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Fishing in Naples, Florida

We know there are many excellent reasons to visit Naples and southwest Florida. The most celebrated warm-water beaches on the planet, the vibrant culture and cuisine, the high-end shopping access, the world-class museums, events, golf and national parks- it’s all here. However, our greatest asset by far is our unrivaled ocean adventures. In that spirit, we invite you to experience an exclusive and captivating Gulf pastime during your stay at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, ocean sportfishing.

Gear Basics

Whether or not you’re a beginner, no matter your age or fitness level, fishing is a sport everyone can enjoy. Imagine catching rays, bonding with your friends and family, and hooking your own fresh dinner feast. With our insider tips to an outstanding excursion, even if you’ve come to Naples unprepared, you can easily plan a fishing tour your party is sure to remember for the rest of their lives.

Before you set out on your angling trip, you’ll want to have your basics covered. Be sure to bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, an ice chest, water and dress in layers. You can apply for a fishing license at several locations throughout Naples or online. Rent poles, tackle boxes, bait, flies, nets, waders and anything else you might need from the experts at Mangrove Outfitters, or buy your own gear at West Marine and streamline your next outing.

Fishing from Shore

Fishing from a boat is a common choice, but don’t feel left out if you’re casting from the waterfront. You can find outstanding spots from docks and shores surrounding Naples. One of the most treasured and historic locations in southwest Florida is Naples Pier.There are also comprehensive listings, descriptions and photos of favored public places to fish in and around Naples. 

Fishing from a Boat

If you brought your watercraft along, Naples City Dock and Waterfront provides excellent access to Naples Bay. Located at 880 12th Ave. S. in Naples, is open to the public and features boating and fishing necessities like a 450’ frontage with 84 rentable slips, fuel, free pump out, mooring balls, and a ship store. You can also find more luxurious amenities such as an outdoor lounge area, laundry, restrooms, and nearby restaurants and shops. For more information, call (239) 213-3070 or email citydock@naplesgov.com.  For more boating launching options, check out this listing of Collier County public boat ramps, complete with pictures, GPS coordinates, and seafood recipes to try on your catch!

If you’re looking to rent a boat while you’re in Naples, you’re in luck- Naples is overflowing with ocean vessel rental companies. Conveniently located near the Naples Grande they offer everything from dinghies to houseboats to walkarounds to suit your inshore, offshore or backwater fishing needs. Visit South Bay Marina in Bonita Springs, Naples Extreme Family Fun Spot, Walker's Hideaway Marina of Naples, or Pure Florida in Naples or Fort Myers.

Common Species

Seasoned fisherman will want to know which species they’ll most likely encounter inshore or offshore. Depending on the season and depth of water, your catch will vary. If you’re venturing out on your own, make sure to check your fishing reports, weather, and follow safety protocols. The Florida State Sea Grant Program also has a thorough report on saltwater fish in Southwest Florida.

During the warmer months, Southwest Florida is home to Crevalle Jack, Channel Catfish, Barracuda, Peacock Bass, Bluegill, Red and Goliath Grouper, Ladyfish King Mackerel, Permit, Spotted Seatrout, Shark, Mangrove, Mutton and Yellowtail Snapper, Snook, Redear Sunfish, Red Drum, Red Grouper, Tarpon and Tripletail.

During the cooler months of the year, common species are Amberjack, Largemouth and Sunshine Bass, Channel Catfish, Cobia, Black Crappie, Black Drum, Flounder, Black, Red & Gag Grouper, Ladyfish, King Mackerel, Pompano, Sheepshead, Lane Snapper and Red Snook.

To harvest or trap species other than fish, make sure you have researched the rules and regulations regarding that specific organism. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission provides information about recreational blue crab, lobster and scallop harvesting.

All Inclusive Charters

If the preparation for independent angling is too daunting, simplify your expedition with a local fishing charter. The Naples Grande has a fantastic resource outlining reputable companies in Naples and Marco Island. Outfitters like these can supply you with licenses, tags, instruction, tackle, and everything else you might need- including a knowledgeable captain. Some will even clean and fillet your catch for you!

Fishing Events

Naples is brimming with first-rate fishing opportunities. That’s why it hosts many tournaments and events year-round. No matter what type of angling you prefer, there’s an occasion perfectly suited to you.

Are you a seasoned fisherman? Check out a full list of Florida-wide tournaments from Florida Sportsman. To stay closer Naples, visit Walker’s Marine at Marco Island for their annual spring and summer events, including their biggest draw, the Silver King Classic Tarpon Tournament. Another can-miss event, the Red Snook Catch & Release Charity Tournament is put on by The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, is a great way to have fun and support healthy waterways. For an experience unlike any competition can provide, give back to the community and take a soldier fishing anytime of the year.

New to fishing or showing someone else the ropes? You’ll want to take advantage of their license-free days, held annually in April, June and September or Collier County’s Kids Love Fishing event held every year in February.

Regulations & Safety

Degraded reefs, coastal and marine habitats have called for more strict state and federal regulations to preserve Florida’s waterways and surrounding environs. Many fishing charters and independent anglers are practicing catch and release to encourage healthy sustainability. To prevent disturbing this crucial ecosystem, make sure to high a licensed captain or review catch and release practices, coastal reports, and learn about red tide if you’re venturing out as an independent angler.

When you arranged your holiday at Naples Grande Beach Resort, you planned to play tennis, see the sights and relax on the beach. Offshore fishing may not have been your first thought. Now you know how truly exciting this tradition can be. Add it to your vacation itinerary or contact the NGBR concierge, and discover an authentic Floridian experience that will delight your whole family.

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