Feeling a little lost at sea about your upcoming Florida fishing trip? Looking for a place on the west coast to try out wade fishing, or to refine your offshore angling skills?
Tommy Thompson’s The Saltwater Angler’s Guide to Tampa Bay and Southwest Florida is the one-stop-shop for all of the information you might need on saltwater fishing along the Gulf of Mexico below the panhandle. Not sure where to start your trip? Thompson, an experienced saltwater fishing guide, provides GPS coordinates for the best “hot spots” from Tarpon Springs to Marco Island, and even highlights how to catch the game fish unique to each area. A systematic exploration of Florida’s west coast, this detailed guide covers every step of the process, from where to launch your boat, to what rods to use to get the very best catches, to restaurants and hotels where you can rest your weary sea legs when you finally decide to head back to shore.
Whether you’re planning your first or your hundredth fishing trip from Tampa Bay south, if you can’t hire Tommy Thompson, don’t leave home without his book!
About the Author
Tommy L. Thompson is the former president of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association, and currently contributes to Florida Sportsman and Shallow Water Angler magazines. The author of The Saltwater Angler’s Guide to Florida’s Big Bend and Emerald Coast, he is a licensed USCG charter boat captain and an active saltwater fishing guide on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Date of Birth:July 3, 1919
Date of Death:1961
Table of Contents
Part 1 The Destinations
1 Tampa Bay and Southwest Florida 7
2 The Upper Suncoast-Hernando and Pasco Counties 9
3 Tarpon Springs and North Pinellas County 28
4 St. Petersburg and the Pinellas Peninsula 53
5 Old Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay, and the Bay's Eastern Shore 78
6 Manatee and Sarasota Counties-The Gateway to Tropical Florida 97
7 Charlotte Harbor and Her Gulf Islands 127
8 Fort Myers, Estero, Sanibel, and Captiva 162
9 Naples, Marco, and the Ten Thousand Islands 196
Part 2 Practical Matters
10 It's All About the Fish… 233
11 …And How to Catch Them 263
Recommended Reading 347