Since the original span of the Skyway Bridge was built over Tampa Bay in 1954, fishermen have been targeting a variety of fish, including Sharks, Tarpon, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Grouper, Cobia, Snapper and Sea Bass.
When the middle of the bridge was demolished, the concrete and steele rubble was strategically placed to form artificial reefs along both piers and offshore which attract a wide variety of species.
WE ARE STILL OPEN on both North and South Piers.... there has been a lot of confusion since the DOT closed down the Eastern spans (built in 1954) due to public safety. The western Spans, which were constructed in 1970 are still open. The piers are the original length, just no longer 4 lanes.
The Skyway Pier Bait Shops are open on both piers with friendly helpful staff on hand 24/7. We stock live and frozen bait, tackle, rental rods, cold drinks, hot coffee, ice cream, assorted snacks and sandwiches.
We pride ourselves in being a bun, affordable family destination. A great place for anglers of all skill levels and convenient for the physically challenged. The Piers are unique in that you can pack your picnic, umbrella, chairs, and fishing equipment and drive up to your fishing spot. It's like tail-gating and fishing at the same time.
You don't need a fishing license. We have a pier fishing license that covers all of our guests with a paid entrance pass.