Fishing in Florida

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Florida is without a doubt the mecca of saltwater fly fishing in the United States. Positioned perfectly between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, with the warm waters of the Gulf Stream tracing the Florida peninsula, casting a fly along any part of the Florida coast will put you in direct contact with some of the most sought after saltwater game fish on the planet.

Northwest Florida, known as the Panhandle, is home to some of the Gulf?s best fly fishing for inshore species like speckled trout and redfish. Heading south along the Florida coast will put you onto even more speckled trout and redfish action in the Homasassa area, and if you keep going past Tampa to the Fort Myers area, you?ll find yourself in what is widely considered the premier tarpon fishery of the world: Boca Grande. Every April through August, the annual migration of tarpon concentrates in the waters surrounding Boca Grande, and hordes of anglers take up rod and reel to pursue these prehistoric trophies. The southernmost coast of the Florida peninsula is dominated by the Everglades, with Naples being the main jumping-off point to explore and fish these fertile waters for redfish, snook, permit, pompano, snapper, amberjacks, barracuda, tarpon and many other species. Stretching out into the sea towards Cuba, the Florida Keys offer anglers incredible opportunities to fish for bonefish, permit, and tarpon on stunning tropical flats. Countless fishing opportunities continue up the Atlantic Coast of Florida, with Palm Beach and the Indian River Lagoon areas being some of the most popular. While Florida is most well-known for saltwater fishing, you?ll find largemouth bass in almost every body of water in the mainland, with a whole host of warm water species like peacock bass mixed in.

With more sunshine than you?ll know what to do with, fly fishing in Florida is a year-round pursuit. Spring is generally the most popular time of year with the largest crowds, and as summer sets in, be prepared for some high-heat, high-humidity fishing. Great fishing can be had in fall and winter, and you?ll likely have more water to yourself and more pleasant temperatures. If you?ve ever wanted to try your hand at saltwater fly fishing, Florida is the ideal place to explore what the ocean has to offer with feather and hook.


FL Department of Fish & Wildlife
Wildlife Foundation of Florida
Tallahassee, FL 32302
P: 850.922.1066

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