When looking for epic battles with offshore quality fish off St. Pete Beach, many times you have to look no further than the nearshore zone.
Nearshore fisheries are much what they sound like, near-the-shore. But that is a matter of perspective, you will not be physically right off the shore, but the shoreline will stay within viewable distance with the naked eye. It is the zone between inshore and offshore.
This area puts you in waters around 30-40 feet deep. Off St. Pete Beach, this puts you in an area of stellar fishing, without the hours of boating involved to head deep offshore.
Species To Target In The Nearshore
When you fish this zone off St. Pete Beach, you will find that there are numerous species to target. These may change through seasons, but epic battles with big fish and cooler filling go hand in hand out here.
Kingfish may be one of the top prizes out here. Namely a Spring of Fall species, this pelagic beast will hit hard and run fast. After it smokes your drag, you can smoke it back – on the grill. Its smaller cousin, the Spanish mackerel can also be found out here.
Gag grouper and snapper can be targeted out here as well. Those Gag Grouper will put your arms and gear to the test, but will also provide you with amazing memories and put on a stellar performance in your belly.
Rarer, but also available, this area can produce big cobia, barracuda, and even permit.
You also might find huge schools of tarpon during the year;y migration out here as well.
Join Us For A Nearshore Fishing Charter
Fall (right now) or most any time of the year is a great time to head to the nearshore fishery. Captain Kevin has been guiding in this area for decades and has the wisdom, gear, and boat to get you on the trip of a lifetime.
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