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Bowfishing in Florida
Combine skills, thrills, and worthy rewards when you go bowfishing in Florida. The Sunshine State’s three coastlines offer shallow fishing grounds for you to take a bow and arrow to, with freshwater bowfishing inland too. Go after delicious fish, from Catfish to Sting Rays and head home with a tasty treat as a souvenir of a productive day out.
What to Expect
Fishing with a bow and arrow gets the pulses racing, but you’ll have to try your best to keep your calm. Follow the fish in the water and aim with pin-point accuracy for the best results. The fish don’t disappear at night, either. Using the lights from the boat, you’ll also have the chance to go fishing at night to add that extra sense of mystery to your trip!
These weapons are deadly, so there are a few things to bear in mind before going spearfishing in Florida. Your experienced guide should inform you of what you can catch. Make sure to only target what you can take home, as you don’t want to face a fine for illegal harvesting.
With such power in your hands comes great responsibility. Most guides will enforce an age limit, so get in touch with your guide before bringing the family aboard.
Where to Go
Fishing is excellent year-round in Florida, and bowfishing is no exception. Trips can run from half a day to over 10 hours all over the state, but deciding where to go can be the tricky part.
Along the Panhandle, there’s a range of exciting inshore waters waiting for you. Take a charter out of Pensacola, Destin, or Panama City and explore the flats for your fill of delicious fish.
Along the Gulf Coast you’ll find some of the best bowfishing grounds in the US. Whether in Tampa Bay, Charlotte Harbor, or Fort Myers, you’ll have a range of quiet bays and backcountry to discover. Spot Redfish, Snappers, and many more in the mangroves and fire away.
Some of Florida’s most-famed fishing grounds come along the 120 miles of the Florida Keys. With backcountry and coral reefs within touching distance, you’ll have exciting bowfishing opportunities at your fingertips. Snappers, Groupers, Flounder, Sheepshead, Trout, Redfish, and many more delicious creatures live here, so there’s no end to what you can catch.
Head round to the Atlantic coast and there are plenty of places to go bowfishing. The shallow waters of the Intracoastal Waterway are a popular haunt, day and night. The lagoons from Miami up to St. Augustine are overflowing with fish, so get your fill of anything from a Drum to a Sting Ray and fill the boat.
It’s not just saltwater that provides the chance to go bowfishing. Hit up any of central Florida’s freshwater lakes and get your fish on. Here, you’ll find more specialized guides with a bow and arrow and plenty of opportunities to go out at night. Discover the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes and many more bodies of water and you could catch Bass, Catfish, Tilapia, and even Alligator Gar.
How to Prepare
Most bowfishing charters in Florida provide all the gear, but you should get in touch with the boat captain before you go. Sometimes you may need to bring your own equipment or pay a surcharge, so make sure there are no nasty surprises by reaching out before your trip.
Other than that, bring your own drinks and snacks to stay refreshed, and a pair of polarized sunglasses to help you locate your target fish, and you’re good to go.
Now you’re ready for your Florida bowfishing adventure. Come to the Sunshine State and enjoy an exciting day out before heading home with enough fish to fill the freezer!
What People Are Saying About Bowfishing in Florida
"Night Bow Fishing with Captain Ike"
Chris Grant fished with Tampa Bowfishing Charters on May 7, 2018
We had a great time both night Bow fishing with Captain Ike. He put us on the fish the entire time.
Top Targeted Bowfishing Species in Florida
- Size 1 to 5lbs
- Food Value Excellent
- Game Qualities Average
- Habitats Inshore, Nearshore, Flats, Backcountry
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