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All You Need to Know About Fall Fishing in Florida

Fall Fishing in Florida

Fall fishing on the Gulf Coast of Florida offers up reel adventure for those who enjoy dropping a line into the Gulf of Mexico and Intracoastal Waterway in search of the freshest catch of the day. So what do you need to know? We’re glad you asked. Let us hook you up! Here are the highlights of fall fishing on Florida’s Gulf Coast from where to go to what’s in season and how to best experience a fishing adventure on the local waters. Fish your way through the day and then enjoy a fresh, flavorful dinner right in your Gulf Coast vacation rental.


Florida Fishing Licenses

Okay, first things first. You need a fishing license! Whether you’re fishing in the local waters inland or offshore, you’re going to need a fishing license. The only exceptions are when you’re fishing at a local pier or on a charter boat. They’ve got you covered with a blanket license, so you’re good to go. 
Here’s where you can get your Florida fishing license: 

Locally at Indian Rocks Tackle at 1301 Gulf Boulevard in IRB

Saltwater Recreational License Online

Freshwater Recreational License Online



Pier Fishing Near Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores

Fishing piers are worth the visit to see what’s biting in the Gulf of Mexico. Your two best options are located right near your Indian Rocks or Indian Shores vacation rental. Both offer fabulous fishing, amazing views, and everything you need for the day. 


Pier Fishing


Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach

Pier 60 is ideally located on famous Clearwater Beach. It is one of the best equipped and most attractive fishing piers in Florida and offers access to fishing activities, fine dining, shopping, entertainment and outstanding white sandy beaches. Fishing licences are not required. The facility offers up to the minute weather conditions at the pier, shaded covered pavilions, audio/video security system, rental equipment, bait and tackle shop, snack bar, fishing tournaments, sightseeing, telescopes for beach viewing and restrooms. The sunsets aren’t too bad either!



Shore Fishing

Surf Fishing on Indian Rocks & Indian Shores Beaches

Ah, the simplicity of surf fishing. It doesn’t take much to have a wonderful day by the water and enjoy some reel excitement on the beach. 

Indian Rocks Beach

Indian Rocks Beach offers nearly three miles of glittering Gulf of Mexico beaches with over 27 beach access points off of Gulf Boulevard. Whether you’re stepping out of your Indian Rocks rental or parking at one of the beach access points, you’re always close and convenient to surf fishing right on the beach. Bring your chair, a cooler, and your rod and reel—and make sure you have your fishing license. That’s just about all you need other than some snacks, shades and sunscreen. Go ahead see what’s biting.

Indian Shores Beach

The warm, sunny and sandy beaches of Indian Shores run for almost three miles of barrier island bliss. Cast your line into the Gulf of Mexico and experience peaceful and productive surf fishing from the shoreline. What catch of the day will you reel in? It just depends on the day and season. You’ll definitely come home with a few fish stories to tell. 


Gulf Coast Fishing Charters

Let the local captains take you on a tour of the local waters and guide you as you fish the inshore and offshore waters for the best catch. Bring dinner home and tell a few fish stories around the table after a day of adventure on the water. Gulf Coast fishing charters are the way to go.

Simply Hooked Sport Fishing

Located in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, Simply Hooked Sports Fishing specializes in offshore and near-shore fishing charters. Their 32-foot vessel Simply Hooked can accommodate up to six guests. They offer 1/2 day, 3/4 day, full day, and extended day charters.

Captain Bill Fehl offers local knowledge and experience for the best fishing experience possible, whether it’s inshore or offshore. He knows the local waters and brings you to where the fish are. The fishing charters are tailored for all ages and ability levels and Captain Bill keeps it fun and easy-going.
Captain Sam and Captain Joe Maisano are the owners and operators of Go Fast Fishing Charters in Treasure Island, FL, at John’s Pass. All their fishing charters include license, bait, tackle, filleting and packaging of your fish. Enjoy 1/2, 3/4 and full day fishing charters on a 32-foot custom Donzi with twin 300 Mercury Verados. 

Fish in Season During Fall on Florida’s Gulf Coast

There’s a lot biting this time of year on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Some local favorites include: Spotted Sea Trout, Redfish, King Mackerel, Cobia, Amberjack and Red Drum just to name a few. See what people are catching in Florida right now on Florida Sportsman magazine’s Facebook page. Happy Fall Fishing!

Did we miss anything? Let us know so we can make sure that we have everything you need to know about fall fishing on Florida’s Gulf Coast.  


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