Inshore Florida

Gary A. Anderson

Your on your way to the Shark-tooth Coast, Venice, North Port, Nokomis and Englewood, Fl.

Fishing the Shark-tooth Coast encompasses and area of over 100 square miles of virtually unspoiled beaches, parks and trails. The surrounding cities of Venice, North Port, Nokomis and Englewood give an exciting flavor for a place to call home or to visit. Freshwater and saltwater fishing at its very best would seem to sum up one of our areas top credentials.


Venice, Florida is surrounded by natural beauty and splendor. Venice offers something for everyone including beautiful beaches, its quaint downtown shopping area and the old time Florida scenery, along the Myakka River. Caspersen Beach, the longest beach in Sarasota County, is located south of Venice Airport on Harbor Drive. It has been left in its natural state, uncultivated, windswept, and secluded. This is an exceptionally good area to look for prehistoric shark’s teeth and enjoyable shelling. It is also site of the annual Sharks Tooth and Seafood Festival. Venice Municipal Beach is also an excellent place to find sharks teeth and other fossilized material. Just off our shore is our man-made & fossilized coral reef, which attracts divers and fisherman alike. Venice Beach is located at the west end of Venice Avenue one mile west of business Route 41. If you're a SCUBA diver, a reef containing fossilized material is located a quarter of a mile offshore. You can also find fossilized sharks, mastodon and miniature horse teeth along our beaches. Brohard Park, Venice, Fl.
Brohard Park is located in the southern most part of the City of Venice, on the Venice Airport property on Harbor Drive.

If you enjoy fishing, there is a 700-foot fishing pier on the property for public use. The pier has rest rooms, a snack bar, and a bait shop.
Also located at the park are Sharky's Restaurant and the U.S. Aux. Coast Guard Training Center. Rod rentals are available at the piers bait stand, PAPA’S. To the left of the pier is one of our cities dog parks; where else in Florida can you walk your dog on the beach and it is allowed?
Next to or adjoining ‘The Dog Beach’ is Caspersen Beach; located south of the Venice Airport on Harbor Drive; a great place for collecting shells. It's also the best beach for finding prehistoric sharks' teeth.

North Port:

Incorporated June 15, 1959, North Port is the second largest municipality, in land size in the State of Florida. It offers unlimited potential for growth over the next 50 years. The North Port area contains the City of North Port, the community of Warm Mineral Springs and other developments, like Myakka River State Park, from the eastern banks of the Myakka River to the northwest corner of Charlotte County. Some of your best fishing, in the state, can be found in the areas within its boundaries. Thirty-nine different varieties of fish can be found in the surrounding waterways of North Port, including favorites such as Spotted Gar, Tarpon, Yellow Cat, Brown Bullhead, Channel Catfish, Snook, Shell cracker, a load of Perch,
Large-mouth Bass, Speckled Perch, and Striped Mullet. Canoe/kayak launches at Blue Ridge and McKibben Parks installed to create connectivity between the two parks. In addition ,too include the area of the Blue Ridge Waterway and the Co-Co Plum Waterway leading to the Myakkahatchee Creek. When fishing inland, on the rivers, canals or lakes you need a
fishing license and also on the Myakka River State Park is one of Florida's oldest and largest state parks. The "Florida Wild and Scenic Myakka River" flows through 45 square miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands. Myakka is popular for hiking, fishing, camping, and wildlife observation. A place to be on any given day while observing this area.


Some call this North Venice; Nokomis has all the splendor and grace of an upcoming area on our Gulf. Known for its beach on Casey Key; directly west of the Albee Road Bridge. The park includes 22 acres with 1,700 feet on the Gulf and 3,200 feet on the Intracoastal. There's an on-site snack bar serving sandwiches, snacks and cold drinks. One of the few places on the beach you can get a sandwich and soft drink for fewer than five dollars! Also located within Nokomis is the North Jetty Park; located on the southern tip of Casey Key. The jetties there make it one of the best places on the west coast of Florida for Fishing. It's a popular spot for picnics and there is good shelling as well.


(Psst)…also known as ‘Florida’s Best Kept Secret’, Englewood, Florida is located on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida on Beautiful Lemon Bay. Home to at least fourteen Charter Guide Services, Englewood offers a great way to catch “The Big Ones”, at a reasonable cost. The barrier islands of Manasota Key and Knight Island separate the bay from the Gulf of Mexico. The Intra-coastal Waterway passes through the center of Lemon Bay. Stump Pass Separates the Gulf to the West, Manasota Key to the North, Knight Island to the South and Lemon Bay to the East. Still used by local mariners, Stump Pass is tricky with its changing bars and channels. It is a great place to fish and shell alike. Englewood has much to offer in things to do from quaint dinning on the water to its Sports Complex. Indian Mound Park gives a glance into our own past, with Manasota Beach giving us ‘Fun in the Sun’ and a place to take the whole family. From romantic walks at night, to shelling with the kids or surf fishing along its shores; there is plenty to do while visiting Englewood on the Shark-tooth Coast.

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