The warm weather is upon us and there is no better time to break out your fishing poles and awaken your vessel from its winter hibernation. Your first 2019 destination has to include balmy weather, calm seas, and plenty of opportunities to land a great catch!
South Florida offers plenty of gorgeous, boat-friendly destinations that offer some of the best fishing in the country. Look no further, we’ve lined up our top five most popular South Florida fishing destinations so that you can begin planning your next fish & adventure filled weekend today. Just read on to discover what makes each of these destinations unique and what might be biting there!
Seven Mile Bridge
There are a whopping 42 bridges that connect all of the Florida Keys and it’s safe to say that there are thousands of fish swimming beneath them. There is one bridge, however, that takes the cake as an ideal South Florida fishing destination-the Seven Mile Bridge. This (quite literally) seven mile bridge connecting Marathon and Duck Key, offers a unique fishing experience and incredible views. Here, you’ll find an abundance of Schoolmaster, Mangrove, and Yellowtail Snapper. This area is popular with Marathon fishing charters, but, due to its seven mile length, you’ll have no problem finding a spot all to yourself. Ready to go? Make sure to bring along shrimp if you’re after Schoolmasters and pack some cut ballyhoo for the Mangrove Snapper. Of course, you don’t have to stop there! The Florida Keys is a destination in itself. Be sure to cruise back up north and hit the reefs of Islamorada where it’s not uncommon to catch Sailfish, Wahoo, Tuna, and more!
Just on the outskirts of Miami, Key Biscayne offers a beautiful and scenic area to land your next big catch. Located on a barrier island across the Rickenbacker Causeway, Biscayne Bay is a prime spot for landing Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish. Due to the crystal clear waters, there are opportunities for sight fishing using both spinning and fly rods. Tarpon fishing remains consistent here year-round, but the best time to land a large Tarpon is from December through June-no better time than now!
Located in Southwest Florida, Marco Island boasts some of the best year-round sport fishing in the world! Marco’s shallow island-filled waters offer Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, and Sea Trout. Looking to go offshore? Venture over to the Gulf of Mexico for a chance at catching Grouper, Snapper, King Mackeral, Little Tuni, and Cobia. Marco Island is just minutes from Naples and Fort Myers, each offering even more fishing (and seafood eating) opportunities!
Lighthouse Point is a true boating community with over 18 miles of waterways. Located north of Pompano Beach, this fishing hotspot is known for its many sport fishing options. If it swims in saltwater, chances are you will come across it off Lighthouse Point. From Kingfish, to Marlin, to Wahoo, big catches attract many avid sport fisherman to this area. After your day on the water, swing by Cap’s Place, Broward County’s oldest restaurant. Here, you can enjoy great seafood and scenic views of the Intracoastal!
Stuart, Florida, located in Martin County, is the Sailfish Capital of the World! If that’s not enough to convince you to drop a line there, know that the area has also been nicknamed “Snook City” and “Kingfish Kountry”. This East Coast of Florida destination is rich with fish just waiting for an eager angler like you! In fact, Stuart sits on the most biodiverse estuary in the Northern Hemisphere. The multitude of fish in Martin County is due to it being home to 100 artificial reef systems and over 800 species of fish! In addition to the amazing fishing, both inshore and offshore, there is also plenty to do on land. Check out Stuart’s array of unique shops, incredible restaurants, beautiful golf courses, and quiet beaches. As you explore the area, be sure to stop in and say “hi” at our Treasure Coast location in Stuart. We offer an amazing selection of boats and are one of the top Robalo dealers in Florida! We treat each and every client in a personal and professional manner with the goal of placing you with your dream boat. Contact us today to discover the perfect vessel for your next fishing expedition!