Venice Fishing Pier
1600 Harbor Dr. S.
Venice, FL 34285

No Fishing License Required

The Venice Fishing Pier is located at Brohard Park on the south end of the island of Venice.

The 700-foot pier is a great location for fishing and to end the day watching a beautiful sunset.

Connected to Sharky's on the Pier, the only beach front restaurant in the Venice area, the pier offers Papa's bait shop, with live & frozen bait, coffee, treats, jackets, shirts, and more...

Nearby are six picnic shelters, two sand volleyball courts, and public restrooms.

Open at all times, there is no fee to access the pier and the best part is that avid and amateur fisherman alike can fish from the pier without a fishing license.

NEW! at the Pier:

The bait shop is now selling Venetian Coffee! Warm up & fish!

 The bait shop has frozen shrimp, and frozen squid.

Don't forget we have live shrimp too.

Some local links of interest can be found on our Local Links & Resources Page.

Happy Fishing!

Tip of the Week: How To Properly Hook Dead Shrimp

December 30 2015

Last week we talked about how to hook live shrimp. But what happens if live bait is not available? Some anglers prefer to use dead shrimp because it is easier to keep and easier to hook. Regardless of what you prefer the effectiveness of dead shrimp depends upon the smell rather than the action. Salt water fish are capable of swallowing the shrimp's body shell, or they are able to swallow the meat and exhale the shell. It's fascinating what nature can do, isn't it?

You don't have to be as careful hooking dead shrimp. The most effective method is to break off the head, remove the feet and tail, and thread the body onto the hook.

With dead shrimp, some anglers prefer to insert the hook from the tail, while others do so from the headless end of the body. Both hooking methods are effective.

Dead shrimp are excellent bait for tipping all types of jigs. However, often anglers use pieces that are too large. If you use a big chunk of shrimp, you may damage the action of the jig's skirt. One way to make certain the pieces aren't too large is to cut them with a knife, rather than pinching off chunks with your fingers. By cutting, you get a firmer shrimp chunk, and also you bait supply lasts longer.

Another method of keeping the jig action while tipping with dead shrimp is to use a trailer hook. Use one with a shank long enough to extend behind the jig's skirt. You put the piece of shrimp on the trailer hook making certain the bait doesn't interfere with the skirt's action.

Happy Fishing!


Tip of the Week: How To Properly Hook Live Shrimp

December 23 2015

Whether you're a bridge, pier, bank expert or a boat angler, you soon realize that shrimp are the bait to have more often than not. The presentation of the shrimp is the key to catching larger fish with your bait. If not handled properly you reduce your chances of succeeding. You will find that there is more to using shrimp than just haphazardly baiting a hook. Live shrimp, of course, are the prime bait but some times fish prefer dead ones. Regardless of the type, your first concern is proper hooking.

When using live shrimp, it's best to hook from behind the head BUT BE CAREFUL NOT TO HOOK THROUGH THE BLACK SPOT! If you do this you will immediately kill the shrimp. A dead shrimp defeats the purpose of using 'live bait'

One option is to run the hook from beneath the shrimp's head so that the barb comes out on top, ( remember to avoid the black spot). This is called casting or trolling method. 

Some anglers insert the hook from the top of the shrimp and work the point around beneath the black spot, and finally bring the barb out on top again. This method is known to be the best one for bottom fishing.

Another method preferred by many anglers encountering bait stealing fish such as snappers, sheepshead, and smaller bait fish, is to insert the hook from the tail of the shrimp and thread the body onto the hook, passing the barb beneath the black spot. With this method the barb remains covered and wary fish are more inclined to strike but cannot clear the hook. However the shrimp cannot swim, but they will remain alive for quite some time. 

Fish on my friends!


Tip of the Week: Filleting A Flounder

November 25 2015

Filleting a flatfish is similar to filleting a roundfish. The topside of a flounder is much thicker with meat than the underside, but the underside is worth filleting too. Done right, you can leave a carcass with very little meat on it.

You should have plenty of room to maneuver, a stout cutting board, a fillet knife or a boning knife with a very flexible blade.

Remember, if you are catching flounder off of the Pier they need to be at least 12 inches and you may only harvest 10 per day. For more information visit MYFWC 

I have included a great video that goes thru a step by step process of how to fillet a flounder. If you CLICK HERE you can see it! 

Happy Fishing!


Tip of the Week: Keeping Your Fishing Gear In Good Shape

November 18 2015

Keeping your rod and reel in good working condition is something that can get overlooked sometimes. The excitement of fishing, packing up for a full day out on the water, sometimes while fishing for “The Big One” we forget the basics. But with these small reminders your gear will remain in working condition for years to come. 

Rod Care:

Always rinse your equipment with fresh water after fishing. No matter how long you stay out on the water it needs to be done. This will clear off all of the sticky salt residue

Avoid at all times knocking the rod against hard surfaces. Small scratches and nicks may cause rod breakage.

At least twice a season (more frequently when fishing in saltwater) inspect the rod rings with a magnifying glass, or slip a wad of cotton through them. Small scratches will hold some cotton-and also damage the line that goes through the ring. These rings should be replaced immediately.

The best way to stow a rod over long periods is to hang it in its sheath indoors in a dry area away from humid temperatures.

Reel Care:

Avoid dipping your reel in water as much as possible, and certainly in saltwater!

Never drop the reel in sand! Sand grains are very hard and can scratch the inner housing, damage drag disks, and even ball bearings.

Back home after a saltwater fishing trip, and before putting the reel away for a long period, give it an in-depth cleaning: scrub carefully with hot soapy water to remove salt crystals, rinse and dry with a clean cloth.

Stow (saltwater) reels preferably empty. Backing may be left on the reel, provided it is completely desalinated and dry.

Happy Fishing!


Tip of the Week: Understanding Tidal Currents

November 4 2015

Understanding tidal currents and how they affect the areas you fish is critical. It is something that sometimes goes overlooked, or is not even thought of. You can catch fish on a rising tide and you can catch fish on a falling tide, but you're not likely to catch a lot on either a high tide stand or a low tide stand. To get straight to the point- fish are easer to catch when they are feeding, and it’s the tide and currents that dictate this. This means the tide and current will concentrate the bait, and the movement of water will initiate and stimulate feeding activity. As the water begins to move, smaller baitfish are at the mercy of the current and often get confused in the turbulent water. This means larger game fish have an advantage because they are equipped to feed in this turbulent water. I recommend every fisherman (or woman!) keep a tidal chart on hand. It really can improve your fishing luck and experience when you keep an eye on what the tides and currents are doing. We have tide charts at Papa’s Bait Shop on the Pier and we update them monthly if you find yourself needing one. If you Click Here  you can also see a tide chart for Venice. 


Tip of the Week: The Uni-Knot

October 28 2015

The Uni-Knot is a great knot that every fisherman (or woman) should learn. It’s a multi-purpose knot that can be used for joining lines, attaching lures, snaps, and swivels to line. It’s a dependable knot that works well with braided, monofilament and fluorocarbon lines. Here is a short and easy step by step guide on how to make a Uni-Knot. To see a video of how to tie the Uni-Knot Click Here

1. Run line through the hook eye and double back forming a circle. 

2. Tie a Uni-Knot by wrapping the tag end around the double line six turns and through the loop. 

3. Moisten the line, then pull the mainline to tighten the knot. 

4. Pull mainline to slide the knot down to the eye of the hook or swivel.


 Tip of the Week: Stone Crabbing

October 21 2015

You may have heard it’s stone crab season! Recreational and commercial stone crab season runs from October 15th through May 15th each year in state and federal waters off the coast of Florida. 
Have you every wondered how to harvest a stone crab claw? Well now is the time to find out!

First measure the claw from the elbow to the tip of the lower immovable portion of the claw. If the claw is more than 2 and ¾ inches in length it may be removed from the crab and the crab may then be returned to the water. Remember though, care should be taken when removing the claw so as to not permanently injure the crab. Stone crabs can regrow their claws, making this Florida delicacy a true renewable resource. 

To see a video on how to safely and properly remove the claw Click Here To learn more about Stone Crabbing please see the Florida Fish and Wildlife Website to learn more about rules, regulations, and more facts.


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