Fishing Natural North Florida? Great Resources Abound for Fresh and Salt Water Anglers!

With the longest stretch of unsettled saltwater coastline in the continental United States, one of the longest unobstructed rivers in the U.S. and the largest concentration of first magnitude springs and spring-fed streams, our 14-county Natural North Florida region holds unbelievable fishing resources.

Our Gulf Coast stretches from Panacea, in Wakulla County, to Yankeetown, in Levy County, and holds saltwater species like tarpon, spotted seatrout, redfish, groupers, cobia and pelagic species like king and Spanish mackerel.

Backwaters along our rugged coast are very fishable, with oyster reefs forming the basis for the fishery.  The inflow of fresh water provides the necessary nutrients that allow the growth of this fish nursery and habitat.

In addition to saltwater fin-fish species, our Natural North Florida Big Bend coast is also renowned for the only recreational bay scallop harvest in the United States.  This event lasts 3 months throughout the summer and is the mainstay of our coastal economies.  For a good summary of the bay scallop harvest click HERE to read:

If you’re looking for bait, tackle and/or specific advice about fishing in Natural North Florida, give some of our local experts a shout:

Gainesville

Gary’s Tackle Box: (352) 372-1791 www.garystacklebox.co

Alachua

Alachua Farm and Lumber: (386) 462-3003 www.alachuafarmandlumber.com

High Springs

True Value Hardware: (386) 454-1717

Madison

Madison Sporting Goods (850_ 973-2701

Yankeetown

Hook Line and Sinker Bait & Tackle:   (352) 447-5477

Captains’ Cove Outfitters: (352) 447-5610 www.captainscoveoutfitters.com

Otter Creek

Hershel’s Quick Stop:   (352) 486-6584

Cedar Key

Rains Bait & Tackle: (352) 543-6109

Cedar Key Marina: (352) 543-6148 www.cedarkeymarina.net

Chiefland

The Deer Camp:   (352) 493-4075

Suwannee

Suwannee Marina: (352) 542-9159

Gateway Marina: (352) 542-7349 www.gatewaymarina.us

Horseshoe Beach

Florida Cracker Shrimp and Bait: (352) 498-2817

Horseshoe Beach Marina: (352) 498-5405 www.themarinainhorseshoebeach.com

Steinhatchee/Jena

Sea Hag Marina: (352) 498-3008 www.seahag.com

River Haven Marina: (352) 498-0709 www.riverhavenmarine.com

Good Times Marina: (352) 498-8088 www.goodtimesmotelandmarina.com

Ideal Marine: (352) 498-5705 www.idealmarinesupply.com

Keaton Beach

Sea Hag at Keaton Beach: (850) 578-2897 www.seahag.com/keaton-beach-marina/

Perry

Big Bend Outfitters: (850) 584-3953

Wilson’s Bait & Tackle: (850) 584-6157

Spring Warrior

Spring Warrior Fish Camp: (850) 838-2035 www.springwarriorfishcamp.com

St. Marks

Shields Marina: (850) 925-6158 www.shieldsmarina.com

St. Marks Outfitters: (850) 925-3133 www.stmarksoutfitters.com

Shell Island Fish Camp: (850) 925-6226 www.shellislandfishcamp.com

Crawfordville

Jerry’s Bait & Tackle: (850) 421-3248 www.jerrysbait.com

AMS Marine Supply: (850) 926-3114

Panacea

Crum’s Mini Mall: (850) 984-5501 www.panaceaminimall.com

Monticello

Trophy Creek Outfitters: (850) 997-4868