Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, St. Petersburg

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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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  • I'm an avid fisherman -- both fresh and saltwater -- and a big part of any vacation for me is the opportunity to go fishing just about every day. The trade-off is usually that I have to get up super e...  more »
  • A cloudy cold day, but couldn't be a better place to spend a couple of hours if you love to fish.shrimp was a tad expensive, but was more than a dozen.  more »
  • Very nice place to drop a line. Was a little windy when we were there. Only caught some small bait fish, but it was still fun. You don't need a fishing license if you pay to get onto the pier because ...  more »
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  • Great place. They have great free beach parties on the weekends, with generators, lights, and DJs!
  • Great place to fish and hang out with friends easy to get on and off the bridge.
  • My handicapped son was dying to go fishing. I assumed it was a real pier. It's an old bridge I guess. Cost $32 to get on bridge. Rented two poles and after about 1 hour of continually getting caught on bottom and breaking the line or pulling up sea weed, we gave up. It's too shallow and too rocky or something. Nothing like any other pier I've visited. And absolutely nothing for a spectator to do. Don't waste your money. Find a real pier that extends out into the ocean.
  • This is a great place to fish if you are new to the area. Price gets you on both north and south sides. And covers the need for a fishing license. Bait shop on both sides open 24h same with restrooms. No alcohol or pets allowed on the pier.
  • Rude lady at the toll booth. For the price you pay to get on the bridge you would think the bathrooms would be operating properly. Toilets don't flish and the dryers don't work either. Just sad how it's going down hill.

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