From rivers and inlets to lakes and coastline, the opportunities for Florida fishing are limitless. Each area in the state boasts some great spots so the trick is to identify a place that suits your needs.
If you need a boat to reach your ideal spot but don’t have one, you can look at fishing charters. Popular shoreline spots like piers, bridges, jetties and other structures not only offer convenient access but some great action as well.
For example, Jacksonville Beach Pier offers a good chance to land king mackerel. For instance, the season for several species of grouper closes for certain months of the year.
Check out its seasonal fishing calendar that lists the best months to catch various species depending on the area of the state you’re in. If you want to head out to the deep sea, any charter captain will tell you there’s no bad time.
If you want to experience the thrill and excitement of offshore fishing or just head out in a small skiff in the grass flats but lack a boat, it can be a good idea to use a guide or book a charter. They’ll also provide you with rods, reels and tackle so you don’t have to bring your own gear.
DeSantis’ order to be Safer At Home and practice social distancing, there are several outdoor recreational activities that are approved, including fishing,” said Gary Jennings, Director, Keep FloridaFishing. “On behalf of Florida ’s more than four million anglers, we couldn’t agree more that now is the time to get outside and fish while practicing social distancing on the state’s beautiful waters.
DeSantis for including these activities and implore Floridians to please practice safe, social distancing in order to keep Florida fishing.” The American Sport fishing Association on Friday, March 27 sent letters to all 50 governors requesting they keep waterways open and available for people to fish.
This state is completely surrounded by water so how do you know where the best Florida fishing spots are located? Reeling in a big one as you watch a rocket launch overhead should be on every angler’s bucket list.
Catch redfish, snapper, shook, mahi-mahi, tarpon, and more right off the coast of Cape Canaveral. Check out Mill Cove, Amelia Island, and Nassau Sound for some of the best fishing spots in the area.
This 100-mile stretch of islands is surrounded by beautiful blue-green waters and tons of fish! Bone fish take the center stage down in the keys but you can also catch shook and tarpon depending on the time of year.
Nicknamed the luckiest fishing town you’ll feel lucky when you spend a day out on the waters of Destiny. This beautiful tucked away from the city on Florida ’s west coast is a fisherman’s dream come true.
There are tons of inland canals to fish where you will find big schools of shark, shook, and tarpon. There is year-round fishing in Naples so start planning your Florida fishing trip today and escape from the cold and snow.
Over the years, we’ve lost a regrettable quantity of fish to worn out or poor quality swivels, which is frustrating. Keep one or two 32 oz bank sinkers as well with maybe one or two stick leads as a backup.
Swivel weights also come in handy as they don’t spin the line while being dropped or retrieved. On the mid-eye of the swivel, tie one end of the fluorocarbon leader with a uni knot.
Tie a hook (also with a uni not or tuna knot) to the other end of the fluorocarbon. If the bait is spinning on the way down, you’re either dropping too fast or your leader line wasn’t long enough.
This allows the main line to pass through the egg sinker, so the fish can run once hooked. A circle hook matched to the size of the bait is perfect for this bottom rig.
Deploying your rig before you hit the target position is critical so your bait is at depth as you pass by the structure. There is a hazard of getting spun up while dropping or retrieving in heavy current, but it’s worth the risk.
Charlie Ellis of Miami, FL has 25 years experience fishing for big game species like Blue fin Tuna, Sailfish, Swordfish, and Sharks. Charlie is also an avid scuba diver, world traveler, writer, and entrepreneur.