Excellent Fishing on Sanibel and Captiva!

Fishing, Fishing, Fishing! Come Experience Excellent Fishing on Sanibel and Captiva

If you have already booked a trip to Sanibel, or planning to, consider adding a fishing excursion to your next trip. There are so many fishing guides and fishing charter options to fit all budgets, and you can try your hand as a beginner or experienced angler. Many guides also have trips geared to children so the whole family can participate. Local licensed captains supply the license, tackle, bait and their expertise to try your hand at catching the likes of redfish, snook, trout or tarpon.

Redfish are a southwest Florida favorite often found in shallow grassy areas. Snook is the premier gamefish of the area, and during the summer months they can be caught from the beach or in shallow water. Tarpon are probably the most sought-after gamefish, so much so that a local catch-and-release tournament is held every year to compete for the largest catch.

Your first stop on Sanibel should be Whitney’s Bait Shop, right on Periwinkle Way. Whitney’s will advise you on the best bait and techniques for landing the fish you want. Whitney Jones is a life-long angler, a local guide and master rod-builder who has spent years on the Sanibel and Captiva waters. Whitney’s eager staff will all be able to answer questions, advise on the tides and some of the best fishing spots around the island. To book a fishing trip, buy bait or supplies, or simply to ask questions, call Whitney’s at (239) 579-0399 or email info@whitneysbaitandtackle.com. They are located at 1554 Periwinkle Way and they are open from 5 am until 8:30 pm daily.

There are several local guides who also specialize in the Sanibel-Captiva waters. Try going out with Captain John Houston from Native Guides, (239) 822-3337 or www.nativeguidesfishing.com. John is a fourth generation Floridian born and raised on Sanibel. Captain Patrick King is also a southwest Florida native and has been fishing since he could hold a fishing pole. Both John and Patrick are certified captains through the U.S. Coast Guard. Contact Patrick at (239) 839-1802 or www.kfcharterco.com.

Specializing in family trips is Captain Shawn Kelly. He can be reached at (239) 677-7929 or www.tarponsnookredfish.com. If you are still researching, contact the captains at Santiva Saltwater Fishing Team at (239) 472-1779 or www.sanibelcaptiva fishing.com. As with most of the other captains, they offer not only fishing trips, but ecotours and wildlife tours and simply an unforgettable day out on Sanibel’s waters. Why don’t you try a fishing expedition on your next visit to Sanibel? Sounds like fun!


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