Fishing Hot Spots in the Gulf of Mexico

Fishing Hot Spots in the Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf of Mexico is a smaller part of the Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by the North American Continent including the shorelines of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. As the eleventh largest body of water in the world, thousands of fishing hotspots can be found at the Gulf's coastlines. Bountiful sport fishing includes species such as trout, snook and redfish.

Sanibel and Captiva Islands

Sanibel and Captiva Islands are located on the eastern Gulf Coast just offshore of Fort Myers, Florida. These barrier islands provide anglers a hotspot for snook fishing, especially during late March. The shores are characterized by brackish water with mangrove vegetation---an ideal environment that produces an abundance of the coastal estuary snook. The presence of inlets connecting to the Gulf is also ideal for snook spawning. The north of Captiva is a popular choice for snook shore fishing according to "Florida Game & Fish Magazine." Beach snooking is especially productive by casting artificial lures along the island's slough, just a few feet from the shoreline.

Sanibel Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce
1159 Causeway Road
Sanibel, FL 33957-3709
239-472-1080
sanibel-captiva.org

Calcasieu Lake

Calcasieu is in Southwest Louisiana and has a saltwater inlet from the Gulf. This area is a hotspot for trout especially at the southwest corner of the lake with the old jetties and the washout area along with Commissary Point and Long Point advised Captain Sammie Faulk, a local fishing guide at the lake. The lake contains plenty of deep water for the trout to go to when it gets cold as well as lots of flat waters with food to feed on. Topwater lures work really well on this area when it comes to chasing after trophy trout. Topwater lure colors that are effective include gold with an orange belly and black with a chartreuse head.

Calcasieu Charter Service
210 Bank St.
Lake Charles, LA 70607
337-598-4700
calcasieucharters.com

Cocodrie

Cocodrie is an inlet bay of the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana. This bay is a known hotspot for a variety of sport fishing but is especially abundant with redfish. The oyster reefs is a good spot to find redfish with the use of live cocohoe baits as well as cracked crabs and shrimp. Mike Glover, a local fishing guide from CoCo Marina, reveals that a productive hotspot at the bay is located at the Four-Mile Dome west of Grand Caillou Bayou. Another effective rig for redfish luring is a popping cork and jig.

CoCo Marina
106 Pier 56
Chauvin, LA 70344
985-594-6626
cocomarina.com

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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