Come join us for free workshops to expand the weapons in your fishing arsenal and interact with the biggest and best local business in the fishing industry while enjoying a cookout fare of burgers, dogs, smoked pork, asparagus, chips and drinks provided by the Tampa Bay Fishing Club.

Tampa Bay Fishing Club Meet & Greet

Slide show of last years event



When:  Sunday, August 6th from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Where: E.G. Simmons Park in Ruskin, FL

Our flagship event is back for the third time. This time around it will be bigger, stronger, and better than ever! We have lined up the best-of-the-best to provide you with a day full of AWESOME! All food and fun will be provided for you! The event is free including the workshops and tasty food of hamburgers, hot dogs, asparagus, fruit, drinks and chips!!!. Additionally, Joseph Dono, from Wesley Chapel Chevy, will be there smoking 100#'s of pork and that'll be free as well.  The only thing that'll cost you is the $2 admission fee per vehicle to get into the park and if you choose to purchase raffle tickets or any items from the on-site vendors. 

Proceeds for this event will benefit My Warriors Place, an amazing local non-profit that provides hope and healing to our American Heroes ( Veterans, Military Service Members and First Responders). 

Here's what you have to look forward to:
Bill Jackson's Shop for Adventure and Jon Bull with Shadowcast Charters will be on-scene conducting a comprehensive fly fishing workshop. There will be abbreviated "Into Fly Fishing" seminars throughout the day and you will be able to get one-on-one practice in casting.

Burton Young with Barracuda Tackle will be conducting cast net tossing workshops all day to provide a hands-on learning experience in the art of net tossing.

A knot tying area where you will be able to learn how to tie several different fishing knot while gaining the understanding of benefits to each knot. You'll walk away knowing which knot situationally is the best for you, which have the highest tensile strength, and which are the easiest to tie in a pinch.  

There will be several local companies with booths set up so that you may interact with some of the best local names in the business as they showcase their products and services. 

Dylan Hubbard with Hubbard's Marina is steadfast in his support of the page and has donated:
              a) 2 - 39 hour deep sea overnight trips!
              b) 3 - 12 hour extreme deep sea trips!
              c)  1 - all day trip for two guests!

Brian Morgan with 
Captain Morgan's Fishing Adventures has stepped it up big time this time around and have donated:
              a) 1 - 2 Person 8 hr deep sea trip!
              b) 1 - 1/2 day Private Kingfish trip for 6 people!
              c) 1 - single space, 12 hr deep sea trip!
              d) 1 - single space, 15 hr "Jurassic Park" trip with free gyotaku rub of catch!!
              e) 1 - framed original gyotaku artwork!

Ron Woods with 
Nauti Creations Art is donating these amazing pieces:
              a) 1 - 4 foot backlit Mahi Mahi!
              b) 1 - 4 foot backlit hogfish!
              c) 2 - custom hogfish trailer hitch receivers!

Jim Knuckles
              a) 1 - Large hand-carved, hand-painted trophy fish

Burton Young from Barracuda Tackle:
             a) 1 - $300 high quality custom cast net

Jeff Wenzel with
Fish Duel
             a) 1 - Quantum Throttle 5000 combo, performance shirts from Bimini Bay, and an assortment of Tsunami & Mustad tackle.

Shawn Rodriguez: 
              a) 1 - Is donating a heavy duty 10-12 foot high quality custom cast net!

Kelly Phillips with
Bull Bay Rods:
              a) will be donating an unspecified amount of gear 

Nicholas Wise with 
Liberty Outdoors Kayak + Paddleboard Sales, Rentals, and Tours
              a) 3 - Full day Kayak rentals!

Ryan Hein with 
There She Glows
              a) will be donating tons of high power marine l.e.d.'s and drop lights!

Bill Jackson
Shop for Adventure
             a) several kayaking course gift certs!

Zac Sturm with
              a) 1 half day Charter!

Brooksye Hall with 
Tall Tails Fishing Charters
              a) 1 - 4 hour charter for two!

Bob Strawhecker with
Team Wood Butcher
              a) a handful of Shallow water anchors systems!

Nikolas Castellano with 
ProFishinal Fishing - Custom Jigs and Apparel 
              a) 20 hand tied custom snook/cobia jigs!

Paul Sfeerazza with 
Custom RODZ 
              a) 1 - custom carbon fiber redfish skinz wrapped rod with airwave guides!

Todd Krohn with 
Nekid Ball Jigz 
              a) 2 - 25$ gift certificates for Nekid Ball Jigz!

​Victor Flores with Grouper Candy Express Mobile Bait
              a) 3 - 100 pinfish gift certificates with delivery included!!!!

Leo Nunez with
Spanish Mack Apparel
              a) Spanish Mack Shirts and Hats​