. Reservations for charters and the party boat Miss Pass-A-Grill can be made at the Guy Harvey Outfitter Shop at 855.GH.OUTFITTER.
Captain Harry Connor
Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Captain Harry has spent most of his life either on the water or in the woods. “My dad would take us everywhere as soon as we were ready, which for me was 3 years old. It didn’t matter if it meant chasing grouper and kingfish off the west coast of Florida or sailfish, dolphin and lobster in the Florida Keys, we were always enjoying the great outdoors.
After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi and 18 years of corporate life, Harry started a full time charter business in 2005, Hook Em Harry Charters. Captain Harry has quickly become one of the most requested charter captains in the area.
The “Hook em Harry” is a custom built 26 foot Calcutta cat boat. This is the most comfortable, stable and roomy guide boat in its class. Whether heading offshore for a day of drag screaming action or running the skinny flats inshore, this boat will make you feel as though you never left the dock.
Beginners and pros, young and old, women and children everyone has a great time fishing with Capt. Harry. Harry truly enjoys sharing his experiences and love for the water. He takes people catching, not just fishing.
Captain Jesse Mayer
Captain Jesse James Mayer is a second generation captain born in Key West FL. He has spent his whole life on and around Florida waters. His boat, a twin engine Conch27 center console is set up for some serious fishing. This long range boat will get you out to your destination quickly with a stable dry ride. Captain Mayer focusses on reef and wreck fishing with the use of live baits, light tackle, and plenty of chum. Some of the species caught may include Grouper, Snapper, Amberjacks and tunas..along with kingfish, barracudas, and sharks.
Captain Mayer is also an avid tournament angler, winning and placing in such tournaments as the Mike Alstott Offshore Tournament, and local Kingfish tournaments. He has made a few appearances on local televisions shows including Reel Animals with captains Billy Nobles and Mike Anderson, and Hooked on Fishing with Captain Bill Miller. Determined and consistent, Captain Jesse will make sure you have a great day on the water!
Miss Pass-A-Grille Group Charter
If you enjoy fishing with a group, Miss Pass-A-Grille can help. Miss Pass-A-Grille is a 51 foot open deck fishing machine, complete with an air-conditioned cabin for comfort on warm summer days. If you’re ready to catch Red Grouper, Gag Grouper, Triggerfish, Sea Bass, Mangrove Snapper, or Gray Snapper, and want to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow anglers, this is the trip to book. Half-day and full-day trips are available.
If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is high church.
– Tom Brokaw
Tampa Bay is the largest open-water estuary in Florida – and that fellow anglers, makes for awesome fishing!. Fresh water from four main rivers flows into Tampa Bay, creating a rich habitat for a variety of animals. From sight fishing on grass flats for spotted trout to channel cuts for reds, you’ll find fish just waiting to take your fly, and the tarpon fishing is nothing short of phenomenal.
If you’d like to join C.A. Richardson for an inshore light-tackle experience, call the Guy Harvey Outfitter Shop at 855.GH.OUTFITTER.
Captain C.A. Richardson
Capt. C.A. Richardson has lived and fished in Tampa Bay for over forty years where he honed his fly & light tackle angling skills on the beaches and inshore flats of his home waters. He’s also a seasoned professional angler who’s competed from North Carolina all away around the Gulf coast to South Texas in the ESPN Redfish Cup, PTTS, & FLW Redfish Series. In 2001, he started his popular “Flats Class” inshore fishing school to compliment his emerging Flats Class Charter business. This popular inshore fishing school still travels around the southeast educating anglers today through C.A.’s unique power-point presentation and varied experience as a long-time guide and former competitive touring angler.
A few years later in 2007, Flats Class TV debuted on the national outdoor networks scene with the help of Forrest Fox Productions & accomplished camera pro Dan Larson. Flats Class TV was an instant hit with anglers eager to learn lessons from the pros and improve their angling skill! Since the unveiling of Flats Class TV six years ago, it has been nominated multiple times for “Best Saltwater TV Series” and has won two outdoor television industry awards. In addition to being recognized as the consumate host of FCTV, C.A. has gained the reputation over the years as the “inshore guide and fishing coach” to hire when it comes to light tackle & fly techniques. In fact, he still spends over 200 days a year guiding clients to trophy fish and filming episodes of Flats Class TV!
Capt. C.A. Richardson is proud to be a member of 6 national pro-staff teams and is a Hell’s Bay Boatworks endorsed guide for west central Florida.