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Ways to Fish Florida’s Forgotten Coast

Not only is the Forgotten Coast home to a wide range of fish species—but there are also countless different ways to fish here in Franklin County! Whether you prefer fishing from land or on the water, there’s something for every type of angler on the Forgotten Coast. Our area offers everything from guided fishing, boat fishing and shore fishing to pier fishing, paddle fishing and wade fishing.

Click on each of the following links to learn more about the different ways to fish in Franklin County:

Welcome to Fishing Paradise

Sunset Boat FishingThe Forgotten Coast’s fertile waters boast some of the most productive fishing in Florida. Thanks to the unique topography of the Apalachicola River and Bay systems, combined with our area’s prime location on the Gulf coast, Franklin County is home to diverse, highly productive marine habitats.

From inshore to offshore, freshwater and saltwater, anglers can enjoy various types of fishing on the Forgotten Coast—not to mention countless different ways to fish. Whether you choose to fish from a pier or the beach or out on the water from a kayak, canoe, paddleboard or boat, you’re certain to make some memorable catches here on the Forgotten Coast!

An Array of Species

Franklin County’s fresh and salt waters are home to an astonishing array of fish species. The type of fish you’ll catch here depends on a number of factors, including which waters you’re fishing, what type of bait you’re using, the time of year and the tides. With so many fishing types, you’re guaranteed to catch something impressive during your trip to Franklin County!

Man holding a red fish

Want to plan a bay fishing excursion? Wade, paddle or motor out into the Apalachicola Bay, St. George Sound or Ochlockonee Bay, where you’ll have a chance to land redfish, speckled trout, flounder, tripletail, black drum, pompano, grouper, Spanish mackerel and more. When you’re ready to hook into saltwater species, it’s time to head to the coast of Carrabelle, Alligator Point or St. George Island for some offshore fishing. The prolific Gulf waters around the Forgotten Coast are teeming with grouper, mackerel, snapper, hogfish, tripletail, amberjack, cobia, mahi mahi, blackfin tuna, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, wahoo and more!

If you’re a freshwater fishing fanatic, head over to the Apalachicola River, Carrabelle River or Ochlockonee River, where you’ll find abundant bass, bream, stripers and catfish action, as well as some saltwater species in the winter months.

There is a variety of ways to fish each of these active areas—whether by your own boat, a guided charter, a kayak, canoe or paddleboard, the shore, wade fishing or a pier. In other words, the Forgotten Coast offers fishing for everyone!

Ready to plan the angling adventure of a lifetime? Book your trip to the Forgotten Coast today!

Top Photo Credit: Southern Salinity® Guide Service – Capt. Davidson