Tropic Bay Fly Fishing the Gulf of Mexico


                                                                                                   By P. Ross, No Bananas Staff Journalist

Tropic Bay operates along the Florida Nature Coast on the Gulf of Mexico. The area is a little known 8 county coastal inshore fishing grounds consisting of preserves and bird sanctuaries with very little development. This is unusual for Florida and is perfect for the Tropic Bay fly fishing operations. The saltwater fly fishing charter/guide service is anchored by Captain Pat Horrigan, an IGFA certified fly fishing guide. There are only 200 such guides in the world with that distinction and it comes with many years of experience and an invitation by the International Game Fish Association.

The Nature Coast has miles of pristine flats and backcountry bayous nourished by creeks and underground springs. This makes for a very healthy estuary system along the coast and is untouched by pollution and the current situation well offshore and far to the north in the Gulf of Mexico.

The flats are teeming with life and it is very common to see a variety of sea turtles, crabs, dolphins, exotic birds as well as a great selection of game fish. Tropic Bay specializes in Fly Fishing and offers instruction for beginners as well as providing top quality gear to clients. Species of fish for fly fishing include; tarpon, permit, snook, redfish, Crevalle Jacks, spotted seatrout, cobia, flounder, black drum, bluefish ladyfish, pompano and sharks. That’s quite a lineup of sporting game fish and all may be found on the flats depending on the season of the year.

For the non-anglers, Tropic Bay offers a photo guide service. Photo –Artists and nature photographers alike have enjoyed this wildlife paradise as well as shutter bugs and sightseers. There is plenty lodging with new hotels in the area and one of Tropic Bay’s favorites is a touch of Old Florida. The Inn on the Gulf is right on the Gulf of Mexico with white sand beach, entertainment and docks where you will board a Tropic Bay boat.

For the fly fishing angler who wants a new and affordable exotic adventure visit Tropic Bay at

P. Ross is a staff journalist for No Banans Fishing Reviews.

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