Florida Fishing

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Florida is the fishing capital of the world with 1,350 miles of shoreline, 663 miles of beach, over 11,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways and 4,300 square miles of water.

When you go fishing in Florida you can choose from Saltwater Fishing either offshore or inshore, or freshwater in the many lakes and rivers in Florida. 

Regardless of where you fish you will probably need a Florida fishing license. There are a few exceptions such as fishing with a cane pole in your county of residence, and youths under 16 and seniors over 65.

When you fish on a charter fishing boat in Florida the Captain provides the fishing license and the expertise so consider booking a fishing charter.

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Articles about Florida Fishing

Florida Fishing and Hunting License

Florida is home to more than 5 million acres of the largest wildlife management area in the country. If you plan to fish or hunt in the State of Florida you must have a license and the state makes it easy.

Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge

Big Pine Key

Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge has a friendly atmosphere where campers can relax and enjoy the sun along the coral rock shoreline and divers can enjoy the nearby Looe Key National Underwater Marine Sanctuary.  It is located in the Lower Keys at Mile Marker 33.

Sugarloaf Key Resort KOA Kampground

Sugarloaf Key

On the Atlantic Ocean in the Lower Keys, the Sugarloaf Key Resort KOA Kampground is located at Mile Marker 20.  As the southernmost KOA Kampground in North America, this campground offers activities year round.

Knights Key Park Campground and Marina


The oceanside Knights Key RV Resorts and Marina is located in the Middle Keys at Mile Marker 47 in Marathon Florida.  The Knights Keys Campground offers it guests clean, grassy sites among mature banyan and gumbo limbo trees.  Campers can swim on their beach or relax by tiki huts.

Fishing Key West

Key West

With the Atlantic Ocean to the South, the Gulf of Mexico to the North and Straits of Florida to the West, Key West is surround by outstanding fishing grounds.

Key West offers every kind of fishing you can imagine including offshore fishing and flats fishing, and spearfishing. If you are visiting Key West and want to go fishing you have a few options.

Sandsprit Park


Fishing piers, boat ramps, pavilions, and a playground are a few things you’ll find at Sandsprit Park in Stuart. Located at the entrance to Manatee Pocket Sandsprit Park is great place to launch your boat, fish, or have a party in one of the many pavilions.

Martin County Artifical Reefs

Martin County

Martin County and the City of Stuart are known for excellent fishing but many residents and visitors don’ know that some of the best fishing is on four (4) artificial reefs that sit between Jensen Beach and Stuart.

Florida Fishing Guide

Florida is known as the Fishing Capital of the World. And one of the best ways to catch the fish Florida is famous for is to fish with a professional fishing guide. Being a fishing guide in Florida requires both being a fishing expert and having a captains license.

Bud and Mary’s Marina


Islamorada in the Upper Florida Keys has one of the largest fleet of fishing guides in the world catering to its nickname The Sportsfishing Capital of the World.”  Bud n’ Mary’s Fishing Marina has more than 40 fishing guides using its marina for back country and offshore fishing located on Islamorada.

Islamorada Fishing


Florida is famous for amazing for fishing and Islamorada has as some of the best fishing in Florida. In Islamorada you can fish Offshore in the Atlantic Ocean or inshore in the back country of the Florida Bay and the Everglades National Park.

Indian River Lagoon Treasure Coast

Fort Pierce

Florida has great natural scenery and the Indian River Lagoon is a perfect example. There are two Indian Lagoon scenic highways our focus is on Indian River Drive (highway 707) - an official Florida Scenic Highway that runs from Jensen Beach in the south along the Indian River Lagoon into downtown Fort Pierce in the north.

Fort Pierce Inlet

Fort Pierce

The Fort Pierce Inlet is a wide are relatively safe inlet to navigate. There is excellent fishing along the jetty, which is very long and has lots of room for fishermen. 

Depending on the conditions you can catch a wide variety of fish from Snook and Redfish to Tarpon, Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, and Trout.

Lake Okeechobee

Take a look at any map of Florida and you will see the enormous 451,000 acre (731 square mile) Lake Okeechobee in southern part of the state. Lake Okeechobee is a recreation area with boating, fishing, and camping and it is also part of the complex water management system for southern Florida.

Sailfishing in Florida

The sailfish is one of the most prized game fish and Florida is famous for great sailfish fishing. Sailfish are incredibly fast and beautiful. They have been clocked at speeds over 65 mph, which makes them one of the fastest fish.

Top spots in Florida for Sailfishing include Stuart Florida (the sailfish capitol of the world) and Islamorada in the Keys.