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Sanibel Fall fishing

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blogger-image-953713866As we move into October, like clockwork our first front of the fall season has moved in as well temps dipped into the low 70s, brrrrrr! Break out the fleece!

Fishing ahead of the front things couldn’t have been more exciting. This past Saturday I had the pleasure to fish an all female team in the B103 Racks and Reels fishing tournament benefitting the American Cancer Society.

We had a impressive day ahead of this front. This was a ladyfish only tourney and boy did we find some. We boated over 70 fish and weighed in our best 12 for a weight of 13.94 locking up a 3rd place spot. Thanks to the Timbers Resturant and the Sanibel Grill for their sponsorship. Our team fished nothing but artificial which provided a lot of great action…. Big trout, snook and jack crevalle but the big treat was jumping tarpon as the sun was rising. Funny what a little change in temperature will do.

Please contact Angela should you want to participate in one of our local fishing tournaments! We’ll get you hooked up!

blogger-image-616550672Capt. Bill Hammond owns and operates
Endless Summer Charters in Ft. Myers & Sanibel
www.EndlessSummerCharters.net

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Fort Myers Beach Fishing Tournament

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The Racks & Reels fishing tournament out of Fort Myers Beach, Florida was a great event that raised money for the American Cancer Society.

I was lucky enough to guide one of the winning teams and ended up with a third place finish! This all ladies tournament was the first in what we hope will be a yearly fishing event!

Congrats to Ashley Kneram, Kaitlin Rae and Kelly Bonkowski for winning the $3000 purse! Way to go girls!

If you would like to do a fishing tournament on my boat please contact me. I can let you know of any upcoming events you can enter and hopefully win like Team Timbers pictured above!

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

Sanibel Fishing Charters, Fort Myers Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, Shelling

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We have had a fantastic year and want to thank our customers for their continued charter business! We see many (or most) of our charters on a yearly basis if not sooner. I think that’s what sets us apart, we build relationships. The families that visit Sanibel, Captiva, Fort Myers Beach and even Cape Coral can’t miss out on a great day on the water with Capt. Bill year after year.

You’re really missing out on the best that this area has to offer if you don’t book a charter at least one day of your vacation.

The great outdoors and especially the islands of our coast and the Gulf of Mexico is what brought settlers here in the first place.

The abundance of sea life, world class fishing, birdwatching, the pristine beaches with miles of shells are just a few things to see on the water.

Did you know this is the birthplace of sport fishing? The great Silver King, aka Tarpon was the very first fish considered a sport fish and was caught just a few miles from Port Sanibel Marina in Tarpon Bay near Sanibel Island, Florida. This mean strictly caught for the fight and trophy.

Today we do catch and release only but any fish can be mounted or “recreated” as a trophy to hang on your wall without harm to the fish! The taxidermist that mount these fish are true artist. Endless Summer Charters is a representative of Gray Taxidermy and can have your fish mounted by simply getting photos and measurements.

Not only does your mount act as a source of conversation and a true trophy but a work of art to treasure from the birth place of sport fishing!
Sanibel Fishing Charters, Fort Myers Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, Shelling

Visit us at Endless Summer Charters website and book you charter today. Get out there and catch that trophy fish!
Capt. Bill Hammond owns and operates
Endless Summer Charters in Ft. Myers & Sanibel
www.EndlessSummerCharters.net

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Sanibel and Captiva fishing Charters

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blogger-image--318323136This weeks pressure from local fishing tournaments have made me fish places that we haven’t fish in a while to get away from the crowds. Between tournament anglers and Labor Day weekend warriors it was hard to find a quiet flat or mangrove stretch of island anywhere. We managed find some great fishing right where most were zooming by. With the southeast winds and long out going tides in Pine Island sound, we fished grass flats and hit broken bottom or potholes as we call them and had a wonderful trout and redfish bite with several fish over the slot size in 30 to 36 inch category for redfish and several trout 20 to 25 inches. Snook season opened this weekend but this Captain is going to stand his ground and practice catch and release on that particular species. Even though the snooks comeback has been seen in other areas in great numbers, SW Florida was one of the hardest hit and I still believe the snook needs more time. For now it will be catch and release leaving us with only a great photo and a chance to catch more in the future.

Tight Lines!
Capt. Bill Hammond

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Sanibel Fishing Trout Spectacular

By | Capt. Bill Hammond, Endless Summer Charters, flats fishing, fort myers fishing charters, pompano fishing, royal shell, Sanibel fishing, snapper fishing | One Comment

blogger-image-1959687736As we begin December with mild temperatures and light winds, fishing in Pine Island sound has never been hotter. Redfish are still in abundance but we are seeing sizes getting smaller as the water temps start to fall.

his is the first December that trout have been open in many years and our clients have been limiting out each charter. Snapper and sheepshead also are making appearances and as we move into the colder months ahead we will see sizes increase.

Schools of pompano are getting more active on the flats around Sanibel but trout are still the most active in the sound. Nearshore, look for birds to show you the way to Mackerel and Bonito as the offshore bite will also start to heat up this month as well.

Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

Capt Bill and Angela
Endless Summer Charters
www.sanibelislandfishingcharters.com

Fishing Sanibel, FL

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Despite the ominous addition of red tide earlier this week the fishing is good and not so bad. The inshore bite produced some perfect for the fillet table sized ref fish.

Offshore this week produced cobia as well as mackerel and some undersized grouper.

The Olsen clan below had a great time fishing the backbay waters of Sanibel Island, FL

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

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Fishing SW Florida in Late Summer

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This has been a strange few days here in SW Florida. We have had lots of wind and rain all associated with the remnants of Hurricane Isaac. With all that said, we have still been fortunate enough to catch some nice fish in between the rain the wind. This has made me change my tactics. With a SW wind and slow outgoing tides we found ourselves fishing leeward sides off mangrove islands just to be able to cast close to the tree line. In these conditions stealth is still important. The wind and waves can help hide your movement and get you in tight to the shore allowing you to cast to the trees as well as along the shoreline. Cut pin fish on a #2 circle hook and 1/4 ounce slip sinker allow you to make those cast in the wind. We also used small corks with white bait and allowed the wind to move the bait around to the corners and out with tide. Try these methods on your next windy day and you might be able to salvage what might be a fishless day. While fishing in these conditions, please always watch the weather, it can quickly change. Always watch out for lighting. It’s better to be able to come back and catch fish another day then making your last cast that could really be your last.

Tight lines,

Capt. Bill Hammond
www.sanibelislandfishingcharters.com

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Fort Myers Fishing for Reds

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Redfish have been on fire in the Fort Myers and Sanibel areas of Pine Island Sound.  Our customers have been tearing it up and for one reason and one reason only…Capt. Bill knows the habits of redfish in SW Florida.

Just about every charter with Endless Summer Charters has “limited out” on the redfish bite.  This makes for some good eating and happy anglers.

We have been sending many of our happy customers to restaurants to have their catch cooked for dinner.  We’ve even had a few eat their fresh catch at The Waterfront restaurant on Pine Island while on their charter with Capt. Bill.  The chef will prepare a plate full of fried redfish with sides for a nice price too.  There is nothing like eating fresh fish just minutes after catching!

We will be adding restaurants to this list and hope you come back to see what’s next from the water of SW Florida.

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

This just in…

By | Boca Grande tarpon, fort myers fishing charters, Sanibel island fishing charters, snooking fishing | No Comments

Just heard on the news that the State of Florida could be sunned-in for the next several days. Residents have been urged to proceed quickly to the nearest beach and/or tiki bar for further instructions. We are asking our friends and relatives to the north to keep us in their thoughts & prayers!!

Seriously though…we have had some awesome weather and fantastic fishing in the Sanibel and Captiva Island waters.

This time of year the bigger fish are pushing off shore to deeper waters and the smaller of the same species are in abundance. We are catching 50-70 fish during a charter which includes redfish, snapper, sheephead, flounder and trout to name a few. We have even caught a few snook despite the fact that they get closed-lipped this time of year.

You may not catch that trophy this time of year but the action is non-stop! Just about the time your bait hit the water the fish are practically meeting it at the waterline to gobble it up.

So, if you like a lot of action and like to take home some fresh meat for dinner this is the time to take a charter with Endless Summer Charters!

Don’t forget, tarpon season is just around the corner! The hunt for the Silver King is on!

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