Great Boating and Fishing Research Resources

By: Terry Gibson

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Terry Tomalin and I get a lot of generic questions like, "I'm coming to Florida, and I want to catch largemouth bass. Where should I go?"

We are happy to answer your questions--in fact there's nothing we enjoy more than putting people on great waters to explore and fish. Shoot them over to us here.

But, to continue with the bass example, there are more than 7,500 lakes alone, not to mention the thousands of creeks, rivers and canals where ole bucketmouth swims in the waters of this great long state. If you're itching to fish for any of the hundreds of fresh and saltwater species that are abundant and accessible in Florida, here are some great resources to begin narrowing your selection in terms of destinations, and finding access.

Florida is the "Fishing Capital of the World," and VISIT FLORIDA's fishing proudly offers anglers extensive web resources for selecting a fishing destination and planning a trip, while providing tips as well as background on the types of fish and fishing you can expect. You can search by region, by fresh or salt water, by water body, as well as find guides and accommodations.

And here's another great resource that my buddy TJ showed me the other day, courtesy of the folks at the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation's takemefishing.org. You can also search by body of water, species, and for family friendly locations, among other options including charters. This site also links directly to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission's licensing page, where you can get the license or licenses you need online. As RBFF points out, every purchase of a fishing license and boat registration is an investment in the protection, preservation and enhancement of our water resources.

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