People love to be in, near and on the water and piers in Florida
offer a unique experience like no other. You can enjoy all the ocean has to offer and sometimes even more. Great fishing
is just the start, many piers have dining and full liquor bars. One pier even offers an elaborate aquarium and trolley service.
Atlantic Coast Piers
Anglin's Fishing Pier
Anglin's Fishing Pier in Fort Lauderdale
is where many of South Florida's best fishermen started out. Today the Anglin's Pier is still a great place to catch snook, tarpon, cobia, blue fish, Spanish mackerel, snapper and other bottom fish as well as the occasional kingfish.
Daytona Beach Pier
At the east end of Main Street in Daytona Beach
sits a landmark that has stood for 106 Years, the Daytona Beach Pier
, also known as the Main Street Pier. The Pier is 1000 feet long, the longest on the east coast and is a great place for getting a bird's eye view of the coastline and all the hotels along the beach.
Sunglow Fishing Pier
Sunglow Fishing Pier, south of Daytona Beach
, extends 950 feet into the Atlantic Ocean. They have a bait shack on the pier where you can rent poles and get frozen bait, fish cleaning areas and seats. Fish caught in the area include: whiting, pompano, flounder, trout, Spanish mackerel, sheep's head, blues, shark, sailcat, and tarpon. They have a great restaurant called Crabby Joe’s Deck and Grill, and as you’d imagine it’s all about the seafood and tropical drinks. They serve crab, scallops, oysters and shrimp; they also have several chicken dishes and some pasta including spaghetti with meatballs. You can sit inside or watch the water as you eat or enjoy a fruity cocktail out on their magnificent deck.
Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier
The Fishing Pier on Jacksonville Beach
itself juts out into the Atlantic for nearly a quarter of a mile. The pier is wheel chair accessible and well lit at night; it also includes a concession and bait shop. If you'd like to drop a line in off the pier, there is a slight fee, but no fishing license is required; some fish that you might be able to catch are black drum, redfish, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, croakers and assorted bottom fish as well as the occasional king mackerel and tarpon.
Cocoa Beach Pier
Cocoa Beach Pier
is one of those all round great piers where the whole family can have fun. Known for its world class surfing, the pier also has four bars and three restaurants to keep you fed and hydrated for your fun in the sun in Cocoa Beach
. Fishing at Cocoa Beach Pier can be pretty good. Rod and reel rentals are available and you don't even need a fishing license. The pier is also a great place to see a Shuttle Launch from Cape Canaveral
Jetty Park Pier
The 1,200 foot fishing pier is lighted and open 24 hours. It features fish-cleaning tables with running water and is fully accessible to the physically challenged. There's also a concession area on the beach where you can eat under a seagrape hammock. Jetty Park
is a great place to spend the day or weekend. You can hang out on the beach, fish on the jetty, have a picnic or camp overnight. Jetty Park is located in the southeast corner of Port Canaveral
. The park is 35 acres with a 4.5 acre family beach with designated areas for swimming and surfing, lifeguards are on duty year round and is a great place to watch a launch at Cape Canaveral
St. Augustine Beach Pier
This short narrow pier is a favorite with the local surfers who try to shoot through to the other side of the pier without getting killed. Anastasia State Park, located just north of the pier and east of historic St. Augustine
, has 4 miles of pristine beach, a tidal salt marsh, and maritime and upland hammock.
Fort Clinch Fishing Pier
While at Fort Clinch State Park
there are several excellent places to fish. You can drop a line in the Amelia River, which is on the west side of Amelia Island
or you can go to Cumberland Sound, where they have finger jetties that are a great place to land a game fish. Surf fishing in the Atlantic Ocean right there is also very popular as is fishing from the half-mile long fishing pier that divides the Cumberland Sound from the Atlantic.
Flagler Beach Municipal Pier
Flagler Beach Municipal Pier was first built in 1925 and has become the best known landmark in the county. The big 'Flagler Beach'
emblazoned across the roof of the Pier Restaurant is and has been a draw to the pier for a long time and is arguably the most familiar sign on the beach. The pier is one of Flagler County's hottest fishing spots; it has its own tackle shop for all you fishing needs. After a long, hot day of fishing stop in at the Flagler Pier Restaurant. Their menu consists of seafood, of course, and other American cuisine and they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier
On the north end of Amelia Island
you'll find George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier, it's a mile long, pedestrian-only fishing bridge that spans Nassau Sound and provides access to some of the best fishing in the area. A variety of fish are caught here, including whiting, jacks, drum and tarpon. Access to the bridge is through Amelia Island State Park.
Gulf Coast Piers
Anna Maria Island Pier
Anna Maria Island City Pier is on Anna Maria Island
. At the end of the pier you'll find a small tackle shop, and the City Pier Restaurant where you have to get a bowl of some of the best Lobster Bisque this side of New Orleans. The kids can cast a line in the water while Mom and Dad enjoy a cold brew, and a spectacular view of the nearby Sunshine Skyway bridge
Pier 60 - Clearwater
The Sunset at Pier 60 is a nightly celebration that takes place in Pier 60 Park on Clearwater Beach
and is simply a time when the city pauses to watch the spectacular display as the sun goes down. Fishing at the pier is fantastic and a great place where you can get a shot at near shore species like cobia, snook, pompano, snapper, redfish, drum and whiting. A tackle shop at the can provide fisherman with bait, tackle and rentals.
Sanibel Island Pier
The pier on Sanibel Island
is about 100' long and T-shaped at the end, but don't let it's short length fool you. This pier is famous for fine catches of snook, cobia, redfish and tarpon. Smaller species such as black drum, sheepshead and snapper are common.
St. Petersburg Pier
Simply called "The Pier" by locals, the St. Petersburg Pier
, over looks Tampa
and the bay and is known for its five-story inverted pyramid shape. This major tourist destination in downtown St. Petersburg has a wide range of activities to be enjoyed including: fishing, boat rentals, weekly festivals, and the pier aquarium. You'll also find fine shopping
opportunities and wonderful dining experiences, as well as a fabulous nightlife. One of the main attractions is The Pier Aquarium. The Pier Aquarium is a private, non profit aquarium and marine education science center, featuring live creatures from Tampa Bay and around the world.
Sunshine Skyway Bridge Pier
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge
pier in Tampa Bay is touted as the longest fishing pier in the world. Formed from what was left of the old bridge when the new one was built, this pier allows fishermen to drive on and park their cars just a few feet away from their favorite fishing spot. Some fish commonly caught from the pier are cobia, pompano, grouper, black sea bass, red snapper, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, sheepshead, tarpon, snook and several others. Fishing supplies, bait, tackle, drinks and snacks are available, as well as the ability to obtain a free copy of the latest fishing regulations.
Fort De Soto Gulf Fishing Pier
The Gulf Fishing Pier is the longest of two piers at Fort De Soto
and is over 1000' long. Near St. Petersburg
, the free fishing pier is open 24/7/365. The Pier located at the northern entrance of Tampa Bay offers excelent fishing for snook, tarpon, redfish and the occaisional cobia. Fishing is also good for bottom fish such snapper, sheepshead, and drum.
Fort Myers Beach Pier
The 560-foot pier in Fort Myers Beach
offers a fantastic spot for fishing and viewing the Gulf of Mexico. Located at Lynn Hall Memorial Park, the Pier is owned, operated and maintained by Lee County. The park features various amenities to serve its guests like outside showers, bathrooms, playground for children, covered picnic areas.
Florida Panhandle Piers
Pensacola Beach Pier
At 1471 feet long, the new pier on Pensacola Beach
is the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing from the pier is its main attraction, but you can see all kinds of native sea life too. Dolphins, manatee, rays, sharks and various types of crab have been seen in the waters here. The famous white sand Panhandle Beaches
are an irresistible place to stop, relax and enjoy the world around you. If you're a fisherman, you can get everything you need to spend the day right here at the tackle shop on the beginning of the pier. You can buy bait, tackle, coolers, carts, food and beverages; you can even rent a rod. So what can you catch? Cobia, flounder, mackerel, blue fish and tarpon to name a few, and in the months of winter, red fish, drum and sheephead are caught.
Fort Walton Beach Pier
Officially known as the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier, it was first built in 1972 and was 962 ft long; and in 1998, when the current pier opened, it was lengthened to nearly a 1/4 mile at 1262 feet. The Pier in Fort Walton Beach
is all about catching the 'big' one, and indeed some huge fish have been caught off the pier, including a Tarpon that weighed over 100 pounds and a 42 pound King Mackerel. Other fish that have been caught off the pier are Cobia, Redfish, Jack Cravelle, Pompano, Ladyfish and Bluefish. The end of the pier is shaped like an octagon which gives one the maximum fish fighting room. There is a bait and tackle shop on the pier and they even make their own rigs for kids that have no hooks in them. You can also buy snacks, sodas and other beverages too, and if you don't have a rod, you can rent one there for your day of angling. After a long, hot day, wither you're just feeding or fighting the fish, you too can get a bite at Anglers, which is conveniently at the end of the pier.
St. Andrews Pier
The G. C. Tiller Memorial Pier at St. Andrews State Park
is an excellent place to fish for sea trout, flounder, Spanish mackerel, dolphin, red fish, bonito, bluefish and cobia are some of the fish usually caught. Opened in 1951 near Panama City Beach
, this 1,260 acres of state park is one of the most popular state parks in Florida. You can explore the natural coastal dunes, wetlands and forests of this place forever. They have approximately 176 campsites, with water and electric hookups, at least four bathhouses dotted throughout, and a laundry to accommodate the camping area. In the spring and summer months, you can catch a shuttle to Shell Island, a 700 acre barrier island there which, as the name suggests, is a great place to get a collection of shells to remember your visit.
By Beverly Martinez-Collins – PlacesAroundFlorida.com