Fishing in Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida has always been known for its relaxing atmosphere, pristine beaches and breathtaking views but now this region is also becoming widely known as having the best waters in the nation for backwater fishing. It is no wonder that this region has a reputation for being Florida’s “hot spot” for back-country fishing; here is where four of the most sought after game fish can be found. Besides the Tarpon, Snook, Redfish and Spotted Sea Trout, there are over 1,000 species of fish in this region’s water. Known as the gateway to world class back-country fishing, here are just a few of the prime fishing sites that Southwest Florida has to offer.

Charlotte Harbor Fishing

Catching red fish in Southwest FloridaWith access to the Myakka and Peace Rivers, Charlotte Harbor is the ideal breeding ground for Redfish, Tarpon, Sea Trout and Snook. This is one of the largest estuaries in all of Florida and every anglers dream. The shallow waters of the Charlotte Harbor features hundreds of miles of grass bed flats and stands of mangroves. This harbor has it all including oyster beds, holes and tidal creeks; it’s always a new adventure for the novice to accomplished angler.

Pine Island Sound Fishing

Fishing setup KakayThis amazing estuary is one of the most desirable locations because it receives a fresh water flow from the Caloosahatchee River. Here you will find schools of Redfish that are searching for shrimp and its home to the Spotted Sea Trout. The Pine Island Sound also has the most extensive shallow turtle grass flats in Southwest Florida.

Boca Grande Pass Fishing

Fishing for tarpon Boca Grande PassNot too far from Charlotte Harbor you will find a narrow channel of water, the Boca Grande Pass. This is the deepest natural pass in the whole state and it is known world-wide as the Holy Grail of Tarpon fishing. You will find young Tarpons that weigh just 50 pounds to adults that weigh over 200 pounds. Around the old phosphate docks and near-shore wrecks are the perfect spots for catching the Goliath Grouper that can weigh up to 600 pounds. It was right here in the Boca Grande Pass that the world record holding 1,280 pound, 14.6 foot Hammerhead Shark was caught.