Welcome to Florida Fishing Hot Spots. This site is dedicated to all the Fishermen, Fisherwomen, and Fisherkids who just LOVE FISHING!  We would enjoy hearing about your fishing experiences and sharing your photos. 


FLORIDA IS KNOW FOR SEVERAL THINGS


Beautiful Sandy Beaches...Theme Parks...Great Weather...Wildlife...Sports Teams...Space Exploration...and MOST IMPORTANT....Fishing!  With its extensive coastline, abundant waterways, and diverse marine habitats, Florida offers world-class fishing opportunities for both freshwater and saltwater anglers, attracting fishing enthusiasts from around the globe.


FLORIDA FISHING...WHERE TO FIND THE BIG ONES!


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We update photos and stories daily and would love to share your fishing adventure.  You can email us at FloridaFishingHotSpots@gmail.com or if it's easier to text your photos and comments, send them to Carol @ 239-908-1350 or Joe @ 239-405-4233 anytime.



 Tell us about your catch!


We would like to post your photo and story on our Florida Fishing Hot Spot Facebook page.  Each month we will announce the "BEST FISH PHOTO" winner.  Everyone will get a chance to VOTE for their favorite fish photo and we will publish the winning photo on Facebook.  To be the next winner, just email us your fish photos and information describing your catch for us to post onto Facebook. Email: FloridaFishingHotSpots@gmail.com.



EACH MONTH A "BEST FISH PHOTO" WINNER WILL RECEIVE "ALL THE GPS WAYPOINTS" FROM THEIR CHOICE OF ANY OF THE 33 BORDER COUNTIES THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF FLORIDA


 


For Minimum Fish Sizes, Daily Bag Limits, and Seasons Open and Closed



   WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE FISH TYPE YOU ARE CATCHING?


 


There are 145 Saltwater and 54 Freshwater fish categories in Florida.  Learn about their distinguishing characteristics: Snout shape, dorsal and caudal fins, habitat, food source, and minimum and maximum sizes.



QUESTIONS ASKED BY SOME OF OUR FRIENDS


WHAT IS THE BEST TASTING FISH CAUGHT IN FLORIDA?



One of the most popular and delicious fish to eat in Florida is the grouper. Grouper is known for its mild, sweet flavor and firm texture, making it versatile for cooking. Other excellent choices for eating include snapper, mahi-mahi, flounder, and cobia. These fish are not only tasty but also abundant in Florida waters, ensuring freshness and quality. Ultimately, the best Florida fish to eat depends on personal taste preferences and cooking methods, but these options are widely enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.


In addition to grouper, several other types of Florida fish are delicious and popular for eating:



1. **Snapper**: Snapper, such as red snapper and yellowtail snapper, are prized for their sweet, mild flavor and tender texture. They are versatile for cooking and can be grilled, baked, or pan-seared.

2. **Mahi-Mahi**: Also known as dolphin fish or dorado, mahi-mahi has a slightly sweet flavor and firm, flaky flesh. It's excellent grilled, blackened, or used in tacos and sandwiches.

3. **Flounder**: Flounder has a delicate, mild flavor and tender texture. It's great for baking, broiling, or frying and pairs well with light sauces or lemon butter.

4. **Cobia**: Cobia, also known as ling or lemonfish, has a rich, buttery flavor and firm texture. It's versatile for cooking methods like grilling, searing, or baking and can be used in a variety of dishes.

5. **Mackerel**: Spanish mackerel and king mackerel are both flavorful fish with moist flesh. They're often grilled, smoked, or pan-seared and are popular choices for fish dips and spreads.

These are just a few examples of delicious Florida fish that are enjoyed for their taste and versatility in cooking. Whether you're cooking at home or dining out at a seafood restaurant, these fish are sure to satisfy your taste buds.


IS OFFSHORE FISHING GOOD IN FLORIDA?



Fishing offshore in Florida is a thrilling experience, with the opportunity to catch a wide variety of species like mahi-mahi, sailfish, tuna, and marlin. You'll typically need a boat capable of handling offshore waters and equipment such as deep-sea rods, reels, and bait. Many anglers hire charter boats for guided trips, which can provide both equipment and expertise. Popular offshore fishing spots include the Gulf Stream, reefs, and wrecks, where fish are abundant due to the diverse underwater terrain.


Florida offers a wealth of fantastic fishing spots. Some of the best include:



  • Florida Keys**: Known for its world-class flats fishing, tarpon, bonefish, and permit are abundant here. Deep-sea fishing in the Keys is also excellent, with opportunities for sailfish, marlin, mahi-mahi, and more.

  • Miami**: With both freshwater and saltwater fishing options, Miami provides opportunities for peacock bass in urban canals, as well as offshore excursions for sailfish, mahi-mahi, and kingfish.

  • Tampa Bay**: Known for its diverse fishery, Tampa Bay offers fantastic inshore and nearshore fishing for species like snook, redfish, tarpon, and grouper.


  • Naples**: Known for its pristine waters and abundant marine life, Naples offers opportunities for both inshore and offshore fishing, with catches including snook, redfish, tarpon, and grouper.


  • Fort Myers Beach**: This area provides excellent fishing for species like snook, redfish, trout, and tarpon in the nearby estuaries and flats.

  • Destin**: Known as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village," Destin offers fantastic offshore fishing opportunities for anglers targeting species like red snapper, grouper, amberjack, and king mackerel.

  • Panama City Beach**: Situated on the Gulf Coast, this area is famous for its deep-sea fishing charters targeting red snapper, amberjack, grouper, and king mackerel.

  • St. Augustine**: Florida's oldest city boasts excellent inshore and nearshore fishing opportunities, with redfish, speckled trout, flounder, and tarpon being popular catches.

  • These are just a few examples, but Florida's extensive coastline and diverse ecosystems ensure there's something for every angler, whether you prefer freshwater, saltwater, inshore, or offshore fishing.  For more information on Florida Offshore Fishing visit:  Offshore Fishing Tips | Salt Water Sportsman


WHAT ARE ARTIFICIAL REEFS IN FLORIDA?



An artificial reef is a human-made structure placed underwater to mimic the characteristics of natural reefs. These structures are typically constructed using materials like concrete, metal, or old ships. Artificial reefs serve various purposes, including enhancing marine habitats, promoting biodiversity, providing shelter for marine life, and creating opportunities for recreational activities like diving and fishing. They can also help protect coastal areas from erosion and serve as research sites for studying marine ecosystems. Click below for more information on artificial reefs.



SO, WHERE ARE ALL THE FISH?



There are thousands of great offshore fishing spots located in Pensacola, Destin, Panama City, Cedar Key, Crystal River, Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, St. Pete, Sarasota, Port Charlotte, Sanibel, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, Marco Island, Florida Keys, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Stuart, Ft. Pierce, Vero Beach, Melbourne, Cape Canaveral, Daytona Beach, St. Augustine and Jacksonville.


Most maps will cost about $15-20 for only a select location.  You would need to purchase over 20 maps to cover all the Florida OFFSHORE GPS Waypoints.  We offer a Special Package of OVER 4,000 GPS Coordinates for the ENTIRE STATE OF FLORIDA.


WHY SPEND HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS ON MAPS AND GPS WAYPOINTS?



Don't ever buy another inshore or offshore fishing map again.  Don't buy maps for an area you may only visit one time.  We have ALL the GPS Waypoints in Florida that can be added to your Handheld GPS or Mobile Phone easily.  Instructions for both devices are shown in the Florida Fishing Hot Spots GPS Waypoint LINK if you decide to purchase it.  Garmin GPS Handhelds start around $150.00, and the GPS & Maps Premium Edition App is only $5.00. (For more information about this app, click onto: GPS & Maps App Video).  If you are an occasional fisherman, the GPS App works great.  If you go fishing every week, the GPS Handheld may be a better choice.



The MOST COMPLETE List of GPS Coordinate Waypoints for Florida Artificial Reefs and Wrecks Available at a Fraction of the Usual Cost.



(The following is just a small sample of the 4,000 GPS Waypoints available in Florida)



To order your 4,000 GPS Waypoint Book, 110 pages mailed to your home (shipping included), click on the following button:



  


This website is published by Carol and Joe Matarazzo, long-time lovers of fishing throughout the State of Florida. We are not professionals and have not had any formal fishing training.  Most of our success has been from "just going out on the boat and looking for where the best fishing is throughout the state, plus word of mouth from other anglers who just love fishing as we do".  We hope that FloridaFishingHotSpots will give us a broader range of feedback from other anglers who want to share their fishing experiences on our beautiful Florida waterways.  We would love to hear about your fishing and boating adventures.  Email us at: FloridaFishingHotSpots@gmail.com, or call/text Joe's Mobile: 239-405-4233 or Carol's Mobile: 239-908-1350.



Disclaimer: By forwarding your photos and information describing your catch, you are giving us permission to publish your photos on our Florida Fishing Hot Spots Facebook page and website.  Waypoint count by county is approximate.  Some of the content in this website is A. I. generated.  If any information published is copyrighted, let us know and we will remove it.