If you want to stay in the city and still find peace of mind by casting a line, it’s got that as well. Some major cities, like Miami and Fort Lauderdale, have amazing fishing opportunities right on their doorsteps.
You’ll find every type of habitat imaginable, with easy access to prolific waters. The “Tarpon Capital of the World” is Coca Grande, a fishing village on Sarsaparilla Island.
Easily the most recognizable Florida inshore game fish, Shook has long been a beloved creature among locals. With so many shallow flats, rivers, and structure, you’ll have no issue finding the perfect spot to sink your line.
It’s feisty, so reeling it in is fun, and it’s tasty, so a delicious meal is reward enough for your efforts. And if you’re wondering where to go, the Ten A Thousand Islands and the Fort Myers/Cape Coral area are a great starting point.
The shallow flats and mangroves hold great numbers of big Red Drum, and you’ll find them in the nooks and crannies of these areas. Kids have a great time targeting Trout, and you’ll have amazing memories to look back upon.
Head out and get some nice family time in, while enjoying the stunning scenery of the area. And with the reef-rich Gulf waters kissing the shores of Southwest Florida, as well as a bunch of mangrove-filled shallows, you’ll be able to find them in a variety of habitats.
Well, Lake Okeechobee, Florida ’s Inland Sea,” is a great starting point. Lake Okeechobee actually feeds all of Everglades with fresh water, so heading down to explore this national park is another great adventure to take.
You’ll find great spots to sink a line on the way, and big Bass will prove to be a nice end to a day in nature. If you’re looking for colorful Peacock Bass, head on over to the west side around Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
The shallows are just as prolific, holding Bone fish, Sharks, Sleepyhead, Pompano, Permit, Flounder, Jacks… and you’ll have to come and discover the rest on your own! This affordable alternative is basically a shared fishing charter where you can go out and have fun with fellow anglers.
The only downside to this experience is the fact that the captain will have less time to dedicate to you, but your new angling buddies can more than make up for that. You can cover a lot of ground and fill the bags, all while having a great time making new friends and sharing your knowledge and experiences.
Everglades City is a great place to visit if you’re looking for an exciting kayak fishing adventure. You’ll find a variety of rental places and exploring the Ten A Thousand Islands is best done this way.
One of the best surf fishing spots is the iconic Fort Myers Beach, where you’ll find fellow anglers dotted along the shore. If you’re just looking for a day of relaxing and soaking up the sun, it’s easy to find a spot to sink a line wherever you go.
Visit the Everglades to let your hair down, open a cold drink, and wait for all the prized fish to bite. This tropical paradise will have you reeling in every species imaginable, all while enjoying a beautiful, relaxing vacation.
Seriously, anglers from all over the world come to Coca Grande in the summer to go after big Tarpon on their migration route. This is why it’s known as the “Tarpon Capital of the World.” Fort Myers / Cape Coral : This is an interesting area you can explore if you’re looking for a relaxing holiday with exciting fishing.
The Caloosahatchee River and the canals are abundant, and Fort Myers Beach is a tropical fishing haven. Head on down to this unique ecosystem, and you’ll get a rich natural experience, all with a rod in your hand and prized fish like Shook, Redfish, Trout, and Bass at the end of your line.
The favorable climate, the stunning nature, and its convenient position make it a great year-round fishery. Some species like Tarpon and Red Snapper have different seasons depending on the year, so it’s always a good idea to double-check and make sure you’re fishing within the law.
© Hoping to catch a big Yahoo like this one caught a few year's ago by Team Ebb tide during a Web Fishing Club event? You may be in luck as they have been biting off the south county area and that action should pick up as next Wednesday's full moon gets closer.
Running and gunning along the beaches in Jupiter has been effective for catching jack crevasse, lady fish, Spanish mackerel and bluefish. Off of Boston, skip jack and black fin tuna, along with dolphin, are being caught along the color changes in 500 to 800 feet of water.
Trolling small tuna darts with a bonito strip has been productive for fish up to 15 pounds. Live baiting with small blue runners or goggle eyes, trolling pink feathers or sea witches and drifting dead sardines have all been working.
Bottom fishing off the Boynton Beach area has been producing a good mutton snapper and red grouper bite. There have been nice runs of Spanish mackerel and bluefish along the beaches from Lake Worth to Boca Raton.
Trolling spoons and either white or yellow feathers between 12 and 25 feet of water has been producing fish. Beach rigs using sand fleas or pompano jigs tipped with shrimp have been the call.
The black drum and sleepyhead bite is still good along the bridges along the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers. There have been good numbers of Cuber snapper caught along the docks and mangroves around Seawall's Point.
Anglers walking the beach and throwing a spoon are having fun working the schools of bluefish and Spanish mackerel that are moving through. Anglers working the rock piles, flats, bridges and docks in the Intracoastal Waterway from the Southern Boulevard Bridge down to the Boston Inlet are reporting catching redfish, sea trout, shook and some flounder.
At the Santana Bridge fishing cut mullet on the bottom has been producing a nice bluefish bite. Out on the lake there has been a wonderful spec bite the past week, with some guys even getting their limit.
Anglers are catching more fish using minnows, but most of the bigger specs are being taken using jigs. The far side of King's Bar towards Indian Prairie has been one of the hot spots recently.
Running up to the Home Sound area from Jupiter to avoid the sharks, Capt. Bill Taylor of Black Dog Fishing Charter has been getting good numbers of mangrove, yellowtail and a few short buttons in 40 to 60 feet of water using mostly thread fin herring and squid.
There is still a decent sailfish bite off of Jupiter and people fishing for them are also getting good numbers of dolphin as by catch. Working very specific depths from 100 to 115 feet, kings up to 15 pounds have been caught from the Boston Inlet and then following as they move south.
The sailfish bite is still holding steady off of the Boston area with many boats having several releases per trip. They are hitting goggle eyes, blue runners and pilchards on kites in 100 to 150 feet.
There have also been red grouper caught in the same depths using cut or whole squid on the bottom or slow pitching jigs. On the inside edge of the reefs off of Boston, lesser amber jacks, some keeper gray trigger fish, yellowtail and mangrove snapper are being caught.
Though the season is closed until Feb. 1, the bite for shook in the St. Lucie River has been excellent recently. Around the bridges spanning the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers there has been good action for black drum, pompano and bluefish.
In the Intracoastal Waterway in the channels a quarter mile north and south of the Boston Inlet, there has been an excellent bite for jack crevasse, lady fish, bluefish and some nice mangrove and mutton snapper. Also in the Ice, on the east side from the Santana Bridge up to the Shook Islands, there has been good action for sea trout and a few slot-size redfish.
Increasing coastal development means access can be an issue, but there’s still plenty of great areas where you can enjoy Florida fishing. Some will also offer the opportunity to slide a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle board into the water, but all include plenty of space to fish from shore, or wade into coastal shallows.
The prominent paved jetty pier on the north side, complete with safety rails offers a safe, spacious platform for reaching the surf zone or the deeper water of the inlet. Incoming tides always bring a push of activity, but when the fall mullet run piles an enormous biomass in and around the inlet, anglers have a field day with bull redfish, giants nook, tarpon and the occasional cuber snapper.
Mangrove snapper, jacks, sleepyhead and black drum add to the mix; while the shallower end, along with the smaller south jetty may yield pompano, whiting and craters. When the fall cold fronts usher hordes of flounder out of the Indian River and toward the Atlantic, anglers line the rip rap for a shot at these tasty flat fish.
Several pull off spots provide casting access to the St. Johns River, or you can take one of the interior roads through the campground to fish the Fort George Inlet on the north side. The mix here includes flounder, redfish, black drum, pompano, whiting, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and sharks.
Deploying live baits off the deep end often yields king mackerel, tarpon, sharks and barracuda. Parking along South Ocean Shore Blvd., restrooms, shaded seating and a bait and tackle shop.
Tarpon often run this area anglers soaking live baits or sight casting big swim baits might put one in the air. From the metered parking area to the pier is a bit of a hike, but it’s a straight shot down the walking promenade running along the cut.
Both provide spacious access to a wide range of Keys favorites like snapper (mangrove, lane, mutton and yellowtail), tarpon, grouper, yellow jack, shook and porgies. The gem of Pinellas County, this 1,136-acre park comprises Madeleine, St. Jean, St. Christopher, Bone Fortune and Mullet keys and complements an impressive angling menu with campgrounds, picnic shelters, bathroom/shower facilities, concessions, bait shop, dog park and historical significance.
Expect a good mix of shook, trout, redfish and flounder, along with mackerel, cobra, pompano, sharks and mangrove snapper at the piers. Boardwalks over the protected dunes offer access to the redfish, flounder and trout waters on the marsh side, but surf fishing is the big attraction.
On either side of the Dunedin Causeway, cast a bait over the pristine grass flats of St. Joseph Sound, or wade into the usually clear waters where speckled trout, mackerel and redfish roam. The main causeway bridge and the smaller one right before the island offer sleepyhead, black drum, shook and snapper opportunities.
The piers light attract bait fish, so expect everything from shook, to trout and the occasional bluefish to stake out these feeding spots. Spring and fall bring king fish within reach, while a summer tarpon bite can make things interesting.
Summer is prime time for big shook staging for their spawn; while fall sees voluminous bait fish schools exiting the inner bays, with several predators in pursuit. Shook is one of the top targets (especially in the lights), but you’ll also find pompano, Spanish and king mackerel, tarpon, cobra, sharks and sleepyhead.
Tip: Local businesses rarely budge on the “restrooms are for customers only” thing (many have signs posted), so don’t expect any mercy, no matter how much you grimace and squeeze your knees together. Commercially produced aluminum pier/bridge carts with wide wheels will easily transport your rods, tackle bag, cooler and live bait well over pavement, rocks or sand; but for casual duties, a garden utility cart (some models fold) will suffice.
Waiting until you feel that cool downdraft can leave you and your gear exposed and out of options; so know where the nearest shelter lies and have a bug-out plan just in case. It starts with respectful spacing, so if you approach an area where others are fishing, take note of where their lines are set (short, long) and allow reasonable buffers.