Reel in the Memories.
Looking for the perfect social distancing outdoor adventure? Anglers know Martin County by many names: Snook City. Kingfish Kountry. The Sailfish Capital of the World. With over 800 species of fish, this naturally quaint paradise boasts numerous IGFA catch records and a diverse fishing community that attracts everyone from world-class competitive anglers to families and pint-sized casters. Inshore, offshore, saltwater or fresh—however you cast your line, you’ll find an abundance of opportunity here, with plenty of room to spread out and explore safely.Plan Your Trip
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The Perfect Catch
Inshore and offshore species found in Martin County.
- Spanish mackerel
- Red drum
- Black drum
- Gray (mangrove) snapper
- Crevalle jack
- Assorted sharks
- Red grouper
- Black grouper
- Spanish mackerel
- Yellowtail snapper
- Red snapper
- Lane snapper
- Vermillion snapper
- Red porgy
- King mackerel
- Little tunny
- Blackfin tuna
- Mutton snapper
Catch a Florida Memory
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages anglers to take part in Saltwater Angler Recognition programs to Catch a Florida Memory! These programs encourage anglers to learn more about Florida’s vast recreational fishing opportunities by enticing them to target multiple species during fishing trips.Learn More
Martin County waters are home to numerous state and world fishing records, caught by professional anglers and casual casters alike. Here are five of the most interesting record catches. Whether inshore, freshwater, or offshore, you’ll find a number of experienced fishing charters across Martin County. Book yours today and start chasing the next record!Book Now
In 1973, Liz Yates was surf fishing in Jensen Beach when she had a hit that nearly ripped the rod out of her hand. After she reeled it in she realized it was the biggest bluefish anyone she knew in Martin County had ever seen. It was later recognized by Florida’s Fish and Game Commission as a state record.
Martin County could be nicknamed Snook Central for all the great snook fishing here, one of the only places in the world where you can catch four different snook species. One of the most notable records was set by Bram Broder, who was beach fishing on the east side of Sewall’s Point on July 4, 1996, when he hooked a 31-pound beast using light line, setting the IGFA men’s 8-pound test record. The best part? Broder released it alive.
There are several line class records set locally for this delicious fish caught in Martin County waters. In March of 1999, Ronald Skelton caught a 10-1/2 pounder on 12-pound test line in the St. Lucie River, achieving the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) line class world record for the species.
In March 2000, John Flowers caught a massive African pompano on a shallow reef offshore of St. Lucie Inlet. He used 20-pound test line, meaning his catch was 2-1/2 times heavier than the line class he caught it on.
Pamela Henry caught a freshwater fish not native to Florida in the South Fork of the St. Lucie River in August of 2010. When she looked up the species, blue tilapia, she learned the angling records for the State of Florida and the IGFA for the species were vacant. She certified the catch and later was awarded both the IGFA All-Tackle Record and Florida State Record certificates for the species. She had the fish mounted by New Wave Taxidermy located in Stuart.
Martin County’s inclusive fishing culture defies stereotypes and welcomes everyone.
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