Florida is a well established holiday destination for a wide range of holidaymakers, however if you’re looking for something different to do during your holidays to Florida, there are so many reasons why Florida is perfect for fishing, such as the wide variety of fishing trips available as well as interesting aquatic life.
Fishing in Florida is not just restricted to the Ocean; there are also Freshwater fishing opportunities in lakes and rivers. There are also several backwaters which comprise of saltwater bays and creeks that have drained from the ocean. These locations provide opportunities to fish from the shore, while some require a boat, which can be hired from a number of providers. There are also a number of piers, which are often open twenty four hours.
In terms of what type of fish can be caught in Florida, there are so many different varieties. In saltwater areas, fish types include Black Sea Bass, Red Snapper, Ladyfish and Gulf Flounder. Freshwater fish include the Blue Catfish, Yellow Bullhead and Bluegill. These examples are by no means exclusive and local guides can advise on the best location to find specific fish types.
Another reason why Florida is a popular holiday destination is its mild climate all year round, with temperatures only falling to just below fifteen degrees at their lowest. This is ideal for fishing, as it means that it can be carried out all year round. There are, however, seasonal variations in fishing hotspots and local guides will provide information as to where the best locations to fish at different times of year are.
One of the best fishing locations all year round is located near to the city of Kissimee, which is famous for a range of sports, not just fishing. The city is surrounded by several freshwater lakes, including Lake Walk-In-Water and Lake Kissimee. These lakes offer the perfect opportunity for angling and are particularly well suited for Bass fishing, with several different types of Bass species.
Another brilliant location for fishing, just west of Kissimee, is the Tampa Bay, which is located near the bustling city of its namesake. The bay features an excellent fishing pier that offers the perfect location to set up a line straight into the Gulf of Mexico, which is home to a wide range of fish. The pier can be used both during the day and at night as it is fully lit; this light also attracts fish that wouldn’t normally be found after sundown.
An alternative to the coastal sea fishing, nearby is the excellent Indian shores artificial reef, which is one of many located on the coast. The reef offers a thirty five deep concrete culvert that has become a home to a wide range of exciting fish.
Located a short distance down the coast is another artificial reef known as the Kyle Jackson Trail and even further down the coast is another artificial reef at Art Towers. These reefs offer varying depths of fishing as well as the opportunity to buy pellets to help attract fish. These fishing locations, as well as many others, can be fished by both beginners and experts independently, but there are also fishing trips and local guides available to enhance your fishing experience. The best way to get around during your trip is to arrange hire car so you can transport your fishing gear around easily.
One popular, unusual and adventurous fishing trip is to go kayak fishing, which as the name suggests, involves fishing from a wide kayak. These trips be both guided or independent and some of the best locations for kayak fishing include Jacksonville and Tampa.
A more traditional and equally popular sailing trip is to charter a boat for a deep sea fishing trips. These trips, as well as offering the opportunity to catch different types of fish, offer the chance to relax and enjoy the Florida sunshine.
Of course, there are also options for simple boat trips, as well as rentals that are suitable for offshore trips to the sea and backwaters or across one of Florida’s many lakes. These boats come in a variety of sizes to suite varying purposes and some don’t even require a boating license.
Aside from the brilliant locations and facilities, wide range of fish and fantastic weather, Florida also hosts several annual fishing themed events, such as a children’s fishing rodeo. This event allows children to get a taste of fishing while providing food and fun activities.
There are also a number of festivals that adults and families can enjoy, such as The Blue Crab Festival, which provides activities such as arts and crafts and a seafood cook-off, all located on the banks of the river.There are so many reasons why Florida is the ideal location for anybody looking for an exciting fishing holiday. Regardless of ability level, Florida provides so many opportunities for beginners trying the sport for the first time, as well as professionals looking to gain new skills.