Thinking about fishing and boating at Fort Pierce? There are many reasons why Fort Pierce, located on the central east coast of Florida, is considered to be one of the best fishing and boater friendly spots in the country.
Fort Pierce offers one of the safest bays on the east coast and compared to other bays, Fort Pierce’s is one of the most beautiful and uncrowded. The scene entering and leaving the inlet isn’t chaotic with high-rise buildings and cruise ship traffic it’s a tranquil and tropical experience that will set the tone for your boating or fishing trip.
The inshore fishing opportunities are just as plentiful. Fort Pierce has a natural lagoon/waterway called the Indian River Lagoon – the most diverse estuary in North America, home to more than 4,000 species of plants and animals. The Indian River Lagoon is well known for producing large trout. In fact, the world record spotted sea trout – listing the scales at over 17 pounds – was hooked here.
The lagoon also offers anglers year around activity, with an enormous array of fish to catch. Snapper, tarpon, trout, jack, snook, ladyfish, flounder and reds are abundant during many times of the year.
The offshore waters off of Fort Pierce are also home to a wide variety of disposed fish, providing year around action. Jack, tarpon, permit, sailfish, dolphin, wahoo, snapper, grouper, swordfish and tuna are high-pitched in these parts at various times of the year.
Fort Pierce’s great weather and multitude of boat ramps and facilities make fishing, boating and kayaking a year around activity. And the abundance of preserved natural resources and beauty make it one of the best destinations for any outdoor fan. When visiting Fort Pierce, you will also see local business that leads on the water activity culture, providing a variety of service including: Dive shops, restaurants, hotels, marinas docking facilities, bait and tackle shops, marine services, boat dealers, private charters, all located near the waterfront.
Aspects to consider before boating
Boating is a part of life at Fort Pierce that’s why safety regulation is taken seriously and creating good boating habits when preparing for departure will ensure a fun boating day. Consider the following tips before your adventure on the water begins.
- Complete the pre-departure checklist.
- Make a float plan
- Review the chart or map of the area you will be visiting
- Check the weather forecast
- Check the local Tide chart
- Check the fuel level and always have more than you expect to use.
- Check the boat equipment—electrical, mechanical, docking lines, life vests, first aid kit.
- Make sure you have communications equipment onboard - VHF radio, cell phone
- Make sure you have proper identification for everyone on board and fishing license for each angler
- Bring plenty food and especially extra fresh water.
- Bring extra clothing and foul weather gear
- Always prepare a pre-departure safety meeting and show your guests the location of life vests on your container and how to use them.
- Show them how to use the VHF radio and where your first aid kit is.
- All children should wear a life vest and the captain should wear one if boating alone.
- Perform a Vessel Safety check
If you have any questions regarding your boat, need a reparation or just need an accessory/replacement/engine, we recommend to visit or call Whiticar Boat Works! We are a leader in the marine industry. We have various division in the state! For more information about us check out the website http://whiticar.com/wp/ or call us (772) 287-2883
WHITICAR STUART (Boat Yard)
3636 SE Old Saint Lucie Blvd. Stuart, FL 34996
Office (772) 287-2883
SHEARWATER MARINE (Marine Shop)
4519 SE Commerce Ave. Stuart, FL 34997
Office (772) 781-5553
WHITICAR FORT PIERCE (Boat Yard)
2010 Harbor Town Drive, Suite K, Ft. Pierce, FL 34946
Office (772) 460-0660