Williams Pier is located at the intersection of 54th Street South and Shore Boulevard in Gulfport. The first in a series of piers was built in 1907. The latest pier was recently renovated, and a dedication to Bert and Walter Williams was held in June 2001. Bert and Walter Williams, a father and son, were instrumental in the development of Gulfport, serving as city officials for a combined tenure of over twenty-seven years.
Features of the pier:
– 521-foot extension into Boca Ciega Bay providing access to fishing in deeper waters
– Free admission
– Exterior lighting
– Fish cleaning table
Address: Shore Blvd. S. and 54th St. S.
Hours of Operation: Open 24 hours
Fishing License is required unless you’re exempt and meet the requirements to not need one.
Best type of bait appears to be live Shrimp and Fiddler crabs or Swimming / Passing Crabs also Green Backs or Threadfin are a good pick as well.
You should be able to find Free bait around February and March if you get to the Pier just as its getting dark. If you check around the lights that shine in the water and have a long enough net to scoop the crabs that hand around the lights you can use them for bait.
I’d highly recommend fishing at night here if you can fish by the lights in the water with live bait I was catching some nice Spotted Sea Trout at this location and some Gray Snapper.
Take in mind I fished here in Early March so the weather was a little cold and windy that day.
There is also a few restaurants in this location fishing here on a weekend could lead to limited places to find to park at.
And it can be sketchy over there by that I mean homeless people and drug users. Please take in mind that we want people to be aware of stuff like this before they go out to places like this. Based on what we seen when we were there fishing.
Otherwise you will have to locate a bait shop around that area I bought mine way back at Riviera Bait and Tackle located at 1106 94th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702 Which was roughly 11 miles away.
Mention Fishing Florida Water to them if you stop in.