Sanibel and Captiva Islands are a wonderland of pleasure to those who are serious about fishing. They are also a really good time to those who are not as committed to fishing but like a good outing. The islands are surrounded by the warm, welcoming waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the quiet waters of San Carlos Bay. There are also running rivers, artificial reefs, and backwater enclaves – all of which are loaded with fish all year long.
There are game fish like Tarpon, Snook, Snapper, Sheepshead, King and Spanish Mackerel and Redfish. The fishing is good with light tackle on shore fishing from the beaches or with heavy tackle for the deeper water offshore hunt from the piers, bridges, jetties, and boats.
The saltwater fly fishing from the shore is a one-of-a-kind thrill. The important thing is to get the bites. No bites, no fun, bad time. So, there are experts on the island who want to make sure you have a good, fish-filled outing. There are bait & tackle stores, fishing guides, charter companies and marinas. You can find them listed at the Chamber of Commerce site.
Bait & Tackle Stores
Will have the tackle to either rent or buy, clothing, information about what’s running and where bait for catching your likely prey and will even recommend a guide should you want one. You can go to the one that’s closest to where you’re staying. They can issue you a fishing license.
The Bait Box 1041 Periwinkle Way 239 472 1618
Whitney’s Bait & Tackle 1854 Periwinkle Way 239 579 0399
Castaways Bait Shop 6460 Sanibel-Captiva Road 239 472 1112
Zeigler’s Fly Shop 2242 Periwinkle Way – #1 239 472 6868
You can arrange an individual fishing charter or as part of a charter group. There will be guides and mostly all your needs will be included – tackle, bait, food and drink if called for and licenses.
Tarpon Bay Explorers 900 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel 239 472 8900
Jenson’s Marina 15107 Captiva Road,Captiva 239 472 5800
McCarthy’s Marina 11401 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva 239 472 5200
These are the places that will give you the help and information you need to make your fishing trip a roaring success. You’ll not only find useful information about the local fish behavior but you can get your license, bait, tackle, rentals of boat or gear, clothing, coolers – just about anything that will make your trip a good one.
Plan Your Trip With Us
When you plan your fishing vacation trip you can call David Schuldenfrei to help you find that “just right” vacation rental property. He has had more island experience than most anyone else and is ready to help you. Call him 800 794-3107 and see what a difference a Dave makes.