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Cortez fishing charters are the most convenient way to sample the very best of Florida fishing. As one of the oldest fishing communities not just in Florida, but across the States, this place is known for providing anglers with ample opportunities. One could spend days discovering new local honey holes without even scratching the surface!

Inshore excursions near the mouth of the Manatee River will typically put you on Snook, Speckled Trout, Redfish, and Black Drum. Head to the bays and you’ll be in slightly deeper water, allowing you to go after Spanish Mackerel, Mangrove Snapper, and even Kingfish. Finally, if you go all the way out to the Gulf, you’ll be rewarded with trophies like Mahi Mahi, Amberjack, and even Wahoo.

The local inshore waters are a good starting point for novice anglers. A half day trip will allow you to see plenty of action on a good day.. Extend your trip by a couple of hours and you can go exploring the town’s bays. Lastly, if you’re going trophy hunting offshore, you’ll want to book nothing shorter than a full day.

In Cortez, there are marinas, piers, and docks all over the place. However, the town’s western shore is where most fishing boats are found. Launching from one of the marinas around the Cortez Bridge will allow you quick access to any of the surrounding bays, rivers, or offshore fishing grounds you decide to visit.

 

Rules & Regulations

Anglers fishing aboard a licensed Cortez fishing charter don’t need a saltwater license. However, if you’re planning on testing the waters on your own or looking to wade the flats with a guide, you will need to get a valid license before wetting your line. Also keep in mind that you’ll need to book with a federally licensed charter if you’d like to experience the offshore action.

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January

The turn of the year brings a solid stock of Tripletail and Trout. Snook are in brackish waters and take cover near the grassy areas. On a nice day, you could be coming home with quite a catch.

February

The Redfish bite is picking up. The bays fish well for Snook, Trout, Tripletail, and Black Drum. Once you reach deeper waters, you can also get Kingfish.

March

Temperature is going up and so is the number of fish. If you want a brawl, Amberjack are biting offshore, while back at home you can fish for Snook, Black Drum, Redfish, and Mackerel.

April

Anglers gather around Anna Maria to spot the early signs of Tarpon. If you want more variety, target Snook, Trout, and Flounder. They feed around more secluded waterways.

May

Offshore waters produce Wahoo and Mahi, but it’s a stretch to reach the fisheries. Fishing for Amberjack is productive too. Meanwhile inshore you can get Tarpon.

June

Inshore, Tarpon put an epic display of acrobatics. The Snapper season is open, so hop on a charter and get going. Offshore you can get Grouper, Amberjack, Mahi, and Kingfish.

July

Offshore fisheries cater to anglers of all levels of expertise. Snapper are everyone’s darlings, while Grouper and Amberjacks put up an incredible fight. If you like speed, troll for Kingfish, Wahoo, and Mahi.

August

The summer heat is in full swing and offshore waters produce Amberjack, Snapper, and Grouper. The Kingfish bite is steady, while back at home flats hold a good stock of Tarpon.

September

Stay close to dry land and fish for Redfish and Black Drum around mangrove shorelines. Or, get outriggers ready and troll for Kingfish and Spanish Mackerel.

October

Inshore waters fish well for Redfish and Black Drum, while offshore you can get Amberjack, Wahoo, or practice catch and release on Snapper and Grouper.

November

Trout are back and are super hungry. Not to mention they are also quite big, so landing a ‘Gator’ isn’t unusual. Explore the flats and mangroves to get massive Redfish and Black Drum.

December

Huge Redfish, epic Gator Trout, and a lot of Black Drum can all be found within minutes of departure. It's best you go fishing with a local guide to avoid missing any of inshore hot spots.

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