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Sanibel fishing charters offer visiting anglers access to one of the best inshore fisheries in the country. This lucky island is surrounded by endless mangroves, grassy flats, oyster bars, and murky bayous. All just a short boat ride away, this variety of rich fishing grounds means that the hardest thing about fishing here is going to be choosing where to wet your lines!

The island is a true playground for inshore fanatics and boasts an impressive list of prized species year-round. Whether it’s Redfish, Sheepshead, and Speckled Trout – perfect for novice anglers – or tougher targets like Snook, Permit, Pompano, and Tarpon, the area’s experienced captains will put you on some excellent action within minutes of setting off.

A half day trip here has a good shot of giving you one of the most productive mornings of your fishing career. In the winter, the long low tides and clearer waters can give you a solid six hours of shallow-water sight casting bliss. In the summer, a broad range of species come barreling into town, and if you’re in pursuit of your next trophy catch, a full day trip is worth the money.

The fierce competition around Sanibel breeds skilled, dedicated captains and guides whose families have often been working these waters for generations. From Redfish Pass to the Sanibel Lighthouse, you’ll be able to find charter boats anywhere on the island. Simply decide where you’d like to go and book a charter nearby to maximize your fishing time.

Rules & Regulations

All registered Sanibel fishing charters will include licenses for everyone onboard. If you’re striking out on your own though, you will need a saltwater fishing license for anyone aged 17 or over. Also, keep in mind that certain species have strict bag limits and seasons so be sure to get informed before booking your trip.

Sanibel
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January

January may be "low season" for many inshore species, but that means little in an area with such great fishing as Sanibel! Snook, Redfish, Trout, and Ladyfish are all here year round, so go get 'em!

February

The low tides and rainfall make flats fishing great this time of year. There are plenty of great fish to target, and the water clarity makes for some unbeatable sight fishing.

March

The first schools of migratory Tarpon roll into town in March. The low rainfalls also make for perfect sight casting. This all rolls together to make some of the best Tarpon fishing you could ask for!

April

The Edison Big Snook Tournament kicks off at the beginning of April, with anglers arriving from all over to enjoy the great catches and fun fishing atmosphere the event promises. Why not give it a shot?

May

May is peak Tarpon season and is the time for the Ding Darling & Doc Ford Tarpon Tournament. Sign up for the chance to catch the biggest Silver Kings and being rewarded for your efforts.

June

June is an awesome time to head out past the shallow flats and hit the local reefs instead. You will be met by a ton of tasty Grouper and Snapper, and will have a great time catching them!

July

The Tarpon are still biting strong well into July, and the Redfish, Snook, and Trout are all going crazy, too. This makes it a great time for almost any style of angling if you don't mind a bit of rain.

August

Many of the migratory Tarpon start to move off in August, but can still kick around way after this. August is the hottest and wettest month of the year in Sanibel, so sight casting may be rained out on the flats.

September

The sheer variety of species you can target in September is staggering: Redfish, Trout, Snook, Tarpon, Permit, Pompano, Sheepshead, Ladyfish - it's surprising there's any space left in the shallows!

October

By October the very last of the migratory Tarpon move on, but it is still peak season for big Snook. Fancy something a little different? Try heading to slightly deeper waters to target Goliath Grouper!

November

Pompano hit the water in big numbers in November, so why not join them? You will also find plenty of Spanish Mackerel, as well as great catches of all the permanent species.

December

low rains, low tides, and lower temperatures make for dream conditions in December. The whole family will love relaxing on Bowman's Beach while you enjoy the great fishing right alongside them!

Sanibel Fishing Calendar

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Book Crushin' It Fishing Charters. My father in law and I are novice anglers and Capt Anthony made it look easy for us.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book Crushin' It Fishing Charters. My father in law and I are novice anglers and Capt Anthony made it look easy for us.
Brian  J.
Brian J. Cape Coral, Florida
6 hours was perfect for our trip, we caught a a lot of fish and still had time to enjoy dolphins and other wildlife. Book Captain Anthony with Crushin it Fishing Charters he was great!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
6 hours was perfect for our trip, we caught a a lot of fish and still had time to enjoy dolphins and other wildlife. Book Captain Anthony with Crushin it Fishing Charters he was great!
Judy  D.
Judy D. Cape Coral, Florida
Book a charter with Crushing it Fishing Charters. Very educational for fishing methods.
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Book a charter with Crushing it Fishing Charters. Very educational for fishing methods.
Nicholas  W.
Nicholas W. Lehigh Acres, FL
Call Captain Jim Branca! Have an available back up day in case of summer weather that can crop up!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Call Captain Jim Branca! Have an available back up day in case of summer weather that can crop up!
Beth  K.
Beth K. Fort Myers, Florida
Plan a full day and spend the money! Be flexible and Let the captain do his thing!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Plan a full day and spend the money! Be flexible and Let the captain do his thing!
Bill  T.
Bill T. Pompano Beach, Florida

Fish Often Charters – Sanibel
Fish Often Charters – Sanibel
Fishing charter in Sanibel
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 1 reviews
Amazing day out on the water hitting multiple spots and catching at almost all of them. Victor was very knowledgeable, friendly, and great captain. 100% will book with him next time we are back in the area.
Jennifer  H.
Jennifer H.
Capt Charlies Fishing Charters
Capt Charlies Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sanibel
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 18 reviews
Great day fishing with captain charlie. Got us on the fish right away. So helpful with the family. Made the day so enjoyable. We cant wait to go again
Donald  T.
Donald T. Manasquan, NJ
Santiva Charters
Santiva Charters
Fishing charter in Sanibel
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 52 reviews
Beautiful day, caught lots of fish! Rob pointed out manatee, white pelicans, dolphins, and osprey. He was great getting us to good fishing spots in the mangrove, he was knowledgeable and patient. A great day out on the water.
Sylvia  D.
Sylvia D. Enfield, NH
GoliathFishing - Sanibel
GoliathFishing - Sanibel
Fishing charter in Sanibel
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 47 reviews
We had a great time fishing with Captain James Marko. Thanks for teaching Parker how to catch and look for salt water species. He had a fantastic time and is still blaming his Grandpa for losing his big Cobia! 😁. Maybe next time! The Tripletail and Snapper we had cooked up and were delicious. Joel Grpa Brian Parker
Darcy  H.
Darcy H. Shakopee, MN
Santiva Charters
Santiva Charters
Fishing charter in Sanibel
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 52 reviews
Great day! Nice Redfish and all over the snook. Even caught a barracuda and snapper. Would most definitely schedule again with Captain Rob!
Richard  B.
Richard B. Dallas, TX
Santiva Charters
Santiva Charters
Fishing charter in Sanibel
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 52 reviews
Robert is very professional, and really knows what he is doing Works hard to put you on fish and demonstrate patience’s with his clients. Would definitely book w Robert again.
Dan  P.
Dan P. Danville, VA
GoliathFishing - Sanibel
GoliathFishing - Sanibel
Fishing charter in Sanibel
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 47 reviews
We had a lot of fun and this was our favorite charter. We will definitely planning for trips in the future with Captain James!!
Carol  H.
Carol H. Muncie, IN
Capt Charlies Fishing Charters
Capt Charlies Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sanibel
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 18 reviews
Great trip! Within 2 hours landed numerous Snook, snapper, trout, mackerel, and catfish. Highly recommend.
Patrick  S.
Patrick S. United States
Santiva Charters
Santiva Charters
Fishing charter in Sanibel
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 52 reviews
Been using charters for last 10 years and unquestionably the best all around fishing experience yet. Bob was patient and understanding in helping handicapped guest, taught a flat lander fishing teahniques, and put us on the bites quickly. Seamanship and safety without fault. Thanks for the lifelong memories! I’ll be back next week!
Jim  R.
Jim R. St. Louis, MO
Saltyboy Charters – Sanibel/Captiva
Saltyboy Charters – Sanibel/Captiva
Fishing charter in Sanibel
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 80 reviews
Scotty arrived right on time and was putting us right on fish when we arrived. We caught sea trout, snapper, ladyfish, grouper, and even mackerel that gave us a good fight. Saw plenty of redfish as well as manatees and dolphins. Had an amazing time and can’t wait to come back out and book Scotty next year. Highly recommended!
Robert  B.
Robert B. McKinney, TX
Saltyboy Charters – Sanibel/Captiva
Saltyboy Charters – Sanibel/Captiva
Fishing charter in Sanibel
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 80 reviews
We had four people fishing all different skill sets. Captain Scott was awesome with everyone. He was just as excited as everyone else was when we hooked up. Captain Scott put us on the fish every time. I highly recommend this charter and can’t wait to do it again.
Anthony  T.
Anthony T. McKeesport, PA
Santiva Charters
Santiva Charters
Fishing charter in Sanibel
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 52 reviews
I found Captain Robert on Fishingbooker.com. Chose him because his reviews were outstanding. He did not disappoint! The trip was great , We caught the Grand Slam ; Redfish, Snook and Trout among others . My 16 year old son caught ( and released ) a 10-12 lb Snook , he was thrilled. For a good hour we had a Dolphin ( Flipper) alongside the boat very much interested in what we were catching . Captain Robert grew up here , knows the area , respects the fishery. We will be back .
Frank  R.
Frank R. United States
Santiva Charters
Santiva Charters
Fishing charter in Sanibel
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 52 reviews
I booked a trip for my 7 year old son and I with captain Rob based on his good reviews. He has a well equipped flats boat and put us on the fish quickly. Our fish included some nice sized redfish, red snapper, and snook. We both had a blast and our son is still talking about the trip. I highly recommend Rob.
Thomas  U.
Thomas U. Yardley, PA
Saltyboy Charters – Sanibel/Captiva
Saltyboy Charters – Sanibel/Captiva
Fishing charter in Sanibel
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 80 reviews
Scotty was an awesome captain. We caught a ton of fish and he was very helpful with our younger fisherman. We will back to do this again hopefully in the near future. Thank you!
Michael  L.
Michael L. Fort Myers, Florida
Santiva Charters
Santiva Charters
Fishing charter in Sanibel
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 52 reviews
2nd time fishing with Captain Rob. Redfish Galore - Multiple PB’s broken! A trip with Captain Rob is a necessity when visiting FL!
Gianna  D.  S.
Gianna D. S. United States
Santiva Charters
Santiva Charters
Fishing charter in Sanibel
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 52 reviews
Capt Rob was a good dude and put us on fish! Not much of a dull monument and was good with inexperienced fishermen. We caught Snook, Redfish, Snapper, Jack’s, Trout, Catfish, and even a shark! We all had a blast, wish we could’ve went out again. Next time I’m on Sanibel/Captiva I’ll be giving Capt Rob a call!
Andrew  C.
Andrew C. Bel Air, MD
Saltyboy Charters – Sanibel/Captiva
Saltyboy Charters – Sanibel/Captiva
Fishing charter in Sanibel
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 80 reviews
We had a great morning on the water! Scotty was great, we caught tons of fish. Would definitely recommend!!
Doug  K.
Doug K. Clive, IA
Capt Matt's Island Charters – Sanibel
Capt Matt's Island Charters – Sanibel
Fishing charter in Sanibel
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
We had a fantastic trip. Most of the group were inexperienced fisherpeople. Capt Matt was very patient and made the experience truly delightful. There was some bad weather during our trip and Capt Matt made our safety a priority, getting us off the water until it was safe. This was the best fishing trip I have experienced.
Chandler  P.
Chandler P. Waxahachie, TX
Capt Matt's Island Charters – Sanibel
Capt Matt's Island Charters – Sanibel
Fishing charter in Sanibel
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
We had a great time and we’re able to do all the different things we wanted to try. Captain Matt was great with the kids and made it a relaxing fun filled day with memories they will cherish!
Stephanie  S.
Stephanie S. CTRY CLB HGTS, IN
Saltyboy Charters – Sanibel/Captiva
Saltyboy Charters – Sanibel/Captiva
Fishing charter in Sanibel
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 80 reviews
Incredible experience with captain Scotty. Great with kids and adults. Knew all the right spots, great and casual conversation. Will call him again next year!
Evan  W.
Evan W. Phoenix, AZ

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Sanibel

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Sanibel costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $462, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $790. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Sanibel is 23 ft and the most common vessel type is a Bay boat.

According to customer reviews, Sanibel Saltwater Adventures, Make A Wake – Sanibel Island, and Saltyboy Charters – Sanibel/Captiva are some of the most popular fishing charters in Sanibel, Florida. Full list of top fishing charters in Sanibel.

Sanibel Saltwater Adventures, Make A Wake – Sanibel Island, and Saltyboy Charters – Sanibel/Captiva all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Sanibel.

The best way to experience fishing in Sanibel is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Sanibel, Florida.

The most popular fish species you can target are Snook, Tarpon, and Snapper (Mangrove). Top fishing techniques include light tackle, heavy tackle, and spinning. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and flats fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

low rains, low tides, and lower temperatures make for dream conditions in December. The whole family will love relaxing on Bowman's Beach while you enjoy the great fishing right alongside them! Check availability for local fishing charters in Sanibel.

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