Venice Fishing Pier
1600 Harbor Dr. S.
Venice, FL 34285

No Fishing License Required

The Venice Fishing Pier is located at Brohard Park on the south end of the island of Venice.

The 700-foot pier is a great location for fishing and to end the day watching a beautiful sunset.

Connected to Sharky's on the Pier, the only beach front restaurant in the Venice area, the pier offers Papa's bait shop, with live & frozen bait, coffee, treats, jackets, shirts, and more...

Nearby are six picnic shelters, two sand volleyball courts, and public restrooms.

Open at all times, there is no fee to access the pier and the best part is that avid and amateur fisherman alike can fish from the pier without a fishing license.

NEW! at the Pier:

The bait shop is now selling Venetian Coffee! Warm up & fish!

 The bait shop has frozen shrimp, frozen squid, and frozen sardines.

Don't forget we have live shrimp too.

To all you fisherman - male and female: This site is for you and we want to see your photos on it. Submit a cool fishing photo from the Venice Fishing Pier and we'll get it on here ASAP!

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Some local links of interest can be found on our Local Links & Resources Page.

Happy Fishing!


August 31, 2016

It's been a stormy week out here. It looks like it may continue through the weekend as well. You can always find updates to that on our facebook page throughout the week.

As for fishing, today has been rough with only catfish being caught. The waves and weather certainly do not help. The rest of the week however went fairly well. Again Mackerel were around throughout the day, and rumor has it that three sharks were caught at night off of the pier. Do not forget what tomorrow is- The first open day of Snook Season! It's about time! Remember though, Snook need to be between 28-33 inches to keep. There have been many swimming around the pier all month, hopefully they stay around now that season is here. 

Do not forget that you can pick up your September tide chart at the bait shop on the fishing pier any time between 7:00 am and 9:00 pm -weather permitting. 

That is all for this week. Happy Fishing!




August 24, 2016

Phew! It is good to be back! I am sorry for not being around the last two weeks. Ladyfish had to take a vacation. I was landlocked and there was nothing to report from where I was. But now that I have returned I have some news! 

The Bonita were jumping this morning! I know of at least one that was caught shortly after sunrise- of decent size too! For the last week every few days the Mackerel have been making themselves known as well! Again, of good size! It is nice to not only see fish being caught, but ones of keeper sizes and larger sizes. Bait fish are still swiming around, and we are almost in Snook season! September 1st, but we'll talk about that more next week. 

That is all the fish stories I have to report this week. Sun is still rising, and sun is still setting around here. If you haven't seen one or the other in a while, I highly reccomend coming out. They're beautiful this time of year. 




August 2, 2016

Happy August! Do not forget to pick up your monthly tide chart at the baitshop on the fishing pier. Good news this week is our local crane, who many know as Henry, has returned. If you remember a few weeks ago Henry was tangled in some fishing gear and was left with some pretty bad wounds. Thanks to the venice wildlife center and some local samaritans though, he is in good shape and is back on the pier. 

As for fishing it's been a little quiet but not too terrible out here. We have had some trout, snapper, As well as last week a king mackerel. A ton of baitfish have been swimming around the pier, and with the water cooling off in a month or two, we should be seeing some larger fish. But for now it is still summer, so we must remain patient. 
Until next week,
Happy fishing!

July 20, 2016

I am thrilled to announce that we finally caught a king mackerel this week. 43 inches! It was an exciting moment for everyone on the pier who has been waiting since last fall to catch one! There have also been huge snook swimming around the pier. Snook are a fun fish to catch right now, but remember- they must not be kept. Snook season will open September first.

A friendly reminder to every one who also likes to fish at the North Jetty. They will be having their underwater dive clean up on Jul 23rd, Saturday. No fishing will be allowed from 9:00 am until they are finished. It should not take too long.

That is all the news I have for you this week. Until next time, Happy Fishing!




July 13, 2016

What an exciting week out here! We may not have had a lot of flounder, or pompano (some of our favorite eating fish!) But we were lucky enough to have some exciting larger catches this week! 

The afternoons this week were filled with sharks, barracuda, and tarpon. Between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm we were having bites and larger fish brought up. All sharks and tarpon (Which I will include photos of at the end of our segment) were safely released back into the gulf and swam back out into deeper waters- unharmed. It's always nice to witness safe capture and release here on the pier, and the gentlemen involved this week did a great job at showing this to all of our onlookers. 

As for other fish, there are plenty of bait fish around, and plenty of snook. Although snook season is not open until September first, it is still fun to catch and release them. 

We're happy to finally report some exciting news this week. Until next time, fish on my friends!




July 6, 2016

We hope everyone had a safe and fun Fourth of July this year. We know we did! Also do not forget to pick up your monthly tide chart for July at Papa's Bait Shop on the Fishing Pier.

Unfortunetely there has still not been a lot to report out here. It's safe to say that other than a few days it's been predictable out here. However! The baitfish are back, and they are big enough to catch in cast nets. As well there have been reports of mackerel making their presence around the pier. Snook have been abundant as well, but it is not Snook season just yet. A little over a month left to go. 

I wish I had more to say, but with summer comes warmer waters and with that - slower fishing. 

Untilnext week,



June 22, 2016

What a week! I finally have some exciting news to share! To start we have news that a sawfish was here this week. If you are unfamiliar with sawfish they are an endangered species that needs our help. If you ever see one please let FWC know. We have signs posted on the pier with a phone number to call if you ever see one. They are truly a beautiful and prehistoric animal. For more information click HERE and read more. 

Next we had some makeral, several sharks sighted but not landed, black tip and sand to name a few. There have been some questions and concerns about the use of cast nets on the pier. I have inquired about this and have an answer. You are able to use them, ONLY for fish that are legally able to be caught in a cast net. Such as bait fish. 

Many of you may have noticed that our mascot that sits on top of the bait shop, the great blue heron, has been missing. Earlier this week I came on the pier to notice that our beloved heron had been tangled in fishing line and rigs around the pier in the water. Thankfully the Wildlife Center of Veinice was able to come out and help. I have recieved news today that he is safe and is healing well. He will be okay. However this is a reminder to everyone to PLEASE properly dispose of any hooks, lines, or rigs you may have. We have special trash areas on the pier to do so. And if you ever need help in a situation such as this, do not hesitate to call the Wildlife Center. They are a great group of people who volunteer their time to help in these situations. They can be reached at (941) 484-9657 and if you cick HERE you may see their website. 

That is all I have for you  this week. Until next time, Happy Fishing!



June 15, 2016

What a warm week out here. Summer has certainly arrived. Remember if you are out fishing all day, especially with the little ones, be sure to use plenty of sunscreen!

Unfortunetely the bait fish have not come back. What is happening? There have been plenty swimming around but as soon as they reach substantial size- they swim off shore. This is very unusual for us not to have any bait fish around this time of year. Speaking of bait fish, which are often caught using a cast net, I have heard that there has been some confusion whether or not you are able to use one off of the fishing pier. I will inquire about this with FWC this week and will have an answer for everyone next Wednesday. I know all of you are used to weekly reports on Tuesday, but reports will now be coming out every Wednesday. 

As for fishing it was a little slow this week for flounder, however pompano was a hit! One of our regular fisherwomen out here caught her biggest one yet- 16 inches! Now that's good eating. In other fish tales we saw several sharks swimming around such as blacktips and nurse sharks. They were not caught but simply enjoyed by spectators all around. 

For those that enjoy fishing the Jetty as well, the NORTH Jetty will have their yearly underwater dive clean up Sunday morning on July 23rd. 

Until next week! Happy Fishing!



June 7, 2016

Wow! What a week out here! Tropical storm Colin left us having to close down the fishing pier yesterday. We hope everyone in the storm's path is safe! Everything here is fine and the pier has re-opened today. Storm season is here, hopefully we will not have too many out here. I would also like to make note that our monthly tide chart for June is available at the bait shop on the pier. 

Now on to fishing! Bait fish are still not here. What's going on?! We are seeing schools of small greenbacks but nothing big enough to not slip through a castnet. However we have had quite a few good evenings out here. Red fish, bonnet heads, spanish mackerel, and even some flounder to name a few.

A friendly reminder for everyone, it is turtle nesting season. You will see nests blocked off by orange tape on all of our local beaches. Please do not disturb or tamper with these nests. 

Here's to another great week!




May 25, 2016

First I would like to thank all of the volunteer divers that came out last weekend for our underwater pier clean up. They did a great job and our pier waters are free from  unwanted material and any left over fishing gear. 

As for fishing, we had a great and rewarding week out here on the pier. About time! We had a lot of big catches including a 4 1/2 foot barracuda and a hammerhead shark. I would like to mention that the shark was safely brought in and was released back into the ocean alive and well. Not to mention some really unique finds such as a few cowfish. They're always interesting to look at. Flounder fishing has picked up again but on the smaller side. Pompano have also been seen on the smaller side this past week. 

Bait fish are still on the smaller side and should be growing and becoming more abundant in the next few weeks. 
Until next week, 
Happy Fishing!



May 17, 2016

I would like to start out by reminding everyone that this Saturday, May 21st, the Pier will be closed for fishing until 1:00 pm. We have our yearly underwater clean up scheduled in the morning. 

Now on to fishing! The bait fish are finally coming back. Athough smaller than we would normally like, they are slowly making a come back. And we all know what bait fish means- bigger fish will be following behind them. Hopefully this means fishing will improve and become more exciting. 

Fishing has been slow, the usual smaller flounder and bonnethead were around this week. And a pompano or two, but  nothing like the last few weeks. Still no king fish have been landed, but I assure you as soon as they do I will let you know. They are out there, there just has not been a lucky fisherman (or woman) to land one. However, the manatees have been around almost every morning. If you have yet to see one I reccomend coming out in the morning, they're truly a beautiful sight to see. Stop by, have a coffee with us, and share a fish tale or two, we always like to hear what our readers are up to. 

Hopefully next week I have some more exciting news to report, but until then, keep on fishing on!




May 10, 2016

We had a great week out here on the pier! A lot of fun was had by all. We had the joy of seeing so many unique catches. We saw Snook, Spades, Flounder, large Jacks (about 6 lbs!) Black Tips, Bonnetheads, and of course everyone's favorites- pin fish. It was very exciting up here, and much better than it has been in past weeks. The temperature dropped a decent amount around here but it has made for perfect weather, despite the morning being a bit more brisk that usual this time of year. 

A few things I would like to go over before I finish up. First, Snook season is now CLOSED. If you catch one you must release it back into the water no matter the size. Also Saturday May 21st we will have our yearly dive clean up. The pier will be CLOSED FOR FISHING until 1:00 pm. 

Other than that we look forward to next week and all the excitement it will bring!

Happy Fishing!


One of this week's Catches!



May 4, 2016

We had a much better week out here on the pier. We were catching plenty of pompano and spanish mackerels, as well as blues and jacks. We are still waiting on the kingfish to make an appearance this season. We have been seeing some barracuda swimming around the end of the pier, and that is always an exciting species to see if you have not seen one before. 

Speaking of sightings, the manatees are back. Usually in the early mornings or later evenings around sunset will you spot them swimming by the pier. I would also like to take the time to mention that it is now turtle season, so be sure to turn off all of your lights in the evenings if you live near or on the beach. 

An important bit of information for everyone, Saturday, May 21st, fishing on the pier will be closed until 1:00 pm. This is for our yearly underwater dive clean up. 

That is all I have to report for this week. Until next time, fish on my friends!



April 26, 2016

A little slow out here the last two weeks. That's not to say we have not been catching anything, but just that we have not been catching anything out of the ordinary or in bounty. This tends to happen though every few weeks. Some days are better than others but as you know, we have to take the good with the bad. 

There have been pompano and flounder being caught out here. The pompano have been of decent size, however the flounder have been rather small and more often than not undersized. As for all of our dedicated king fishermen out there, they have not yet had a hit this season. But as soon as we hear or see of the first kingfish caught off of the pier, we will be eager to write about it! 

No baitfish swimming around the pier just yet, but hopefully in the next few weeks we will begin to see them return.

Until next time.



April 12, 2016

What a week out here. It started off well and ended poorly. We were catching sheepshead, flounder, and a ton of pompano out here. However after a few cold days this past weekend it has been very slow fishing. This morning the few fish that were brought up were all very small, and all of the flounder were under-sized. Hopefully this was the last cold spell we will be seeing until next winter. 

Something we have noticed though is that for all of you that enjoy looking for shark's teeth on our beach, it has been easier to find them again. After last years beach renourishment it became harder, but we are finding that the teeth are easier to find again. 

I hope next week I have more eciting news to report. We are still waiting on our first king of the season to be caught. And remember, our facebook page always has updates almost daily. So if you are wondering what the scoop is, you can always check in there as well.

Until next time,



April 5, 2016

It was a much better week out here for fishing! There was not much to report last week so please forgive me for my lack of report. However I have some exciting news this week! We have been seeing a lot of catches that you do not normally see out here being caught in bounty. Despite the wind and rain over the weekend, and a few cold days sprinkled throughout the week, we have ben catching fish. There have been a lot of sheepshead this week. More than I have seen in the last 12 months out here. Along with those a few pompano, spades, and a few sizable snook. Which don't forget-season is still open for a few more weeks! I think I've been most excited about the sheepshead... have you ever seen their teeth? Yikes! For more information on this unique and beautiful fish check out this LINK from MYFWC

Unfortunetly we have not seen any kings or makeral, but it is still early in the year so don't worry. Also do not forget to pick up your monthly tide chart for April at Papa's Bait Shop. It's always best to fish on a moving tide so those charts can come in handy. 

HOpefully next week we have some more exciting news and bigger catches to report, but until then- Happy Fishing!



March 21, 2016

It may be spring but it certainly does not feel like it! The last few days have been very windy, rainy, and cold around here. However fishing has been great! It's been another exciting week out here on the Venice Fishing Pier. We have been catching rays, pompano, jacks, black drum, and sheepshead! It's always a fun time out here, especially when we are catching fish. So come on out this week. Bring a friend, bring a kid, bring a family member, and enjoy the day. We have coffee, we have tea, we have some fish tales, and I'm sure you do too. 



March 15, 2016

Finaly a week of excitement out here! I don't even know where to begin. This week has been all about the sharks. It seems like every day for the last 5 days sharks have been caught every afternoon and evening. Most being sandbar sharks. I have attatched a few photos below and would like to point out that the sharks were safely returned back into the water and swam off into deeper waters. There were also quite a few bonnetheads and as well- cat fish. MYFWC has a great page all about sharks. If you'd like to see more Click Here. 

In other news the water has been a little cloudy the last few days and there has been some small wave action. But the weather has been absolutely beautiful. Perfect vacation weather for all of our spring breakers! Not a cloud in the sky. 

We hope to see you out here this week, and remember, send us some photos if you catch the big one! Or stop by on the pier and have a coffee, see what we're up to. We always love sharing our fish tales and hearing yours as well.

Until next week! Happy Fishing!





March 8, 2016

We've been having a much better week out here in comparison to the last few! Finally some action going on here on the pier! Although we are not catching fish left and right, we are catching fish at a significantly better rate than we were a few weeks ago! Also the weather has been vastly improving. Warmer mornings, warmer evenings, beautiful sunsets and sunrises. You may have to come see us in the mornings for a nice iced tea instead of a hot coffee if the weather keeps up like this! 

When it comes to the fish I'm happy to report we've seen flounder of reasonable size, a few sugar trout, pompano! and jacks larger than I've seen them in a few years. Unfortunetely we have still not seen any bait fish, but as the water temperature changes we should expect them to make a bountiful return.

Snook season is still open! Although I have not seen any caught this week that does not mean they aren't out there. But remember, they must be no less than 28" and no more than 33" you may only keep one harvet per day. 

If you have a great story to share, or a photo, or have any questions please remember you can send us an email at any time or send us a message on our facebook page. 

Until next week! Fish on my friends!


Beautiful Sunset Monday Night 



March 1, 2016

It's hard to believe it's already March. Where has the time gone? Speaking of the first of the month, do not forget to pick up your monthly Tide Chart at the Bait Shop on the fishing pier. It is always helpful to know when the tide is coming in or out. A moving tide means a better chance at catching fish after all. 

My apologies on not having a report for last Tuesday! There was not a lot to report the other week. However things are improving out here after the red tide spell. We have been seeing flounder, whiting, and spanish macs return. Albeit in small numbers, but it is a start. Our water temp has been around 66 degrees as well. It is almost at the perfect temp for fish to be enjoying.

Don't forget! Snook season is now open again! Only until May 1st so catch them while you can! Please respect Snook limitations though. No less than 28" and no more than 33" you may only keep one harvet per day. For any other questions or concerns on Snook please visit MYFWC

Hopefully next week I will have more exciting news and maybe even a few fish photos to share with all of you! At the very least we hope you can make it up to the pier this week to say hello or have a cup of coffee with us. We always love to hear a good fish tale from our readers. 

Until next week. Happy Fishing!



 February 16, 2016

Phew! Finally the Red Tide is gone! I was starting to become concerned. This bloom of Red Tide was the worst I have seen in years. Thankfully though we are in the clear here on the Venice Fishing Pier and on Sharky's beach. So come back on out and enjoy the sun! As I write this now it is a beautiful morning. 

Now let us get to the important news- Fishing. It has been a little slow, but we are seeing fish return. The last two days we have been catching a lot of Pin Fish. We know larger fish will follow as well so it is only a matter of time. A few small flounder as well have been making an appearance. 

So come on out, throw out a line, have a coffee, or start hunting for some shark teeth. It's too nice out to waste it being cooped up indoors!

Happy Fishing!




February 9, 2016

What a crazy two weeks out here. We have had everything from nice weather, to rain, to unruly cold temperatures for Florida, and the worst- Red Tide. Some days have been better than others when it comes to the Red Tide. As much as it pains me to say it, we have had a tougher time than usual with it out here. A lot of people coughing and sneezing and even a few dead fish have been washing ashore. If you are unfamiliar with Red Tide, it is a higher-than-normal concentration of a microscopic alga (plant-like organism) in the water. I highly reccomend clicking this MYFWC LINK to read more about it and have all of your questions answered. I will be updating our Facebook Page on the Red Tide situation as it changes as well. 

Now that  you are up to date on the situation, it is safe to say fishing has been awful. Not just because of the Red Tide, but the weather has been too cold! No one has been coming out to the pier in the early mornings like normal. 

Mother Nature always has a reason for doing what she does. Hopefully by this time next week I will have better news to report! Although fishing may not be the best this week, shark tooth hunting is always a fun activity to do with the kids. So come on out, enjoy some fresh air and sunshine in the meantime!

Until next week.



January 19, 2016

We really have been having some crazy weather out here on the pier. The last two weeks have been cold, windy, and we have seen a lot of rain. I hope everyone stayed safe while we were being hit with all of those storms! We had 36mph winds at the end of the pier. And the waves! Did anyone see them? I will post a few photos to show you. 

Sadly this lousy weather has made for slow fishing the last two weeks. I have only seen catfish and a few small flounder being caught. However last week we did have a few days throughout the week where bonnetheads were being caught in bounty.

I wish I had more to report when it comes to fishing, but there is not a whole lot going on out there. However, the sunsets out here have been unbelievable this week! Firey reds and oranges- almost like summer. If you have not been out to catch one I highly reccomend you make it a point to see one. It's always a beautiful thing to see and it's amazing to be reminded of natures beauty.

Hopefully next week I will have some more exciting tales to tell! Until then, fish on my friends!


Waves From The Storm



January 12, 2016

If you thought last week was cold, what do you think of this week? Believe it or not despite the frigid temperatures us Floridians are not accustomed to, fishing has been surprisingly well out on the pier. It has not been the best, but certainly not the worst. 

For the 5th week in a row Flounder fishing is in the lead. It has been another great week for catching them of acceptable sizes. It has also been another fair week for Snook fishing. Unfortunetely it is not Snook season so every Snook must be returned back to the water upon catching. There were a few Macs caught down at the end of the pier, along with a few large skates and rays. We see quite a few skates out here, they are truly one of nature's most beautiful creatures. If you would like more information on them please visit MYFWC

If you were out here this week you may have noticed the abundance of Pelicans out here. We did have a few incidents where pelicans were being caught on fishing line and hooks. I would also like to make note that the Wildlife Center of Venice is always more than happy to come out and assist with any Pelicans or other wildlife. 

We hope you all have a wonderful week ahead, and remember, if you catch any fish, or skates, or take a photo of our pier you wish to share please send us an email or post on our Facebook Page and we would love to feature it.

Happy Fishing! 



January 5, 2016

Brrr! Winter has finally arrived! It was a cold week out here on the pier, especially this weekend! We experienced a cold front Saturday and rain all day Sunday. However despite the unfortunate weather fishing was excellent! Although Snook are not currently in season to keep there were many caught out on the pier this week. If you have any questions or concerns when it comes to Snook fishing please visit MYFWC for more information on Snook regulations. 

Towards the end of the pier it was a great week for mackerels, especially in the early mornings around sunrise. Flounder of decent sizes ranging from 13-18 inches were being caught in bounty as well. It's always wonderful to see fish being caught out here, but remember to always fish responsibly. We currently have a full stock of Florida Wildlife Conservation guides that you may pick up for free at Papa's Bait Shop. These guides will inform you of legal limits, requirements, licensing, and can answer any questions you may have related to Gulf or Atlantic fishing here in Florida. 

I hope you all have made promising New Years resolutions as we enter 2016. Wishing you all the best from the pier, and happy fishing!


Snook and a Sunrise caught this weekend


December 29, 2015

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family this week. Out here on the pier we experienced a high of 85 on Christmas day, meaning out water temperatures have been higher as well. As we have seen in the past that usually means fishing becomes a little slow, however not this week! It was a fantastic week for larger flounder. 15, 16, and 17 inch flounder were being caught in the middle of the pier, as well as the end. Flounder that size make for a great sandwich, I do know from experience! It was also another fun week for black tip sharks! Although small ones, a few were pulled up towards the end of last week and into the weekend. We are expecting to see some cooler temperatures over the next few days, hopefully this has a positive effect on fishing and brings in some bigger bites! 

I would also like to let everyone know that the tide charts for January will be available at Papa's Bait Shop by the first of the year. Happy New Year and fish on my friends!



December 22, 2015

I hope you all survived Florida winter 12/19/15-12/20/15. It was very cold out on the pier this past weekend. Saturday it was 48 degrees before 10:00 am! Thankfully we are back up to higher temperatures, we are also thankful that fishing is finally improving again! For the first time in many weeks a black tip shark was caught off the end of the pier last Monday night. There has also been many Bonnetheads being caught in the afternoons off of the pier. Bonnetheads are the smallest member of the hammerhead family. They only grow to about 3.5 feet and only live an estimated 7 years. They are a fun shark to catch, putting up a great fight considering how small they are! For more information on Bonnetheads, Blacktips, and other sharks visit MFWC.

Despite the rain and cold over the weekend, throughout the week and even this morning we have had luck catching flounder and mackerel towards the end of the pier. A few bluefish have even made an appearance. It's wonderful to see fish returning back to our waters. Some say it's the water temperature, others the results of the beach re-nourishment, and some believe it's nature running its course. Whatever the reason for the fish disappearing and reappearing every few weeks, we need to remember to respect mother nature and only take what is in season, and what is size appropriate. All of us at the Bait Shop on the Pier are more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding regulations, so stop by and say hello, grab a cup of coffee, and share a fish tale or two. Until next week, Happy Fishing.



  December 15, 2015

It has been a very slow week for fishing out here on the pier. The prize winning catches since last Tuesday have been flounder and lizard fish. The flounder have at least been of decent size. It is always fascinating to me how each week out here can be so different from the last. One minute fishing is fantastic, the next there is not a fish in sight. Nature always has a reason for that one way or another. Despite the poor fishing, we've had some incredible sunrises and sunsets this week. At least we can always count on the sun to always rise and set! Hopefuly this week ahead we will have better luck. Fish on my friends! 



December 8, 2015

It’s been an exciting week out here on the pier! This past weekend in the early morning, about 7 A.M we had a run of jacks and blues! Although this only lasts for a short period of time, it is a great experience to see everyone pulling up fish one after another. If you haven’t checked out our Facebook page, you can see a few videos from this weekend that were posted. I’ll also include a few photos at the end of the report. Flounder of reasonable size have been caught this week as well. I’ve witnessed several 17 and 18 inch ones brought up this week.

The temperature out here in the mornings and evenings has been dropping, which makes for a great cup of coffee or hot chocolate, come see us and enjoy a cup with us. We always enjoy meeting our readers and hearing a good fish tale or two!

We want to remind everyone that this coming Saturday, the 12th, the Bait Shop will be closed in the morning and will not be open until mid afternoon.

Here’s to another great week on the pier!


Some of this weeks catches! 


December 1, 2015

We’ve been having chilly mornings and evenings out here on the pier, but the afternoon temperatures remain in the upper 70’s to mid 80’s. Also our water temperature has finally been dropping! Water temp has been between 73 and 77 degrees all week around the pier. This has been great for flounder fishing! In the early mornings, all the way until mid afternoon flounder of decent sizes have been caught off of the pier. At the end of the pier there were a few kings caught as well. It was a slow week for bonito, sharks, and other species though. Hopefully this week ahead we will have better luck!

It has been a fun Snook season out on the pier, but as of December 1st Snook season is officially closed and will not re-open until the end of February. For more information regarding Snook season please visit MYFWC

We hope to see you out on the pier this week. Even if it’s just for a morning coffee, or evening sunset. And remember, if you have any photos you’d like to share with us, drop us an email!

Until next week, Happy fishing! 


Some photos from our Fall Family Fishing Tournament! 




November 24, 2015

It has been quite the week on the Pier! We've had sun, we've had humidity, we've had rain, and we've had a cold front. Wow! It's amazing what nature can do in such a short period of time. We had a lot of fun out here this week. Bonito and Kings were being caught left and right- even on our rainiest morning! We had a great Cobia caught, Flounder of decent size were being brought up, and even some Snook! Speaking of Snook don't forget that season closes in one week! December 1st Snook season will be closed. So fish for them while you can! Remember though, they need to be between 28 and 33 inches and you may only harvest one per day. 

Don't forget that our Fall Family Fishing Tournament is THIS SATURDAY! Grab the kids and come out, it is always a great time. You can sign up by either sending us an email, or coming out to Papa's Bait Shop. 

We also have created a new Facebook page! If you haven't seen it yet,  CLICK HERE and check it out. If you have any photos from our Pier please send us an email, we'd love to post them on our page!

Hopefully you can make it out to the Pier this week and join us. Have a cup of coffee, catch a fish or two, and enjoy a sunrise or a sunset. We always love to meet our readers and hear their fish tales. 

 May you all have a wonderful and safe Holiday week. 



November 17, 2015

About time we saw a little bit of a cold front! The cooler temperatures this past week dropped our water temperature to 76-78 degrees. Towards the end of the pier this week barracudas, bonito, and kingfish were being caught. I’ll include some photos at the end of our post. Barracudas, Bonito, and Gulf Kings fall under “unregulated species.” “Unregulated” can be misleading because standard recreational gear requirements still apply, and there is a default bag limit established by Florida Statute for any species harvested by a recreational angler. If you have any questions or concerns on unregulated species CLICK HERE to read more from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

There were not many flounder caught this week, but there were plenty of bluefish and mackerel! While fishing Saturday evening the gentleman next to me pulled up 5 bluefish of decent size in less than an hour. My luck was not so great, but it was still fun. Which makes me want to remind you, it doesn’t matter if you’re a pro angler, or a beginner. Get out and fish! Take a friend fishing, take a kid fishing, take a brother, sister, parent- go out and have fun. Watch a sunrise, catch a sunset, have a few laughs. It’s good to get out of the house, and we’re always up to something on the pier! To all of our families out there- DON’T FORGET! Fall Family Fishing Tournament is Saturday November 28thClick Here for more information or drop us an email! Happy Fishing!


Some of this weeks catches!


November 10, 2015

The kingfish and bonito have been here this week! Despite the pier being closed most of this past weekend there was still a lot of action going on earlier this week. I’ve attached a few photos below of some of the bonito and kings that were brought up in the last 7 days. Unfortunately the water temperature was still in the mid 80’s this week and the weather was at a record high temperature for November. This isn’t the best for fishing, but it certainly beats stormy weather and catfish!

Don’t forget Snook season is still open! Until December 1st you are able to catch Snook and keep one per day as long as it is between 28 and 33 inches. This week they were gathering around the pier in bounty. Along with them there were tons of sheephead gathering by the pylons.

As of today, Tuesday November 10th, the water was a little choppy and this morning was pretty stormy. But we’re hoping for some cooler weather this week! I’d also like to touch base on the red tide condition. Thankfully there has not been any red tide in water or the air around the pier for the last few weeks.

We’d love to see you on the pier this week! Stop by for a coffee, or come see some of our new fun Papa’s shirts  and hats we have at Papa’s Bait Shop! Happy Fishing!


Some of this weeks catches!



November 3, 2015

Fishing was a little slow earlier this week due to the heavy amounts of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday. This brought choppy and cloudy water and of course- catfish. However the week cleared up and fishing did improve. As of this past weekend there were quite a few mackerel being caught at the end of the pier, and the occasional flounder in the early mornings and later evenings. The water temperature is still averaging around 80 degrees, which is still on the warm side. But as we enter November and these cooler months, the temperature will drop and we hope to see fishing improve. Unfortunately this upcoming weekend there will be no fishing allowed on the pier from Friday November 6th at 11:59PM until Sunday November 8th at Noon. This is because of “The Challenge Florida Triathlon” The pier will be open for walking, enjoying sunrise and sunset. Papa’s Bait and Snack Shop will be open at our regular hours for coffee, snacks, apparel, and for bait and tackle supplies if you plan on fishing at another location for the day.  I would also like to remind everyone about our Fall Family Fishing Tournament November 28th. If you have any questions about the tournament check out our Calendar of Events Page or drop us an email!

Red Tide has still been very light around the pier and has not been affecting fishing. We will continue to update this on our home page as needed, or until the Red Tide is officially gone.

We always appreciate our readers and would love for you to come out if you haven't already! Stop by the Bait Shop to get the latest info on what’s biting, and what they’re biting on. The Bait Shop Crew is here to help you with information and is always happy to share a few ‘fish stories’ over a cup of coffee in the morning.

Here’s to another great week on the pier!



October 27, 2015

Bonito have been making an appearance around the pier this week! Sunday morning Bob caught not only one, but two just before 9 AM! Some of our other fishermen were not so lucky and lost their battle with the Bonito, but had a fun time nonetheless. Bonito are an unregulated species, which means you may only keep two fish, or 100 pounds per person, per day- or whichever is more. They are not highly recommended for eating, but they sure are fun to catch. For more information on unregulated species such as Bonito, check out The Florida Wildlife Conservation Website. 

If you’ve been following me the last few weeks you’ll know that Flounder fishing has been fantastic out here on the pier. Early mornings and later evenings (around sunset) have been the best time to catch Flounder. Remember, Flounder need to be at least 12 inches and you may only harvest 10 per day. Also don’t forget- Snook season is still open! With the water being so clear this week we have been able to see a lot of Snook swimming around, they’re a great fish to catch and even to eat. Season closes December 1st so come out and get them while you can! Please be mindful that they are a hook and line fish only, and you may keep 1 per day. The size requirement is to be no less than 28 inches, and no more than 33 inches.

A few Kingfish have been caught this week at the end of the pier. Kings are a schooling fish that migrate from south Florida waters in winter, so we’re hoping to see more of those in the next few weeks as the weather changes. I would also like to touch base on the red tide condition. Thankfully we have not had a problem with it on our beach or around the pier. We will keep you updated on our homepage if this changes throughout the week. 

Whether you’re fishing for Sharks, Flounder, or Snook, or just want to catch a sunset or sunrise, we hope to see you on the pier this week. And remember, if you have a photo from our pier you’d like to share with us, send us an email, we’d love to feature you! Happy Fishing!


Bob and the Bonito he caught this Sunday!


October 20, 2015

It’s amazing how much can change in one week. We have  so much  to catch up on!

If you’ve been out to the pier in the last few days and noticed the traps out in the distance, that is because stone crab season has opened. You can see a great video about how to harvest stone crab claws in our Tip of the Week section. Like with anything stone crabbing comes rules. Some of the most important ones are that claws must be 2 1/3-inches, and you cannot harvest egg-bearing crabs. There is also trap specifications you will need to know if stone crabbing is something you think you may want to become involved in. For more information regarding stone crabbing, traps, and other information, visit the MYFWC website for all rules, regulations, and facts.

There has also been a noticable temperature drop this week! This cold front has caused the early mornings to start out at a chilly 65-68 degrees with heavy wind. It’s a nice change, and a reminder that winter is coming… This week we also experienced the coldest water temperature of the year- 79 degrees! Although the temperature drop in water brings back some of our favorite fish, this coldfront has also clouded up our water. Don’t worry though- I’ve still seen some great catches this week! I’ve witnessed two 18 inch flounder, a few king fish at the end of the pier, and yesterday morning the mackerel were leaping out of the water every few minutes. It was a great site to see, and a reminder of how fascinating nature can be and how we should never take advantage of it.

Despite the cold weather out here we hope you come out to the pier and see us this week. Have some coffee with us, or if you prefer hot chocolate, and come catch a fish- or at the very least a sunrise or a sunset…

See you soon!



October 13, 2015

The flounder are back!!! It’s been a great week for flounder fishing here on the Venice Fishing Pier! Especially in the early mornings just before sunrise , and in the shallow waters closer to shore. If you plan on coming out and having a go at flounder fishing remember to only keep those that are of legal size. For flounder that is 12 inches. You are allowed 10 per harvest per day. For any more questions about flounder visit the MYFWC website. There you will find habitat and fishing tips, gear requirements, and much more!

In other news the water temperature continues to drop and is averaging the low to mid 80’s throughout the day. The cooler the water becomes the more fish that come back! The water clarity has also been great too, crystal clear, beautiful blue water. You have to see it to believe it. And rumor has it there were a few pompano caught over the weekend here too…

We’re expecting another cold front this week, so bundle up, come on out to the pier, have a cup of warm coffee, catch a sunrise, and maybe a fish too! We'd love to see you!



October 6, 2015

Ladyfish here! Papa's been so busy lately that it’s been a while since we've given you an update! But I can assure you  that you can expect one weekly now. If you haven’t visited us on the pier in a while come on down! The first thing you’ll notice is that our Bait Shop has been given a facelift, new paint is the first thing you’ll see. You might also notice that our beach has been re-nourished! It’s beautiful and much larger. Now let’s get to the important stuff-How’s the fishing been?

Early in the week we experienced a small cold front accompanied by some choppy water, wind, and light rain throughout the day-this led to a lot of catfish being caught here on the pier. But with the weather clearing up, and with the water temperature slowly starting to cool down, we can expect fishing to pick up!

It was a slow summer, but schools of greenbacks are finally making an appearance daily, and you know what that means! This brings in the larger fish in great varieties. And don’t forget! Snook season is still open and they can be seen schooling in the shallow water at the beginning of the pier. Remember though, please be a considerate angler and only keep the snook, and also other fish, that are of legal size. If you are unsure of what is in season and what the legal size for certain fish are, please stop by Papa’s Bait Shop and pick up a free Fishing Regulations magazine. It has all of the regulations and information you will need on both snook legalities, and other good-eatin’ fish. You can also find this information on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website. 

Come out to the pier and join us! Come out in the AM when it’s cooler, enjoy a hot coffee, take a minute to catch the sunrise! Or in the evening where you can always enjoy a perfect sunset over the gulf. And who knows, you may even catch some fish…



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