3 Fishing Finds This Fall

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Autumn is falling in fast! So why not change with the season and put a new twist on your next beach vacation? Try spending an entire day on the shoreline or on a boat, reeling in some of the most favorite fish of the region. Take part in a classic American pastime, and find the perfect spot to cast out your lines for these three saltwater fish, which can be caught in the seas surrounding The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. 

Snook

This saltwater fish is an exciting and relatively common catch in Southwest Florida, typically inshore in coastal and brackish waters, or along mangrove shorelines and seawalls. You’ll know if you’ve reeled one in by the distinct lateral line, the high divided dorsal fin, the sloping forehead and the yellow pelvic fin. Snooks can be caught using a variety of bait. Any small fish will attract its attention, as will shrimp and crabs, but spinning fishing lures have been known to work as well. With so many options, it’s time to cast out your line and hook a snook! 

Redfish

Once you’ve got a redfish on the line, you’re in for a wild ride. Redfish are one of Florida’s most popular sport fish, known for putting up a fight. In the later months of the year, they can be found in well-populated areas of seagrass and also be caught swimming over muddy or sandy bottoms, or near oyster bars or spring fed creeks. You’ll know you’ve caught a redfish by its copper-bronze body (lighter shade in clear waters), its large horizontal mouth and at least one spot located at the upper base of its tail. As for bait, go for shrimp, crab, mullet, pinfish and mud minnows. 

Spotted Seatrout

In the waters of Southwest Florida, spotted seatrout are generally found inshore and nearshore in and around seagrass meadows, mangrove shorelines, deep holes and channels and areas above oyster bars. Spotted seatrout can be identified by their round black spots covering their backs from dorsal fin to tail, or by their silver white bellies. Seatrout have a particular appetite for baitfish, mullet, shrimp and crabs. 

No matter what time of year you visit, you’re sure to find a great catch on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. 

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