If you’ve been dreaming about taking a trip to Florida not only because you’re going to retire anytime soon, but also because you’re an angler and want to make the most of your vacation, I’m here to tell you some things. I’ve compiled a short list of the top favorite fish to catch in Florida, and I’ll even give you some tips to get you started.
Something that I have to add right at the beginning of this post is that not all Florida locations have the same fish. For example, you can catch anything from Black Grouper to Red Snapper and Mullet or Bluefish in Naples, but you wouldn’t be able to do the same in other areas. Barracuda is another popular fish in South Florida, and the neat thing about it is that the local legislation allows every fisher to keep up to two that they have caught.
I’ll be addressing most of the species that can be found all throughout the state, however.
Tarpon is one of the most loved gamefish in our state, and that’s because it can be found almost anywhere, including other states such as Alabama, for example. You’ll need a special permit to kill a tarpon, so make sure you have everything at hand unless you want to get in some kind of trouble with the authorities. To catch tarpon, you’ll need a 10 to 12 weight rod and reel. For more details visit: http://www.floridasportsman.com/sportfish/tarpon/
Speckled trout is another species you’ll come across in shallow waters of estuaries and bays. It feeds on baitfish and shrimp and is commonly thought of as one of the most popular sportfish in Florida. The neat thing about it is that you can catch it with anything from flies to top water plugs. It’s a species that you’ll come across in states like Virginia, North Carolina, as well as Louisiana.
The largemouth bass is by far one of the popular species that Americans love, and that’s because it is a freshwater fish that feeds on other local species and that can, unfortunately, cause all sorts of ecological disasters. That’s why you’ll notice that the legislation in relation to bass is somewhat understanding. It’s not like the species is going to become extinct anytime soon.
Mackerels can be found anywhere from Maine to Rio de Janeiro. Because they require a certain set of skills and expertise and a good deal of specialized equipment, this is the chosen fish of tournament anglers.
Other fish you can find in Florida are snappers, groupers, a good amount of panfish ranging from bluegill to warmouth, as well as snook and red drum. Whether you prefer catching one or the other, I can tell you for sure that you’re going to have a lot of fun.