Fishing Hot Spots® Saltwater Directions Fishing Charts for Florida
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10,000 Islands (Chokoloskee to Rookery Bay)
Known as a boater’s paradise where multi-million dollar yachts are nearly as common as kayaks and flat bottom boats, these waters are also support an abundant variety of gamefish. Anglers will have luck searching for huge tarpon, red drum, snook, spotted sea trout, crevalle jack, mangrove snapper and various groupers.
Amelia Island (Nassau Sound to Georgia state line)
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Cumberland Sound and the Amelia River, Amelia Island’s pristine waters offer a long list of saltwater species. Redfish, spotted sea trout and southern flounder are found around the grassbeds and oyster mounds in the backwater creeks and lagoons, while anglers will find tarpon, spanish mackerel, cobia, crevalle jack, king mackerel and trophy red drum hang out around inshore inlets, channels, beaches and buoys. Offshore, anglers will find amberjack, black sea bass, cobia and barracuda.
Apalachicola (Indian Pass to East Pass)
Referred to as the “forgotten coast”, the highly productive waters surrounding Florida’s panhandle offer anglers loads of fishing opportunities. In summer, look for king mackerel, snapper and grouper to move inshore to reefs and wrecks. As fall and winter months approach, look for spotted trout and red drum to join with the other species of fish that inhabit the inshore flats.
Big Pine Key (Sugarloaf Key to Seven Mile Bridge)
This beautiful area is prime fishing for permit, tarpon, bonefish, gray snapper, red grouper, barracuda, king mackerel, cobia, sailfish, dolphinfish, spotted sea trout, blackfin tuna and wahoo.
Biscayne Bay (Card Sound to Miami)
Sandwiched between Miami and the Keys, Biscayne Bay is probably one of the most underrated fishing areas in Florida. With more than 200 species of fish calling the reefs here home, this area is full of options. Both the inshore and offshore waters of southeastern Florida are world famous for bonefish, permit, tarpon, barracuda, crevalle jack, gray snapper, king mackerel, dolphinfish, red grouper, sailfish, spotted sea trout and snook.
Boca Grande/Charlotte Harbor (Lemon Bay to Cayo Costa)
Local legend has it that there is so much fishing here, "even the fish go fishing”. Much of this area remains in its natural state and provides excellent habitat for cobia, gag grouper, crevalle jack, gray snapper, red drum, sheepshead, snook, spanish mackerel, spotted sea trout and tarpon.
Cape Canaveral (Indian and Banana Rivers)
Florida's Space Coast hosts an incredibly diverse and rich natural environment, with more than 220 square miles of protected wildlife refuges and 40 parks. Anglers will find outstanding possibilities for king mackerel, amberjack, snapper, grouper and more.
Cape Sable (including Whitewater Bay)
This area located on the southwestern corner of Everglades National Park is the only place on the planet where saltwater crocs mix with American alligators. Rich in spawning grounds and nurseries for a number of fish species, it's not uncommon to find 200 pound tarpon sharing the water with red drum, snook, spotted sea trout, crevalle jack, mangrove snapper and various grouper.
Cedar Keys (Waccasassa Bay to Shired Island)
Located in the Gulf of Mexico, this diverse area is known for its inshore and offshore reefs which provide habitat for grouper, king mackerel, snapper, sheepshead, jacks and more.
Daytona Beach (South Daytona to Palm Coast)
Ripe with fishing possibilities, this area is known for its tremendous marlin and sailfish fishing. Other exotic species that roam these waters include crevalle jack, king mackerel, amberjack, dolphinfish, grouper and snapper. While the nearby Halifax River offers snook, red drum and spotted trout.
Ft. Myers (Estero Bay to Pine Island Sound)
A true tropical paradise, this region’s rich, grassy beds cover the flats along the shore and make for excellent snook, red drum and spotted sea trout fishing. Huge tarpon are found along the beaches, passes and holes in late spring.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades to Boynton Beach)
This area’s year-round access to bonefish, permit, tarpon, king mackerel and snapper, make this a must-fish location. With wide variety of hard fighting game fish inhabiting these waters; this is truly an angler's paradise.
Ft. Pierce (N. Hutchinson Island to Wabasso Beach)
The abundance of shrimp, fish and crabs make this a great fishing area. This area’s inshore and offshore waters are well known for hosting an abundance of amberjack, barracuda, cobia, red grouper, crevalle jack, king mackerel, cero mackerel, pompano, gray snapper, snook, tarpon and yellowtail snapper.
Ft. Walton Beach (including Choctawhatchee Bay)
More billfish are caught in these waters each year than at all other Gulf of Mexico ports combined. Anglers can target red drum, spotted sea trout, sheepshead and southern flounder near the grassbeds and oyster mounds in the bays or king mackerel, red snapper, amberjack and gag grouper around the many artificial reefs located offshore.
Homosassa (Bayport to Withlacoochee Bay)
Famous for its crystal clear water and great fishing, this area’s flats produce plenty of redfish, sea trout, tarpon cobia, jacks and mackerel. While grouper, snapper, sheepshead and kingfish are common in the deeper waters, the area’s inshore freshwater, rivers and spring-fed waterways provide excellent bass fishing.
Islamorada (including Flamingo and Florida Bay)
Boasting world-class flats and backcountry fishing, this area’s know for its outstanding tarpon, bonefish, gray snapper, red drum, permit, barracuda, snook, spotted sea trout, crevalle jack and grouper fishing.
Jacksonville (Ponte Vedra to Nassau Sound)
While Ponce de Leon was one of the first people to land in this area, modern-day anglers find themselves routinely landing amberjack, barracuda, black sea bass, cobia, gag grouper, crevalle jack, king mackerel, red drum, red snapper, southern flounder, Spanish mackerel, spotted sea trout and tarpon.
Key Largo (Plantation Key to Card Sound)
Key Largo’s location provides easy access to North America's only living coral reef on the Atlantic side, and the wild and untamed wilderness of the Everglades on the Florida Bay side. These waters offer anglers a wide variety of gamefish including bonefish, tarpon, permit, crevalle jack, barracuda, snook, spotted sea trout, red drum, gray snapper, king mackerel, red grouper, dolphinfish and sailfish.
Key West (Marquesas Key to Sugarloaf Key)
Anglers will find world-class fishing among the coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass flats located in this area. From bonefish, permit and tarpon to barracuda, sailfish and blackfin tuna, this area has a plethora of species are available to anglers.
+Marathon (Seven Mile Bridge to Conch Key)
Located in the heart of the Florida Keys, Marathon is a popular base for day trips to both the lower and upper Keys. Angling opportunities include permit, tarpon, bonefish, barracuda, gray snapper, king mackerel, red grouper, crevalle jack, cobia, dolphinfish, sailfish, spotted sea trout and wahoo.
Melbourne (Sebastian Inlet to Lower Banana River)
With an average temperature of 73 degrees, this area’s pristine fishing waters provide opportunities for anglers to take amberjack, barracuda, cero mackerel, cobia, crevalle jack, gray snapper, king mackerel, red drum, red grouper, snook, spotted sea trout and tarpon.
Miami (Key Biscayne to Port Everglades)
Boasting a wide variety of game fish year-round, this area’s inshore and offshore waters draw eager anglers from around the globe. Once here, anglers quickly realize the awesome opportunities for snook, amberjack, red grouper, cobia, king mackerel, sailfish, dolphinfish, wahoo, yellowtail snapper, barracuda and tarpon, to name a few.
Naples (Big Hickory Pass to Gordon Pass)
Known as the crown jewel of southwest Florida, this area’s angling opportunities revolve around its many wrecks, reefs, mangroves, flats and oyster bars. Numerous species of gamefish roam these waters including, huge grouper, colorful snappers, grunts, large sheepshead as well as exotics like hogfish or triggerfish.
New Smyrna Beach (Indian River to S. Daytona)
Another one of Florida's top fishing destinations, this area is almost untouched, free from the heavy traffic and large crowds. Mosquito Lagoon is excellent for grouper, redfish, speckled trout, tarpon and snook while the nearby Atlantic provides a ton of opportunity for king mackerel, amberjack, snapper and grouper.
Ochlockonee (St. George Sound to Big Redfish Point)
Anglers in this area find opportunities for spring-running cobia on the coasts, while others find great success fishing for Spanish mackerel in bays and passes during the spring. Other gamefish possibilities include; amberjack, black sea bass, gray snapper, crevalle jack, king mackerel, red drum, red grouper, southern flounder and tarpon.
Palm Beach (Ocean Ridge to Jupiter Inlet)
A wide variety of saltwater gamefish inhabit these waters throughout the year, and trolling outside the coral ledges will put you on wahoo and dolphinfish. Anglers can also expect opportunities to take amberjack, barracuda, cobia, red grouper, king mackerel, pompano, sailfish, snook, tarpon, and yellowtail snapper.
Panama City (St. Andrew Bay to St. Andrew Sound)
The gulf and bay waters surrounding Panama City Beach offer some of the finest sport fishing in the world. Anglers target red drum, spotted sea trout, sheepshead and southern flounder around the grassbeds and oyster mounds in the bays, backwater creeks and bayous. Spanish mackerel, cobia, crevalle jack and trophy red drum are found inshore around inlets, channels, beaches and buoys.
Pensacola Bay (including Santa Rosa Sound)
Anglers can expect to see trophy red drum running through the inshore inlets and channels, while king mackerel, cobia, amberjack, grouper and red snapper are found around the many artificial reefs, ledges and offshore high spots.
Ponte Vedra (S. Ponte Vedra Beach to Ponte Vedra)
Both inshore and offshore waters between St. Augustine and Isle of the Palms South are well known for the wide variety of gamefish available year-round. Work the rivers for red drum and spotted sea trout, the inlets for flounder and snook, then troll the seas for king mackerel and dolphinfish.
Port Saint Joe (St. Andrew Pass to Indian Pass)
Whether chasing king mackerel offshore, snapper and grouper near inshore reefs and wrecks, cobia migrating along the coast or tarpon rolling just off the beach, this is a place where anglers of any skill level will find success.
Sarasota (Lemon Bay to Sarasota Bay)
This area’s extensive artificial reef program has created homes for cobia, jacks, mackerel, snapper, grouper and grunts, while mangroves provide habitat for snook, sheepshead, mangrove snapper and redfish. Anglers will find the passes and channels are productive, holding grouper, tarpon, snook and pompano as well as jacks, spotted trout and more.
St. Augustine (Palm Coast to S. Ponte Vedra)
Drawn to the unspoiled beauty and top-notch fishing, this area is a magnet for anglers seeking big gamefish. A quick trip offshore will put anglers on marlin, sailfish, dolphin and whaoo, while the inshore waters are home to king mackerel, crevalle jack, cobia, snapper and grouper.
St. Johns River (Fuller Warren Bridge to St. Johns Inlet)
Spanning 310 miles, the St. Johns River is the longest river in Florida. Red drum and spotted sea trout top the list of game fish, but anglers will find sheepshead, crevalle jack, Atlantic croaker, ladyfish, tarpon, southern lounder and black drum.
St. Petersburg (Passage Key Inlet to Clearwater)
Inshore anglers will find opportunities to target redfish, spotted sea trout and flounder around the numerous shallow flats, or hook-up with snapper and snook in the mangroves. Be prepared for a battle when fishing for tarpon along the beaches and channels in the area. The many wrecks and unspoiled reefs attract grouper, snapper, grunts, sharks, cobia, jacks, mackerel and more.
Stuart (including St. Lucie and Indian River)
With miles of white sandy beaches, crystal blue water and continuous warm weather, this area is an anglers paradise. Look for bonefish, permit, tarpon, wahoo, grouper or snapper cruising around the area.
Much of the natural habitat in this area has been replaced by development and seawalls, but it hasn’t stop the snook, redfish, mangrove snapper and sheepshead from hanging around. Be sure to check the seagrass for spotted sea trout, redfish and flounder. The large artificial reef holds some excellent fishing opportunities. Look for cobia, jacks, mackerel, snapper, grouper and grunts.
Tarpon Springs (Clearwater Pass to Bayport)
Hosting a great mix of fresh and saltwater species, anglers can target largemouth bass in the area’s rivers and creeks, or hit the Gulf waters to find redfish and trout. Anglers can look for the inshore, rocky areas to hold sheepshead, snapper, grouper, while the numerous inshore and offshore reefs give up grouper, Spanish and king mackerel, snapper, sheepshead and jacks.
The Everglades (Broad River to Everglades City)
The ecological importance of this area is hard to overstate, and many species of fish use these rich, tannic waters for spawning grounds. Anglers will find snook, red drum, tarpon, spotted sea trout, crevalle jack, cobia, Spanish mackerel, tripletail, sheepshea