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Saltwater Fishing in Florida

Written by Capt. Noah on Thursday, 20 June 2013. Posted in Tourist Info

It is well known that Florida has among the most fantastic saltwater fishing in the world. Almost every thrilling game fish on the planet can be found and caught in these waters. There are a number of reasons why the fishing is so extraordinary phenomenal off the coast of Florida. Currents, tropical oceans and protective shelter for large numbers of prey fish ensure that big fish thrive here. This is why saltwater fishing in Florida is so thrillingly extreme:

The Atlantic Ocean

Florida has the Atlantic Ocean on its eastern coast, southern coast and western coast. The Florida Keys are surrounding by these waters; which are warm and perfectly ideal for some truly big game fish. Most of the main currents flow into the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean Sea where many of these fish go to spawn. They migrate along the Gulf Stream current and pass close to the coast of Florida.

The Gulf Stream Current

On the eastern coast of Florida, the Gulf Stream current is used as a migratory route for millions of fish every year. It passes within a few miles of the shore and huge fish can frequently be caught extremely close to land. Their food sources travel in this current and they follow them hungrily, happily devouring our bait in the process. This is one of the best locations in the world to catch truly awe-inspiring fish.

The Gulf of Mexico

The western coast of Florida faces the Gulf of Mexico. This is a nursery for millions of fish species that spend their primary years developing here before being big enough for migration. They float on the current from the Caribbean Sea before being pushed into the bay. These fish attract extremely large fish which prey on them.

The Everglades

This enormous wilderness consists mostly of water. Not all of it is saltwater but the tides extend far inland from the Gulf of Mexico, and many saltwater fish swim inshore with them. Tarpon, great barracuda, snook and other saltwater fish survive happily in these waters. There are also a number of convenient waterways that will quickly get you into the Gulf of Mexico for delightful fishing action.

Saltwater Habitats

The reasons why fish thrive in these parts is varied. Warm water, warm currents, huge selections of food sources and shelter are necessary for their survival. The underwater geological formation around Florida provides many places for fish to hide from predators. There are always big fish looking for prey in places where they seek shelter. Here are some underwater habitats where you can find saltwater game fish in Florida:

  • Mud Flats
  • Grass Flats
  • Rocks
  • Coral Reefs
  • Wrecks
  • Deep Waters
  • Canyons
  • Ledges
  • Floating Objects
  • Fixed Structures
  • Caves

Popular Saltwater Fish

You will be able to catch some of the world’s most sought-after sports fish in the world off the coast of Florida. Here is a list of the most popular fish swimming in these salty waters:

  • Blue Marlin
  • White Marlin
  • Swordfish
  • Sailfish
  • Grouper
  • Snapper
  • Tuna
  • Tarpon
  • Shark
  • Mahi-Mahi (Dorado)
  • Bonefish
  • Permit
  • Golden Tilefish
  • Jacks
  • Kingfish
  • Pompano
  • Sea Basses
  • Bluefish
  • Cobia
  • Wahoo
  • Barracuda
  • Longbill Spearfish

There are so many exciting fish to catch in Florida’s saltwater. There are also numerous techniques you can use and places to go to find the most exhilarating fish of them all. Our fishing charters in Florida have expert guides and beautiful boats that are outfitted with quality tournament grade equipment. We will give you
the best opportunity possible to catch the biggest fish of your career.

Call now to book your Saltwater Fishing Charter in Florida and delight in the opportunities.

About the Author

Capt. Noah

Capt. Noah

Noah is a United States Coast Guard licensed captain and PADI divemaster. He grew up in South Florida and has a passion for all things involving water. He is one of the rare bread of boaters who loves sailing and power boating. Noah sails competitvely and enjoys travelling, photography, and cooking. 


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