Fishing Charters Tampa-St. Pete

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Experience Tampa-St. Pete fishing with a native experienced Charter Captains. Capt Tim and Capt Merrick have life long experience fishing Tampa-St. Pete and it’s estuaries for for everything inshore, nearshore and offshore.

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Fishing Charters in Tampa-St. Pete




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Swift Fish Charters is owned and operated by Captain Tim Whitfield and is the best choice to handle all your Tampa-St. Pete Fishing Charters needs. A native Floridian with an easy going personality makes a day fishing in Tampa-St. Pete quite enjoyable.




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Serving all of Tampa-St. Pete and docked in South Tampa, Captain Tim spends over 250 days a year on the water. Spending that amount of time on the water one becomes in tune with the tides, current, and patterns of the fish. Fishing with a well seasoned veteran Charter Captain drastically improves your odds of catching fish, even on the toughest of days and in the harshest conditions you can bear. Based out of south Tampa its just a short drive from Tampa-St. Pete. Don’t want to travel, Captain Tim has an excellent guide he uses to fish clients in the immediate Tampa St.Pete area. Capt Merrick has been an awesome addition Check out Swift Fish Charters reviews on Google, Facebook and Trip Advisor ! (search Swift Fish Charters)




About Captain Tim :




Capt Tim’s Florida roots run deep. He was born right here in Tampa in 1972, minutes away from the Hillsborough River. Capt Tim’s love for fishing and the outdoors started at an age earlier then he can remember. Much of his youth was spent fishing the lakes of Pasco county for Black Bass. In the early 90’s Tim was introduced to the briny flats of Tampa Bay and the addiction began. Redfish and Snook where the targets of many of his exploits. The countless hours spent the waters of Tampa Bay with some great fisherman and the basics learned from his Dad and Uncles laid the foundation for his eventual career.




Since then Capt Tim has become well versed in the many different species that call the Tampa Bay Estuary home. At the urging of friends Tim went to Sea School and was issued a U.S.C.G merchant mariner credential (Captains License). Capt Tim now has a quarter of a century of inshore fishing under his hat and has witnessed many days come and go on the water on his South Tampa Fishing Charters. Making his life and living from behind the polarized lens, Capt Tim has what it takes to get you on the fish. He has a close group of Captains he works closely with. What does this mean to you? It means you have the combined knowledge of 5 captains with a combined 1,000 days a year on the water. It means your Tampa Fishing Charters may be the fishing adventure of a lifetime.



About Capt Merrick:


A 3rd generation captain running the waters of Tampa, Fl. I was born and raised in and on the water. Merrick has been fishing, diving and sailing the waters in and around Tampa Bay, Tampa and St.Pete for the last 15 years. He enjoys throwing lures and sight casting fish! Aiming to give a personal and knowledge filled experience by teaching  not only about fishing but the beautiful Florida ecosystem and the animals that call it home.



Fun for the whole family on a Tampa-St. Pete Fishing Charters !


Fun Family fishing trips are popular with the locals as well as those vacationing in the Tampa Bay area. Kids as young as 4 are no problem. Over the years Tim has found a livewell full of bait can entertain kids for hours. Trips like this are geared towards the kids, making it fun and entertaining is how we hook them for life!




Specializing in light tackle live bait fishing, prefer artificials? No problem!


Depending on the species targeted Swift Fish Charters can get your baits in front of the fish that invade your dreams. Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout, Cobia, Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish, Shark and Mackerel and many other species populate the pristine waters of Tampa Bay. Trips can be species specific or for just what is biting the best. If you desire to target a specific species call or text Capt Tim at 813-714-0889 to check when the best time of year to target them. Our job is to make your Tampa- St. Pete Fishing Charters a great experience no matter if your a novice or accomplished angler, all skill levels preferred.




How’d you come up with the name




Hey Capt’ ! Where did the name come from? What does it mean?




I get asked that a lot.




Its a Story, what would a name or tattoo be without one…







In the hall of the house of my youth stood an ever present old painted over bookshelf. One from the era of things built to last, not pressed together wood scraps and lots of glue. An actual old homemade wooden bookshelf. On it’s shelves rested the entire Travis McGee series penned decades ago by John D McDonald. Travis was the hero in the series.

On the days of house cleaning and doing chores a vinyl record scratched out “incommunicado” by Jimmy Buffett. The opening line is “Travis McGee is still in cedar key” it resonated in my young mind.

Eventually  I read the entire series. Then re read it in order.

Travis spoke with his friend Meyer about how he preferred the smaller swift fish, like snook and redfish. I instantly related. I preferred them too. When I began guiding I needed a name that was different,  catchy and wouldn’t pigeonhole me into one demographic of fishing. I liked his description of my favorite inshore speices. When I became a guide I borrowed the term the mind of MacDonald voiced by Travis McGee and took the name Swift Fish Charters.

I have found myself more fond of targeting exactly that. Rainbow trout fishing has quickly become a favorite of mine. On fly in creeks, swift water, swift fish and a smooth cigar in the evening while reliving and embellishing on the events of the day, washing down a shot of patron with a cold beer, toasting the hero, McGee …

That’s what fishing is all about to me.




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  • Brad Jokisch7/07/2019

    My son and I had a great time fishing with Tim. He loves what he does--showing us the Bay and helping us catch some fish and a shark. He gets kids and was flexible with what we needed. I would definitely return to Captain Tim. He is a proud fisherman who loves to help you enjoy the water and fishing.

    Nate Stasio11/02/2019

    Capt. Tim Whitfield is by far one of the greatest captains in the Tampa Bay Area and one of the greatest I’ll ever know. I work at the marina that he guides from and we’ve known each other for a few how’s and just the way he interacts and presents himself to his clients is phenomenal, he treats all his clients as if they were a friend. I’ve never heard one bad thing from a customer of his. Tim is a great guide and also a great person in general. If you ever have the opportunity to fish with him jump on it because I guarantee you will have the best experience you can have with a charter captain. Do yourself a favor and book a charter with capt. Tim Whitfield of swiftfish charters

    Tonya Campbell9/29/2019

    Great Day on the water today with Captain Tim! We couldn't hardly take a break, once our lines were in the water, we were reeling them in. Spanish Makrel Galore, we have never caught so many fish on a trip before, I highly recommend Swift Charter if you wanna catch some fish and not be bored. Thanks for such a great time!!

  • patrick Bloomfield2/02/2020

    Captain Tim is great. Fun time, caught lots of fish. Would recommend him to anyone.

    Jan Hutchins8/21/2019

    Captain Tim is the best!
    We caught so many fish that we lost count. We brought 10 gorgeous snapper home and caught even more that we had to throw back. What an awesome day! Highly recommended!!

    Chuck Schneider12/27/2018

    We had a great trip yesterday with Tim. We fished at three locations in Tampa Bay. I won't say exactly where because I don't want to give away any of Tim's trade secrets. As Tim puts it, we weren't so much fishing as we were catching! Without exaggeration, we'd cast our lines in and get hits almost immediately. Tim was a busy man baiting hooks and unhooking fish all morning. I lost count of the number of fish we caught, but I do recall most of the species: northern puffer, spiny box puffer, lady fish, catfish, stingray, sheepshead, and trout. My family had never really fished prior to this trip. He taught my wife and kids how to cast and had them casting their own lines in no time. So don't worry if you don't have any experience. Tim was friendly, pleasant and fun to be with. This was definitely a memorable life experience!

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