Ft. Pierce Pier Fishing 101

Millions of tourists flock to Florida every year for the beaches, food, entertainment and fishing. Specifically, Ft. Pierce offers easy access to the deep waters of the Atlantic as well as many great locations for surf fishing.

For starters, book your stay at Dockside Inn so as soon as you step out of your room and have access to five fishing piers right on the resort grounds. After you’ve warmed up catching snook, bluefish, trout and red drum at Dockside, here are some other great pier fishing spots in Ft. Pierce:

Catwalk at South Bridge / Ft. Pierce Jetties—along Fisherman’s Wharf is the public pier with access to a marina, boat ramp and storage. There are two jetties along both sides of the pier which adds to the popularity of the area, especially for those fishing from a boat.

South Jetty Park—this pier along Seaway Drive is one of the longest in the area at 1,200 feet. There is a restroom on site that is open to the public and this spot is really nice for those that want a little extra room when they cast.

Inlet State Park—head to this secret spot when you need a little mix of great surf fishing surrounded by nature. Located on the Inlet, the area has access to a unique migration channel for the costal fish.

No matter where you cast off in Ft. Pierce, you’ll be sure to enjoy a great atmosphere in one of south Florida’s best cities.

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Renovations & Improvements at Dockside

When you have a waterfront resort in Fort Pierce, or really anywhere along the Treasure Coast or in south Florida, it has to constantly stay above the competition. The sunny shores of the Atlantic require many hotels and accommodations for the millions of visitors and for the “stay-cation” residents themselves. Because of such a high demand, many establishments are constantly competing for your tourism dollar.

When it comes to the ideal vacation environment, it’s all about several little things that add up to the total package. At Dockside Inn, that concept is well understood—that’s why the improvements keep happening, so guests continue to come back year after year. And with every new year, the customers can find something new and improved on the grounds of Dockside.

For starters, Dockside has five fishing piers that are constantly maintained to provide you the absolute best cast-off spot. Other amenities include: 1,000 square foot meeting room with private veranda, a heated pool and whirlpool, a pet-friendly environment and a restaurant onsite.

If your belly starts growling, the recently constructed On the Edge Bar & Grille has all the flavors you desire. Enjoy waterfront dining right at the resort, so you are totally covered without having to drive anywhere.

Recently, the rooms at Dockside have been refurbished and a fresh coat of paint has been applied to many of the buildings and structures on the grounds.

If you have visited Dockside before, welcome back and please explore the additions and improvements. New to Dockside? Then you have a lot of discovering and enjoying ahead of you.

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Sunburn Myths

South Florida is home to some of the best outdoor activities in the United States and around the globe. But nothing can ruin your day, trip or event quicker than getting a nasty and irritating burn on your skin from UV radiation.

Enjoy Fort Pierce with your sunscreen, so you don't end up like this poor traveler.

Enjoy Fort Pierce with your sunscreen, so you don’t end up like this poor traveler.

Protecting yourself from the sun has been a part of the human project for thousands of years. People closer to the equator have darker skin with a built-in sun protection factor (SPF). Different types of sunblocks have been found and used by ancient civilizations, such as island nations rubbing the inside of a coconut on their skin for added protection.

Even though most of us know the power of the sun, there are still different myths and misconceptions when it comes to the body’s largest organ and the sun. Here are some of the sunburn myths to help ensure your vacation along the Treasure Coast doesn’t get hampered or cut short:

  • SPF doesn’t matter after 4—yes, it does, as all sunscreen is not all the same. While it may be true that after SPF 50 there’s not much difference, for young kids and people with light skin tone, a higher SPF is needed to prevent burns.
  • Waterproof is good all day long—even the most expensive blocks wear off over time, especially in water. No matter the label, reapply your sunscreen throughout the day.
  • Overcast sky won’t cause sunburn—the radiation and light waves go through the cloud layer like it’s a clear sky. A partly cloudy day can be one of the worst times for sun exposure because a lot of people think they are protected.
  • If I’m burnt I have to suffer—there are methods to heal the sunburn, like with aloe and Vitamin E, so your skin doesn’t instantly peel and crack.
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You’ve Picked Your Date, What’s Next?

So you’ve decided to have some fun at Dockside Inn and your reservation has been made. You’re booked. But now the hard part comes—deciding what to explore, see and experience.

Pelicans: The Original Fishermen

Pelicans: The Original Fishermen

The first thing to consider is your group size. Dockside Inn is perfect for hosting gatherings, reunions, rehearsal dinners and weddings. Your guests will have five different types of accommodations from which to choose, including poolside rooms, waterfront suites and even apartment options.

For your food and beverage needs, the recently constructed On the Edge Bar & Grill offers casual dining, great seafood and it’s on the resort grounds for easy convenience for your guests.

After eating, sleeping and drinking, the next priority is activities. If there are any anglers in your group, Dockside Inn has five fishing piers with 34 boat slips. Bring your boat and dock it right outside of your hotel room. Don’t have a boat but still want to cast out into the deep waters of the Atlantic?

Dockside Inn offers fishing charters through Capt. Joe Ward, an experienced angler who has been fishing the waters of the Fort Pierce inlet for over four decades. As a retired Lieutenant from the St. Lucie County Fire District, Capt. Ward knows the sweet areas that the locals frequent.

Outside of fishing, you and your guests can enjoy surfing, snorkeling, swimming and the warm weather activities that have made south Florida famous.

No matter what you end up doing while at Dockside Inn, you’ll be having an amazing time from start to finish.

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Ft. Pierce Tourist Activities

Over 87 million tourists flock to Florida every year. There are obviously some pretty nice attractions to get those kinds of numbers. But the great thing about Florida is that there’s a little something different for everyone, city to city and beach to beach. The culture and activities in Boca Raton, for example, vary from what you should expect in Orlando or Clearwater Beach.

standardFishingImageAn amazing aspect of Ft. Pierce, Florida, when it comes to tourist activities, is that as long as you have a great place to stay on the water, you can pretty much do it all. Let’s take a closer look at some attractions around Ft. Pierce:

Museums/Exhibits—want an up close view of the Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystem? Want to learn more about the Navy SEALS Special Forces? Ft. Pierce has the benefit of offering informative and engaging museums throughout the area. Check out the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, Marine Station, UDT/SEAL Museum or the St. Lucie County Historical Museum.

Art/Culture—music and galleries are not hard to find around Florida’s Treasure Coast. Completed in 1923, the Sunrise Theatre is a great place to start for the performing arts. Ft. Pierce also has The Backus Gallery, entirely dedicated to the Florida’s most predominant landscape artist, “Bean Backus.”

Other Areas of Interest: if you stay at the Dockside Inn, you have access to five fishing piers and direct water connection. You can also check out the Ft. Pierce City Marina, Heathcote Botanical Garden, the local golf courses, Old City Hall and the Manatee Observation and Education Center.

No matter what you end up doing in Ft. Pierce, you are sure to have an amazing time doing it!

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Ft. Pierce Fishing—All You Need to Know

The Atlantic Ocean is over 41 million square miles, covering nearly 20% of the Earth’s surface, so it’s not hard to believe that some of the best angling in the world can be found in its waters.

People flood Florida’s amazing coastline, year after year, in search of the ultimate catch. A lot of times finding the perfect spot is the most difficult task, even before considering the line, bait or reel. The waters surrounding Fort Pierce offer the best of both worlds—great fishing can be had right off of the beach, dock or shore and there is easy access to the deep waters for bigger prizes.

For anglers that like to cast from shore, the Fort Pierce inlet, due to its range of both shallow and deep water, is a perfect place to catch snook, grouper, snapper, sand perch and more “close to shore” varieties.

Fishermen (and fisherwomen) who want deeper water are in luck around Ft. Pierce as well. The deep water inlet is great for all kinds of different fish and South Hutchinson Island is only 13 miles to the Gulf Stream. In the Gulf Stream you can set your sights on yellowtail, dolphin and more.

The question often arises, “How do I get to the deep water if I don’t have a boat?” The solution is joining a fishing expedition or hiring a charter. But be careful, not all charters are the same. Look for an experienced guide, like Captain Joe Ward, who has over 40 years of fishing experience around the waters of Ft. Pierce.

Location is another key aspect to fishing in Ft. Pierce. Don’t complicate your trip by having to drive to your dock or having a third party put your boat on one of their slips. Look for accommodations that have 5 fishing piers, so you can cast off right outside your room, and extra slips so your boat and room are in the same place.

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A Closer Look—Dockside Inn

Florida is notorious for unbelievable dining, a great coastal landscape and amazing water-related activities. But Florida is a big state and tourists and locals alike are constantly searching for the best spots and locales. With that in mind, Dockside Inn was constructed, so the people of Fort Pierce, Florida and visitors from across the United States can arrive at one place for all of their leisurely activities.

Let’s start with the facilities. Dockside Inn is a full service hotel with 36 units and five different types of accommodations. Events, receptions, reunions and other gatherings can be held on-site, as Dockside has a 1,000 square foot meeting room that overlooks the Fort Pierce Inlet and is equipped with a private veranda. The resort also has two heated swimming pools and a whirlpool for fun and family activities.

Dockside Inn also has an amazing restaurant right on the grounds. On the Edge Bar & Grill is ready to serve you up some great tasting surf n’ turf right out of Dockside’s backyard.

Angling is another major benefit of Dockside Inn. With five fishing piers on-site, it is easy to simply walk out of your room and cast right into the water. Snook, grouper, snapper, sand perch and more are found in abundance right off the piers at Dockside. Want something more that dock fishing? No problem, Captain Joe Ward offers charters that will put you out on the open water. Capt. Ward has over 40 years of fishing experience around the Fort Pierce inlet.

Whether you are in search of a great resort experience, or are more interested in kayaking, lobster diving, fishing, waterskiing, horse riding, sun bathing or other wonderful Florida activities, Dockside Inn has you covered.

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