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Fishing in Fort Myers
Fort Myers fishing is something special. With ample opportunities for those after a 'Backcountry Slam' (catching Snook, Redfish and Sea Trout all in one day), and one of the largest Tarpon populations in the southern USA, the city's temperate waters abound with the country’s favorite inshore game fish, no matter what time of year. If cruising the flats for infinite Redfish schools or raiding the mangroves for the elusive Snook sound like your kind of day out, expect to call the sunlit shores of Fort Myers your second home in no time!
Located on the mighty Caloosahatchee River and positioned within easy reach of Charlotte Harbour to the North and the Estero Bay to the South, Fort Myers is surrounded by some of Southwest Florida’s finest fishing areas. San Carlos Bay and Matlacha Pass are just around the corner, while the Pine Island Sound travels between Pine Island and a range of barrier islands. Beyond the islands, the Gulf of Mexico awaits, full of just the types of reefs and wrecks that Snappers, Groupers, and Amberjacks love.
What does that mean? Year round fishing action, and lots of it. It’s hard to say what type of fishing Fort Myers is most famous for, what with its stellar cast of species. The area’s expansive grass flats, mangrove-lined estuary systems, and deep channels make the ideal habitat for Trout, Redfish, and Snook, and it is not unusual to find a Goliath Grouper lurking in the inshore waterways. But what draws most fanatical fishermen here year on year is some of the most exciting Tarpon fishing Florida can offer. With a season lasting from mid April to mid August, Fort Myers Tarpon fishing is all about big fights and fast paced action. Shark fishing is another of Fort Myers’ highlights: even on the hottest of days, you can have a blast fighting these mighty creatures on the flats and shallows in the area. With Cobia passing through on their spring and fall migrations and big Permits setting up residence on the local reefs, this really is a true Floridian fishing experience.
But it’s not all about the fishing. Anglers will be sharing the waters with dolphins and manatees in the summer, and it’s only a short ride from Fort Myers to Sanibel and Captiva Island. And with Southwest Florida International Airport being only a short drive south of the town, this is one of the most accessible vacation destinations there is.
Rules & Regulations
If fishing aboard a guided charter or a party boat with proper licensing, there's no additional fishing permit required.
Types of Fishing
Amazing fly and light tackle fishing for Redfish and Snook on the flats, with Tripletail being a great target from January for some light-hearted fun. Head offshore and fish over the reefs and wrecks for Amberjack, Snappers, and Groupers. Wade along the beaches in late spring for Snook, grapple with a Shark or Goliath Grouper in shallow water on heavy tackle, sight fish for Cobia, and go for the adrenaline rush of a lifetime in a battle with the mighty Silver King, or Tarpon.
Fort Myers Fishing Seasons
Fort Myers Fishing Calendar
What People Are Saying About Fort Myers
"Day trip with captain kyle"
Go with captain Kyle if you are new at fishing he will bait the hook take the fish off and clean them when back if you go in the winter months take some warm cloths for the trip back when we do it again and we will we will go with captain Kyle!!
"Half Day Trip with Captain Sean"
Check out FishingBooker and look for captains that are kid friendly like Captain Sean of Charter Fishing Naples!
"6hr morning with capt Dickie"
Dont expect to troll for big game. Bottom fishing on the reef is the norm.
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