Navarre beach surf fishing report

navarre beach surf fishing report

Get the latest Navarre Beach surf report including local surf height, swell period, wind and tide charts. Score access to long-range surf forecasts. Learn where to Go Fishing on the shore and beach in Florida. Secret spots, tips, tricks, and techniques from the locals revealed. The views start east towards the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, the longest Pier on the Gulf of Mexico. We specialize in surf and inshore tackle.

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Emerald Coast Fishing Calendar

MonthWhat’s Happening!JanuaryThere’s a phenomenon that happens this time of the year here along the panhandle. Us rednecks call it Pensacola Bone fishing. What I’m talking about is the winter False Albacore. These fish are extremely hungry and they’ll run the beaches real close to the shore, I’ve seen them so close to the beach that their backs would be out of the water. So listen up, if you want to have some fun sight fishing in this crystal clear water, it just doesn’t get any better than this! These football-shaped speedsters are easy to spot and look like giants against the white sand.

Fly-fishermen have really picked up on this and hence we came up with the Pensacola Bone fish deal. Just ask anybody that has had a chance to give it a try and they’ll testify that it compares to south Florida Bone fishing in a big way. It’s not just for fly-fishermen either; the spin casters can get in on this action as well. Put a six pound Bo-Bo on the end of an eight pound test spinning outfit and you better have an ample amount of line or you’ll lose it all!

FebruaryA great time for sight fishing along the beaches. The days with little to no cloud cover and a light north wind are what we look for. These days are perfect for running the beach looking for the Bull Red fish and False Albacore. There is very little fishing pressure this time of the year and most likely we will be the only boat out there. What a peaceful way to spend a day away from the rat race.MarchThe first Cobia of Spring is always caught around the 20th of March, but the biggest push of fish is on into April. Just for fun, we’ll lay bets on what day the first fish will be caught each spring; my guess is always March 20th. We will also be catching Sheepshead around the bridges and structure around the bays as they start their migration towards the passes. Sheepshead is very good table fare and better than that they are great fun to catch. This is a great experience for youngsters, fishermen and women of all ages to get into. Once you locate the fish, it’s catching one after another – its awesome fun!AprilThe Speckled Trout and Slot Red Fish bite to start picking up. If we have a decent spring it will be early in April and if Mother Nature isn’t nice this year it will be late April before we start catching them on a regular basis. The Sheepshead will also be at the top of the list for at the first part of April. But as I mentioned earlier, the most popular thing to be doing in April is sight fishing for the Cobia. I know people that take the whole month off work and fish every day. There are also lots of tournaments along the panhandle that make it even more exciting.MayAlways a good month; in fact May and June are two of my favorite months for early summer time fishing. The weather is getting more and more consistent, the water is warming up and the fish are hungry! Lots of Speckled Trout fishing along with chasing the Bull Red fish out on the beaches. The slot Red Fish will be doing good inshore and all over the bays.JuneProbably the best month for Summer fishing. It hasn’t got real hot yet and for the fishing, all you have to do is name your tune. Red Snapper season opens June 1st and 90% of the fishing I’ll be doing is in the Gulf of Mexico. Towards the end of the month it will be the near shore King Mackerel run. As the bait starts to show up in April and May the Kings will follow it up the coast and will here in big numbers by the end of the month. Talk about a light tackle adventure, get you one of those twenty five pound kings on a fifteen pound spinning outfit and hold on!! Spanish, Kings, Snapper, Amberjacks, Jack Crevalle, Slot Red Fish, Pompano, Sharks, Tarpon and who knows just what else we might run across.JulyThe inshore fishing will drop off a lot and 95% of the fishing will be in the Gulf of Mexico. That’s not a bad thing, that’s where the big ones live anyway. There is still a lot of fishing to do in the Bays; slot Red Fish will be at the top of the list of things to do in the summer time, we will also be having a lot of fun with the sharks. There’ll be a lot of big ones here by then.AugustHOT! Can you say dog days? We catch lots of fish in August though, inshore and offshore. Inshore there will be lots of Spanish, Lady Fish, Blue Fish and Kings still around the passes. In the deeper waters inshore we’ll find the Red Fish and Flounder, you will also catch Red Snapper and Grouper around the same deep structure.SeptemberHOTTER! And it will be a lot of the same as August. Lots of the garbage can slams along with a nice summer time Pompano every now and then and a box full of nice Spanish.OctoberWe’ll be back into the Bull Red Fishing bonanza, large time, knockdown, drag out Bull Red fishing at its best! Early October brings good Speckled Trout and slot Red fishing, the fish will be feeding up for the winter months ahead. Early morning top water action is as good as it gets. Live bait for Red Fish around the docks and deep water structure will be productive.NovemberFor the flat fish fishermen; it’s time. The Flounder migration will be under full swing by now. If catching yourself a limit of Flounder is what you like then don’t waste your time until now. These fish head out to the Gulf and meet up with the big females to perform their spawning duties. Find out where they are and it’s a blast catching, not fishing.DecemberFlounder will still be happening, but slowing down. December we’ll be chasing after the mighty Bull Red Fish.
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Navarre Beach, Home of the Longest Fishing Pier in Florida

By Lauren Tjaden

Located along Florida’s gulf coast east of Pensacola Beach, Navarre Beach has managed to slide under the radar. But that doesn’t mean it’s undeserving—it just means you can have more of it to yourself.

 

- Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office


The Navarre Beach pier's claim to fame is being the longest fishing pier in Florida, stretching 1,545 feet long and towering 30 feet above the water. You can stroll out onto the Navarre fishing pier for sweeping views of the beach and the dunes, rolling both directions as far as the eye can see.

Welcome to Navarre!

- Lauren Tjaden


The water’s so clear you can often peer into the depths. Off the Navarre fishing pier you’ll almost always spot schools of fish, some tiny and some grand. But you might see a stingray, looking for all the world as if it’s flying underwater, or even dolphins, frolicking or out on a fishing expedition of their own.


And if you like to fish, there are few better places to hook into some underwater fun. Visit Navarre Beach pier’s site for conditions, details and updates on what’s being caught… and start daydreaming about what you’re going to catch off the Navarre fishing pier.


Beach-snobs will love it: the area boasts emerald-colored waters and generous, uncrowded beaches, laden with fine, white sand.


You’ll want to hop off the Navarre Beach pier, ditch your sandals and dig your toes into a heap of it. Because its white color reflects the heat, it won’t burn your feet, even on the hottest day.

The calm, shallow waters are sure to please your whole gang, perfect for swimming or wading.


The vibe is peaceful and laid back. Time feels like it’s moving a little slower. It seems that when you drive onto the island you leave behind the need to check your email. It seems right to take a moment to watch an osprey glide on the laminar sea breeze, or to help your kids build a sandcastle.

Take a peek at what you're missing in Navarre Beach.

- Lauren Tjaden


When you want to refresh with a cold brew and some beach fare, Lagerheads on the Gulf is the perfect choice—convenient and tasty and very close to the Navarre Beach pier.


More adventures await you: you can rent a sailboat, stand-up paddle board, or a bike or scooter.

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Where to Saltwater Fish

Fishing Information for Franklin County:

Includes Apalachicola Bay

Popular Fishing Locations:

  • Alligator Harbor
  • Alligator Point
  • Apalachicola River
  • Battery Park
  • Carrabelle Beach
  • Carrabelle River
  • Eastpoint fishing pier
  • Lombardi’s boat ramp and fishing pier Apalachicola
  • Ochlockonee River
  • St. George Island Bridge
  • St. George Island Pier
  • St George Island State Park
  • St. Vincent Island 

Apalachicola Bay Boating and Angling guide for this area

Habitats: River basin, estuary, wetlands, barrier islands, oyster bars, sandflats, seagrasses, beaches

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed seasons):

Inshore/Coastal:

  • Bay scallops**: When open to harvest
  • Black drum: Spring-summer
  • Flounder: Year-round
  • Pompano: Spring
  • Red drum: Year-round
  • Sheepshead: Winter
  • Spanish mackerel: Late spring-summer
  • Spotted seatrout**: Year-round
  • Tarpon: Summer-fall
  • Tripletail: Summer-fall

Offshore:

  • Amberjack**: Year-round
  • Dolphinfish: June
  • Grouper**: Year-round
  • Gray triggerfish**: Year-round
  • Porgy: Year-round
  • Red snapper**: Year-round 
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Fishing The Shore & Beach

man holding a jack on the beach on hutchinson island
Fishing is great on Florida beaches. All public beaches allow fishing from the shore and it is quite common to see people with their poles and cast nets working the calm surf. You can catch most inshore fish from the beach such as snook, pompano, shark, snapper, and redfish.

To find a beach near you, visit our Beaches & Shore Fishing page. Pick the area you wish to visit and our locations pages will give you all the information on the local beaches, from access points to parking areas.

Most beaches have lots for parking, pavilions, and picnic areas, many with barrier islands and tidal pools. Sometimes a short hike will bring you to more secludes fishing spots with the added benefit of wildlife viewing and some spectacular views. You can fish the inshore tidal pools or the open water surf. You can also reach may outlying beach areas by boat.

If you stay at a hotel or condo on the beach front, you will have easy access to the beach. The hotels also provide all kinds of activities and you can rent fishing gear, kayak's, jet ski's, etc.

 

Fishing Gear for Beach & Shore Fishing

Beach GearBeach fishing gear

  • Cooler with ice & water
  • Bait bucket (air pump)
  • Bait knife & small cutting board
  • Sand spikes
  • Cast net, sand flea rake
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Hat, shirt, shoes
  • Sunscreen & sunglasses
  • Umbrella & chairs
  • Camera
  • Garbage bags
  • Fishing License

Beach Carts and Fishing Carts are great for hauling all your gear. We have a whole page dedicated to Fishing Carts with ideas on how to customize or build your own fishing cart.

For more ideas on gearing-up for surf fishing view Surf Fishing Basics Family Fun at the Beach courtesy of FloridaRambler.com.

Rigs

The easiest rig and widely used 2 hook dropper loop rig will land you most bottom fish that lurk in the surf such as snook, pompano, sheepshead or even sharks. Watch this video for instructions on how to make this very adaptable rig:

Fishing Rods

Girl and 2 men fising on Naples beach
Fishing from the shore and beach requires equipment that will get your bait out where the fish are. Some anglers have a rod and reel for each fishing situation - fishing from the beach, fishing from a pier, and fishing from a boat. Depending on your budget and the frequency of each fishing situation, you have the choice of one all purpose rod or many specialized rods.

Remember, surf casting requires long rods that are not suitable for fishing off piers or boats. A heavy 6 foot rod designed for pier fishing will not cast into the surf. Very heavy, 10+ foot rods are designed specifically for long casting into the surf. If you want an all around rod go with an 8 foot rod of medium weight.

Fishing Reels

It can not be said enought, get a good reel! Quality made reels will last 20 years if properly maintained, a less expensive reel will last a couple of years - which would you prefer?

 

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Bait Catching

Cast net in the air at the beachUsing live bait is by far the best way to catch fish! Yes, artificial lures, spoon, and other contraptions work just fine, but nothing beats fresh bait.

Cast netting for bait fish is a common activity at the beach and a lot of fun. The beach is also a good place to learn the trick to throwing these nets. Find yourself a vacant area on the beach and toss away. Catching bait in the morning on the Gulf when the sun is at your back will reveal bait schools glimmering in the sun.

Digging in the sand for sand fleas is another popular bait collecting practice. Gathering fiddler crabs or digging for sea worms in the sand are more free baits to gather while you wait for a bite to hit your line.

two men holding a beach seine on a beach

Beach Seining is also another way to get live bait so we dedicated an entire page to help you learn this great method for catching bait at the shore. Also visit our LiveBait page for more details on catching your own bait at the beach.

Surf Casting

Man on beach surf fishingSurf casting involves using rods and reels designed for surf fishing. Rods are generally 10 to 20 feet long and the best reels to use are the ones designed for surf casting. The ideal line weight is 15 pound which gives you enough strength to pull in big fish but is light enough to not get dragged by the constantly churning surf.

Big Sheepshead and flounder caught on Lee County beach
Florida's Most Famous Fisherman Larry Finch, "The Fishman"
Catches Big Flounder and Sheepshead on Lee County beach
in February 2011 using a big surf casting pole and sand fleas
for bait. See his cool beach cart on our Fishing Carts page.

Sand spikes for each rod are used to hold the rod after casting your bait. A PVC sand spike sold in stores should be modified by bolting on a 2 foot aluminum tube which allows the spike to stay put and not get knocked loose from the pounding surf. Plant your sand spike at the edge of the surf by rocking the spike slowly back and forth until sufficiently firm in the sand.

The best bait is what the fish you are targeting eat. Common surf casting bait are sand fleas, shrimp, bait fish, and cut bait. While waiting for a bite you commonly see surf anglers digging around in the sand for sand fleas. Nothing like lively fresh bait. Store the sand fleas in a bucket or cooler with moist sand and keep it out of the sun.

Many seasoned surf anglers have 2 or more rods going at the same time. They cast the first line out, place it in the sand spike, then move on to baiting and cast the second rod. Hopefully once the second rod hit's the sand spike you will be reeling in the first line with a fish on.

Fly Fishing

Fly FishermanFly fishing on the beach is also very popular on the Gulf Coast due to our calm surf.Fly fisherman in Gordon Pass On any given day you will see fly fisherman on the southern end of Naples Beach towards Gordon Pass. This sparsely populated beach makes for perfect fly fishing. The picture to the right is a fly angler who walked over the rocks at the end of Naples beach and stood in the water at Gordon's Pass. It was a calm day, I wouldn't try this during a strong tide or windy day.

Many beaches in Florida are free but access to them can sometimes be a challenge. You must first find parking then a Beach Access walkway to get to the beach.

 

 

 

Shore Fishing

Fishing from the shore with a storm in background and rainbowWhether it is on the road side, at a public or private dock, or under a bridge, you will surely have good fishing from the shore. As you travel through out Florida it is not uncommon to see a fisherman on the side of the road?if it has water, it most likely has fish.

There are also public docks and piers, either state, county, city or privately owned, all over the state. Always check before fishing, some public docks do not allow fishing. You can usually buy bait at the popular fishing piers and most do not require a fishing license.

There are rock jetties where you can find great fishing and snorkeling. Many cities allow public fishing from jetties with cleaning stations and parking. There are also rock jetties on beaches that provide structure for fish and excellent places to cast your line.

Fishing from sea walls is very popular. Look for spots where you can see the channel running just off the coast; this is where most fish will be traveling with the tides. Cast your lines near structure in these spots for some action packed fishing. Commonly caught from sea walls are Snook, Spotted Sea Trout (seasonally), Ladyfish, Sheepshead, and lots of undesirable catfish.

Mangrove Island Beach FishingMan sitting on back of boat beached

A popular activity for locals and tourists alike is to beach your boat on a mangrove out island and fish from the beach. You need a boat to get to these islands and knowledge of the waterways. Always get the facts locally before venturing on these out islands; many are private so be sure you know before you go.

Boats beached on Keewaydin Island Snook and other inshore fish can be found feeding in the surf at sunrise and sunset. The wildlife on these barrier islands are exceptional with turtle tracks and nests, fiddler crabs everywhere, and plenty of birds including bald eagles.

Pull you boat up onto a sandy shore and fish the shorelines especially on the tips of the islands where fish tend to congregate during tide changes. Be sure to use your GPS, a nautical chart, and have a marine radio as it is easy to get lost in mangrove island chains?all mangrove channels and islands look the same.

One important thing to remember is to watch your boat. It is common for boaters to ignore the tide and find their boat is "sky high" out of the water, literally beached. It is difficult to get a boat off the beach and can cause damage to the boat in an effort to drag it off. You can wait 6 hours for the tide to return, but why take the chance. Periodically checking the boat and moving it to keep most of it in the water is your best choice.Marco Island beach

Spearfishing

Anglers who also like diving spearfish on reefs close to shore. This is very common in Southeast Florida where many reefs are within swimming distance from shore. You can spot these adventurous anglers by the dive down flags floating behind them.

Spearfishing in Monroe County (Long Key Bridge to Miami-Dade line) and Collier County is prohibited in state waters. Where spearing is allowed in state waters in Monroe County you cannot spear in canals, 100 yards from shore or bridges, and many other areas so be sure to inquire locally before hunting from shore in the Keys.Kite Fishing Setup diagram

Kite Fishing

Kite fishing from the shore is not common but certainly fun. Kites get your bait and chum further out into the water than possible when casting.

For details on how to achieve the best results read our Kite Fishing Setup Guide provided by the South African kite manufacturing company Hi Fly Kites.

 

Tarpon from Shore

Tarpon jumping out of water
Photo Courtesy of Captain Eric Ryan, Key West Flats Fishing

Tarpon fishing isn't only for anglers with boats, you can catch a tarpon from the beach, a bridge or fish pier because tarpon are inshore fish that feed on the usual inshore species like ladyfish and mullet.

You must first have heavy gear or you will be wasting your time. These giants can weight 100 pound and once caught they jump and make long runs. Having 350 yards of 30 pound test will give you plenty of line capacity for the fight. Your leader should be 10 feet using 100 pound test with a 7/0 hook or a size appropriate for your bait.

If you are on a bridge or pier assume the Tarpon are directly below you lurking around pilings so cast out and away from the pilings into the the current that is flowing words you.

Fishing for Tarpon from the beach is much easier but takes a lot of work to haul these monsters in. Plenty of line, lively bait like mullet or ladyfish will do the trick if the Tarpon are in the area. Winter months are best in south Florida when the Tarpon migrate into the warmer waters from the cooling north.

Shark Fishing at the Beach

Get ready for some fun! It is not uncommon to catch shark at the beach. Blacktip sharks are very common. To catch shark you need big bait chunks, wire leader line and a heavy pole. Don't be surprised when a crowd quickly forms around you as you land a shark; people are very interested in seeing a live shark. You could be an instant celebrity! If you plan to release the shark, don't keep it out of the water too long showing it off.

As of July 1, 2019 anglers over 16 years old targeting sharks from shorelines and beaches must obtain a free shark fishing permit and attend an online course.

Chumming is now banned on all beaches in Florida, regardless of target species.

On Marco Island beach one busy winter afternoon, an angler caught a small blacktip shark. He released the shark at the waters edge and instead of the shark swimming out to sea, it followed a small gully that ran parallel to the beach. For about 15 minutes you could hear people screaming all the way down the beach as the shark passed by. The shark was only 18" long or less!

Man releasing a 4 foot long blacktip shark at the beach, the shark is mid-air

 

Turtle Nests

Turtle nest roped off on Naples beach The endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtle emerges from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean to nest on our beaches each summer from May to August. You will see them roped off on most beaches. The State of Florida is very active in protecting this endangered turtle. Turtle nests are closely monitored on all our beaches.

Please stay away and do not disturb the Turtle nests when visiting the beach, violators are subject to fines and imprisonment. Loggerhead turtle swimmingIf you see one on the beach or the babies coming from their nests, do not approach them, move quietly away and let them do their thing.

You can help?when visiting our beaches to pickup any plastic bags you see on land or in the water to protect the Loggerhead! For more information on the Loggerhead Turtle, visit our Leave-No-Traces page.

 

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For places to fish from shore, see our Beach and Shore Fishing Directory

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Fishing Charters In Navarre Beach Florida

Fishing Charters In Navarre Beach Florida

Fishing Charters In Navarre Beach Florida

Fishing Charters In Navarre Beach Florida are starting to heat up. The past few days have been warm with light wind. Signtfishing for redfish has slowly started to get better. For this fishing

Fishing Charters In Navarre Beach Floridareport I am going to change it up a bit and cover a few other species that can be caught during February along the Emerald Coast Of Florida. This week we are chasing Sheepshead, White Trout, Bluefish and Bonita.

Fishing Charters In Navarre Beach Florida Fishing Report

With the warmer weather over the past few days for the Navarre Beach area the redfish have very slowly started to make there way back on to the flats during the mid day. You best bet for redfish is still to fish the deeper areas. You can check out the past fishing reports for catching redfish along Navarre, Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach Florida.

Fishing Charters In Navarre Beach Florida Top Fish for January and February

White Trout

White Trout fishing  during the winter is great in Pensacola Bay and the surrounding areas. Finding these great tasting trout is as easy as finding deep water and a little structure. Cut bait, shrimp and gulp and a jig head is a sure fire way of catching all you want for dinner. The larger trout I have found have been around the 3 mile bridge in Pensacola Bay. Light 10-15 pound spinning is tackle is best for these fish but be ready for a few bull reds and black drum to be mixed in with the trout.

Bonita

Also known as the Little Tunny, these fish are aggressive and powerful! Fishing Charters In Navarre Florida with Showintail Inshore Charters is the number 1 location for fly fisherman who want to battle these amazing fish. Cruising the beaches on the sunny north wind days is the best way to locate Bonita. Diving birds and crashing white water is a sure sign the Bonita are fired up and hungry. Fly fisherman can send any fly they like in to these schools of fish or a light spinning rod rigged with white jigs heads and white jerk baits. Bonita are one the hardest fighting fish along the Panhandle of Florida during the cooler months.

Sheepshead

My favorite eating on the list this week is the Sheepshead. Hit the local bridge pilings with Fiddler Crabs, Shrimp and oysters. these great fighting fish should be ready to take your bait! Small circle hooks and fluorocarbon leaders with a weight just heavy enough to keep you straight up and down is key. Slowly lifting your rod once the bait hits bottom till you fell pressure and you should have them hooked up in no time. Make sure to bring a pair a pliers. A Sheepsheads mouth in no place you want to stick a finger! 🦷 🐟

Bluefish

Plenty Of Bluefish roaming around in the Bays and Intercoastal Waterways. Any fast moving jig, jerkbait, gotcha lure or bubble rig thrown near a school of Bluefish and everyone in the group will be setting the hook. Bluefish have extremely sharp teeth so adding a small wire leader or heavy florocarbon to your lure will help you to not get cut off. Bluefish are not high on my favorite eating fish but they make up for it in explosive bites and hard fighting power.

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