Monday, December 6, 2021

How Binoculars Can Give You an Advantage on Your Next Fishing Trip

Follow the Fish

Fishing can often prove to be difficult in the 10,000 Islands region of Florida because there is a lot of ground to cover and a lot of areas that we need to keep our eyes on. For a fishing trip to be successful, you need to learn the area and know what to look for when you are on the search for your favorite fish. Binoculars are just one tool you can take with you to help. 

Redfish, Black Drum, permit, and tarpon are all fish who sometimes stick their fins out of the water or will make some kind of disturbance with the bait. One way to watch out for this fish activity is with binoculars.  

Other Benefits of Binoculars 

Binoculars on your next fishing trip give you the chance to save time and money when on the water. They can help you spot fish from a distance which is particularly advantageous if you are fishing for a variety of fish that tends to spook easily, like tarpon. 

Taking binoculars with you on your trip will also benefit you, whether you have chosen to go inshore or offshore fishing. Many people use a standard 7/50 binocular set because you don’t want to have anything that is too powerful for offshore fishing or you run the risk of not being able to hold the binoculars steady.  

For inshore fishing, something smaller and more compact like 10/42 binoculars are ideal because you will still be able to locate tarpon on a calm morning along with redfish on the flats. 

Radar vs. Binoculars 

Yes, you can learn a lot when using radar, but nothing can truly take the place of your own two eyes. Binoculars will just help you see further and more clearly. A set of 10/42 binoculars, for example, can magnify at 10x at the front of the binoculars. A set of 18/50 binoculars are even more powerful and allow you to see fish and other objects at even greater distances and with a much larger diameter. 

Your Next Fishing Trip 

So, as you pack the essentials for your next fishing trip, don’t forget to also pack your binoculars. They are handy to have while chartering a boat as well so you can have a much better look at the area and everything it has to offer. 

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 on the water. We can be reached at 239-571-1756 or



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