Sunday, April 11, 2021

Guide to Florida Fishing




If you are an angler and enjoy fishing throughout the year, no matter what season it is, then Florida is the ideal spot for you. Florida fishing season is practically any time of the year and anglers are able to catch all different kinds of fish all yearround. Where Can I Fish?

Florida’s coastlines are home to abundant and ideal fishing spots and offer both fresh and saltwater fishing options. From northern Florida south down both coasts to the Florida Keys, you can fish into the coastal rivers and estuaries, nearshore coastal flats and oyster bars, and offshore deep water areas. What Licenses Are Required?

To fish in Florida, all you need to do is acquire a recreational fishing license that is applicable for both residents and nonresidents. Depending on the type of fish you will be going for, the license may vary slightly. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is a good and reliable source of information for anyone interested in fishing the Florida waters. They will help determine if you need a salt or fresh water license and if you will need additional permits.

Left: Bob, Ray, and Charlie with a nice catch on a recent Captain Rapps fishing charter Photo by Capt. Pete Rapps

Left: Bob, Ray, and Charlie with a nice catch on a recent Captain Rapps fishing charter Photo by Capt. Pete Rapps

Are There Fishing Restrictions?

Again, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is a useful source of information regarding any fishing restrictions you may come across while fishing in Florida. Most of the restrictions are centered on certain species of fish and can vary.

There are also some species of fish that you can only fish for during an open season. There are also some size limits placed on certain species of fish. These limits are often referred to as your daily recreational bag limit.

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.

Check back next month for the January fishing forecast and good luck out there!

Captain Rapps’ Charters & Guides offers expert guided, light tackle, near shore, and backwater fishing trips in the 10,000 Islands of the Everglades National Park, and tarpon-only charters in the Florida Keys. Capt. Rapps’ team accommodates men, women and children of all ages, experienced or not, and those with special needs. Between their vast knowledge and experience of the area, and easygoing demeanors, you are guaranteed to have a great day. Book your charter 24/7 using the online booking calendar, see Capt. Rapps’ web site at, or call 239-571-1756.

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