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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 Fishing Charters in Late Summer

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It is HOT! Not only the weather but fishing is hot despite the warm temperatures.  We are lucky to live on the coast near the beaches of Sanibel and Fort Myers. The sea breezes give a little relief to our coastal areas while inland towns are sweltering.

It’s always nice to go swimming in the Gulf after a few hours of fishing and maybe even stop for a cocktail at Cabbage Key or Tarpon Lodge.  We now even offer lunch trips to Useppa, a private club and island only reachable by boat. Take a dip in the pool grab a cocktail and get cooled down for an afternoon of fishing for redfish and snook!

Emerald clear water off Captiva Island!

Emerald clear water off Captiva Island!

We are thrilled to be able to offer our guests the special privileges of the Useppa Club as well as our family favorite, Cabbage Key.  With early Fall coming it’s the perfect time to book a charter just as the weather cools down and the tourists aren’t around.  Fall is beautiful here.  Crisp air and clear water are two things that come to mind when I think of Fall fishing… hope you can join us!

645We have a new booking system that makes it super simple to book your charter online 24/7.  You even get an instant confirmation after you book your excursion.  Check out our calendar of availability now!

We look forward to having you aboard!

Angela

Charter Coordinator for Endless Summer Charters

Perfect Weather for a Sanibel Fishing Charter!

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blogger-image-716909777 We have had some real “Chamber of Commerce” days with our weather. November is my wife’s favorite time of year because it’s the best of everything, weather, fishing, clear water and no waiting time at restaurants!

The high pressure that gives us this great weather can also make for some unfavorable fishing conditions. However with a little planning you can you have an incredible day. I had the opportunity to fish with some great families for the last few days and we found ourselves with extra low tides in the morning. We started out by fishing exposed osyster bars and grass flats in Pine Island Sound which produced so many redfish we lost count! Several slot size snook as well as a few small bonnet sharks.

As the tide rolled in along with the wind we worked into the shoreline and creeks to stay out the wind where the schools of jacks were so abundant we almost ran out of bait. Several snook and snapper where caught as well. With winter fast approaching in this perfect days of fall are soon to come to an end which only means Pompano and sheepshead should be knocking on our door pretty soon.

Tight Lines,
Capt Bill
239-691-1966

Now that the Tourist are Leaving…

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Well, it’s that time again!  Time for the tourist and Snowbirds to start packing their bags and heading up North, right?  Well, yes but that’s not what I mean…

NOW is when the bite turns on for all the fish that have been tight lipped for the winter and start chewing on freshly caught bait!  Now is the time for the beautiful Silver King to make their way up through the Gulf of Mexico to feast on the bounty of S.W. Florida.  The Snowbirds are going home just in time.  I would say it would have to be bad timing but they’re leaving none the less.

Tarpon season is nearly here and just got word today that the tarpon are frolicking and having a good ‘ole time off Sanibel beaches while moving their way to Boca Grande Pass.  Ahhh, Boca Grande.  The mere utterance of the two words meaning “Big Mouth” conjure up the excitement felt when a kid is told he’s going to Disney World.  At least for me and a few thousand others.

If fly fishing is the Waltz then fishing for tarpon in Boca Grande is slam dancing.  Not that slamming is looked upon favorably but it happens.

Imagine 150 boats drifting over an area of two football fields in strong current trying NOT to bump into each other while tarpon are jumping, the yahoos that don’t know the rules are darting in and out messing up the drifts and you’re trying to keep an eye on the depth finder to find the exact right spot to let out more line or reel it up!  Whew!

I know what you are thinking… Yes, I’ve seen my share of fights in Boca Grande Pass (even been in a few) but they’re mostly verbal and add to the excitement of atmosphere of the pass.  People get real brave when they know their opponent can’t just walk over and knock them out!

I’ll tell you the worst thing I’ve seen in Boca Grande Pass while fishing for tarpon…  It just happened to be the day of the PTTS (Professional Tarpon Tournament Series).  There is so much adrenalyn, testosterone and just plain ego that you can feel it in the air.  The tension is brutal.  All these guys trying to make a name for themselves and get their mugs on TV is unreal.  I have to admit…it’s a blast!  

Anyway, one of these guys jumps a tarpon.  By jumping I mean he hooks a tarpon good enough where the tarpon flies out of the air like a basketball player making a lay up.  At the same time an amature hooks up on a nice tarpon from the same pod.  The professional holds tight as the tarpon weaves it’s way through the boats.  It’s a fight just trying to not let your line get cut on another boats propeller.  That’s part of it though.  The obstical course of Boca Grande adds to the excitement of the catch and makes winning a tournament all that more sweet.  At least I thought.

As the ego driven angler with a testosterone driven captain crosses lines with the female angler in the amature’s boat (Now, they have the right to be there just as much as the professional tarpon angler does) I watched as the captain came out from behind the helm with what looked like a filet knife.  It happen so fast I didn’t have the time to think about why he left the helm.  In a split second the line from the lady angler was cut!  Sure it was in the way..but no more than they were in the way of the lady angler!  You might as well had cut her heart out.  Boy, was she steamed and I don’t blame her. She was seen complaining to the officials later.  Sadly, it did no good.

I have to admit there was $100,000 on the line and that changes things for some.  Oh, I guess I should add greed to the list of things you could feel in Boca Grande pass that day.

Come visit us during “Bite” season and not just Snowbird season.  I’ll be your guide through all the frenzy and you’ll have the time of your life!

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Capt. Bill Hammond owns and operates
Endless Summer Charters in Ft. Myers & Sanibel
www.EndlessSummerCharters.net