Your Essential Fishing Gear List for the Summer

A few of your friends have rented a boat and asked you to go fishing for the weekend. It sounds like a ton of fun except, you have no idea what you’re supposed to bring with you. You’ve only been fishing a handful of times. It’s not enough for you to be able to make a complete fishing gear list off the top of your head.

The only thing you’re sure you’ll need is a rod and reel. Everything else has you drawing a blank. Allow us to assist you. Check out this guide for a complete list of items that no fishing trip can go without. 

Rod and Reel 

As you’re probably aware, a fishing rod is a long pole that’s made out of a flexible material. There are rods that are designed for pretty much any of fishing that you want to do but if you’re a beginner it’s best to go simple. 

All you need is a rod of medium strength that can give you the control and responsiveness to pull in your fish. As far as reels go, a spinning reel will suit your needs fine. As you gain more experience you can upgrade to a baitcasting reel. 

Extra Fishing Line 

There’s a good chance that the rod and reel set you buy will come with at least a few rolls of fishing line. It’s still a good idea to bring some extras. Fishing line has the bad habit of getting caught on stuff when you cast it out. 

When that happens, you’ve got to cut it and start over. As you can imagine, you’ll run through your fishing line pretty fast. You should also bring along fishing lines of different strengths. 

If you’re in rough waters you’ll need a line that can take some extra punishment. If you’re in clear waters, a thin fishing line will do. 

Hooks 

Fishing hooks are designed to hook into the fish’s mouth when they come up to take a bite of your bait. Sometimes the hook will get stuck in a different area of the fish’s body but the purpose remains the same. 

You’ll need hooks of various sizes in order to catch different types of fish. They come in single, double, treble, and circle. As a beginner, you’ll mostly be working with the singles. 

Bait and Lures

Bait is the thing that you put on the hook in order to entice the fish to bite. The best thing you can do is pick up live bait. What live bait you use depends on the fish you’re trying to catch but the most common is worms or minnows.

If you don’t want to work with live bait, you’ll need to invest in lures. They’re used to mimic the fish’s regular food source and attract them to your hook. 

Lures are good to bring on any fishing trip just in case you end up running out of live bait during the day. Use light-colored lures if you’re fishing in clear waters with favorable weather. Dark lures work best for cloudy days and murky water. 

Bobbers 

When you rent fishing gear, don’t forget about bobbers. They sit on the surface of the water and dip down when a fish has taken an interest in your bait. Once the bobber has dipped all the way down in the water, this queues you to begin reeling the line in. 

When you’re purchasing bobbers you should go for the smaller ones. You want the bobber to be large enough for you to see it but not so large that it’s impossible for it to be pulled under. 

Sinkers 

Sinkers keep your line stabilized as the hook and bait begin to sink down into the water. It’s a good idea to bring as many of these with you as you can. 

The reason why is because they’re small. On a long fishing trip, you will lose a lot of sinkers and since they’re an essential piece of performance fishing gear, you can’t afford to run out. 

Swivels 

As your line and bait spin around in the water, your line will become more and more tangled. Eventually, you may have to do away with the entire line. Swivels stop this from happening. 

They still allow your bait and line to spin and move around so they can attract the fish but it stops tangles from happening. 

Pliers 

Taking hooks out of fish can be dangerous. You leave yourself vulnerable to taking damage from teeth and of course, the hook itself. Accidents happen as well.

Someone that you’re fishing with could pull back the rod to cast out their line and end up hooking you if you’re standing too close. In both of these instances, a good pair of needle-nose pliers will be a lifesaver. 

Line Cutter 

Your fishing line is made of pretty sturdy material. It has to be or it would snap every time a fish pulls too hard. In order to set up a new line, you have to cut the old one so be sure to add a line cutter to your tackle box. 

You can pick up a cutter that’s specifically designed for the job or simply bring along a sharp, sturdy knife. Either one works. 

Your Complete Fishing Gear List 

Are you about to go on your first fishing trip? You’ll need to create a fishing gear list to make sure that you have everything you need for a fun and fruitful experience. Add the items listed above to your tackle box and don’t forget the sunscreen. 

You can’t go fishing without a boat. Go here to book one from us and enjoy your weekend on the water. 

How boaters can protect Florida’s coastal waters

Here in South Florida, we’re known for warm, crystal clear waters, and that’s what makes these waters perfect for fishing, snorkeling, and so many other fun activities.

Helping South Florida’s coastal waters stay healthy, clean and beautiful is something every boater can do. The small, mindful actions we take today can help to safeguard these waters for our children and many more generations to come. As people who love life on the water, it’s vitalfor us to be stewards of our marine environment, taking care of it and teaching our children to respect and care for it too.

Read on for six tips to help you be an environmentally-friendly boater.

Pick up litter (even if it’s not yours!)

A good rule of thumb is that everything you bring out on the boat should come back with you. This includes not just garbage, but also leftover food. Don’t let cans, bottles, bags or wrappers blow overboard while you’re cruising around. We recommend bringing a small garbage bag with
you to hold your trash.

If you’d like to do your own litter pick-up, bring along an extra garbage bag or two, gloves and a trash grabber to snap up floating bits of trash when you see them. Keep a keen out along mangroves and sandbars for floating culprits. The water will thank you by being crystal clear and turquoise.

Pack re-usable containers for drinks and snacks

At Gulfstream Boat Club, any trash you bring back to the dock we’ll be happy to dispose of or recycle for you. But the best way to combat trash in our water is to make none in the first place!

An easy way to avoid litter on your boat (and litter back on land) is to pack your snacks and drinks in reusable containers. Resealable silicone bags, snap-lid food containers, and reusable water bottles and tumblers are your best bet.

Watch your depth (keep your engine out of the grass)

Keeping an eye on your depth will not only save your hull and propeller, but will protect wildlife that thrives in shallow waters. Sea-grass and coral reefs play an essential role in keeping the water clean of debris as well as supporting wildlife by acting as both a food source and a hunting ground.

When sea-grass is healthy and untouched it’s great at helping to filter sediment out of the water, keeping it crystal clear and turquoise. It also makes a great hiding spot for fish so instead of driving through sea-grass, try casting a line through it instead and see if you can catch dinner!

Take only pictures, leave only ripples

As you cruise the Intracoastal, you’ll notice signs along the way asking you to watch your speed and look out for manatees. These gentle giants are a delight to see up close but they’re also notoriously slow swimmers who struggle to keep out of the way of fast moving boats.

Be ready with your camera or a pair of binoculars to take a closer look at wildlife rather than motoring into their space. Sometimes you can see a lot more if you give animals a wide berth and let them go about their business. When you’re fishing, try not to injure or kill any fish you’re not planning on eating. When you’re snorkeling or diving, leave stars, shells and corals
untouched and in the water where they belong.

Choose reef-safe sun protection

Sunscreen is essential for protecting our skin out on the water, but some ingredients have been proven to be harmful to aquatic wildlife, especially corals. Avoid sunscreens that include ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate. Instead, choose sunscreens that are biodegradable, and contain mineral ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

You can double-down on sun protection by also wearing UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) clothing. Whether you’re spending the day in or on the water, wearing protective clothing means you won’t have to continually reapply your sunblock.

Get involved!

Boaters in South Florida have some wonderful options for getting involved, both on and off the water. There are many organizations looking out for our coastal waters that do great hands-on work with conservation and preservation, publish important research, work collaboratively with
local and state government, and have events and opportunities for the general public to get involved.

Whether you want to provide broader support or help a specific area or effort, some local not-for-profits we think are doing a great job include: Captains for Clean Water , Bonefish & Tarpon Trust , Miami Waterkeeper , and Debris Free Oceans.

There are many ways to be a good steward of our marine environment, and these tips can help you get started.

Contact us to rent a boat and get out on the water!

7 Tips to a Successful Boating Trip for New Boat Club Members

Planning a successful boating trip is easy and hassle-free with a boat club membership. From what to pack to choosing the right boat, this guide has all the tips to help you plan the perfect day on the water.

With a boat club membership, you can enjoy all of the benefits of owning multiple boats, water toys, and fishing equipment without the stress. Whether you want to plan a fishing trip or a day wakeboarding, we’ll dive into everything you need to know.

1. Boating Activities With Friends

Boating with friends is one of the best ways to enjoy time on the water. Some fun activities include water sports, fishing, swimming, dinner cruises, docking at restaurants, or snorkeling. With a boat club membership, snorkel gear is available, and you can even have a guide take you to some of the best snorkel spots

You can also take waterskiing or wakeboarding lessons through your membership. There are also chartered fishing cruises available complete with a guide and equipment. There is ice and bait available at the marina as well.

2. Packing for Trips

There are a few key considerations to keep in mind when you’re packing for your boat trip.

If you have a boat with an indoor cabin, you definitely have more room to store things and spread out. If you’re planning on getting wet and you need more deck space for fishing or snorkeling gear, keep it simple and pack light.

No matter your plans, some boat essentials to remember are sunscreen, hats, towels, water-friendly shoes, and swim gear. For kids, if you’re docking and swimming, floats, and toys that don’t sink can be fun additions in areas where it’s safe to play and soak up some sun. Fishing gear is also a must if you’re planning on taking a fishing trip.

3. Snacks and Drinks

When it comes to snacks and drinks, water is the most important thing to pack. The sun can be especially draining after hours spent on the boat. Depending on the size of your boat, you can go as elaborate or as simple as you’d like for snacks and food.

Boats with cabins and refrigerators allow for a lot more options. When you’re packing a cooler, keep it simple with grab and go snacks. Cheeses, crackers, fruit, cut veggies, chips, and sandwiches all make great boat snacks.

Chartering a boat is a safe way to enjoy a boat-side cocktail party. You can have a professional driver take care of the logistics while you enjoy time with friends and family. The sky is the limit when it comes to catered drinks and cocktails that you can order through your membership program.

4. Choosing the Right Boat

Depending on your excursion, there’s a boat that can fit all of your needs. Whether you want to go fishing with a guide or take a sunset dinner cruise with your family, there’s a wide variety of boats to use. 

The expanding fleet of boat rentals makes it easy to change boats from weekend to weekend. Instead of having to own several different boats for different outings, membership allows you access to any boat you’d need.

There are boats outfitted with fishing equipment and boats that make hosting an event easy. Because the fleet is always expanding, you can have access to an incredible variety of boats.

5. Life Jackets

Life jackets are the most important thing to remember on your next boat cruise. You’re required by law to have a life jacket onboard for each person on the boat. Luckily, your boat rental will come outfitted with all of the life jackets you need. 

It’s also important to have a life jacket that fits. For children especially, you’ll want a life jacket they will actually wear. All children under the age of 13 must wear a life jacket while the boat is in motion. These jackets need to be Coast Guard-approved and the correct size.

6. Boating Emergency Kit

One of the biggest perks to having a boat club membership is that all of the safety equipment and emergency gear is taken care of. In addition to the right life jackets, you’ll also have an emergency kit and flotation devices if needed.

Licensed captains offer security and peace of mind during chartered cruises and adventures. You can also take lessons in boat safety and operations so you’re comfortable driving the boat yourself.

7. Boating Trip Destinations

Professional captains can help you choose the right destination for whatever activity you have in mind. Whether it’s a great place to snorkel or the best spots to waterski, you’ll have access to guides, local experts, maps, and charts.

Wherever you decide to go, there are three different boat club locations to choose from. You can drop off or pick up your boat from any location.

Planning a Successful Boating Trip 101

Your membership makes planning a successful boating trip a breeze.

With captains, charters, equipment, and water toys available, you can enjoy a stress-free boat day anytime you’d like. Without the hassle of owning and caring for your own boat, you’ll have more time to relax and enjoy your time on the water.

From fishing to waterskiing and sunset cruises, these tips will help you make the most of your boat time. For more information on memberships, fill out the contact form here for details. An expert will be in touch to help you plan your perfect outing.

What’s Really Involved in a Boat Club Membership?

Would you love to go boating often, but aren’t ready for the hassle and expense of owning your own boat? Are you interested in learning more about boat club membership?

Boat club members can get the perks of owning a boat without the expense. And you’ll have access to a superb collection of boats.

Here’s what you need to know about boat club membership.

1. Boating Costs

Maybe you’re someone who loves water sports like kayaking, jet skiing, or sailing. You may find a day out on the water to be the most relaxing, energizing way to spend your spare time.

Even if you’re an eager marine sports lover, the cost of owning a boat can really add up. Besides the initial expense of buying the vehicle itself, you’ll need to think about taxes, insurance, and registration.

You’ll have to pay for mooring in the warmer months, which involves securing a safe spot to keep your boat. And don’t forget about winter storage in cooler climates. You’ll also need to pay for regular maintenance, gas, and purchasing safety equipment.

Owning a boat can add up to a serious investment that is more than just an expensive hobby. If you love being on the water, however, a boat club offers an amazing alternative.

Boat clubs generally charge an up-front enrollment fee as well as a month-to-month charge. For this price, you’ll get access to a fleet of boats. You can borrow a boat or reserve at one or several different locations.

Boat clubs will see to the cleaning, fueling, and maintenance of the boats in their fleets. You will need only to make a reservation or stop in to get a boat and set sail. 

The annual and monthly fees for a boat club membership are even more of a deal in warmer climates. There will be plenty of weekends that you can spend sailing the blue seas, meeting new friends, and getting some exercise.

2. Flexibility

Owning your own boat can be great fun, but it can get a bit boring to take the same vehicle out all the time. With a boat membership, you can get access to fishing boats, speedboats, and sailboats. 

You may also get a variety of locations of boats to choose from. So you may feel like setting sail from one port one weekend, and another port on a different night. A boat club keeps boating exciting by providing you with new scenery on a regular basis.

3. Other Perks

The fee for joining a boat club is small compared to what you would spend on boat ownership and upkeep. Yet the use of boats and the convenience of renting a boat whenever you need one are often not the only things included in your membership.

If you’re just starting out as a watersport lover, you may want to take some lessons to make sure you’re ready to really enjoy the waves. Some boat memberships give you access to lessons in sports like waterskiing or wakeboarding.

Your boats will come equipped with fishing equipment and safety gear. You’ll have everything you need for your adventure. Some boats also come with lessons in boat safety free of charge.

Boat club memberships may also include equipment that you would otherwise have to pay for. These may include waterskis, snorkel gear, or wakeboards.

You may also enjoy perks such as catered lunches and dinners, snacks, and sunset cruises. Get ready for a great way to party with your friends and family that will leave them itching for invites!

4. Finding the Right Boat Club

Before choosing a boat club, you’ll want to do a little homework. While it can be quite cost-effective compared to boat ownership, joining a boat rental club is still an investment. You’ll want to make sure you’re making the right one.

Ask your friends and family for recommendations, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Are the boats they need always available and easy to use? What other equipment or lessons are provided? Are there any other perks that make the club special?

If you can’t get any personal references, call up clubs in your area and ask for references. Call up boat club users and ask about their experiences.

Online reviews can also provide you with some confidence that you’re choosing the right boat club. Often, many of the comments you’ve heard from individuals will also show up in reviews.

You’ll want to find a local club, and preferably one with more than one location. Remember that you’ll be driving to the marinas on a regular basis, so you won’t want the trip to be one you aren’t comfortable making.

Some boat clubs offer a variety of memberships at different price points. Make sure you get an estimate of what these are before choosing a boat club. The amenities supplied by your club should be a good bargain when you consider how much you’ll be using them.

Get at least three estimates from local clubs before making a final decision. You’ll want to know that what you’ll be paying is reasonable for your geographical area and type of membership. 

With a little research, you can be confident that the club you end up choosing can provide you with recreation for years to come.

The Benefits of Boat Club Membership

If you’re considering purchasing a boat, you may want to weigh the costs against those of boat club membership. You may be surprised at the selection, convenience, and perks that you’ll get for your money.

For more information on Florida boat clubs, contact us today.

7 Tips on Choosing a Boating Spot for New Boat Renters

Renting a boat for the first time is an exciting adventure! Once you starting renting boats, you’ll want to come back week after week to rent one again. Boat rentals allow you the freedom to soak up the sun and enjoy a nice day out on the water. 

Fishing is a must when taking a boat out as well. There are plenty of fishing opportunities in Florida, but you must know where to find the fish. Although Florida is surrounded by water, it doesn’t mean fish will bite no matter where you cast your line.

Choosing a fishing spot takes practice and skill. The best type of fishing spots to choose will depend on the type of fish you want to catch and the type of water you’re fishing in. Below is our general guide on how to find some of the best fishing spots.

Continue reading below for everything you need to know!

1. Grassy Areas 

Grassy areas or areas with high vegetation are great places to find a variety of fish. Many fish will swim through the grassy areas looking for their own prey. Although grassy areas are best, do look to fish in the spots where you can see a break in the vegetation. 

If the grass is too thick, you might not be able to catch the fish’s eyes with your bait. When you cast your line in an opening next to patches of grass, then the larger fish will see the bait and make their way towards it. 

Fishing in an area where there’s no grass or vegetation can be like trying to fish in a desert. If there are rocks in the water or other objects, however, then you might want to try casting your line nearby.  

2. Good Hiding Places

Fish love hiding places. If you see anything that a fish could be hiding under or around, then it’s a good place to fish. Some bodies of water have boats that have sunken or other unnatural objects that have sunk to the bottom. 

These objects become part of the ocean’s ecosystem providing plenty of hiding places and places for vegetation to grow on. If you know a spot where something has sunken or see part of a large object sticking out of the water, then this could be a good place to try.

Fishing around any type of bridge or pier is another great option. Fish will congregate in these areas to escape the heat of the sun for a while. 

3. Schools of Bait 

When boating, you can sometimes see the schools of bait in the water. Schools of bait will create small ripples on top of the water that are noticeable. Schools of bait will also create shiny shimmers in the water. 

Look closely and you’ll see them. When there are large schools of bait, there are generally birds flying around trying to catch them, which is another sign to look out for. Where there’s bait, there are also predators. 

Large fish will be close by waiting for the perfect opportunity to catch their lunch. Trick them with your own bait, and you have yourself a catch!

4. Along the Mangroves

Florida is known for its many mangroves. If you’re boating in an area where you can see mangroves, then you’ll want to head their way. Mangroves provide the perfect hiding grounds for all sorts of fish. 

If the tide is low enough, you might even be able to see an entire ecosystem at the roots of the mangroves. What you might not be able to see, however, are the larger fish that hide inside the mangrove forest. Snook are a popular fish to find in these habitats. 

Cast your line as close as you can to the outskirts of the mangroves and wait. It won’t be long before a big fish comes out of their mangrove cave to take the bait!

5. The Locals Advice

When in doubt, you can always ask the locals for advice. Each part of the ocean, river, or bay is different. The people who live there and fish often will know best.

When renting your boat, take a few moments to ask where the best fishing spots are. This will be the best advice you can get. If you see other boaters out, you can even stop and politely ask them as well. 

6. Where Other Fishermen Fish

If you see other fishermen fishing in certain spots on their boat, then you can try out these spots as well. This is especially true if you see them reeling in some big catches. Although there’s no reason why you can’t fish in the same area, you don’t want to pull up right next to the other fishermen.

Put a good distance between you and the other boaters. This way, your engine won’t scare away any fish in their spot, and you won’t be stepping on any toes either. Once they’re done for the day, you can move closer to where they were if desired.

7. Near the Drop-Offs

Drop-offs create a great environment for catching fish. When fishing near a drop-off, you can either boat on the shallow side and cast your line on the deep side or vice versa. 

When the larger fish cross over from the shallow to the deep or from the deep to the shallow, your bait will be in their path. When the fish pass by your bait, they’ll be tempted to take a bite!

When Choosing a Fishing Spot, Use These Tips

When choosing a fishing spot, keep this guide in mind. Take your boat to a few of these types of spots to try out your luck! These helpful tips will have you catching some of the biggest fish near Florida’s coast. 

Are you ready to start renting a boat to take you on all your fishing adventures? Become a member of the boat club today!

All at Sea: 10 of the Best Fishing Spots in Florida

Florida is known as the “fishing capital of the world” for a good reason. It is estimated that about 2 million people visit Florida each year to go fishing.

You can catch anything from red drum and tarpon to sailfish and grouper. 

Florida is surrounded by water, so how do you know where the fish hang out?

Keep reading this guide to discover ten of the best fishing spots in Florida that you can drop a line in and catch a monster fish.

1. Destin

Destin is home to some of the most crystal clear beaches in the world. It doesn’t get the nickname “Emerald Coast” for no reason. 

It is a popular tourist destination for many reasons, including fishing and recreational activities. Destin is widely considered one of the best fishing towns in Florida by many.

Being home to some of the best saltwater fishing offered in the United States, Destin is known as “the luckiest fishing village.” Take a stroll down Harbor Boardwalk, and you will find over 100 charter boats waiting to take you out on all different fishing excursions.

You can stay in one of the most popular fishing spots in Destin, Choctawhatchee Bay, or you can head out further to deeper water.

Common Fish You Will find

  • Redfish
  • Spanish mackerel
  • Red snapper
  • Grouper
  • Sailfish
  • Tarpon
  • And shark

Destin is a great spot to vacation, and the fishing is perfect for everyone – from amateurs to professionals.

2. Florida Keys

The Florida Keys consist of 125 miles of islands at the southern tip of Florida and is home to some of the most unique fishing in the world. 

The only difficult thing about fishing in the keys is determining what spot you are going to pick.

Key West is a favorite among fishers, being one of the best saltwater fishing spots in Florida. The calm waters and flats surrounding the island make it the perfect place to start your fishing. Many people will rent a boat and explore the channels of Cudjoe Key for a fishing experience of a lifetime.

Common Fish You Will Find

  • Snook
  • Tarpon
  • Yellowtail snapper
  • Lemon shark
  • Grouper
  • Barracuda 
  • And bonefish

Each island in the Florida keys has its own unique fishing experience that offers all different kinds of fish.

3. Lake Okeechobee 

Lake Okeechobee is the largest lake in Florida and is a freshwater fisherman dream. The lake is massive at 730 square miles, making it the second-largest natural freshwater lake in the United States.

It holds more fishing tournaments than anywhere else in Florida and has also been deemed the “black bass capital of the world.” 

There is a path conveniently located around most of the lake, making it easy for fishers to access. It is recommended to talk to locals or charter fishermen here to learn about some of the best spots to find fish.

Common Fish You Will Find

  • Largemouth bass
  • Bluegill
  • Crappie
  • And sunfish

The best way to fish on Lake Okeechobee is by boat to get into the various fishing holes present on the lake.

4. Tampa Bay

There are so many different spots to fish in Tampa Bay. Clearwater and St. Petersburg both offer not only pristine beaches but also some of the best Florida gulf coast fishing has to offer. 

No matter what time of year you visit, you are are sure to catch something. From numerous piers to charter boats, you can find somewhere to drop a line in and catch some awesome fish.

Offering 400 square miles of abundant sea life, Tampa Bay is a favorite spot for fishers all over the world.

Common Fish You Will Find

  • Red drum
  • Black drum
  • Snook
  • Tarpon
  • Jack
  • Red snapper
  • Grouper
  • And blackfin tuna

If you find yourself in the Tampa Bay area, the Sunshine Skyway bridge offers an excellent spot to go fishing for grouper and snook.

5. Stuart

Stuart is another popular spot for sport fishing and has even been named the “sailfish capital of the world.” 

Whether you like fishing off of piers and bridges or would rather fish from the inlets, Stuart offers it all. 

Common Fish You Will Find

  • Sailfish
  • Tarpon
  • Barracuda
  • Blackfin tuna
  • Dolphin
  • Bonito
  • And flounder

If you are looking to catch snook in Stuart, the St Lucie River is the only place you can find five subspecies

6. Panama City

Panama city, known for its wild summers, is a go-to spot for fishers year-round.

The shallow flats are an ideal fishing spot. With the crystal clear water, you can see what fish are around. If you would like to try deepwater fishing, Panama city offers offshore charters that are very popular among the fishing community.

Common Fish You Will find

  • Redfish
  • Tarpon
  • Cobia
  • Mackerel
  • Red snapper
  • And amberjack

The Panama City Marina is a popular spot for fishers to catch snapper, grouper, and Spanish mackerel without having to take a boat out.

7. Jacksonville 

Jacksonville offers over 1,100 miles of shoreline, making it a favorite among anglers. The plentiful fresh and saltwater options give fishers a variety of places to toss a line in. 

You will never get bored fishing in Jacksonville. From piers to bridges, you will find a variety of different fish to reel in. 

Common Fish You Will Find

  • Whiting
  • Black drum
  • Sea trout
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth bass
  • Snapper
  • Sailfish
  • And Bluefish 

There are a variety of places in Jacksonville to go fishing, but many locals swear by fishing on the St Johns River.

8. Miami

Miami is known for its wild parties and beautiful beaches, but it is also a famous fishing spot. 

Deep-sea fishers are in for a treat when visiting Miami. The stretch in between Miami Beach and fort pierce is known as “sailfish alley.” Here you can catch massive sailfish, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and much more.

Common Fish You Will Find

  • Mahi-mahi
  • Swordfish
  • Grouper
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper
  • And Wahoo

Night fishing in Miami is extremely popular and offers a chance to catch unique fish.

9. Cocoa Beach

On Florida’s space coast sits Cocoa Beach, which offers over 500 species of fish. You can fish year-round and can expect to catch a fantastic variety of fish.

Cocoa Beach’s thousand islands offer an excellent opportunity to catch snook and trout. 

Common Fish You Will Find

  • Snook 
  • Trout
  • Grouper
  • Red Fish
  • Snapper
  • And sea trout 

Check out Sebastian Inlet for a fishing experience of a lifetime. There, you can find Redfish and Spanish mackerel.

10. Sarasota

Sarasota is considered a sanctuary for fishing due to its healthy ecosystem.

You have your choice of freshwater or saltwater fishing, both offering a genuine experience.

Common Fish You Will Find

  • Snook
  • Jack
  • Tarpon
  • Grouper
  • Snapper
  • Seatrout
  • And drum

One of the most popular spots to fish in Sarasota is the New Pass Inlet, where you can toss a line in right off the bridge.

Looking to Visit the Best Fishing Spots in Florida?

You can visit any of the places listed in this article to find some of the best fishing spots in Florida. They are all excellent places to visit and vacation as well. 

Fishing at any of these places is best experienced on a boat. For your next boat rental, contact us for a hassle-free experience. 

Saltwater Game Fishing: 9 Fish Every Offshore Angler Should Catch

Summer is finally in full swing. That means it’s time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.

There’s really no better way to enjoy nature than booking an offshore fishing trip. After all, saltwater game fishing provides the best chance for hooking a trophy fish and making memories that will last a lifetime.

This article takes a look at 9 saltwater sport fish every offshore angler should have on their list as they gear up. Keep reading to get the inside scoop on ocean game fish that will help make your next outing on the open sea as exciting as possible.

1. Bluefin Tuna

When it comes to a saltwater fish that will provide the ultimate battle of strength and wills, it’s hard to beat the bluefin tuna. 

This is a huge fish and can be one of the most difficult to catch. The bluefin tuna is also considered among the most delicious game fish, with tasty meat that is especially prized in Japan.

If you are lucky enough to catch on these monsters, be prepared for the fight of your life.

2. Dorado

Dorado are also known as dolphin fish or mahi mahi. This is a gorgeous fish and is extremely fun to have on the line. Dorado can be found in many parts of the world and rank among the tastiest of all saltwater game fish.

They can be caught using medium tackle and sight casting, and are perfect for fish tacos after a long day on the water.

3. Giant Trevally

The giant trevally is large and fast. In fact, this is one of the most powerful game fish you are likely to encounter. Once hooked, it will give you a fight that you won’t soon forget.

Trevally is one of the most popular game fish on the planet, and for a good reason. It’s especially sought after in the Indo-Pacific region and can be caught using a wide variety of lures and baits.

4. Tarpon

If you’ve ever spent any time saltwater fishing, you’re likely already very familiar with tarpon. This game fish is large, fast, and is easily identifiable thanks to its chrome-plated appearance. 

Tarpon typically ranges in length from 4 to 8 feet and can weigh as much as 280 pounds. These are extremely bony fish; thus they aren’t good to eat. But they are a total blast to battle once hooked on the open sea.

The experience of hauling in a tarpon is hard to beat. They jump high and won’t give up until they’ve given all they have. Tarpon can be found throughout the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as the Panama Canal.

Hooking a tarpon will provide the thrill of a lifetime, and will give you a story to tell friends for decades to come. 

5. Wahoo

Wahoo might not be as big as some of the other saltwater gamefish on this list, but they rank among the fastest fish in the sea.

Their bodies are narrow and torpedo-shaped, enabling them to swim at unbelievable speeds. Wahoo meat is white and delicious, and most people compare the flavor of their meat to that of mackerel.

So also the wahoo isn’t the largest game fish that you’re likely to hook, it will still provide both a thrilling battle and a tasty dinner once the sun goes down.

6. Bonefish

Bonefish is another game fish that’s small in size yet extremely fast in the water. Once hooked, a bonefish will really turn on the afterburners and provide an impressive battle of wills.

This species of saltwater fish is common to coastal Caribbean regions, including the Florida Keys.

Thousand of saltwater anglers set out in search of bonefish, making it one of the most popular game fish found anywhere in the world.

7. Sailfish

No other species of wildlife on the planet is as striking in appearance as the sailfish. Considered an apex predator, this is one of the fastest fish you could hope to encounter.

In fact, sailfish have been known to reach speeds up to 68 mph. They are also powerful jumpers, making them one of the most exciting saltwater game fish to have on the line.

These gorgeous fish as located in the Pacific and Atlantic, and should rank at the top of any angler’s bucket list of must-have trophies.

8. Yellowfin Tuna

If you’re seeking the ultimate fishing challenge, yellowfin tuna might be just what the doctor ordered.

Long considered one of the fastest and strongest saltwater fish, few fishing experiences are more exciting than reeling in one of these bad boys. Yellowfin tuna ranks among the largest tuna species yet aren’t quite as large as the bluefin. 

You’ll typically find yellowfin tuna along the eastern seaboard, the gulf coast, and in the Pacific near close to San Diego.

9. Blue Marlin

Almost every passionate angler has dreamed of someday catching a blue marline. These power saltwater fish are big, smart, fast, and powerful, making them one of the most popular saltwater game fish in the sea.

Fishing for blue marlin is a multi-million dollar industry, and it doesn’t take long to understand why. Just hook one of these monsters of the sea, and you’ll quickly find yourself hooked on the sport of deepwater fishing.

A Guide to the Trophy Fish to Look for When Saltwater Game Fishing

When the weather is warm, there’s nothing better than being out on the open water. And when you’re out where the water is deep, you’ll see quickly that saltwater game fishing is the ultimate sport.

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7 Must-Have Boat Accessories for Your Next Boating Activity

There are plenty of boating essentials that you need to take with you on every boating adventure. These essentials include safety equipment, first aid kits, and more. Aside from all of the essentials, there are a few must have boat accessories to help make your boating trip more fun and enjoyable!

When you pack the right accessories with you, it can make your trip more enjoyable by providing you with all of the things you might need while out on the water. You’d be surprised by how many of these items come in handy when you’re on your boat!

Remember, once you leave the shore, you no longer have access to phone chargers, food and drinks, cleaning supplies, and more. If you’re planning a day out on the water, then be sure to read this list of must-have items below.

Here’s what you need to know!

1. Waterproof Bag

A boating trip entails being surrounded by water. When you’re surrounded by water, it can be difficult to keep everything dry at all times. You most likely have a lot of things on your trip that can get wet such as beach toys and water sports equipment. 

You also have many things that you don’t want to get wet such as cell phones, cameras, wallets, watches, clothing, towels, and more. A waterproof dry bag will help keep all of these items dry while on the boat. 

You won’t have to worry about water splashing into the boat or having your items fall overboard. Purchase a few of these waterproof bags to hold all of your dry items in and let your mind become worry-free.

2. Waterproof Power Bank

Imagine being out on a boat for an entire day with no access to a phone charger. While having fun on the boat, you’ll most likely want to take several pictures and videos to remember your day by. The more you use your phone and other devices, the quicker they’ll lose their charge.

Aside from taking pictures and videos, you need your phone to have a charge in case you need to use it in an emergency. A waterproof power bank is a must-have accessory because it can charge multiple devices without worries of water damaging it. 

It’s the best way to stay charged at all times while on the boat.

3. Dog Ladder

We understand that some of these accessories listed might be helpful for some but not everyone. A dog ladder is a great accessory to have on your boat if you love to hit the water with your pup from time to time. 

The dog ladder attaches to the boat allowing for easy pup access. There’s no doubt that dogs have no trouble jumping right into the water from off the side of the boat, but getting back into the boat can be challenging for some pups. 

Having a dog ladder will give them the freedom to swim and come back on board as they please. 

4. GoPro Camera

A GoPro camera can capture all of those insane moments that you won’t be able to record on your cellphone. If you plan on partaking in some water sports or activities, a GoPro is a great way to show everyone what you were seeing at the moment.

The good thing about this type of camera is that it’s waterproof and can be strapped onto your forehead for a hands-free recording. You’ll amaze friends and family with the cool videos and photos taken on your GoPro!

5. Solar Panel 

Having a solar panel installed on your boat will save you from a dead battery. As your boat sits and isn’t used for a certain amount of time, the battery will begin to lose its charge. A solar panel will help keep your battery alive when it’s not in use and ready to go when it’s time for your next boating adventure. 

Choose a solar panel with 2 to 5 watts to prevent the battery from overcharging, and remember that the solar panel doesn’t take the place of traditional battery chargers. It helps prevent it from losing its power when not in use.

6. Boat Jump Pack

Speaking of dead batteries, a boat jump pack is another essential accessory to bring along with you. The last thing you want is to find yourself stranded out on the water with a dead battery. A boat jump pack is the quickest fix to a dead battery.

A jump pack is small and easy to transport and store on your boat. When you find yourself in need, grab the jump pack and jump your battery back to life.

7. Mobile Washer

If you’re spending an entire day on the boat, or even several days, you’ll want to have a mobile washer by your side. Mobile washers are compact and allow you to wash your clothing from anywhere. All it requires to work is some warm water and soap. 

When clothes get wet with saltwater or bathing suits need cleaning, simply place them in the mobile washer and quickly wash them and set them out to dry!

Which Must Have Boat Accessories Does Your Boat Need?

Not everyone needs the same boat accessories to enjoy their day out on the water. The must have boat accessories best-suited for you depend on your own personal adventure!

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5 Essential Hacks for Renting a Boat This Summer

The sun is out and waves are rolling…you’re stuck on the shore watching everyone enjoy their summer out on the boat. Not an ideal way to spend your free time is it? 

Well fear not, because we’ve put together a list of essential hacks to get you renting a boat of your own this summer!

It can seem intimidating going through the hoops of renting a boat, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you are a novice boater or seasoned on the seas these 5 hacks are going to make the rental process a breeze. 

So pack the sunscreen and let’s get started!

1. Safety First

Before you even step foot on a boat safety needs to be your top priority. There are thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths each year from boating accidents and misuse.  

While it might seem like a fun idea to crack open a few beers on the open water it could cost you expensive fines, jail time, or even someone’s life. 

We have put together some tips for safety to help you to have an awesome time out on the water safely. 

Safety Gear

Sometimes with rental boats things can go missing. To ensure that you and everyone on board has a safe trip check for the following items before you hit the open water:

Life Jackets – There should be one life jacket for every person onboard the vessel.

First Aid Kit – Things can get bumpy out there. Having a first aid kit will come in handy.

Flashlight – In the event that you are lost after dark, a flashlight could save your life. Be sure that there are back up batteries as well.

Fire Extinguisher – Just because you are on the water doesn’t mean a fire cannot happen. Always double-check for this safety item. 

Whistle – A waterproof whistle can be a lifesaver in the event of an emergency.

These items can sometimes be left off the boat by mistake. Check your vessel for these items like a pro would do. 

Inclement Weather

Warm weather is great but it can lead to dangerous afternoon thunderstorms. Don’t spend money on a rental if there is a chance you could get totally rained out.

If you get out on the water and the weather starts to turn, check your marine radio for realtime weather updates.

2. Know the Laws

The laws for operating a boat or renting a boat are different in each state. Depending on where you are renting you may be required to take an exam or a boating course. 

You will generally be required to sign a waiver when you rent as well. The waiver indicates that you are responsible for everyone on board and for the boat.

In the event of damages to the boat you will be held responsible. Furthermore, you could be held liable for any injuries sustained by the passengers you bring on board with you.

In some cases insurance is required for renting a boat. You can check with your provider to see if you have rental insurance that extends to boat rental. 

Being on the water is in many ways the same driving on the highway. There are specific markers that indicate where you should be and should not be traveling on your boat. 

If you fail to follow the guidelines you could be pulled over by the police (yes there are boat police!) and ticketed. 

While your passengers are allowed to enjoy alcoholic beverages, the driver must abide by the same laws that apply to drinking and driving. You can get a D.U.I on a boat. 

3. Know the Requirements

The same with laws being different in every state, so are the requirements.

In some cases renting a boat from one place has certain requirements and the rental place next door may have a different policy. 

Nothing is more frustrating than getting ready for a day on the water and arriving to rent and realizing you do not meet the necessary requirements to rent. 

Here are a few things to consider before you make the trip to the boat rental facility:

Age Requirements – In many cases, you need to be 25 to rent a boat. 

Deposits – Always check to see if a deposit is needed because in most cases it will be.

Credit Cards – Often times rental facilities will require payment with a credit card. 

Time Frames – Most of the time boat rental facilities have a specific time frame that you can have the boat. They will also not rent after a certain time in the day. Don’t show up too late or you could have your trip cut short.

This hack will save you so much time. Whether you planning an epic fishing trip or a romantic sunset cruise for two, know your requirements before you get there!

4. Choose the Right Boat

There are a variety of different boats to choose from at most rental facilities.

Depending on your skill level you may not be comfortable with certain types of boats.

Here are some boat options that you are likely to see at most facilities:

Pontoon – This boat is ideal for relaxing and leisure with a group of friends. It staying buoyant with floats on either side of the vessel. They are lower cost in most cases

Deck – This boat is similar in design to a pontoon but can travel at much faster speeds. It is ideal for water sports and fishing. 

Center Console – These boats are the premium choice for fishing enthusiasts. The center console allows the fisherman to easily get around the boat with their pole when they’ve got a fish hooked. 

If you are new to boating consider joining a boat club. These clubs work on a membership basis and can give you the chance to use multiple types of boats so you can see which you like the best.

5. Check the Vessel

As we said before, you are responsible for the boat. Just like a rental car, rental boats can get a lot of wear and tear.

If you do not check your boat beforehand you could run into issues on the water or be charged for damages you did not cause. 

Here are some things to look for:

  • Damage to the hull
  • Windshield cracks
  • Stains
  • Damage to the motor
  • Missing items  

Taking the extra time and checking for these missing or damaged items will save you in the long run. 

Renting a Boat Like a Pro

Now that you know these pro hacks for renting a boat you’ll be on the water in no time. Always remember safety first and don’t forget your sunscreen.

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Essential Fishing Gear You Should Pack for Your First Time out on the Boat

Fishing is one of the most peaceful, yet exciting pastimes that exist today. If this is going to be your first time fishing out on a boat, then congratulations!

Before you go, you’ll want to be sure and pack all of the essential things that you need in order to have a successful trip.

Even one missing piece can result in a major bummer for your fishing session, and since you’re out on the water, there will be no turning back.

Here is all the essential fishing gear that you’ll need to pack for your first time out as a boat fisherman. Be sure to check them all off your list before you go!

1. Fishing Rod, Reel, and Line

Your first fishing trip wouldn’t turn out very well without these three items. Still, it bears repeating to a) invest in these things before you go and b) check them off your list before you leave for the trip.

For all you beginner fishermen out there, the more high-quality your rod and reel is, the more weight it will be able to carry—thus, the bigger the fish you will be able to tussle with after you hook it.

Be warned: there are hundreds of different lines for you to choose from, so much so that it might be overwhelming to shop for before your first fishing experience. Try going with a fluorocarbon line to start things out. They’re nearly invisible to the fish under the water, super-strong lines, and are able to brush up against sharp rock without ripping.

Depending on the place you fish, that abrasion-resistant line will especially come in handy!

2. First-Aid Kit

You never know what will happen while you’re out on a fishing boat. Typically, the outing will consist of peace and quiet, but there are also emergency situations that could occur.

If an emergency were to happen, you’d want to make sure you have supplies to temporarily take care of a cut, so be sure to pack a first-aid kit.

Be sure to pack a first-aid kit on the larger side of things. Make sure it includes things such as cleansing wipes, insect bite cream, gauze, band-aids, eyewash, and Neosporin.

You might also want to include some butterfly closures just in case you score a big catch that ends up socking you in the face with its tail… you never know!

As soon as you arrive at the body of water, place the first-aid kit on the boat so that you don’t forget it onshore when you take off.

3. Tackle

Don’t worry, first-timers, you won’t have to get too extensive with purchasing tackle on your first trip.

There are three types of tackle that you will need: floats, weights, and hooks. The name of each implies the service they’ll perform for your bait.

Weights help you cast your line out further. The more weight you have behind your toss, the farther it will go.

Everyone knows what hooks are fore, but be sure to ask an expert for a hook brand that will be longer-lasting. Lastly, floats are needed to keep the bait floating near the top of the water. Otherwise, it would gradually sink to the bottom.

4. Fishing Apparel

Everyone is familiar with the hardcore fishermen that wear khaki bucket hats, khaki vests, and khaki shorts with enough pockets for all their bait and hooks.

While you won’t need to go that far, there are some essential pieces of apparel needed to a) heighten your experience and b) protect your skin.

First off, be sure to bring an extra pair of everything. That means an extra shirt, shorts, underwear, socks, shoes, everything. Don’t set sail without them.

Next, you’ll want to make sure you’re wearing a fishing shirt that provides UV protection for your skin. Your regular shirt doesn’t block as many UV rays as you’d think it would.

Also, be sure to bring a hat to protect your head from the sun and a windbreaker to provide warmth out on the windy sea/lake/ocean.

5. Live Bait

Plain and simple: without live bait, your fishing excursion won’t be very eventful. While the answers on which bait you should use vary by the expert, most would agree that nightcrawler is a top choice.

Nightcrawler is especially effective for freshwater fishing since almost every fish will take to it. Not many other forms of bait can give you that variation.

They’ll be a great choice for your first venture, giving you the chance to catch a bass on your first time out. 

They virtually guarantee you a catch or two throughout the day, so if nothing else, it can help you get the hang of your new craft!

6. Fishing Net

Even the most experienced of fishermen will tell you how difficult it can be to try and firmly grasp a flailing fish while balancing yourself on a rocking boat.

To rid yourself of that burden, bring a fishing net for the trip so that you can easily scoop the fish up and let it tire itself out.

Whether you intend to clean the fish and ice the fillets or throw it back, the net will be a saving grace in helping you keep your energy.

Pack Your Essential Fishing Gear for the Boating Trip!

Now that you’ve seen all the essential fishing gear you need for the big trip, it’s time to find the right boat to rent!

Be sure to read this article on how to keep your kids safe while boating if you intend to bring them along on the fishing trip.

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