Florida Saltwater Fishing FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Florida saltwater fishing. If you don’t find the answer to your question below, give us a note at our contact page and we’ll see if we can answer.

Where is the best saltwater fishing in Florida?

St. Petersburg. I’m biased, and I prefer a kayak to any other platform for fishing, so my answer is the St. Petersburg area of Florida’s west coast. There are some incredible mangroves you can fish for redfish, black drum, cobia, jack crevalle, gator trout, snapper, flounder, and of course the spastic ladyfish! Feather Sound, Clearwater Beach Pier, Fort De Soto Park, all of these are incredible fishing spots. An angler need not leave this area and catch all sorts of fish. Bradenton and Sarasota are close, just to the south – prime fishing areas. The Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier is also close by, and a prime spot for grouper and other amazing fish.

What is the best fishing in Florida?

We dedicated an entire article to the Top 10 Best Fishing in Florida here.

Where do you find lobsters in Florida?

Florida spiny lobsters are all over Florida, and yet there are some spots that you should target specifically if you have a craving for lobster on your plate. We created an entire guide for How To Catch Florida Spiny Lobster here.

GOLD COAST – off the shore of the counties of Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach are some nice reefs that hold lobsters. Far less crowded than the Florida Keys, there are prime spots to hit. Few will share their GPS, but you can start figuring it out yourself by getting out there on the water.

FLORIDA KEYS – the mecca for spiny lobster divers, most of the lobsters caught in a given year come from Monroe County – the Florida Keys.

In general, the east coast has lots of places to find lobsters. The further offshore you go, the better chance you have to find pockets of fantastic lobsters that haven’t been culled in a while.

Where are the 2019 / 2020 Florida Fishing Regulations?

You can always find the most up-to-date Florida Fishing Regulations at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission page here.

Do I need a license to fish in Florida?

Yes, almost certainly! There are saltwater and freshwater fishing licenses. Regulations are strictly enforced by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission who patrols the waters on boats and the shores in vehicles. Please follow the letter of the law closely when it comes to fishing in Florida – the penalties for breaking fishing laws are severe.

Find out WHO needs a fishing license here.

How can I learn about Florida saltwater canal fishing?

We have a Canal Guide for that! Well, we will anyway! Working on it.

How can I learn about Florida shoreline fishing?

We will have a Shore Fishing Guide for that!

Where can I get a Florida Non-resident or resident saltwater fishing license, and what about a 3-day fishing license? What is the cost?

Get your resident Saltwater only or Freshwater and Saltwater fishing licenses here. If you are a visitor and want to fish in Florida, you can get your fishing license for 3 or 7 days, or annual permit. Better to go to this page and read the details. If you ride a boat to a spot where you then fish, you need a full fishing license! Sometimes the rules are bizarre, best to go read the specifics.

Best tips for catching ___?

Are there Seasons for Catching All Fish?

No, not all fish and marine life, just some. Snook, gag grouper, gray triggerfish, permit, red snapper, some other grouper, and hogfish all have restrictions. You must know what is legal to catch, fines are sever. Here are two graphics you can download to see which Florida fish have a season, and which you can catch year-round. These are links to another site, and the PDFs start downloading right away.

Saltwater Fish Seasons