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 FYI: Saltwater Fishing in Florida

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Saltwater Fishing in Florida
By Dave Spates

Florida is considered to be one of the top 3 best fishing spots in the world. There are many attractions and loads of fish to catch, the Florida Keys and the Everglades are the biggies. But there are plenty of fish that you can catch up and down both the east and west coasts of Florida, and for the boater, down south in the Keys is some of the best fishing in the world. Some of the big game fish that are constantly chased by saltwater anglers are as follows, snook, dolphin, tuna, Spanish mackerel, bonefish, snapper, flounder, grouper, and all types of sharks.



Snook are found all over Florida and are highly protected, they can be caught by fishing from bridges or fishing the flats with a boat. They love to eat live bait, especially shrimp. They are a special species of fish, and require a special permit to catch them, the stamp will cost a Florida resident 2 dollars a year. Snook can be found in quantity in southern Florida to the middle of Florida, the water tends to get to cold for them the farther up north you go, but they can be found there.

Dolphin can be caught if you have access to a boat, when I say dolphin I am not talking about flipper, but a mahi mahi. Dolphin are found miles offshore, and they are commonly known to travel in schools. They are caught and fished for by means of trolling, then once a dolphin is hooked and reeled up to the boat, the school will usually follow, from here you can leave the dolphin on the line and throw in some spinning rod lines and try and catch the rest of the school. Dolphin like to feed on ballyhoo when trolling for them, and dolphin are delicious to eat.

Snapper can be found almost everywhere by the coasts of Florida, there are many different kinds of snapper. You can catch them off docks, in canals, or go for some big ones a couple miles offshore on either coast. Snapper are very smart fish so catching them will take some skill, but you can get lucky too. They will eat just about anything, live or frozen bait, even artificial bait. Snapper of all species, also make a great dinner.

In Florida, you will only need a saltwater fishing license if you are fishing on a boat. Onshore fishing does not require one, unless you are planning to keep some snook. For Florida residents they are about 10 bucks a year, and there are many kinds of plans you can get to save money, from a couple years to a lifetime saltwater fishing license.

There are many other sites to where you can find some great information on saltwater fishing Florida, this is just a very short article going over the basics. If you have any questions or comments please stop by my site and ask away, we will get much more in depth about the types of fish in Florida and how to successfully catch them.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Dave_Spates
http://EzineArticles.com/?Saltwater-Fishing-in-Florida&id=1693979


Posted On Friday, December 19, 2008


 
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