Carrabelle/Lanark Village Background
As I have told you before here at the Georgia-Florida Fishing Report, my most favorite type of fishing is the saltwater of Florida. Two of my favorites are Gulf of Mexico/West coast around the Panhandle area and the Big Bend area.
The Carrabelle/Lanark Village, FL pages will hopefully give you some great tips, places to stay, best baits, places to eat, and species to target in one of the Big Bend's prime fishing areas of Carrabelle and Lanark Village, FL.
This is old Florida with very little commercialization to spoil the natural beauty of the area and doesn't have near the fishing pressure as Panama City Beach, FL or Destin, FL.
Fewer boats, less traffic, fast ramp loading and unloading times, less pressure on the local fishery, and great local places to eat make this area a prime spot that you need to highly consider visiting.
We are always looking for bargains on our trips and this is one for the ages. We have split this trip up between 4 fishermen and even 8 with 2 boats, and 12 in 3 boats. All costs included come to about $225-$300 per man for 2-3 days of fishing, fuel costs, bait, tackle, room, ice, food and any other unexpected costs that are usually minimal.
Compare that to chartering a boat and it's a no-brainer. Obviously, I have my own boat and some of you may not. However, many freshwater fishermen do not realize how many opportunities there are for bass boats, john boats, kayaks, and other smaller boats. As long as you take care of business after and during each saltwater trip, your boat will be no worse for wear.
Washing down your boat each day and flushing the motor with freshwater will go a long ways in the lifespan of a boat that is designed mainly for freshwater. There are many saltwater species that are actually easier to catch from a smaller, shallower running boat that can get you into the skinny water of only a few inches at times.
Redfish and spotted seatrout are species that are many times targeted by these shallow water boats. Believe me, the first time you hook up with a 6-7 pound redfish, you will throw rocks at a freshwater fish of the same size. They are brutes and will fight you all the way to the boat. Nothing quite like the screaming drag of a mad redfish with a hook in the corner of its mouth.
So, remember not to limit yourself just because you don't have a boat designed for saltwater.
Go to this page to see some lodging that is available in the area that we have stayed at.
Now that you have your place to stay, let's talk about where to launch your boat.