Florida offers hundreds of relaxing destinations. One fun thing to check out are the historic fishing piers along the Gulf Coast. Besides great ocean fishing, they offer leisure strolls, good food, and views of spectacular sunsets and sunrises, as well as marine life of all types.
Russell Fields City Pier
Located in Panama City Beach is the Russell Fields City Pier. Stretching 1,500 feet out into the Gulf of Mexico this is the longest pier in the Gulf. A $3.00 fee is charged to walk the pier. This is among the best known spots for fishing. You can also watch marine life from the pier. A daily fishing license cost $6.00. Rod rentals are available. Depending on the season, fishing includes hardtails, flounders, pompano, blue liners, blues, red fish, mackerel, and cobia. The fishing is so good here you may just start looking for beachfront vacation home rentals in Panama City Beach.
Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier
The Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier also offers great fishing, with rod rental. At the end of the pier is a wide section of the pier to accommodate lots of fishermen. The water there is 20 feet deep. This pier is open all day and night. If you time your visit just right, you can watch dolphins, manatees, cow rays, and other marine life. If fishing is not your thing, there’s lots of good food and views of the white sand beaches. Various shops sell beach gear and souvenirs.
Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier
An older pier, the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier was built in 1972 extending 962 feet out into the Gulf. Then in 1998 it was extended a quarter mile to 1,262 feet. An octagon at the end of the pier provides plenty of room for fishermen. Rod and tackle are available for rent. When it comes to fishing, this pier is famous for hauling in large fish. Tarpon weighing around 100 pounds have been caught here. Other large fish include dolphin, mackerel, cobia, and tuna. The rare sailfish have also been caught off the pier as well. Locals will tell you to save the money on a deep sea fishing expedition and fish here. If fishing is not your thing, there’s lots of good food and views of the beaches and dolphins. Spectators come to this favorite dolphin watching spot and to see the sun set in the west over the Gulf of Mexico at night.
From these three piers the fishing is so good you may just start looking for beachfront vacation home rentals in Panama City Beach.