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Fort Myers Fishing

Fort Myers Fishing

Fort Myers, named after Colonel Abraham Myers, is the gateway to some of the best fishing in Southwest Florida. Two of the most famous residents were Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, who both owned winter homes there and often fished together. With fantastic flats and back bay fishing, and plentiful nearshore reefs, Fort Myers is a top destination for fishing in Florida.

Inshore fishing around Fort Myers offers some of the best Snook fishing anywhere in the country. There is also excellent Bonefish, Permit, Pompano, Redfish, Spotted Trout, Tarpon and Shark fishing. Off the beaches, you will find many different species of fish to tug on the end of the line, including Cobia, King Mackerel, and Spanish Mackerel.

Fishing the many reefs offshore of Fort Myers offers some of the best grouper and snapper fishing in the country. Huge Black Grouper, Gag Grouper, and Red Grouper are frequently caught here, as well as many different species of Snapper. There is also good Amberjack and Triggerfish to be found around most reefs. Further offshore you can catch Billfish such as Blue Marlin and Sailfish, Dolphin (Mahi-mahi), many different species of Tuna, and Wahoo.

Fort Myers Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Fort Myers, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Scaled Sardine

  2. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 22.87% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 5532 Scaled Sardine counted.

    Fort Myers Scaled Sardine Counts Chart


  3. Pinfish

  4. Pinfish

    There is a 12.56% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 3038 Pinfish counted.

    Fort Myers Pinfish Counts Chart


  5. Gray Snapper

  6. Gray Snapper

    There is a 10.23% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 2475 Gray Snapper counted.

    Fort Myers Gray Snapper Counts Chart


  7. Spotted Seatrout

  8. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 8.15% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 1973 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Fort Myers Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart


  9. Red Drum

  10. Red Drum

    There is a 6.52% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 1577 Red Drum counted.

    Fort Myers Red Drum Counts Chart


  11. Snook

  12. Snook

    There is a 5.96% catch rate for Snook, based on 1443 Snook counted.

    Fort Myers Snook Counts Chart


  13. Spot Croaker

  14. Spot Croaker

    There is a 5.14% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 1243 Spot Croaker counted.

    Fort Myers Spot Croaker Counts Chart


  15. Ladyfish

  16. Ladyfish

    There is a 3.91% catch rate for Ladyfish, based on 945 Ladyfish counted.

    Fort Myers Ladyfish Counts Chart


  17. Hardhead Catfish

  18. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 3.64% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 880 Hardhead Catfish counted.

    Fort Myers Hardhead Catfish Counts Chart


  19. Red Grouper

  20. Red Grouper

    There is a 2.17% catch rate for Red Grouper, based on 526 Red Grouper counted.

    Fort Myers Red Grouper Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 85 species of fish and 24194 fish counted for September around Fort Myers.

To date, there are 158 species of fish and a total of 368471 fish counted for Fort Myers and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1859 (164 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2023 1:48:27 PM

Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Top Fort Myers Fishing Spots

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Fort Myers are the following:

  1. Doc Kline Artificial Reef 30
    About 6 miles south of Sanibel, the Doc Kline reef sits in approximately 30 feet of water. Snapper, amberjack, redfish, grouper, and sharks are frequent residents of th

  2. Lighthouse Hole
    This hole is one of the most popular spots to catch Tarpon around Boca Grande

  3. Sanibel Reef 20
    Started on 15-Jun-77 Concrete Rubble artificial reef.  

  4. Wiggins Pass 3 Mile - ECA Reef

  5. Fish Haven
    Fish Haven

  6. Tommys Spot
    Tommys Spot

  7. Causeway Reef-Artificial

  8. 1287

  9. Fisherman Key
    Fisherman Key

  10. Point Ybel
    Point Ybel

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  • Diving after Hurricane Ian
    Now that we have made it through the cleanup efforts from Hurricane Ian we are getting out diving more and surveying the damage on the reefs on the Gulf of Mexico. Fortunatel

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  • 2022 was one for the books on Offshore Boca Grande!
    Captain Brad Hickman consistently produced quality fish all year.  2023 we be no different with all new tackle and a motivated captain! The post 2022 was one for the books on

  • Hurrican Ian Barrier Islands Update
    SWFL has severely been impacted by hurricane Ian. Currently search and rescue missions are underway. Starting tomorrow 10/5/22 barrier island residence are allowed access to t

  • Hurrican Ian Update
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  • Memorable Day Fishing Sanibel Island
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Top Fort Myers Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. 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

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

  3. Catch'um Bait & Tackle

  4. Rite Angler

  5. Miller Bait & Tackle
    Located in LaBelle, Florida, we make it easy for you to fish with your favorite bait.

  6. Venture Out
    Venture Out is a charter company with a full tackle/bait shop and bar. Come visit us before you go out and after you come back in for the right supplies you'll need or be wanting. We are open everyday from 7AM-7PM or later.

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Top Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. FishSkinner Fishing Charters
    FishSkinner Charters is an inshore and nearshore fishing guide and charter service in Fort Myers, Fl.

  2. Captain Bill Curtis
    Are you looking for a private inshore or offshore charter fishing guide out of Fort Myers, Ft. Myers Beach, or Bonita Springs in the Southwest Florida area? I offer private inshore guided charter fishing and sightseeing trips in South West Florida o

  3. AquaCulture Outfitters
    AquaCulture Outfitters offers guided fishing charters services near Fort Myers Beach for The Best Inshore fishing or offshore fishing experience. Book Online Now! More -

  4. Catch Me If U Can Fishing Charters
    Whether you're looking for a guide to show you the best fishing in Fort Myers, Sanibel's shelling beaches, or hidden bayous full of birdlife, we've got your trip.

  5. Blackwater Charters
    If you're looking for a fishing charter in the Ft Myers area then you have come to the right place. All of my fishing charters in Fort Myers, Pine Island, Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor are No Fish! No Pay! Which means that if you don't cat

  6. SaltyNative Charters
    We are proud to be one of southwest Florida’s premier fishing, boating and outdoor outfitters. Whether you’re looking to catch that trophy fish, enjoy the beauty of our natural habitat or just relax on the water for a few hours or all day, we have t

  7. Sea Reed Charters
    We have been guiding on the local water for over 10 years. If you want a chance to catch big Snook and Redfish, we know were they live and will give you that opportunity. While we prefer to fish live bait, we also offer fly fishing and artificial fis

  8. Captain Daniel Andrews Fishing Charters
    Join me as we fish the waters of Pine Island Sound, Sanibel, and Captiva in search of Tarpon, Snook, Redfish and Seatrout. My 19' ActionCraft flats boat gets us to the fish comfortably, quietly, and safely. Whether you are looking to catch your f

  9. Gulf Coast Guide Service
    Custom Charters specializing in light tackle fishing for Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, Trout, Sharks and many other Species on the beautiful waters of southwest Florida

  10. Endless Summer Charters
    Leaving daily from beautiful Port Sanibel Marina, Endless Summer Charters offers private fishing charters, shelling tours and sightseeing excursions in S.W. Florida including Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Boca Grande, Ft. Myers Beach (Estero Island

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Top Fort Myers Marinas

  1. Legacy Harbour Marina
    Situated just east of Marker 49 on the Okeechobee Waterway is Legacy Harbour Marina. Its central location along the Caloosahatchee River makes it the ideal spot for stopovers or extended stays. Just a few blocks from the historic Edison & Ford Wi

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Salty Sam's Marina
    Salty Sam's is a full service marina with boat service & repairs, boat sales and wet slips and dry storage. Voted Best Marina, Salty Sam's is truly what boating in Southwest Florida is all about. To start your adventure, call us today! Fo

  5. Olde Fish House Marina
    You'll find a boat ramp and fuel dock at Olde' Fish House Marina, we're just minutes from Matlacha pass and our fuel is "non ethanol". To check on our Marina hours of operation call 239-282-9577. You can Rent Kayaks here at th

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Latest Fishing Spots

Yellowtail Snapper

Gray Triggerfish

Gray Triggerfish

Gray Triggerfish

Gray Triggerfish

Gray Triggerfish

Gray Triggerfish

Black Seabass

Black Seabass

Black Seabass

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Bouy Conditions

Station FMRF1 - 8725520 - Fort Myers, FL
September 26, 2023 1:18 pm EDT
Location: 26.647N 81.871W
Wind Direction: W (260°)
Wind Speed: 4.1 knots
Wind Gust: 5.1 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.03 in (1017.1 mb)
Air Temperature: 83.5°F (28.6°C)
Water Temperature: 83.7°F (28.7°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waxing Gibbous Moon

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