Jumping Tarpon on Fly Capt. Jim Lemke

Tampa Tarpon Fly Fishing

My name is Captain Jim Lemke.  I am a U.S.C.G. licensed Captain with more than 25 years of fly fishing experience as a full time guide in the waters in and around the Tampa Bay area. I specialize in Light Tackle Fly Fishing Charters for Snook, Redfish, Trout, Tarpon, Permit, and Bass. I guide on the inshore waters of Tampa Bay, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, St. Petersburg, and everywhere in between.

Just picture yourself being poled down some of the most pristine grass flats in all of Florida. The beautiful Beaches have crystal clear water for sight casting to Tarpon, the mighty Silver King and Permit.  The mangrove shore lines and brackish creeks hold wily Snook and the expansive grass flats harbor tailing monster Redfish. Great scenes for your fly fishing experience.

Tampa Bay is the secret fishing hole for tarpon. It’s like Las Vegas, it turns on at night, and night fishing for tarpon under the bridges around Tampa really turns on through late spring, summer and fall. This is without a doubt your best chance to catch your first tarpon, or a trophy silver king to remember for a lifetime. Period. Fish over 100lbs are common- see the photo gallery on this site. And remember, we measure these fish here in feet, not inches.


Tampa Bay Redfish Report

by Capt Jim November 21, 2014 fishing charter tampa

Tampa Bay Fishing Report The water temperature is dropping and the fishing grows better every day. The snook, redfish and trout are starting to roam around the flats. What’s hot: The biggest impact of cooler temperatures will be on inshore fishing. Snook may start to migrate toward their winter haunts like the back side of […]

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Tampa Fishing Charters report for April.

by Capt Jim March 26, 2014 fishing charter tampa

Tampa Bay fishing report for April   What’s hot: How about Weedon Island redfish, some Picnic Island snook and a few trout mixed in with some great weather for fishing. Redfish: The fishing in the bay has been good, but Weedon Island, Fourth Street Flat and the Kitchen are on fire. This is especially true […]

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Tampa CharterFishing for Redfish on fly

by Capt Jim February 9, 2014 2011 Salty Fly Tournament

A sight casting video we did a little while ago as we are pre fishing for the Salty Fly. The biggest fly tournament in Florida if not the USA. This day Capt Harrison and i were fishing a flat in north Tampa Bay throwing 8wt’s. This is just 2 of the 6 Redfish we caught […]

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Tampa Charter Fishing Report

by Capt Jim December 26, 2013 Captain Jim Lemke

Tampa Bay Charter Fishing Report What’s hot: With the water temp now in the mid 60s, the trout, redfish, sharks and cobia are the best bet for December. Redfish. The Redfish are still going strong in Tampa Bay, especially around Weedon Island, up in the Palm River flats and over in the Safety Harbor at […]

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Tampa Charter Fishing from the eyes of 7 year old

by Capt Jim December 6, 2013 fishing charter tampa

  Tampa Charter Fishing from the eyes of 7 year old  This is a fishing report from a 7 year old boy that went out on a fishing charter for making great grades in school. I am going to write the report from his paper. Fishing Report By Evan Jacobson I think you should fishing […]

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Plenty of options in Tampa Bay

by Capt Jim November 24, 2013 fishing charter tampa

Plenty of options in Tampa Bay What’s hot: Fall fishing is in full swing with an incredible bite throughout Tampa Bay. Redfish, Snook and big gator Trout have been as good as I have seen over the past few years. Big schools of Redfish are roaming almost every flat. The Snook are along the shoreline […]

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Cooler hot spots abound in Tampa Bay

by Capt Jim October 30, 2013 fishing charter tampa

What’s hot: With the water temperature dropping to the low 80s, snook, redfish, and trout are moving slowly to winter haunts like the canals around Apollo Beach, Simmons Park and Bishop Harbor on the south shore. On the other side of the bay, fish areas like Weedon Island and the American Legion flat. North of […]

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Salty Fly 2013 official tournament resuts

by Capt Jim February 25, 2013 fishing charter tampa

Salty Fly 2013 official tournament resuts Posted by Apollobeachsam Lefty Kreh once said “..now..we fish for Islamorada bone fish to practice for Tampa bay red fish..” Tampa bay is consider by many as the toughest place to catch a redfish on fly. It seem quite appropriate that the largest saltwater fly fishing event in the […]

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World’s Largest Saltwater fly fishing tournament

by Capt Jim November 28, 2012 fishing charter tampa

The biggest salt water fly fishing event of it’s kind. “World’s Largest Saltwater fly fishing tournament” Update November 28th 2012: Salty Fly open up for registration midnight Wednesday Nov. 21st. Within 41 minutes, we are sold out with over 70 two man fly fishing team. Currently there is more than 20 more teams on the […]

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Lots of Trout on today’s charter in Tampa Bay

by Capt Jim November 21, 2012 fishing charter tampa

Lots of Trout on today’s charter in Tampa Bay Tampa Bays fishing is on fire now The days charter in Tampa bay started out with an outgoing tide and the wind out of the north. The father and son down for Thanksgiving to spend some time together out fishing. We went to the first spot […]

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