Thank you to Discover Boating for sponsoring today’s post and continuing to inspire everyone at Nail Travels to filet and release!
Summer time means fishing season so if you don’t discover boating in Florida, you should pack your wagon and hit the road. Maybe take up snowboarding. Or better yet, stick around and take somebody for a boat ride. Even carpetbaggers are welcome to stay and enjoy the treasures of the sunshine state. Your boat already knows where the fun is. All you have to do is ask. Don’t worry about catching fish yet. If you have the boat, the ladies will love you. Whether you’re Blair Wiggins, beating up on Atlantic Cobia or Capt. Pud, king of the catfish rodeo, everyone needs to get out on the water and see how La Florida looks from the mangrove side.
It’s a fishing paradise that runs from the white beaches of the Redneck Rivera down to the mangrove forests of the Ten Thousand Islands. Come walk across Grand Pass on the backs of tarpon or catch flying mullet in Matlacha. Whether it’s fried flounder with lemon butter or smoked mullet dip by the kilo, there’s a fish for everyone’s plate. (Capt. Turner’s Tips #21: Mullet try to fly because they have gizzards, and think they are birds.)
Discover Boating in Florida
Wherever you chase the fin in Florida, you’ll find more fish than you can throw a dead cat at. Here are some of our favorite fishing holes around the the area.
- The Muflats: Located near the Sanibel-Captiva causeway, this patch of turtle grass and sandbars is a fine spot for both fish and bait. If you catch a monster sea trout with one eye, let him go. He’s mine. Two weeks ago I let one of his nephews go so he would know I was still around. I have seen some of the biggest snook and redfish of my life pulled out of this beach. Numbers of parallel sandbars split the sand from from the grass flats. Pinfish can be caught in all the turtle grass and green backs can be found schooling further out. Blue runners, Spanish Mackerel, and ladyfish can be ocassionally wrangled, but trout and mullet are everywhere. Let it be said there are some big fish in this water.
- Picnic Island: Southeast of St. James City, this patch of shells and sand is a favorite spot for both fishing and camping. Redfish off the lagoon side or spanish mackerel off the point make a quick meal. Just to the east lie some of the best redfish grounds around. Pinfish, white bait, or shrimp will get the job done or test your skill with a DOA shrimp.
- Lover’s Key: This national park has a deep cut that runs to the intercoastal and a gifted fisherman with a gold spoon can shred the Spanish Makerel. I saw a spanish get caught here that was the size of a full grown king. There’s lots of action by the beach point. (Capt. Turner’s Tips #7: It’s a good omen to catch fish on the morning of your wedding.)
Visit Discover Boating and check out their Boat Selector Landing Page. They will find the boat that best meets your needs. Even if you already have a boat, take a look around at the selection. You may have two busted boats in the yard already, but you might just need one more. (Capt. Turner’s Tips #42: Fix the broken boat you own before buying a new one.)
Discover Boating is a national program to help people get on the water and experience the fun of boating. For those looking to get their feet wet, catch redfish as big as a Tennessee third grader, or just impress the ladies, Discover Boating is an unbiased online resource filled with easy, interactive features on all things boating, including a boat selector guide, cost comparison tool, renting options, youth boating programs, education courses – even nautical lingo and how-to videos. Plus, Discover Boating offers tools and information for experienced boaters looking to learn more.
Take a look at Discover Boating to learn more about ways to get out on the water this summer (even if you don’t own a boat). Use the Boat Selector tool to find out which boat is a right fit. Check out the inspirational Stories of Discovery documentary series, featuring real boaters and how boating impacts their lives. Be sure to watch the short video Good Run about a man’s life journey by boat. Don’t be afraid to cry.
Always remember to put your plug in.
Where would you like to go boating in South Florida?