Each day at dawn, anglers of all skill levels venture to every corner of our warm Gulf waters to hook that one fish by which all other fish will be measured. While we can’t guarantee your catch, we can guarantee you’ll consider any day spent trying a success. Just grab your rig, your lures and bait, and go wherever the fish happen to be.
In the spring: Temperate waters welcome large game fish like our famous tarpon and grouper. This season (as well as autumn) allows good use of hundreds of miles of waterways where you'll find cobia, Spanish mackerel, amberjack and more. In warm summer months: Set up near piers and jetties in the early morning before the water heats up. Later in the day, stick to channels and passes, especially during incoming tides. In the winter: Fishing moves inshore. This is high season for flats fishing, especially for snook and big trout. Despite the season, Southwest Florida entertains many types of fishing. Our waters are considered one of the greatest areas in Florida for saltwater fly-fishing and light-tackle fishing, with several world-record fish having been caught here.
Inshore, anglers hook a variety of local fish year-round along the mangrove shorelines, over the open flats, around bridges, piers, docks or by wade-fishing along the beaches or drifting the passes and inlets that lead to the Gulf of Mexico.
Offshore, year-round catches of succulent snapper and redfish are common. Our abundant waters also occupy shark, bonito, barracuda, permit, cobia and Spanish and king mackerel. Freshwater fishing is accessible all year long, with bass, crappie, bluegill, shellcrackers, catfish and oscars most often targeted.
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