2018 license-free fishing days in Florida

2018 license-free fishing days in Florida

Dig into your garage for that rod and reel, pick up some bait at your local tackle shop and get out there, because you won’t need a license for fishing in freshwater on June 9-10.

Tarpon feeds on mullet off Palm Beach County's beaches. (Photo by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star)

Fall mullet run is ideal for surf fishing on Florida’s Atlantic coast

Surf fishing is a great way to get away from it all — alone or with the entire family. Be prepared with our popular checklist and how-to guide.

Barefoot on Hutchinson Island: Beaches and a lot more

Barefoot on Hutchinson Island: Beaches and a lot more

With an abundance of pristine beaches with easy public access, Hutchinson Island is my favorite destination on Florida’s Atlantic coast.  Much of the island remains frozen in time, when you could cruise down A1A and pull off on the side of the road.

The beach at Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral is hard-packed and offers great recreational opportunities. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Jetty Park: Beachfront cabins & camping in Cape Canaveral

Jetty Park, with a terrific beach, fishing jetty and a view of passing ships, has a campground and small cabins. It’s an appealing getaway, with a few catches.

Waterfront RV sites

RV Campground: Fishing mecca at Okeechobee KOA

The Okeechobee KOA is the largest KOA campground in U.S. with 750 campsites on Lake Okeechobee, Florida’s fishing mecca.

Canoeing on the Tomoka River

Tomoka State Park: Gateway to the Ormond Scenic Loop

Hidden among tidal marshes, Tomoka River State Park offers a shady campground, miles of paddle trails, biking and hiking, productive fisheries, launch ramps and a well-stocked park concession with music on weekends.

Lionfish (Photo: Gustavo Duran via Flickr)

A Florida delicacy: Invasive lionfish, fresh from local waters

Lionfish are gobbling up native species on Florida Keys reefs. Now you can gobble them up instead. Several Florida restaurants are serving lionfish, said to be delicious.

Kayak fishing on the Calusa Blueway

Kayak fishing: Where few have gone before

With the invention of the rotomolded hull, kayaking has taken off in Florida and across the country over the past decade. Give an angler a new way to float, and he’ll go fishing. Here’s a guide to kayak fishing basics and a checklist of what you need to be successful.