Offshore Vs. Inshore

scene of Egmont Key as we troll by on our 3010 sportcraft
Trolling on our Offshore boat along the coast of Egmont Key

Offshore Fishing

Going offshore on our normal trips means traveling anywhere from 2 to 9 miles. Offshore fishing can also mean "deep sea", "open water" and "Gulf of Mexico". For our offshore trips we run our 31ft offshore boat with a maximum capacity of 6 guests. An offshore trip offers beautiful views of open water and the exciting feeling of adventure!

The type of fishing we do for offshore trips usually depend on the season, in spring and fall we usually troll for Migratory Species like Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Tuna and False Albacore. While the boat travels bait and lures are being tailed behind waiting for a bite.

Bottom fishing is another type of fishing, with this trip you hold a medium weight rod and reel and drop down bait over a reef and wait for a bite. Typical catches are grunts "grey snapper", Black Seabass, Mangrove Snapper, Red Grouper, Gag Grouper, Sand Perch, Sea Robins, Porgy, Pufferfish and Sharks. Bottom fishing is more active than trolling but sizes tend to be much smaller near 1lb to 3lbs, this is a perfect trip for children with active rods and a large variety of reef fish.

A popular trip during the summer is a Shark trip. On this trip we will travel around the bay or offshore, sharks are active anywhere food is. We use heavy rods that usually remain in the rod holders since they do not need to be moved or reeled, the bait will sit until a shark comes along to pick it up. Common sharks caught are Nurse Sharks, Blacktips, Bull Sharks, Sandbar, Spinner and Bonnetheads.

"If you are ready to have a good time, you will have a good time, I'll make sure of it."
Captain Mark

Inshore Fishing

Inshore fishing has many names like flats and backcountry. Inshore trips are aboard our 20ft inshore boat which has a maximum capacity of 4 guests. These types of trips stay very close to shore, travel times as low at 10 minutes from the marina (which means more fishing time!). They provide amazing views of mangrove islands or grass marshlands with an gripping sense of discovery

Casting artificial lures is our most popular trip ran inshore. With casting you hold a very light weight rod and reel and toss the lure to areas surrounding the boat and then lightly jerk the rod as you reel it back, finding the perfect speed and rhythm will present the perfect bite for fish. Typical catches are Seatrout, Ladyfish, Flounder and Lizardfish.

Tarpon is a special trip, it's the great white whale of the inshore! We do get Tarpon in Tampa Bay, not nearly to the extent of South Florida but they do come through for a short time. When fishing for Tarpon bring your patience, waiting to see where the sliver king will be running is the majority of this trip. Since it's easiest to see them is at dawn and dusk so we can run a particularly early or late trip for this target.

Charter guest with a Seatrout
Seatrout is one of our inshore catches
About Your Captain
Captain Mark Lyons holding a shark

Mark Lyons

Easy going, laid back and full of stories. Fishing all his life, nation wide and internationally. 14 years as a Professional USCG Captain, 12 years fishing Tampa Bay

Captain mark lyons holding a barracuda

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