Florida is considered by many the fishing capital of the world and when you take a look at it, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. It is filled with all sorts of gorgeous lakes, pristine fish-filled ocean water, a plethora of gorgeous rivers and creeks, and so much more. It caters to a diverse group of different types of fishing – everything from fly-fishing to deep-sea fishing.
The great thing is that there are a plethora of activities that go hand in hand with this wonderful hobby. When it comes to a family vacation, or a weekend away in Florida the possibilities are endless. Here are 6 activities you can do in Florida to make the fisherman in you, as well as everyone around you, happy.
1. Visit Pensacola
Situated on Florida’s western tip, Pensacola has something to offer everyone who visits its pristine white beaches. This beautiful barrier island stretches for miles along the Gulf of Mexico, offers its inhabitants white sandy beaches closely watched by lifeguards, restaurants, and lavish hotels and there are a bunch of charters near Pensacola that cater to those with a passion for fishing. You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to fishing here.
Even onshore, you’ve got your pick of a variety of piers and beaches. You can even plan your trip so that it coincides with the Pensacola International Fishing Tournament where you can put your skills to the test, or just watch in awe at the abundance of fish the area has to offer.
2. Take a day trip to the Everglades
When you think of the Everglades some of the first things that come to mind are gators, snakes, and murky waters. But it has so much more to offer than this. There are a variety of Everglade tours that one can take to best explore the swampy Everglades. Does an adventurous swamp buggy ride sound exciting? What about an airboat experience?
Go on an educational full-day wildlife safari that departs from Fort Myers Beach. You can even join a tour for a day of fishing of all sorts. It truly is an exciting experience for everyone.
3. Kayak Fishing in the Bay
Kayaking is one of the best pass times, so why not mix it with fishing? Some of the most exciting and beautiful places to kayak fish in Florida include St George Sound and Apalachicola Bay. You get to experience some stunning scenery while enjoying your pick of 100s of different species. The fish gather in abundance in the grassy flats, oyster bars, and sand bars. Different times of year yield different types of fish. The best part is that there are fish there year-round.
4. Stay at a lake house along Lake Okeechobee
As we mentioned earlier, Florida is home to a plethora of gorgeous lakes. One that is particularly impressive is Lake Okeechobee. Affectionately called “the big O” by locals, Lake Okeechobee is the biggest and most beautiful Florida has to offer. Measuring in at around about 450,000 acres, Lake Okeechobee eventually meats with the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
There is plenty of camping and cottage rental along the lake where you can enjoy a peaceful day on the shore, or take a boat out and enjoy the fish the lake has to offer. Here it isn’t so far-fetched to hope for an impressive catch. The lake is filled with largemouth bass and many others. You can even hop on a tour where one of the locals will take you to some of the secret fishing spots.
5. Visit the Cape Coral Yacht Club
This one is another one that has a little bit of something for everyone. It offers visitors a clean, family beach with food and live entertainment. It also has a great fishing pier that doubles as a lovely spot to watch the sunset.
6. Visit the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier
The waters of Cocoa Beach have tourists flocking from all corners of the world at all seasons of the year. It has some of the bluest ocean views in Florida and some lovely beach walks to match. One of the most popular places to visit is the Cocoa Beach Pier. It is bright and colorful and coincidently happens to also be one of the best fishing piers in Florida. Local fishermen are always happy to chat and there are plenty of free clubs that you can join for the duration of your visit.
As you can see there are all sorts of interesting activities to do in Florida. We hope that you found this list interesting and that you visit a few of these spots the next time you visit.