Bridge fishing in the Florida Keys

Tell me please about bridge fishing in the Florida Keys ?

As you travel the Florida Keys you will notice that there are many bridges to fish from. These bridges are unique when compared to most other places one can fish from shore. When fishing off these bridges it is much like fishing in a boat, you are literally in the middle of the ocean. The Florida Keys is basically a small land mass that runs through the Atlantic Ocean. On one side you have the Atlantic Ocean, on the other the bay to the Gulf of Mexico. You can catch just about anything off these bridges. I have seen Snappers, Tarpon, Barracuda, Permit and a wide variety of Sharks caught often. You will need very stout tackle to not only handle a large fish but also be able to horse the fish away from bridge pilings and other forms of structure that a fish can and will use to break your line. You will primarily being using live and cut bait when fishing the bridges. Nothing beats a large lively shrimp for increasing your catch quantity. For larger fish you will want to use large bait such as a ballyhoo, large pinfish, eel or blue crab. The best time to fish varies from location to location. I have enjoyed the most success at night and on the incoming tide. If you are shark fishing a chum bag will certainly improve your chances. Your primary quarry will be blacktips and the ever present sluggard the nurse shark, which can reach over eight feet in length.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

One Response to “Bridge fishing in the Florida Keys”

  1. Daniel Kohout says:

    I use to fish the seven mile bridge years ago, now i want to go again. I live in virginia. Is the fishing there still good, and is it safe to fish there at night?

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