Sharks are among the most beautiful fish in all of the oceans, and they have been around for millions of years. The shark’s strength and ferocity make them a predator of sea creatures. However, anglers at Salty Knots Fishing Charters can take on sharks. There are sharks in all oceans, but the Gulf of Mexico off Tampa and St. Petersburg is the best place to hunt them. Salty Knots’ shark fishing charters encourage anglers to capture and release these magnificent creatures. While the warmer months are best for looking for sharks in our area, it is not unusual for a shark or grouper to take our bait while fishing in deeper waters during the winter months.
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Our charter uses chum, chum, and more chum when fishing for sharks. Sharks love this stuff! You will need heavy fishing gear to catch sharks. Sharks are fond of large, bloody baits. Anglers receive heavy, broomstick-shaped fishing rods and a large, open-faced reel with at least 130lb. You can still hook a shark with your main line, but you can also bring it to the boat using a lighter tackle. Our guests are not uncommon to catch sharks on any of the charters.
There are so many fish to catch, and so little time. Other fish can also be caught on your shark fishing charter. We often catch other fish than sharks on our charters in Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg. Other species can be caught, such as:
- Goliath Grouper (aka Jewfish)
Night Shark Fishing on Salty Knots Fishing Charters
Salty Knots Fishing Charters is often asked this question. However, we found that sharks enjoy hunting and eating during the day just as much as at night. Our shark charters usually go out during daylight hours to catch sharks and other species. Salty Knots Fishing Charters do shark fishing at different depths and distances from shore. Although this is not something that vacationers or beach-goers like to hear, some of the larger sharks can be found right off the coast. You will not find other species of sharks below 100 feet.
The following sharks are common in the Gulf of Mexico waters and the Tampa Bay area:
- Nurse Shark
- Black Tip Shark
- Lemon Shark
- Bull Shark
- Mako Shark
- Tiger Shark
When Is the Best Time to Charter a St. Petersburg Shark Fishing Boat?
Our popular shark fishing charters are available at night and day. The action is in season all year around Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Your group will have its own shark fishing charter. It’s suitable for all skill levels and ages. The average shark fishing trip takes between 4 and 6 hours. Each trip can be customized to your needs. Our shark fishing boats have state-of-the-art safety equipment and electronics to make sure you don’t just find sharks but also enjoy a memorable and safe trip.
What Kind of Bait Will the Captain Use?
The good news is that sharks will eat any bait, and the more unpleasant it smells, the better. Dead or live bait could include mullet, ladyfish, bonita, blue runners, carcasses of filleted fish, old smelly food, pork, poultry, and everything in-between.
Where Can We Find Sharks?
Your captain can offer you a variety of options depending on what type of sharks are being hunted. These include shallow water sight fishing, areas near the Gulf of Mexico beach, the Sunshine Skyway bridge, and ledges via shipping channels. Also, there may be areas around Fort Desoto Park and Egmont Key.
Salty Knots Fishing Charters offers convenient pickup points throughout the Tampa Bay region, including Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Tampa.
Shark Fishing With Salty Knots
There are plenty of sharks just off St. Petersburg, FL. To book a fishing trip and catch some amazing sharks, contact Capt Avery Hughes and the Salty Knots Fishing Team!
Make memories that will last a lifetime by booking your St. Petersburg Shark fishing trip today. You will be world-famous if you catch Old Hitler. Contact us now!