Most Tampa Bay fishing charters operate off the West Coast along the Gulf of Mexico from St Petersburg to Tarpon Springs. There are several options for fishing in Tampa Bay that include private charter boats and head boat fishing trips.

Fishing on these boats out in the gulf is an authentic, Florida experience perfect for the adventurous or sport-loving types in the family.  Trips usually range from four to 34-hour overnight trips so there's typically an amount of time that can accommodate everyone.  Here are five great options for fishing out in the gulf...

Dolphin Landings Charter Boat - St Pete Beach - Operating since 1972, Dolphin Landing's is pretty much an all-in-one charter boat center.  Offering sailing trips, hospitality cruises, and, of course, fishing trips, Dolphin Landings can accommodate parties large and small for almost any occasion.  Fishing options include deep sea charter boat fishing, offshore sport fishing, and backbay fishing in the shallow water areas of Tampa Bay.

Blue Fin Deep Sea Fishing - Tarpon Springs - Blue Fin claims to offer some of the most exciting and successful fishing in the Tampa Bay area.  Hop on the 65-foot Bluefin deep sea fishing boat and enjoy your ride on this big, stable behemoth even in the choppiest of ocean waters.  Trips with Blue Fin are typically on the longer side ranging from 8 1/2 to 48 hour trips during the summer.

Hubbard's Marina - Madeira Beach - Hubbard's Marina boasts a 3-boat fleet that provide a wide range of services from deep sea fishing to snorkeling and dolphin-watching trips.  An all-day trip (7a.m. - 5 p.m.) is perfect for anyone looking to catch a big one miles out on the gulf.  Typical catches include Grouper, Amberjack, Sea Bass, Triggerfish, Red Snapper, and Gray Snapper.  Half day trips (8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.) are also available as well as private charters, shark trips, 12-hour trips, and much more.

Double Eagle Deep Sea Fishing - Clearwater Beach - Double Eagle regularly offers half day (8 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 5p.m.) and full day (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) deep sea fishing trips as well as larger, seasonal 12 and 14-hour trips, and 24 and 34 hour overnight trips.  Their knowledgeable crew are always willing to help novice and advanced fishers alike.  Private charters for you and yours are also available from 9 to 14 hours.

Simply Hooked Fishing Charters - Indian Rocks Beach - Simply Hooked is a fishing charter best suited for groups of friends, family, or whomever you decide to bring with.  Their 32-foot boat can accommodate parties up to 6 and offers half, 3/4, full, and extended day trips.

Equipment and bait are provided with all these trips so you won't have to worry about lugging all your gear along.  Pick one, get out there, and fish the gulf in style.  Good luck!