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Sanibel Island Fishing Rebounds!

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Memorial Day Tarpon!

Want to catch one of these big boys? Even 16 year old Gabe was excited to get this catch of a lifetime fishing near Sanibel Island on Memorial Day! We are deep in Tarpon season and we have just a few spots left in the season with Capt. Bill Hammond or Capt. Ethan Hanson. Also known as the Silver King, Tarpon are one of the most sought after sport fish in the world. The very first Tarpon was caught right here in SW Florida in Tarpon Bay of Sanibel Island. Charter one of our fully equipped bay boats and you’ll have a USCG Captain guiding you to catch this acrobatic monster of a fish! Fish the Tarpon capitol of the world with native guides in the water they grew up fishing in. Call us today at 239-691-1966 or book online!

Fishing in the morning and eating fresh fish by noon!

Eating your catch within minutes? CHECK! Capt. Bill with Endless Summer Charters took the Santoro party out for a special request and he made it happen. We are happy to arrange special request for any of our charters. We can add an hour of fishing if the bite is going off or stop to dolphin watch off Sanibel Island on our way back from an awesome lunch and cocktails at Cabbage Key. It’s Tarpon Season right now and we are happy to do a two tide trip with a stop for lunch or dinner while the tide is slack. Shark fishing is also heating up but a late afternoon trip is a little cooler than midday. Check our awesome reviews and some firsthand descriptions from our charter guest on the travel websites as well as Google! Book online now by clicking below. See you soon!

Here, Summer just landed her very first Tarpon! She was so thrilled to reach her goal. All ages are welcome to try and catch a Silver King while in a Sanibel Tarpon Charter! We can help that dream come true. Book a Tarpon charter or Backbay charter with Endless Summer Charters today. It’s the catch of a lifetime! Call 239-691-1966 or click below to book online.

Julie Sidlowski caught this beautiful Snook with Capt. Bill this week while on a charter with her family. Julie’s family has been fishing with Endless Summer Charters for years and we love to see them return to sunny Sanibel Island. We hope to make you a regular charter guest too! May and June are excellent months to get out on the waters of SW Florida and take a Sanibel Island fishing trip with us! For more information and to book online click the book button below!

Here, Alan Heffner of NC, caught this beauty of a Redfish today rounding out an Inshore Slam of a Snook, Redfish and Seatrout. Congrats Alan!
If you’d like the chance at catching a Slam or Grand Slam in South West Florida fishing call us today. We have the best service when it comes to getting you in the water in well maintained 25’ Bay Boats for up to six (6) passengers. Whether you are a family who wants to spend some time on the water while vacationing in Sanibel or an experienced angler looking for the catch of a lifetime you will find what you’re looking for at Endless Summer Charters. We have years of experience with native guides who grew up fishing the waters around Fort Myers and Sanibel Beaches. Right now it’s Tarpon Season so don’t miss your chance to catch a Silver King near Boca Grande! We can even have an exact replica mount recreated for you to enjoy and talk about for years to come! We would love to have you part of the Endless Summer Charters’ family of regular anglers who have come back year after year to catch one of these sought after sport fish! Call us today or book online 24/7. 239-691-1966

Just in time for Tarpon Season 2019 – our new Shaefer 24’ Bay Boat with tower. Looking forward to having you aboard and checking off catching a Silver King from your bucket list this Summer! Call us today and have the fight of a lifetime! #sanibeltarponcharter #fortmyerstarpon #tarponguide #bocagrandetarpon #tarponguide

Book your summer adventure now before your chance to take a Sanibel Island fishing charters is gone. Endless Summer Charters offers all kinds of excursion opportunities. During summer Tarpon are king but the inshore and offshore bite is great too. Combo trips for families are a great way to see everything that SW Florida has to offer in one day at a great price. Our captains are all Florida native guides and know SW Florida waters like the back of their hands. Our fleet of 24-25′ bay boats with shade give you a comfortable ride to the best fishing spots in waters off Fort Myers and Sanibel beaches. We also have the ability to pick you and your party up at many of the local resorts on Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Captiva Island, Punta Rassa, North Captiva and more. We hope you’ll join us for a relaxing day on the water or an extreme fishing adventure this summer! Book online now!

Tight lines!

Capt. Bill and Angela Hammond

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Capt. Ethan guided his guests to a monster Snook in the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River

Catch an Inshore Slam Fishing near Fort Myers and Sanibel Islands

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First ever Redfish but not the last for this guy!

If you’d like the chance at catching a Slam or Grand Slam in South West Florida fishing call us today. We have the best service when it comes to getting you in the water in well maintained 25’ Bay Boats for up to six (6) passengers. Whether you are a family who wants to spend some time on the water while vacationing in Sanibel or an experienced angler looking for the catch of a lifetime you will find what you’re looking for at Endless Summer Charters.

Inshore Slam completed!

 

 

Right, Alan Heffner of North Carolina caught this beauty of a Redfish today rounding out an Inshore Slam of a Snook, Redfish and Seatrout with Capt. Bill. Congrats Alan!

 

 

Slot size Snook are a treat during season. This one was released for another fishing day in SW Florida.

 

 

We have years of experience with native guides who grew up fishing the waters around Fort Myers and Sanibel Beaches. Right now it’s Tarpon Season so don’t miss your chance to catch a Silver King near Boca Grande! We can even have an exact replica mount recreated for you to enjoy and talk about for years to come!

 

 

 

 

 

Can’t get a better fight pound for pound than a Jack Cravalle. This young man can attest to that!

 

We would love to have you part of the Endless Summer Charters’ family of regular anglers who have come back year after year to catch one of these sought after sport fish! Call us today or book online 24/7.  239-691-1966

 

 

 

 

 

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Capt. Bill Hammond, USCG Master & Owner
Capt. Ethan Hanson, USCG Captain
Angela Hammond, Owner & Charter Coordinator
www.SanibelIslandFishingCharters.com
Royal Shell Port Sanibel Marina
14341 Port Comfort Rd.
Fort Myers, FL 33908

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

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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!

 

Sanibel Fishing Charters Winter Fishing Report

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This might have well been a Lady’s Florida state record at 6.2 lbs. but this Pompano made its way to the dinner plate.

January and February can be an interesting time to fish in Southwest Florida. With a cold start to the month Fort Myers and Sanibel Island has seen record low temps and winds blowing hard out of the northeast. Finding a place to hide has been our biggest issue in Pine Island Sound. Finding a place to hide where there’s not twenty other boats doing the same thing is another problem. Despite off of that our captains have been getting it done and finding some hungry fish.

Sanibel fishing for tripletail

Tripletail fishing is a favorite of locals of SW Florida

Captain Matt has managed to venture out into the Gulf of Mexico between blows and has gotten on the triple tail bite. The bite has been insanely good and his clients have been pleased with the awesome table fare. This prehistoric looking fish can offer quite a fight, not to mention the thrill of the hunt. The intensity of this fish on light tackle is thrilling to say the least.

Captain Bill has been beating the bushes and deeper channels to pull out big sheephead as well as snapper and trout on the colder days. He is also been finding nice slot size redfish on days when water temps rise about 65. Slowing down the retrieve and soaking baits have been the key in the cold weather.

Captain John has proven that perseverance pays off this month. John uses techniques that remind us a little bit of the methods used by most of the old timers. Patience has paid off on big outgoing tides on the flats and the redfish can’t resist. For Capt. John’s clients nice slot size redfish and gator trout have put smiles on their faces.

Don’t count out the cold months of January and February, it can be an awesome time to fish with a little patience and some warm clothes. You are sure to have a  great time on a fishing charter with the captains from Endless Summer Charters no matter what time of year.

Check out our What’s Biting page on our website to see what species are most likely to bite per month.

Sheephead is great table fare for those who know how to filet this bony fish.

We want to thank San Carlos Marine for keeping us up and going on the water. We also want to thank Dan James Custom Rods for the best fishing rods around and Florida Fishing Products for supplying us with top of the line reels. To top that off, Fins Situational Braid line is our number one choice on the water and try their Wind Tamer line on windy days.

Make sure to call and book your Spring fishing charter as soon as possible. We are booking quickly. Tarpon charters in May, June and July are also booking fast!

Call 239-691-1966 to book your charter now!

 

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.

Sanibel fishing for Redfish

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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Summer is cooling down, Redfish are heating up!

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Summer days are starting to feel a little cooler lately, and when that happens. Our schools of redfish are not to far behind. We’ve been seeing numerous schools on just about every shallow grass flat in our bay.

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It’s exciting for us in that the redfish often times are spotted by them waiving their big bronze tail out of the water. They are spooky, but sneaky casts at them are not often over looked!

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Tailing redfish on the flat

Tailing redfish on the flat

-Capt. Matt Johnson

Endless Summer Charters

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

Rainy days of summer

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blogger-image--1082309002As I sit here watching the clouds roll in for an early arrival of afternoon storms, I can’t help but wonder what the effect we will see long term from all of this water. I can certainly see early changes in bait patterns as well as fish on flats, However the redfish don’t seem to mind. We have been seeing nice schools in the sound and some moving closer into all the freshwater being released from lake “O” near the mouth of the Caloosahatchee. The Shark bite has been hot with several black tips and bull sharks being caught.

With fall quickly approaching I look forward to the trout bite picking up and the large school of spawning redfish to hit the flats and oyster bars. Here is a look at a few of last week catch. Have a great day and remember to take a kid fishing

Capt Bill

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

Fort Myers Fishing May 2010

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Here Snookie, Snookie!

Capt. Bill has been fortunate enough to be super busy sometimes not having a day off unless we booked it out on purpose! Fishing has been so much better then expected and really surprised us considering the freeze we had in late winter that killed so many fish and particularly snook.

Starting early summer we were quite apprehensive about taking people snook fishing when it was requested. We thought…okay this is fishing NOT catching so what do we have to lose? Well, we shouldn’t have even worried about the lack (or so we thought) of snook!
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