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.
Find local guides, charters, bait shops, and boat & fishing equipment rentals. Toucan fish from land, bridges, piers, docks, the beach, inshore, backwaters & flats, and offshore.
We have thousands of reefs and wrecks offshore for action packed fishing, snorkeling, and diving. With hundreds of saltwater species making the Gulf of Mexico, the Straights of Florida, and the Atlantic Ocean home, your choices are endless.
If you are vacationing here we have local charter's and guides ready to show you a good time. There is a vast network of canals, channels, and lakes throughout the state offering excellent fishing with large mouth bass, catfish, crappie, pan fish and bream being popular targets.
A large portion of Florida is within county, state, and national parks offering excellent freshwater, brackish, and saltwater fishing. All parks require fishing licenses and advise anglers to review their guidelines to ensure a safe and successful trip.
Most of the area within the Everglades is a wild wet wilderness receiving 55 inches of rain annually. With all this water comes a vast variety of fishing opportunities in freshwater, brackish and saltwater.
Freshwater species in the Everglades include Large mouth Bass, Yellow Bullheads, Bluegills, Golden Sinners, Sunfish, and Florida gar. Toucan also finds nook, tarpon, and other saltwater species that have adapted to brackish and freshwater.
Saltwater species are abundant in the Everglades where land meets the Gulf of Mexico, Florida Bay, and the Atlantic. When you finish your days of fishing, boating, golfing, hiking, and exploring, stop by any beach or any other location on the water for our daily ritual of watching the sunset.
Be sure to look up in all directions after it sets and watch closely as the clouds change colors right before your eyes. Most spectators of this daily event look for the “Green Flash” which occurs just as the sun is disappearing on the horizon.
I personally have never seen the green flash (could be my UV glass lens) but many have marveled at its beauty. But once it gets cold up north, the “snow birds” arrive tripling our population and crowding our waterways.
Snow Birds are, as we locals call them, either part-time residents or vacationers that come to our area to escape the cold winters up north. Don't get me wrong, we love the snow birds, they are a very important economic necessity for our tourism based economy in Florida.
But locals start counting a few weeks before Easter the car carriers arriving daily. Residents and visitors alike spend a good portion of their time outdoors enjoying 821,620 acres of federal and state parks, preserves, and refugees.
Inland lakes and canals, both natural and man made, offer freshwater anglers a variety of species. For a change of pace, attend one of our numerous outdoor events, festivals, arts and crafts shows, museums, the zoo or the botanical gardens.
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.
Species mix includes trout, weakfish, redfish, black drum, flounder and sleepyhead with the occasional striped bass. Several pull off spots provide casting access to the St. Johns River, or toucan 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.
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. 1) Fort DeSoto Park in south St. Petersburg leads the list on Florida ’s left coast.
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. From whiting, pompano, bluefish and mackerel; to sharks, cobra and bull reds, this is one of Western Florida ’s premier shore fisheries.
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.
With beach shallows, the coastal Gulf and deep channel waters within easy reach, anglers find a steady mix of the inshore regulars, along with passing tarpon, king fish and sharks. 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.
Empty lots and bridge pull-offs may be convenient and cost-efficient, but a cursory scan for questionable types who clearly not fishing might offer a safety/vehicle security clue. 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.