Many southern Ontario residents are making their migration to sunny Florida either for a week, or a little longer. Most of these trips are family orientated but there’s no reason not to take a spinning outfit and some terminal tackle and lures to fish from the many jetties, fishing piers and even wading out shallow flats in the inter-coastal waterway.
Here visitors can use live bait as shrimp or crabs to catch a variety of fish, as well as frozen shrimp and cut bait. The most common fish to catch from shore and on the shallow flats are Sheepshead and Spotted Sea Trout.
Casting spoons and jigs/plastic grubs off the beach while the family enjoys the sun can also produce Spanish mackerel, trevally jacks, and hard fighting Bluefish.
For those wanting a bigger-fish experience they can take a 4yr trip on a party fishing boat or on a 1/2 or full day limited person charter where they can catch eating-size snapper, grouper, king mackerel and much more.
Every time we made a family trip to Florida we always tried to include a few hours of family fishing fun.