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

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

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

Lighthouse Hole
4/7/2016 7:51:38 PM - This hole is one of the most popular spots to catch Tarpon around Boca Grande

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We will create a SD card of all fishing spots in the Sanibel, specifically for your GPS Unit, and to your specifications. Alternatively, you can create a custom GPS map yourself by using one of our methods.

Latest Sanibel Fishing Reports

Fishing Alaska with Capt. Mark Garcy
7/30/2021 1:05:58 AM - Now that things are getting back to normal I will be fishing the summer months in Alaska personally this August through the first week of September. Most dates are booked but

4/20/2021 4:41:58 PM - Please check out or recent fishing column as it appears in the April issue of Nautical Mile Publications Snapper Wrapper. Click HERE to read The post APRIL FISHING IN SOUTHWE

2/13/2021 1:41:34 PM - Please check out or recent fishing column as it appears in the February issue of Nautical Mile Publications Snapper Wrapper. Click HERE to read The post FEBRUARY FISHING IN S

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Sanibel Fishing Prediction

Optimal fishing activity will be between 5 - 9 AM on Thursday.

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 - 31.69% Catch Rate

  2. Red Drum - 28.87% Catch Rate
    Red Drum

  3. Atlantic Tarpon - 10.56% Catch Rate
    Atlantic Tarpon

  4. Spanish Mackerel - 8.45% Catch Rate
    Spanish Mackerel

  5. Spotted Seatrout - 4.93% Catch Rate
    Spotted Seatrout

  6. Goliath Grouper - 4.23% Catch Rate
    Goliath Grouper

  7. Recommedations above based on 103 local reports and 18 species of fish for October 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.

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

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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

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

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Latest Fishing Spots

Sanibel Ledge
Sanibel Ledge
Good Marks
Good Marks
Gulf sturgeon

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Bouy Conditions

Station 42023 - C13 - WFS South Buoy, 50m Isobath
October 20, 2021 8:30 am CDT
Location: 26.01N 83.086W
Wind Direction: E (90°)
Wind Speed: 15.6 knots
Wind Gust: 19.4 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.16 in (1021.5 mb)
Water Temperature: 83.7°F (28.7°C)

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