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Sanibel Island Fishing

The fishing is fantastic at Sanibel or Captiva Islands, from deep-sea fishing to light tackle. Whether you hire one of the very proficient fishing guides or captains and go on a half or full day charter or rent your own boat from one of the marinas, or surf cast from the beach or fish from one of the bridges or docks. Three popular places to fish are: The Causeway, Blind Pass Bridge and the pier on the bayside of the Sanibel Lighthouse (Point Ybel light).
Some of the more popular fish are: Bass, Cobia, Drum, Flounder, Grouper, Mackerel, Mullet, Pompano, Redfish, Sea trout, Shark, Sheephead, Snapper, Snook and Tarpon.
A license is required for freshwater and saltwater fishing. You do not need a license if:
  • A resident who is saltwater fishing from land or a structure fixed to land who has been determined eligible for the food stamp, temporary cash assistance, or Medicaid Program by the Department of Children and Family Services. Proof of identification and a benefit issuance or program identification card issued by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities or the Agency for Health Care Administration must be on your person when fishing.
  • A child under 16 years of age.
  • Any resident fishing for recreational purposes only, within her or his county of residence with live or natural bait, using poles or lines not equipped with a fishing line retrieval mechanism.
  • Fishing from a for-hire vessel -- guide, charter, party boat -- that has a valid charter boat license or charter captain license.
  • A holder of a valid saltwater products license.
  • A Florida resident 65 years of age or older and you possess proof of age and residency, such as a Florida driver's license or ID, or an optional no-cost Resident Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate.
  • A Florida resident who is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, who is not stationed in this state, while on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders. This does not include family members.
  • Any person fishing who has been accepted as a client for developmental disabilities services by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, provided the agency furnishes proof thereof.
  • Fishing for recreational purposes from a pier that has a valid pier saltwater fishing license.
  • Fishing from a boat that has a valid recreational vessel fishing license.
  • A Florida resident who is fishing for mullet in freshwater with a valid Florida freshwater fishing license.
  • A Florida resident who possesses a no-cost Florida Resident Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing Certificate.
A license can be purchased at all marinas, The Bait Box and Bailey's General Store both on Periwinkle Way.
There are regulations on size and bag limits, also open and closed seasons. Free lists are published by the Florida Marine Fisheries Commission and are available at the same place you purchase your license.
Don't forget your sunscreen, polarized sunglasses and hat.

Shoreline Fishing on Sanibel Island
Boat Rentals
Ireland Yacht Sales at Sanibel Marina Get Directions
634 N. Yachtsman Dr. Sanibel Island, FL 33957
(239) 472-2531
Sweet Water Boat Rental Get Directions
15951 Captiva Dr. Sanibel Island, FL 33957
(239) 472-6336
The Boat House at Sanibel Marina Get Directions
634 N Yachtsman Dr. Sanibel Island, FL 33957
(239) 472-2531
Seawave Boat Rental Get Directions
3600 South Seas Plantation Rd. Captiva Island, FL 33924
(239) 472-1744
Fishing Charters
Capt R.H. "Dusty" Harrington (239) 283-7300 Inshore Fishing, Back Bay Fishing, Sightseeing & Shelling.
Sudden Action Guide Service (239) 410-6869
Capt. Joe Burnsed (239) 472-8658 Offshore & Back Bay Fishing.
Captiva Salt Water Fishing Team (239) 472-1779 Offshore Fishing, Birding & Shelling.
Tagger 11 Charters (239) 472-3841 Offshore, Back Bay & Flats Fishing.
Bait & Tackle
The Bait Box Get Directions
1041 Periwinkle Way Sanibel Island, FL 33957
(239) 472-1618
Bailey's General Store Get Directions
2477 Periwinkle Way Sanibel Island, FL 33957
(239) 472-1516
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