Fort Myers Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Fort Myers Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Fort Myers

Top Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Fort Myers

Deep Sea Fishing in Fort Myers

Known as the idyllic setting to land a ‘Backcountry Slam’ and go home with Snook, Redfish and Sea Trout on a same day, not many dare explore what lies far offshore Fort Myers in the Gulf’s deep waters. There is certainly wonder about what you could reel in once you hit the blue waters, but it’s not the first thing that comes to mind. However, if you’re adventurous enough to explore the offshore reefs, you’ll be in for a really sweet treat.

What and where to catch

If you head to the offshore reefs, some 20 miles from the coast, you can explore the ocean floor and get Lane and Mangrove Snapper, as well as Amberjack, and some Cobia.

Further out, at 30 miles from the shoreline and stretching up to 75 miles offshore, a network of reefs and wrecks are home to top-class pelagics and bottom dwellers, including Mahi Mahi, Gag, Goliath, Red, Black, and Scamp Grouper, Amberjacks, Snapper, and Cobia. And for some excellent trolling action - there are King, Cero, and Spanish Mackerel.

How to get these fish to bite?

If you’re looking for a Grouper bite, get pinfish ready and make sure to drop them deep enough. Gag and Goliath Grouper are the most common species off Fort Myers and you will find many anglers lined up to hop onboard and get going. Grouper are voracious and will take your bait in a split second. April and May are excellent time to get them over reefs and wrecks.

Up for some trolling? Then go chase Mackerel. They are fussy and you better have quality fresh or frozen bait to entice them, but it is going to be a challenge to get them hooked.

Deeper waters will also reward you with Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna. They love live bait, so you can do some chumming with pinfish or Bonita to spice things up, and then use outriggers and troll until you feel the rods bend. You’ve gotta move fast if you want to stand a chance. For some more niche methods, you can also do some kite fishing.

To get a Blue or White Marlin, you need to head far offshore to waters deep from 600 to 1000 ft. Some charters will offer the Bahamas trip and take you out for several days of fishing to have solid chances of getting one. Marlin are fast and merciless, and seeing them jump out of the water leaves no one indifferent. Fast trolling with live bait (Tuna and Skipjacks) should do the trick.

Sailfishing requires knowledge and experience, so find a captain who’s done it before. Kite fishing or fishing with dredges to imitate a school of Sailfish’s prey is a proven method to yield the prize.

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Reviews of Fishing in Deep Sea Fishing in Fort Myers

3/4 Day Trip with Captain Tyler Carner
Elizabeth H. fished with Indigenous Charters on December 28, 2020
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Charter a trip with someone who knows the waters first. You'll learn a lot.
Another wonderful experiance
Robert P. fished with Captain Jack’s Fishing Charters on July 5, 2020
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Boat, pier or beach there are lots of great places to fish in this area.
Half day trip with Captain Charles
Thaddeus K. fished with Capt Charlies Fishing Charters on July 2, 2019
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Read the reviews and book with the best. You'll not regret it.
4 Hr
Greg M. fished with Maxed Out Charters – Fort Myers on June 12, 2019
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Ask exactly what is open to catch and what you can actually keep.
4 hr afternoon Trip with Mike and chris
Durwin Y. fished with Just Livin The Dream Charters 2 on April 23, 2019
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Sunscreen sunscreen and a hat and have fun
Outstanding experience
Joachim Z. fished with Capt. Bill Walker's Fishing Charters on April 21, 2019
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Stay inshore (Bay waters) with an experienced Capt.
Half-Day Trip with Captain Drew
Rachel K. fished with Chum Crazy Charters on April 18, 2019
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Go with a charter, and we would recommend Chim Crazy with Captain Drew!
Afternoon trip at the end of March
Seth K. fished with Capt Charlies Fishing Charters on March 28, 2019
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Stop at some local bait shops for intell

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