about our shop

Mastry’s  Bait & Tackle has proudly served Tampa Bay area in Florida since 1975. Mastry’s offers a full line of fine tackle, bait and fresh, locally-caught seafood.

Mastry’s  Bait & Tackle has been helping fishermen with fishing problems for over 40 years. Providing quality tackle and advice has been the cornerstone of our business. Specializing in local species, Mastry’s has a full range of products and services to help you catch more fish! Unlike many big-box retailers, Mastry’s has a knowledgeable staff with decades of fishing experience to provide you with meaningful advice to ensure that you are equipped with the right tackle and knowledge for your next trip.

Mastry’s is also one of only a few places in the Tampa Bay area where you can buy fresh, locally-caught seafood. Our seafood is brought to our store daily by local and reputable, commercial fishermen. Some of the species that you can expect to find at Mastry’s include: amberjack, bream (freshwater), catfish (freshwater), cobia, grouper, mackerel, mullet, sheepshead, shrimp, snapper, trout and more! We also carry popular frozen items like: Canadian scallops, cold-water lobster tails, wild salmon and snow crab.

What Our Customers Say

Read reviews from our satisfied customers and come check us out.

sandra irvin - google review

Freshest seafood in St Pete. Local shortage of stone crabs recommend calling and reserving crab claws. All seafood, ingredients for preparing seafood fished and fishing equipment available - along with fishing advice and setting up equipment ( rods/reels). Locals who can give advice and tell you stories👍

aaron pellerin - facebook review

I called here looking for a reel bearing cover for my old Penn 4400SS, and these guys helped me out with it by searching around their store and ended up finding one. Great group of guys and would definitely continue business there in the future. Thanks so much for your help you guys were great!

mike m. - yelp review

This is the neighborhood bait & tackle shop that offers just what you need and more. The place is packed with every type of hook, weight, and lure and accessory you need, and they have a nice selection of rods and reels to suit your taste. Various baits are available, and all at very reasonable prices.

Our Story

Mastry’s Bait & Tackle was founded in 1975 by Mike Mastry and his two sons, Dale and Larry.
“Mighty” Mike Mastry was a local entrepreneur that was known for his tenacity and dedicated spirit. Born in St. Petersburg in 1917, Mike grew up spending a great deal of time on the local waters. Early on, he displayed a knack for fishing at a time when modern fishing techniques and equipment were in their infancy. He continued to hone his skills and soon became a recognizable figure in the local area. In 1960, Mike won the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup. Mike was able to inspire his sons with his favorite past-time. Both Dale and Larry have spent countless days fishing while growing up in St. Petersburg. After running a package store and finding success in several real estate ventures, Mike decided to lend his time and skills to found a business in an industry that he and his sons enjoyed.
Larry Mastry caught on to fishing at an early age. Fishing soon became an obsession for Larry. Before he could drive, Larry owned a boat that he used to find the best local fishing spots. Larry’s experiences helped him develop and refine techniques that local fishermen still use today.

He is respected for his skills and knowledge of fishing in the coastal waters of West Florida. Throughout his fishing career, Larry has received many awards and won numerous tournaments fishing for tarpon and kingfish. In 2001, he was able to mirror his father’s accomplishment by winning the 66th Annual Suncoast Tarpon Roundup with a 194 lb behemoth
Dale Mastry is an avid outdoorsman who shared many fishing experiences with his father and brother. Dale shares the entrepreneurial spirit that his father displayed. In the 70’s, Dale operated a small fleet of shrimping vessels. His commercial fishing experiences have enabled him to develop a keen sense for selecting top-quality, local seafood. Today, Dale leverages his connections with trusted local fishermen to secure daily deliveries of fresh seafood.
For over 40 years, the Mastry brothers have combined their talents and skills to create one of the area’s finest family-owned tackle shop and seafood market. Today, Larry, Dale, and the staff at Mastry’s are ready to assist you with your fishing and seafood selections. Our store is located at 1700 4th Street South, just south of downtown St. Petersburg.

Fishing Techniques by Larry Mastry

Larry’s knowledge of local waters is legendary. He has been sought-after by many anglers looking to catch tarpon, kingfish and other saltwater species in the Tampa Bay area. Over the years, Larry has found himself sharing his knowledge. He has appeared in local seminars, magazines, newspapers, television and has even found his way on the internet (just Google him). You can check out his videos for some of his useful fishing techniques and tips.

Fishing Reports

Larry, Dale and the staff at Mastry’s are all avid fishermen. In addition to their own experiences, they receive reports from fishermen around the bay and coastal areas. If you want to know what’s biting, stop in and the crew at Mastry’s can help tell you where to go and make sure that you have all the gear that you’ll need to bring with you.

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Our Contact Info

1700 4th Street South,Saint Petersburg,Florida, 33701

(727) 896-8889, 
(727) 821-1858

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday:    Closed