However, when fishing pelagic species, such as dolphin, tuna and Yahoo, the further south one is located, the farther out in the gulf, one must trek. Closer to home, my offshore charters will consist of reefs within 10 miles of the outer islands (Daniel, Captive and Mayo Costa) to target cobra, permit, king fish, Spanish mackerel, gray, lane and vermilion snappers.
I use crabs for the permit, herring and sardines, pinkish, cut baits (squid) and shrimp for the other species. My Tarpon charters will focus along the beaches, Coca Grande Pass, Charlotte Harbor and Pine Island Sound.
Live thread fins, pinkish, crab, mullet, or lady fish under balloons will make up for most of the presentations. Those looking for sea trout, Spanish mackerel, pompano, small shark, and mangrove snappers, should have a ‘field’ day.
Charter clients with experience and deferring to me should be happy to learn that June is usually the month the redfish action picks up. Summer tides allow access to areas of Malacca Pass, all of Pine Island Sound and small creeks.
Redfish are known to move in with the incoming tide for protection and food in and around Mangroves that sit on and around oyster shoals. I use big live shrimps, gold spoons and weedless soft plastics along and under the mangroves to catch these ‘bruisers’.
I chum the area up by hurling pieces of shrimp in and around my presentations, hoping to incite a feed. Shook season is closed for harvesting, but they are awesome game fish to test one’s angling ability.
I am available on your vessel as ‘Captain for Hire’ by the hour for safety instruction, navigational assistance, fishing techniques and locations that will insure your every trip is a success. The weather patterns should provide an abundance of calm days and clean water conditions, ideally suitable for individuals and families to do things outside on the Florida beaches.
Targeting the Atlantic Ocean waters from Cocoa Beach to Sebastian Inlet gives fisherman the chance to land a 200 pound tarpon, shook, sharks, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, pompano, or whiting. How to catch Spanish Mackerel and bluefish effectively in the Florida surf requires fishing with smaller spinning rods 7-8 feet in length and reels in the 2000 to 4000 series range.
Surf fishing charters in Brevard County utilizing live baits have resulted in great catches of shook, tarpon, and flounder. The annual bait migration of ponies and thread fin herring is underway and with that, large predatory fish taking advantage of the all-you-can-eat buffet line.
While the widely recognized shook and tarpon are beginning to make appearances regularly in the Florida surf, the recent cool weather has dropped ocean temperatures to keep the pompano around a bit longer. Fish bites (sand flea flavor), clams, shrimp, and live sand fleas have been producing consistent results of Florida pompano and whiting.
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.
An exciting place to explore for anglers, here you’ll find a colorful variety of fish in the area, including bone fish, tarpon, and shook. Sitting south of Cedar Key is Seahorse Reef, a popular area for experienced Gulf Shore fishermen.
Covered with long and lush seagrass, Cedar Creek is considered one of the best launching points in the Big Bend area. Boasting an abundance of guides and ship captains for hire and a variety of other land and water-based attractions, Key West is an ideal destination to visit with the entire family.
A large fountain with a jumping sailfish sits in its town square, marking the centerpiece of the area’s 15 marinas ready to take out fishing and charter boat fleets. Spring is the most popular season for catching underwater treasures, as the seagrass grows wild in these months making it an ideal time to spot Redfish, speckled trout, and sleepyhead.
With over 140 vessels that cater to anglers, you have the chance to catch grouper, amber jack, snapper, mackerel, sailfish, Yahoo, tuna and even a blue marlin in this emerald Gulf of Mexico waters. Those looking for a more leisurely experience can cast a line off the pier, as this city pairs laid-back vibes with crystal clear beach areas.
It’s also a great place to go fly and kayak fishing, and if you’re with the kids, you might want to check out the chance to hand-feed tarpon at nearby Robbie’s Marina only a few miles from the park. Fly and spin angling might win you saltwater game fish, while reef fishing is ideal for reeling in snapper and grouper.
With both resorts and campsites peppered around the lake, visitors can stay overnight, as the area has plenty of guides and charters to direct you to the best spots. Here you’ll discover a city listed on the National Register of Historic Places and old fish houses that date back to the original families, where both shrimp and grouper are sold to local restaurants.
For those who rather go stargazing and appreciate the outdoors, head to Anastasia State Park to find 139 full-facility campsites that sit alongside the Atlantic Ocean. Less touristy than its South Florida counterparts, here visitors will find an underrated gem with crystal clear waters stemming from the Gulf of Mexico.
The area is famous for spotting an array of colorful redfish, flounder, tarpon and sea trout, and if you venture further offshore, it’s not uncommon to see fishermen reeling in king mackerel, blue marlin, tuna, and cobra. Located on the southwest coast of Florida facing the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota even has a handful of hotels that provide guides for hire.
Catching shook, redfish, trout, grouper and Dorado is common, while the area’s offshore activities, from its vibrant arts scene to the stunning Siesta Key beach, are sure to keep the entire family entertained. Often referred to as “The Fishing Capital of the World,” here you will discover an abundance of freshwater and saltwater hotspots to keep your vacation itinerary full, from the emerald waters in the Panhandle all the way down to the Florida Keys.
Whether you want to go deep-sea fishing or prefer to cast a line off the pier, you can catch a monster bass one day and some pan fish for dinner the next.