Second only to shelling and sunbathing, fishing is by and large the most popular pastime on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel – and it’s not hard to see why. Dense mangrove islands and warm, placid flats attract countless species of saltwater fish, while the long and wide Caloosahatchee River houses teeming schools of freshwater fish. These conditions, combined with endless onshore entertainment and gorgeous Gulf Coast sunsets, result in the most unbeatable fishing the Sunshine State has to offer. If that isn’t enough to make you want to dust off your tackle box and take off work, these awesome photos from local fishing trips should do the trick.
On any given day, you’ll spot dozens of fishing boats trolling around mangrove isles in Pine Island Sound or venturing further out into open Gulf waters. If you don’t have a boat of your own, fear not. Plenty of local companies offer boat rentals by the day or weekend, as well as guided fishing charters for less experienced anglers.
Plenty of fish in the sea! Four satisfied seafarers show off their hall of mangrove snappers. At the smaller end of the snapper spectrum, this specie can range from greyish red to the bright red specimen pictured here.
Just because you’re close to shore doesn’t mean you can’t reel in a big catch. Public piers can be found all across The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. These manmade structures attract certain species – including redfish, pictured here – making them great spots to cast out.
Many people assume fly-fishing is reserved for babbling brooks or mountain streams, but the sport can be even more scenic on the shores of Southwest Florida. Here, a local man takes the slack out of his line with a stunning backdrop of sunset over the Sanibel Causeway.
With views and catches like these, it’s easy to get hooked on fishing on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. Read on for an in-depth look at the best fishing spots the area has to offer and start planning your offshore excursion today.
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