The Top 5 Favorite Fishing Destinations in Florida December 22, 2016

The Top Five Favorite Fishing Destinations in Florida

1. The Florida Keys 

The Keys are the home of world-class deep-sea fishing where the catch is prized big-game trophy fish such as marlin, sailfish, and tuna. Islamorada, in the Upper Keys, is known as the sport-fishing capital of the world.

The Florida Keys also provide great opportunities for back country fishing for the fighting tarpon, bonefish and other saltwater fish.

2. Lake Okeechobee

Visitors to the Treasure Coast on the eastern Atlantic seashore come for the fishing.   One of the most popular freshwater fishing destinations is Lake Okeechobee, Florida's largest lake covering an area of over 730 miles and well stocked with excellent table fish.

3. Boca Grande

Located between Gasparilla and Cayo Costa islands offshore from Fort Myers in Florida's south west, lies Boca Grande Pass. This is one of the many Florida fishing grounds that harbor the mighty tarpon.  

4. Destin

This small Panhandle town is located at the top of the Gulf Of Mexico in Florida's north west. Calling itself the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village", it's the home port for Florida's largest charter-boat fleet. Over 140 vessels cater to anglers attracted to these Gulf Of Mexico waters in pursuit of grouper, amberjack, snapper, mackerel, cobia, sailfish, wahoo, tuna, and blue marlin.

While in Destin take a short drive to the Hook & Tackle Flagship store at Pier Park Mall in Panama City Beach.

5. Stuart

Stuart is an angler's haven located in the center of the Treasure Coast on Florida's eastern seaboard. Miles of wide waterways dominate the surrounding environment. With a sailfish as the city emblem and a jumping sailfish dominating the town square fountain, it's not hard to figure out that this is the "Sailfish Capital of the World". 

The town and surrounding area is home to 15 marinas that provide mooring for the fishing and charter boat fleets. Angling is year-round, although peak months are December through March and June through July.