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Fishing in Fort Myers Beach
Just look at that location - it’s no surprise that fishing in Fort Myers Beach is something we can’t get enough of. This seven-mile long barrier island is a paradise for anyone who lives and dreams salt waters. With miles of uninterrupted sugar-sand beaches, a thriving restaurant and entertainment scene, and immediate access to some of the best shelling areas in the United States, you would be forgiven for thinking that this utopian land is strictly relegated to your dreams. But - thank goodness - it is reality, and not only is it a wonderful place to relax with family and friends, it also has plenty in store for curious anglers.
Fort Myers Beach fishing is known for not making any compromises. With the enchanting flats and giant mangrove islands of the Estero Bay Aquatic preserve to one side and the Gulf of Mexico to the other, it is directly placed to cater to every kind of fisherman (and woman). This really is the epitome of Southwest Florida fishing - it’s entirely possible that you could battle a Silver King, ride next to breaching dolphins, and catch some of the freshest fish you have ever tasted, all in the same day.
The most attractive thing for people fishing in Fort Myers has got to be the summertime Tarpon migration. In the months of May and June, you will be hard-pressed to hear fisherfolk talking of anything else! (Finding a Fort Myers Beach fishing charter with any free slots might be a challenge, too.) The reason for this is that the Silver King’s migratory route runs right past these sandy shores and into the rich waterways of Charlotte Harbor. Monsters weighing over 100 lbs are not uncommon.
Not enthused by the thought of hanging onto a huge prehistoric monster as it tries to break free from your line? Don’t worry - head into the shallow tidal flats, mangrove islands, and seagrass beds and look out for Snook, Speckled Trout, and Redfish. Come in the summer, and you might even be able to hook a shark in these waters. In the winter, you could be coming face to face with another saltwater monster - the mighty Goliath Grouper.
Just a few miles from the coast line, you will find a collection of artificial reefs that attract an array of fish species. Anything from Flounder to Cobia can be found around here, with Permit and Spanish Mackerel making an appearance, too. So whether you are going for some hard-core fishing or would rather just relax as you explore the waterways alongside dolphins and manatees, renting a boat and a local captain in Fort Myers won’t disappoint.
Rules & Regulations
While fishing licenses are obligatory in all of Florida's waters, this will be covered when fishing aboard any licensed charter in Fort Myers Beach.
Types of Fishing
Battling a Tarpon on light tackle in these waters is something you will never forget. Local anglers recommend using live crab as bait, while artificial lures and flies are also very successful.
Bottom fish over the local reefs for Sheepshead, Flounder, and Snappers, sight fish for Cobia in the spring, or troll for King and Spanish Mackerel. Otherwise, head out into the backcountry with some shrimp or lures and hunt out Snook, Redfish, and Trout in their favorite hiding holes.
For those without access to a boat, the Fort Myers Beach pier is a popular spot to wet a line, while the beautiful Lovers Key State Park has some excellent shore fishing opportunities.
Fort Myers Beach Fishing Seasons
Get the New Year started with a bang by fishing in Fort Myers Beach. Redfish and Speckled Trout bite well at this time of year. Look for Goliath Grouper in the backcountry or search under crab traps' marker buoys for a tasty Tripletail.
Winter fishing continues, and Florida's glorious climate will make sure that you enjoy it. This is a great time to target Gator Trout, and big Black Drum. Don't miss out on the Shellabration! festival on Sanibel and Captiva Islands.
Just in time for Spring Break, March in Fort Myers Beach sees a host of activities and fishing options. From the famous Lions Club Shrimp Festival to the arrival of Cobia nearshore, there is plenty to keep you busy.
Tarpon starts to flood in to Fort Myers Beach in April. Head out with a spinning rod and practice your sight casting - as long as the winds are calm, you will have a wonderful time on the water.
The Tarpon season gets serious at this time of year and becomes the priority for the next two months. The nearshore reefs attract Kingfish and Cobia. Don't miss the annual Taste of the Beach festival for some local culinary fare.
The weather gets very hot, particularly in the middle of the day. Stay comfortable by fishing in the early morning or evenings. The Snapper bite is very good offshore and in the Estero River, while Sharks are found all over the flats.
There is some risk of rain in the afternoons from now until September, although the weather remains very hot. Fish around jetties and piers in the early morning, where inshore fish will be hiding out in the cooler water.
August is hot in Fort Myers Beach and is a great time to relax on the sugar-sands. Bottom fishing offshore is very good but can be disrupted by afternoon thunderstorms. Watch out - these can materialize at a moment's notice.
The weather gradually starts to cool in Fort Myers Beach in September, and although the rains ease, there is still the chance of the odd afternoon storm. The beaches are less crowded and the waterways are active and full of life.
October is a transitional month that sees changes in water temperatures and fish behavior. Don't miss the amazing Redfish bite and check out the nearshore waters for Cobia as they migrate south for the winter.
November is a great month in Fort Myers Beach. It's time for the US's largest Sand Sculpting Championship, as well as the Ft Myers Beach Pirate Festival! From ship battles to kids fishing contests, this is not an event you want to miss.
With weather in the 70s and inshore and flats fishing on top form, this is the ideal location for your winter vacation. Don't miss the Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade for a fleet of illuminated, decorated, carol-playing boats. Phew!
Fort Myers Beach Fishing Calendar
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Dress in layers because it is cool when that boat moves this time of year and bring sunscreen even if you don't think you need it!
Top Fishing Techniques in Fort Myers Beach
Top Targeted Species in Fort Myers Beach
- Size 3 to 12lbs
- Food Value Good
- Game Qualities Good
- Habitats Inshore, Nearshore, Flats, Backcountry
- Size 1 to 3lbs
- Food Value Good
- Game Qualities Average
- Habitats River, Lake, Inshore, Nearshore, Reef, Backcountry
- Size 1 to 6lbs
- Food Value Good
- Game Qualities Average
- Habitats River, Inshore, Flats, Backcountry
- Size 25 to 80lbs
- Food Value None
- Game Qualities Excellent
- Habitats Inshore, Flats, Backcountry