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Best Kept Secret – November Fishing off Fort Myers & Sanibel Islands

By | backwater fishing, Captiva Fishing, Fall fishing Sanibel, Fishing for Redfish, Fort Myers fishing, Fort Myers fishing guides, Port Sanibel Marina, redfish, Royal Shell Vacations, Sanibel fishing charters, Sanibel island fishing charters, snook, Uncategorized | No Comments

November fishing has long been SW Floridian’s best kept secret.

Big Snook caught November 2018

The water is crystal clear. The temperature is perfect. The air is light and dry. November is not only a great month to visit Fort Myers and Sanibel Islands for the weather but the fishing is also phenomenal in November. November has long been our favorite month. You can’t visit SW Florida a better month than November. The October Redfish bite is still great but November the Snook are hungry and they are BIG.

Big Snook Fishing Sanibel Island

Capt. Bill has been recovering from shoulder surgery so Captains Matt and Ethan have taken over in November with getting their customers on some monsters. Not only are the Snook big but plentiful too. Still biting on whitebait, Redfish and Snook have been more than plentiful despite the media’s reports of low number from the red tide we had earlier this year.

Snook are able to live in brackish and even extremely low salinity where red tide algae is unable to grow. Many Snook are able to thrive up the Caloosahatchee river where they can wait out the red tide until the literal coasts are clear.

So, if you want a perfect time to come to Fort Myers and Sanibel Islands for fishing, weather, no lines, no waits and little traffic we would say visit us in November. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone though!

Let Capt. Bill Hammond, Capt. Matt Johnson and Capt. Ethan Hansen with ENDLESS SUMMER CHARTERS show you some of the best back bay and near shore fishing in SW Florida. Catch Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Shark, Mackerel, Trout and so much more in the waters of Sanibel, Captiva, Fort Myers & Fort Myers Beach!  Whether you are an avid fisherman or a family with kids, they have the experience for both.

Catching huge snook in SW Florida

Book your SW Florida fishing charter today! Give us a call at 239-691-1966 or book online at Endless Summer Charters!

 

EPIC Sanibel Fishing Charter

By | Brendan Coudal, Capt. Bill Hammond, endlesssummercharters, epic, flounder, fort myers fishing charters, redfish, Sanibel fishing charters, snook | No Comments

On Friday I got to have a day that, as a fishing guide, you would like to have everyday be as epic a day as this one.

I got a call from my friend, Sarasota artist and angler Brendon Coudal, who said his friends were in town from Indiana and he and his wife were driving down to meet them.

They thought it would be great to let them experience a little of Florida fishing. I thought that was a great idea and we set a date.

Fishing with locals for me always seems to set up several challenges. It seems as if Mother Nature knows and throws me a curve ball every time. In this case I lost a bit of sleep the night before knowing this.

As if fishing after a big full moon isn’t hard enough we were having a small front move through and another one right behind it. I was sure the conditions weren’t going to be favorable for a good bite but as always I was going to give it my best shot.

I picked up my group at the Sanibel Harbor Marriott Resort and made a short run to my best spot for that tide that I knew of. I hooked a live pilchard on a spinning rig, made a cast and handed it to Brendan. From that first cast it was pandemonium for the next 3 hours! At one point we had fish on the deck and fish hooked up. We caught Snook, redfish, big trout and flounder. Schools of big jacks kept coming in giving my anglers quit the work out.

I could not have asked for a better day for anyone. This trip will go down as one of my personal best. Great friends, great fishing, and a lifetime of memories. Doesn’t get any better than that.
Thank you Brendan for allowing me to guide you, your wife, and friends on Friday. I hope we can make a habit of it!

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

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Sanibel Fishing for Redfish

By | Endless Summer Charters, Fort Myers fishing, pine island sound, Port Sanibel Marina, redfish, Sanibel, Sanibel fishing, Sanibel fishing charters | No Comments

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Today as we left the dock we notice a slight and I mean slight change in temperature. The rain for the last few days has subsided and the “cool” front has turned the redfish bite on in Pine Island sound.
Our charter started off right with 2 nice snook and a big jack and as the high tide started to flood the mangroves the redfish moved off the flats and headed for the tress. We had several nice slot size reds as well as a few oversize on our morning charter.

As fall approaches SW Florida large schools of Redfish will start pushing south though out Pine Island sound a make the flats and islands behind Sanibel and Captiva their home for the next few months until we see the first few cold fronts.

Tight lines,
Capt. Bill Hammond
www.endlesssummetcharters.net

Fishing Sanibel, FL

By | cobia, Endless Summer Charters, fort myers fishing charters, grouper, redfish, Sanibel fishing charters | No Comments

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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The Snook are gettin’ Hungry!

By | redfish, Sanibel charter fishing, Snook fishing | No Comments

When the water gets cooler the snook bite generally slows, if not stops all together.  They move slower to save energy and keep their metabolism as low as possible.  They just don’t want to put out the effort to grab a meal, even if it’s an easy meal. 

There have been many times that I’ve casted my bait onto the nose of a snook and watch it roll it’s eyes at me.  Okay, maybe not but it sure did seem like it.  If that snook had a thumb he would have been thumbing it at me!

Now that the water is warming the snook are stirring.  It seems the smaller ones start eating first and by the time we’re well into spring the big ones can’t get enough of eating those hand sized white bait.

Despite the freeze that killed so many snook last year we really had a good Spring and Summer.  We caught some lunkers near Sanibel, Pine Island, Estero Bay and in the mouth of the Caloosahatchee in Fort Myers.

Snook season is closed indefinately but it’s still just as thrilling to catch the local favorite.  We’ve caught more than a few this week and they’re are getting bigger with every catch.  Looking forward to it even if I can’t serve them up with grits, hushpuppies and slaw!

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