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FISHING IN FLORIDA
Do you love freshwater fishing? Whether you prefer to fish from a boat or the shoreline, for largemouth and peacock bass, Florida freshwater fishing has so many options for you.
When it comes to choosing the ultimate freshwater fishing destination, Florida serves as the fishing capital of bass. Why so? Because its geography offers access to the over thousand lakes, canals and rivers. Add all these together they afford the chance to fish for everything from Clown Knife fish to Asian Snakehead – all in the same day if desired. Here’s a rundown of these popular angling trips for Florida fishing and successful techniques for what you might encounter.
When it comes to landing a trophy largemouth bass, fishing with wild-caught live shiners is the way to go. Our fishing guides have special methods and techniques to attract the big bass. Also, our professional experts and fishing guides have years of experience and knowledge when it comes to bass fishing. If you are looking to catch bass on artificial lures, each and every fishing trip comes equipped with them. Be sure to ask as many questions as you can to help increase and improve your fishing skills. You will have the ability to choose from Baitcasting, spinning, and fly fishing on your fishing trip. Pitch, Flip or chug along a top water lure to get the explosions you are after!
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Ultimately, we want to provide you with the fishing adventure and charter of a lifetime here on Lake Okeechobee and won’t stop until we do. One of the most magnificent places to explore in Florida is available to you almost all year round, so come soak up the great outdoors on your next visit!
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Where do we start? Over a million people visit Florida to fish each year, and every angler is drawn by something different. Bi trophy largemouth bass or the colorful hard fighting peacock bass. Maybe, you like the exotics? The arial Clown Knife fish know for its jumps…you name it, Florida’s got something for you. It’s no wonder over 900 IGFA records currently stand in the Sunshine State — that’s around 7% of all records globally.
Florida has some of the largest and longest-running bass fishing tournaments in the world. Lake Okeechobee tournaments have been going since the ‘40s, and has over 135,000 anglers each year that partispate. There are also specialist tournaments for everything from fly fishing to bowfishing, and targeting anything from Catfish to Swordfish.
So it’s all hardcore sportfishing and competitive tournaments? Not at all! Family fishing trips are the backbone of most Floridian charter companies, and captains love helping little ones land their first fish. Whatever you’re after, you’ll find experienced guides willing and able to give you that trip of a lifetime.
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Where is the best bass fishing in Florida?
1. Lake Okeechobee
That three of the biggest bass tours fish Lake Okeechobee says volumes about how well Lake Okeechobee is fishing. You can also find accommodations fishing packages and fishing captains based in Okeechobee here.
2. Rodman Reservoir
Recently, an angler reeled in a 17.2-pound bass from this freshwater fishing reservoir, nearly tying the state record. Located southwest of Palatka. It has enhanced critical habitats, and water levels that concentrate bass. The biggest fish are commonly caught with local fishing guides. One that has a reputation for trophy size bass is rodmanreservoirfishing.com.
3. Harris Chain of Lakes
The Harris Chain of Lakes, in Central Florida, is the home lake for “The Villages.” This chain amounts to some of the greatest fishing in the state. It consistently produces 8 to 12lb largemouth bass.
4. Florida Everglades
More than 1,100 acres of Everglades marsh and 200 miles of canals offer urban anglers launching out of Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami to explore. April estimated a whopping 4.1 bass per hour average and is one of the prime months. It a favorite area for many because of the alligators and abundant wildlife you see why catching bass. Because of the maze of canals, most hire a local fishing guide for navigation and techniques.
5. Lake Tohopekaliga
Located the closest to Disney World, with great City park enhancements it has paid big dividends for legendary Lake “Toho” which is part of the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. For a body of water so close to urban areas, it has great birds, eagles, alligators, and some of the biggest bass in the state. For tourists and anglers alike this is a big body of water and unless you really experienced it highly suggested to use a local guide. The longest active guide service it the Lake Toho area.
What is the best time to fish for bass in Florida?
Late winter-early spring is the best time of year to catch largemouth bass. This is when fish move shallow to start spawning. Spawning may occur as early as December in South Florida and as late May for locations in the panhandle of Florida. Without a douth, March and April are peak months for all freshwater species in Florida.
How do you fish for bass in Florida?
Bass in Florida always feed early morning, especially when the water is coolest and almost exclusively in the summertime. The two most common techniques to catch bass are artificial lures or live-bait, both effectively work around underwater vegetation or moving water. Common artificial lures are, topwater baits like poppers, swimbaits, and buzz-baits can be particularly successful. In breezy conditions, cast and quickly retrieve lures such as spinnerbaits, chatter baits and lipless crankbaits.
What time of day are bass most active?
The prime time to catch bass is during their pre-spawn in spring when water temperatures are around 55 to 65 degrees. The best time of day for bass fishing is either early morning or later in the evening, at times when the sun isn’t too bright. Bass do not have eyelids, so low light conditions are a must to see the bait.
Can you catch bass mid day?
Largemouth bass must feed every 3 days, and there is no set time when to do so. Why morning and evening are the easiest for them to catch prey. The good news is that bass can still be caught well during the middle of the day. The keep is they are less active, so the angler needs to slow down and fish deeper in cooler water.
Where is the best largemouth bass fishing?
Do you need a Florida fishing license to fish from the shore?
Everyone over 16 Years of age is required by law to have this license. A three(3) and seven(7) day Non-Resident Fishing License is available. The costs $17.00 per person for 3-day, $30.00 person for the 7-day, they also offer a Non-resident yearly license for $47.00.
All of these options can be purchased in several different ways.
Option 1. Online Purchase – You can click on the picture of the 5-year fishing license above and go to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and get your fishing license online for whatever date you will be fishing.(note: The actual paper license is not needed, just bring a print out of approval number from the website is all that is needed.)
Option 2. Toll Free – You can call the toll FREE number at any time, even the morning you go fishing to get your license. The Number is 1 888-347-4356
Is a 4 pound largemouth bass big?
For most of the country, a 4-pound bass is big. A bass that size has struggled to survive in order to reach this size. In Florida you commonly see big 5 pounds plus bass eating smaller 2 to 4-pound bass. In Florida, we have many species of fish, but the black bass dominant. In most pounds and small lakes, newborn bass fry has a small chance of surviving to adulthood. This is why a 3 to 4 years old bass, 17″ to 19″ inches long and weighing somewhere around four pounds generally grows up to become a trophy-size bass.
Complete List of Florida Fishing Locations
Boca Raton, FL
Fort Myers, FL
St Cloud, FL
Fort Pierce, FL
Lake Wales, FL
Mount Dora, FL
Palm Bay, FL
Pompano Beach, FL
St Petersburg, FL
Vero Beach, FL
Boyton Beach, FL
Juno Beach, FL
New Smyrna Beach, FL
Palm Coast, FL
Port Orange, FL
Tarpon Springs, FL
Winter Garden, FL
Cocoa Beach, FL
Haines City, FL
Pembroke Pines, FL
Port St Lucie, FL
Winter Haven, FL
Cape Canaveral, FL
Marco Island, FL
Orange Park, FL
Pinellas Park, FL
Punta Gorda, FL
Winter Park, FL
Cape Coral, FL
Lake Alfred, FL
Ormond Beach, FL
Plant City, FL
Treasure Island, FL