Naples, Florida, is simply one of the best starting points to enjoy the wonders of the Gulf of Mexico. For those who visit the area – or call Naples home two of the best options for making the most of the 300 days of sunshine that Florida is renowned for are getting out on the water – boating or fishing. Naples is known for its boating community like Port Royal.
Naples is positioned on what is known as Florida’s ‘Paradise Coast’ – and for those who want to hit the ocean and put a line in the water, this name is entirely appropriate. The reason is that Naples – and the surrounding area, including the deep offshore waters, offer unique opportunities for fishing of many different types.
Heading to the deep waters 50 miles (or more) offshore reveals a paradise for the sport fisherman. Here species such as sailfish await those who are in search of a prize that will provide memories to last a lifetime. For those who want to fish in a more sedate manner, there is, of course, Naples Pier. The scenic Pier offers young and old the opportunity to test themselves against several species – all within a natural cast of the Pier – and easy reach of refreshment. For those who want to feel the sand under their feet when casting for a prize beach fishing at the Delnor Wiggins Pass State Park is a great way to spend the day.
It is the abundance of species that make Naples and the surrounds so attractive to the fisherman. The many different types of waters that can be fished help keep fishers focused on what is most important – both the challenge of the sport and only having fun.
In the area (both in freshwater and offshore) there are species such as trout, snook, largemouth bass, peacock bass, kingfish, cobia, tarpon, redfish, grouper, mahi-mahi and of course the majestic sailfish. The list goes on and on.
But for many, it is the offshore opportunities that attract them back to this magnificent part of the Florida coast. Fishers have the chance to enjoy a day out on their vessels – or take advantage of the many charter opportunities that exist around the Naples area. Half day or full day charters are available in abundance. Half day charters tend to stick closer to shore (on average around 12 miles) Fisherman are introduced to the opportunities to targets species that make some of Florida’s artificial reefs their home. Spanish Mackeral and snapper are two of their favorite targets. The relaxed nature of the fishing makes it ideal for family fun as even the youngest members of the party have an excellent chance of hooking up with a prize.
The big snapper and species such as cobia and amberjack are targeted on full day trips where skippers take avid fisherman into far deeper water to drop lines to the bottom around some of the deep water wrecks.
The attractions of the mangrove ways and byways in the area are also an excellent lure for fisherman. These incredibly rich waters are home to the majestic tarpon – and the snook. The city, known as the ‘Ten Thousand islands’ are fabulous for shorter trips with youngsters. The availability of great fishing spots with easy reach of each other means that finding the place where the action is hottest only takes minutes.
there are also ample opportunities both in the mangroves and in deeper water for those who want to experience the thrills of Kayak fishing.
Whether you have your boat or want to charter a deep sea fishing excursion, or simply want to take in the sun on the sparkling waters of the Gulf Naples provides the perfect spot to enjoy nature and the thrills of either boating or fishing set aside some time to take a visit and learn why Naples – and Florida, keep people coming back again and again.