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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:
  • You are under 16 years of age.
  • Over age 65 and a Florida resident.
  • A Florida resident fishing in salt water from a dock, hedge, jetty, pier or other structure connected to land.
  • Fishing from a boat covered by a Vessel Saltwater Fishing License.
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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