LUCKYFLY FLYFISHING and INSHORE LIGHT TACKLE CHARTERS
Welcome to Lucky Fly Charters. Tampa Bay offers incredible opportunities to tackle premier saltwater species on fly and light tackle. Let me guide you to a memorable experience on the flats of Tampa Bay and the surrounding waters.
Inshore Fly Fishing and Light Tackle Fishing
Sight-fishing- This is my absolute favorite kind of fishing, stalking flats in search of redfish, snook, tarpon, trout (and the occasional cobia). The goal is to see the fish in enough time and make an accurate cast with a fly. It's like saltwater hunting!
Top-water fishing- working flats, edges or mangrove shorelines with topwater flies and lures can account for some incredible action from ravenous trout and explosive snook strikes.
Tarpon fishing- depending on the time of year we will chase trophy tarpon along the beach, flats and sandbars, or fish back-water canals for tarpon up to 30 pounds.
Artificial Fishing- we use jigs, jerk baits, soft plastics to catch snook, redfish, trout
If you have a favorite rod, that magical stick you can't imagine fishing without, by all means bring it. Otherwise, Lucky Fly Charters has all the equipment you will need to fish the flats of Tampa Bay.
We use Clutch Tactical Fly Rods, typically fishing 7 and 8wt rods. For larger species, we of course break out the big guns fishing 9-10wt rods, and 12wts for tarpon on the beach. Lucky Fly Charters uses Hatch Premium Fly Reels. These reels have the backing capacity and the drag capability to stop the meanest monsters we can get into. Flylines range from 6wt floating lines, to 12wt intermediate lines, depending on the situation and species we are after. Capt. TJ prefers Royal Wulff Triangle Taper and Scientific Angler SharkWave Saltwater lines, and has outfitted his arsenal accordingly.
LuckyFly Charters uses flies tied by Captain TJ, and these are available for use on board. If you are a fly tyer and have a pattern you have tied and want to fish, bring it and we will put it to the test. LuckyFly Charters flies are also available for purchase.
For conventional tackle, G. Loomis spinning rods and Shimano reels loaded with 12# braided line are the preferred choice for LuckyFly Charters. These combos allow you to deliver a jig or lure with precision accuracy, while providing the backbone needed to win the battle.
WHAT TO BRING
Polarized Sunglasses (these are a must for sight fishing)
Lucky Fishing Hat
I also recommend:
Camera (to record your adventure. I will also be taking photos which will be emailed to you)
Light weight jacket/rain gear (it's Florida, you never know)
Bottled water provided on board the Lucky Fly.
Please understand that your safety is my utmost priority.
Elicit drugs or excessive alcohol consumption will not be tolerated aboard the LuckyFly.
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SPECIES WE CATCH
Based on the time of year, and weather conditions there are a multitude of species that we can target throughout the Tampa Bay area anad the surrounding waters. Such as:
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