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.