Sanibel Fishing

Sanibel Fishing

Sanibel has been known for the many pirates that frequented the island, like Gaspar, Useppa, Gasparilla and Black Caesar, but it is also known for its excellent fishing. With excellent inshore fishing, and plentiful nearshore/offshore reefs and ledges, Sanibel makes a top destination for many anglers.

Inshore fishing around Sanibel provides excellent Redfish, Snook, and Tarpon fishing year round. The Speckled Trout fishing is also great a good portion of the year, as well as Flounder and Sheepshead fishing.

Perhaps the best fishing can be found on the numerous artificial and natural reefs nearshore of Sanibel. Bottom fishing and trolling around these reefs will produce good catches of a variety of reef fish, including Grouper, Snapper, King Mackerel, Barracuda, and Sharks.

Offshore fishing Sanibel can produce Blackfin Tuna, Mahi-mahi (Dolphinfish), Wahoo, and occasionally some billfish. The deeper you go offshore the better the deep bottom fishing gets for many varieties of Snapper and Grouper.

Sanibel Fishing Prediction

Optimal fishing activity will be between 5 - 9 PM on Friday.

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data in Sanibel, you should target one of the following top 6 species for this time of year:
  1. Snook - 25% Catch Rate
    Snook

  2. Red Drum - 20.31% Catch Rate
    Red Drum

  3. Sheepshead - 12.5% Catch Rate
    Sheepshead

  4. Cobia - 6.25% Catch Rate
    Cobia

  5. Spotted Seatrout - 4.69% Catch Rate
    Spotted Seatrout

  6. Grey Triggerfish - 4.69% Catch Rate
    Grey Triggerfish

  7. Recommedations above based on 56 local reports and 17 species of fish for January in Sanibel.

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Top Sanibel Fishing Charters & Guides

Captain Paul's Sanibel & Captiva Charters
Back Bay and Gulf of Mexico fishing for Redfish, Snook Trout, Mackerel Cobia, Kingfish, and Manatee/Dolphin trips, lunch and shelling trips to the out island of Cayo Costa and Upper Captiva

Captain Joe's Charters
I’m Captain Joey Burnsed and I’m committed to delivering a great Sanibel & Captiva Islands fishing experience for you.

AquaCulture Outfitters
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Top Sanibel Bait & Tackle Stores

Bait N Wait
The number one spot in Southwest Florida for all your fishing needs.With in house reel repair and rod repair. Need a custom rod? not a problem.We also have gifts for all occasions for that fisher person in your life. Located minutes from both Fort My

Capt. Rob's Bait & Tackle
Bait & Tackle Store and Fishing Charters in Cape Coral, Florida.

Catch'um Bait & Tackle
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Top Sanibel Marinas

Fish Tale Marina
Come in to our piece of paradise and experience for yourself a fun-filled day boating, kayaking, fishing or sightseeing in Estero Bay and Fort Myers Beach with Fish-Tale Marina.

Port Sanibel Marina
Port Sanibel Marina is a beautiful “Old Florida-style” full service marina. The marina offers guests rentals of boats, kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to enjoy Southwest Florida. Also find a variety of fishing charters and other actives to experienc

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina
Our easy-access Fort Myers Beach marina is on Estero Bay, just 6 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. Dock overnight and enjoy our Fort Myers Beach villas at discounted rates as well as access to our three pools, two restaurants, full-service spa and qua

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