Captain Dan is a retired high school Industrial Arts teacher and is now a full time charter captain. Born in northwestern North Carolina he grew up fishing the lakes and streams of his native Tar Heel State for bass and trout.
After graduating from Appalachian State University he taught in the Florida public school system for thirty years. Moving to Saint Petersburg in 1968 Captain Dan has spent over 2000 days on the waters of Tampa Bay and the adjacent gulf waters in pursuit of the game fish that live there.
Fish species you may encounter on your fishing charter.
With Captain Dan as your guide you will likely come across a variety of different fish on your charter. No two fishing trips are the same and you may find yourself pulling up a flounder one minute and fighting a shark the next. Below is a list of some of Captain Dan's particularly favorite fish to catch.
Spotted Sea trout
About the Fish
Redfish: Can be found around shallow grass flats and oyster beds. Their bite is decent year round with prime months around September and October. Good to eat.
Sheepshead: Located around structure like bridges, docks, and pilings. Best time of year to catch Sheepshead are the winter months through early spring. Moderate to difficult to hook and fun to catch. Great to eat.
Spotted Sea trout: Found along the flats this is one of the more popular inshore species. Fun to catch on both live and artificial baits. They can be caught year round with the prime months being from late fall to early spring. Good to eat.
Snook: Due to previous harsh winters the snook population in the area has been hurt. To help repopulate our waters they are limited to catch and release only through August 2013.
Spanish Mackerel: Smaller cousins to the Kingfish these guys really know how to hit and run. Fun fish to catch and good to eat.
Kingfish: The kingfish is a migratory species and can be caught off the coast of Tampa and St. Petersburg in the fall and again in the spring. They are a big fish that put up a big fight. They are good to eat. (May be an acquired taste.) We think they're delicious smoked.
Tarpon: Also known as the Silver King. This is hard fighting and impressive fish, some say it's a catch of a lifetime. Prime months are around June and July.