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Take a Real Vacation: Island Fishing and Oceanfront Condos

island fishing When was the last time you took a truly relaxing vacation? Sure, you take some days off here and there to visit out-of-state family, but can you honestly say that you felt refreshed when it was all over? Or did you sort of feel like you needed a vacation from all that stressful vacationing?


Eight out of 10 travelers in a recent survey said that they consider vacations to be very important to their well-being, and 78% of executives said that vacations are necessary to prevent burnout at work. Three out of four agreed that their job performance is improved after a relaxing vacation. So where can you find this perfect vacation?


Imagine you are lounging on the shore outside of your beachfront condo. The sun is warm, the ocean breeze is refreshing, and you left that bundle of stress you had carried for so long back in the office, locked away in a desk drawer. The average temperature in South Florida is 68.5 degrees in the winter and 82.7 degrees in the summer. The weather is perfect for some early morning or afternoon island fishing. There's no argument that few things are more relaxing than fishing, and on the southwestern coast of Florida, a tremendous number of different fish species can be discovered. You'll find that island fishing is just a little more exciting than your ordinary lake fishing back at home, while keeping with the tranquil atmosphere you crave.

Fun Facts About Fish Most Commonly Caught in South West Florida

  • Common snook: Also known as “sergeant fish” or “soapfish”. The common snook can be found in freshwater as well as saltwater, and may grow as long as 48 inches and weigh as much as 38 pounds.

  • Red drum: The red drum goes by many names: “redfish”, “red bass”, “spottail”. It can have a lifespan of over 40 years, and can grow to be 45 inches long and 51 pounds.

  • Tarpon: The tarpon can grow to an astounding 8 feet and can weigh up to 280 pounds. It is also known as the “silver king”, and can live over 50 years.

  • Sheepshead: The sheepshead move close to the shore during late winter and early spring for spawning. The largest ever caught was just over 15 pounds.

  • Gag grouper: The gag grouper can weigh up to 80 pounds. This species of fish is unique in that they are born female and become male later in life.

  • King mackerel: The King mackerel can weigh up to 90 pounds. They spawn offshore in mid-summer and are most often found close to piers.


Weekly condo rentals in Florida are the perfect vacation accommodations to ensure a relaxing and refreshing break from the real world. Oceanfront rentals provide the ultimate setting for both the novice and expert fisherman to experience the beauty and tranquility of island fishing. By the time you return home, you'll be feeling well-rested and ready to return to work.

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