Many people are looking for the best place to fish in the Gulf of Mexico, but it can be very difficult to figure out exactly where that is. This will help you make more effective use of your time on the water when fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Before we start with this let me state one thing very clearly: The absolute best place to catch fish is wherever you happen to catch them! If you’re catching redfish then stick around until someone else tells you there’s better redfishing somewhere else. Now, if you want an objective assessment based on actual scientific research and best practices then read on. This is the best I can do to help you find where most of the fish are to increase your catch rate.
When talking about fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s pretty easy to give an accurate answer for inshore (shallow water) fishing. Some major redfish hotspots consistently produce high numbers of fish during any time of year. These include Stump Pass, Cayo Costa Island off Sarasota, Coco Plum Island on Key Biscayne, and the always popular Lake Okeechobee (yes it’s technically a lake). If your plans allow you to go offshore (deep water) all summer long that would be the best bet. For inshore fishing, however, the answer is pretty easy to find if you’re willing to drive up the coast and hit some of these hot spots.
Now, when it comes to offshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico things get a bit more difficult. There is no way I can tell you where the best fishing is at all times during every month of the year because there are simply too many variables involved. However, there are general rules that apply throughout most of the region which can help you determine where the fish will be at any given time based upon water temperature and quality. This information will allow you to make better decisions about where to go for your next offshore trip wherever that may be in South Florida or along the Gulf Coast.
The water temperature and dissolved oxygen are the two most important factors to consider when looking for fish in the Gulf of Mexico during the summer months. Based on research conducted by fish biologists and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals we know that fish will generally congregate at certain depths along the shallow shelves (depth contours) which mark the transition between cooler deep water and warmer shallow water. Fish are much more vulnerable to overheating than humans, so they seek out these thermal breaks as a way to stay relatively cool throughout their lives. Due to this, it is possible to find large schools of redfish or other species moving up and down these temperature contours throughout the year. If you can find where they are now then you have a good idea of where they will be throughout the rest of the summer (which is when most people fish for redfish).