Fishing in Naples FL


Located on Florida's Paradise Coast, Naples is a cultural and natural dream destination. Its white sandy beaches and the Gulf of Mexico make fishing in Naples one ...

Located on Florida's Paradise Coast, Naples is a cultural and natural dream destination. Its white sandy beaches and the Gulf of Mexico make fishing in Naples one of its top adventures. Great fishing charters in downtown Naples will help you get out onto the water for some offshore fishing action, mangrove fishing, flats fishing, reef 'n wreck fishing... you name it! Depending on the fishing and the season Naples fishing species include tarpon, sheepshead, redfish, flounder, shark, snook, cobia, snapper, amberjack, mahi and tuna.

If you don't have a boat of your own, no worries. Naples is home to several marinas with plenty of professional fishing charters & guides.

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Fishing in Naples can be done inshore, offshore, in the backcountry and the canals.

Backcountry Fishing in Naples

Head over to the backcountry if you're looking to fish for species like snook, sheepshead, redfish, shark, black drum and flounder. And if you want to scale things up, you can try to target The Silver King fly fishing.

Wreck and Reef Fishing

Dolphin, wahoo, blackfin tuna, skipjack, permit, barracuda, kingfish, shark, grouper, snapper, and amberjack are all commonly caught when you're fishing over the wrecks and reefs in Naples.

To have a good chance of catching any of these fish, you should have plenty of live bait with you. Cut fish are great for all the species found around the wrecks and reefs, but eels are your best bet when it comes to cobia for example. For amberjack, a live squid will be irresistible.

Offshore Fishing in the Gulf Stream 

If you're looking to hook a wahoo, blackfin tuna, sailfish, swordfish, yellowfin, mahi-mahi, or even marlin, the Gulf Stream is where you need to be. Charter boats will take you out here and will be trolling for these pelagics.

Shark Fishing

Blacktip, bull, and hammerhead sharks can be caught year-round in the Gulf Stream. You'll find them between 5 and 50 miles from land. The best time to fish for these predators is bonita or kingfish.

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Spring through fall are the best times of year to fish because you can expect good weather and lots of sunshine during these months. Snook, tarpon and speckled trout can be found in the flats and the backcountry. Also redfish fishing in Naples is great in spring.


Sunshine, light winds, and warm weather are what you can expect during the summer months. July is the hottest month of the year, with an average high temperature of 92°F. Snook fishing is great in June and July. Shark are biting well in the bays. Offshore there's snapper, grouper and kingfish over the wrecks & reefs. 


The fall brings slightly cooler temperatures and possible hurricanes could disrupt your fishing trips. Fall is great to fish for inshore species like redfish, bluefish, pompano and speckled trout.


December is high season in Southwest Florida. Good temperatures and superb fishing conditions for snook, speckled trout, redfish, jack crevalle. January is usually the coolest month of the year, with an average high temperature of 67°F. There's still action on the reefs and inshore black drum, sheepshead, mangrove snapper won't resist the shrimp.



After a great day of fishing, don't forget to take a look at all that Naples has got going on. You can go horseback riding, visit the zoo, or check out one of the town's many museums and art galleries.

Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South are the hot spots for Naples shopping in the historic downtown area, with numerous art galleries, chic clothing boutiques and home decor shops.

Here's a list of fun activities in Naples, FL, to check out during your stay: Jet Skiing, Swimming with dolphins, Kayaking or canoeing through the mangroves, Marine mammal watching, Hiking in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Snorkeling and scuba diving off the coast of Naples Beach.

There's something for just about everyone interested in relaxing on the beach or getting out and about.


Although anglers need a fishing license for their Naples fishing trips, licenses are covered if you go fishing with a licensed fishing charter.

Florida Fishing License

The State of Florida gives residents, tourists and seasoned anglers a variety of fishing licenses to choose from, ranging from short-term to annual ones.

You can get a Florida fishing license through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission website. You can also buy one from authorized resellers or at local tackle shop in Naples.

Visitors can Fish Without a License in Naples

No saltwater Florida fishing license is required if you are a non-resident who fishes from a vessel whose operator has a fishing license. This means that if you go fishing with a fishing charter in Naples, no fishing license is required.

Bag Limits

In order to protect the local fish stocks, the State of Florida has strict rules on bag limits. For each species there are minimum sizes and daily recreation bag limits. Check the rules before you drop a line in the water in Naples.



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