Are Florida Fishing Different

Paul Gonzalez
• Saturday, 28 November, 2020
• 7 min read

I just wrapped up the first day of the Bass master Elite event on the St. Johns River presented by Dick Capek Tires and Wheels, and I had a pretty good day (20 pounds, 9 ounces for 11th place). Practice and the first day really reminded me of how different the fishing is here in Florida from what I’m used to backing home in Michigan.

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I’ve thought about how different sight fishing is up north versus in Florida, and I have a couple of ideas about why it’s like that. Closing a live well lid or putting your trolling motor in the water must be done with a lot more care than usual … though it’s probably a good practice to always do it as quietly as you can.

The first thing I like to do whenever possible is to keep the sun at my back when I’m coming into an area where I expect to see bass. Run your trolling motor on the lowest speed or use a push pole.

Make sure your gear is ready before you get there so you don’t have to open lids or walk across the deck of your boat more than necessary. Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World” because of its great resources and responsible management.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FCC) and our partners encourage you to enjoy a relaxing day in the great outdoors with your family and friends. This website provides basic tips about how to have a fun, safe experience while helping us conserve our aquatic resources for tomorrow.

Overall, Florida again ranked first of fishing participants age 16 and older with 2.77 million. Recreational fishing dollars helped to support 75,068 jobs in Florida, again making it No.

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This economic trend is great news for Florida partially because state and local taxes from the sale of fishing -related goods and services generated $441 million for general funds. In spite of the national estimates of fishing participation for all U.S. anglers (does not include foreign anglers) over 16 years of age decreasing, actual fishing license sales for both freshwater and saltwater have increased in Florida.

This discrepancy is partially the result of seniors (age 65 and older), resident saltwater shoreline anglers and several other groups, including those fishing from licensed saltwater piers or charter boats, being exempt from licensing. Florida remains the Fishing Capital of the World because of great resources and responsible management.

From insurance companies, car manufacturers, or soft drink producers, the imagery of recreational fishing is presented because it reminds us of our roots and of a closeness to nature that calms the soul. Get Outdoors Florida is a nonprofit coalition that encourages Floridians and tourists to enjoy a more healthy lifestyle by participating in active nature-based recreation throughout the site.

Its website provides information on events and locations to enjoy a wide variety of activities. Following publication on Richard Loud’s book, Last Child in the Woods, the Children and Nature Network compiled a vast amount of research showing how important it is to spend quality time outdoors interacting with nature.

So it is not surprising that studies have consistently shown that involvement with family members and friends is a primary reason people go boating and fishing. When outdoors in Florida, use sunscreen to prevent sunburn and skin damage, be certain to drink plenty of water, be aware of your surroundings and be careful of sharp fishing hooks.

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Please don’t feed wildlife while enjoying the great diversity of birds and animals you’ll see while fishing. Clean your boat and trailer of any vegetation and never move fish between bodies of water, to help prevent establishing non-native plants and spreading diseases.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission provides a variety of angler recognition programs to help commemorate your catch, and beginning October 2012, you can be rewarded by TrophyCatch for documenting and releasing large mouth bass greater than eight pounds. Anytime that you can get out on the water safely (let’s avoid lightning storms and hurricanes).

Time of Day : Typically, for freshwater fishes especially, dawn and dusk tend to be more active feeding periods and also allow some escape from the heat. However, anytime of day you can expect to catch fish, if you know where to find them and are patient.

If it’s very hot and bright, the key is finding shade around structure or deeper cooler waters. Lunar Cycle : Yes, the phases of the moon also play a role in how aggressive fish are and how they congregate, especially around spawning time.

The So lunar Theory helps provide some insights into peak fishing periods based on this information--but remember local variables may play an even more important role. A basic tip: The three days before and after new or full moons often make for stimulated fishing action.

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If the front lasts for a prolonged period, the aftermath can again bring enhanced fishing conditions. Part of this is programmed into their genes, but much of it is triggered by water temperature, lunar phase and their nutrition as well.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission sponsors numerous events around the state to encourage parents and other responsible adults to “take a kid fishing and see what they mean when they say “Water Works Wonders.” The first full week in June is National Fishing and Boating Week and is a time when businesses around the state and our Division of Marine Fisheries concentrate many of their clinics. Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World” because of its great resources and responsible management.

With all those areas teeming with fish, we can’t list them all, but you are always within reach of a place to “wet a line.” A great start is our online guide to Florida the Fishing Capital of the World (PDF), which lists 30 top freshwater destinations and numerous state parks that provide saltwater access. Basic fishing tackle is reasonably priced, and enthusiasts can find the rod and reel of their dreams in specialty stores, bait-and-tackle shops or general retailers throughout Florida.

By purchasing a license, you also help Florida receive additional funds from Federal Aid in Sport fish Restoration, a program into which anglers already pay via federal excise taxes on fishing tackle and motorboat fuel taxes. Learns and obeys fishing and boating rules and regulations, and purchases appropriate licenses.

Doesn’t release live bait into waters or spread exotic plants and fish. Anglers catch hundreds of brawny, beautiful and delicious species in teeming estuaries, off gorgeous beaches and in the deep blue oceans surrounding the Florida peninsula.

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So close that you giggle as a pod of dolphins plays in your bow wave in the Indian River Lagoon, near Stuart, Sebastian or Titusville. Or, catch bass species that thrive only in North Florida rivers such as the magnificent Suwanee, where class III rapids add serious excitement to a fishing trip on the river between White Springs and the Town of Suwanee, where the river passes through the Lower Suwanee National Wildlife Refuge, pouring out into the Gulf of Mexico.

Whether it’s a red snapper caught off Destiny, speckled trout from Tampa Bay, or a mess of crappie from Tallahassee ’s Lake Alcuin, there’s not much more satisfying or delicious than eating fish you caught yourself. Most places you can find a restaurant that will cook your catch to order.

Florida ’s the place to fire up a young angler’s inner fishing fanatic. Spring break or summer vacation are both great times for feisty, delicious easy-to-catch fish.

The biggest sea trout on record came from Fort Pierce. In many ways, large mouth bass are alike whether the fish live north or south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

Florida -strain large mouth originates from shallow, grass-filed lakes where they ambush their prey in the shallow cover whereas Northern-strain large mouth rely on rocks and other structural habitat and are more apt to chase down prey in open water. Another big difference between the two species is tolerance to cold water and weather.

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While in waters north of the Mason-Dixon line, bass sometimes become more active during cold weather. On my home waters of Lake of the Ozarks, I have covered tournaments in November when the winning anglers caught their fish on buzz baits.

I have also caught Northern large mouth working a suspending stick bait along the edges of ice during the dead of winter. 2021 products such as the quick chart, the regulations' publication, the calendars and more are coming soon.

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