Fisherman Serving the Tampa Bay Florida Area
Does anyone have fishing tips for a newbie in Florida?
Answer by Xastan
I live in Florida and go fishing all the time. First of all, my best advice is to do a bit of scouting before you go fishing. Will you be fishing on the shore or in a boat? Also, you need to look up what kind of fish live in that body of water and what they commonly eat. I fish on the bank of a river in the Florida Panhandle all the time, and I often use crickets for bait. Worms work good too. It all depends on what fish you’re trying to catch. I use a standard fishing rod (kinda like a cane pole). with 6 or 8 pound test (depending on how big a fish I’m going after). Find a local bait shop and ask the person there what is most commonly used for bait, for fishing spots, and any tips. Also, ask a local fisherman how big the fish get, and buy the next size up. As for the best time of day to go fishing, the web page of your local news station often has fishing reports, and so does the weather channel. Click the link in the source and type in your zip code. They will tell you the best fishing times. In general, the two best pieces of advice I can dispense are “SCOUT” and “ASK.” Scout the area before hand, look up what fish live there, and what they eat. Ask other fisherman and bait shop people what people use to fish with, and what fish live there. Also, you said you found a spot you like, but keep looking around for more spots. You may like a new spot even better. As for crabbing, you’re on your own, as I have never gone after crabs before. Good luck fishing.