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Fishing in Naples

When it comes to piscatorial diversity, there's just no beating Southwest Florida. Blessed with a semi-tropical climate which provides an ideal backdrop for almost all of Florida's favorite species to prosper, Naples is one of those fisheries no self-respecting traveling angler can afford to pass on. Although the city's creeks, oyster beds and grass flats play host to many formidable game fish including Pompano, Jack Crevalle and Ladyfish, most of the inshore action 'round here has always revolved around the Big 3 - Snook, Tarpon and Redfish. The coastline stretch from Naples to Fort Myers is often referred to as the 'Snook Capital of the World', with double-digit hook-ups throughout the season being anything but uncommon. The Silver King migrates from the north come springtime, and with it thousands of light tackle and fly enthusiasts making their annual pilgrimage. Those of you looking for something with a bit more teeth will be happy to learn that Naples is famed for some of the best shark fishing along the Paradise coast, with everything from Lemon, Blacktip, Bull and even Hammerhead sharks foraging the backwaters. Bluewater fishing, on the other hand, is certainly not to be easily disregarded either, as the likes of King Mackerel, Cobia, Grouper and giant Permit dominate the countless shipwrecks and artificial reefs scattered along the Gulf floor.

Known For

Naples Botanical Garden, Lowdermilk Park & Beach, 5th Avenue South district, Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Park, Naples Zoo, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Golfing Capital, Clam Pass Beach Park, The Naples Pier, Collier County Historical Museum, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Tin City, Old Florida Festival, Swamp Buggy Races, Naples Museum of Art

Rules & Regulations

No license for fishing is necessary if you’re fishing aboard a guided charter, party boat or other for-hire vessel which possesses a valid captain or charter boat license.