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Fishing in Central Florida

The Central Florida fishing scene is like the Sunshine state in general – a mix of everything. Stretching from Tampa Bay on the west, across the Orlando metropolitan area to Cape Canaveral on the east, the region offers lots of fishing possibilities. Whether you’re fishing with your kids for the first time or with a group of hard-core anglers, you’ll find a trip that suits everyone.
 
Red Snapper is the top priority for most anglers fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. The legendary season is open in June and July. The area also attracts anglers looking to hook Redfish, Snook, Tarpon, Kingfish, and all kinds of Snapper and Grouper. Inshore trips are the most popular, which is perfect for novices or families with kids. 
 
The central area around Orlando is famous for its numerous lakes and ponds. You can find some of the best Largemouth Bass fishing in the US, which is the reason so many tournaments are being held here annually. If we had to pick one spot, it would be Lake Toho, as several Bass records were broken here.
 
The east coast of Central Florida is known for Daytona Beach, Port Canaveral, Vero Beach, and others. If you take an inshore trip, you’ll target similar species than the ones in the Gulf. The advantage of the east coast is its proximity to deep water, so you’ll reach offshore fishing grounds in less time. If you’re hoping to catch Sailfish, this is the place to be!
 
Fishing with a guide means your license and equipment are covered, so you’re all set. The greatest advantage of fishing in Central Florida is that it never stops. Join this year-round adventure! 
 
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Central Florida Fishing Seasons

January
Start the year by catching some huge Largemouth Bass in Lake Toho! There’s lots of Crappie and Smallmouth Bass as well, to make the trip even more interesting.
 
February
Inshore fishing is great in February, especially if you go after Redfish, Black Drum, Sheepshead, and Flounder. These are all great targets for beginners.
 
March
In March, nearshore trips get increasingly better. Target Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, and Cobia on the east coast.
 
April
If you’re in the Gulf, take a full day trip and head out offshore for Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, and Wahoo. An extended trip could also bring you Tuna!
 
May
Visit the flats for the Silver King – Tarpon! This magnificent fish puts up a great fight and it’s not easy to catch one.
 
June
Red Snapper season is on, so make sure to book your spot on time! Or take this opportunity to go after Marlin and Mahi Mahi while everyone’s after Snapper.
 
July
The season for Red Snapper is almost over, so better hurry up! If you’re up for something more relaxing, stay inshore for Redfish and Flounder.
 
August
August is the perfect time to go far offshore and target Sailfish, Marlin, Tuna, and other big game species.
 
September
Have you ever tried fly fishing? Catch Permit in the shallow water using this technique. You need to be patient and precise.
 
October
Catfish, Crappie, and Largemouth Bass are great targets if you want to take a freshwater trip. Visit one of the lakes around Orlando and you can’t go wrong.
 
November
Go after Grouper and Snapper if you enjoy bottom fishing. For some adrenaline-pumping action, target fast Wahoo in the offshore waters.
 
December
End the year by catching great nearshore fish such as Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, Kingfish, and Barracuda.
 

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Reviews of Fishing in Central Florida

September fishing trip
Catherine A. fished with AJ’s Bass Guides on September 18, 2020
Go first thing in the morning to Big Lake Tohopakaliga.
Half day trip with Capt Mike Moore
Edward S. fished with Mike Morse Fishing – Lake Harris on September 3, 2020
Bring lunch cause u are not gonna want to stop fishing!
My personal best bass in the first thirty minutes
Steven S. fished with AJ’s Bass Guides on September 2, 2020
Lake Togo is a well managed lake. The bass were very healthy and the population Is excellent. Even on a very Hot September day without any wind we caught plenty of fish. Watching the eagles and ospreys was fun and encouraging. And all this right here in the Orlando metro.
Half day trip with Captain Steve
Wanda B. fished with Lake Toho Guides on July 3, 2020
Book with Captain Steve. He knows where the fish are and you won't go home empty handed.
Great times on Lake Harris with Captain Mike
Brian S. fished with Mike Morse Fishing – Lake Harris on June 30, 2020
If you book a shorter trip bring food. If fishing is slow the trip might last a little longer than expected. Only, because the captain will want everyone one to experience a catch.
Half day trip with Captain Bill Goudy Jr
Maki B. fished with Captain Bill Goudy Jr–Winter Haven on June 25, 2020
Choose Captain Bill, he made it very easy for me to fish, didn't have to bait my hook and answered all my novice questions.
Half day fishing with Capt Brent.
Nick M. fished with A Horizon Fishing Charters – Lake Toho on June 19, 2020
Go see Captain Brent and learn the basics and have a great time!
We Slayed All Day
Adam A. fished with Bass Flats & Beyond - Okeechobee on March 26, 2020
Hire a guide with a boat and follow what they say.

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