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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.
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What People Are Saying About Fort Myers Beach
"Fishing with Paradise Charters"
My experience was with Paradise Charters, we had a great day
"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"
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