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Large shark caught on fishing charter off the coast of St. Petersburg, FL.

Shark Fishing Charters

In St. Petersburg, FL

Experience the adventure of catching the toughest creature in the sea!

Deep sea shark fishing for guests in St. Petersburg, Tampa, Clearwater and surrounding areas.

Sharks are one of the most beautiful fish in the sea, and have been in existence for millions of years. The sharks strength and ferocity makes it a predator of the sea, but a shark is no match for the anglers on The Jawbreaker. Sharks can be found in oceans all over the world, but the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of St. Petersburg and Tampa, are prime hunting grounds. At Jawbreaker Charters, we encourage our anglers to catch and release these beautiful creatures. The warmer months are the best time to go looking for sharks in our region, but it is not uncommon for a shark to steal our bait while grouper fishing in the deeper water during the winter months.

When fishing for sharks on our charter, we use chum, chum, chum and more chum - sharks love this stuff! Sharks love large bloody bait, but to catch one of these predators, you will need very heavy fishing gear. Our anglers are provided with heavy broomstick-like fishing rods, and a large open faced reel with at least 130lb. main line. This does not mean that you can’t hook a shark and bring it boat side with lighter tackle. It isn’t uncommon for our guests to catch a shark, both large and small, on any of our charters, not just shark fishing charters.

Shark being reeled in during deep sea fishing charter by Jawbreaker Fishing in St. Petersburg, FL.

So many fish, so little time! You can expect to catch other fish on your shark fishing charter too.

Just like on many of our other charters in the St. Petersburg, Tampa and Clearwater area, we usually catch other fish besides just sharks. You could expect to catch other species such as:

  • Goliath Grouper (aka Jewfish)
  • Stingrays
  • Barracuda
  • Kingfish
  • Grouper
  • And Cobia, yes Cobia!

Shark fishing at night on The Jawbreaker.

Young girl caught Hammerhead Shark offshore St. Petersburg, FL.

We get asked about this a lot at Jawbreaker Charters, but we have found that sharks love to eat and hunt during the day as much as they do at night. Most of our shark charters go out during the day because it allows us to catch other sought after species, in addition to sharks. We fish for sharks in various depth of waters and distance from shore. Many beach goers and vacationers do not like to hear this, but some of the bigger sharks can be found just off the shore line! Other species of sharks are found only in depths of 100 feet and beyond. Some of the most common sharks found in the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding Tampa Bay waters are:

  • Nurse Shark
  • Black Tip Shark
  • Lemon Shark
  • Bull Shark
  • Mako Shark
  • Tiger Shark

The list goes on as there is no shortage of sharks off the coast of St. Petersburg, FL. If you are ready to challenge the top predator in the sea, Shark fishing is for you,  call Jawbreaker Charters at (727) 432-0422, or complete the online reservation form, and schedule your shark fishing charter. Captain Dan Barry encourages catch and release when shark fishing, and will not kill a shark just for his fins or jaws.