Hook the Big One!

This is "The Tarpon Capital of the World" and home to "The Fishingest Bridge in the US," names earned by reputation for delivering the kind of experiences anglers don't have to exaggerate. Whether you are offshore, on the flats or surf fishing, when you find the right spot you'll know it because the fish will be biting.

Options abound for fishing area waters -- guided or solo, inshore or offshore, party or chartered excursions.

No matter what time of year you visit The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, the fishing is phenomenal. Temperate waters welcome large game fish in the spring like our famous tarpon and grouper, and year-round catches of succulent snapper and redfish are common.

In the warm summer months, try fishing near piers and jetties in the early morning, before the water heats up. Later in the day, stick to channels and passes, especially during incoming tides.

Winter fishing moves inshore. This is high season for flats fishing, especially for snook and big trout. Spring and fall allow you to make good use of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel's hundreds of miles of waterways, where you'll find cobia, Spanish mackerel, amberjack and more.

Whether you choose inshore or offshore, saltwater or freshwater, you'll find plenty of fish

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Saltwater Fishing
Angling can be highly productive, whether you're fishing from the beach, piers or bridges, or by boat in the backcountry, inshore or offshore. This area is known as a "fisherman's paradise." Saltwater fly fishing and light tackle fishing are the fastest-growing segments in the fishing industry, and The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is considered one of the greatest areas in Florida to pursue this type of angling. In fact, several world-record fish have been caught in these waters.

Inshore Fishing
The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel has fishing year 'round for snook, tarpon, redfish, spotted seatrout, sheepshead, jack crevalle, mangrove snapper and many other varieties of fish. These gamefish can be caught along the mangrove shorelines, over the open flats, around bridges, piers, docks or by wade fishing along the beaches or drifting the many passes and inlets that lead to the Gulf of Mexico.

Offshore Fishing
The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is well known for some of the best grouper in Florida and the abundant waters are filled with shark, bonito, barracuda, permit, cobia and Spanish and king mackerel. Sight-casting for tripletail gathered around floating objects is fast becoming a favorite among anglers, as well as casting lines around the natural or the many artificial reefs offshore.

Freshwater Fishing
Freshwater fishing is abundant and accessible all year long. The species of fish most often targeted by anglers are bass, crappie, blue gill, shellcrackers, catfish and oscars. Commonly used tackle includes cane poles, plug-casting reels, spinning reels and fly rods, and baits range from live worms and shiners to plastic worms and crank baits. Popular freshwater fishing areas include the freshwater canals in Cape Coral, the Caloosahatchee River and lakes and ponds throughout The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. Some lakes and ponds are private property, and permission is needed to fish them.

Fishing Charters

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  • Online Fishing Brochure

    Besides the right rig, bait and tackle, the best anglers are equipped and prepared for anything. Mostly it’s common sense, but here are a few helpful tips to make your days on the water of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel truly memorable. Download the online brochure!

  • Our Pinterest Board

    Saltwater, freshwater, deep sea or fly, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel has great opportunities for fishing. Browse through a variety of images of local fishing in our area.
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  • On Water Activities

    We owe everything to the warm Gulf waters that surround us. The soft, white sand beaches to play on, the millions of shells to find, or the days spent kayaking, boating or fishing – none of which would be possible without it. The water connects us to nature, and with each new discovery, to each other. Click here to view other water activities!

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