In an economy that seems to be spinning out of control, we find ourselves searching for concepts we can quickly adapt to neutralize the swing. Unless you’re on private land with a hobby farm in place, the idea is romantic at best. So how do we battle inflation while still having fun in our spare time? Fishing could be the key. 

Whether you’re here to stay or only for a short while, if you’re anywhere near Tampa Bay, you’re surrounded by water. Water filled with fish. Delicious, edible fish. And although most fishing spots are free, the sport of fishing is not. Thankfully, the majority of the costs are in the setup. With a few basic tools, you can be ready to fish to your heart’s content, and there’s a chance you’ll be putting dinner on the table in no time. The essential gear we recommend includes: 

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Rod and reel





Bait (live or artificial)

With a bit of care and patience, most of these items will last you some time. Or at least several catches. And we’re fairly certain you’ll have fun while you’re at it. 

If you’re a resident in Florida, you can fish from shore for free. So find a spot you want to spend your sunny afternoon and hop to it! For those visiting our sunny shores, a three-day fishing license is only $17, a week is $30, and a year will cost you $47. This is a fair price considering the amount of fish you could catch with it.

Some of our favorite shore and wade fishing spots within a quick drive are: 
  • Emerson Point
  • Bradenton Beach
  • Manatee River
There are also several great fishing piers with a little added cost. 
  • Fort DeSoto Fishing Pier
  • Anna Maria Fishing Pier
  • Skyway Bridge Fishing Pier

And if you’ve got your gear and were hoping to just lay low and do some fishing close to home, then you’ve found your spot. Right here at Fisherman’s Cove Resort, we have our own private fishing dock where anglers are catching snook, redfish, and sheepshead regularly this time of year. It’s a short walk from your tiny home on wheels, and there’s even a pool and hot tub nearby if you need to take a break from the exhaustion of reeling in those big fish. We hold a weekly fishing clinic on Saturdays for those looking to gain some tips and tricks to catching fish here in Terra Ceia Bay, thanks to our on-site Captains from 

And if fishing for you is more about the ambiance than the food you could procure, then create your own inflation with some great fish stories. We’re sure there will be a few new friends out there to share them with. We look forward to battling the economy cast after cast by your side. 

Click here to see one of our Turbo-Charged, Saturday morning fishing clinics!

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