Sport or recreational fishing is popular throughout the United States, but nowhere are the opportunities as great as in Florida. The hundreds of kilometres of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico plus the myriad of bays, admissions and marshes provide countless opportunities for saltwater fishing. The thousands of inland streams, rivers and lakes provide a similar range of freshwater fishing opportunities. Everywhere you went in Florida, you see women, men and children hanging fishing lines from bridges, wharves, piers and shorelines. Rental fishing boats are available in almost every coastal city and on many inland lakes and rivers.
Unless you are fishing on an authorized rental fishing vessel or authorized fishing dock, you will need a fishing licence issued by the State of Florida. Non-residents can purchase a 3-day licence for $7 (seawater fishing $30) or a 7-day licence for $30. Different licences are required for seawater and freshwater fishing. You can buy licenses at most fishing tackle stores.
Rental fishing boats are a great way to experience a fishing adventure in Florida. You won’t need fishing equipment, bait or a license. Just go ahead and have fun!
Large rental boats take 100 or more fishermen in the Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico from many ports. They usually leave at 8 a.m. for four- or eight-hour expeditions. Some boats also leave at 1pm for four-hour afternoon expeditions. The half-day costs about $25 and the full day $40. Fishing gear and bait are provided. Take plenty of sunscreen creams! The crew stores your catch on the ice and cleans the fish back at the dock. Often, a nearby restaurant will cook your fresh fish and provide the snacks for a modest price.
Small rental boats also offer half-day and full-day fishing trips. They usually take six fishermen with them and go after the largest species of fish. These boats charge about $350 for a half day and $500 for the entire day. It’s about $60 or $85 per person if you split it by six.
Take advantage of a stay in your hotel in Miami to go fishing in the area, you won’t regret it.