Remarks Tarpon over 40 inches must remain in the water during release. Bottom weighted jigs prohibited in Coca Grande Pass.
Daily Recreational Bag Limit:Remarks May possess one over 24. Pompano, Florida Han Minimum Size Limits:Daily Recreational Bag Limit:Remarks Hook and line, cast net and beach or haul seine ONLY.
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. The reasons for fishing are as varied as the species and the methods of catching them.
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.
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.
Sometimes called the “silver king of sport fish,” the tarpon is highly prized for its fighting ability but not valued as food. Florida ’s official state saltwater fish, this tackle buster inhabits tropical and subtropical waters.
Commonly known as speckled trout, it's a schooling species usually found in the shallow waters of bays and estuaries. It has two large canine teeth in the upper jaw and feeds mainly on shrimp and small bait fish in grassy areas.
One of Florida ’s most popular sport fish, spotted sea trout will hit everything from top water plugs to saltwater flies. Great sport on light tackle, shook are a cagey prey but well worth the time it takes to catch them.
The king of the lakes and rivers, a big bass will eat just about anything, even squirrels or baby ducks. Anglers typically “bottom fish” for these species, but during the cooler months, they can be caught in shallow water by trolling artificial lures.
Juvenile red snapper once died by the millions in shrimp trawls, but new regulations have helped this species bounce back. Red snapper are considered one of the finest food fish found in Florida waters.
These fish can be found in the western Atlantic Ocean from Maine to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and into the Gulf of Mexico. One of the state’s top ocean predators, king fish are the favorite target of tournament fishermen.
Our fishing is excellent, and one of the many reasons is the exceptionally large number of species which regularly prowl our waters. The following chart lists the fish species which are regularly caught in Southwest Florida, together with the approximate times that they are most available.