Welcome to my Florida Fishing Pier Blog. I love fishing piers. For many fishing piers are the most relaxing and enjoyable place to be. To most people it doesn't get any better than this. Not only being able to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and the cool ocean breezes, but being out on the water. Also, you would be hard pressed to find a more spectacular view. A fishing pier is a great way to relax and enjoy yourself.
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The State of Florida does not require individuals fishing from a pier to buy a fishing license.
Like I said earlier, I love fishing piers. I went out to the Venice Pier on 9-24-09, and this very attractive young lady was nice enough to pose for a photo. And her boyfriend (or friend) didn't even mind. They were coming back out at night to go shark fishing. They were both very nice people.
A nice bunch of king mackeral caught at the end of the Venice pier. Seeing fish like this makes me wonder why I don't have heavier line on my pole.
This lucky guy caught a nice red fish on the Venice Pier on 10-20-09. He needed a basket net to pull this baby up. And he was nice enough to let me shoot this photo. A big thank you to him if he ever sees this blog. I appreciate his contribution to helping make this a pretty good blog.
This kid also hauled in a nice fish on 10-5-09 at the Venice pier. I believe this is a king mackeral. I'm not a fish expert though. But this is a nice one.
The entrance to the Venice Fishing Pier. It is always a perfect day to be out here. 1-4 pm is the best time to miss the tourists getting in your way while fishing.
This is the Anna Maria City Pier. This is a great place to fish. But it is also very popular with the tourist. And of course, the pelicans and the birds love it here too. This pier gives you a great view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and Tampa Bay, which includes the island of Egmont Key and Ft. Desoto State Park. At the end of the pier is The City Pier Restaurant, which includes live music, dockside beer service, bait shop, and a wirecraft jewerly store. Also enjoy $1.50 draft beer and $3.00 by-the-glass-wine happy hour Monday-Friday 3-6 pm. Do not miss this great pier on Anna Maria Island if you are ever in this area.
This is the entrance to the south fishing pier at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge between St. Pete and Manatee County on I-75. This was part of the old Skyway Bridge that was a 15 mile stretch built in 1954. After the May 1980 collision of a freighter during a freak thunderstorm, the main span was ripped in pieces which caused the tragic deaths of several people.
This is the world's longest fishing pier thanks to former Florida Governor Lawton Chiles. Many wanted to tear down the remaining portions of the bridge, but the governor, being an avid angler, mandated that only the remaining center span be torn down and the ends be turned into fishing piers.
This is the south Skyway Fishing Pier. For over 28 years people have enjoyed driving their vehicles right up to their favorite fishing spot. They would be right next to the railing and they would begin fishing. On this pier you can catch an amazing variety of fish, including grouper, mackerel and snapper. Giant schools of bait, constantly drawn to this structure, are a virtual "fish magnet" for every species of fish found in the Florida waters.
Fishing piers have always been very popular and have not only attracted anglers....but everyday people who want to enjoy the view and the atmosphere of being out on the water. Not only can someone enjoy the view, but also the birds, seeing the fish that are caught and the ones on the surface of the water. Dolphins are always spotted around piers, which the anglers hate because they chase away the fish while they are around.
Florida Fishing Pier Locations
1- Pensacola Beach Pier is 1471 feet long and is located at 41 Ft. Pickens Road. The fee for walking the pier is $1.25. Adult fishing is $7.50. Youth fishing $4.50. Senior fishing and military $6.50. Children under 6 free.
2- Flagler Beach Pier is 806 feet long and is located at 215 South Ocean Shore Blvd. The fee for walking the pier is $1.50. Adult fishing is $6.00. Senior and military fishing is $4.00. Passes are available from 3 months to one year.
3- Ft.Myers Beach Fishing Pier is 560 feet long and is located on Old San Carlos Blvd.
4- Panama City Beach Pier is 1642 feet long and is located at 16101 Back Beach Road. Walking on the pier is $2.00. Adult fishing is $6.00. Military and senior fishing is $3.00. Children 6 and under free.
5- Ft.Walton Beach Fishing Pier is 1262 feet long and is located at 1030 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE. Walking the pier is $1.00. Adult fishing is $7.00. Seniors fishing 65+ $6.00. Children 6-12 fishing is $4.00. Children 5 and under free.
6- Navarre Fishing Pier is 900 feet long and is located at 8579 Gulf Blvd. Walking the pier is $1.00. Adults fishing is $5.00. Children 6-12 fishing is $2.50. Children under 6 is free.
7- Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers. The south side pier is the world's longest at 8860 feet long, a little over a mile and a half. The piers are located off I-275 just south of St.Pete. Adult fishing 12 and over is $4.00. Children fishing 6-11 is $2.00. Children 5 and under is free.
8- Ft. Desoto National Park Fishing Piers are 500 and 1000 feet long and are located at 3500 Pinellas Bayway South in Tierra Verde (St.Pete) Fishing is free here. There is no admission to the park but there are toll roads getting there.
9- Naples Fishing Pier is 1,000 feet long. Originally built in 1888, this pier has been victim to a fire and three hurricanes. Located at 25 12th Avenue South.
10-Juno Fishing Pier is 990 feet long. Located on A1A at Juno Beach Park. Admission for walk outs is $1.00 and fishing is $3.00.
11- Dania Fishing Pier in Dania Beach. Admission is $1.00 for walkouts and $3.00 for fishing. Located at 230 E. Dania Beach blvd.
12- Deerfield Fishing Pier. Located at 200 North Ocean Blvd. Admission for walk outs is $1.00 and fishing is $4.00.
13- Pompano Fishing Pier. Located at 222 North Pompano Beach Blvd. As of 2010, fishing on the pier is free. Parking is only $1.00.
14- Pier 60 in Clearwater is 1,080 feet long. Admission fees are 50 cents for walk outs, $6.30 for adults, seniors $5.25 for seniors, and $5.00 for 11 years and under. Located at 1 Causeway Blvd.
15- Redington Long Pier in Redington Beach is 1,026 feet, and is located at 17490 Gulf Blvd. Fishing fee is $7.00.
16- Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier is 1262 feet long and built in 1998. Located at 1030 Miracle Strip Pkwy. East in Ft. Walton Beach. Fees are $1.00 for walk outs, fishing is $7.00 adults, seniors 65+ $6.00, children 6-12 $4.00, 5 and under free.
17- Gulf Breeze Municipal Pier is 1.5 miles long and is closed by the city until further notice according to their website on 9-25-09.
18- Mexico Beach Public Pier is located at 37th Street.
19- Sunglow Fishing Pier in Daytona Beach is 950 feet long and is located at the boardwalk area.
20- Cocoa Beach Fishing Pier is 800 feet long. Located at 401 Meade Avenue (1/2 mile north of 520 off A1A). Built in 1962, this is a historic landmark on the Space Coast of the state.
21- Jetty Park Fishing Pier in Cape Canaveral is 1200 feet long and located at 400 Jetty Road.
22- Ft Clinch State Park Fishing Pier is located at 2601 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach
23- Ft. Myers Fishing Pier is 560 feet long and is located at the Lynn Hall Memorial Park.
Flagler Beach Florida Fishing Pier
Here is the Flagler Beach Fishing Pier. I am about 3/4 of the way down the pier. This is a great place to fish. The best time to fish is one hour before, and one hour after, high and low tide. Myself, though I am in the middle range of a knowledgeable fisherman, I prefer high tide. But everybody is different. The biggest thing with fishing on piers is the tourist. With all due respect, they do usually get in the way. Right as you are trying to cast out.
This is one of my favorite Fishing piers in Florida. During the week the parking spots are easy to find. But the weekend is a different story. This place is packed on weekends. People come from all around to enjoy the water and the view. This is a magnet for surfers, families, and skim boarders. The restaurant at the entrance to the pier opens at 7 am for breakfast. So get here early.
This is a great place to be. The Atlantic Ocean is so powerful, the waves pounding the beach usually look like soap suds. During the early days of World War 2, German U-boats crept along the East Coast of Florida around Vero Beach, about 134 miles away, with reports of American ships being attacked. Along the Flagler Beach area, towers were built and volunteers worked round the clock manning them to help out the military and their country.
The Venice Beach Florida Fishing Pier. Monday-Friday, just before sunrise, people come here to fish before they go to work. During the week, the best time to start fishing is 10 am and 2 am. The pier isn't so crowded.
Ft. Desoto Park In Pinellas County Florida
Ft Desoto Park is located at 3500 Pinellas Bayway South in Tierra Verde Florida. This park has two excellent fishing piers. One is on the Bayside Pier, the other and longest is on the Gulfside Pier (1,000+ feet long). There is no charge to fish on the pier and a fishing license is not required. The park closes at sunset but the piers are open until 11 p.m. Each pier has cleaning stations and is lighted.
Flagler Beach Florida City Pier
Here is the fishing pier at Ft. Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach Florida. Over a half mile long. Only a $6 admission to the park. Pretty good for sure.
Video Below Is The Redeck Fishing Tournament In Bath Illinois. They catch fish without fishing poles. Here you don't need a pole.
FLORIDA RESIDENT SALTWATER FISHING LICENSE INFO
Annual Saltwater Fishing: $17.00
5 Year Saltwater Fishing: $79.00
Saltwater/Freshwater Fishing Combo: $32.50 Yearly
Saltwater Shoreline Fishing: $9.00
If you have a resident recreational saltwater fishing license, you do not need a shoreline fishing license, because your license covers shoreline, dock, jetty, or boat.
NONRESIDENT SALTWATER FISHING LICENSE
Annual Saltwater Fishing: $47.00
3 Day Saltwater Fishing: $17.00
7 Day Saltwater Fishing: $30.00
Florida saltwater fishing licenses are available at your local county tax collectors office. For more info on Florida fishing regulations click here.
IS GULP GOOD BAIT?
I know a lot of anglers who will not fish with anything else. They swear by Gulp. It's pricey, that's for sure. But it is supposed to be the best. Fish are extremely attracted to garlic. If you want to save money on bait, you can try this. Buy cheap rubber bait. Get yourself a new hypodermic needle. Get yourself some garlic juice. Inject the juice into the bait. The bait in the water will slowly seep out the garlic juice, attracting the fish even better. I have not tried this yet, but it sure sounds like a great tip. Good luck.
Thanks for stopping by my little blog. I hope you can make it out to a Florida Fishing Pier soon. It doesn't get any better. I hope you will tell your friends to visit here. All the best.