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Max guests: 6
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A trip to Florida’s west coast wouldn’t be complete without a stop in Indian Rocks Beach. Located just south of Clearwater and west of St. Petersburg, this city on the barrier island provides anglers of all ages a chance to reel in brag-worthy fish.
Inshore, mangrove estuaries and wetlands make for prime snook and sheepshead fishing. When the season’s right, some of the most sought-after tarpon fishing in the state can be found in Indian Rocks Beach. Offshore anglers can expect some serious fights in the Gulf of Mexico drifting over wrecks and reefs for grouper, snapper, and cobia or by running into the deep water for tuna, mahi, and king mackerel.
With 27 beach access points, numerous restaurants, boutiques, and year-round community festivals in places like Kolb Park, there are plenty of things to do in Indian Rocks Beach. Take a stroll down any of the boardwalks in Indian Rocks Beach Nature Preserve or rent a kayak for a day on the Intracoastal Waterway. You don’t have to fish to have a good time here. Although, it’d be more memorable if you did.
Indian Rocks Beach is situated on a barrier island between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico, this unique ecosystem equals prime fishing. Mangrove estuaries and wetlands are home to sheepshead, snook, mangrove snapper, flounder, sea trout, cobia, and more depending on the season. If you book your trip in the spring and summer, you’re bound to fish a tarpon run that will change your life.
Spring and summer, tarpon season, is an event in Indian Rocks Beach. These catch and release “silver kings” can reach up to 280 lbs. Sight fishing is a lot of fun and can be achieved with pinfish, sardines, threadfin herring, or crab as bait. If you’re looking to reach expert level, talk to your Indian Rocks Beach charter captain about hooking one of these on a fly. Depending on the time of year, time of day, and water conditions, they’ll be able to set you up for success.
Tampa Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway are prime for other inshore species as well. Bring your kids along any time of year for a nice day of light tackle targeting the abundant schools of sheepshead and black drum. Using shrimp, crab, or pinfish, you’ll hook into a number of good “eatin” fish like flounder from the bottom and snook, redfish, and cobia on the flats. The beauty of Indian Rocks Beach is that you never know what you may catch, but you’ll always have a good time.
A trip into the glittering waters of the Gulf of Mexico out of Indian Rocks Beach is a trip for the books.The Gulf is a diverse habitat full of life. Migrations draw in large species like tuna and sailfish. These cycles keep reef fish like snapper, grouper, and hogfish fat and happy. With wrecks, reefs, and deep blue waters to venture into, there’s no telling how many species of fish you’ll reel in.
This region is full of shipwrecks as well as natural and artificial reefs which translates into a habitat that attracts and breeds several species of grouper. Dropping weighted bait like threadfin, pinfish, or squid while drift fishing will no doubt attract these reef dwellers. Indian Rocks Beach charter captains make sure you’re catching what you can keep and put you on areas that attract these feisty fish.
When you’re looking for sport, find an Indian Rocks Beach fishing charter that targets tuna. They are seasonal, but the reef and wreck system in the Gulf makes for a great feeding ground for the smaller (10-30 lbs) blackfins while the clear, open waters are prime for the larger (40-100 lbs) yellowfin and blackfin tuna. Your Indian Rocks Beach fishing charter will find a flock of birds feeding in the open, set some ballyhoo or other large rigs out, and fast troll to get ahead of the school. Be ready, these fish are some of the quickest in the sea. When one hits, you’re in for the ride of your life. The run is well worth the wait when it comes to targeting big tuna.
You’ll find Indian Rocks Beach a fantastic destination for some unforgettable fishing. Whether you’re looking to get in on some of the best inshore tarpon action in the state, or to bag yourself a tuna in the Gulf, there’s something for everyone in Indian Rocks Beach.
When you’re ready to book, FishAnywhere can match you with the perfect Indian Rocks Beach Fishing Charter. The local captains will help you catch the fish you were looking for and some you never knew you’d hook into.