Florida Keys – Rating 10.0
The Florida Keys consist of Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and Key West. The Keys are one of the top vacation destinations in Florida. You can enjoy the warm weather and relax or get involved with all of the activities such as boating, snorkeling, scuba diving, eco tours, fishing and more. If you could pick just one place to do some saltwater fishing, the Florida Keys would be it. More than 10 percent of the IGFA saltwater line class and fly fishing world records have been set in the Florida Keys. Inshore, the opportunities are endless in Florida Bay around the Keys.
Hilton Head Island (FL) – Rating 10.0
Hilton Head Island is located in the southern part of South Carolina about 20 miles north of Savannah, Georgia. The island is a very popular vacation destination with 12 miles of beachfront and numerous golf courses. Hilton Head Island is known more as a golf destination than a fishing destination, but the fishing is excellent here as well. There are numerous fishing charters that operate out of Hilton Head Island and you can catch many different types of fish inshore and offshore. Inshore, anglers target redfish, sea trout, flounder, sheepshead and a variety of other fish.
Marco Island (FL) – Rating 10.0
Marco Island is home to some incredible fishing. The inshore fishing opportunities are endless with the backwaters and canals here. Fish for snook, trout, redfish, tarpon, sheepshead and many other species here inshore.
Venice (FL) – Rating 10.0
This is one of the few cities on Florida’s west coast without a barrier island. The white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico form the western boundary of Venice. There are 14 miles of beautiful beaches from Casey Key to Manasota Key that offer many recreational opportunities such as swimming, sunbathing, boating and fishing. Many different species of fish pass through the Venice area throughout the year. Snook are very popular here, but you may also catch redfish, trout, tarpon and many other species of fish in the inshore waters around Venice, Florida.
Chesapeake Bay (MD) – Rating 9.75
The Chesapeake Bay Watershed is the largest estuary in North America. It covers more than 64,000 square miles encompassing parts of six states — Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The bay is a popular tourism destination for fishing, boating, hitting the beaches or just relaxing and taking in the beautiful scenery. For the fishermen, there are plenty of fishing charters, boat rentals, marinas and places to stay to help make your next fishing trip one to remember. Some of the popular fish that are caught here are striped bass (rockfish), bluefish, drum, sea trout, flounder, spot, and croaker.
Jupiter (FL) – Rating 9.75
Jupiter is known for its excellent fishing opportunities. You can find great fishing year-round for a variety of species inshore and offshore. Inshore, anglers target snook, redfish, tarpon, ladyfish, jacks, black drum, sea trout, bluefish, mangrove & mutton snappers, grouper, sheepshead and more species. Although, there are a variety of fish you can catch depending on the season, snook are the fish that most anglers target inshore.
Port St. Lucie Area (FL) – Rating 9.75
The Port St. Lucie area is a popular vacation destination with uncrowded, peaceful beaches. This whole area of Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Jensen Beach, Stuart and Palm City provide visitors with a laid-back atmosphere with plenty of recreational opportunities. The Indian River provides some excellent inshore fishing for snook, redfish, trout, tarpon and other species.
Amelia Island (FL) – Rating 9.5
Amelia Island has 2 large inlets that offer some excellent bay, jetty and beach fishing. For the inshore anglers, the calmer waters offer redfish, flounder, tarpon, jack crevalle, spanish mackerel, bluefish and other fish. There are so many places to fish here inshore. Whether you fish near the inlets or farther back in the backwaters, you should have a lot of fun exploring the waters around Amelia Island.
Beaufort, SC – Rating 9.5
Beaufort was ranked #17 of America’s Top 20 Best Fishing Towns by Field and Stream. This city is fairly small, but there is plenty to do here to go along with fine restaurants and many hotels to accommodate you. The fishing is excellent for a variety of fish such as redfish, sea trout, tarpon, ladyfish, flounder, jack crevalle and sheepshead.
Charleston (SC) – Rating 9.5
Charleston is a historic city and the largest city of Charleston County. Situated on the Charleston Harbor fishermen and boaters have easy access to the harbor and offshore charters can head out to the Atlantic Ocean from here. There are so many species of fish to catch inshore or offshore. Fishing charters target redfish, sea trout, flounder, jack crevalle, spanish mackerel, spadefish, barracuda, ladyfish, cobia, tarpon, sharks, marlin, sailfish, dolphin, wahoo, tuna and others. Smaller boats can stay inside the jetties and do very well on a variety of fish. The fact that the jetties here are farther out than most other places, the chances of catching bigger fish while staying inside the jetties is much greater.
Fort Myers Beach (FL) – Rating 9.5
Fort Myers Beach is located on Estero Island in Southwest Florida. With Sanibel Island and Pine Island nearby, Fort Myers Beach helps make up one of Florida’s best vacation areas for boating, fishing, beaches and more. In Fort Myers Beach, you will find miles of white sand beaches, numerous hotels and resorts, beach shops and a pier that offers a restaurant, fishing and other entertainment. Inshore, Estero Bay is closest and there is some excellent fishing for trout, snook, redfish, tarpon and more in the bay. There is so much more inshore water to fish nearby with Sanibel Island & Pine Island so close.
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach (AL) – Rating 9.5
The Gulf Shores / Orange Beach area is a great place for a family vacation. There is a beautiful white sand beach to go along with the numerous water sports, outdoor activities, golf and fishing. The coast offers some wonderful fishing from the surf, inshore and offshore. Some of the popular fish that are caught inshore are redfish, sea trout, sheepshead and more.
Naples (FL) – Rating 9.5
Naples is home to some incredible inshore fishing. With all the backwaters and mangroves, the snook fishing can be outstanding here. Snook aren’t the only draw though as trout, sheepshead, tarpon and many other species of fish can be caught inshore here.
Sanibel & Captiva Islands (FL) – Rating 9.5
Located in Southwest Florida, this area is one of the best beach vacation destinations and inshore fishing areas in the entire country. When the weather gets cold up north, people flock to this area for the warmer weather. The protected inshore waters offer excellent fishing for snook, redfish, sea trout, sheepshead, snapper, grouper and so many other species of fish.
Sebastian (FL) – Rating 9.5
Sebastian, Florida is a small town located just south of the Space Coast. This area doesn’t attract as many visitors as some of the towns just to the north, but there is still plenty to do in Sebastian. Most people enjoy relaxing at the beaches, boating and fishing. The Sebastian Inlet State Park draws a good amount of people and there is some very good fishing here. Snook, bluefish, redfish and spanish mackerel are some of the common species caught from the jetties at the Sebastian Inlet State Park. If you stay inshore, you will have plenty of water to fish and there are many other species of fish you may catch such as trout, tarpon, jack crevalle and many others.
The Tampa Bay (FL) – Rating 9.5
The Tampa Bay area and its beaches provides tourists with a nice variety of entertainment and recreation. The mild winter temperatures, tropical summers, beautiful beaches and stunning sunsets keep people coming back. Anglers can catch a variety of different fish such as redfish, sea trout, tarpon, grouper, snapper, sheepshead, sharks and more. There are more places to fish inshore that you could fish in a month in this area. If you have the time to learn these waters, you can do very well with a variety of different fish.
Biloxi (MS) – Rating 9.25
Biloxi is located on the Gulf of Mexico. It is a popular vacation destination because of its casinos, beaches and outstanding saltwater fishing. The beaches lie directly on the Mississippi Sound and there are barrier islands scattered off of the coast. The fishing is excellent in the waters off of Biloxi. This area is known for its deep sea / offshore fishing. There are plenty of shallow water opportunities as well with the barrier islands nearby. Inshore, anglers target redfish, sea trout, flounder, sheepshead and more.
Charlotte Harbor (FL) – Rating 9.25
Charlotte Harbor is arguably the most popular tarpon fishing destination in the world. During the peak of the tarpon run every summer, you can see hundreds of boats gathered almost on top of each other as they are fighting fish that sometimes weigh well over 100 pounds. The harbor is a beautiful area and it offers some excellent boating, fishing, sailing, uncrowded beaches, unique shopping and dining.
Panama City Beach (FL) – Rating 9.25
Located in Northwest Florida, this area has tons of inshore water to fish where sea trout, redfish, flounder and sheepshead are common. Anglers target other fish here too. This area can get a little crowded, but there’s enough water here for everyone to find some fish.
Apalachicola (FL) – Rating 9.0
The Apalachicola area is a nice beach vacation destination without the crowds. The fishing here can be outstanding, especially in the Apalachicola Bay. This area is known for its fantastic inshore fishing for a variety of species such as redfish, trout, pompano, sheepshead and tarpon. For the river anglers, head up the Apalachicola River for striped bass and largemouth bass.
Crystal River (FL) – Rating 9.0
The town of Crystal River, Florida features an actual river called Crystal River as well. This river is six miles long and it connects Kings Bay with the Gulf of Mexico. The river is also fed by some 30 springs. The bay and river provide a variety of recreational water sports such as fishing, boating, swimming, diving and more. The fishing is very good inshore for redfish, trout, sheepshead and many other species of fish.
Golden Isles (GA) – Rating 9.0
The mainland city of Brunswick and its four beautiful barrier islands: St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island make up the Golden Isles. The Golden Isles is located on the Georgia coast midway between Savannah, GA, and Jacksonville, FL. This area is a popular resort community that offers plenty of outdoor recreation. Inshore, anglers target flounder, sheepshead, redfish, tarpon, trout and more.
Homosassa (FL) – Rating 9.0
Homosassa is a village that is situated along the banks of the Homosassa River. You will find plenty of places to stay, dining and guide services in this area. The Homosassa River and the Homosassa Springs State Park are the major attractions here. Anglers can catch a variety of freshwater and saltwater fish such as largemouth bass, redfish, sea trout, sharks and more.
Space Coast (FL) – Rating 9.0
Located on the east coast in Central Florida, the Space Coast provides anglers with some awesome trout & redfish fishing in the Indian River, Mosquito Lagoon and Banana River. This area is arguably the best inshore destination in the state of Florida for redfish and trout. Schools in the hundreds can be found here and if you can avoid spooking them in the shallow water, you can easily catch dozens of fish.
More Inshore Fishing Destinations by State
- Apalachicola & St. George Island
- Beaches of South Walton
- Cape San Blas & Port St. Joe
- Emerald Coast
- Navarre Beach
- Panama City Beach Area
Central West Florida
- Cedar Key
- Crystal River
- New Port Richey
- Palm Harbor
- Tampa Bay & its Beaches
- Tarpon Springs
Central East Florida
- Florida Keys
- Fort Lauderdale Area
- Fort Pierce
- Jensen Beach
- Palm Beach County
- Port St. Lucie Area
- Bonita Springs
- Captiva & Sanibel Islands
- Charlotte Harbor
- Fort Myers Beach
- Marco Island
- Pine Island
- Aransas Pass, TX
- Corpus Christi, TX
- Galveston, TX
- Matagorda, TX
- Port Arthur, TX
- Port Mansfield, TX
- Rockport, TX
- Seadrift, TX
- South Padre Island
Tell us what you think. Feel free to leave a comment about a great destination that we may have overlooked.