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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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  • We didn't! Saw it on a map when we were chasing after geocaches and thought, "What in the world!?". Figured out how to get down there, and, WOW! what a view!  more »
  • Unless you are one of the lucky people who get a good spot this beach area fills up fast. Lots of trails and lakes and a good boat ramp. Also bike rentals on the weekends.  more »
  • Nice view and breeze, easy seating with good access to your car without the fear of being eaten all night by bugs. Rude locals who think they own the bridge, and want to crab all over everyone. So how...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Grouper Mike Customer Service is outstanding! Great fishing place to bring the family and friends.
  • Great spot for shrimping! beautiful location and the sunset from here was amazing!
  • Great place to fish and if it rains your car is right there:)

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