Saltwater Fishing

 Welcome to Florida's Saltwater Fishing! 

Fish of the Week - Great Barracuda     barracuda       

Sphyraena barracuda

Features:

  • Gray, with a greenish cast above, whitish below.
  • Many irregular, small black blotches on lower side.
  • 18 to 22 diagonal dark bars on upper side (not always evident).
  • Caudal fin dark with white tips.
  • 75 to 87 lateral line scales; no fleshy tip on jaw.

Size: To 106 pounds (6 feet).

Habitat: Young live in inshore seagrass beds. Adults range from inshore channels to open ocean.

Notes: Most attacks on people have occurred when they were wading or swimming in turbid water while wearing bright objects, attempting to spear a barracuda or carrying a speared fish. Flesh of smaller fish apparently not poisonous, but larger fish sometimes very toxic due to ciguatera. There is no safe, reliable way of recognizing toxic fish.

Art by Diane Rome Peebles

From mangroves to salt marshes, Florida is the "Fishing Capital of the World." We hope you'll find the information below handy for planning your next Florida fishing trip, be it commercial or recreational.


Going Fishing? 

Visit FishingCapital.com External Website for more on Florida saltwater fishing including fishing hotspots and reports, or click on one of the links below. 

Gone Coastal: A column on marine fisheries

 

Recreational

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Recreational Regulations
Hot Topics/Latest News
 

Commercial

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Commercial Regulations Guide Adobe PDF
Trap Retrieval/Debris Removal
Apply for a license
Commercial data

 

Other Marine Fisheries Information

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