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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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  • The man at the toll booth was rude as hell. We told him all we were doing is going down to sightsee and he wanted 17.50. We turned around and left.  more »
  • This is a very good value. Staff is friendly. Bait is available on the pier and no fishing license is needed. The area is safe and relatively clean. Caught several decent sized fish while we were ther...  more »
  • The Skyway pier is a wonderful place to fish. Plenty of snapper, some grouper and many other species. The few dollars it costs to access the pier also covers your fishing license. A really good deal. ...  more »
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  • Used to be nice until all the rude and obnoxious Asians with pool nets started taking over. I complained to the people in charge and nothing was done. I hate it there now.
  • Great spot for shrimping! beautiful location and the sunset from here was amazing!
  • 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.
  • Met some nice people while fishing. The guy running the bait shop on the south pier was full of helpful info and very friendly. Nice enjoyable day.
  • Real good fishing place 13 years i was in Saint Petersburg