Why the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park is the Best for Day Fishing

Skyway Fishing PIer State ParkDo you love fishing? If so, don’t miss out on the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park — the world’s longest fishing pier! Here, you can catch a wide variety of fish from the comfort and safety of the old Skyway bridge. Don’t miss out on the fun!
You may have seen St. Petersburg’s iconic Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which spans Tampa Bay. It’s actually the second bridge to fill that role. Before that, we had another bridge which was partially destroyed in 1980 following a collision with a ship. Rather than tear the whole thing down, the approach to the bridge was turned into the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

Things to Know About the Skyway Fishing Pier

*It’s a fantastic fishing spot. There are a huge variety of fish native to the area. It’s common for people to catch black sea bass, tarpon, grouper, snook, cobia, different kinds of mackerels, sheepshead, flounder, red snapper, and more. You can view a complete listing on the Florida State Parks website.
*It’s convenient. The pier is located right beside the easily-accessible Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Additionally, the pier has plenty of room to park right beside your fishing spot, so bring what you need to enjoy a comfortable day in the Florida sunshine!
*It has everything you need. The Skyway Fishing Pier includes shops selling hot drinks, cold coffee, ice cream, assorted snacks and sandwiches, frozen and live bait, and even rental rods. People in the bait and supply shop are helpful and knowledgeable, so don’t be afraid to ask for advice!
*It’s always open. That’s right! The pier and its shops are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Although the title of this article specifically references day fishing, the pier is also well-lit at night. The lights draw even more fish to the area, making it an exciting time to cast your line!
So, if you love fishing, don’t miss out on this great experience! If the pier is full, there are also spots along the shore which allow access to the edges of some of the deeper channels, as well as the huge flats. You can learn more on the Florida State Parks’ Skyway Fishing Pier website.
Admission Fees:
For 24-hour access, the charge is $4 per vehicle and $4 per adult, $2 per child (6-12), and free for children 5 and younger.
If you’d like to get out on all that beautiful water, you might also consider a cruise or boat tour. The St. Petersburg area offers a plethora of possible excursions, including dinner cruises, sailboat tours, speed boat cruises, and even safari adventures. You can learn more about all of the different types of tours on our St. Petersburg Boat Tour blog post.
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