Charlotte Harbor, FL Fishing Tips

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Surf & 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 snookmangrove 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.

Inshore Fishing

The Charlotte Harbor area is home to some excellent inshore fishing for a variety of fish. Many anglers come here to fish for snookredfishsea trout and tarpon, however, there are so many more fish that you can catch here.  Sheepsheadladyfishpompano and jack crevalle are just some of the other types of fish you may catch.  The tides play a huge role in whether or not you will catch fish inshore, so make sure to fish the tidal changes for the peak fishing conditions.

Nearshore Fishing

Anglers target many different species of fish nearshore.  Because the tarpon run is so strong here, many anglers fish the nearshore waters for tarpon.  Some of the other fish to catch nearshore are grouper, snapper, kingfish, Spanish mackerelcobia, permit, snook and goliath grouper, but there are others too.  The time of year will dictate what fish will be more prevalent, but you can catch fish nearshore year-round in this area.

Deep Sea & Offshore Fishing

Charlotte Harbor has some excellent fishing in the offshore waters here.  The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but this area will provide plenty of action year-round.  There are several fishing charters in this area that target a variety of fish such as grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, permit, amberjack, barracuda, tuna, mahi mahi, wahoogoliath grouper and others.


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