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Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, St. Petersburg
(4.1/5 based on 95 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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  • I will start by saying that the north bridge is currently undergoing construction. It is still open for fishing but it is s bit loud due to repairs going on. That being said, this is one of my favorit...  more »
  • Today we went to the pier and it was a gorgeous day! This is a great place to fish!!! The admission fee is also good for 24 hours!! What is also convenient is the bait shop and you can park right wher...  more »
  • Well, you couldn't ask for a better place to spend a day fishing, $4 dollars per person and $4 dollars for your car, cheap as chips and great entertainment all day long. The 4 of us caught over 100 fi...  more »
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  • We always have a great time at either bridge. It's great to have your vehicle right next to you, just in case the sun gets the best of you. We try to come prepared with all the supplies we need, especially if we're fishing at South Pier because the guy that works inside the bait shop seems to hate life. If you're not one of his regular customers, good luck getting bait form him. We tried to purchase greenbacks on three separate visits, and he said he didn't have any available. Meanwhile, we were watching dozens of them in the tanks. He claimed they were already sold to someone...same excuse on 3 visits. You'll know it's him if you run into him, but don't let him ruin your day.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fun place to watch kite surfing