Captiva Fishing, Snook!

Snook Fishing, Inshore, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
Snook Fishing, Inshore, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, December 12, 2017: Snook.

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Tuesday, December 12: Snook, Redfish Pass, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff may be lessening a bit; some Red Tide but it has broken up and largely dispersed); more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Tuesday, December 12:  Snook, Blind Pass, Tide Change; Pompano & Bluefish schools running inshore, Snook in the passes, Seatrout on grass flats, Redfish on oyster bars, and Grouper on the structure.

Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.  Better water moving north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva.

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Snook, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, December 12, 2017, [File Photo - Saturday, November 25, 2017].
Snook, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, December 12, 2017, [File Photo – Saturday, November 25, 2017].
“The common snook (Centropomus undecimalis) is a species of marine fish in the family Centropomidae of the order Perciformes. The common snook is also known as the sergeant fish or robalo. It was originally assigned to the sciaenid genus Sciaena; Sciaena undecimradiatus and Centropomus undecimradiatus are obsolete synonyms for the species.

Snook, Dan, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, October 23, 2017, [File Photo: March 1, 2017].
Snook, Dan, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, October 23, 2017, [File Photo: March 1, 2017].
One of the largest snooksCentropomus undecimalis grows to a maximum overall length of 140 centimeters (4.6 ft) but common length is 50 centimeters (1.6 ft).The IGFA world record is 24.32 kg (53 lb 10 oz) caught in Parismina Ranch, Costa Rica by an angler named Rafael Montalvo.[1][2] Of typical centropomid form, it possesses drab coloration except for a distinctive black lateral line. It can also possess bright yellow pelvic and caudal fins, especially during the spawn.[3]

Centropomus undecimalis is widespread throughout the tropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean from the coast of the North Carolina to Brazil including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.[17]

Fingers O’Bannon Invitational Memorial Snook Tournament, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island [File Photo: Saturday, April 29, 2017].
Fingers O’Bannon Invitational Memorial Snook Tournament, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island [File Photo: Saturday, April 29, 2017].
Many[who?] believe that snook originated in Central America and that changes in the earth’s climate are what brought the snook to Florida. It is believed that during a great warming trend after the Ice Age, snook moved northward along the Mexico shoreline. They followed the perimeter of the Gulf of Mexico, down the west coast of Florida and up the east coast. There are massive snook in Central America, although they seem to look a little different because of the weather and water quality but besides that, they are the same.

Big Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, October 2, 2017.
Big Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, October 2, 2017.

There are no restrictions in most of Central America on the size or quantity of snook one can keep, consequently, many locals have been keeping and killing these massive snook for quite a while.[18] Occurring in shallow coastal waters (up to 20 meters (66 ft) depth), estuaries, and lagoons, the fish often enters fresh water. It is carnivorous, with a diet dominated by smaller fishes, and crustaceans such as shrimp, and occasionally crabs.[19]”  Please see more information here.

Snook, Tide Changes, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, October 23, 2017.
Snook, Tide Changes, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, October 23, 2017.

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We’re located in Castaways Marina, Santiva, Sanibel Island, just before the Blind Pass bridge to Captiva Island.

Snook, Blind Pass, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 12, 2017, [File Photo: Friday, September 22, 2017].
Snook, Blind Pass, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 12, 2017, [File Photo: Friday, September 22, 2017].
After a fierce storm, Turner Beach, the beach adjoining the Pass, is frequently covered with a bounty of shells from Olives to Fighting Whelks to the more common Conchs. The fishing is also renowned for sharks in the summer, tailing redfish on the bayside flats and snook under and off the Blind Pass bridge. Because Turner Beach faces Westward, the sunsets are spectacular and a popular viewing point for residents and visitors alike.

Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, August 29, 2017.
Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, August 29, 2017.

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Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, November 18, [File Photo -Thursday, May 18, 2017].
Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, November 18, [File Photo -Thursday, May 18, 2017].

Captiva Fishing, Pompano!

Pompano Fishing, Inshore, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, December 11, 2017.
Pompano Fishing, Inshore, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, December 11, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, December 11, 2017: Pompano!

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Monday, December 11: Pompano, Inshore, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff, but no red tide); and more fishing reports from other areas and Captains.

Monday, December 11: Pompano running in the bay! Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.  Better water moving north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva.

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Pompano, Fly Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, December 11, 2017, [File Photo - Friday, March 10, 2017].
Pompano, Fly Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, December 11,
2017, [File Photo – Friday, March 10, 2017].
“The Florida pompano (Trachinotus carolinus[2]) is a species of marine fish in the Trachinotus (pompanogenus of the family Carangidae. It has a compressed body and short snout; coloration varies from blue-greenish silver on the dorsal areas and silver to yellow on the body and fins.

It can be found along the western coast of the Atlantic Ocean, depending on the season, and is popular for both sport and commercial fishing. The Florida city of Pompano Beach is named after the Florida pompano.

Pompano, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, 3-7-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Pompano, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, 3-7-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

Most Florida pompano caught weigh less than 3 lb (1.4 kg) and are less than 17 in (43 cm) long, though the largest individuals weigh 8–9 lb (3.6–4.1 kg) and reach lengths up to 26 in (66 cm).

The different kinds of pompano include African, Cayenne, Florida and Irish. The Florida pompano (T. carolinus) is part of the jack family. It is very similar to the permit (Trachinotus falcatus). It has a deeply forked tail and is blue-greenish silver with yellow on the throat, belly, and pelvic and anal fins. The first dorsal fins are low, with about six separate spines. The first spine may be reabsorbed in a larger fish. The second lobes on the dorsal and anal fins have a lower anterior.[3] There are 20-24 anal fin rays. It is a compressed fish with a deep body and a blunt snout.

Pompano, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, July 22, 2017.
Pompano, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, July 22, 2017.

The adult Florida pompano is typically found in more saline areas and relatively warm waters (70-89 °F), so it migrates northward in the summer, and toward the south in the fall.[6] Despite its name, the range of the Florida pompano extends from Massachusetts to Brazil, but it is more common in areas near Florida. During the summer, it can be found near Sebastian, Cape Hatteras, and the Gulf of Mexico. It is more common near oil rigs, Palm Beach, and Hobe Sound during the winter. It can also be found near the Virgin Islands year round.

Pompano, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, 1-4-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Pompano, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, 1-4-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

Its habitat is surf flats, and it tends to stay away from clear water regions, such as the Bahamas.[7] Pompanos are very fast swimmers and live in schools. They are bottom feeders. They have very short teeth and feed on zoobenthos and small clams.

The Pompano is a popular food fish. Chefs like it because the fillets are of even thickness, which aids in cooking. A popular dish created in New Orleans, called “Pompano en papillote,” is wrapped in parchment paper with a white sauce of wine, shrimp, and crabmeat, and then steamed.[8]

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Pompano, Redfish Pass, Monday, 6-1-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Pompano, Redfish Pass, Monday, 6-1-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

The pompano’s flesh is oily and looks white and opaque. Its diet yields a rich but mild flavor. Fresh fillets can cost $17 or more.[9] Demand has encouraged the use of aquaculture to increase supply.

The pompano supports an important commercial and recreational fishery. Florida pompano are commercially fished in all states on the East Coast from Virginia to Texas, with Florida producing over 90% of the annual harvest. Harvesting occurs mostly along Florida’s western coast, with some harvesting on the eastern coast and in the Banana and Indian Rivers. Between 1994 and 2006, it commanded dockside prices of more than $3 per pound of whole fish weight.[11]

Pompano, Chuck, 10-25-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Pompano, Chuck, 10-25-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

Individually, Florida pompano are caught on light jigs and popping corks. They are very active on the line, testing light tackle beyond what their weight would suggest.[8] They bite near oil rigs in the winter.

From 1997-2000, the fishing mortality rates increased sharply. However, an extensive study by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission concluded, as of 2005, the population of Florida pompano was healthy and the fishery was sustainable with current practices.[5][8] ” Please see more information here.

Pompano In The Bay, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 21, 2017.
Pompano In The Bay, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

Appearance:

  • Dark greenish-gray on back, shading to silver sides
  • Yellowish coloration on belly
  • Fish found in dark waters have yellow on throat, pelvic fins and anal fin
  • Dorsal fin begins in front of anal fin
  • Dorsal, anal and caudal fins are short and upright
  • Forehead slopes gently backward
  • Deep, compressed body with a small mouth
  • Caudal fin with a wider fork than permit

Similar Species: Permit, T. falcatus (dorsal fin begins over the anal fin and grow much larger than Florida pompano)

Size: Up to 24 inches (8 pounds)

Habitat:

Inshore and nearshore waters, especially along sandy beaches, oyster bars and over seagrass beds, often in turbid water. Found in water as deep as 130 feet.

Behavior:

Spawn offshore March to September.

Feeds on mollusks and crustaceans, especially sand fleas.

Local movements are influenced by the tide, and seasonal movements are influenced by temperature.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website 8 lb 4 oz, caught near Port St. Joe,   Please see more information here.

Pompano, North Captiva, 1-23-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Pompano, North Captiva, 1-23-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

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We’re located in Castaways Marina, Santiva, Sanibel Island, just before the Blind Pass bridge to Captiva Island.

Pompano, North Captiva, 1-8-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Pompano, North Captiva, 1-8-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

After a fierce storm, Turner Beach, the beach adjoining the Pass, is frequently covered with a bounty of shells from Olives to Fighting Whelks to the more common Conchs. The fishing is also renowned with sharks in the summer, tailing redfish on the bayside flats and snook under and off the Blind Pass bridge. Because Turner Beach faces Westward, the sunsets are spectacular and a popular viewing point for residents and visitors alike.

Pompano, 2-7-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Pompano, 2-7-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

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Pompano caught in Redfish Pass on Sanibel & Captiva charters!
Pompano caught in Redfish Pass on Sanibel & Captiva charters!

Captiva Fishing, Hogfish!

Hogfish or Hog Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, December 10, 2017, [File Photo - Wednesday, February 8, 2017].
Hogfish or Hog Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, December 10, 2017, [File Photo – Wednesday, February 8, 2017].

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, December 10, 2017: Hogfish!

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Sunday, December 10: Hogfish, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff may be lessening a bit; some Red Tide but it has broken up and largely dispersed); more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Sunday, December 10:  Hogfish, & Snapper, Near Offshore Structiure; Pompano & Bluefish schools running inshore, Snook in the passes, Seatrout on grass flats, Redfish on oyster bars, and Grouper on the structure.

Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.  Better water moving north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva.

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Hogfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, December 10, 2017, [File Photo - January 28, 2013].
Hogfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, December 10, 2017, [File Photo – January 28, 2013].
“The hogfish (Lachnolaimus maximus), is a species of wrasse native to the western Atlantic Ocean, with a range from Nova ScotiaCanada to northern South America, including the Gulf of Mexico. This species occurs around reefs, especially preferring areas with plentiful gorgonians. This species is currently the only known member of its genus.[2]

Jimmy Burnsed & Hogfish, Respective Tooth Views, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, March 21, 2017.
Jimmy Burnsed & Hogfish, Respective Tooth Views, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

The hogfish is characterized by a large, laterally compressed body shape. It possesses a very elongated snout which it uses to search for crustaceans buried in the sediment. This very long “pig-like” snout and its rooting behavior give the hogfish its name. The caudal or tail fin is somewhat lunate and the pectoral fins are along the lateral sides of the body with the paired pelvic fins directly below.

A prominent black spot behind the pectoral fins differentiates males from females. The dorsal fin usually is composed of three or four long dorsal spines followed by a series of shorter dorsal spines. It is a carnivore. It mainly feeds on small crustaceans.[citation needed].

Hogfish or Hog Snapper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, February 3, 2017.
Hogfish or Hog Snapper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, February 3, 2017.

Like many wrasses, the hogfish is a sequential hermaphrodite, which means it changes sex during different life stages. The hogfish is a protogynous, “first female” hermaphrodite: juvenile hogfish start out as female and then mature to become male. The change usually occurs around three years of age and about 14 inches in length.[3] Females and juveniles will usually start out as pale gray, brown, or reddish brown in color, with a paler underside and no distinct patterns.

Males are distinguished by a deep, dark band spanning from the snout to the first dorsal spine, as well as by a lateral black spot behind the pectoral fins. Hogfish reach a maximum of 91 cm (36 in) in total length and about 11 kg (24 lb) and have been recorded to live up to 11 years.[4] Spawning in South Florida occurs from November through June.[5] Hogfish social groups are organized into harems where one male will mate and protect a group of females in his territory.

Hogfish, Hank, Patrick, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, April 23, 2017.
Hogfish, Hank, Patrick, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Hogfish is a commonly targeted species for many spear and reef fisherman and is regarded highly by many for its taste and food value. In 2007, the Florida landings of hogfish totaled 306,953 pounds.[6] The fish stocks are regulated by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Bag, size, and gear limits all have been placed on this species to ensure a healthy stock and to protect it from overfishing.”  Please see more information here.

Hogfish Or Hog Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, January 20, 2017.
Hogfish Or Hog Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, January 20, 2017.

“Federal waters early closure: All federal waters south of Cape Sable in the Gulf, around the tip of Florida, and up the Atlantic coast closed to recreational and commercial hogfish harvest  Aug. 24. 

Recreational harvest of hogfish in state waters remains open.

Commercial harvest of hogfish closed Aug. 24 in both state and federal waters from Cape Sable in the Gulf, around the tip of Florida, and up the Atlantic coast.

See below for other changes that go into effect Aug. 24 in state waters.

Hogfish Or Hog Snapper 2, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, March 21, 2017.
Hogfish Or Hog Snapper 2, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

State waters: The FWC approved several management changes to hogfish at the November Commission meeting in St. Petersburg. These changes will go into effect in on Aug. 24, 2017. Approved changes include:

  • A new state management boundary between the Keys/east Florida and Gulf hogfish stocks will be at 25 degrees 9 minutes north latitude (a line due west of Cape Sable, which is on the Gulf side of Florida). Once effective, hogfish north of Cape Sable will be managed as Gulf hogfish, and hogfish south of that line, around the tip of Florida and up the Atlantic coast, will be managed as Atlantic hogfish.
  • Lowering the Atlantic recreational daily bag limit from five to one fish per harvester.
  • Setting an Atlantic recreational harvest season of May 1 through Oct. 31.
  • Increasing the Atlantic recreational and commercial minimum size limit from 12 to 16 inches fork length.
  • Increasing the Gulf recreational and commercial minimum size limit from 12 to 14 inches fork length.
  • Setting the minimum importation and sale size limit to 14 inches fork length statewide.

Hogfish Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, May 22, 2017. File Photo.

 

    Hogfish Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, May 22, 2017. File Photo.

Learn more about these changes in state waters.

Learn more about federal changes. External Website

Hogfish -map

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Hogfish: Lachnolaimus maximus

Florida Regulations: 

Regulations  Gulf State Waters Atlantic State Waters (includes all state and federal waters south of Cape Sable, including the Florida Keys)
Minimum Size Limit 14″ fork 16″ fork
 Daily Bag Limit  5 per harvester 1 per harvester

Effective Aug. 24, 2017: Minimum importation and sale size limit: 14″ FL statewide

State Waters Harvest Seasons

Gulf Season:  Open year round (closures only if annual catch limit is met or exceeded)

Atlantic state season: Open May 1-Oct. 31.

Hogfish, Thanksgiving Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, November 25, 2016.
Hogfish, Thanksgiving Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, November 25, 2016.

Gear Requirements:

  • Legal Gear: spears, gigs, hook and line, seine, cast net

Federal waters:

12″ FL; 5 per person per day

Atlantic federal waters: Closed. All federal waters south of Cape Sable in the Gulf, around the tip of Florida, and up the Atlantic coast closed to recreational and commercial hogfish harvest starting Aug. 24.

NEW: The following changes will go into effect Aug. 24, 2017:

  • For persons harvesting hogfish in Gulf federal waters south of Cape Sable and in all Atlantic federal waters, new regulations include: a 16-inch minimum size limit, a 25-lb. commercial trip limit, a 1-fish/person recreational bag limit, and a May-October recreational season. NEW: Recreational and commercial season closing Aug. 24 in all Atlantic federal waters, including waters south of Cape Sable. Learn more. External Website
  • For persons harvesting hogfish in Gulf federal waters north of Cape Sable, new regulations include a 14-inch minimum size limit.”  Please see more information here.

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We’re located at Castaways Marina, Santiva, Sanibel Island, just before the Blind Pass bridge to Captiva Island.

Hogfish or Hog Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, 2-2-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Hogfish or Hog Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, 2-2-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

After a fierce storm, Turner Beach, the beach adjoining the Pass, is frequently covered with a bounty of shells from Olives to Fighting Whelks to the more common Conchs. The fishing is also renowned with sharks in the summer, tailing redfish on the bayside flats and snook under and off the Blind Pass bridge. Because Turner Beach faces Westward, the sunsets are spectacular and a popular viewing point for residents and visitors alike.

Hogfish, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, 12-17-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Hogfish, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, 12-17-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

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Captain Joey Burnsed ~ please click calendar at the upper left or call 239-472-8658 to book a Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Boca Grande or Fort Myers fishing guide trip or shelling charter.

Jean, Hogfish, 1-26-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Jean, Hogfish, 1-26-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

Captiva Fishing, Spanish Mackerel!

Spanish Mackerel, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, December 9, [File Photo - Thursday, 10-1-15 ].
Spanish Mackerel, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, December 9, 2017, [File Photo – Thursday, 10-1-15 ].

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, December 9, 2017: Spanish Mackerel!

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Saturday, December 9: Spanish Mackerel, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff may be lessening a bit; some Red Tide but it has broken up and largely dispersed); more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Saturday, December 9:  Sheepshead, In The Passes & On The Docks; Pompano & Bluefish schools running inshore, Snook in the passes, Seatrout on grass flats, Redfish on oyster bars, and Grouper on the structure.

Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.  Better water moving north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva.

Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658 and here for Live Sanibel Traffic Cams.

Spanish Mackerel, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, December 9, 2017, [File Photo - Monday, April 11, 2016].
Spanish Mackerel, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, December 9, 2017, [File Photo – Monday, April 11, 2016].
“The Atlantic Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus) is a migratory species of mackerels that swims to the Northern Gulf of Mexico in spring, returns to South Florida in the Eastern Gulf, and to Mexico in the Western Gulf in the fall.

The fish exhibits a green back; its sides are silvery marked with about three rows of round to elliptical yellow spots. Lateral line gradually curving down from the upper end of the gill cover toward caudal peduncle. The first (spiny) dorsal fin is black at the front. Posterior membranes are white with a black edge. Its single row of cutting edged teeth in each jaw (around sixty-four teeth in all) are large, uniform, closely spaced and flattened from side to side. As with the King mackerel and the Cero mackerel, these teeth look very similar to those of the BluefishPomatomus saltatrix.

Spanish Mackerel, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, June 30, 2016.
Spanish Mackerel, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Spanish mackerel are a highly valued fish throughout their range from North Carolina to Texas. Recreational anglers catch Spanish mackerel from boats while trolling or drifting and from boats, piers, jetties, and beaches by casting spoons and jigs and live-bait fishing. Fast lure retrieves are key to catching these quick fish. Commercial methods are primarily run-around gill netting, and rarely, by trolling lures similar to those used by recreational anglers.

Spanish Mackerel, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, May 29, 2016.
Spanish Mackerel, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, May 29, 2016.

On November 4, 1987, Woody Outlaw caught a world-record 13-pound Spanish mackerel[4]on a blue and white Sea Witch with a strip of fastback menhaden on a 7/0 hook, held by a Shimano bait-casting reel on a Kuna rod with 30-pound test line.[5]

Spanish mackerel are primarily marketed fresh or frozen as fillets as commercially caught fish are too small to sell in the form of steaks. Their raw flesh is white. They may be prepared by broilingfryingbaking or, rarely, by smoking.

Spanish Mackerel Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, April 22, 2016.
Spanish Mackerel Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, April 22, 2016.

The Spanish mackerel is also a popular sushi fish. By analogy with the Japanese Spanish mackerel, which is a member of the same genus, it is often called sawara on sushi menus.”  Please see more information here.

Spanish Mackerel, 7-29-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Spanish Mackerel, 7-29-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

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We’re located at Castaways Marina, Santiva, Sanibel Island, just before the Blind Pass bridge to Captiva Island.

Fly Fishing, Spanish Mackerel, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service. Saturday, October 21, 2017, [File Photo: 7-7-14]
Fly Fishing, Spanish Mackerel, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service. Saturday,
October 21, 2017, [File Photo: 7-7-14]
After a fierce storm, Turner Beach, the beach adjoining the Pass, is frequently covered with a bounty of shells from Olives to Fighting Whelks to the more common Conchs. The fishing is also renowned with sharks in the summer, tailing redfish on the bayside flats and snook under and off the Blind Pass bridge. Because Turner Beach faces Westward, the sunsets are spectacular and a popular viewing point for residents and visitors alike.

Spanish Mackerel, 6-25-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Spanish Mackerel, 6-25-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

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Spanish Mackerel caught offshore of Captiva on Sanibel & Captiva charters!
Spanish Mackerel caught offshore of Captiva on Sanibel & Captiva charters!

Captiva Fishing, Sheepshead!

Sheepshead, Windy. Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 8, 2017, [File Photo- Monday, November 21, 2016].
Sheepshead, Windy. Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 8, 2017, [File Photo- Monday, November 21, 2016].

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, December 8, 2017: Sheepshead!

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Friday, December 8: Sheepshead, Structure, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff may be lessening a bit; some Red Tide but it has broken up and largely dispersed); more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Friday, December 8:  Sheepshead, In The Passes & On The Docks; Pompano & Bluefish schools running inshore, Snook in the passes, Seatrout on grass flats, Redfish on oyster bars, and Grouper on the structure.

Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.  Better water moving north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva.

Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658 and here for Live Sanibel Traffic Cams.

Sheepshead, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service, Friday, December 8, 2017, [File Photo - 2-4-15].
Sheepshead, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service, Friday, December 8, 2017, [File Photo – 2-4-15].
Archosargus probatocephalus, the sheepshead, is a marine fish that grows to 76 cm (30 in), but commonly reaches 30 to 50 cm (10 to 20 in). It is deep and compressed in body shape, with five or six dark bars on the side of the body over a gray background. It has sharp dorsal spines. Its diet consists of oystersclams, and other bivalves, and barnaclesfiddler crabs, and other crustaceans.[1] It has a hard mouth, with several rows of stubby teeth – the frontal ones roughly resembling human teeth – which help crush the shells of prey.[2]

Sheepshead, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, March 15, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Sheepshead, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, March 15, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

The sheepshead is found in coastal waters along the western Atlantic, from Nova Scotia to Brazil, but the greatest concentration is around southwest Florida.[3] Although the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn, in New York City, was named after the fish,[4] it is now rarely found that far north.

Sheepshead, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, 3-2-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Sheepshead, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, 3-2-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

As sheepshead feed on bivalves and crustaceans,[1] successful baits include shrimpsand fleas (mole crabs), clams, fiddler crabs, and mussels.[5] Sheepshead have a knack for stealing bait, so a small hook is necessary.[5]Locating sheepshead with a boat is not difficult: Fishermen look for rocky bottoms or places with obstructions, jetties, and the pilings of bridges and piers.[5] The average weight of a sheepshead is 1.4 to 1.8 kg (3 to 4 lb), but some individuals reach the range of 4.5 to 6.8 kg (10 to 15 lb).[5] Please see more information here.

Sheepshead, 1-6-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Sheepshead, 1-6-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

“Florida Regulations: 

Regulations Gulf State Waters Atlantic State Waters
Size Limit 12”
Daily Bag Limit 15 per person

 

Gear Requirements:

  • Legal Gear: hook and line, cast net, seine, spear or gig
  • Illegal Gear: Harvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead natural bait; Snatching prohibited

    Sheepshead, 11-28-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
    Sheepshead, 11-28-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

State Waters Harvest Seasons

Habitat and Fishing Tips:  Sheepshead are commonly found in brackish water river mouths, bays, estuaries, and tidal creeks and especially near oyster bars, buoys, channel markers, piers and bridge piles where food is plentiful. Sheepshead feed primarily on crustaceans, mollusks, barnacles and small fish.

Sheepshead caught offshore of Captiva, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Sheepshead caught offshore of Captiva, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Anglers typically use light to medium weight spinning tackle with shrimp, sand fleas or small crabs as bait. Using their specially adapted (human-like) incisors and crushing molars, sheepshead can be difficult to hook and have an uncanny ability to clean a hook without you knowing anything happened.

Tim with his Sheepshead on Sanibel & Captiva charters!

When targeting sheepshead, it is very important to keep your line tight and be ready for the bite because you often get one, and only one, chance to set the hook. The food quality of sheepshead is very good, and they are one of the only fish that can smile back at you during the picture!

Huge Sheepshead caught offshore of Captiva on Sanibel & Captiva charters!
Huge Sheepshead caught offshore of Captiva on Sanibel & Captiva charters!

Can oysters and barnacles be used as bait or chum for sheepshead  Oysters and barnacles are very, very different when it comes to regulations.

Oysters have closed seasons, bag limits, size limits and can only be legally harvested in specific shellfish harvesting areas that are classified as “approved” or “conditionally approved” and in the “open” status. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Aquaculture External Website manages these shellfish harvesting areas.

Sheepshead caught offshore on Sanibel on Sanibel & Captiva charters!
Sheepshead caught offshore on Sanibel on Sanibel & Captiva charters!

Barnacles, on the other hand, do not have size limits or specified bag limits, which means that you can harvest up to 100 pounds per person per day with a recreational saltwater fishing license and you can use them to chum sheepshead. You can also simply scrape them off bridge piles and allow them to sink and attract sheepshead. Do not scrape barnacles from private docks or other private structures without permission of the property owner.

Sheepshead, 12-5-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Sheepshead, 12-5-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

State Record:  15 lb 2 oz, caught near Homosassa.”  Please see more information here.

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We’re located in Castaways Marina, Santiva, Sanibel Island, just before the Blind Pass bridge to Captiva Island.

Sheepshead, Blind Pass, 11-23-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Sheepshead, Blind Pass, 11-23-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

After a fierce storm, Turner Beach, the beach adjoining the Pass, is frequently covered with a bounty of shells from Olives to Fighting Whelks to the more common Conchs. The fishing is also renowned for sharks in the summer, tailing redfish on the bayside flats and snook under and off the Blind Pass bridge. Because Turner Beach faces Westward, the sunsets are spectacular and a popular viewing point for residents and visitors alike.

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Two Sheepshead caught in Blind Pass, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Two Sheepshead caught in Blind Pass, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Hank Burnsed, Fishing Dog Extraordinaire, Dies at 10

Hank and Captain Joey Burnsed.

Hank Burnsed Passes Away After Very Brief Illness.

Hank Burnsed, the legendary fishing dog of Sanibel & Captiva Islands, friend of dolphins, enemy of sharks, and doggedly loyal first mate of Captain Joey Burnsed, passed away peacefully today, Thursday,  December 7, 2017, on Sanibel Island at home with his family by his side.

Hank On The Bow Looking For Tarpon Rolling, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island.
Hank On The Bow Looking For Tarpon Rolling, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island.

Hank would have been 11 years old on December 26.  The Burnsed family announced his death this afternoon.  The cause was lymphoma.

Hank was somewhat slowing down and in partial retirement but had been in good health and was still working a half day on the boat 3-4 times a week as recently as last week.  On Monday, he suddenly stopped eating and appeared to be laboring and struggling.  He was quickly diagnosed with late-stage lymphoma.

Many of Hank’s friends have asked about making a donation in his name.  The Burnsed family asks that people support the Gulf Coast Humane Society, Hank’s favorite charity.

Little Hank, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Little Hank, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Hank Burnsed was born in Dallas, Texas and was of blue blood aristocratic Labrador Retriever stock.  Rumors swirled of Hank and his siblings being the product of a brief affair between his mother and a handsome rogue, roving Chow, primarily based upon Hank’s unusually large head, thick neck, somewhat short ears, and spotted tongue.

Hank Burnsed, Puppy, 2007.
Hank Burnsed, Puppy, 2007.

Hank, typical of his easy-going nature, simply shrugged off the whispers regarding his mother’s alleged dalliance and his questionable lineage.  Winston Churchill faced similar rumors early in his political rise, so Hank, as always, was in the company of great men.

After a rambunctious, slightly rebellious youth and typical yellow lab puppyhood,  Hank matured into an extraordinarily tranquil, calm and dignified hound.  Hank’s peaceful, low-key personality was a unique quality and made him an ideal companion on the boat.  He was a friend of all people.

Hank went on thousands of charters over his 10+ year career and was a great first mate for everyone, including highly experienced fishermen and fisherwomen, beginners and, most of all, children!

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This disposition was important because Hank spent many long, hot days on a small boat, often with very excited, high energy children, who were delighted to be out on the boat with the famous fishing dog.  Hank was without fault and no amount of screaming, yowling, jumping or tugging by children on his ample neck rolls (another possible indicator of a sneaky, disreputable Chow father), ears, or tail could shake Hank’s demeanor.  He would simply give the children happy, big, wet licks.

Hank & Friend Looking For Fish!
Hank & Friend Looking For Fish!

Most of the time, Hank stretched out, and lazily slept on the bow of the boat, waiting for some action to develop.  He was famous for maintaining this relaxed position, even at high rates of speed in relatively rough weather.  Hank just bounced along snoring happily on the bow.  If things became too rough or the sun got a bit too hot on the bow, Hank would meander back and find a shady spot on the deck.

Hank dreaming about tarpon, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Hank dreaming about tarpon, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Early in his career as first mate, Hank would become excited whenever he heard a rod and reel hum with a fish on the line.  However, after the first year or so of his apprenticeship, he became very discerning of the different sound and register of the reel.

Ladyfish & Redfish, Hank really wanted to lick that fish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, November 9, 2016.
Ladyfish & Redfish, Hank really wanted to lick that fish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, November 9, 2016.

Redfish, snook, seatrout and even tarpon were run of the mill for Hank.  A Sanibel slam was not worth waking up for or getting too excited about, although he loved to lick a ladyfish.  Again, this innocent predisposition towards ladyfish was cited by rumor mongers as possible evidence of a skirt-chasing, philandering Chow father.

Hank, Tarpon Fishing, April 25, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Hank, Tarpon Fishing, April 25, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Hank only became truly engaged when he heard a shark or goliath grouper on the line.  Then and only then, Hank would get his mojo going and he would yowl and howl in delight.

Captiva Fishing, Blacktip Shark 4-2-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Captiva Fishing, Blacktip Shark 4-2-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

Sharks made Hank’s blood boil and it was all Captain Joey could do to keep him in the boat.  He would be tied up in the back of the boat less something unfortunate might occur in a Hank encounter with a shark.  Hank might have been just a tad bit overconfident in his ability to take on sharks.  Captain Joey always protected Hank from this rare demonstration of poor judgment on Hanks’s part.  In all his years, Hank’s only injury from a shark was a small bite on the nose from a blacktip shark that flopped back to Hank before being released.  Hank healed up quickly and was quite proud of his battle scar.

Hank with a cowfish, 10-22-14,, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Hank with a cowfish, 10-22-14,, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

He just detested those sharks.  Other than sharks, Hank was solid, stayed calm, and always kept his wits about him.  Well, with the possible exception of goliath grouper.

Goliath grouper, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service, Thursday, November 2, 2017, [August 16, 2012].
Goliath grouper, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service, Thursday, November 2, 2017, [August 16, 2012].
Hank did break loose several times and jump with unbounded joy on and in with some very large goliath groupers.  It was unclear what Hank expected would happen once he was in the water with the goliath.  He looked somewhat confused when he got in the water with the big fish and the goliath grouper also didn’t look all that happy.   Hank was always promptly and quickly hauled out and, with a quick and vigorous shake, soaking everyone on the boat with a spray from his coat, he would go back to his dignified self and return to his position on the bow and take a nap.

Hank & Two Of His Dolphin Buddies!
Hank & Two Of His Dolphin Buddies!

Hank’s other major interest was in the dolphins who often would tag along, playing and jumping in the wake and coming up to the side of the boat.  Hank was intrigued with the dolphins and they were fascinated by Hank.  There were many nose to nose encounters – and some friendly barking – but mostly a lot of sniffing and investigation by both parties.  This became a regular routine for Hank – checking in with his dolphin buddies several times a week.

Hank In Full Flight!
Hank In Full Flight!

Hank was also an intrepid sheller who loved a break from the boat to run along the North Captiva and Cayo Costa beaches.  He often found human and dog friends at the beach and had perfected a quite dramatic and unique cannonball form to enter the surf in full flight in chase of a stick or tennis ball.

Hank Having Fun!
Hank Having Fun!

Hank’s lack of opposable thumbs hurt is shelling productivity, but he had a good Sanibel stoop in search of shells and often practiced yoga at sunrise and sunset on the beach, with a particularity impressive downward dog position.

Hank & Charlie, after a long but good day of fishing, Sanibel & Captiva Fishing Charters.
Hank & Charlie, when they were both young, after a long but good day of fishing, Sanibel & Captiva Fishing Charters.

Hank took on his own assistant for a period of time and trained Charlie Landon as his “second” mate.  Hank wasn’t terribly threatened by this new entrant to the fishing business and he cheerfully taught Charlie the ropes – with a special emphasis on Charlie doing all the hard work like pulling up the anchor!

Jimmy, Hank, Sandwich, 9-25-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Jimmy, Hank, Sandwich, 9-25-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

Hank also wasn’t opposed to a quick snack thrown from one his many fans in the fishing community.  He loved bologna sandwiches and cheeseburgers.

Hank, Rebel With A Cause, All Dogs Must Be On Leash!
Hank, Rebel With A Cause, All Dogs Must Be On Leash!

For the most part, Hank stayed out of legal troubles and was a law-

Hank Burnsed, First Mate, Most Of The Time, He Gets A Little Sleepy Like All Old Men, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, May 22, 2017.
Hank Burnsed, First Mate, Monday, May 22, 2017.

abiding citizen but there were some near misses.  He did go through a “Rebel With A Cause” period.  Hank was very (very)  briefly involved in the anti-leash movement.  Afterall, everyone needs to voice their political beliefs and stand up for their rights.

Hank, we’ll miss you.  You were a good, loyal and steadfast companion and a tremendous example of joyful, welcoming friendship to all people.  See you in heaven – we understand there is some good fishing up there!

Hank, May 3, Photo From 2011, Sunset On Captiva, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Hank, May 3, Photo From 2011, Sunset On Captiva, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Captiva Fishing, Grouper!

Grouper, Structure, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday December 4, 2017, [File Photo - Tuesday, 3-1-16]
Grouper, Structure, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, December 4, 2017, [File Photo – Tuesday, 3-1-16]

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, December 4, 2017: Grouper!

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Monday, December 4: Grouper, Structure, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff may be lessening a bit; some Red Tide but it has broken up and largely dispersed); more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Monday, December 4:  Grouper, Near Offshore and Inshore Structure; Pompano & Bluefish schools running inshore, Snook in the passes, Seatrout on grass flats, Redfish on oyster bars, and Grouper on the structure.

Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.  Better water moving north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva.

Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658 and here for Live Sanibel Traffic Cams.

Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, [Monday, December 4, 2017, File Photo - Friday, 2-12-16].
Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing,  Monday, December 4, 2017, [File Photo – Friday, 2-12-16].
Mycteroperca microlepis (the gaggag groupervelvet rockfish or charcoal belly) is a species of grouper from warmer parts of the West Atlantic, including the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. It is a drab, mottled-gray fish lacking the distinguishing features of most other groupers. Its pattern of markings resemble the box-shaped spots of the black grouper. It lacks the streamer-points on the tail fin that scamp (Mycteroperca phenax) and yellowmouth grouper (M. interstitialis) have, and lacks yellow coloration around the mouth.

Ten- to 20-pound (5- to 10-kg) fish are common. The world record is 80 lb 6 oz (36.45 kg). The gag grouper is a bottom feeder and is often caught by fishermen seeking bottom-dwelling species, such as snappers. Its flaky white meat is considered quite delicious.

Grouper & Snapper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, December 4, 2017, [File Photo - Monday, 2-1-16].
Grouper & Snapper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday,
December 4, 2017, [File Photo – Monday, 2-1-16].
Members of this species are known to be protogynous hermaphrodites, schooling in harems with the most aggressive and largest females shifting sex to male, probably as a result of behavioral triggers, when no male is available. Commercial and sport fishing have created tremendous selective pressures against the largest animals, typically male, restricting the reproductive capacity of the entire breeding population.

Offshore, Gag Grouper & Black Grouper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, 1-2-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Offshore, Gag Grouper & Black Grouper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, 1-2-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

Recently, a small closure in the Gulf of Mexico was established to provide this and other species a refuge from commercial fishing pressure, however, these data are highly in dispute and are currently being challenged for inaccuracies. They are found in areas of a hard or consolidated substrate, and use structural features, such as ledges, rocks, and coral reefs (as well as artificial reefs, such as wrecks and sunken barges) as their habitats.”  Please see more information here.

Josh, Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, 11-2-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Josh, Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, 11-2-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658 and here for Live Sanibel Traffic Cams.  Redfish, Click here for College Of Fishing Hats & Apparel.

We’re located in Castaways Marina, Santiva, Sanibel Island, just before the Blind Pass bridge to Captiva Island.

Gag Grouper 2-23-15 Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Gag Grouper, 2-23-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

After a fierce storm, Turner Beach, the beach adjoining the Pass, is frequently covered with a bounty of shells from Olives to Fighting Whelks to the more common Conchs. The fishing is also renowned for sharks in the summer, tailing redfish on the bayside flats and snook under and off the Blind Pass bridge. Because Turner Beach faces Westward, the sunsets are spectacular and a popular viewing point for residents and visitors alike.

Gag Grouper, Charlie, 1-5-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Gag Grouper, Charlie, 1-5-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

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Fair winds and following seas,

Captain Joey Burnsed ~ please click calendar at the upper left or call 239-472-8658 to book a Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Boca Grande or Fort Myers fishing guide trip or shelling charter.

Grouper, Chuck, 2-9-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Grouper, Chuck, 2-9-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Captiva Fishing, SeaTrout!

Charlie, Big Sea Trout, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service, Sunday, December 3, 2017, [File Photo: 3-3-14].
Charlie, Big Sea Trout, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service, Sunday, December 3, 2017, [File Photo: 3-3-14].

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, December 3, 2017: SeaTrout!

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Sunday, December 3: SeaTrout, Grass Beds, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff may be lessening a bit; some Red Tide but it has broken up and largely dispersed); more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Sunday, December 3:  SeaTrout, Grass Flats & Oyster Bars; Pompano & Bluefish schools running inshore, Snook in the passes, Seatrout on grass flats, Redfish on oyster bars, and Grouper on the structure.

Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.  Better water moving north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva.

Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658 and here for Live Sanibel Traffic Cams.

Big Sea Trout, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service,  Sunday, December 3, 2017, [File Photo: 2-19-15].
Big Sea Trout, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service,
Sunday, December 3, 2017, [File Photo: 2-19-15].
Cynoscion nebulosus, the spotted seatrout, also known as speckled trout, is a common estuarine fish found in the southern United States along coasts of Gulf of Mexico and the coastal Atlantic Ocean from Maryland to Florida. These fish are also found in estuarine locations around Cape Breton Island of Nova Scotia, Canada.

Big Sea Trout, Grass Flats, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing. File Photo: Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
Big Sea Trout, Grass Flats, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing. File Photo: Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

While most of these fish are caught on shallow, grassy flats, spotted seatrout reside in virtually any inshore waters, from the surf of outside islands to far up coastal rivers, where they often come for shelter during cold weather. Contrary to its name, the spotted seatrout is not a member of the trout family (Salmonidae), but of the drum family (Sciaenidae). It is popular for commercial and especially recreational fishing in coastal waters of the southeastern United States. Adults reach 19-32 inches in length and 3-15 pounds in weight.

Big Sea Trout, Captiva Grass Flats, June 13, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Big Sea Trout, Captiva Grass Flats, June 13, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Spotted seatrout live in the top of the water column and are most numerous along the coasts of the southeastern states, such as Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida. They are also common along the coasts of North and South Carolina and Virginia. Estuarine coasts are prime settlement areas. They are uncommonly seen north of Delaware Bay and along the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Big Sea Trout on Sanibel & Captiva fishing charters. March 12, 2012
Big Sea Trout on Sanibel & Captiva fishing charters. March 12, 2012

Spotted seatrout is the common name endorsed by the American Fisheries Society. However, this fish has many other common names, including speckled trout, speck, speckles, spec, truite gris (Louisiana French), trucha de mar (Mexican Spanish), spotted weakfish, spotted seateague, southern seateague, salmon, salmon trout, simon trout, winter trout, seatrout, Nosferatu fish, and black trout. Particularly large ones are nicknamed gator trout.[1]

Big Seatrout caught on Sanibel & Captiva charters

The spotted seatrout has prominent canine teeth. Like other fish of the family Sciaenidae, it has an elongated, soft dorsal fin with scales; it is separated from the spinous dorsal fin by a deep notch. It usually has two anal spines and the lateral line extends to the tip of the caudal fin. The back has distinct spots scattered on it, including on the dorsal and caudal fins. Unlike some other members of the family Sciaenidae, the spotted seatrout does not have any chin barbels. In stained water, this fish’s background may take on a golden hue. Its shape and coloration is reminiscent of a brown trout. This fish is closely related to the weakfishCynoscion regalis.

Big Sea Trout, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, April 4, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Big Sea Trout, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, April 4, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

The average size of spotted seatrout is 0.5-1.0 kg (1-2 lb), but in most areas fish up to 2.5 kg (5 lb) are fairly common. Fish weighing 3.5-4.5 kg (8-10 lb) are rare. The world record is 7.9 kg (17 lb 7 oz).

Small trout eat large amounts of shrimp and other crustaceans. As they grow larger, their diets shift toward fish, the larger, the better. Studies in Texas and Mississippi show that really big trout strongly prefer to feed on mullet; a large trout will find the largest mullet it can handle and try to swallow it. Often the mullet is half or two-thirds as large as the trout.[2]”  Please see more information here.

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We’re located at Castaways Marina, Santiva, Sanibel Island, just before the Blind Pass bridge to Captiva Island.

Big Sea Trout, Grass Flats, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, 12-23-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Big Sea Trout, Grass Flats, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, 12-23-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

After a fierce storm, Turner Beach, the beach adjoining the Pass, is frequently covered with a bounty of shells from Olives to Fighting Whelks to the more common Conchs. The fishing is also renowned with sharks in the summer, tailing redfish on the bayside flats and snook under and off the Blind Pass bridge. Because Turner Beach faces Westward, the sunsets are spectacular and a popular viewing point for residents and visitors alike.

Sea Trout, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, April 2, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Sea Trout, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, April 2, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

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Sea Trout, Grass Beds, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, March 12, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Sea Trout, Grass Beds, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, March 12, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

Captiva Fishing, Snook!

Snook Fishing, Blind Pass, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 2, 2017.
Snook Fishing, Blind Pass, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, December 2, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, December 2, 2017: Snook.

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Saturday, December 2: Snook, Blind Pass, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff may be lessening a bit; some Red Tide but it has broken up and largely dispersed); more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Saturday, December 2:  Snook, Blind Pass, Tide Change; Pompano & Bluefish schools running inshore, Snook in the passes, Seatrout on grass flats, Redfish on oyster bars, and Grouper on the structure.

Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.  Better water moving north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva.

Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658 and here for Live Sanibel Traffic Cams.

Two Snook, Blind Pass, Tide Change, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, December 2, 2017.
Two Snook, Blind Pass, Tide Change, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, December 2, 2017.

“The common snook (Centropomus undecimalis) is a species of marine fish in the family Centropomidae of the order Perciformes. The common snook is also known as the sergeant fish or robalo. It was originally assigned to the sciaenid genus Sciaena; Sciaena undecimradiatus and Centropomus undecimradiatus are obsolete synonyms for the species.

Snook, Tim, Blind Pass, Tide Change, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, December 2, 2017.
Snook, Tim, Blind Pass, Tide Change, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, December 2, 2017.

One of the largest snooksCentropomus undecimalis grows to a maximum overall length of 140 centimeters (4.6 ft) but common length is 50 centimeters (1.6 ft).The IGFA world record is 24.32 kg (53 lb 10 oz) caught in Parismina Ranch, Costa Rica by an angler named Rafael Montalvo.[1][2] Of typical centropomid form, it possesses drab coloration except for a distinctive black lateral line. It can also possess bright yellow pelvic and caudal fins, especially during the spawn.[3]

Centropomus undecimalis is widespread throughout the tropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean from the coast of the North Carolina to Brazil including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.[17]

More Snook, Blind Pass, Tide Change, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, December 2, 2017.
More Snook, Blind Pass, Tide Change, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, December 2, 2017.

Many[who?] believe that snook originated in Central America and that changes in the earth’s climate are what brought the snook to Florida. It is believed that during a great warming trend after the Ice Age, snook moved northward along the Mexico shoreline. They followed the perimeter of the Gulf of Mexico, down the west coast of Florida and up the east coast. There are massive snook in Central America, although they seem to look a little different because of the weather and water quality but besides that, they are the same.

Snook, Flats, Tide Change, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, December 2, 2017.
Snook, Flats, Tide Change, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, December 2, 2017.

There are no restrictions in most of Central America on the size or quantity of snook one can keep, consequently, many locals have been keeping and killing these massive snook for quite a while.[18] Occurring in shallow coastal waters (up to 20 meters (66 ft) depth), estuaries, and lagoons, the fish often enters fresh water. It is carnivorous, with a diet dominated by smaller fishes, and crustaceans such as shrimp, and occasionally crabs.[19]”  Please see more information here.

Snook, South Seas Resort, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, October 13, 2016.
Snook, South Seas Resort, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, October 13, 2016.

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We’re located in Castaways Marina, Santiva, Sanibel Island, just before the Blind Pass bridge to Captiva Island.

Little Snook In The Passes, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, August 17, 2017. File Photo.
Little Snook In The Passes, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, August 17, 2017. File Photo.

After a fierce storm, Turner Beach, the beach adjoining the Pass, is frequently covered with a bounty of shells from Olives to Fighting Whelks to the more common Conchs. The fishing is also renowned for sharks in the summer, tailing redfish on the bayside flats and snook under and off the Blind Pass bridge. Because Turner Beach faces Westward, the sunsets are spectacular and a popular viewing point for residents and visitors alike.

Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

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Alexander, Charlie "Rooster" Landon, Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, October 8, 2017, [File Photo: Sunday, March 26, 2017].
Alexander, Charlie “Rooster” Landon, Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, October 8, 2017, [File Photo: Sunday, March 26, 2017].

Captiva Fishing, Grouper!

Small Grouper, Inshore Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 1, 2017.
Small Grouper, Inshore Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 1, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, December 1, 2017: Grouper.

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Friday, December 1: Grouper, Inshore Structure, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff may be lessening a bit; a spot of red tide @ Boca Grande Pass); more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Friday, December 1:  Grouper, Structure, Inshore; Pompano & Bluefish schools running inshore, Snook in the passes, Seatrout on grass flats, Redfish on oyster bars, and Grouper on the structure.

Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.  Better water moving north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva.

Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658 and here for Live Sanibel Traffic Cams.

Grouper In The Passes, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 1, 2017,  [File Photo - Tuesday, September 19, 2017].
Grouper In The Passes, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 1, 2017, [File Photo – Tuesday, September 19, 2017].
“Mycteroperca microlepis (the gaggag groupervelvet rockfish or charcoal belly) is a species of grouper from warmer parts of the West Atlantic, including the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. It is a drab, mottled-gray fish lacking the distinguishing features of most other groupers. Its pattern of markings resemble the box-shaped spots of the black grouper. It lacks the streamer-points on the tail fin that scamp (Mycteroperca phenax) and yellowmouth grouper (M. interstitialis) have, and lacks yellow coloration around the mouth.

Ten- to 20-pound (5- to 10-kg) fish are common. The world record is 80 lb 6 oz (36.45 kg). The gag grouper is a bottom feeder and is often caught by fishermen seeking bottom-dwelling species, such as snappers. Its flaky white meat is considered quite delicious.

Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, June 20, 2017.
Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Members of this species are known to be protogynous hermaphrodites, schooling in harems with the most aggressive and largest females shifting sex to male, probably as a result of behavioral triggers, when no male is available. Commercial and sport fishing have created tremendous selective pressures against the largest animals, typically male, restricting the reproductive capacity of the entire breeding population.

Jean, Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, 2-26-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Jean, Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, 2-26-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

Recently, a small closure in the Gulf of Mexico was established to provide this and other species a refuge from commercial fishing pressure, however, these data are highly in dispute and are currently being challenged for inaccuracies. They are found in areas of a hard or consolidated substrate, and use structural features, such as ledges, rocks, and coral reefs (as well as artificial reefs, such as wrecks and sunken barges) as their habitats.”  Please see more information here.

Red Grouper, Structure, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, October 16, 2017, [File Photo: Sunday, July 3, 2016].
Red Grouper, Structure, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, October 16, 2017, [File Photo: Sunday, July 3, 2016].
Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658 and here for Live Sanibel Traffic Cams.  Redfish, Click here for College Of Fishing Hats & Apparel.

We’re located at Castaways Marina, Santiva, Sanibel Island, just before the Blind Pass bridge to Captiva Island.

Grouper, Patrick, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
Grouper, Patrick, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

After a fierce storm, Turner Beach, the beach adjoining the Pass, is frequently covered with a bounty of shells from Olives to Fighting Whelks to the more common Conchs. The fishing is also renowned with sharks in the summer, tailing redfish on the bayside flats and snook under and off the Blind Pass bridge. Because Turner Beach faces Westward, the sunsets are spectacular and a popular viewing point for residents and visitors alike.

Gag Grouper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, March 14, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Gag Grouper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, March 14, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

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Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, 3-1-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, 3-1-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

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