Updated: Nov 9, 2021
Tampa Bay shark fishing is some of the best in the world and easily the best in Florida! While you can find sharks all over Florida’s coasts, the water in Tampa Bay is just something special. The bay is very well known as being a nursery to more than a dozen different species of sharks. Where there are babies, there are momma and daddy sharks. We’ve all heard the song… ( baby shark na na na... ) We have found that the Black Tip, Hammerhead, and Bull sharks are the most common in Tampa Bay, which results in extremely high success rates for our fishing charters. We get asked the question often of “what’s the best time of year to go shark fishing?”. Our answer is simple: 24 hours a day, 364 days a year! For some reason, they leave on Christmas Day…
Although there are always sharks in Tampa Bay, our strategies and fishing locations change with the seasons. Sharks absolutely LOVE warm water, and we use this to our advantage during the colder months. As the water begins to warm up in the summer, the sharks tend to venture to deeper waters such as the channel and the mouth of the bay. Therefore, Tampa Bay’s Egmont Key is famous for producing pictures of 10+ foot Hammerhead sharks in crystal clear water every year!
Another key to our success is the food chain. Knowing where the fish are is critical to shark fishing success. Sharks are predators, so it’s no surprise that they stay where the fish are. That’s why we use the term “got sharked” when a fisherman pulls up half of a fish. As much as a shark loves an easy meal, offering that meal the right way is a tricky balance. Sharks have been on this earth for over 400 million years for a reason, so you must be a skilled fisherman to get their attention.
In conclusion, whether you’re hunting, fishing, or buying a house, it always comes down to LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Shark fishing in Tampa Bay is one-of-a-kind, so when you’re planning your next shark trip, make sure Tampa Bay is at the top of that list. And don’t forget that going with an experienced and knowledgeable captain will ensure that you get the most out of this amazing adventure.