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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.



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 16.56% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 3848 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Sanibel Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart
    Spotted

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  3. Scaled Sardine

  4. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 11.72% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 2722 Scaled Sardine counted.

    Sanibel Scaled Sardine Counts Chart
    Scaled

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  5. Gray Snapper

  6. Gray Snapper

    There is a 8.38% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 1947 Gray Snapper counted.

    Sanibel Gray Snapper Counts Chart
    Gray

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  7. Pinfish

  8. Pinfish

    There is a 8.16% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 1897 Pinfish counted.

    Sanibel Pinfish Counts Chart
    Pinfish

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  9. Snook

  10. Snook

    There is a 7.09% catch rate for Snook, based on 1648 Snook counted.

    Sanibel Snook Counts Chart
    Snook

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  11. Thread Herring

  12. Thread Herring

    There is a 6.86% catch rate for Thread Herring, based on 1594 Thread Herring counted.

    Sanibel Thread Herring Counts Chart
    Thread

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  13. Red Grouper

  14. Red Grouper

    There is a 4.08% catch rate for Red Grouper, based on 949 Red Grouper counted.

    Sanibel Red Grouper Counts Chart
    Red

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  15. Red Drum

  16. Red Drum

    There is a 3.67% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 853 Red Drum counted.

    Sanibel Red Drum Counts Chart
    Red

    ENLARGE SANIBEL RED DRUM COUNTS CHART


  17. Hardhead Catfish

  18. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 3.46% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 805 Hardhead Catfish counted.

    Sanibel Hardhead Catfish Counts Chart
    Hardhead

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  19. Ladyfish

  20. Ladyfish

    There is a 2.72% catch rate for Ladyfish, based on 632 Ladyfish counted.

    Sanibel Ladyfish Counts Chart
    Ladyfish

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Recommendations above based on 88 species of fish and 23234 fish counted for May around Sanibel.

To date, there are 159 species of fish and a total of 317407 fish counted for Sanibel and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1859 (165 years).

Last Update: 5/20/2024 4:22:46 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
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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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Sanibel 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. KEEWAYDIN 3 MILE C AND D REEF 01
    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


  5. Wiggins Pass 3 Mile - ECA Reef


  6. NAPLES PIER REEF
    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


  7. Eugenes Ledge
    Good ledge for snapper and gags


  8. Fish Haven
    Fish Haven


  9. Told Ya So West
    This is the west end of one of the best ledges off Marco. Snapper and Grouper are here much of the year.


  10. Told Ya So
    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.


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Latest Sanibel Fishing Reports

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  • Lets go Fishing
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  • Red Grouper Bite Has Been Insane
    The red grouper bite has been insane this month.   Large mangrove snapper have been plentiful.  And as water temps continue to rise the pelagic fish are showing up everyday!


  • Fishing Report Late March 2024
    TARPON FISHING & MORE! Tarpon and sharks have shown up in the backcountry and I’m also seeing tarpon off the beaches. As is the norm for this time of year tarpon and sharks h


  • WEEKLY FISHING REPORT
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  • MARCH ON THE WATER
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  • Naples Florida Fishing Report by Capt. Mark Ward
    The weather finally warmed up and the water temperature is now in the mid 70’s and climbing! Consequently I’m starting to use live bait live minnows (pilchards) again which s


  • Weekly Fishing Report
    Please click Fishing Report for our weekly fishing column (On the Water) that appears in Pine Island and Sanibel Island papers The post Weekly Fishing Report appeared first o


  • February 14th 2024
    Please click Fishing Report for our weekly fishing column (On the Water) that appears in Pine Island and Sanibel Island papers The post February 14th 2024 appeared first on P


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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
    WE HAVE A BOAT FRINDLY WRAP AROUND DRIVEWAY EASY IN EASY OUT

  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. 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

  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. 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 - https://www.beaquacultured.com/

  7. 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

  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. 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 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. 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

  3. 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

  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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Bouy Conditions

Station 42023 - C13 - WFS South Buoy, 50m Isobath
May 21, 2024 1:35 am CDT
Location: 26.01N 83.086W
Wind Direction: N (10°)
Wind Speed: 7.8 knots
Wind Gust: 11.7 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.91 in (1012.8 mb)
Air Temperature: 80.1°F (26.7°C)
Dew Point: 75.0°F (23.9°C)
Water Temperature: 82.6°F (28.1°C)


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