Southwest Florida’s saltwater fishing scene remains one of the most dynamic and diverse in the country. Whether you’re casting off from Sanibel Island, exploring the estuaries around Captiva, or fishing near Fort Myers and Cape Coral, you’re bound to have a unique fishing experience.

Sanibel Fall Snook

Large snook are biting off Sanibel Island and Fort Myers

The inshore waters are teeming with Snook, Redfish, and Spotted Seatrout. These species are primarily found around mangroves and seagrass flats, providing exciting opportunities for light-tackle and fly-fishing enthusiasts. Snook are particularly popular targets due to their aggressive strikes and acrobatic fights.

Kids fishing around sanibel island

Even youngsters can catch some keeper Redfish near Fort Myers and Cape Coral

Offshore, the Gulf of Mexico offers rich fishing grounds for larger species. Anglers venturing out will encounter King Mackerel, Cobia, and even the occasional Sailfish. There’s also a healthy population of Grouper and Snapper around the numerous reefs and wrecks, making Southwest Florida a bottom fisher’s paradise.

Occasionally, Sailfish can be caught right off Sanibel Island, Florida

Don’t forget about Tarpon, the “Silver King” of Southwest Florida waters. The Tarpon migration in the late spring is a spectacle to behold. Anglers from all over the world come to Southwest Florida to hook these giants, known for their extreme fights and breathtaking leaps.


Endless Summer Charters specializes in Tarpon, March-August

The fishing in Southwest Florida is a year-round activity, with each season bringing its own unique opportunities. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a novice, it’s a region that promises fruitful catches, stunning landscapes, and unforgettable experiences. Always remember to follow local fishing regulations to ensure sustainable fishing practices. Happy fishing!

Oh, and don’t forget about Shark!


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