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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.

Top Sanibel Fishing Spots

  1. Doc Kline Artificial Reef 30
    6/4/2012 11:37:16 PM - 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
    4/7/2016 7:51:38 PM - This hole is one of the most popular spots to catch Tarpon around Boca Grande

  3. Sanibel Reef 20
    6/4/2012 11:37:15 PM - Started on 15-Jun-77 Concrete Rubble artificial reef.  

    4/13/2011 4:20:10 PM - Name KEEWAYDIN 3 MILE C AND D REEF 01  Depth (in feet) 28 Relief (in feet) 10 Description RUBBLE AND CULVERTS COUNTY FUNDED Date of Deployment June 19 2003 Pr

    4/13/2011 4:20:32 PM - Name NAPLES PIER REEF County COLLIER Depth (in feet) 22 Relief (in feet) 3 Description "WIDELY SCATTERED PILES CONFIRMED BY RBF GRANT FWCC-01002" Date of Deployment June 17 19

  6. Eugenes Ledge
    12/10/2016 10:31:17 PM - Good ledge for snapper and gags

  7. Wiggins Pass 3 Mile - ECA Reef
    1/13/2018 11:04:05 PM -

  8. Told Ya So West
    12/10/2016 10:26:31 PM - This is the west end of one of the best ledges off Marco. Snapper and Grouper are here much of the year.

  9. Told Ya So
    12/10/2016 10:24:05 PM - This is the east end of one of the best ledges off Marco. The ledge runs over a quarter mile. Snapper and Grouper are here much of the year.

  10. Fish Haven
    3/14/2017 12:47:30 AM - Fish Haven

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Sanibel Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Sanibel, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Spotted Seatrout

  2. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 19% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 3914 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Sanibel Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart


  3. Sheepshead

  4. Sheepshead

    There is a 18.33% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 3776 Sheepshead counted.

    Sanibel Sheepshead Counts Chart


  5. Gray Snapper

  6. Gray Snapper

    There is a 9.56% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 1969 Gray Snapper counted.

    Sanibel Gray Snapper Counts Chart


  7. Ladyfish

  8. Ladyfish

    There is a 6.72% catch rate for Ladyfish, based on 1385 Ladyfish counted.

    Sanibel Ladyfish Counts Chart


  9. Pinfish

  10. Pinfish

    There is a 4.72% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 973 Pinfish counted.

    Sanibel Pinfish Counts Chart


  11. White Grunt

  12. White Grunt

    There is a 4.62% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 952 White Grunt counted.

    Sanibel White Grunt Counts Chart


  13. Red Grouper

  14. Red Grouper

    There is a 4.16% catch rate for Red Grouper, based on 856 Red Grouper counted.

    Sanibel Red Grouper Counts Chart


  15. Thread Herring

  16. Thread Herring

    There is a 2.94% catch rate for Thread Herring, based on 606 Thread Herring counted.

    Sanibel Thread Herring Counts Chart


  17. Crevalle Jack

  18. Crevalle Jack

    There is a 2.68% catch rate for Crevalle Jack, based on 551 Crevalle Jack counted.

    Sanibel Crevalle Jack Counts Chart


  19. Red Drum

  20. Red Drum

    There is a 2.59% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 533 Red Drum counted.

    Sanibel Red Drum Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 79 species of fish and 20598 fish counted for February around Sanibel.

To date, there are 146 species of fish and a total of 304049 fish counted for Sanibel and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1859 (164 years).

Last Update: 2/8/2023 1:25:14 AM

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.

View full Sanibel Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Sanibel Fishing Reports

  • 2022 was one for the books on Offshore Boca Grande!
    1/6/2023 12:59:35 PM - 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
    10/4/2022 12:24:09 PM - 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
    10/3/2022 1:53:29 PM - As you know Hurricane Ian has devastated SWFL's barrier Islands of Ft Myers Beach Sanibel Captiva St James City and Matlacha. As of 10/3/22 search and rescue is still underway

    9/3/2022 1:22:35 AM - We are on the cusp of fall down here in SWFL and it’s a great time to be on the water! What a blessing it is to have a fishery... The post SEEING REDS IN FALL FOR FISHING SAN

  • Memorable Day Fishing Sanibel Island
    7/19/2022 10:17:36 AM - What a memorable day for the Jacob family! CJ guided them to a great day of fishing off Sanibel Island. Book your family friendly fishing charter trip to Sanibel/Captiva Isla

  • Red Snapper Season is in full swing
    6/28/2022 12:30:46 PM - Red Snapper Season is in full swing here in Southwest Florida.  The weather has been ideal and the fishing sensational. The post Red Snapper Season is in full swing appeared

  • May Fishing has been awesome!
    6/8/2022 5:57:58 PM - Fishing has been amazing this month of May!  But now my favorite time of year has come!  Red snapper season starts June 1st and runs thru August 18th! The post May Fishing ha

  • Another Great Day of Offshore Fishing in Sanibel Island!
    6/7/2022 10:11:25 AM - Capt. CJ had a blast offshore fishing catching Permit with the Schiess family! They couldn’t get them in fast enough! All were released for another day! Contact us to book...

  • Catching Barracudas in Sanibel Island
    5/24/2022 10:07:35 AM - Always cool to catch a Barracuda! Bennett Wong caught this toothy beauty with Capt. Bill offshore fishing in Sanibel Island! Call or book your Sanibel Island fishing charter

  • Fishing Charters For Small Groups Of Six Or Less – Or As Large As Fourteen
    5/22/2022 6:14:56 PM - Naples Deep Sea Fishing Charters is one of the oldest charter fishing businesses in Naples and all of Florida. We have been operating offshore fishing charters in Naples Flori

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Top Sanibel 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. 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 Sanibel Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. 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

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

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

  4. 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 -

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

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Top Sanibel Marinas

  1. 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.

  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. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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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