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“Fishermans delight just trying to catch fresh fish” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Venice Fishing Pier

Venice Fishing Pier
1600 Harbor Dr. S., Venice, FL 34285
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Venice
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Landmarks
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Owner description: Venice Fishing Pier, 1600 Harbor Dr. S., Venice Island, FL 34285. OPEN DAILY. Fishing License is NOT Required. The Venice Fishing Pier is located at Brohard Park on the south end of the island of Venice, and is owned by the City 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 beachfront 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 with showers. Open at all times. There is no fee to access the Pier and avid and amateur fisherman of all ages can fish from the Pier without a fishing license.
Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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“Fishermans delight just trying to catch fresh fish”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Great pier to watch the fishermen and the cranes trying to steal the fish, no dislikes in this area of Venice

Visited January 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Venice Pier”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

An average fishing pier. I personally think there is better fishing up at the jetties, but if you like pier fishing...this one is fine. They have a bait shop and fishing gear rental on the pier and an excellent restaurant called "Sharky's" at the beginning of the pier.
Pier is free to go out on and fish.
They do have fish cleaning stations to use.

Visited March 2013
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Evansville, Indiana
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“Perfect sunsets”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

The pier is the best place to watch the sunset in Venice, without a doubt. It's a great place to just enjoy the weather and watch the water. The only downside to the pier is the awful smell of fish, which is expected because it's also the best place to go fishing. I've heard of people catching sharks off the pier as well. Although I haven't been yet, there is also a restaurant called Sharky's located at the pier.

Visited March 2013
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Nice but fishermen have NO manners”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

I guess just showing up to walk the pier is not the norm. Fishermen just keep casting and you better be able to dodge the hooks. The place is very unique and is a must see. Just keep an eye out for hooks.

Visited December 2013
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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“Annual Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

If you are in Venice, this is a stop you need to make. We travel to Venice at least once a year and spend more than a few days at the pier and surrounding beach (& Sharkys)
If you're lucky you'll catch one of the fisherman pulling in a hammerhead.
Great spot to catch the sea breeze, people watch and the perfect spot to get engaged! (worked for us a couple trips ago!)

Visited November 2013
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