Florida Saltwater / Better Than Luck-The Fool Proof Guide to Florida
Saltwater Fishing;Boris Arnov.
|I have to recommend this as the one best source for everything
you need to know to get started in saltwater fishing in Florida. It covers
almost every species you are likely to fish for with good information on
where and how to catch them. I won't say that nothing was missed or that
there are absolutely no errors, but if there are, I don't know enough yet
to point them out to you. This is the first book I turn to when planning
Re-released with a new cover in 2002.
Florida; Kris Thoemke
||Dividing the state into seven regions, Thoemke lists fishing
sites within each region including maps and descriptions. No one book can
list every place to fish in the state, but this book offers a good selection.
If you travel around the state much, or just want to expand your fishing
horizons, this book is worth a look. This is one of the books I used creating
my Boat Ramps page.
Luck and Tight Lines!; R. G. Schmidt
|This is offered as "A Sure-Fire Guide to Florida's Inshore
Fishing". In most ways this falls somewhere between "Fish Florida Saltwater"
and "Fishing The Local Waters" above. There are no specific locations
and it doesn't cover as many species, but it does have good general information
to "teach you how to catch fish-any kind of fish that's available where you
are-in the shortest period of time." Fishing bridges & piers, flats,
beaches and from boats are some of the topics covered.
in the Florida Keys and Flamingo; Stu Apte
||First released in 1976, my edition is from the fifth printing
in 1990. There are lots of reasons besides just the author's outstanding
reputation why this guide has lasted so long. Each article is packed with
specific detailed information to improve your next fishing trip to the Keys.
There are also fishing charts that cover Flamingo to Key West and Bonefish
to Billfish. This is the quickest way to become one of the "Old Pros" of
Guide to the Upper Keys and Florida Bay; Martin Smithson
||It would be impossible not to compare this to Stu Apte's book above.
This is my most recent purchase and the first thing I did was to compare
them side by side while planning a trip to Flamingo for trout and redfish.
(The outboard died on one of the best fishing days this spring, but that
is another story. Jim) One interesting thing is the use of color
aerial photos by Smithson to show fishing locations. It would be hard to
pick one over the other and each has some unique information. Oh well, I
have them both now so I guess I don't have to pick.
The Trout Book
Masters Book of Snook : Secrets of Top Skippers; Published 1997
|Frank Sargent offers a series of Angler's Guides covering
Snook, Redfish, Tarpon and Trout. Each book is full of information on where,
when and how to fish for each species. This is specific information right
down to the type & color of lure, line, leader and type of retrieve for
various conditions (i.e., all the things even your fishing buddy won't tell
you). He covers the best locations around the state for each species and
what to expect as the seasons change. If you are interested in any of these
species, and if you are an inshore fisherman anywhere in the state of Florida
you must be, then you want these books.
Reef Fishing Book
||Part of the Penn Reels "Saltwater Series",this book is for
the offshore line dropper. It covers all the main species of grouper and
snapper; plus locations, seasons, tackle, live bait, electronics, boat selection
& handeling and how to cook your catch.
|Other books by Frank Sargeant
Sargeant's Secret Spots: Tampa Bay to Cedar Key
Scott Moore's Snook Fishing Secrets; G.B. Knowles with Scott
||Once you have finished Sargent's Snook Book, it is time to
reach for Capt. Moore's Secrets. This book has an interesting mix of fishing
tips and techniques with the history of the snook as a sport fish. While
much of the discussion is about South West Florida, the information about
the snook's habits and the tips to take advantage of them will apply to snook
to Fish For Snook; Earl Downey
||Revised in 1985, more than a few copies of this book have
been sold. When, where and how are all covered with a lot of information
you won't get from today's authors.
Mate; Capt. Andy McLean
||This book may be getting a little dated, but the fish probably
haven't changed all that much over the years. Capt. Andy covers the Everglades
from Flamingo to Marco and all the major species in-between. There are charts
to show you were to fish and a "Year-Round Fish-Finder" to tell you when.
Most of this book is a collection of short (one or two pages) articles on
a variety of related subjects. (Not available online)
the Flats; Lefty Kreh & Mark Sosin
||While both of these authors are most often associated with
fly fishing, this book is written for a much broader audience. If you fish
on the flats, or want to, this book not only tells you how, but also shows
you with great illustrations. From bonefish to barracuda, spotting fish to
landing them, on fly, spinning or plug, this book has it covered.
||Other books by Lefty
Fishing in Salt Water
Fly Patterns; Hardcover
Fly Patterns; Paperback
Fly Fishing; with Trey Combs
Fishing Knots; with Mark Sosin
Fly Casting; by Lefty Kreh
Water Sportfishing Techniques; Mark Sosin & George Poveromo
This is the same book as the text book for the Salt Water Sportsman Magazine's
National Seminar Series. (Or at least it was in 1993 and 1995.) While it
suffers some from trying to cover all saltwater fishing everywhere, the
information here is clear, useful and well illustrated. The offshore fisherman
will find more of interest here than in most of the other titles I have listed.
(The new text is Salt Water Fishing II by Mark Sosin and George Poveromo.
It is not available yet, but I will keep and eye out for it.)
Other books by Mark Sosin
Saltwater Fly Fishing; Cortland Library Series.
Fishing Knots; with Lefty Kreh.
Complete Book of Light-Tackle Fishing; by Mark Sosin
FISH NOW! on Florida's East Coast; by Mike Babbidge (Catch Fish Now!
Note: "The book provides detailed WHEN, WHERE and HOW-TO coverage of inland
water, surf, pier, inshore, and offshore fishing action between the Georgia
Line and Biscayne Bay. Inland water, Inshore, and Offshore specifics include
over 500 LORAN and GPS coordinates for proven productive bottom structure."
Fish Now! in the Florida Panhandle; by Mike Babbidge
Fish Now! on Florida's West Coast; by Mike Babbidge
Fish Now : In the Florida Keys, the Everglades, and the Ten Thousand
Islands; by Mike Babbidge
Snook! by Capt. Fred Everson This is my most
recent addition to the library and quite good. While Capt. Everson is most
familiar with fishing around Tampa, much of the information would apply where
ever snook are found. Tips on equipment and custom rods were particularly
interesting.(You can order directly at
"Catch Snook!" Book by Capt. Fred Everson )
Pallot's Memories, Mangroves and Magic; Linda Rogers (Editor)
||I don't have a copy of this one yet, but I have spent some time looking
it over in the bookstore. The pictures are great and if you watch his show
you already know the high level of his prose.
|A recent email from a visitor to this
site reminded me of a major fishing author that I had totally overlooked.
There was probably nobody more knowledgeable then the late A. J. McClane
about fish and fishing. While I only have one of his books (oops, make
that three now) in my library right now, I have used several of them and
would recommend any book by him. Unfortunately, many of his books are now
New Standard Fishing Encyclopedia and International Angling
Guide This book is 1156 pages long and covers everything from
Aawa (Hawaiian name for the black-spot wrasse) to Zooplankton. Not for everyone,
but if you are a real information freak, or just want ten years of good bedside
reading, there will probably never be another fishing book quite like this
Field Guide to Saltwater Fishes of North America
|Other identification guides
Complete Guide to Game Fish : A Field Book of Fresh and Saltwater
Species; by Byron W. Dalrymple.
Game Fish of North America; by Herbert A. Schaffner.
of Saltwater Fishes; by Sandra Romashko.
Fish of Florida; by Vic Dunaway. I just bought my
signed copy at the Florida Sportsman's promotion for the new Ft. Lauderdale
Outdoor World. Very good, very complete, not as much fishing information
as "Fish Florida Saltwater" by Boris Arnov, but a good place to start and
the color illustrations by Kevin Brant make this a real keeper!
|These are small tackle box sized guides commonly available
throughout Florida. The information is generally good, if sometimes a bit
brief. They make good gifts or stocking stuffers for kids (of any age) who
are interested in fishing and may want to try something new.
to Florida Fishing Tips (Wildlife Series); by Robert Anderson.
to Florida Freshwater Fish and Fishing; by Robert Anderson.
to Florida Pier and Bridge Fishing; by Robert Anderson.
to Florida Salt Water Fishing; by Robert Anderson.
to Florida's Sharks and Shark Fishing; by Robert Anderson.
|Other books that look interesting, but that I am not familiar
Mike Fuery's South Florida Bay and Coastal Fishing; by Mike
and Des : Classic Stories of Saltwater Fishing; by Philip Wylie,
Karen Wylie Pryor (Editor)
Dolphin: the Perfect Gamefish; Capt. Jim Sharpe
Fisherman's Ocean; by David A. Ross, Ph.D. I just started reading
this and will post more when I'm done.
Guide to Saltwater Fishing and Boating; by Vin T. Sparano (Editor),
January 1,1996. Topics covered include fish charts, boat ramps, shore
access, records, seasonal guides and inshore techniques.
Water Adventure in the Florida Keys : An Introduction to Fishing for
Kids; by Jacky Robinson.
Saltwater Fisherman's Bible; by Erwin A. Bauer, Bob Stearns,
and Schuster's Guide to Saltwater Fish and Fishing; by Angelo
|and... just in case you carry a mask and fins along with your
and Dive Florida and the Keys; by Timothy O'Keefe, Larry Larsen.
(I recommend this book for the angler/diver planning a visit to Florida.
It offers a solid introduction to the fishing and diving activities
available in each area of the state.)
and Snorkeling Guide to Florida's East Coast : Including the Palm Beach Fort
Lauderdale and Miami Areas; by Susanne Cummings, Stuart Cummings.
Guide to Marine Life : Florida Caribbean Bahamas; by Paul Humann,
Big Game Fishing ; by Eugene V., III Connet (Editor), Eugene
V. Connett (Editor), Eugene, V Connet III
Enchantments (Blue Water Classics Series); by A. W., Julian
on Fishing; by Ernest Hemingway, Nick Lyons (Editor), Jack Hemingway
Schultz's Fishing Encyclopedia; by Ken Schultz
World Atlas of Saltwater Fishing; by Ken Schultz
Pocket Guide to Fishing for Bonefish and Permit; by Jack Samson,
his item will be published in January 2001
in Saltwater Angling : A History of the Sport - Its People and Places, Tackle
and Techniques; by George Reiger
Fishing Log; by Amy Halsted, Donna Dove
of Fishing Virgin Sea; by Zane Grey
of Southern Rivers; by Zane Grey
Barefoot Fisherman's Guide to the Emerald Coast : From Gulf Shore, Alabama,
to Apalachicola, Florida; by Gregory Dew, Gregory Dow
Big-Game Fishing Handbook; by Len Cacutt
: The Quest for Marlin, Swordfish, Spearfish & Sailfish;
by Peter Goadby
by Allen Applegarth
Have No Hands : Catching Tons of Fish in Bays and Estuaries;
by Mike Gardner
Tips; by Bud Ruddle
Quest of the Big Fish; by Henry Waszczuk, Italo Labignan
: Wade Fishing the Gulf Coast; by Rudy Grigar, W. R. McAfee
Surfcasting; by Ron Arra, Curt Garfield
on the Flats : The Saltwater Images of Chet Reneson & Ed Gray
(Images); by Chet Reneson, Ed. Gray
Quest; by John N. Cole (Just out in paperback. The all too familiar
story of the author's long ordeal to his first tarpon on a fly in the
Keys. Very good! Jim)
Magazine's Ultimate Guide to Sportfishing; Tips, Tricks,
and Tactics for the Serious Angler by Lenny Rudow, Leonard H. Rudow
The Legends, Lore, Magic, and Mania Surrounding the Humble but Celebrated
Mullet by Michael Swindle
10-Minute Snook Book; by John McLean
About Blue Crabs : And How to Catch Them; by Russell Roberts
Fame : How to Catch a World-Record Fish; by Jeanne Craig
Guide to the Upper Keys and Florida Bay by Martin Smithson
Inshore Salt Water; by W. Cary Derussy
Bozka's Saltwater Strategies :How, When and Where to Fish the Western Gulf
Coast; by Larry Bozka
Water Fishing Tactics :; Learn from the Experts at Salt Water
Sportsman Magazine ;
Gamefishing: Offshore and Onshor; by Peter Goadby
Rated Saltwater Fishing : Bays, Estuaries, Flats & Offshore in North
America; (Top Rated Outdoor Series) by Maurizio Valerio, Maurice
Valerio (Photographer), Allison C. Mickens (Editor)
Guide to Fishing Inshore Salt Water; by W. Cary Derussy
Hungry Ocean : A Swordboat Captain's Journey; [UNABRIDGED] by