Fishing on Cape Cod and in the Florida Keys
By Darin Koob | Outer Escapes
Being located on the East Coast is about the only thing these two fishing destinations have in common.
If you’re chasing striped bass and/or smallmouth bass, then without question, you need to consider Cape Cod. Some have called it the, “Striper Capital of the World.” Striped bass feed throughout the entire water column on a variety of food items and can be caught through several techniques. Utilizing live bait, cut bait, and lures are all popular ways of targeting this species.
Surf Fishing is also a very popular way to target stripers. Anglers surf cast, often using sea worms with a circle hook. During the spring and fall, large schools of striped bass enter the Cape Cod Canal. These fish can reach up to 50 pounds and can often be found by a short cast. Generally, when you get a bite you have found the school. The Cape offers miles of beach to search for these prized fish. Some of the hard-core striped bass fisherman will call it an addiction. Click on this PDF link for detailed info of Cape Cod & The Islands. Here are a few characteristics about “Stripers” that some call the “perfect gamefish.”
- Challenge to catch
- Delicious to eat
- Fairly large fish
- Easily accessible
- Safe to handle
Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit are the reason so many anglers are attracted to the Florida Keys. The Keys separate the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean and span 137 square miles. The climate is more similar to the Caribbean than the rest of the state of Florida. Don’t for a minute underestimate the advantages of utilizing a boat or hiring a guide to chase these legendary species. But there are obviously added expenses when paying for this pleasure. Grab your Paxis pack and go wade fish and chase a fish of your dreams.
Whether it’s the allure of hooking a robust 100-plus-pound-Silver-King, feeling the sensation of your fishing reel sizzle with an irritated Bonefish, or matching wits with an elusive Permit, the Keys offer outstanding possibilities of landing that dream catch. You will be much more prepared with a Paxis backpack storing your fishing arsenal. Wade fishing in the secluded Florida Bay flats is a great affordable option for the angler. From Key Largo to Dry Tortugas, the tropical waters throughout the islands draw many wade fishermen chasing their dreams. Here are a few areas ideal for wade fishing in the Keys:
- Bahia Honda State Park – On the oceanside. Opportunities for wade fishing.
- Ohio Key – Another oceanside section of the flats that is best waded at low tide.
- Missouri Key – Beautiful ocean flat to walk, located at mile marker 39.5.
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About the Author
Darin Koob has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Communications from Western Washington University and enjoys fishing, hiking, skiing, camping & boating. He is the Founder & President of OuterEscape, LLC, an internet marketing company designed for outdoor enthusiasts. He is also a member of the Northwest Outdoor Writer’s Association (NOWA).
Darin’s passion for the outdoors was developed at an early age through numerous hikes in the backcountry with is family. His passion for fishing was inspired by his grandfather whom was an avid fisherman. Darin enjoys adventure outdoor photography, HD Video, and has been involved with real time promotions and live-streaming of events. He also spends a lot of time on the Washington coast chasing Salmon & Steelhead.”