Ranking System for Best Destinations by Species of Fish
We use a different ranking system when we are listing the best destinations for each species of fish. While we do factor in the business services in the area, destinations can rank higher or lower for each species of fish depending on the potential for numbers of fish, trophy fish, fishing guides in the area, etc.
For example, we rank Marco Island 10.0 as an overall fishing vacation destination, but when it comes to just the grouper fishing, it scores a perfect 9.5.
Florida Keys – Rating 10.0
The Florida Keys are home to some of the best saltwater fishing in the world. With so many species of fish, anglers have so many options here. The grouper fishing is very good throughout the Keys and there are plenty of fishing charters that target them here.
Sanibel Island – Rating 9.5
Located in Southwest Florida, this island is a very popular beach vacation destination. This area is known for its excellent fishing and there is some very good grouper fishing here, especially the monster goliath grouper.
Marco Island – Rating 9.5
Located way down south in southwest Florida, Marco Island is an awesome fishing vacation destination. Anglers target grouper here on the many offshore reefs and wrecks.
Tampa Bay & its Beaches – Rating 9.5
Located on the Gulf Coast in Central Florida, The Tampa Bay area has tons of water to fish for so many different species of fish. The grouper fishing is very good here and you will find plenty of fishing charters available that target them. Anglers catch grouper offshore, but you can also catch some nice gag grouper along the skyway piers. This is a nice option for anglers who don’t have a fishing boat or the money for a charter trip.
Destin / Fort Walton Beach – Rating 9.5
Located in Northwest Florida, this area is an incredible beach vacation destination. With all of the water here to fish, anglers have so many options inshore and offshore. Grouper fishing is very good here and there are a fleet of charter boats that are capable of fishing the offshore waters.
Pensacola – Rating 9.5
Located in Northwest Florida, this area is a very popular beach vacation destination. This area is also known for its excellent fishing. There are a fleet of fishing charters that target grouper as well as other species of fish out of this area.
Panama City Beach – Rating 9.5
Located in Northwest Florida, this area is an outstanding beach vacation destination. Anglers target a variety of fish in this area. Like Pensacola and Destin, this is another northwest Florida destination that has good grouper fishing to go along with a fleet of charter boats to get you out to the offshore waters.
Gulf Shores, Orange Beach – Rating 9.25
Located in Alabama, this is a great beach vacation destination. With Perdido Bay and Mobile Bay, there are so many places to fish and so many fish to target. If you want to target grouper, there are some great offshore spots to fish here and an array of charter boats that can put you on some nice fish.
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