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Florida Fishing Seasons 2016

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Florida Fishing Seasons 2016

an iTrekkers Guide For Anglers

by Tom Mulliez

Florida Fishing Seasons

When it comes to fishing, Florida is one of the best areas of the United States to head offshore and reel in some big bites! From the world-famous tarpon found off the Gulf coast of Tarpon Springs, Florida, to the red snapper, blue crab, redfish and more that make up Florida’s prime fishing seasons, there is no shortage of fishing to be found in Florida at all different times of year.

Depending on when you visit Florida for fishing season, fisherman will find different fish are more visible and easily found around the coastline and in the waters off the Florida shores.

When can you catch fish in Florida? Almost any time of year; it just depends on what you are looking for!

When can you catch fish in Florida?

Anglers can catch fish in Florida year-round. The best month to find certain fish varies; for example, spring and summer are the best months for fishing Barracuda, while you’ll find the best Cobia or King Mackerel in the fall.

Where can you catch fish in Florida?

The Florida coastlines and lakes across the state are ripe with opportunities to catch both fresh and saltwater fish.

What licenses are required for fishing in Florida?

A recreational fishing license is required for fishing in Florida, for both residents and nonresidents.

Licenses vary per fish, so be sure to contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to learn more or apply for a fishing license before heading out on Florida’s coastal waters. A Hunting/Fishing License, Freshwater or Saltwater Fishing License, or a permit specific to a particular fish may be required.

What gear should I use?

The gear that you choose to use, from first-time fisherman to experienced anglers, depends on what type of fishing you plan to do, and where you plan to do it. Determine the fish species you’re after and the grounds where you’ll hunt before finalizing gear selections.

Do anglers catch a lot of fish in Florida?

Yes! There are many fish species to be found in Florida at various points throughout the year, including tarpon, red snapper, redfish, snapper, and more varieties. To make catching fish in Florida even more likely, book your fishing charter or day trip with iTrekkers. The charter fishing service pairs anglers – from the inexperienced to the expert – with vetted captains and guides. These experts will take anglers to where the fish are biting!

What restrictions are there on fishing in Florida?

Fishing restrictions in Florida are covered on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website and vary by species. Some fish have more strict regulations than others, and some license exemptions do apply.

The sale or harvest of a number of species of fish is prohibited in Florida. In addition, some species of fish, such as snook, may only be fished during open seasons.

Interesting facts about fishing in Florida

Fishing is a large part of Florida’s tourism industry. In fact, by some reports, Florida is considered to be the “Fishing Capital of the World,” bringing in more than a million anglers in one recent year of fishing reports.

Freshwater fishing license sales totaled nearly 500,000 for 2014-15, the Florida FWC noted in the same report.

1. Snook Season Florida

What are Snook?

Snook are an inshore species of saltwater fish popular among visiting tourists on fishing trips. Snook are known for their difficulty to catch.

Where can I find Snook?

Snook can be found both in the Atlantic as well as in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf of Mexico region includes Monroe County and Everglades National Park. Snook tend to favor warmer water, and therefore are usually only found toward the southernmost half of the state of Florida.

What Licenses are Required to Fish for Snook?

Both a recreational fishing license (saltwater fishing) and a snook permit are required to fish for snook, unless the angler is exempt from license requirements.

What Gear Can I Use to Fish for Snook?

Hook and line is permitted for fishing snook. Snagging is not permitted.

Do Anglers Harvest a Lot of Snook?

In the state of Florida there is a bag limit of one harvested snook per person, per day to aide in population control. Many anglers often release snook back into the water upon catching them, instead of harvesting them for food. Many anglers will harvest the occasional snook throughout the year.

Proper handling should be exercised in order to ensure the snook’s survival if releasing back into the water. A guide from iTrekkers.com will be able to assist you in proper handling techniques for releasing snook back into the wild.

What Restrictions are there on Fishing for Snook?

There are closed seasons in which snook cannot be fished:

• Atlantic: December 15 – January 31; June 1 – August 31

• Gulf of Mexico: December 1 – End of February; May 1 – August 31

• Snook that are taken must be larger than 28” long, but no more than 32” long in the Atlantic regions, and no more than 33” longer in the Gulf regions.

Why all the Restrictions on Snook?

The population of snook has fluctuated over the years and conservation efforts by the state of Florida have often been put in place to aide in replenishing the population after a decline. Like many other fish populations, there are natural occurrences which cause fish kills in many species in the region, such as cold fronts or red tides.

The snook population took a large hit in January 2010 with a massive cold kill due to prolonged cold weather. The snook population decreased so dramatically that snook were banned from fishery in the gulf locations for three years by state officials, to allow the snook population to replenish.

What does Snook Taste Like?

Snook had a reputation for tasting “soapy” if prepared improperly with the skin on. If the fish Is cleaned and filleted, snook can taste quite delicious.

How Can Snook Anglers Help in Researching More about Snook?

Biologists have requested any anglers who harvest snook to save the fish’s filleted carcass and drop it off to participating bait & tackle shops to aide in researching more about snook, including the harvested fish’s size, age and sex.

2. Florida Grouper Season

Fishing for grouper in Florida is a big draw for both tourists and seasoned local fisherman. The mighty fish can be found in the Atlantic waters along Florida’s coastlines as well as in the Gulf of Mexico during Florida grouper season. Grouper are managed differently in the two bodies of water.

When can you catch grouper?

In the Gulf of Mexico, anglers can catch grouper year-round. In the Atlantic, grouper can be caught in the summer and fall months.

Where can you catch grouper?

Grouper are commonly found in many parts of Florida, particularly in the coastal waters of the Florida Keys. In the southern waters of the state, grouper are often found near reefs. Black grouper can be found offshore, hovering near walls and rocky reefs in deep water. Gag grouper, a smaller variety of the fish, can be found offshore, but younger fish are often hiding in beds of sea grass at relatively low levels. Other varieties of grouper in Florida include the Goliath and Red Grouper, although harvesting of the Golith grouper is prohibited.

What licenses are required for grouper?

A recreational fishing license (saltwater fishing) is required for catching grouper, for both residents and nonresidents, unless the angler is exempt from license requirements.

What gear should I use to catch grouper?

Hook and line is permitted for fishing grouper. The use of baitfish is also permitted in the Atlantic Ocean, under certain restrictions.

Do anglers catch a lot of grouper?

Yes, anglers in Florida catch a lot of grouper. In the state of Florida there is a bag limit of four harvested grouper per person, per day in Gulf waters, and three harvested grouper per person, per day in Atlantic waters, to aide in population control.

What restrictions are there on grouper?

In the Atlantic, reef fish may be used as bait if heads and fins are left intact; in the Gulf of Mexico, the use of reef fish as bait is prohibited.

Black and red grouper may be harvested year-round within state boundaries (from shore to nine nautical miles) in the Gulf of Mexico. Black and red grouper may be harvested from May 1- Dec. 31 within state boundaries (from shore to three nautical miles) in the Atlantic.

There are certain seasons in which gag grouper can be fished:

• Atlantic: May 1-Dec. 31

• Gulf of Mexico: July 1-Dec. 3 (excluding Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor, Jefferson counties); changing to June 1 – Dec. 31 later this year.

• April 1-June 30 in state waters off of Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor and Jefferson counties.

• Gag and black grouper must measure 24” in total length.

What does grouper taste like?

Grouper is a mild, firm fish that takes on the flavor of the seasoning or batter used in preparing it.

Environmental facts about grouper

Because of the way that mature grouper come together to spawn, grouper fisheries are often easy targets for fisherman. Today, red and black grouper are no longer overfished in the Gulf of Mexico.

3. Florida Blue Crab Season

Blue crab is a common and tasty delicacy that is caught by fisherman across the south and eastern United States coastlines. Anglers can have fun catching a blue crab by using the hook and line method, but fisherman often turn to bait traps to collect blue crab.

When can you catch blue crab?

Crabbing is good year-round in Florida, with the best time to find them during the summer months. However, each year in Florida, there is a short closed season for using traps to catch blue crabs.

Where can you catch blue crab?

In Florida, anglers can catch blue crab both on the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Crabs can also be found inland, in creeks or rivers in northern Florida.

What licenses are required for blue crab?

A recreational fishing license (saltwater fishing) is required for catching blue crab, for both residents and nonresidents, unless the angler is exempt from license requirements.

What gear should I use to catch blue crab?

Gear requirements for catching blue crab in Florida can include equipment such as blue crab traps – no more than five per person – a dip or landing net, a drop net, a fold up trap – there is no restriction on how many of these may be used – or hook and line.

Do anglers catch a lot of blue crab?

Anglers do catch a lot of blue crab in Florida. The daily bag limit on blue crab in Florida is 10 gallons whole per harvester, per day.

What restrictions are there on blue crab?

There are no size restrictions on blue crab. The harvest of egg-bearing crabs is prohibited.

The maximum trap size for blue crab traps is 2 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet or a volume of 8 cubic feet.

What does blue crab taste like?

Blue crab is a king among crabs when it comes to flavor and texture. The meat of the blue crab is sweet and savory. Blue crab is often sold live and prepared fresh by boiling or steaming with seafood seasoning.

Environmental facts about blue crab

Blue crabs are a well-known symbol of Maryland, and a vital part of the state’s economy.

Blue crabs can live in a variety of environments, including high-salinity, salty waters as well as fresher waters.

Interesting facts about blue crab

Blue crabs have distinctive colored blue claws and red pinchers. Many anglers recommend using chicken necks or fish heads for blue crab bait.

The name for blue crabs is from the Greek word Callinectes, which roughly translates to “beautiful swimmer.”

The blue crab is native to the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

4. Florida Scallop Season

Scallops are abundant in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico on Florida’s west coast north of Tampa Bay.

When can you catch scallops?

Open harvest season for bay scallops along Florida’s Gulf coast runs from the first Saturday before July 1 – September 24 (in 2016, open season for scallops in Florida begins on June 25.)

Where can you catch scallops?

Scallops can be found in Florida’s bay waters at a relatively shallow depth; typically around 4-8 feet deep. Florida bay scallops are particularly abundant in rivers and waters north of Tampa Bay, including Crystal River and Homosassa Springs, and extending into Florida’s panhandle along the Gulf of Mexico coastline.

What licenses are required for scallops?

A Florida saltwater fishing license is required to harvest bay scallops, for both residents and nonresidents, unless the angler is exempt from needing a license or unless the fisherman is in possession of a shoreline fishing license and stays on the shore to collect scallops through wading or other activities where feel do not leave the ground.

If snorkeling or diving to collect scallops, a diver down sign must be displayed on board the fishing vessel.

What gear should I use to catch scallops?

Scallops are one of the simplest creatures of the sea to catch; perfect for an inexperienced or young fisherman to get his or her feet wet. Gear to collect scallops can be as simple as your own hands or a net; scallops can be collected by wading, or by diving or snorkeling with a net.

Do anglers catch a lot of scallops?

Anglers in Florida are often successful when seeking scallops. A daily bag limit for collecting scallops is: 2 gallons whole bay scallops in shell, or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person, per day; or a maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell, or 1/2 gallon bay scallop meat per vessel, per day.

What restrictions are there on scallops?

There are no restrictions on the size of scallops caught in Florida.

Scallops cannot be brought into port outside open harvest area.

What do scallops taste like?

Scallops can be a unique, flavorful bite if cooked correctly. They will be firm, with a pleasing buttery texture on the tongue. Scallops are often prepared by pan searing with butter or fried with a batter. Scallops cook very quickly, and overcooking can overwhelm the palate with a rubbery texture.

Environmental facts about scallops

Bay scallops were once plentiful in the waters off of West Palm Beach and Florida’s southeastern tip, but environmental factors like pollution and the loss of sea grass and other natural habitats led to the decline of scallops in the area.

Interesting facts about scallops

Bay scallops do not typically live longer than one year.

Bay scallops can reproduce asexually.

5. Florida Snapper Season

When people think of snapper fish, typically red snapper, the most popular variety of the species, comes to mind. This section of our Florida fishing guide, however, is dedicated to the many other species of snapper than can be fished off the Florida coast in both Gulf and Atlantic waters.

When can you catch snapper?

In Florida, open and closed seasons for fishing snapper are different in the Gulf and the Atlantic, as well as in state versus federal waters.

Other than red snapper, all other varieties of snapper in Florida, including the Mangrove, Vermilion, Yellowtail, Mutton, Cubera, and Lane snapper can be fished year-round in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Atlantic.

Except for red snapper, snapper may be fished year-round in federal waters (nine nautical miles from shore in the Gulf of Mexico; three nautical miles from shore in the Atlantic).

Where can you catch snapper?

Snapper can be found in many places in Florida, from the mangrove shorelines that give the popular gray mangrove fish its name, especially when they are young, to the offshore waters that bear bigger fish. Inshore fish are often located near docks and piling or reefs; anywhere there is room to hide.

What licenses are required for snapper?

A recreational fishing license (saltwater fishing) is required for catching snapper, for both residents and nonresidents, unless the angler is exempt from license requirements.

What gear should I use to catch snapper?

Rod and reel are the best gear for catching snapper in Florida. Circle hooks and dehooking must be used in Gulf state waters reef fish fisheries. Live bait, such as shrimp or small pieces of fish, are best for luring snapper in Florida.

Do anglers catch a lot of snapper?

A lot of snapper is caught in Florida each year.

What restrictions are there on snapper?

Each type of snapper must be a specific length.

In the Gulf of Mexico, mangrove and vermilion snapper has to be 10”, while Cubera must be at least 12” in total length. Lane snapper can be 8”, and Mutton, like Red Snapper, must be 16” in length to be harvested. Other varieties, like Yellowtail Snapper, should be 12”.

In the Atlantic, the gray (mangrove) and schoolmaster varieties must be 10”, while the Mutton should be 16” and the Lane should be 8”. Vermilion is 12”, and Cubera must be 12”, with no more than a total of 20” per vessel or fisherman, per day.

There is a 10 per harvester, per day state snapper aggregate bag limit.

What does snapper taste like?

Mangrove and other varieties of non-red snapper have a very mild taste, like many white fish. Snapper, a thin fish with a firm texture, can be prepared any number of ways: basting, frying, searing, or baking.

Environmental facts about snapper

Snappers spawn in large groups, making them easy targets for predators. The snapper varieties listed above are in less danger of overfishing, however, than red snapper.

Interesting facts about snapper Snapper is a fighting fish, one that will work hard to resist being caught – making it a great selection for an experienced angler.

The yellowtail snapper is currently not at risk of being overfished, making it a good choice for an angler to target.

6. Florida Red Snapper Season

Say the word “snapper” to a Floridian, and red snapper will surely come to mind. This exceedingly popular fish is one that

When can you catch red snapper?

The open harvest season for 2016 is being decided at an April 2016 meeting; the proposed season would be open Saturdays and Sundays starting May 7, and then open May 28 through July 10 continuously. It would also be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day.

Federal water seasons are TBD. In federal waters, red snapper open harvest season was 10 days in the summer during 2015.

Where can you catch red snapper?

Red snapper can be found in both the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico’s waters in Florida. They favor deep holes, but can also be found in shallower water hiding among poles and piles.

What licenses are required for red snapper?

A recreational fishing license (saltwater fishing) is required for catching red snapper, for both residents and nonresidents, unless the angler is exempt from license requirements.

What gear should I use to catch red snapper?

Circle hooks and dehooking devices must be used when fishing for reef fish, including red snapper. According to the Florida FWCC, reef fish species include groupers, snappers, amberjacks, triggerfish, porgies, sea bass, hogfish and tilefish.

Do anglers catch a lot of red snapper?

Anglers do catch some red snapper in Florida, although certain restrictions apply and it is more rare in south Florida than some other species of fish. In northern waters of the state, red snapper is more common.

For red snapper, there is a aggregate bag limit of 10 per harvester, per day. The captain and crew of fishing vessels for hire operate under a zero daily bag limit.

What restrictions are there on red snapper?

All red snappers caught in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Atlantic must be 16” total length.

Anglers who wish to fish for red snapper from a private boat must sign up for the Gulf Reef Fish Survey.

What does red snapper taste like?

Despite the name, red snapper is a white fish with just a hue of pink when cooked. It is firm in texture, with a mild fishy flavor. Red snapper can be prepared in many ways, including baking, searing, and pan-frying.

Environmental facts about red snapper

Red snapper have been overfished in the Gulf of Mexico in the past, but efforts have been made to combat the loss of red snapper population through restrictions on open seasons for fishing and efforts from agencies like the Florida FWC.

Interesting facts about red snapper

Did you know? Red snappers can live for decades, up to 57 years old!

Red snapper are a large fish and can reach up to 50 pounds in weight.

Red snapper females who are older and larger produce many more eggs than younger, smaller females.

According to their website, the FWCs Fish and Wildlife Research Institute “is seeking recreational anglers to volunteer to take catch cards on their next offshore fishing trip to record the numbers of red snapper harvested and a tally of red snapper released by size and hook location.”

7. Florida Stone Crab Season

Stone crab is most commonly known for the sweet, succulent meat of its claws; in fact, stone crab claws can be harvested while the crab is alive. It can then be released back into the water to grow another set of claws.

When can you catch stone crab claws?

Stone crab season is open from October 15-May 15 in Florida.

Where can you catch stone crab claws?

Stone crabs can be found in the Gulf of Mexico along Florida’s coastline. They often live near or in mud flats and sea grass.

What licenses are required for stone crab claws?

A recreational fishing license (saltwater fishing) is required for harvesting stone crab claws, for both residents and nonresidents, unless the angler is exempt from license requirements.

What gear should I use to catch stone crab?

Gear for catching stone crabs can include stone crab traps – up to five per person – and a dip or landing net. Any equipment that could puncture, crush or injure the crab body is not legal for catching stone crab to harvest their claws in Florida.

Wood, plastic, or wire traps are allowed. The maximum trap size may measure 24 inches by 24 inches by 24 inches or a volume of 8 cubic feet.

Do anglers catch a lot of stone crab claws?

Stone crab claws are harvested in large numbers in south Florida.

Stone crabs are not too hard to catch, but they are only caught to harvest their claws, before being released.

What restrictions are there on stone crab claws?

Stone crabs must be released back into the water after claws are harvested.

Stone crabs must have at least two 3/4-inch claws for the claws to be harvested. While harvesting both claws, if each are of minimum length, is allowed, it will help the stone crab to grow the missing claw faster if one is left intact.

Restrictions on stone crab claws include a maximum harvest of one gallon of claws per person, per day or 2 gallons per vessel, per day – whichever is less.

The harvest of egg-bearing stone crabs is prohibited.

Round throat crab traps are prohibited in Collier, Monroe and Miami-Dade counties.

What do stone crab claws taste like?

Stone crab claws are incredibly sweet and delicious. They are often served steamed with drawn butter on the side, but the meat inside stone crab claws is sweet enough to enjoy on its own. Stone crab claws are also high in protein.

Environmental facts about stone crabs

South Florida accounts for almost all of the stone crab claws in the United States.

Adult stone crabs can live in depths of up to 200 feet offshore.

Interesting facts about stone crabs

Stone crabs are able to generate claws each time they go through a molting phase, which occurs about once per year.

The right claw on a stone crab is typically the larger one, leading some anglers to refer to them as “right-handed.”

8. Florida Tarpon Season

When can you catch tarpon?

Fishermen who hope to reel in a tarpon can have the opportunity to do so in Florida, but in 2013, the Florida FWC made tarpon catch-and-release only.

Where can you catch tarpon?

Tarpon can be found along Florida’s northeast coast, as well as off the shores of the Florida Keys and Tampa Bay’s Tarpon Springs. The west coast city of Boca Grande is one of the most popular tarpon fishing destinations in the world. Areas north of Tampa on the Gulf of Mexico are also good locations for fishing tarpon.

What licenses are required for tarpon?

A recreational fishing license (saltwater fishing) is required for fishing for tarpon, for both residents and nonresidents, unless the angler is exempt from license requirements.

What gear should I use to catch tarpon?

Hook and line is the only gear acceptable for fishing tarpon.

Do anglers catch a lot of tarpon?

Tarpon are notoriously tough fish to catch, because they are strong and fast with a lot of stamina. Tarpon fishermen often make the trek out after a tarpon into a full-day fishing affair.

Any tarpon that are caught must be released.

What restrictions are there on tarpon?

Many regulations apply when fishing for tarpon. Most notably, tarpon is only fished under catch-and-release.

A tarpon tag, which allows for the possession of a single tarpon and can be purchased for a fee, is limited to one per person, per year.

The transit of a tagged tarpon is limited to one fish per person.

Anglers may post for photographs, take measurements, and take scientific samples from tarpon, but at least 40 inches of the tarpon must remain in the water.

Tarpon regulations in the state of Florida are extended into federal waters.

What does tarpon taste like?

Tarpon is not a commonly eaten fish. The fish is oily, bony, and has a strong fish taste.

Environmental facts about tarpon

Tarpon are found in two parts of the world – the Atlantic Ocean and The Indo-Pacific Ocean.

The Florida Marine Research Institute is tracking some catch-and-release tarpon to learn more about the effects on the species.

Interesting facts about tarpon

According to the Florida FWCC, tarpon have inhabited Earth’s oceans since prehistoric times.

Female tarpon can live to be over 50 years old, while males tend to live to around 30.

Tarpon fish have a nickname because of their size and shimmer color: the Silver King.”

The Florida state record for catching tarpon with conventional tackle goes to one Gus Bell, who caught a 243 lb. tarpon off Key West in 1975.

Tarpon have no teeth.

9. Florida Redfish Season

Red Drum, also known as redfish, red bass, or channel bass, can be found almost everywhere in Florida – it’s one of the state’s most popular fish for anglers.

When can you catch redfish?

Redfish can be fished year-round in Florida.

Where can you catch redfish?

Redfish can be found along most of Florida’s coastline on both the Atlantic and the Gulf coasts. Use live bait, such as shrimp, to reel them in.

Redfish spend most of their time in shallow waters, near shorelines with rocky terrains or in a grassy, shallow seabed. Occasionally, redfish can be found in deeper waters in the Gulf.

What licenses are required for redfish?

A recreational fishing license (saltwater fishing) is required for fishing for redfish, for both residents and nonresidents, unless the angler is exempt from license requirements.

What gear should I use to catch redfish?

The approved gear to fish for redfish is hook and line fishing rods or cast nets.

Spearing, gigging, and snatching, of redfish or the use of multiple lures in baitfish, is prohibited.

Do anglers catch a lot of redfish?

Redfish is one of the most commonly fished varieties in Florida. Redfish is a popular game fish in Florida.

There is a two fish per person, per day or 8 fish per vessel, per day, harvesting limit in the northeast and northwest zones of the state; and 1 fish per person per day; 8 fish vessel limit in the South zone. The southern border of Pasco County and northern border of

Pinellas County make up the northwest and south boundaries, while the Flager-Nassau Counties borders separate the northeast and south zones of the state’s waters.

What restrictions are there on redfish?

The harvesting of redfish in federal waters is prohibited.

Harvested redfish must measure no less than 18” and no more than 27” in total length.

The commercial harvest of redfish is prohibited.

What does redfish taste like?

Redfish is a fairly mild fish, flavor-wise, with a firm, flaky texture. Despite the name, redfish appears white in color when cooked.

Environmental facts about redfish

Red drum, or redfish, can live for up to 40 years.

Redfish tend to stay near the waters and estuaries where they were born.

Redfish spawn in the fall, when daylight hours get shorter.

Interesting facts about redfish

Redfish was severely overfished in Florida in the 1980’s, but Florida FWC have managed to curtail the population dangers over the following decades.

10. Florida Saltwater Fishing Seasons

Each year, marine fisheries in Florida are visited by well over 2.5 million recreation fisherman, who enjoy everything from scanning the shores for scallops with simple nets or setting out for an offshore adventure with a chartered fishing vessel to experience fighting a tarpon on the line, before releasing it back to Florida’s waters.

Sport fishing and fishing for food sources are both large parts of Florida’s economy, and an enjoyable pastime for anglers everywhere. By heeding safety restrictions and regulations when it comes to saltwater (or freshwater) fishing in Florida, fishermen and women can help future anglers enjoy the same experiences.

When can you catch saltwater fish in Florida?

The salt water that surrounds Florida is home to a rich variety of fish to tempt anglers from around the world.

Redfish and lane snapper, along with red grouper, are best found in the fall months, while grouper and sunshine bass are seen mostly in the beginning of the year. Looking for red snapper? Head to sea in June or July. Amberjack and Key West grunt are also excellent fishing in the summer. During the three months of gag grouper open season, September is the best bet for anglers.

Where can you catch saltwater fish?

Saltwater fish can be found all around Florida in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Many species of saltwater fish live in shallow sea grass or near piling and other places where they can hide.

Why go saltwater fishing in Florida?

With 1,350 miles of coastline, Florida offers many opportunities to go saltwater fishing for a number of species of fish, from delicious catches to sport fishing.

In fact, the International Game Fish Association’s IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame was long located in Florida.

A recreational saltwater fishing license is required for fishing in Florida, for both residents and nonresidents. Annual saltwater fishing licenses are $17.00.

Do anglers catch a lot of saltwater fish in Florida?

All shapes and sizes of saltwater fish are caught in Florida. Saltwater fishing is one of the state’s largest industries, bringing in revenue and tourism in the millions each year. Florida’s temperate waters and shallow coastlines make it an ideal ground for saltwater fish such as grouper, tarpon, and red snapper.

What restrictions are there on saltwater fishing in Florida?

Restrictions on saltwater fishing in Florida vary by fish and between the Gulf and the Atlantic, as well as state waters and federal waters.

Saltwater fishing in Florida requires a recreational fishing license (saltwater fishing), unless the angler is exempt from license requirements.

Where is the best place to go saltwater fishing in Florida?

There are so many different spots to fish in Florida – from the panhandle on the Gulf of Mexico down to the tip of the Florida Keys. Deciding which type of fish the angler is most interested in can provide some direction.

Interested in saltwater fishing in Florida? Let iTrekkers help you coordinate the perfect Florida fishing trip. Spend a day on the water with vetted captains. Visit the spots where local anglers go to fish and tourists bypass. Enjoy the Gulf or Atlantic views, and feel free to bring along the kids! Inexperienced anglers are welcome.

About the Author:

Tom Mulliez, Founder and CEO at iTrekkers

Driven by my passion for hiking and fishing and the unreliable and diverse experiences that I have had, iTrekkers has been born. The iTrekkers concept is simple: We connect customers to amazing outdoor experiences that will help make them advocates. In order to achieve this, we have developed www.itrekkers.com, where customers will be able to search a city location (such as Tampa), pick the type of fishing Trek they want to do (inshore, nearshore or offshore) and the package / price combination they want, and voila! we provide you with a guide to book. Our booking process is simple, safe and secure. And, best of all, we guarantee our trips 100% customer satisfaction or your money back.

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Florida Fishing Seasons 2016

  • ISBN: 9781311027641
  • Author: Tom Mulliez
  • Published: 2016-04-25 21:50:08
  • Words: 5672
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