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Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, St. Petersburg

Categories: Piers & Boardwalks, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.1/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web
Skyway Fishing Pier State Park is a Florida State Park located on the north and south sides of the mouth of Tampa Bay. When the new Sunshine Skyway Bridge was built on I-275 (US 19) after one part of the old bridge collapsed due to a ship collision, the approaches to the old bridge were turned into the longest fishing pier in the world. The bridge is lit at night, and the park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The most common activity is fishing. Common catches include snook, tarpon, grouper, black sea bass, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, cobia, sheepshead, red snapper, and pompano. Snacks, drinks, bait, and fishing supplies can be purchased on the fishing pier, which charges an admission fee of $4.00 per car plus $4.00 per adult, $2.00 per child (6–12 years old) and free, children 5 and younger. Other activities include kayaking, swimming, wading, kite surfing and other miscellaneous water activities.The piers, which can have excellent fishing, are very high above the water. This is not for everyone, so the area around the pier has many legal spots to fish from shore. From these spots one can access the edges of some deep channels (excellent for snook) and have lots of unfettered access to huge “flats” (shallow water) areas. These areas are usually less than chest deep at most high tides and hold red fish and spotted sea trout, most of the year. In the warmer months migratory fish move through the area including snook, cobia, tarpon, sharks, Spanish mackerel and in the deep water around the piers occasionally some kingfish.
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  • Ideal for BB´s fishing just for the look, costs but also to the see "Admission" for adults $3. To the fishing I can quote any price. In the evening it will somewhat full, but your sunset, just wonderful. If you are lucky you can see dolphins or even a sea turtle. There is a shop for snacks and drinks, can there also his shrimp to the fish to buy. Restroom are also available and clean BB´s.
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  • This dpuble pier used to be the old Sunshine Skyway Bridge. A ship ran into it a decade or so ago and did so much damage, the whiole bridge was rebuilt with better safety and higher bridge to accomoda...  read more »
  • We came down from our holiday at Disney to spend a day away from the hustle and bustle of the parks and what a day we had ,my partner and daughter are the ones to fish but I just enjoyed the relaxed a...  read more »
  • It was great, just the woman at the entrance to the south side of the pier. Very very rude and did not want to help. If you don't want to work, do not work. Sit at home or something. I paid alot of tolls (about 20 or 30) in a few days and every single person working there is positive and very happy to be working. The guys at the bait shop are helpful and friendly. Fishing is great. To the woman that gave a bad review about small live shrimp. Tell them next time what you want and see if you have a chance choice on size of live bait. It is not their fault and I would rather have small shrimp anyways. The whole shrimp and hook goes right in the mouth of a big fish.
  • Fun place to fish with some friends and have a good time. Never really caught anything big off the pier but always do catch something.
  • Had a great time. Caught my limit of Snapper. Baitshop guy was really helpful. With his help the kids caught fish till they fell asleep. Highly recommend
  • To the guy that was working at the bait shop on August 9th, in the evening, you are a crook! My husband and I went in to get some live shrimp. We got 2 dozen and went down to start fishing, then we noticed that we had 6-7 normal-sized shrimp and the rest were garbage. Let me put it this way, our hooks weighed more than they did. I walked back to the bait shop and asked the man if we could have half of a scoop more, because some of them were too small to use. He said I could buy another half-dozen, if I wanted. I said I felt like we were jipped because some of them were tiny, and he came back with, "Sometimes the fish like the tiny ones." Screw you, buddy. Long story short, bring your own live shrimp.
  • Always a good place to unwind with a line in the water. Sunsets are a bonus. Bring your own bait, catch it here or buy it here.
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