From Cape Canaveral, Melbourne, and Sebastian Inlet, on down to Fort Pierce, Stuart, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, the best sport fishing will be in the cooler months that bring fish like Grouper, Cobra, King fish, Black-fin Tuna, Sailfish, Pompano, and Spanish Mackerel. Summer is pretty awesome too though, so be ready with permits for catching Shook and Tarpon.
You might also really enjoy offshore battles with Yahoo, Mahi-Mahi and an occasional Blue Marlin during the summer months. Shook is a strong, voracious predator that can will rip a fishing line to shreds.
Great sport on light tackle, Shook is a crafty adversary, but well worth the effort required to catch. Red snapper is considered to be one of the finest food fish found in Florida waters.
One of the Florida's top ocean predators, King fish are the favorite target of tournament fishermen. Typically, summers in Florida are the best times to head out into the deep sea for some offshore fishing for some very good reasons.
This is because summer is when the sea abounds in aquatic creatures like crabs, squids, and anchovies, which are what many deep-sea fish feed on. More specifically, the months from June to September (and, some years, even October) are when you can strike gold as you go fishing in the deeper waters of the ocean.
Northern Florida doesn’t fail to keep up either, with areas like St. Augustine and the St. Petersburg Pier abounding in both common and exotic species of deep-water fish, including mahi-mahi, sea bass, and snapper. Fishing in the deeper parts of the ocean is also easier in the summer, because visibility in the water is best, and you can make use of common aquatic prey (like soft-shelled crabs) to lure your targets closer.
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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.
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. Though the artificial bite has been tough, a Carolina rig with a strawberry color worm did produce a few fish.