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Skyway Bridge North Fishing Pier

Stretching majestically across the shimmering waters of Tampa Bay, the Skyway Bridge Fishing Pier stands as a beacon for anglers seeking adventure amidst the beauty of the Florida coast. With its storied history and unparalleled fishing opportunities, this iconic pier invites visitors to cast their lines and discover the thrill of angling in one of the Sunshine State’s most scenic locales.Originally part of the old Sunshine Skyway Bridge, the fishing pier was born from the remnants of a tragic event. In 1980, the original bridge collapsed after being struck by a cargo ship during a violent storm, resulting in a devastating loss of life. In the wake of this tragedy, the remaining sections of the bridge were transformed into the Skyway Bridge Fishing Pier, serving as a symbol of resilience and hope for the community.Today, the Skyway Bridge Fishing Pier spans approximately 1.7 miles across Tampa Bay, offering anglers a vast expanse of fishing grounds to explore. From its elevated vantage point, visitors are treated to sweeping panoramic views of the bay, with its crystal-clear waters teeming with life below. As pelicans glide gracefully overhead and dolphins playfully breach the surface, anglers can cast their lines with a sense of awe and wonder at the natural splendor that surrounds them. In 2008 the east side of the pier was closed due to years of deterioration, but this has not stopped the 335,000 anglers a year who visit this pier.The fishing opportunities at the Skyway Bridge Fishing Pier are as diverse as the ecosystem it inhabits, with a wide variety of fish species waiting to be caught. From feisty snook to powerful tarpon, the waters surrounding the pier are home to some of Florida’s most sought-after game fish. Here’s a glimpse into the rich tapestry of species that anglers can expect to encounter:Snook: Known for their elusive nature and ferocious fighting spirit, snook are a prized catch for many anglers. Fishing with live bait such as pilchards or pinfish, as well as artificial lures like soft plastics or diving plugs, can entice these wary predators to strike.Tarpon: Revered for their acrobatic leaps and Herculean strength, tarpon are the ultimate trophy fish for many anglers. Fishing with live bait such as mullet or crabs, as well as large artificial lures like swimbaits or topwater plugs, can tempt these silver kings into biting.Redfish: With their distinctive copper-colored scales and powerful tails, redfish are a favorite among anglers of all skill levels. Fishing with live or cut bait such as shrimp or mullet, as well as artificial lures like spoons or jigs, can yield exciting encounters with these hard-fighting fish.Snapper and Grouper: The rocky structures around the pier are prime habitat for snapper and grouper, two delicious species highly prized by anglers and seafood enthusiasts alike. Fishing with live bait such as pinfish or squid, as well as cut bait like mullet or sardines, can produce bountiful catches of these tasty reef dwellers.Spanish Mackerel and Kingfish: Known for their blistering runs and aggressive strikes, Spanish mackerel and kingfish are a thrill to catch for anglers of all ages. Fishing with live bait such as threadfin herring or cigar minnows, as well as flashy lures like spoons or trolling rigs, can attract these lightning-fast predators as they patrol the waters around the pier.Sheepshead and Flounder: Sporting a set of formidable teeth and distinctive black stripes, sheepshead are a common sight around the pier’s pilings. Anglers often use fiddler crabs or barnacles as bait, presenting their offerings near the pier’s structure where sheepshead feed. Flounder, masters of camouflage, lie in wait on the sandy bottom, blending in seamlessly with their surroundings. Anglers can target them using live bait such as mud minnows or finger mullet, as well as artificial lures like jigs or soft plastics bounced along the bottom.As the sun sets in a blaze of fiery hues, casting a warm glow across the tranquil waters of Tampa Bay, the Skyway Bridge Fishing Pier offers anglers a sanctuary of serenity amidst the chaos of modern life. Whether casting a line into the cool embrace of the bay or simply basking in the beauty of the natural world, visitors to the pier are sure to find solace in the simple pleasures of angling. With its rich history, abundant fishing opportunities, and breathtaking views, the Skyway Bridge Fishing Pier stands as a testament to the enduring allure of the Florida coast.


Skyway Bridge, St. Petersburg, FL 33715, USA


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24 Hours, 7 days a week

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Park Fees: $4.00 per vehicle plus $4.00 per adult, $2.00 per child (6-12 years old) and free, children 5 and younger
$4.00 per person (in vehicle, walk-on and bicycle.)
$4.00 per senior
Sight-Seeing Fees: $3.00 per person, (sunrise – sunset).

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Black sea bass
Spanish Mackerel
King mackerel
Red snapper

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Skyway Bridge, St. Petersburg, FL 33715, USA

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