St. Pete is home to many different fishing experiences, all of which include plenty of opportunities to enjoy some incredible fishing in the Florida sun.
Two of the most popular ways to enjoy time on the water are inshore fishing and nearshore fishing, each with different characteristics.
Inshore vs. Nearshore Fishing
Explore the differences between the two below to uncover the best choice for your next trip.
Inshore Fishing in St. Pete
Saltwater inshore fishing targets mostly shallow-water habitats in close proximity to shore (usually within a few miles), including bays, channels, passes, estuaries, oyster bars, mangrove lines, and flats. Inshore waters are typically protected from ocean surf and include some wind protection.
Inshore waters in St. Pete are teeming with numerous species of fish. Among the most common are:
- Black Drum
Travel time by boat to inshore fishing spots is short and happens in calmer water compared to a nearshore trip ride. Additionally, abundant wildlife provides a more visually stimulating experience than nearshore trips.
St. Pete Nearshore Fishing
Nearshore fishing in St. Pete generally includes waters within 8 or 9 miles from shore and within sight of land. Nearshore fishing focuses on more open water habitats with an emphasis on underwater structures not visible to the naked eye.
Nearshore waters off of St. Pete are loaded with diversity. Some of the most popular species include:
- Spanish Mackerel
Boat trips to nearshore fishing spots take slightly longer than inshore trips but come with some added benefits. Nearshore fishing affords anglers the chance to catch some species not found inshore and may result in higher catch rates with bigger fish. The action is fast and furious for nearshore species in St. Pete, providing anglers with ample opportunities to catch a memory.
We Have You Covered!
Whether you’re looking for a nearshore trip or an inshore fishing excursion, Non-Stop Fishing Charters is the perfect charter service for your next St. Pete adventure.
Capt. Kevin has been a charter captain for over 20 years, giving him a wealth of experience and knowledge on gulf coast waters.
Choosing between a day of nearshore fishing or an inshore trip can be difficult. The best solution is to do BOTH! If you’re looking for the premier saltwater guide service that provides the best inshore and nearshore fishing charters in St. Pete, look no further. Non-Stop Fishing Charters has you covered.