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Best coast for fishing in Florida?

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I’m thinking of buying a holiday home in Florida, with the aim of going fishing there as often as possible. So I’d like to know which coast I should be looking for property on… I’ve heard the west coast is great, but I don’t want to rule out the east coast. Which do you prefer? I mostly fish for Salmon, but I enjoy all salt water fishing.

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  1. Stan the man on Feb 05, 2013 Reply

    I’d say the West coast. The water stays warmer in the winter, and that means the fish will be more active.

    I like Tampa for fishing. The bay attracts all kinds of fish, while the big game fish like tuna and Mahi are only 30 minutes boat ride away.

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  2. Quinn on Feb 05, 2013 Reply

    I’m not too sure about the West Coast, Stan – my bet would be East Coast because the waters are deeper – it’ll take much less time to get to the big fish.

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  3. Zebbadee on Feb 07, 2013 Reply

    Fishing on the west coast is very different to the fishing on the east coast. The water depth on the west coast (Gulf of Mexico) is very shallow , and therefore they get much warmer. In fact, last time I was there, the water temperature averaged about 86.5 degrees. So in summer, it can be hard to catch fish – they move off to cooler water.

    I never have a problem with Amberjack – they stick around. But the other fish are tough. In fact, to find game fish like Marlin, Yellow Fin Tuna, Wahoo, Dorado and Sailfish you need to travel to ‘the steps’ which are 124 miles offshore.

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