Whether you’re a tourist looking for a spot to relax for one day or are looking to own property in a perfect location, Naples has quite the variety of docks, beaches and piers to go fishing. Saltwater and freshwater fishing areas are available all over, and you’ll even be able to hang out in some places without a fishing license. Just make sure you’re not crossing into any private property — otherwise, here are the five best fishing spots in Naples for tourists and locals!
1. The Naples Pier
The Pier in Naples is perhaps the most known and appreciated areas to fish around Naples. Familiar to both locals and tourists, it is a prime destination to see lots of fish and be social with other fishers. This is one fishing spot that doesn’t require a fishing license and will not fine you for being without one. Get to know your fellow neighbors as you compete for the schools of fish. Watch out for the pelicans, though — this is also one of their top fishing spots!
2. Gordon River
If you’re aiming for sightseeing and relaxation, Gordon River may be the Naples fishing spot for you. It’s located right in the heart of the historic Tin City, providing you an immersion of culture. The Crayton Cove Marina is a go-to spot near this river as it leads into the broader Gulf of Mexico. Hidden away in the marina, you’ll be able to avoid the sometimes unpredictable winds found off the coasts of Florida. Snook, redfish, snapper, kingfish and barracudas are just some of the many species of fish that are bountiful to this area.
3. Tigertail Beach
Tigertail Beach is one of the top fishing spots in Naples because of its calm vicinity. Located on the northern end of Marco Island, Tigertail Beach is a flat and wide area leading right into the Gulf. You can stay close to shore in the tidal pools or wade further through the lagoon to set your spot on the beautiful Sand Dollar Beach.
4. Boca Grande Pass
If you’re into game fishing, you won’t want to complete your trip to Naples without stopping by Boca Grande Pass. It’s been said to be one of the best tarpon fishing holes in the world, and it even hosts an annual tarpon tournament. Many people come here to see how many of the top four game fish they can catch, including the tarpon, spotted sea trout, snook and redfish.
5. 10,000 Islands
While not technically located in Naples, you can’t visit southwestern Florida and not make a trip out to the Everglades. With a fishing boat or kayak, you’ll be able to float down the water and visit the popular mangroves. You’ll find hidden fishing locations of freshwater, saltwater and brackish ponds with more than 100 different species of fish.
Whether you’re in town for a week or just for the day, you will find an abundance of fishing spots all around Naples and Southwest Florida. Don’t hesitate to ask the locals about their best fishing spots and find a new place for adventure!
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