Fishing on Florida's Sports Coast

Fishing on Florida’s Sports Coast

Catch your next adventure on Florida’s Sports Coast!

#GetBackToAdventure with an unbeatable fishing or scalloping trip to Florida’s Sports Coast. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, our temperate waters are perfect for catching red drum, spotted sea trout and common snook all year long. But if you’re looking to hook something specific, there are a few dates you won’t want to miss.

Inshore Fishing at its Best (October – April)

When most fishermen see a nice mangrove shoreline, they think “snook and reds!” But that’s only part of the story. On Florida’s Sports Coast, you’ll catch tarpon, spotted seatrout, mangrove snapper, jack crevalle, ladyfish and of course—snook and reds. While our warm weather makes inshore fishing great year-round, we highly recommend casting on our mangrove shorelines from October – April.

Quick tip:

  • Variations in depth, changes in bottom vegetation and irregular shorelines are the best spots to catch fish.

Tarpon Fever (April – September)

When you’ve hooked a 200-pound tarpon and it leaps 6 feet in the air, it’s impossible to not feel a rush of excitement. Many anglers describe this sensation as “tarpon fever,” and from April through September, the Silver King (tarpon) lures scores of fishermen to Florida’s Sports Coast. Our temperate coastal waters and warm climate create the perfect conditions for catching tarpons ranging from 30 to 200 pounds.

  • Where to look: Port Richey, Hudson and New Port Richey coastal waters boast some of the best places to hook your own Silver King.

Scallop Season (July 17 – 26)

Scalloping season is almost here, and if you’re looking to make this the best year yet, swing over to Florida’s Sports Coast. Our temperate coastal waters are home to some of the best scalloping beds around, and from July 17-26th, you can catch up to two gallons of them each day.

Quick tips:

  • Scallops may be spotted on or near the bottom of seagrass beds, usually lying on their ventral shells.
  • Often, they are easiest to find in borderline areas where the sand/mud bottom meets the edge of the grasses.
  • Scallops have many neon-blue eyes and may try to swim away when they see you, but they do not swim fast or far.

Trout Season (November – January)

When the weather starts to cool, trout fishing becomes red hot on Florida’s Sports Coast. Fishermen and Fisherwomen flock to our shores to hook speckled trout in depths of one-to-three feet of water. We highly recommend fishing for trout from November through January. On a good day, you can catch up to 100 speckled trout using just lures!

A few final tips:

  • Fish areas where there are nice stands of turtle grass.
  • Cast in areas with mangrove shorelines, deep holes & channels, or above oyster bars.
  • Use long casts and fairly light tackle. We recommend using silver and gold jerk baits.

Visit our Fishing & Charters page to learn more.