Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Finding the Best Fishing Along Florida’s Mangrove Coast

Follow the Fish

Photos by Brandon Acosta

The 10,000 Islands in Florida are certainly any angler’s dream fishing location because of the diverse selection of beautiful fishing locations and the large and eclectic mix of fish that can be found throughout the year.

If you are able to catch a tarpon, snook, and redfish all in one day, which is completely possible in this region, you can brag to your friends that you had an all-star fishing day. Fishing is also a year-round activity that can be enjoyed in Florida, so there is really no shortage of amazing fishing spots, active fish, and the opportunity to take a few photos and tell a few stories.

Most Popular Fish in the 10,000 Islands
Two of the most popular and most commonly caught fish in the 10,000 Islands would have to be the snook and the redfish. They are also agile swimmers which makes for a good sport when out on the water trying to reel in your daily catch.

Fishing the flats where the water isn’t as deep is a common thing to do as well. If you are taking advantage of the expertise and knowledge of a charter or guide, they can point you in the direction of the poling platforms that are located in many different flat areas.

The Best Place to Catch These Fish
The absolute best place to find the greatest success in catching snook and redfish would have to be along the mangrove shoreline. You will want to look for a location along the mangroves in which you spot a few egrets feeding. The presence of birds is always a good indication that there are going to be fish around.

However, if you can’t spot any fish, then it may just be the wrong time of the day, and you will have to search a little harder and a little deeper. Otherwise, you can cast your line and fish around overhanging branches or in areas that you see fallen trees.

Chartering a Boat
To get the complete and all-around experience when visiting the 10,000 Islands, you should consider chartering a boat. An experienced guide will be able to show you the best places to fish and will arm you with all the knowledge and education you will need for a very successful and bountiful fishing vacation at any time of the year.

Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, it’s best to hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, and more. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter. Our specialty is getting families out for an enjoyable and memorable day in the shallow and calm waters here in the 10,000 islands and the Everglades National Park, FL. We can be reached at captainrapps@yahoo.com or 239-571-1756.


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