Charlotte Harbor, Pine Island Sound and Lemon Bay are considered inshore waters because they’re protected from the open Gulf by a string of barrier islands. However, inshore and offshore waters are connected by the open gaps between those islands. Those gaps are called passes.
Passes are special places for a couple reasons. First, just as inshore and offshore waters meet here, so do inshore and offshore fish. That means these are great places to experience lots of different fishing opportunities. Adding to that is the large amount of current flow, which carries lots of food with it — making passes very productive for fish to hunt, and therefore productive places for us to fish. Passes hold fish from shore to shore, but the species you catch will vary with the depth and type of bottom.
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