Florida’s Historic Coast has always attracted those restless souls looking for something different. Excitement. Maybe a great big fish they can mount on a wall. If that sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place. But first, we suggest you grab some of your best buds, pack your luckiest poles, and put out the “gone fishin” sign. You’re gonna be a while.
Florida’s Historic Coast is the capital of kingfish, as you’ll soon discover on a Sea Love Charter. They’ll take you and your crew as far as 30 miles offshore into the pristine Atlantic waters, where black sea bass, grouper, snapper, cobia, and wahoo thrive. Welcome to what is better known as the “playground” for king fisherman, especially in the summer months, when king mackerel rule. Up for a challenge? This is home to the most lucrative saltwater tournament series in the U.S.
Prefer some inshore fishing? Drum Man Charters will have you catching everything from Red Drum to Sheepshead. But if you’re really looking to wrestle, there’s nothing like the excitement of hooking a monster tarpon. From June through September, the Matanzas and St. Augustine inlets provide ample opportunities to battle it out with some big, hard-fighting tarpon leaping out of the water. (Don’t forget to have your buddies take a picture, you’ll have your hands full.)
Of course, with 42 miles of beach, you might just want to head out to the nearest shoreline or pier and cast a line. Even if you come up empty, your days will be filled with beautiful sunrises, inspiring both fish tales and memories alike. And make no mistake, that finely woven, hand-made fedora from The Panama Hat Company will be your go-to hat going forward.
Reel in a Meal
Finally, if all that fishing has you hankering for some cold brews and pub fare, head over to Meehan’s Irish Pub & Seafood House, sit on the balcony overlooking the Matanzas Bay, and start making plans for tomorrow’s big catch. For now, a walk along the bayfront to a welcoming room at The Bayfront Inn sounds about perfect. Ernest would approve.