What to Expect
Many of Florida’s fishing piers have shallow artificial reefs within casting reach. These man-made structures support diverse communities of marine organisms, so it is not unusual for anglers to land “game” fish such as tarpon, cobia and king mackerel. From time to time, these shore-bound anglers even hook fish far too big to land, including sharks and even the stray sailfish.
At the bait house, you will see photos of local anglers proudly displaying their prized catches. Every pier has a cast of regulars, most of whom are willing to share their secrets. If a fellow angler hooks a big one, don’t be shy about asking what they used as bait. Follow the leader and cast away.
Favorite Fishing Piers in Florida
The Skyway Fishing Pier State Park: Located at the mouth of Tampa Bay on a structure that was once a bridge, the twin Skyway Fishing Piers are probably the most productive land-based fishing spots in the state. If it swims in the Gulf of Mexico, sooner or later it will pass beneath your dangling line.
Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier: One of northwest Florida’s premier fishing spots, this pier is known for its big fish. The action here is consistent year round, but it’s red hot during the summer months.
Naples Pier: Drop a line into the Gulf of Mexico from Naples Pier, and try your luck for a variety of species including Spanish mackeral, redfish, sea trout and more. The City of Naples provides a blanket fishing license so you don’t need your own. The pier is open 24/7, and the sunsets here are among the best in Florida.
Anglins Fishing Pier: Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is just a few miles from the Gulf Stream, so you never know what species will saunter by this Atlantic coast fishing pier. King mackerel, tarpon, sailfish… anything is possible.
Juno Beach Park Pier: Blue water with great visibility means the fish won’t have any trouble finding your bait. Juno is known for its beautiful water and great fishing.
Sebastian Inlet State Park Pier: Blessed with the added amenities of a state park, this Melbourne Beach fishing pier is located at the mouth of a waterway that intermingles with the Indian River Lagoon, one of Florida’s most famous fishing areas. The fishing is good, but the catching is great.
Cocoa Beach Pier: Nestled on the Atlantic Ocean, this pier is well-known to surfers but still something of a secret to out-of-town fishermen. Catch the right tide and you won’t be disappointed.
Sunglow Fishing Pier: Auto races were once held on the hard-packed sand near this Daytona Beach fishing pier. The race cars have moved inland but the fishing is still as good as it was 50 years ago.
Jacksonville Beach Pier: This St. Johns River city has one of the best king mackerel runs in Florida, so this pier is your best chance to land a big king from land.
Fort Clinch State Park Pier: If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle, head to Fernandina Beach. Fishing from this state park’s pier is nothing short of heaven.