An Angler’s Guide to Exploring the Must-Visit Fishing Spots in Florida

March 19, 2022

If ever you get the chance to travel to Florida, don't forget to go to these must-visit fishing spots in the Sunshine State.

Florida is one of the best places to go fishing in the world. You would be hard-pressed to find another place where there is so much variety in the amount of fishing that happens. It offers options for beginners to expert-level anglers and a plethora of different types of fish. Because of this, it is impossible to put everything into one list, but there are a few spots that stand out for everyone. 

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An Angler’s Guide to Exploring the Must-Visit Fishing Spots in Florida


    Here are our top picks.

    1. Sarasota


    Sarasota is most well-known for inshore fishing. It has a variety of flats, sand bars, and gorgeous seagrass meadows. It is a haven for fly fishers as well as sight casters. 

    You can choose whether you want to spend your day wading through the shallows or make your way across beautiful mangrove tunnels while you look for Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, and Mangrove Snapper. According to fishanywhere.com there are plenty of different Snapper breeds to look out for. 

    Make your way to Siesta Key, Stephen’s Point, and Big Sarasota Pass for some of the best spots in this area. If you enjoy bottom fishing, there are plenty of reefs for you to check out in the area, too.

    2. Daytona Beach


    If you’re looking for an abundance of different fishing opportunities Daytona Beach is the place to go. In the morning you might find yourself fishing in the calm waters of the Halifax River and by afternoon find yourself offshore, deep-sea finishing some Wahoo. You can bring the whole family along as there are a variety of things to do in the city itself.

    3. Naples


    The next spot on our list is Naples. Located along Florida’s Paradise Coast, its filled to the brim with pristine beaches and its turquoise waters make it a great destination for the whole family. When it comes to fishing Naples has something all year long. 

    If you’re interested in backcountry fishing you can hire a guide to take you through the mangroves and over some flats where you can catch some Blacktip Shark or Spotted Seatrout. If flyfishing is for you, there are plenty of inshore species you should keep an eye out for. It even has some bucket list big game fish if you’re willing to do a few deep-sea charters. 

    It has a bit of something for everyone. This is the perfect fishing location for someone who wants a bit of everything.

    4. Fort Myers


    Located in the Southwest of Florida, Fort Myers is another one of the state's most famed fishing spots. It is also the best place if you’re looking for a bit of backcountry fishing. The waterways between Fort Myers and Cape Coral are filled with an abundance of fish - an inshore anglers haven. 

    You have access to countless fishing opportunities. The area caters to all kinds of fishing styles, which makes it perfect for those wanting to give something a go for the first time. Practice your fly fishing in the morning and enjoy some bottom fishing in the afternoon.

    5. Panama City Beach


    Panama City Beach is another family fishing vacation spot. Its waters are full of life, both inshore and offshore, making it another one of Florida’s best. The crystal-clear water means that you can see the fish coming up to the boat when you cast your line, which can be great fun for kids. 

    You also have access to plenty of shallow flats, making it the perfect spot for sight casting. You can also charter a deep-sea boat and enjoy a deep-sea fishing experience. Be sure to set aside an entire day for deep-sea charters, as you need to travel out quite a distance, and this cuts into the time you can spend fishing.

    6. Destin


    You’ve probably heard people refer to Destin as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” and for good reason. Destin of the most appreciated fishing spot in Florida and has the perfect mix of inshore and offshore fishing. 

    Beautifully situated between Choctawhatchee Bay (another spot you should check out) and the Gulf of Mexico, Destin has so much to offer its thousands of annual visitors. While you’re there, take a charter out to the 100-Fathom Curve. 

    The floor drops 600 feet below sea level meaning that you can expect to see all sorts of deep-sea big game fish. You can even explore the edge of the continental shelf from here! Destin is also home to one of the most famous fishing competitions, the “Destin Fishing Rodeo.”

    You could compete along with hundreds of other anglers from all over the country for your share of thousands of dollars in cash, as well as some really big bragging rights. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced angler, there’s something for everyone in Destin.

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    As you can see, Florida is full of different fishing opportunities. You have your pick of the crop when it comes to fishing at any of the places on this list.

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