You may think that Fort Pierce Outdoor Center is just a place to rent a kayak or paddle board, when in fact you can do much more than see wildlife and scenery. The treasure coast is known for its bountiful waters and perfect fishing spots and is sometimes called “the last great fishing frontier”. Fort Pierce Inlet especially, is a year round migration channel that provides for some of the best fishing on Earth. Anglers from around the country come to our city to experience the world renown fishing the Treasure Coast has to offer. Make no mistake; Fort Pierce Inlet is a place where records are made. In 1995, a 17 lb Sea Trout was caught at Fort Pierce Inlet by Craig Carson. To this day, it holds its title as heaviest spotted Sea Trout on record, and there is more where that came from. What some local fisherman may not know is that kayak fishing can be the perfect way to experience the untouched behemoth of Snook and other fish that Fort Pierce has to offer. You can rent or bring your own kayak and launch from FPOC, conveniently located in the Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. Fight an enormous Snook, or come during season and catch a slot for dinner. You can also go for Mangrove Snapper, Black Grouper, Redfish, Mutton Snapper, Sheepshead, Flounder, or Trout. In a kayak, places you would not be able to reach on shore are easily found. You can find schools of fish in areas that are largely inaccessible by boat. Although fishing from a kayak can be a bit difficult the first go around, there are a few tips to ensure your fishing trip to Fort Pierce Inlet is as enjoyable as possible:
- DO head to the southern end of the park. Park officials recommend it for fishing.
- DON’T bring an expensive rod on your first kayak fishing trip. You may flip the first couple of times. Make sure everything you bring is secured to the kayak.
- DO bring a PFD (portable flotation device) as conditions can be dicey here in South Florida. It is better to be safe than sorry.
- DON’T stay in one spot, paddle around for the best experience. The fish wont come to you!
- DO wear sunblock and sun protective clothing.
Fort Pierce Outdoor Center is the perfect place to rent a kayak for an inshore fishing experience and makes for a totally different kind of adventure. All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. A recreational saltwater fishing license is required as well. See the link below for rules, regulations, and more facts about fishing in Florida.