Welcome to our Port St. Joe / Cape San Blas, FL Fishing Home Page
Cape San Blas is located between St. Joseph Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. You won’t find tons of fancy resorts and hotels here, but you will find plenty of vacation rental homes and condos on or near the beach. This area does draw many tourists because of the vacation home rentals on the beaches, the miles of white sand beaches, and of course, the pet-friendly beaches.
Port St. Joe is located about 36 miles southeast of Panama City. There are plenty of beaches to enjoy on nearby Cape San Blas or in nearby Mexico Beach. Port St. Joe is a small town with a few small shops, but there is a very nice marina and an excellent bait shop called Blue Water Outriggers that can help you get what you need to catch plenty of fish. Anglers can rent boats, launch their own boat from the marina, rent charters or just fish from shore around the marina or off the nearby beaches. Most of your lodging options are going to be in nearby Cape San Blas.
The Cape San Blas area is home to some very good fishing and it is very uncrowded which means you will have lots of great fishing spots all to yourself. Many anglers fish the shallower waters in St. Joseph Bay for trout, redfish, flounder and more. Nearshore and offshore fishing is also available here. It’s a very good fishing destination.
The inshore fishing is great in this area. Anglers have tons of water to fish inshore with St. Joseph Bay. Many types of fish are caught in St. Joseph Bay, but some of the more popular fish that are targeted in the bay are sea trout, redfish, flounder, black drum and sheepshead. The bay has a lot of great shallow water fishing spots. Try fishing the numerous grass flats, pot holes and deeper water near the grass flats and you should be able to do well on the bay.
Nearshore, anglers will run the beaches in search of tarpon during the tarpon run, although, don’t expect it to be anything like the tarpon run that occurs in Southwest Florida. Some of the other fish that you can target nearshore are grouper, snapper, kingfish, cobia and several others. The time of year will dictate what fish will be more prevalent.
Deep Sea / Offshore Fishing
Anglers do fish offshore in the Cape San Blas area, however, the inshore fishing definitely is more popular here. The target species will vary depending on the seasons, but this area will provide plenty of action if you get out onto the offshore structures. Nearby, Mexico Beach is home to a great artificial reef program, which means anglers have so many pieces of structure to fish for a variety of different species of fish. If you are looking to do some offshore fishing here you may want to hire a fishing charter, however, if you are going out in your own boat, take a look at our Mexico Beach fishing maps page for additional links to maps with GPS points of the reefs. This will help you find some of the better fishing spots offshore in this area.
Some of the popular fish to target here are grouper, snapper, cobia, king mackerel, amberjack, barracuda and sharks. These are just some of the fish you may catch here offshore.
Surf & 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
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.