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Red October Sanibel Island Fishing Charters

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Beautiful Copper colored Redfish caught near Sanibel Island

This time of year as we approach the heart of Fall months. The fishing bite tends to heat up for us here in S.W. Florida as the temperature slowly subdues.  A lot of the locals refer to October as “Red October” as many of our upper and over slot Redfish

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Tailing Redfish feed in Pine Island Sound

begin schooling together getting ready to make their annual migration offshore.

Big schools of fish can often be spotted from hundreds of yards away as they push the calm waters in the Pine Island sound. Pretty soon these fish will make their way right off our beaches where the schools can easily reach 100 plus fish. There’s not much more of an exciting sight for saltwater fisherman than seeing a school of hundreds of Redfish turning the surface of the water to a golden glow! They’ll usually eat just about any type of bait precisely cast ahead of them. Usually a large thread fin Herring or Gulf shrimp doesn’t make it out alive if tossed in the mix.

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An over slot Snook caught near Sanibel Island, FL

Snook fishing can still be pretty good for us this time of year as well. The fish sense that water is gradually cooling down, and as a Tropical based fish, they start to make their way out of the passes and towards the rivers where the darker water retains warmth for the winter months. This time of year can also be awesome for our nearshore bite.

We start to see schools of Kingfish terrorizing bait pods a couple miles off the beaches. If you’ve never experienced a Kingfish smoking off hundreds of yards of line in a matter of seconds then you’re not doing yourself justice as a fisherman! They also are big favorite for cooks to put on the smoker that can result in an amazing fish dip.

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Kevin Johnson with a Kingfish caught of Ft. Myers Beach

One of my personal favorite things to do while on the way out to my nearshore fishing grounds is to run the beaches in hopes of spotting a Tripletail. I swear Tripletail are God’s gift to fishing guides. They can be easy to find, dumb, fight like hell, and definitely one of the best white flaky fish in the world to eat.  A well placed free-lined shrimp or cut bait almost always gets them to eat!  One thing about this time of year that I truly love is that our waters are so quiet and desolate from the lack of tourists.  It’s not that uncommon to not see a single boat during your weeks venture to your favorite fishing holes.  I’m sure the fish appreciate it just as well and are not as “spooky” when approached.

As you can see, Fall can not only be one of the nicest times of the year for weather but fishing too. Make sure to book your charter and get in on Fall fishing off the islands of Fort Myers and Sanibel Islands.

Capt. Matt Johnson

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Capt. Matt holds a tasty Triple Tail

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You can book a charter with Capt. Matt or our other Endless Summer Charter guides at 239-691-1966.

 

 

 

 

Hurricane Irma and Sanibel Island Fishing

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Hurricane Irma was a frightening and anxiety ridden and we were staring right down the barrel of a Catagory 5 storm, the largest and most dangerous storm in recorded history. Not only did we have to worry about our own lives but we had our boats, marina, other people’s boats and our animals!

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Capt. Bill on clean-up

Just before it got to Florida it decided to go up through the middle of our peninsula via the Florida Keys. The Keys took the brunt and by the time it got to us it had downgraded to a Category 2. Not so scary. The fact it stayed on land and didn’t beat the coast was more of an advantage for Florida as the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico would have kept it a much stronger storm. Florida Crackers are a pretty resilient group. I’m not talking about transplants (although there a good few), I’m talking about true third, forth and fifth generation Floridian whom were nicknamed Crackers after the Florida Cowboys and the bullwhips they’d wield in the Florida Palmetto scrub. Many Crackers ended up in the fishing industry like my grandfather.Sanibel Snook fishing, Sanibel Island fishing charters

My mother was in quite a few Hurricans (as they call them) before they even named them. Every time time the people would build it bigger and better than before.

With Irma we were fortunate. The storm looked big but it’s swath was much narrower than people expected. The coast of Lee County got the least damage with mostly non-native vegetation taking the largest toll.

Sanibel Island, Fort Myers Beach, Captiva Island, Cayo Costa and Useppa are totally up and running!
This week we’ve had some great catches. Redfish and Snook are continuing with a strong bite and we are even seeing Tarpon up the river in droves.

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Capt. John doing a little post-hurricane scouting

Our charter boats and captains are ready and eager to get you out in the water to do some fishing. This would  also be a great time for some shelling on Cayo Costa as the shells have mounded up from the storms. We are lucky to not have lost any beaches or structures on our beautiful barrier islands.

Please feel free to give us a call or book online 24/7. We are ready to get you out on the water for your next adventure!

Capt. Bill

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Sanibel Island Fishing Charters Tarpon Season 2017

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Spring is officially here which means the Silver King are back! Tarpon are sought after for not only for their beauty but the pure adrenaline rush you get once you hook in to one. Fishing Sanibel Florida is a unique experience. Here on the Southwest Gulf coast we have a shallow and slowly sloping bottom. We don’t have the large reefs of the Florida Keys or the huge drop-offs of the East Coast of Florida. What we do have is Tarpon and LOTS of them.sanibel fishing charters There’s more than one reason we are called the Tarpon Capitol of the World. One reason is the fact that the first tarpon was caught right here Tarpon Bay on the bay side of Sanibel Island. It was the first tarpon caught on hook and line. That started the ball rolling. When sports fishing anglers heard about the magnificent fish and the fantastic fight they came droves. They soon found out that the migration of the tarpon took them from off Fort Myers Beach to the north tip of our county, Lee. The north tip of Lee County ends a Gasparilla Island. Gasparilla Island is known for a little town called Boca Grande. South of Boca Grand is the famous Boca Grande Pass. Boca Grand Pass is know three things, deep water, Tarpon and shark! The nutrient rich waters of Charlotte Harbor empty into the Gulf of Mexico through Boca Grande Pass. The waters carry what we call around here, pass crabs. These crabs are like candy to the tarpon and they will pile up in layers waiting for their crunchy goodness.

sanibel backwater fishing guideBecause tarpon became so popular as a game fish it also became the downfall of the tarpon fishing industry.  Along with the ecologically responsible anglers and guides came the money hungry tournament anglers. What was once a gentleman’s sport became a “take no prisoners” kind of fishing.  The boats got faster, fishing style over the top and testosterone running higher than ever. Luckily, in recent years the efforts of the responsible anglers have won out.  Sure, there’s the occasional yahoo that doesn’t know the etiquette of Boca Grande pass or tarpon fishing as a whole but for the most part we are slowly returning to responsible angling here in the Sanibel, Captiva and Fort Myers Beach areas.

Capt. Bill and Capt. Matt practice responsible angling. This means you’ll get the best experience while fishing the fair and guilt-free way. We respect tarpon as one of the greatest species of fish in the oceans.

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Catching tarpon off Sanibel Island

They don’t call them Silver King for nothing. To be treated any less of the royal fish they are is a crime. We never gaff. Gaffing can cause a hole in the lower mouth of this fish that gulps air at the surface in order to survive. We hand hold only for photos which makes it a little more work for the captain but a bigger reward as you see this gentle giant swim off unharmed to catch another day.

“I’m a passionate hardcore fisherman. Biggest fish I caught? A 200-pound tarpon.” – Dwayne Johnson

Anglers can spend thousands, tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars in pursuit of the famed tarpon in the waters of Southwest Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. Hiring a guide affords you the best opportunity to catch this magnificent fish and check it off your Bucket List as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Presidents and Millionaires have for decades. All with little effort on your part by having two of the best tarpon guidesanibel fishing charterss Southwest Florida.

Capt. Bill and Capt. Matt have put many anglers on these elusive fish and released hundreds if not thousands of the chrome beauties for numerous seasoned as well as amateur anglers.  To book your Sanibel flats fishing charter please go to our BOOK NOW page and simply choose a 6 or 8 hour tarpon charter in April, May, June or July.  You will not be disappointed in your hunt and catch of a lifetime.

-Compiled from the family history of the Wilhelm, Wade, Johnson & Hammond families history in fishing for tarpon in Southwest Florida-

Call (239) 691-1966 or go to Endless Summer Charters to make reservations for the 2017 Tarpon Season.

Offshore Sanibel fishing is heating up!

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We had an epic weekend down here in sunny S.W. Florida! Jen and Nathan wore out the offshore fish with Capt. Matt, along with all their muscles. Their 8 hour trips consisted of Amber Jacks, Grouper, Baracudas, Mangrove Snapper, a battle with a big Tuna, and many more. Sanibel in the winter is heating up! Fishing off Sanibel Island can be a thrilling adventure, especially when you have professional guides who put you on fish again and again!

If you’d like to book a Sanibel Island fishing charter or a Fort Myers fishing charters please give us a call or book 24/7 on our online automated booking system for an adventure of a lifetime!

We can arrange your charter to your liking. We completely customize your day according to your skill, fish you’d like to target and side trips for lunch or a mini eco-tour!

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A big barracuda caught off Sanibel and Captiva Islands

 

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An Amberjack caught off Sanibel & Captiva Islands

 

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Having an epic day fishing with Capt. Matt off the beaches of Sanibel and Fort Myers.

 

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Nothing like Amberjack for dinner!

Tight Lines!

Capt. Matt Johnson

 

 

Offshore Fishing off Sanibel Island, Florida

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A nice King Mackerel aka, Kingfish was caught off Sanibel Island

A nice Bonita caught off Sanibel Island

A nice Bonita caught off Sanibel Island

Another beautiful day in the waters off Sanibel Island, Florida.  The wind has laid down and the Kingfish were hungry!! Big Bonita, snapper and gag grouper made an appearance as well. When the winds cooperate this is a great time of year for offshore fishing in SW Florida. This is the time of year when the tourist visitation is still light and the water is not overly crowded.  It can be an excellent time for a Sanibel Island fishing vacation considering the low chance of rain and weather still in the 80’s!

 

Red October! Fishing near Sanibel Island for Redfish

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Beautiful Copper colored Redfish caught near Sanibel Island.

Redfish fishing is heating up and is in full swing in and around Sanibel Island and Pine Island sound. Consistent action can be found near mangrove islands on the high and falling tides with large schools working the flats and bars during the low tide while fishing the Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach and Captiva Islands. Endless Summer Charters has had awesome success fishing live pilchards (small silver bait ranging 2″-6″) with knocker rigs under the bushes and potholes then cruising the flats of Sanibel on the low tides looking for large schools pushing water or tailing. Free lining baits as well as using a float to keep baits off the bottom is a must. Big chunks of lady fish have worked as well.

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Catching Redfish in a Refish print shirt is pretty special indeed!

This past weekend I had the honor to fish with a group of awesome female anglers who represented Port Sanibel Marina and participated in the  2016 Racks and Reels Breast Cancer tournament. The tournament was an all female event.  The twelve heaviest lady fish won the tournament with the addition of a mystery fish being the largest redfish that could be caught and release by the weigh master.  My daughter was one of those team members that caught the LARGEST redfish and made me very proud by landing  a 7lb, 25.6 inch slot red that won the Calcutta for our team! Nothing better than seeing her big smile after we got the redfish on the deck. We were so excited to get it in the livewell that we failed to take any photos of the redfish!  We do however have a photo of Team Coastal Outfitters below. I was honored to captain and guide the ladies to the win!

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My all ladies team won the Calcutta with the Largest Redfish! The winning angler is arrowed.

With cooler temperature slowing approaching SW Florida and rainy season slowly coming to an end, I expect this kind of redfish action to continue well into December. Book your charter today With Endless Summer Charters. We look forward to having you on board.

 

Capt Bill Hammond

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Fall Tarpon – Sanibel Fishing Charters!

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We are starting off a little earlier than usual with our fall flats fishing trend. Big tarpon have been making random appearances off the beaches, Delicious triple tail are out floating with the left over crab pods and no wake  Markers, and what seems like endless amounts of Spanish Mackeral & Jack Creval schools are terrorizing the bait schools off the beaches. All of which will readily eat a lively Pilchard or Threadfin. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed for good Sanibel weather to go along with an awesome bite!

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Shelling Sanibel fishing charters & Fort Myers fishing charters

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Sanibel sightseeing shelling charter 2013

With the strong storms hitting the shores of Sanibel and Captiva Islands so have the shells. Shelling in SW Florida has been phenomenal lately. We took some time off with the family during our slower fishing time to spend some time on Cayo Costa. Cayo Costa is a barrier Island north of Upper Captiva and south of Boca Grande here in Lee County.

We were able to take a few minutes to swim in the clear water and collect some excellent shell specimens just off the shore break. No Junonias this time but we did collect our go-to favorite Olive shells. They look as if they were lacquered to a high gloss by the hand of Mother Nature.

 

 

 

Redfish caught by Rhett Fischer

Redfish caught by Rhett Fischer

Since this is a fishing report…we’d like to report that redfish has been on fire. Huge schools of reds have been gathering off the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel and we’ve taken advantage of catching these beautiful copper beauties.

Call us at 239-691-1966 or go to www.sanibelislandfishingcharters.com to book your charter instantly!

 

Sanibel Island Flats Fishing Charter for Redfish

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Been having a lot of rain lately as is expected for the month of August. But with the storms, we also get boat loads of redfish swimming aggressively through out our local waters. Evelyn from Puerto Rico Caught her first redfish ever with us and it was a monster! We caught several fish throughout the morning including snook, redfish, snapper, and jacks! It was a awesome morning flats fishing out on the water. We made it back to the dock just in time to safely watch the thunder storms roll in!

Tight lines everybody! Thanks for reading.

-Capt. Matt Johnson

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Sanibel Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, FL

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It was a great day on the water for the Moore’s today redfish were practically jumping in the boat due to the recent fullmoon and outgoing ride. We were able to get enough smaller ones in slot size for dinner. The Moore’s are on their anniversary trip. Happy anniversary you two and hope the redfish turned out perfect!