For anglers, Venice, Florida means just one thing: unrivaled inshore and offshore opportunity!
And Venice’s fishing charters are ready to help make your trophy dreams come true. From brackish estuaries full of reds to reefs packed with grouper, you’ll find the fishing you’re looking for. Winter temperatures are mild, and the fishing is good year-round.
On the Gulf shore of Florida, just north of Fort Myers, Venice is easy to reach by plane and just a short drive from Southwest Florida International Airport.
The Gulf Coast of Florida has long been home to an experienced fleet of captains, and the charter fishing in Venice is as plentiful as great spots to visit with rod and reel.
This location offers something for everyone, and whether you prefer to go it alone or hire a charter, the waters around Venice will deliver.
Open 24/7, the Venice Fishing Pier is a local hotspot. Served by Papa’s Bait Shop, which opens at 6:30 every morning, you’ll find the right tackle for whatever you're chasing--provided you’re not looking to catch sharks, which are now illegal to fish from the pier.
A premier spot for snooks, sheepshead, sea bream, and red, this shallow body of water in the heart of Venice is accessible by boat or the Venice Jetty, a walkway paralleling the Intercoastal.
From inshore reefs like Venice Reef to M9 and D9 offshore, this region promises fantastic fishing for grouper, mahi-mahi, mackerels, and wahoo.
Some of these spots are just minutes from the Inlet, while others might take an hour or two to reach, so the options for short trips and long excursions are excellent, whatever you pick.
Most fishing charters provide licenses, but if you want to venture out on your own, you’ll need to purchase a valid license. Regulations on bag and size limits apply, and your captain will keep you informed about those.