Fort Myers Beach Fishing, Sanibel Island Fishing, Captiva Island Fishing  tackle bait -yellow-flip

The waters around Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach, Captiva, and throughout Lee County offer some of the best fishing in Florida. Purchase a non-resident license and you can fish from the public pier that stretches hundreds of feet into the Gulf of Mexico at the Beach’s Lynn Hall Memorial Park or the Lighthouse Pier on the eastern tip of Sanibel.

Fort Myers Beach Boating, Sanibel Island Boating, Captiva Island Boating
Party boats and charter boats abound at the many docks around the Beach. A license is not required by non-residents for this — just pay the captain and you’re on your way to boating the big ones in the Gulf of Mexico. The boats range from 60-100 ft. The average cost per person for half day is $52.00 and full day $60.00, children are $32.00 for half or full-day.

For the back bay fisherman, the catwalk under the Matanzas Pass Bridge is a good spot to angle for sheepshead, ladyfish and trout around the pilings and fenders of the bridge

For the adventurous angler, many marinas nearby offer small boats for rent that are perfect for exploring and angling in Pine Island Sound and Estero Bay — a huge, shallow body of water dotted with hundreds of mangrove keys, home to many species of game fish. A fishing license is needed to fish the back bays.

Nor is the diehard freshwater fisherman slighted. Lee County is interlaced with freshwater canals and water management ditches, all of which are richly populated with bass, bluegill, crappie and a variety of other panfish. You’ll need a license for this fishing, too.

Licenses are available by visiting, or may be obtained from many tackle shops and stores such as Wal-Mart.

So bring your rod, reel and plenty of tackle — Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach and Captiva are truly a fisherman’s paradise.

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