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.
Most places you can find a restaurant that will cook your catch to order. Florida ’s the place to fire up a young angler’s inner fishing fanatic.
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.
Like other states, before you set out to fish in Florida, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the local regulations. The regulations also contain Florida ’s size and bag limits for various species as well as prohibitions on certain types of methods for taking fish.
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.
An added bonus is that they’ll typically have a fishing license that covers their passengers as well so you won’t have to worry about securing one. One thing you will find in common with most other Florida bass fishing guides is that they work part-time as a fishing guide.
This does not make them a bad fishing guide, just simply limits what they can provide to you on your big day. It is hard to be a good fishing guide and also carry a full or part-time job, it’s almost impossible to regularly catch trophy-sized bass when you are getting used information from your friends.
We want to say to you “please do your homework”, Florida is a wonderful place to fish and unlike most guided trips that end at the dock we work hard at providing you fishing experiences that last a lifetime. Wednesday, February 26, 2021 “Yesterday 25th Feb me and my brother Kevin had a great day out amongst the peacock bass with Captain Bob Miley.
Brilliant company, awesome sport and reap value for money.” Wednesday, February 26, 2021 “My 16-year-old son and I spent six hours with Capt.
Jeff Brooks fishing from his bass boat in the Everglades. We really didn't care what species... Jeff didn't let us down...we hit on our first cast and it didn't stop.
We tore through 8 dozen shiners and finished with some great action on artificial as well....lost count how many fish we caught.....if you want some excellent fishing ask for Capt Wayne!...you won't be disappointed!” When considering the cost of a bass boat payment, insurance, boat maintenance, boat storage, tow vehicle, fishing license, bait, fishing tackle, and the time required to obtain the local knowledge one needs to catch fish; the cost of professional guide service is way undervalued.
We get all types of customers, some of which have little to no experience that just show up at the dock to go fishing with us. The best way to ensure a quality fishing experience is to spend some time researching a guide service’s qualifications, background, experience, and knowledge, by checking them out.
I’ve always heard the best way to tell if an angler is a good fisherman is to see how well they can stretch the truth. Currently, there are over 500 freshwater fishing guides working in the State of Florida.
A quality guide will provide top quality tackle and equipment, like GLoom is Rods, Rev Reels and Berkley Fishing Line (or something similar) and they should be in good working order. All you will need to bring are your own personal items such as polarized sunglasses, hat, camera, and sunscreen When researching guide rates you will find most services will offer a selection of time frames to facilitate the desires of the client and most charters are conducted in 1/2 day (four hours), 3/4 day (six hours), and full-day (eight hours) sessions.
Good full-time professional guides just don’t do it…which just leaves the rest. In-shore saltwater and offshore rates are generally higher based on the number of anglers and the distance traveled.
), so check the websites of an organization like SAFER, Florida Freshwater Fishing Coalition, and other associations. Book your charter early: Most top-ranked guides book charters many months or even a year in advance, and they require deposits to secure specific dates.
By applying a credit card to your reservation it should be sufficient to hold your dates. Call for all the information and as much as you need: Most good professional guide services provide toll-free numbers so clients can call for information at no cost to them.
Not a booking agent with no concept of the fishing conditions or questions you might ask. Discuss your desires and needs with your guide : Some charter services specialize in specific skill levels so make sure you mention your skill level and experience and if inexperienced anglers will be fishing.
Also, be sure to mention if small children or persons with special needs will be fishing. Many will provide lunch if requested and in many locations marinas or restaurants are available close by on the water.
Your guide knows how to read the water, and he knows what to look for so pay close attention to his instructions. Remember to bring your camera: Many guide trips are a once in a lifetime experience worth recording.
Smokers beware: Because of the carpet on the boats we do ask that you be careful of your ashes. An eight-hour charter is equivalent to a ten-hour workday when you consider preparing the boat, tackle, and other equipment for the day, handling the charter, travel time, cleaning the boat, and preparing for the next day.
Reading Time: 4minutes Florida is the biggest market for charter fishing in the world. Today, you’ll discover what licenses you need to become a legally operating charter captain in the Sunshine State.
Florida is the most popular sport fishing destination in the US, and the world. There are major differences between being a licensed saltwater and freshwater guide in the state of Florida.
To legally operate saltwater charters, you need more licenses than for freshwater. Note that in order to apply for this license, your boat already has to be ‘commercially registered’, which means you need to have the Boat Registration from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
If you want to fish legally in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico (9 miles out or more), you need a Coastal Pelagic permit and/or a Reef Fish permit. All charter boats must be registered with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
The price of registering your boat depends on its size, and whether you are a resident of Florida. In any case, we strongly recommend every charter captain to insure their boat.
To be a legal freshwater fishing guide, you don’t need any specific state guide licenses. Moreover, you only need a USCG captain’s license if you fish in ‘navigable waters’, meaning waterways with (commercial) traffic.
If you fish in non-navigable freshwater, you do not need a USCG Merchant Mariner Credential in the Sunshine State. However, you do need to have your boat registered at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
In addition, each of your customers needs to purchase their own license and take it with them on the trip. You can buy freshwater fishing licenses on the Go Outdoors Florida website.