Best Saltwater Shore Fishing Destinations (Surf, Pier, Jetty, Bridges)


Alabama


Orange Beach & Gulf Shores, AL


The Gulf State Park Pier gives anglers access to deeper water and more opportunities for big fish compared to fishing from the surf. This pier extends out into the Gulf of Mexico and a variety of fish are caught from the pier including some very big fish. Some of the fish that you can catch off the pier are tarpon, tuna, king mackerel, cobia, mahi mahi, redfish, bonito, jack cravelle, Spanish mackerel, whiting, bluefish, pompano and more.


California


San Diego, CA

San Francisco, CA


Florida


Amelia Island, FL


Pier Fishing

The George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier is a long bridge for pedestrians only and the fishing can be very good from this bridge. This is a popular bridge to fish and it is accessible from Amelia Island State Park. From the pier, you can catch sheepshead, flounder, pompano, tarpon, sharks, spanish mackerel, whiting, flounder, redfish, trout, whiting, bluefish and others.


Surf Fishing

From the surf, anglers usually target pompano, redfish, spanish mackerel, black drum, sheepshead, sharks and other species of fish are also possible. There are plenty of places to fish along the beaches of Amelia Island. Fish during the tidal changes and you should be able to catch some fish from the beach in this area.


Apalachicola, FL


Pier Fishing

For the pier anglers, you can fish the pier on St. George Island, where you may catch any of the species listed above, but you may also catch spanish mackerel, cobia, tarpon, kingfish and others.


Surf Fishing

If you are looking to fish from the surf in the Apalachicola area, you will want to head out to St. George Island. There are miles of beaches and plenty of places to fish from the surf. Some of the popular species of fish that you may catch from the beaches are whiting, pompano and redfish.


Boca Raton, FL


Boca Raton has miles of beaches to fish with access to pier fishing as well.  You can catch a variety of different fish from the pier such as snook, sheepsheads, sharks, kingfish, pompano, Spanish mackerel, amberjack, whiting, pompano and others.

From the surf, anglers can catch many different species of fish, but when the pompano are running, they get most of the attention. Whiting, snook and spanish mackerel are also popular from the surf. There are several other species of fish that you can catch on the beaches in the Boca Raton area.

Jetty fishing is available as well as South Inlet Park.  Fish the Boca Raton Inlet for snook and several other species of fish.


Cape San Blas / Port St. Joe, FL


Pier Fishing

If you are looking for a fishing pier, try the nearby town of Mexico Beach or St. George Island. There are some fishing piers, a jetty and some causeways to fish from. You can do very well in both locations for a variety of fish. Some of the fish you may catch are whiting, pompano, redfish, spanish mackerel, black drum, flounder, sheepshead, sharks and others


Surf Fishing

From the surf, anglers have a lot of water to fish with the miles of beaches on Cape San Blas. The St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is a popular destination for anglers. You can fish the bay side and the Gulf side from the surf. From the surf on the beaches, anglers usually target whiting and pompano, but you may also catch redfish, spanish mackerel, sheepshead, sharks and other species of fish. In the bay, anglers usually catch redfish, trout, flounder and black drum. Whether you decide to fish the bay or the beaches from the surf, you have several options for wetting on a line at the state park.

Some other good shore fishing options in this area are Jetty Park (at the Port St. Joe Marina) and the rock wall (Stump Hole) on the Cape.


Charlotte Harbor, FL


Pier Fishing

The Charlotte Harbor area has several fishing piers throughout the area to fish and there are some beaches that you can fish from the surf as well. Some of the fish that you may catch from the piers are snook, mangrove snapper, sheepshead, flounder, pompano, cobia, tarpon, sharks, kingfish, spanish mackerel and others.


Surf Fishing

From the surf, anglers usually target whiting, pompano, snook and redfish, but depending on the season, you may also be able to catch spanish mackerel, black drum, flounder, sheepshead, sharks and other species of fish.


Daytona Beach, FL


Pier Fishing

The Daytona Beach area has a couple of fishing piers, an inlet with some jetty fishing and miles of beaches to fish from the surf. If you want to fish off of a pier, try the Sunglow Fishing Pier or the Daytona Beach Fishing Pier. From the pier, you may catch sheepshead, flounder, pompano, tarpon, sharks, spanish mackerel, whiting, flounder, redfish, trout, whiting, bluefish and others.


Surf Fishing

At Ponce Inlet, anglers can also fish from shore and this inlet is known for its excellent fishing during the tidal changes. From the surf, anglers usually target pompano, redfish, spanish mackerel, black drum, sheepshead, sharks, but other species of fish are also possible. There are plenty of places to fish along the beaches in the Daytona Beach area. During the peak travel season, it may be tough to fish the crowded beaches during the day time, but there should always be a place to fish if you get out there early in the morning. Fish during the tidal changes and you should be able to catch some fish from the beach in this area.


Destin, FL


The Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier is very popular among anglers.  With access to deeper water from the pier, this is probably your best chance to catch something big if you are fishing without a boat in this area.  From the pier, anglers catch many different species of fish.  Some of the fish that are caught here are tarpon, tuna, king mackerel, cobia, mahi mahi, redfish, bonito, jack cravelle, Spanish mackerel, whiting, bluefish and pompano.


Surf Fishing

Surf anglers have a lot of beach to fish here.  This is a popular tourist destination, so it may be difficult to fish on some of the public beaches during the middle of the day in the peak season, but you should be able to find plenty of places to fish in the mornings and evenings. From the surf, anglers usually target whiting, pompano and redfish, but depending on the season, you may also be able to catch spanish mackerel, black drum, flounder, sheepshead, sharks and other species of fish.


Florida Keys


Big Pine Key


Fishing the bridges is popular all throughout the Florida Keys.  In this area, anglers can target many different species of fish such as grouper, tarpon, sharks, snapper and many others.  Some bridges are accessible from shore, but having access to a boat will give you a lot more options to fish the bridges.

The FWC has a great resource for finding the bridges and piers that give anglers fishing access throughout the Florida Keys.


Islamorada


Islamorada has some awesome fishing available from and around the bridges.  Some bridges have accessibility for anglers and these bridges will give shore anglers a chance to catch many different species of fish such as snapper, grouper, sharks, tarpon and others.
If you have access to a boat, you will be able to get into even better fishing because there are so many spots to fish along the bridges and the bridges are loaded with fish.

The FWC has a great resource for finding the bridges and piers that give anglers fishing access throughout the Florida Keys.


Key Largo


The bridges in the Key Largo area will offer good fishing for a variety of fish year-round. For anglers that don’t have access to a boat, the bridges may be the best option to catch some bigger fish.  If you can get onto a boat, there are so many options to fish the bridges in the area.  Many types of fish such as snapper, grouper, sharks, tarpon and many others will use the bridges in this area.

The FWC has a great resource for finding the bridges and piers that give anglers fishing access throughout the Florida Keys.


Key West


Fishing the bridges is one of the easiest ways to consistently catch fish in the Florida Keys and that goes for the Key West area as well. Whether you are fishing the bridges from shore or from a boat, there are a variety of fish that you can catch from snappers to sharks to grouper and many more species of fish. If you have access to a boat, you will have a lot more opportunities to catch fish, especially if you are looking to target the monster tarpon that run through here every year.

The FWC has a great resource for finding the bridges and piers that give anglers fishing access throughout the Florida Keys.


Marathon


Fishing the bridges is popular all throughout the Florida Keys.  In the Marathon area, anglers can target many different species of fish such as grouper, tarpon, sharks, snapper and many others.  Some bridges are accessible from shore, but having access to a boat will give you a lot more options to fish the bridges.  When the tarpon are running, fishing the bridges can be an exciting way to catch some trophy fish.

The FWC has a great resource for finding the bridges and piers that give anglers fishing access throughout the Florida Keys.


Fort Lauderdale, FL


Pier Fishing

Anglins Fishing Pier gives anglers the opportunity to fish some deeper water without having access to a boat. The pier is known for some impressive catches with a variety of different fish being caught here throughout the year. From the pier, you can catch pompano, tarpon, sharks, spanish mackerel, flounder, redfish, snook and many other types of fish.


Surf Fishing

From the surf, anglers have a lot of beach to fish and you can catch a variety of fish anywhere along the beach. One of the popular places to fish the surf down here is the John U. Lloyd Beach State Park. Some of the fish you may catch from the beach are pompano, redfish, spanish mackerel, sharks, snook and many others.


Fort Myers Beach, FL


Pier Fishing

The Fort Myers Beach, Florida area offers shore anglers many options.  For the pier anglers, try fishing the Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier or the pier under Matanzas Bridge.  From the piers, anglers may catch snook, mangrove snapper, sheepshead, flounder, pompano, cobia, tarpon, sharks, kingfish, Spanish mackerel and others.


Surf Fishing

There are plenty of places to fish off of the beaches, although, this area is a very popular tourist destination, so you may not be able to fish in some areas during the day.  Early morning may be your best option if you want to fish the beaches during the peak travel season.  Anglers catch a lot of fish from the surf, however, whiting, pompano and snook are some of the most popular fish to target from the surf.  You may also catch Spanish mackerel, black drum, flounder, sheepshead, sharks and other species of fish too.


Fort Pierce, FL


Pier Fishing

There are many smaller fishing piers throughout the county, but the Fort Pierce Inlet will get most of the attention from shore anglers in this area. The inlet offers fishing from the north and south jetties. To access the north jetty, take a look at the Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. The south jetty has some public parking available. From the jetties, you can catch snook, sheepshead, flounder, pompano, tarpon, sharks, spanish mackerel, whiting, flounder, redfish, trout, bluefish and others.


Surf Fishing

The Fort Pierce area also offers some excellent surf fishing from its miles of beaches. Some of the popular species from the surf are snook, pompano, redfish, spanish mackerel, black drum, sheepshead, sharks and other species of fish are also possible. Fish during the tidal changes and you should be able to catch some fish from the beach in this area.


Jacksonville, FL


Pier Fishing

The Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier gives anglers the opportunity to catch a variety of different fish while enjoying some spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. From the pier, you may catch sheepshead, flounder, pompano, tarpon, sharks, spanish mackerel, whiting, flounder, redfish, trout, whiting, bluefish, kingfish and others. The Mayport Jetties are also a popular spot to fish from the shore or from a boat. This area gets a ton of fishing pressure, but the St. Augustine Inlet consistently holds fish year round.


Surf Fishing

From the surf, anglers usually target pompano, redfish, spanish mackerel, black drum, sheepshead, sharks and other species of fish are also possible. There are plenty of places to fish along the beaches in this area. Fish during the tidal changes and you should be able to catch some fish from the beach in this area.


Jupiter, FL


Pier Fishing

This area has some excellent fishing opportunities from the surf and pier. The Juno Beach Fishing Pier attracts many anglers and the fishing can be very good off the pier. You can catch a variety of different fish from the pier such as snook, sheepshead, cobia, sharks, kingfish, pompano, spanish mackerel, amberjack, whiting, pompano and others.

For anglers looking to do some jetty fishing, the Jupiter Inlet offers some excellent fishing for snook and many different species of fish. You can fish the inlet 24 hours from the jetty and night fishing is popular here because snook can be a lot easier to catch at night.

Surf Fishing

From the surf, anglers can catch many different species of fish, but when the pompano are running, they get most of the attention.  Whiting, snook and spanish mackerel are also popular from the surf.  There are several other species of fish that you can catch on the beaches in the Jupiter area.


Marco Island, FL


Surf Fishing Fishing from the surf is popular on the beaches of Marco Island. Anglers target a variety of fish from the surf. Some of the popular species of fish to catch from the surf in this area are snook, whiting, pompano and redfish, but depending on the season, you may also be able to catch spanish mackerel, black drum, flounder, sheepshead, sharks and other species of fish. If you are looking to fish from a pier, you may want to head north to Naples, Florida.


Mexico Beach, FL


There is plenty of room on the beaches to fish the surf in Mexico Beach. Some of the popular species of fish that you may catch from the beaches are whiting, pompano and redfish, although, you may also catch spanish mackerel, flounder, sheepshead and others. In Mexico Beach, there is a fishing pier available and a jetty. You may end up catching the species listed above plus a bonus shark, cobia, kingfish and other fish are possible.


Miami, FL


The Miami area offers plenty of shore fishing spots to go along with miles of beaches to fish as well. The beaches can get crowded here, so it may not always be easy to find a place to fish away from people, especially during the peak travel seasons. Some of the fish you may catch here from the piers are snook, mangrove snapper, sheepshead, flounder, pompano, cobia, tarpon, sharks, kingfish, spanish mackerel and others. From the surf, anglers usually target whiting, pompano, snook and redfish, but depending on the season, you may also be able to catch spanish mackerel, black drum, flounder, sheepshead, sharks and other species of fish.


Naples, FL


The Naples Pier gets a lot of attention from non-boaters that are still looking for a chance to catch a trophy fish. You may also want to check out Delnor-Wiggins State Park if you are looking to do some shore fishing. Fishing is available on the beaches of Naples and you can definitely catch some nice fish, but your best bet from shore may be from Naples Pier. From the pier, snook are popular among many anglers, but you can catch mangrove snapper, sheepshead, flounder, pompano, cobia, tarpon, sharks, kingfish, spanish mackerel and others. For those of you that are renting a vacation home on the water, you may want to try fishing right off the dock in the canals. Fishing can be very good right from your dock, especially at night. Just remember, the best fishing is going to occur during the tidal changes.


Panama City Beach, FL


Pier Fishing

The Panama City Beach area gives anglers tons of options if they don’t have access to a boat. The Russell-Fields Pier and M.B. Miller Pier, often referred to as the City Pier and the County Pier, are very popular piers to fish. Both of these piers extend out into the Gulf of Mexico and they give anglers an opportunity to fish for a variety of fish including some very big fish. Some of the fish that you can catch off these piers are tarpon, tuna, king mackerel, cobia, mahi mahi, redfish, bonito, jack cravelle, Spanish mackerel, whiting, bluefish and pompano. St. Andrews State Park also offers 2 fishing piers. The Tiller Pier is on the Gulf side and the other fishing pier gives anglers access to the calmer waters of Grand Lagoon.


Surf Fishing

Fishing from the surf is very popular along the beaches here, however, the beaches can definitely get crowded here during the peak season. In the popular areas, when the beaches are crowded, you may have to get out early in the morning if you want to fish the surf. From the surf, anglers usually target whiting, pompano and redfish, but depending on the season, you may also be able to catch spanish mackerel, black drum, flounder, sheepshead, sharks and other species of fish.


Pensacola, FL


Pier Fishing

The Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier gives anglers access to deeper water and more opportunities for big fish compared to fishing from the surf. This pier extends out into the Gulf of Mexico and a variety of fish are caught from the pier including some very big fish. Some of the fish that you can catch off these piers are tarpon, tuna, king mackerel, cobia, mahi mahi, redfish, bonito, jack cravelle, Spanish mackerel, whiting, bluefish and pompano.

Surf Fishing

Fishing from the surf is popular along the beaches here. The beaches can get crowded during the peak travel season, so you may have to get out and fish early in the morning in some areas. There is plenty of beach to fish though, so you should be able to find a place to fish in this area. From the surf, anglers usually target whiting, pompano and redfish, but depending on the season, you may also be able to catch spanish mackerel, black drum, flounder, sheepshead, sharks and other species of fish.


Pine Island, FL


Pine Island, Florida is not the place to be if you are looking to fish from the surf or piers, however, the Matlacha Bridge that gets a lot of attention from shore anglers. During the tidal changes, you will see the locals out here in good numbers targeting a variety of different fish, but some of the popular fish that are caught here are snook, redfish, sea trout, mangrove snapper, sheepshead, and others. If you want to do some fishing from the surf or from a pier, check out nearby Sanibel Island or Fort Myers Beach. You can fish from the pier or from the surf in both destinations.


Riviera Beach, FL


Sanibel & Captiva Islands, FL


Sanibel Island does have a fishing pier, but the surf fishing is a lot more popular here. Fort Myers Beach is close to Sanibel and there is a much larger fishing pier to fish that attracts many anglers. Surf fishing is very popular on Sanibel and Captiva Island.  Some of the popular places to fish are the passes and near the Sanibel Causeway, but you can catch fish all along the beaches of Captiva and Sanibel Island. Snook are the most popular fish to target from the surf, but you may also catch whiting, pompano, redfish, spanish mackerel, sharks and several other species of fish.


Sarasota, FL


Sarasota has plenty of places to fish from the beaches and there is a fishing pier called the Tony Saprito Pier that offers some good fishing for a variety of different fish. From the surf, anglers have miles of beaches to fish. The usual targets are whiting, pompano, snookand redfish, but depending on the season, you may also be able to catch spanish mackerel, black drum, flounder, sheepshead, sharks and other species of fish.


Sebastian, FL


Sebastian is one of the best destinations for fishing from shore on the east coast of Florida. Anglers target a variety of fish from the jetties here in the famous Sebastian Inlet. Some of the popular fish to target are from the surf are snook, Spanish mackerel, redfish, bluefish and sheepshead, but many other species of fish will also pass through this inlet.

There are also miles of beaches, so if surf fishing is your thing, you will have plenty of places to wet a line from the surf. Many anglers target whiting and pompano, but other species such as snook, redfish, spanish mackerel, black drum, sheepshead, sharks and other species of fish can also be caught from the surf.


Space Coast, FL


Pier Fishing

The Cocoa Beach Pier is a great spot for anglers to fish if they want some access to deeper water and they don’t have a boat. From the pier, you may catch sheepshead, flounder, pompano, tarpon, sharks, spanish mackerel, whiting, flounder, redfish, trout, whiting, bluefish and others.


Surf Fishing

From the surf, anglers usually target whiting, pompano, redfish, spanish mackerel, black drum, sheepshead, sharks and other species of fish are also possible. There are plenty of places to fish along the beaches here. Fish during the tidal changes and you should be able to catch some fish from the beach in this area.


St. Augustine, FL


Pier Fishing

The George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier is a long bridge for pedestrians only and the fishing can be very good from this bridge. This is a popular bridge to fish and it is accessible from Amelia Island State Park. From the pier, you can catch sheepshead, flounder, pompano, tarpon, sharks, spanish mackerel, whiting, flounder, redfish, trout, whiting, bluefish and others. The St. Johns County Ocean Pier is also another place that anglers like to fish. This pier extends into the Atlantic Ocean. You may catch many of the same species of fish here as well.


Surf Fishing

From the surf, anglers usually target pompano, redfish, spanish mackerel, black drum, sheepshead, sharks and other species of fish are also possible. There are plenty of places to fish along the beaches in St. Augustine. Fish during the tidal changes and you should be able to catch some fish from the beach in this area.


Stuart, FL


Tampa Bay, FL Area


The surf & pier anglers have so many options in the Tampa Bay area. This area is huge, so there are several miles of beaches to fish, piers, bridges and even some inshore areas where you can wade the shallows waters as you target redfish, sea trout, snook and many other species of fish.


Fishing the Beaches of Tampa Bay

The beaches of Tampa Bay area are home to one of the most popular beach destinations in all of Florida. Even with all the people during the peak travel seasons, there are still plenty of places to fish. From the surf, most anglers usually fish for whiting, pompano and redfish, but depending on the season, you may also be able to catch Spanish mackerel, black drum, flounder, sheepshead, sharks and other species of fish.


Fishing the Piers of Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay area has some excellent fishing piers and bridges to fish. This area may be the best in the entire state of Florida for anglers that want to fish from a pier. The Skyway Piers are very popular and your best bet for access to deeper water. Anglers catch snook, grouper, mangrove snapper, pompano and pretty much everything in between.


Popular Shore Fishing Spots

Long Pier (Redington Shores, FL)

Merry Pier (St. Pete Beach, FL)

Pier 60 (Clearwater Beach, FL)


Venice, FL


Pier Fishing

For the anglers that like to fish from a pier, the Venice Fishing Pier is a great one to fish. You may catch a variety of different fish off the pier, but some of the more popular fish that anglers target here are snook, mangrove snapper, sheepshead, flounder, pompano, cobia, tarpon, sharks, kingfish, spanish mackerel, whiting, pompano and others.


Surf Fishing

Anglers can also surf fishing along the beaches of Venice. This part of Florida is not nearly as crowded as some of the popular beach destinations, so you should be able to find a place to fish the surf here. You can expect to find some of the usual southwest Florida fish along the beaches here such as whiting, pompano, spanish mackerel, snook, sharks and others.

The jetties at Venice Inlet will also give anglers the opportunity to catch some nice fish without needing a boat. Many different types of fish will come through the inlet as they move back and forth from the Gulf to the inshore waters of Venice. You may run into any of the fish that were listed above while fishing the inlet. Make sure to fish the tidal changes in the inlet. The moving water is key for most species of fish to go on the feed.


Georgia


Golden Isles, GA


Pier Fishing

There are a couple piers available in this area for those of you that don’t have access to a boat. St. Simons Island Pier and Jekyll Island Pier give anglers some good places to get out and fish. From the piers, you can catch sheepshead, flounder, pompano, tarpon, sharks, spanish mackerel, whiting, flounder, redfish, trout, whiting, bluefish and others.


Surf Fishing

Golden Isles beaches feature the ever-popular East Beach on St. Simons Island, the prehistoric Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island. Jekyll Island and St. Simons Islands’ beaches are public and you should be able to find a spot out here to fish. There are also some private beaches on Little St. Simons Island and Sea Island that are for private guests only.

From the surf, anglers usually target pompano, redfish, spanish mackerel, black drum, sheepshead, sharks and other species of fish are also possible. There are plenty of places to fish along the beaches here. Fish during the tidal changes and you should be able to catch some fish from the beach in this area.


Tybee Island, GA


Pier Fishing

Tybee Pier & Pavilion give anglers access to the Atlantic Ocean where they can get access to a little deeper water and they can fish for sheepshead, flounder, pompano, tarpon, sharks, Spanish mackerel, whiting, flounder, redfish, trout, whiting, bluefish and others.


Surf Fishing

From the surf, anglers have plenty of beaches to be fishing off of Tybee Island. Anglers usually target pompano, redfish, spanish mackerel, black drum, sheepshead, sharks and other species of fish are also possible along the beaches. Fish during the tidal changes and you should be able to catch some fish from the beach in this area.


Hawaii


Hawaii


People travel to Hawaii from all over the world.  Hawaii is a great vacation destination.  On your next trip to Hawaii, make sure to plan some fishing time.  Hawaii is known for its excellent deep sea fishing for billfish, tuna, mahi mahi, ono and several species of shark.  However, there are many places to fish along the islands that give shore anglers a shot at catching some awesome fish.  Because the ocean bottom drops off fast around the Hawaiian Islands, depending on where you are fishing, you may get to experience some incredible catches from shore that you wouldn’t be able to experience any place else.


Maryland


Chesapeake Bay


You will find the species of fish that are known to be found on the northern Atlantic coast as well as some of the species of fish that are known for being along the Atlantic coast on the southern states and through Florida. This gives anglers so many options to target so many different types of fish offshore. Some of the popular fish that anglers target are marlin, tuna, sailfish, wahoo, snapper, grouper, sharks and more.


Ocean City, MD


The surf and pier fishing can be very good here.  Anglers fish all throughout the area along the beaches, from the piers and the bridges.  Striped bass are the most popular fish that are targeted here from the surf and the piers, however, you can also catch a variety of other fish such as bluefish, whiting, an occasional trout or even flounder.  During the peak of the striped bass migration, the fishing can be awesome from the surf in this area.


Massachusetts


Cape Cod


Striped bass are the most popular fish that are targeted here from the surf and the piers, however, you can also catch a variety of other fish such as bluefish, whiting, an occasional trout or even flounder.  During the peak of the striped bass migration, the fishing can be awesome from the surf in this area.  Anglers come to Cape Cod from all over the country to experience some of the awesome shore fishing for striped bass.


Gloucester, MA


Striped bass are the most popular fish that are targeted here from the surf and the piers, however, you can also catch a variety of other fish such as bluefish, whiting, an occasional trout or even flounder.  During the peak of the striped bass migration, the fishing can be awesome from the surf in this area.    You can usually find plenty of anglers casting from the surf when the stripers are around.


Martha’s Vineyard, MA


Martha’s Vineyard has plenty of places to fish from shore.  Striped bass are the most popular fish that are targeted here from the surf and the piers, however, you can also catch a variety of other fish such as bluefish, whiting, an occasional trout or even flounder.  During the peak of the striped bass migration, the fishing can be awesome from the surf in this area.  You will often see anglers along the surf casting for stripers during the peak of the run.  You can catch some very big fish while fishing from shore here.


Nantucket, MA


Striped bass are the most popular fish that are targeted here from the surf and the piers, however, you can also catch a variety of other fish such as bluefish, whiting, an occasional trout or even flounder.  During the peak of the striped bass migration, the fishing can be awesome from the surf in this area.  You will usually see plenty of anglers on the beaches when the bite is going good.  You can do very well without ever getting into a boat here.


Mississippi


Biloxi, MS


The Biloxi area has miles of beaches to fish from the surf and pier fishing too. Anglers will catch a variety of fish, but some of the more popular fish that anglers will catch are sheepshead, ladyfish, pompano, jack crevalle and black drum. Anglers will also run into some redfish and sea trout too.


New Jersey


Atlantic City, NJ


Striped bass are the most popular fish that are targeted here from the surf and the piers, however, you can also catch a variety of other fish such as bluefish, whiting, an occasional trout or even flounder.  During the peak of the striped bass migration, the fishing can be awesome from the surf in this area.


Ocean City, NJ


Striped bass are the most popular fish that are targeted here from the surf and the piers, however, you can also catch a variety of other fish such as bluefish, whiting, an occasional trout or even flounder.  During the peak of the striped bass migration, the fishing can be awesome from the surf in this area.


New York


Montauk, NY


Montauk is home to some of the best shore fishing spots for striped bass on the entire east coast.  Stripers are very popular here, however, you can also catch a variety of other fish such as bluefish, whiting, an occasional trout or even flounder.  During the peak of the striped bass migration, the fishing can be awesome from the surf in this area.  Montauk is famous for its outstanding striped bass fishery that you can experience from the shorelines.


North Carolina


Brunswick Islands, NC


Pier Fishing

Some of the fish that anglers target here from the piers are sheepshead, flounder, redfish, pompano, kingfish, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, black drum, sea trout, flounder and other fish too depending on the time of the year.  You have a few different piers here to fish from so anglers have a lot of options for pier fishing in this area.


Surf Fishing

Some of the more common fish caught from the surf are whiting, bluefish, black drum, bluefish, redfish and flounder.  There are miles of beaches to fish and you can find many spots where you won’t have as many people if you want to find some areas with less crowds.


Crystal Coast, NC


The Crystal Coast area offer anglers some very good fishing opportunities from the surf and the piers. Some of the fish that anglers target here from the piers are sheepshead, flounder, redfish, pompano, kingfish, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, black drum, sea trout and flounder, but there are other species of fish available too. From the surf, you can catch many of the same species of fish depending on the time of year. Some of the more common fish caught from the surf are whiting, bluefish, black drum, bluefish, redfish and flounder. If you are looking to do some fishing from the piers, you have some options with Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier and Oceana Fishing Pier.


Outer Banks, NC


The Outer Banks has miles of beaches to fish from the surf and several piers to give you access to a little deeper water. From the surf, anglers can catch a variety of fish depending on the time of year. Bluefish, drum, pompano, flounder, striped bass, spot and Spanish mackerel can all be found in the surf or just off the piers. Some other fish that anglers will catch off the piers are croaker, sheepshead, cobia, trout and sometimes even king mackerel.


Wilmington, NC


This area’s beaches offer anglers some very good fishing opportunities from the surf and the piers. Some of the fish that anglers target here from the piers are sheepshead, flounder, redfish, pompano, kingfish, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, black drum, sea trout and flounder, but there are other species of fish available too. From the surf, you can catch many of the same species of fish depending on the time of year. Some of the more common fish caught from the surf are whiting, bluefish, black drum, bluefish, redfish and flounder. If you are looking to do some fishing from the piers, you have several options: Carolina Beach Fishing Pier, Johnnie Mercer’s Pier, Kure Beach Fishing Pier.


South Carolina


Beaufort, SC


Beaufort doesn’t have the surf fishing that many anglers are used to finding in most of our popular saltwater fishing destinations.  It’s an awesome inshore destination with some piers available to fish, but if you’re looking for the typical surf and pier fishing, Hilton Head Island is about a 45 minute drive away and home to some awesome beaches with good fishing opportunities from the surf and piers.


Charleston, SC


You have a lot of options for fishing here from shore whether it’s from the beaches or from the many shore spots such as fishing piers and bridges in the area.  Anglers target a variety of fish.  It really depends on the season and where you’re fishing from.  From the beaches, you will most likely find whiting with some redfish, trout flounder, jack crevalle, bluefish, sharks and some Spanish mackerel mixed in too.  Inshore, you will catch same species of fish, however, most anglers will see more redfish, flounder, sheepshead, flounder and jack crevalle.  There are other fish here too.


Georgetown, SC


There are piers in the area and there are beaches in the area too.  Fish from the beaches in the area for a variety of different fish.  The popular beaches found here are at Hunting Beach State Park, the Litchfield Beaches, Pawleys Island and Garden City.  Some of the fish you may catch are whiting, redfish, trout, flounder, cobia, tarpon, shark, jack crevalle and others depending on how far out you are fishing and the time of the year.  The piers will give you access to some deeper water, which gives you more options for catching bigger fish.


Hilton Head Island, SC


Hilton Head Island has lots of fishing opportunities for the shore angler. From the piers to the beaches, there are miles of fishing opportunities and you don’t need a boat to take advantage of it. From the surf, most anglers target whiting and bluefish, but will also catch redfish, smaller sharks, Spanish mackerel and some other fish too. You have a lot of options here with all the piers and the miles of beaches. This is a popular beach vacation destination, so be smart when trying to fish the areas that attract more people. Early in the morning and late evening are the best times to not get in the way of all the swimmers.


Myrtle Beach, SC


There are so many fishing piers here and plenty of beach to fish as long as you fish non-peak times and away from the people.  Finding a spot to stay out of the way from people wading in the ocean may be a little tricky, so most people that fish here will do so early in the morning, in the evening and at night when it’s not as crowded.  Some of the fish you may catch are whiting, redfish, trout, flounder, cobia, tarpon, shark, jack crevalle and others depending on how far out you are fishing and the time of the year.  The piers will give you access to some deeper water, which gives you more options for catching bigger fish.


Texas


Corpus Christi, TX


This area has plenty of options for shore fishing. Whether you are fishing from the piers or in the state park, anglers can catch a variety of fish such as trout, flounder, redfish, sheepshead, jack crevalle, black drum. Snook and tarpon are also possible depending on the season. Wade fishing is also popular here.


Galveston, TX


The Galveston area offers anglers a lot of shore fishing opportunities with the beaches and the piers in the area. Most anglers are looking for redfish and trout, but depending on the season, you may be able to catch whiting, pompano, spanish mackerel, black drum, flounder, sheepshead, sharks and more.


Matagorda Bay, TX


Surf and Pier fishing is available here. You have a lot of surf to fish along the beaches and piers are available here too. Most anglers are looking for redfish and trout, but depending on the season, you may be able to catch whiting, pompano, spanish mackerel, black drum, flounder, sheepshead, sharks and more.


Port Arthur, TX


Surf and Pier fishing is available here. You have a lot of surf to fish along the beaches and piers are available here too. Most anglers are looking for redfish and trout, but depending on the season, you may be able to catch whiting, pompano, spanish mackerel, black drum, flounder, sheepshead, sharks and more.


Seadrift, TX


You’re not going to find the beaches here for surf fishing and there aren’t any major fishing piers here either.  If you are looking to fish from shore, there are some spots that some of the locals will wade out and fish.  There are some piers in nearby Matagorda Bay.  You can check out Austwell Pier if you can’t make the drive to other towns.


South Padre Island, TX


This area has plenty of options for shore fishing.  Whether you are fishing from the piers or jetties, shore anglers can catch a variety of fish such as trout, flounder, redfish, sheepshead, jack crevalle, black drum.  Snook and tarpon are also possible depending on the season.


Virginia


Virginia Beach


Virginia Beach has miles of beaches to go along with plenty of fishing piers to keep the shore angler busy.  Striped bass are the most popular fish that are targeted here from the surf and the piers, however, you can also catch a variety of other fish such as bluefish, whiting, an occasional trout or even flounder.  Because Virginia Beach is located right at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, there are so many fish that you may end up catching as they move in and out of the bay.


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