By Allen Brown
Everyone knows Florida. Whether it’s the beaches, warm climate, entertainment, or nightlife, Florida has something to offer to pretty much everyone, and that definitely includes anglers.
Whether you’re planning a vacation to Florida or you’re looking for the next breathtaking fishing experience, you’ll never go wrong by taking a tour across its diverse and magnificent fisheries!
To give you a quick idea, Florida is open to two major water bodies: the Gulf of Mexico and the North Atlantic Ocean. As a result, it’s common to come across mangroves, wrecks, flats, deep water trenches, or reefs wherever you decide to go fishing. Have you made up your mind yet? If not, here are some of the top 6 stunning fishing spots the Sunshine State has got to offer you.
The Florida Keys
If you ask a random person walking down the street about the best fishing spot in Florida, it’s almost always guaranteed that they’ll mention the Florida Keys on the list- if not start with it. You’ll understand why this fishing paradise has more than earned its reputation as soon as you visit. As soon as you drive to Key West from Key Largo, you’ll be welcomed by crystal blue water embracing thin islands that stretch across 100 miles. The Florida Keys give you the chance to try backcountry and flats fishing to catch an infinite amount of Permit, Tarpon, Snook, and, if you’re visiting in the Spring, Bonefish. You should also definitely try deep-sea fishing and fight a battle against Florida’s well-known fighters: the Tuna, Sailfish, and Marlin.
Whenever you think of Florida, you’ll almost always be picturing Miami and its wild exotic nightlife. We probably have the movies to blame for that, but it works in our favor anyway since Miami attracts its fair share of tourists as a result. There’s nothing more exciting for tourists than to flip Miami’s hidden card and get introduced to its exclusive deep-sea fishing! Once you hit its famous Sailfish Alley, you’ll have access to its hundreds of Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Wahoo. You can also stay closer to the shore, though that’s only possible if you hitch a boat ride to Biscayne Bay. While you’re at it, don’t miss out on the night-fishing experience!
If there’s one thing that Pensacola is known for, then it’s as the Red Snapper of the World. You can never go wrong if you decide to spend your fishing vacation in Pensacola; the city is technically engulfed by beachfront and bays, making its inshore fishing game one of the strongest in all of Florida. What really makes fishing in Pensacola special though, is the large fleet of charters that you can use to try your hand at deep-sea fishing battles with the monsters. Whether it’s a fight with a Blackfin Tuna from the top of a charter, Triggerfish and small Snappers from the reefs, or Tarpon, Redfish, and Flounder from inshore sportfishing – you’ll find it all in Pensacola.
Panama City Beach
Panama is another infamous angler destination in Florida. Its infinite inshore opportunities make it an all-time favorite for family fishing vacations, and its beautiful beaches certainly add to its magic. If that just isn’t enough for you, you’ll be glad to know you can delve into deep-sea fishing inboard of its countless charters.
Destin is a fishing gem for amateurs and seasoned anglers alike. With its perfect balance of inshore and offshore fishing, you’ll never come short on Billfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Amberjack, Snapper, or big Grouper fish. Seasoned anglers can hone their skills and brag about the thousands of dollars they earn in cash following their expeditions across the shores of Destin. Whatever level your fishing game is, Destin will always have something to satisfy your adventurous spirit.
If you’re looking for a strong inshore fishing game, then you needn’t look any further than Tampa Bay. You’ll never have enough of its Sheepshead, Spotted Seatrout, Jack Crevalle, Snook, Black and Red Drum, and its various other species anyway. Better yet, you’ll always be sure to catch something no matter where you go fishing, so you can take your time to try bottom fishing, flying fishing, or even offshore fishing.
To be completely honest, it’s impossible to cover all of Florida’s hottest fishing spots in just one article; after all, it’s not called the Sportfishing Capital of the World for nothing! With that in mind, if there’s one thing you can be absolutely sure of, it’s that you’ll have one hell of an experience no matter where you decide to go fishing in Florida.