Piers: How to reach deeper water without a boat.
Juno Beach Fishing Pier: A1A at Juno Beach Park, 561/799-0185.
Notes: Opened 01/15/99, 990' with 72' Tee, fee, 2 shade areas, B&T, restrooms
at park, there are limestone formations on each side of the pier between
the shade structures to attract bait.
Lake Worth Municipal Pier: A1A, Lake Worth, 407/582-9002.
Notes: 960', fee, B&T, restaurant, some shade, guarded beach, close to
the gulf stream.
Deerfield Beach International Pier: 200 NE 21st Ave., Deerfield
Beach, 954/426-9206. Notes: 920', fee, B&T, guarded beach.
Pompano Fishing Pier/Fisherman's Warf: 222 Pompano Beach
Blvd., Pompano Beach, 954/943-1488. Notes: 1,080', fee, B&T, some shade,
restaurant, guarded beach.
Anglin's Fishing Pier: Commercial Blvd. at the Ocean,
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, 954/491-9403. Notes: 875', fee, B&T, guarded beach.
Dania Pier: 300 N. Beach Rd., Dania, 954/927-0640. Notes:
922', fee, B&T, guarded beach.
Newport Fishing Pier: 16701 Collins Ave., North Miami Beach,
305/949-1300. Notes: 918'(?), fee, B&T, some shade, guarded beach.
Haulover Fishing Pier: Destroyed by hurricane Andrew.
I strongly suggest calling these piers before your visit to check on
hours, fees, parking, special rules, current conditions, etc. Details seem
to change so rapidly that most published lists are outdated about the time
they are printed.
Here is a great site for additional information:
Water Fishermen - Piers,
or more general information at
Inlets: Where the deep water comes to you.
Jupiter Inlet: South jetty, Jupiter Beach Park, A1A to Jupiter
Beach Rd. to Ocean Trail.
Lake Worth Inlet: North jetty accessible from the beach.
Boynton Inlet: North & South Jetty, Ocean Inlet Park,
Boca Raton Inlet: South jetty, South Inlet Park, A1A.
Hillsboro Inlet: South jetty, parking at A1A bridge or walk
up the beach.
Port Everglades: South jetty, John Lloyd Park, A1A. North
jetty accessible by a long walk on the beach.
Haulover Inlet: North jetty, Haulover Beach Park, A1A. South
jetty is paved with parking under the A1A bridge.
Government Cut: North jetty, wooden pier, South Point Park,
south end of Washington Ave., Miami Beach.
Please remember that all jetties can be extremely dangerous in bad
|Anyone who has ever caught a barracuda is bound to have noticed their
impressive mouth full of sharp pointed teeth. Never put your fingers anywhere
near a cuda's mouth, but also, do not insert them too far inside the
gills where less visible slicing teeth are located just inside the jaw. Barracuda
are also well known for their acrobatic leaps of up to 20 feet in the air.
If a jumping cuda lands in the boat give him plenty of room and proceed with
|Blue fish have sharp teeth and are programed to bite at everything. A
towel or gloves can be used to get a firm grip on his body.
|Catfish are slimy, won't hold still and have sharp dorsal & pectoral
spines that can inflict painful, venomous wounds that often become infected.
Use a rag or gloves and a lot of care when handling.
|Cobia are remarkably strong and are known to become violent at the boat.
There are 8-10 sharp stiff spines just ahead of the dorsal fin which can
produce serious puncture wounds. If you are keeping the fish; gaff him, hang
on tight and swing him directly into the fish box. You can remove the hook
|Dolphin are not usually considered an inshore species, but if you
do catch a large one it should be handled similarly to a cobia.
|Big grouper tend to be powerful, rough fish. Strong crushers in the throat,
spines on the back and rough gill plates mean you should be sure he is more
tired than you are before inviting him aboard.
|Jack Crevalle have a small cutting projection near the anus. Paralyze
the fish by grabbing behind the head and pinching the black spots.
|Leatherjacks or skipjacks are small silvery jacks that often hit small
baits. Small spines located ahead of the dorsal and anal fins can cause intense
|Mackerel have a long thin slippery body that can be hard to control and
a mouth full of sharp teeth. A towel or gloves can improve your grip,
but keepers over 10 pounds should probably be gaffed.
|Redfish have sharp gill rakers and strong crushers in the mouth that
can make them hard on your hands. Grab the fish behind the head or by the
|The words "Shark" and "Bite" just seem to go together. A shark's teeth
are serrated like a steak knife and multiple rows are located in a wide powerful
jaw. Since his skeleton is cartilage, instead of bone, he can bend his head
back to his tail to bite the hand that holds him. Even a small shark, or
a normally docile species like the nurse shark, can inflict a serious wound
if miss-handled. The rough skin of a large thrashing shark can also do serious
damage to a fisherman or his boat. Sharks pose an additional threat when
landing or releasing other species so keep a sharp eye out for trouble whenever
reaching overboard. Large sharks should never be brought inside the boat
and remember that even "dead" sharks have been known to bite.
|Snappers have their name for a reason. They have sharp canine teeth in
a strong jaw that snaps shut like a steel trap. Sharp spines along the back
make the belly the best area to hold.
|Snook have a small, but extremely sharp cutter blade on the side of their
gill covers. While they have teeth, most small snook can be lipped. Many
guides prefer to lift a snook from the water with a hand placed under its
belly. Gloves, or even a lip gaff are suggested with fish over 20 pounds.
|Spotted seatrout have sharp canine teeth, but not overly powerful jaws.
Their bite may be painful, but not usually dangerous.
|Tarpon are large, powerful and can jump with their entire body out of
the water. If that jump ends with the tarpon in your boat in can be very
dangerous and destructive. A large tarpon should never be brought "green"
to the boat, but tired out (not exhausted) first. Small tarpon can be lipped,
but gloves or a lip gaff are recommended for fish over 30-40 pounds.
If you ever feed the tarpon at Robbies in the Keys you will see signs warning
that a tarpon's mouth is both rough and strong.
|Wahoo are not usually not caught inshore, but if encountered, treat like
a cobia with teeth.
The most dangerous part of many fish will be the set of treble hooks hanging
from the lure in their mouth. A sudden leap or thrashing can cause you to
become as securely caught as your prey. Removing hooks from your anatomy
is always painful and the experience is not made any better when you are
sharing it with a large fish fighting for his life.
Whenever landing any fish, take a minute to plan your next move, look around
to make sure the area is clear and see that any tools you need are close
And some "not-quite" fish
|Crabs don't bite, they pinch. Some pinch just a little while others will
break the skin, if not the bone, of a careless finger. The edge of a crab's
shell can also be sharp enough to cut or puncture. Always grab from the rear
and heavy gloves can be a good idea. You may also want to break off
or crush at least the small bottom pincer of the claws.
|Jellyfish / Portuguese Man of War have stinging cells containing toxin
in their tentacles that can cause a reaction ranging from a mild rash to
severe pain. Allergic responses are also possible and can be life threatening.
Contact with jelly fish or their tentacles should be avoided in the water
or on the beach.
|Sea urchins are small balls on the bottom with sharp brittle spines that
can penetrate a wading fisherman's shoe and /or foot. The spines usually
break off in the foot and may have to be removed by surgery.
|Stingrays like to bury themselves in the mud and have a sharp, rough
spine on their tail that they will use defensively if stepped on. The wound
is very painful and should be treated by a doctor. When wading, slide or
shuffle your feet forward on the bottom rather then lifting them in a normal
walking manner. Shoes or "divers' booties" are a good idea.
When in doubt, "Caution" is always a good plan.
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If you would like some other things to worry about, check out
Here is some more info on jellyfish
Planet: Swimming With Jellyfish" from
For stingray wounds read
Envenomations" from eMedicine.com
All of the fresh waters from Kissimmee to Florida Bay, including the rivers
and canals of Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties, are part of the
South Florida Water Management District.
Some of the most important information when fishing for largemouth or peacock
bass in these areas are the water levels and current flows in the canals.
If you follow the links for
you will find a link to a map of the "SFWMD Canals and Structures,
1.4 MB pdf". This will show you a map of the entire system with the
location and name of all of the water control structures including pumps,
locks, spillways, weirs and gated culverts. Then if you go back to the main
page and follow the links to
Technical Data you
will find a link for "Real-time Data" that will take you to
a database of the current status at these structures. If the gates are open
or the pumps are pumping you can assume that there will be water flowing
and fish biting. (BTW, the spillways closest to the intracoastal will
often have snook and small tarpon along with the bass.)
I am planning a section on Gadgets for inshore fishermen and boaters. Until
then, here are few items to get you started.
I have a Garmin Model 12
handheld GPS which is one of my favorite gadgets. It can be a lot of fun
or a lot of help depending on the situation. I can probably find my way to
"Grandma's House" without it, but I always have it on when I start exploring
the backcountry around the 10,000 islands. Just don't get too dependent on
them. You should still be able to find your way home even after the batteries
die or the unit gets dropped overboard.
I recently posted the GPS waypoints file for
sf-ramps.wpt. It contains waypoints for
all of the ramps and uses the same names as the list.
How is your short-term memory? Do you carry around a day planner, pocket
calendar, ToDo list, address book, or all of the above? Never have the one
you need with you? You need to take a look at one of the new Personal Digital
Assistants (PDA) or Handheld computers. Some of them are expensive and they
all have their limitations, but the newer units offer pretty good function
for the dollar.
Palm Model III's and V's are showing
up regularly at work and I recently purchased a
Handspring Visor. These use the Palm
OS as opposed to Microsoft's Windows CE or other operating systems. While
primarily for work, I do get to play a little on weekends.
One great piece of software is the
Tide Tool from
Walt Bilofsky. Tide, Current, Sun and Moon information for 1500 places from
1990 to 2032 and all for free.
While there is tons of freeware and shareware available for the palms, one
application I want to add is a good database. Two of the best appear to be
Think DB. While experimenting
with the HanDBase demo I created the Inshore
Fishing-Log to test the DB-Popup and Link functions. While not up to
Walt's standards, you are welcome to download a copy and try it for your
self. You will need to install HanDB Demo or Full on your PDA to use it and
with the online
should be able to modify it for your own needs. Let me know what you think.
(Trip-log is the main file.)
Another advantage of the PDA is that you can carry around information from
your desktop PC or even the internet. One of my favorites has been
AvantGo which allows
you to automatically download updated pages from the web. I have added links
to several of my favorite fishing reports from
Florida Sportsman to review while
planning the next trip. AdvantGo is a free service.
Drop a line at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you want
to make any suggestions for the Gadgets section.