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 flounder. 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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  • I let the kids fish while I took some photo oppurtunities! This was a nice quiet place to enjoy a great afternoon with the kiddos! There are some shallow areas you can walk along and you can fish off the walls, and the Jetty. The kids had a fun time! You can also see dolphins!
  • Went to the pier for the first time, it's alot of fun for the family. It's very clean, everybody we came across was very nice. It has several restrooms, so you never have to walk far. The bait house has good prices and was well stocked. I recommend this pier for family fun or if you just need some R & R. I had a great time watching all the wildlife and sea life. We seen several dolphins, four sting rays, a small shark.
  • It’s Goddamn stupid! You catch nothing and this place is a waste of time and money, and the employees are crooks! Because to get in you have to pay per person and per viacle, and they don’t give you an option to pay for the people that are not fishing! So this place is pure trash!!!
  • Nice place to go for a bike ride 👍 views coming this way on the bike trail are great!! Plenty of spots to take awesome pics 📸
  • It is literally a pier to get somewhere else. The aquarium looks nice though.
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