When Kevin and I moved to Florida 5 years ago, some friends from Orlando gave us a housewarming gift. They gave us 2 fishing poles and a tackle box.
Now, the last, and only time I had been fishing, I was 10 years old on a lake in Syracuse, NY. Kevin was also just a child the last time he went fishing but he was in Michigan.
Now here we are as adults and have no idea if we even liked fishing, let alone how to tie any of the plethora of knots that you need.
But thanks to several youtube videos and the advice of every fisherman in New Smyrna and Edgewater, we kind of, sort of, somewhat know what we are doing...sometimes. (Does anyone really ever know what they’re doing?) The most important thing that we have found, is that you need to know where to fish to catch what you want to catch.
If you are trying to catch Redfish than you need to be fishing in the Intracoastal. The river is also a great place to catch Sheepshead (I LOVE Sheepshead!), Mangrove Snapper and Snook.
Atlantic Snook is some of the best tasting fish out there, but you do need a special tag in order to keep them. Also, they need to be in season which typically runs from February 1st to May 31st and they must measure between 28" - 32".
The Atlantic ocean feeds into the Intracoastal waterway, so it is a salt water river. Also keep in mind that the river is where the sharks go to spawn, so don’t be surprised if you catch one!
This is a great way for me to get Kevin to go to the beach. I hang out on the beach and in the water while Kevin casts a line in the surf and tries to catch a Pompano, or some Whiting.
Pompano are one of my favorite fish. So buttery and delicious cooked whole (my mouth is watering just typing this!). Sometimes, you can catch a shark, but it will be a small(ish) one. If you have been to the beach, you probably remember seeing the guys with rods in the water while you are swimming in the same water.
Going offshore fishing is an incredible adventure that everyone should experience at least once in their life. I’ve been twice and there is no thrill quite like landing a 50 lb Mahi, or a Sailfish, Shark, Amberjack, Tuna... really anything!
FYI - You can take a picture with the Sailfish, but you can’t keep them...I’m not sure why exactly. (Endangered, maybe?) And just so you know...that picture on the left is me with my best catch of the day! (Yes, that is a Mahi).
Personally, I prefer to to fish wherever the fish are biting that day and there are actually websites that will tell you if the fish are biting and where. We have become quite enamoured with fishing these days. Probably because it gives us an excuse to spend the day out on the water. Whatever your reason, though, give it a try. At the very least you will come away with a “the one that got away” story, and that is really what every fisherman needs.