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Top Fly Fishing Charters in Sanibel
Fly Fishing in Sanibel
Sanibel fly fishing is arguably the best in the whole country. The area is blessed with mile after mile of shallow grass flats, which drop to six inches of water or less at low tide. Then there are the fish themselves: permanent populations of Trout, Redfish, Snook, juvenile Tarpon, and Ladyfish are a big draw all year round. Throw in seasonal migrations of Pompano, Permit, and monster Tarpon, and you begin to see what makes this such a fly fishing paradise.
What Can I Expect from a Fly Fishing Trip?
There are a dozen great spots for fly fishing near Sanibel, each with their own unique perks. For sheer beauty, nothing can beat Bowman’s Beach, rated one of the ten best beaches in the world by US Travel News and home to some truly enormous Snook. The stumps and trunks of fallen trees cover the shallows in places and make for the ideal hunting grounds for mature Snook. This will give you endless hours of joy while the rest of the family swims and sunbathes the day away.
If you want to escape the crowds and get deep into Sanibel’s backcountry, look no further than the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. In the fall and winter, when the waters are at their clearest and the tide is nice and low, the refuge becomes a playground of skinny waters and tailing fish. Expect an army of Trout and plenty of big Redfish, as well as some decent Snook and visiting populations of Pompano.
Sanibel is not just for snowbirds, though! During the summer, huge migrations of Tarpon swarm the shallows in spots like Pine Island Sound and the Causeway Islands. And how could we cover the silver king without at least mentioning his castle? Tarpon Bay got its name for a reason and is always a great place to practice placing your flies for hungry Tarpon to gobble up.
How Much Will It Cost?
Sanibel fishing charters usually cost $100 an hour, no matter the trip length. You may be able to knock 50 bucks off the price for a full day trip, though, and you will get more than your money’s worth no matter how long you fish for. The advantage of staying out longer is that you can target every species in their top habitat, ending the day with dead arms and prize-worthy catches of half a dozen different fly fishing favorites.
What Equipment Should I Bring?
Sanibel’s specialist fly fishing charters stock some great equipment, but every fly angler worth their salt prefers to bring their own. Down here in Sanibel, shrimp and crab pattern flies dominate many species, but white Schminnows and Deceivers are the best for targeting big Snook. Colorful popper flies are also a lot of fun and can draw in some real monsters on an early summer’s morning when the waters are cloudy.
What People Are Saying About Fly Fishing in Sanibel
"Half day trip with captain Scotty"
Alexander Denkovski fished with Saltyboy Charters – Sanibel/Captiva on December 10, 2019
Scotty was awesome! He put me on a variety of fish and it was pretty much non stop action. A couple triple tail, over a dozen redfish including 3 big ones and to cap it off half a dozen snook and a jack crevalle. All this in a 4 hour morning trip. He knew the area well and was a pleasure to fish with. 5 stars all around
"November fishing trip"
Jason Tinus fished with Catchin’ Jiants - Sanibel on December 1, 2019
Although we didn’t catch any sharks we caught a huge variety of different species of fish and a lot of them.
"Half day with Captain Scott"
Michael Chouinard fished with Saltyboy Charters – Sanibel/Captiva on November 30, 2019
Scott is a very knowledgeable local professional fisherman turned guide. The entire trip was narrated and I felt we came away with a much better knowledge of the local area and he made a trip with sketchy chances of success a whole lot of fun. 5 stars.
"Half day with Cap. Torres"
David Snyder fished with Crushin’ It Fishing Charters on November 30, 2019
Nice trip. Caught lots of fish (4 species) and kids had a blast.
"Nice adventure "
Gregory Larkin fished with Crushin’ It Fishing Charters on December 1, 2019
Beautiful weather,great captain. Lots of catch and release small fish and a delicious sheephead.
"Half day trip with Captain Scotty"
Rob Egly fished with Saltyboy Charters – Sanibel/Captiva on November 28, 2019
Captain Scotty did a great job of trying to locate fish for us. He warned us about the red tide and he was right, we had a hard time finding fish that day. But we all had a great time on his boat. We had some great dolphin sightings and found some redfish and mangrove snapper. We would definitely use him again!
Top Targeted Fly Fishing Species in Sanibel
- Size 3 to 12lbs
- Food Value Good
- Game Qualities Good
- Habitats Inshore, Nearshore, Flats, Backcountry
- Size 25 to 80lbs
- Food Value None
- Game Qualities Excellent
- Habitats Inshore, Flats, Backcountry