There are so many Florida fishing destinations that listing only three seems like a disservice. The only thing that I can say is that I still haven’t fished every corner of the state (only missing a few spots), so here are three great destinations (in no particular order) that I feel you should check out.
1. Florida Keys:
The Keys are known as the sportfishing capital of the world for a reason, more world records have been caught in the Keys than anywhere else in the world. It’s a unique place where you can catch bonefish, tarpon and snook in the morning, then run offshore for everything from a grouper for dinner to sailfish and marlin.
I’ve only had experience with two specific areas in the Keys, but that will soon change. I recommend Bud n’ Mary’s Marina in Islamorada and John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo for fishing and diving.
2. Florida Everglades:
The Everglades are 1.5 million acres of wetlands composing some of the greatest biodiversity on Earth. From terrestrial species to freshwater fish like bass to saltwater snook and tarpon as well as a multitude of plant and bird life, the abundance of life is simply incredible.
I fished the glades by way of Everglades City last year, you can read Part 1 and Part 2 to learn more about this amazing place, but sufficed to say, the snook and tarpon and practically jumping in the boat (if you know where to look).
3. The Nature Coast
The Nature Coast encompasses areas like Chassowitska, Homosassa, Ozello and more. It is chock full of big redfish to the nth degree. Homosassa used to be the giant tarpon capital of the world. Snook are becoming more and more prevalent. There’s great scalloping. It’s a wild place that time forgot.
As far as Florida fishing destinations go I think these are great spots, but there are many more great ones, some I’ve been to, some not. Boca Grande, Mosquito Lagoon, Biscayne Bay, Destin, Stuart, Saint Petersburg, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and on and on. This blog was just three that I thought of and had more experiences with than others. Perhaps in the future, I will add to this. Give these and many others a try. You won’t regret it.
Until next time, tight lines.