SPANISH SARDINE FISHING CHARTERS
As with any good business, there is growth. Spanish Sardine Fishing Charters first started operating from The Spanish Sardine, a 24-foot long open fisherman boat equipped with the latest technology. Rigged with a 250 HP Yamaha Outboard, that allowed Capt. Rios to get to the fish fast. Despite being on the larger size for a “flats” vessel, its low draught allowed us to get into some fairly shallow water when necessary.
As the years went on and the fishing stayed consistent the Spanish sardine.com boat served us well but despite continued maintenance, we were forced to retire our orange fishing machine.
Capt. Rios and our fishing guest are now able to enjoy The happy snapper! The happy snapper is a 28ft Dusky equipped with GPS, Radar, a 300hp Yamaha, and a few comfort upgrades. Anglers are loving the extra space and fresh look.
We offer half-day and 3/4 Day guided fishing charters around Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Our charter fishing guide can help you catch plenty of keeper-sized fish including, grouper, snook, trout, amber jack, redfish and mangrove snapper. All fish are subject to seasonal recreation limits. We also offer game fish charters that target Tarpon and Shark.
We’ll Pick You Up
You can begin your Fishing Charter Trip from our slip at O’Neill’s Marina, near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg,Florida, or we can pick you up at any dock on the intercostal or St. Pete Beach, Tierra Verde, Pass-a-grille, and Pinellas point that has boat access . Call Captain Rafael Rios at (727) 768-5564 to book your charter fishing trip today.
Meet Our Team
Captain Rios and The Spanish Sardine Fishing Team regularly participate in local charity fishing tournaments. This involvement along with teaching fishing courses at Bay Area summer camps allows us to give a little back to our wonderful community.
TAMPA BAY FISHING TRIPS
Redfish can be caught in shallow water using a variety of bait. Redfish are targeted year round in the bays and inlets of the Tampa Bay area. Always a good fight and surely good to eat, these hearty fish are always a fan-favorite.
Bonnet Head Sharks
Black Tip Sharks
Tarpon can be found in almost every waterway in the Tampa bay area, with the most common areas being around shallow water estuaries, mangroves, and hard grassy bottoms. Although Tarpon are a saltwater species, juveniles can be found in fresh water.
The Trout bite in Tampa Bay has been on fire. During the summer months Gulf waters reach the high 80’s. Trout often hide out in shady spots or can be found in deep water. As the water starts to cool in Florida Trout become more active and are often found feeding on bait fish in the grassy flats.