I've never been to Florida, but it turns out that I will be there for a few days at the beginning of January. Of course I'm planning to fish, but with 2 kids and a wife, and only one car at our disposal, I don't know how much time I'll have. I don't know where in town the place we're staying is, but if all the Florida reports over the years are any indication, it doesn't really matter: every puddle is filled with crazy fish!
My number one wish-list fish for the trip would be a Florida gar, but I don't know for sure that they're around there. Haven't looked it up yet. I'd also love to hook up with a peacock bass if they're around, and all those crazy catfish would be fun as well. And of course the many species of sunfish, cichlids, etc., that we don't have up here. For some reason I've not even thought about the possibility of saltwater fishing until this very moment. For weeks I've just thought of it as a trip to catch a gar. If there's easy saltwater access without needing big gear, I'd like to know about it.
I'm not sure what to take in terms of gear (it can't be very much), so advice would be great. I expect to be able to bring no more than 2 rods/reels, and I'd like one of them to be a fly rod. Any lures in particular that would be useful? State regulations regarding hook types or other restrictions I should know about?
Same for locations, bait sources, great food, etc. Bonus for locations that allow me to fish and the kids to either join me or play nearby.
PS: If you want me to keep any locations or other info secret, just PM me and I promise I'll keep my mouth shut.