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About

Florida fishing professional, Vern Lovic.
Vern Lovic, Florida fishing fanatic and owner of Salty101.

My name is Vern Lovic. I’m some sort of blend between Czech, Polish, Russian, and ‘other.’ I grew up in Pennsylvania fishing for trout in the streams and bass in the lakes. I can’t tell you how happy I was to finally make it to Florida to live and fish so many amazing places. I just want to share some of the information I’ve learned over the years with you here to help you catch more fish.

I’ve fished both coasts of Florida for more than a decade, but I’ve been primarily on the West Coast in St. Petersburg. I fish mostly from a Kayak and pier along with wade-fishing and shore fishing but I occasionally will go out on a boat with one of my friends. I have little free time these days, but when I do get a spare couple of hours I’ll run down to the beach and throw a cast net and get some baitfish and fish until I run out. If you’re lucky enough to live close to the beach here in Florida, you really should get out more! It’s possible, you just have to make it a priority.

Feel free to reach me anytime regarding fishing in Florida. Please don’t search for my phone number, like many people I really don’t enjoy the phone. I answer email quickly, give it a try.

Salty101 email.

Florida is the most popular state for fishing in the United States, and it’s no wonder why almost 3,000 miles of shoreline fishing, 10,000+ miles of rivers, and more than 7,000 freshwater lakes. If you’re looking for a great place to live and fish, you honestly couldn’t do better than Florida. The variety of fishing is second to none, and people are not as crazy as what you may have heard!

After over a decade of fishing the East and West coasts of Florida, mostly near Tampa and Clearwater, St. Petersburg, I finally decided to create a website that captures all the info anglers need for catching a variety of ocean-going fish in the state. Bookmark SALTY101.com now, or write the URL down on a post-it and stick it up on your wall and in your tackle box. We hope you come to rely on this site for all your fishing information.

If you need ADVERTISING Info – here’s what you’re looking for.

We offer free fishing guides to help you catch Amberjack, Black Drum, Bluefish, Cobia, Dorado, Flounder, Gator (Speckled) Trout, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, Lobster, Permit, Pompano, Pacu, Redfish, Snapper, Snook, Tarpon, and Tripletail. We will also be adding the bigger pelagic species – Marlin, Wahoo, Kings, Tuna, etc. But we’ll tackle the smaller inshore fish first.

We also have guides for anglers wishing to learn more about fishing from various platforms or areas. Most of these guides are done, but we’ll be adding a couple more. We cover fishing inshore areas and pier fishing, inshore boat fishing, deep sea fishing, kayak fishing, and wade fishing (walking out into the shallows).

Fishing is one of the most enjoyable things we as humans have to do. The thrill of catching, cleaning, and cooking your own fish is something that everyone should experience. Florida is one of the most pristine areas of the world where we can enjoy fishing for a large variety of species.

We’ve tried hard to make SALTY101 a resource for beginners and accomplished anglers. If there’s something you think is missing, please drop us a line and let us know.

If you haven’t had a chance to go fishing in Florida and you’re wondering what it’s all about, have a look around. Start with our guides page and choose a fish to target. If you’re just looking for something to catch fast – go to a pier and drop small baitfish on a hook over the edge and hold on. Fishing in Florida is so good that this is sometimes all you need to do to catch fish. To catch specific fish just refer to our guides.

If you don’t know where to start, START HERE.

If you’d like to see our Amazon Store for TOP FISHING GEAR Recommendations – It’s HERE.

If you’re wondering how we monetize Salty101.com – As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. Anytime you click a link on Salty101 and it takes you to Amazon, we make from 1%-3% of your order. You never pay extra for this, Amazon eats the cost. If you’d like to support us, this is the best way.

You can feel free to contact us about any topic except SEO and website dev. We handle that all in-house.

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Cheers and tight lines!

Vern L.
Clearwater, Florida