the 1930's, visitors from around the world have
journeyed to Martin County to fish our abundant
offshore and inshore waters. The uniqueness of our
geographical location at the southern edge of the
temperate zone and the northern boundary of the
subtropical zone, combined with the influence of
the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie River, contributes
to the huge diversity of game fish found in our
From the adventure of a day of offshore fishing
for marlin, dolphin, sailfish or Wahoo, to the spectacular
bass fishing on Martin County's western border of
Lake Okeechobee, to the wide array of inshore fishing
opportunities, there is literally something for
every style of fishing enthusiast.
Numerous charter boats are located throughout
Martin County which can provide full, half-day
or custom charters. Whether you are a novice or
experienced angler, the professional captains
and mates will provide your every need and advice
to insure a fabulous off-shore fishing experience.
The months of November through mid-March are prime
months for sailfish - spring and summer months
see the return of dolphin, Wahoo and kingfish
as well as marlin.
Nothing is quite as exciting as casting light
tackle or fly fishing for snook, tarpon, redfish
or trout along the flats of the Indian River Lagoon
and the upper reaches of the St. Lucie River.
Inshore fishing is great year round and there
are many world class backcountry and flats guides
operating in the Martin County area.
Several "party boats" operate out of
the Stuart area and are based at local marinas.
These boats are equipped to take generally up
to forty people to local natural and artificial
reefs for bottom fishing. All tackle and bait
is provided. It is a great experience for the
entire family. Catches may include grouper, snapper,
cobia, sea bass and a host of other species.
A boat is not a necessity to enjoy a great day
of fishing in Martin County. Surf casting along
our miles of ocean front beaches, as well as the
many fishing piers, causeways, canals and bridges
offer excellent angling opportunity.
The Stuart Sailfish Club
The Stuart Sailfish Club is one of the oldest
sport fishing clubs in the U.S.. It promotes conservation
of game fish and encourages visitors to fish in
Martin County waters. The Club attracts visitors
by sponsoring offshore fishing tournaments.
Where To Fish
Productive Offshore Areas
Type Of Fish Caught During:
- King Fish Hole-off shore.
5 miles south St. Lucie Inlet offshore of
- Artificial Tire-Reef-Edgar Ernst Reef,
4 1/2 miles due east of lighted buoy from
St. Lucie Inlet.
- Artificial Reef-Bill Donaldson Reef
3 1/4 miles due east of House of Refuge.
- Artificial Reef-the Rankin,
66 miles due east of St. Lucie Inlet, 130'
- Major Reef-6 Mile Reef
Just south of Inlet and 6 miles due east,
- 8 Mile Reef
just east of Inlet and 8 miles out north
and south, 125' deep.
5-8 miles offshore due east of Inlet, it
varies a little.
Sailfish abundant, King Fish, Dolphin, Blue
Fish, Sea trout, Whiting, Pompano, Grouper
Snook, Pompano, Sea trout, Sailfish, Dolphin,
King Fish, Summer, Snook, Tarpon, Dolphin, Bonito,
Barracuda, Sea Trout, Red Fish, Red Snapper,
Mutton snapper, Grouper, Tilefish, Some Sailfish,
Wahoo, Scatter King Fish
Blue Fish, Flounder, Red Fish, Sea Trout,
- All Year Round
Fresh Water Bass, Sea Trout, Croaker, Mangrove
Snapper, Whiting, Sand Perch, Grafftop Sail,
Catfish, Drum & Sheephead, Margate &
Productive Lakes, Rivers and Bays
- Lake Okeechobee - Bass fish. Indian River-Sea
- St. Lucie River both north & south forks
of the river, snook and bass
- Savannahs - Jensen Beach area, bass.
- Fresh water - reaches-C-23, C-24, and St.
- Indian River - also for wading in grass beds
Bridges And Piers
- Jensen Beach Causeway - Indian River
- Stuart Bridges on A1A.
- Evans Crary Bridge
- St. Lucie River/Ernie Lyons Bridge
- Roosevelt Bridge - US 1 north of Stuart
- Palm City Bridge - St. Lucie River on Martin
Hutchinson Island - A1A, whole island
Under Florida law, anglers must be licensed to
fish from a boat in salt and brackish waters,
as well as fresh water. are available at county
tax collectors' offices. In addition, you can
buy them from subagents, such as sporting goods
stores or other retailers that sell hunting or
fishing equipment; on the Internet and by phone.
Residents over 65 and under 16 do not need a license
for salt water fishing for sport. If an angler
wishes to sell his catch, he must obtain a commercial
salt water fishing license. It is recommended
that anyone unsure about whether a license applies
for sport fishing should contact the Tax Collector's
Office where all licenses are issued at 288-5400.
Taking of all shellfish is prohibited in Martin
Upper waters of north and south forks of the
St. Lucie river are designated fresh waters and
a fresh water license is required to fish in them
for both fresh water limits. The north fork is
a wildlife refuge and netting is prohibited. No
guns are permitted in boats.
Click here for Saltwater and Freshwater Fishing
License and Regulations information: http://myfwc.com/Fishing/Index.htm.
Recreational licenses and permits for residents
and nonresidents are available at county tax collectors'
offices. In addition, you can buy them from subagents,
such as sporting goods stores or other retailers
that sell hunting or fishing equipment; on the
Internet and by phone. All license, permit and
issuance fees are subject to change by the legislature.
Before purchasing a recreational license or permit,
please make sure you understand what qualifies
as Florida residency and that you're read the
exemptions to determine if you really need a license
or permit. If hunting, make sure you have met
the hunter safety requirement.
Click here for Hunting License fees: http://myfwc.com/License/LicPermit_RecHunting.htm.
Doe Season is mid-October through mid-January.
Check specific dates each year. Call Tax Collector's
office at 288-5400 for additional information.
Florida Hunting and Fresh Water fishing regulations
should be consulted for bag and size limits on
fresh water fish. Call the Marine Patrol or the
Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission for any information
related to fishing, boating, diving and hunting
regulations in Martin County and Florida.
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