My buddies and I are always searching for new places to go fishing. We try to get away for a weekend every month and take a fishing charter. Although we had found prime spots for fishing all along the coast of Florida, we had never considered Tampa Bay. I ended up reading an article in a magazine which mentioned Tampa as a great location for landing trophy fish. I did some research online, read some great reviews, and booked a trip with a very knowledgeable captain. We took what’s called an inshore flats boat, and boarded out of the downtown area. As we headed out into the gentle waters of the bay, we enjoyed some really gorgeous scenery. Although we had a tremendous view of the downtown Tampa skyline, we were far away from the congestion. The captain told us how the bay serves as a natural harbor and estuary with a vital connection to the Gulf of Mexico. Right at his confluence of protected waters is a great place to catch fish. There is quite a wide variety of fish off the coast of Tampa. Some of the local species include tarpon, redfish, sheepshead, cobia and even pompano. With such amazing weather, we were in no hurry. The beauty of the surround bay and the clear blue water was very relaxing. There were quite a few boats out that day, and we were fascinated by the larger sailboats. My buddies and I dug into the cooler for beer and sandwiches, and eventually cast our our lines into the water. We didn’t wait long for a tug, and we had a very successful fishing excursion.