Inshore fishing is one of the world’s most rewarding pastimes. Wading directly in the shallow waters among unadulterated mangrove or enjoying the convenience of a pier relieves stress.
Tarpon Springs is often called the “Fishing Capital of the World,” and is the perfect escape for inshore anglers. The city was bestowed Tarpon Springs in 1876; the first settlers were pleasantly surprised by Tarpon leaping from the water!
Why is Tarpon Springs the “Fishing Capital of the World?” The short answer: a bounty of fish leap from the water. The region’s Tarpon make for an amazing aerial display; they routinely surface to gulp air. The majesty of the Tarpon’s aerial display intensifies when caught. Anglers report witnessing acrobatics 10 feet above the surface of the water. Aside from the abundance of leaping Tarpon, the region possesses a world-class land to water ratio. According to Mapquest, Tarpon Springs encompasses 16.92 miles, yet almost half of the cities landmass is natatory – a whopping 7.72 miles are underwater. Moreover, the city boasts possession of Anclote Key. A nautical paradise that Lightnousefriends.com calls “the largest collection of small islands.” The shore around Anclote Key is excellent for inland fishing, especially near the lighthouse.
It’s not just Tarpon that leap from the region’s blue waters, expect to fish with an abundance of live bait. Whitebait, the scaled sardine, can easily be caught in the 4-foot shallows that surround the lighthouse at Anclote Key. Baitfish may be used alive or dead. Many anglers suggest using a combination of live and dead bait for inshore fishing.
Redfish are a favorite catch among Tarpon Springs residents. According to theonlinefisherman.com, the angler merely needs to wade the mangrove shoreline or walk the oyster bar, during high tide, Redfish hide in these areas and are easily caught. During certain moon phases Redfish school among the knobby-kneed mangrove and oyster abundant sandbars. Additionally, Redfish are reeled-in with ease at the “no-motor zone” near Caladesi Island. Caladesi Island is unsurpassed in beauty and inshore fishing. The State Park is easily accessed by ferry.
Consider taking a trek to Tarpon Springs for inshore fishing. The abundance of fish and aerial displays of leaping Tarpon make the region one the world’s best.
The best way to start fishing here is with an experienced local guide: more info.