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Boat Fishing on Florida’s Forgotten Coast

Whether you bring your own craft down to Franklin County or rent one while you’re here, there are ample opportunities for boat fishing on the Forgotten Coast. With hundreds of miles of freshwater creeks, sloughs and rivers that empty into nutrient-rich bays and out to the Gulf of Mexico, Franklin County is boat fishing heaven!

Because our area is home to astonishing array of fish species, fishing on a boat is one of the most exciting things to do here on the Forgotten Coast.

Hotspots for Boat Fishing

Boating on the Forgotten Coast

If you’re looking for a bay fishing adventure, cruise into the Apalachicola Bay, St. Vincent Sound, St. George Sound, East Bay, Ochlockonee Bay or Apalachee Bay to hook into redfish, speckled trout, flounder, grouper, tripletail, black drum, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more.

If you’re looking to land some offshore monsters, motor out into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of St. George Island, Alligator Point or Carrabelle. This area is teeming with grouper, mackerel, snapper, hogfish, tripletail, amberjack, cobia, mahi mahi, blackfin tuna, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, wahoo and more!

Ready to try your hand at freshwater boat fishing? Launch your boat into the lower Apalachicola River, Carrabelle River or Ochlockonee River, where you’ll have a chance to hook into giant bass, bream, stripers and catfish. Thanks to the unique topography of these rivers, these fish species grow to impressive sizes in this area.

A Bounty of Boat Ramps

It’s super easy to get out on the water here in Franklin County. With more than 20 boat ramps stretching from Alligator Point to Apalachicola, you can take your pick of launching points and fishing spots. You can also tie up at one of the area’s 10 commercial marinas, some of which may be able to accommodate you and your boat.

No Boat? No Problem!

Even if you don’t have your own boat, you can still experience the wonders of boat fishing on the Forgotten Coast! Rent a boat from one of our local boat rental stores or book an inshore or offshore fishing charter with one of the many experienced guides in the area.