Fishing The Waters Of Tampa Bay

Since 1994

Tampa/St Pete Area


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Cpt. James “Jimmy” Pollard is a USCG Licensed Master Captain in the Pinellas, Tampa Bay area in St. Petersburg Florida. Jimmy has been fishing the waters of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico since 1994.

Big Daddy SportFishing specializes in inshore/nearshore fishing adventures. We teach anglers to value of adventure when chasing Snook, Redfish, Trout, Tarpon, Cobia, Kingfish and Sharks.

You would be hard pressed to find a better location than Tampa Bay Area for your perfect fishing adventure. This is fishing at its finest!

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We look forward to providing you with the finest quality sportfishing!


What sets us apart from other St. Petersburg fishing charters is our experience and flexibility.  We offer many different packages from the flats to the Gulf Stream that consider the preference, experience level and budget of our clientele.  With extensive knowledge of inshore and offshore fisheries coupled with experience targeting every gamefish in the gulf, we will find the bite. 


We pride ourselves by offering more options and better customer service than any other fishing charter in St. Pete. We have several boats to choose from which allows us to properly accommodate each and every customer.  Whether you are looking to take out the kids, impress a new client, or catch your first billfish, we can match you with the ideal trip. 

TRY IT! You will love it.

Experience an adventure in the Tampa Bay Area with any of our services like Sightseeing, Dolphin Watch, Sunset Cruise, Beach Excursions and even Trips to the Local Islands. Reach out to us if you’re not sure which excursion to pick.


Join us for an unforgettable day 

Cpt. Jimmy ensures every trip is a special one. Big Daddy Sportfishing spares no expense to help pursue the fish of a lifetime on every charter.

Tight traveling schedule? We will find a way to get you on the water. Our accommodations will ensure a quality experience, beginning from the moment you contact us. Our charter service is fully licensed, insured, and provides everything necessary for a safe and memorable day on the water.

While gazing at the skyline of Tampa Bay, Downtown St. Petersburg, and the Skyway Bridge during the run back to port, you’ll fully understand the addiction of sportfishing.

You’ll Have A Great Time!

Join us for an unforgettable day of tournament-style fishing and make sure to bring your camera.

Fishing In The Tampa Bay Area

Inshore fishing in the waters of Tampa, Clearwater, and Saint Petersburg is fast, furious, and exciting. We have the opportunity to catch multiple species every month of the year. No matter what your bucket-list fish may be, we can help you have a great day on the water.

Some clients dream of chase tarpon during the summer… Great! We will chase them and catch them by sight casting plugs or live bait to rolling fish! Other clients simply want to catch a variety of fish throughout the day. A typical day of fishing generally includes catching Snook, Redfish, Trout, Sharks, Jacks, or Cobia! This area simply has it all.

We have fabulous bridges that hold bait, great flats where redfish and snook school up, and a crystal clear coastline for the tarpon to roll down during the summer!

Read Our Reviews

It’s about making memories and having a great time on and off the water!

“Captain Jim was fantastic. He started early to make sure we had plenty of bait. This was my Nephew’s first charter trip and it was worth the wait. We landed snook, redfish, jack and others. Captain Jim worked hard the whole time to make sure we were in the right spots. He even stayed out longer as the bite picked up. I highly recommend Big Daddy Sportsfishing to anyone who wants to see what Tampa Bay has to offer. The boat was comfortable and the rods/reels were nice. check them out you won’t be disappointed. I will post some pics as well to the page. Thanks!”

“Capt Jim is an all star! Every time I have been out with him we do more “catching” than just “fishing”…he certainly knows what he is doing. Beautiful boat, the best gear and tackle and to top it off not only is he the best at what he does he has a lot of fun doing it. I highly recommend him!”

“Great day out on the water with plenty of variety and species of fish to catch from! Capt’n Jim was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and great to work with – Can’t wait to recommend his charter opportunities to friends looking to do some fishing. Thanks for a great day!”

“Captain Pollard took my group out for half day of inshore fishing! Knows his stuff and the great spots for fishing in Tampa/St Pete! Will definitely be using him again, and would recommend you do too!”

Malcolm Brown

“This was our third trip out from St Petersburg but our first with Capt Jim and it was definitely the best trip yet. We had decided to fish just for shark and there was no waiting for bait as Jim had already caught it. We were out to our mark really quick thanks to a lovely boat, big outboard, modern electronic equipment and Jim’s knowledge. An hour and a half later and two Blacktip’s and a hammerhead caught. Capt Jim was great company and obviously very knowledgeable about the area and the fish that can be had. We are already planning our next trip with Jim. Highly recommended. Thanks. Malcolm.”

Karl Guenther

“Last minute trip but so well worth it. My nephew was reeling in fish from the first cast to the last. Thanks to Captain James Pollard, for the guidance and perseverance to find and boat the huge snook and the biggest red of my life! Every thing was first class from the 2 bait wells packed with frisky greenbacks to the GPS controlled trolling motor and dual power poles. Will definitely book with Captain James again.”

Felix Kest Ler

“Had an awesome day on the water with Captain Jim today. What makes a true difference is his genuine excitement around catching fish and the flexibility to target whatever runs best that day.
I will hopefully be able to repeat this experience on my next vacation in the Tampa area. 5 out of 5 stars!!!”

Charlene Gorgacz Noble

“Thank you to the best CAPTAIN EVER. Big Daddy Sports Fishing CAPTAIN James Pollard. I caught 2 snook…myself.even took the bait off of the hook. I learned so much to do today we had a blast. All day on the water…beautiful cool sunny day. Saw all types of birds, fish, but best of all ALL… 3 dolphins playing right off to the right side if the boat. Great experience. Learned a lot. Had a lot of fun. Thank you Capt. Jim!!!”

Avery Ray

“Captain Jim was top notch, my hands were tired from all the fish we were slaying! Sharks, Spanish mackrel, and other sport fish. I watched the guy save a birds life while also snagging fish in his net. Will for sure be back, and I recommended him to anyone looking for sport fishing! I’ll be a repeat customer all the way from Kentucky!”

Josh H

“Very accommodating, great knowledge, and on the fish all day. Can’t beat it!”

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Captain Pollard’s passion is fishing and teaching others the love of fishing!


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