If you love to fish, you already know that the Florida Keys is a great place to indulge your passion.
But did you know it’s one of the best places to fish in the country?
Probably. You’re no dummy. But FishingBooker, the world’s biggest online booking service for fishing excursions, is here to back you up, because it has rated Key West as one of the best places to fish in the United States.
The website writes that Ernest Hemingway loved Key West — his home there was just named one of the most beautiful stately homes in the U.S. — and that they are not surprised by this because “incredible Billfishing grounds are just minutes away. “
“Hit the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf Stream, or the Atlantic, and you could be battling some of the most sought-after fish in the world,” FishingBooker writes. “But that’s not all. There’s also a star-studded supporting cast of Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit on the flats. On the reefs, there’s Snapper and Grouper. And the further out you go, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and many more await.“
And when you’re done fishing? FishingBooker urges anglers to head to Old Town and enjoy its history (and by “history” they mean mean “bars”).
The only city to receive a higher rating than Key West is San Diego, which FishingBooker praises for proximity to Catalina and San Clemente islands. It also suggests targeting “local delicacies such as Calico Bass and California Halibut, or test your skills against Bonefish inshore. The further out you go, the more it becomes about the Yellowtail, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and even Marlin.”
The rest of the top 10 list is more than a little puzzling because it includes land-locked Orlando and is pretty much the last place we’d go if we wanted to fish in Florida. Go to an overpriced, overcrowded theme park packed with people from Indiana? Yes. Fishing? No.
FishingBooker disagrees: “Located to the north of the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, Orlando boasts thousands of ponds in its own right, not to mention quick access to rich bodies of water such as Lakes Apopka, Jesup, and more. And you’re just a short hop from the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean.” (Note: Orlando is more than 50 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, but OK.)
The rest of the top 10 list of best places to fish: Milwaukee; Wilmington, N.C.; Detroit; Mobile, Alabama; Spokane, Washington; Anchorage, Alaska; and Austin, Texas.