Captiva Fishing, Snook!

Snook, Blind Pass, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, November 29, 2017.
Snook, Blind Pass, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, November 29, 2017: Snook.

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Wednesday, November 29: Snook, Blind Pass, 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.

Wednesday, November 29:  Small Snook & Redfish, Blind Pass; Pompano & Bluefish schools running inshore, Snook in the passes, Seatrout on grass flats, Redfish on oyster bars, and Grouper on the structure.

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“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, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, November 29, 2017, [File Photo: Saturday, November 19, 2016].
Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, November 29, 2017, [File Photo: Saturday, November 19, 2016].
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]

Snook, Mangroves, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, October 29, 2016.
Snook, Mangroves, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, October 29, 2016.

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 Fishing, North Captiva, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, July 27, 2017. File Photo.
Snook Fishing, North Captiva, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, July 27, 2017. File Photo.

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.

Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, October 10, 2016.
Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, October 10, 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 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.

Two Snook, Blind Pass, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, September 5, 2016.
Two Snook, Blind Pass, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, September 5, 2016.

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Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, September 18, 2017. File Photo.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, September 18, 2017. File Photo.

Captiva Fishing, Bluefish!

Bluefish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 28, 2017.
Bluefish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, November 28, 2017: Bluefish.

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Tuesday, November 28: Bluefish, 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.

Tuesday, November 28:  Bluefish, & Spanish Mackerel; 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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Bluefish Schools, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 28, 2017.
Bluefish Schools, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

“The bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) is the only extant species of the family Pomatomidae. It is a marine pelagic fish found around the world in temperate and subtropical waters, except for the northern Pacific Ocean. Bluefish are known as tailorin Australia,[2] elf in South Africa, and shad in KwaZulu-Natal.[3] Other common names are blue, chopper, and anchoa.[4] It is a popular gamefish.

Bluefish Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 28, 2017, [File Photo - December 2016].
Bluefish Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 28, 2017, [File Photo – December 2016].
The bluefish is a moderately proportioned fish, with a broad, forked tail. The spiny first dorsal fin is normally folded back in a groove, as are its pectoral fins. Coloration is a grayish blue-green dorsally, fading to white on the lower sides and belly. Its single row of teeth in each jaw is uniform in size, knife-edged, and sharp. Bluefish commonly range in size from seven-inch (18-cm) “snappers” to much larger, sometimes weighing as much as 40 lb (18 kg), though fish heavier than 20 lb (9 kg) are exceptional.

Bluefish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island,Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
Bluefish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island,Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Bluefish are widely distributed around the world in tropical and subtropical waters. They are found in pelagic waters on much of the continental shelves along eastern America (though not between south Florida and northern South America), Africa, the Mediterranean and Black Seas (and during migration in between), Southeast Asia, and Australia.

Bluefish, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, 12-24-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Bluefish, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, 12-24-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

They are found in a variety of coastal habitats: above the continental shelf, in energetic waters near surf beaches, or by rock headlands.[5] They also enter estuaries and inhabit brackish waters.[6][7][8] Periodically, they leave the coasts and migrate in schools through open waters.[9][10]

Bluefish, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, 12-21-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Bluefish, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, 12-21-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

Along the U.S. East Coast, bluefish are found off Florida in the winter. By April, they have disappeared, heading north. By June, they may be found off Massachusetts; in years of high abundance, stragglers may be found as far north as Nova Scotia. By October, they leave the waters north of New York City, heading south (whereas some bluefish, perhaps less migratory,[11][12] are present in the Gulf of Mexico throughout the year).

Captiva Fishing, Bluefish, 4-6-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Captiva Fishing, Bluefish, 4-6-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

In a similar pattern overall, the economically significant population that spawns in Europe’s Black Sea migrates south through Istanbul (Bosphorus, Sea of Marmara, Dardanelles, Aegean Sea) and on toward Turkey’s Mediterranean coast in the autumn for the cold season.[13] Along the South African coast and environs, movement patterns are roughly in parallel.[14]

Bluefish, 7-24-14, Redfish Pass, North Captiva, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Bluefish, 7-24-14, Redfish Pass, North Captiva, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Adult bluefish are strong and aggressive, and live in loose groups. They are fast swimmers which prey on schools of forage fish, and continue attacking them in feeding frenzies even after they appear to have eaten their fill.[9][10] Depending on area and season, they favor menhaden and other sardine-like fish (Clupeidae), jacks (Scombridae), weakfish (Sciaenidae), grunts (Haemulidae), striped anchovies (Engraulidae), shrimp, and squid.

Captiva Fishing, Big Bluefish, 3-30-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Captiva Fishing, Big Bluefish, 3-30-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

They are cannibalistic and can destroy their own young.[18] Bluefish sometimes chase bait through the surf zone, attacking schools in very shallow water, churning the water like a washing machine. This behavior is sometimes referred to as a “bluefish blitz”.

More Bluefish Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island,Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
More Bluefish Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island,Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

In turn, bluefish are preyed upon by larger predators at all stages of their lifecycle. As juveniles, they fall victim to a wide variety of oceanic predators, including striped bass, larger bluefish, fluke (summer flounder), weakfish, tuna, sharks, rays, and dolphins. As adults, bluefish are taken by tuna, sharks, billfish, seals, sea lions, dolphins, porpoises, and many other species.

Ladyfish & Bluefish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thanksgiving Weekend, Monday, 11-30-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Ladyfish & Bluefish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thanksgiving Weekend, Monday, 11-30-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

Bluefish should be handled with caution due to their ability to snap at unwary hands. Fishermen have been severely bitten, and wearing gloves can help. Wading or swimming among feeding bluefish schools can be dangerous.[19] In July 2006, a seven-year-old girl was attacked on a beach, near the Spanish town of Alicante, allegedly by a bluefish.[20]   Please see more information here.

Bluefish, 5-11-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Bluefish, 5-11-14, 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.

Bluefish, Thanksgiving Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 24, 2016.
Bluefish, Thanksgiving Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 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.

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More Bluefish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, December 6, 2016.
More Bluefish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, December 6, 2016.

Captiva Fishing, Tripletail!

Big Tripletail, Buoy Line, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 27, 2017.
Big Tripletail, Buoy Line, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 27, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, November 27, 2017: Tripletail.

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Monday, November 27: Big Tripletail, 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.

Monday, November 27:  Big Tripletail On Buoy Line; 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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Tripletail, Chuck, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 6, 2017.
Tripletail, Chuck, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 6, 2017.

“The Atlantic tripletail or tripletail (Lobotes surinamensis) is a warm-water marine fish found across the tropics; it can grow to 90 cm long and weigh 18 kg. It is also known by fishermen by names like flasher or steamboat.[1] Young fishes float on their sides, often beside flotsam, and appear like a dry leaf.[2] In Indonesia, the local name is called KakapHitam/Laut or similar as Black Barramundi which is commonly consumed by its similar appearance as Lates calcifiers-Barramundi.

Tripletail, Patrick, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, November 7, 2017, [File Photo - Wednesday, May 25, 2016].
Tripletail, Patrick, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, November 7, 2017, [File Photo – Wednesday, May 25, 2016].
Tripletails are well known for their unusual behavior of floating just beneath the surface with one side exposed, mimicking a leaf or floating debris. This is thought to be a feeding strategy because of the locality of their prey items and the floating structures associated with this behavior.[4] The behavior has resulted in a rapidly increasing incidence of recreational fishermen sight-fishing for the floating tripletails, resulting in severe bag and length restrictions in Florida and Georgia to ensure future populations.[5]”   Please see more information here.

TripleTail, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, 12-15-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
TripleTail, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, 12-15-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

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

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.

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 or Hog Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, February 8, 2017.
Hogfish or Hog Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

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

Captiva Fishing, Snapper!

Snapper, Blind Pass, Alex, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, November 26, 2017.
Snapper, Blind Pass, Alex, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, November 26, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, November 26, 2017: Snapper.

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Sunday, November 26: Snapper, 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.

Sunday, November 26:  Snapper, Tide Change; some 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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Snapper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, November 26, 2017, [File Photo - Thursday, August 3, 2017].
Snapper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, November 26, 2017, [File Photo – December 2016].
“The mangrove snapper or gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus) is a species of snapper native to the western Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea. They can be found in a wide variety of habitats, including brackish and fresh waters. It is commercially important, as well as being sought as a game fish. It can also be found in the aquarium trade.[2]]

Snapper & Spotted SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, August 3, 2017.
Snapper & Spotted SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, August 3, 2017.

Its color is typically greyish red, but it can change color from bright red to copper red. It has a dark stripe running across its eye if observed from the top when it is under water. This species can reach a length of 89 cm (35 in), though most do not exceed 40 cm (16 in). The greatest recorded weight for this species is 20 kg (44 lb).[2]

Snapper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, July 17, 2017.
Snapper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, July 17, 2017.

The mangrove snapper can be confused with the Cubera snapper or black snapper, Lutjanus cyanopterus. Mangrove snapper are typically much smaller than Cubera, but when they are of similar size, the two species can only be distinguished by examining the tooth patch on the inside roof of the mouth. Many specimens caught in Florida, specifically Punta Gorda, are actually misidentified dogtooth or dog snapperLutjanus jocu. The best way to distinguish between the two species is dog snapper has a lighter triangle of color with a blue band under the eye and large, sharp fangs in the front (canines), hence its common name. These fangs can deliver a painful bite, even in a small fish.

Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, February 18, 2017.
Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

The mangrove snapper feeds mostly on small fishes and crustaceans. It was also observed as systematically waiting under maternal colony of Buffy flower bat for falling bats near the entrances of Lucayan cavern, Bahamas.[3]

Snapper; Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, February 12, 2017.
Snapper; Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, February 12, 2017.

The mangrove snapper is one of the most common species of snapper in warmer regions. It can be found in many areas from canals to grass flats, as well as in open water. Most mangrove snapper in the open water are generally found near bottom structure or reefs. They can be found at depths from 5 to 180 m (16 to 591 ft) though are mostly found at less than 50 m (160 ft).[2]

Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, February 2, 2017.
Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, February 2, 2017.

Mangrove snapper is a common target for anglers, and is highly prized for its light and flaky flesh. It can be caught on a variety of baits, but is typically caught with live or frozen shrimp, squid, minnows and occasionally on artificial lures or baits. They can be spearfished, as well, but are sometimes a tough target, as they tend to be more wary of divers, rather than curious, and their wariness of baits and divers tends to increase as the fish grow larger. Most mangrove snapper are caught on light to medium tackle, and typical catches range from eight to 14 in long in shallow or in-shore waters, and up to 20 in long in deeper waters. Larger fish are uncommon, but not rare.”  Please see more information here.

Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday December 26, 2016.
Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, December 26, 2016.

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

Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, August 15, 2016.
Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, August 15, 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 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.

Snapper, Mangroves, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, July 21, 2016.
Snapper, Mangroves, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, July 21, 2016.

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Snapper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, July 6, 2016.
Snapper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, July 6, 2016.

Captiva Fishing, Snook!

Snook, Alex, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, November 25, 2017.
Snook, Alex, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, November 25, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, November 25, 2017: Snook.

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Saturday, November 25: Snook, 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.

Saturday, November 25:  Snook, Tide Change; some Pompano schools running inshore, 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.

Snook, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, November 25, 2017.
Snook, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, 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, 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.

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]

Snook, Ed, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, October 6, 2017.
Snook, Ed, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, October 6, 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, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, September 29, 2017.
Snook, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, September 29, 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, Shelling & Smiles, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, September 29, 2017, [File Photo: Sunday, September 17, 2017].
Snook, Shelling & Smiles, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, September 29, 2017, [File Photo: Sunday, September 17, 2017].
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We’re located in Castaways Marina, Santiva, Sanibel Island, just before the Blind Pass bridge to Captiva Island.

Two Little Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
Two Little Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, May 2, 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, Saturday, January 28, 2017.
Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, January 28, 2017.

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Snook, North Captiva, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, October 7, 2016.
Snook, North Captiva, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, October 7, 2016.

Captiva Fishing, Flounder!

Flounder, Thanksgiving Fishing, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, November 24, 2017.
Flounder, Thanksgiving Fishing, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, November 24, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, November 24, 2017: Flounder!

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Flounders are a group of flatfish species. They are demersal fish found at the bottom of oceans around the world; some species will also enter estuaries.

Flounder, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, November 24, 2017, [File Photo -  Thursday, May 11, 2017].
Flounder, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, November 24, 2017, [File Photo – Thursday, May 11, 2017].
The name ‘flounder’ is used for several only distantly related species, though all are in the suborder Pleuronectidae (families AchiropsettidaeBothidaePleuronectidaeParalichthyidae, and Samaria). Some of the better known species that are important in fisheries are:

Flounder Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, May 11, 2017.
Flounder Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, May 11, 2017.

In its life cycle, an adult flounder has two eyes situated on one side of its head, while at hatching one eye is located on each side of its head. One eye migrates to the other side of the body through a process of metamorphosis as it grows from larval to juvenile stage. As an adult, a flounder changes its habits and camouflages itself by lying on the bottom of the ocean floor as protection against predators.[1] As a result, the eyes are then on the side which faces up. The side to which the eyes migrate is dependent on the species type.

Flounder, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, March 12, 2017.
Flounder, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Flounders ambush their prey, feeding at soft muddy areas of the sea bottom, near bridge piles, docks and coral reefs.

A flounder’s diet consists mainly of fish spawn, crustaceanspolychaetes and small fish. Flounder typically grow to a length of 22–60 centimeters (8.7–23.6 in), and as large as 95 centimeters (37 in). Their width is about half their length. Male Platichthys are known to display a pioneering spirit, and have been found up to 80 miles off the coast of northern Sardinia, sometimes with heavy encrustations of various species of barnacle.

More Flounder Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, May 11, 2017.
More Flounder Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Fluke, a type of flounder, are being farm raised in open water by Mariculture Technologies in Greenport, New York.[2]

World stocks of large predatory fish and large ground fish, including sole and flounder, were estimated in 2003 to be only about 10% of pre-industrial levels, largely due to overfishing. Most overfishing is due to the extensive activities of the fishing industry.[3][4][5][6] Current estimates suggest that approximately 30 million flounder (excluding sole) are alive in the world today.[citation needed] In the Gulf of Mexico, along the coast of Texas, research indicates the flounder population could be as low as 15 million due to heavy overfishing and industrial pollution.[citation needed]

Flounder, North Captiva, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, 10-3-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Flounder, North Captiva, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, 10-3-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

According to Seafood Watch, Atlantic flounders and soles are currently on the list of seafood that sustainability-minded consumers should avoid.[7]”  Please see more information here.

Flounder Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, April 21, 2016.
Flounder Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, April 21, 2016.

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Captiva Fishing, Flounder, 5-7-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Captiva Fishing, Flounder, 5-7-15, 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.

Captiva Fishing, Flounder, 3-20-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Captiva Fishing, Flounder, 3-20-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

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

Captiva Fishing, Thanksgiving Redfish!

Redfish, Thanksgiving Fishing, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 23, 2017.
Redfish, Thanksgiving Fishing, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 23, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, November 23, 2017: Redfish, Thanksgiving Fishing!

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Thursday, November 23: Thanksgiving Redfish & Trout; turkey, football, and fish! 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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Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 23, 2017, [File Photo - Sunday, October 15, 2017].
Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 23, 2017, [File Photo – Sunday, October 15, 2017].
“The red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus), also known as channel bassredfishspot tail bass, or simply red, is a game fish found in the Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to northern Mexico.[1] It is the only species in the genus Sciaenops. The red drum is related to the black drum (Pogonias cromis), and the two species are often found in close proximity to each other; they can interbreed and form a robust hybrid, and younger fish are often indistinguishable in flavor.[2]

Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, August 21, 2017.
Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, August 21, 2017.

Red drum are a dark red color on the back, which fades into white on the belly. The red drum has a characteristic eyespot near the tail and is somewhat streamlined. Three-year-old red drum typically weigh 6-8 lb. The largest red drum on record weighed just over 94 lb and was caught in 1984 on Hatteras Island. Red drum and black drum both make a croaking or drumming sound when distressed.

Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, October 15, 2017, [File Photo: Friday, August 18, 2017].
Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, October 15, 2017,
[File Photo: Friday, August 18, 2017].
The most distinguishing mark on the red drum is one large black spot on the upper part of the tail base. Having multiple spots is not uncommon for this fish, but having no spots is extremely rare. As the fish with multiple spots grow older, they seem to lose their excess spots. Scientists believe that the black spot near their tail helps fool predators into attacking the red drum’s tail instead of its head, allowing the red drum to escape.[3]

Big Redfish, Thanksgiving Fishing, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 23, 2017 [File Photo - June 24, 2016].
Big Redfish, Thanksgiving Fishing, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 23, 2017 [File Photo – June 24, 2016].
The red drum uses its senses of sight and touch, and its downturned mouth, to locate forage on the bottom through vacuuming or biting. On the top and middle of the water column, it uses changes in the light that might look like food. In the summer and fall, adult red drum feed on crabsshrimp, and mullet; in the spring and winter, adults primarily feed on menhaden, mullet, pinfishsea robinlizardfishspotAtlantic croaker, and mud minnows.

Nice Redfish, Thanksgiving Fishing, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 23, 2017 [File Photo - March 1, 2017].
Nice Redfish, Thanksgiving Fishing, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 23, 2017 [File Photo – March 1, 2017].
Red drum naturally occur along the southern Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts of Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. Aquaculture activities involving them occur around the world.[4] Immature red drum prefer grass marsh areas of bays and estuaries when available. Both younger mature red drum (3-6 years of age) and bull red drum prefer rocky outcroppings including jetties and manmade structures, such as oil rigs and bridge posts. Around this type of structure, they are found throughout the water column.”  Please see more information here.

Redfish: Sarah Walters Burnsed, FWC research on red drum spawning, reproduction; latest Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, February 9, 2017.
Redfish: Sarah Walters Burnsed, FWC research on red drum spawning, reproduction; latest Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, February 9, 2017.

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

Redfish On The Oyster Bars, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, May 15, 2017.
Redfish On The Oyster Bars, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, May 15, 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.

Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, October 5, 2016.
Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

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Redfish, Oyster Bars, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Redfish, Oyster Bars, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Captiva Fishing, Happy Thanksgiving!

Charlie & Pelican, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, [File Photo - Thanksgiving Weekend , November 23, 2011].
Charlie @ 13 & Pelican, Catch & Release.  Thanksgiving 2011.  No, this was not Charlie trying to catch a pelican for his Thanksgiving turkey dinner.  Charlie likes to tell the story that the pelican was flying by and he just plucked it out of the air.  Not exactly.  The pelican was caught in some fishing line and so Joey and Charlie helped it by catching it and removing the line.  The pelican won the battle with Charlie in three rounds and flew off sans fishing line and unscathed.  As I recall, Charlie got a little beat up by the pelican – the pelican was definitely tougher than Charlie, but Charlie got a great story with photo documentation and did a good deed.  It was also very entertaining.  Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, November 22, 2017,  [File Photo – Thanksgiving Weekend, November 23, 2011].

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, November 22, 2017: Happy Thanksgiving!

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Wednesday, November 22: Thanksgiving Weekend Fishing, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff may be lessening a bit; a spot of red tide @ Boca Grande Pass); and more fishing reports from other areas and Captains.

Wednesday, November 22: Thanksgiving Weekend Fishing; a lot of turkey, football, and fish! 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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Thanksgiving Day Tarpon Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, 11-28-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Thanksgiving Day Tarpon Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, [File Photo -Saturday,  11-28-15]
“The sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus) is a species of requiem shark, and part of the family Carcharhinidae, native to the Atlantic Ocean and the Indo-Pacific. It is distinguishable by its very high first dorsal fin and inter-dorsal ridge.[2] It is not to be confused with its similarly named shark cousin, the sand tiger sharkCarcharius taurus.

I think this was another Charlie Thanksgiving epic battle. Charlie kept trying to help the shark by releasing it to open water but the shark kept turning around and swimming at Charlie. Sandbar Shark Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
I think this was another Charlie Thanksgiving epic battle. Charlie kept trying to help the shark by releasing it to open water but the shark kept turning around and swimming at Charlie. Sandbar Shark Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

The sandbar shark is also called the thick skin shark or brown shark. It is one of the biggest coastal sharks in the world and is closely related to the dusky shark, the bignose shark, and the bull shark. Its dorsal fin is triangular and very high and it has very long pectoral fins. Sandbar sharks usually have heavy-set bodies and rounded snouts that are shorter than the average shark’s snout. Their upper teeth have broadly uneven cusps with sharp edges. Its second dorsal fin and anal fin are close to the same height.

Tom, Grouper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, [File Photo - 11-28-15].
Tom, Grouper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, [File Photo – 11-28-15].
Females reach sexual maturity around the age of 13 with an average fork-length (tip of the nose to fork in the tail) of 154.9 cm, while males tend to reach maturity around age 12 with an average fork-length of 151.6 cm.[3] Females can grow to 2–2.5 m (6.6–8.2 ft), males up to 1.8 m (5.9 ft). Its body color can vary from a bluish to a brownish grey to a bronze, with a white or pale underside. Sandbar sharks swim alone or gather in sex-segregated schools that vary in size.

Floyd & Tom with two Black Drums on Sanibel & Captiva charters! Thanksgiving 2012.
Floyd & Tom with two Black Drums on Sanibel & Captiva charters! Thanksgiving 2012.

The sandbar shark, true to its nickname, is commonly found over muddy or sandy bottoms in shallow coastal waters such as bays, estuaries, harbors, or the mouths of rivers, but it also swims in deeper waters (200 m or more) as well as intertidal zones. Sandbar sharks are found in tropical to temperate waters worldwide; in the western Atlantic, they range from Massachusetts to Brazil. Juveniles are common to abundant in the lower Chesapeake Bay, and nursery grounds are found from Delaware Bay to South Carolina. Other nursery grounds include Boncuk Bay in MarmarisMuğla/Turkey[4] and the Florida Keys.[3]

Tim, Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Thanksgiving 2014.
Tim, Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Thanksgiving 2012.

Sandbar sharks have been disproportionately targeted by the U.S. commercial shark fisheries in recent decades due to their high fin-to-body weight ratio, and U.S. fishing regulation requiring carcasses to be landed along with shark fins. In 2008, the National Marine Fisheries Service banned all commercial landings of sandbar sharks based on a 2006 stock assessment by SEDAR, and sandbar sharks were listed as vulnerable, due to overfishing. Currently, there are a small number of specially permitted vessels fishing for sandbars sharks for the purpose of scientific research. All vessels in the research fishery are required to carry an independent researcher while targeting sandbars.[3]

Charlie, Hank, Tim, Redfish, Off Blind Pass, Thanksgiving Week, 2012, Sanibel & Captiva Islands Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Charlie, Hank, Tim, Redfish, Off Blind Pass, Thanksgiving Week, 2012, Sanibel & Captiva Islands Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

In spite of their large size and similar appearance to other dangerous sharks like Bull Sharks, there are very few, if any attacks attributed to sandbar sharks and so they are considered not to be dangerous to people. As a result, they are considered one of the safest sharks to swim with and are popular sharks for aquariums.Please see more information here.

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

Tom, Redfish, Oyster Bar, Bayside, Blind Pass, Thanksgiving Week, Sanibel & Captiva Islands Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Tom, Redfish, Oyster Bar, Bayside, Blind Pass, Thanksgiving Week, Sanibel & Captiva Islands 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 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.

Sunset, Mucky Duck, Thanksgiving 2014, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Sunset, Mucky Duck, Thanksgiving 2014, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

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Captiva Beach Thanksgiving, 11-28-13, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Captiva Beach Thanksgiving, 11-28-13, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Captiva Fishing, Pompano!

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.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, November 21, 2017: Pompano!

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Tuesday, November 21: 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, Tuesday, November 21,  2017, [File Photo - Friday, March 10, 2017].
Pompano, Fly Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 21,
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, 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, Ladyfish!

Ladyfish, Kids, Smiles, Inshore, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 20, 2017.
Ladyfish, Kids, Smiles, Inshore, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 20, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, November 20, 2017: Kids & Ladyfish!

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Monday, November 20: Ladyfish, Children & A Lot Of Smiles, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff, but no red tide); and more fishing reports from other areas and Captains.

Monday, November 20:  Ladyfish are fun and great fighters.  Kids love catching them! 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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Ladyfish, Inshore, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 20, 2017.
Ladyfish, Inshore, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 20, 2017.

“The Elopidae are a family of ray-finned fish containing the single genus Elops. They are commonly known as ladyfish, skipjacks, jack-rashes, or tenpounders.

The ladyfish are a coastal-dwelling fish found throughout the tropical and subtropical regions, occasionally venturing into temperate waters.[3] Spawning takes place at sea, and the fish larvae migrate inland entering brackish waters. Their food is smaller fish and crustaceans (shrimp).

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.

Typically throughout the species, the maximum size is 1 m (3.3 ft) and the maximum weight 10 kg (22 lb). The body is fusiform (tapering spindle shape) and oval in cross-section; being slightly laterally compressed, and the eyes are large and partially covered with adipose eyelids.

Like those of eels, the larvae are leptocephalic – being highly compressed, ribbon-like, and transparent. After initial growth, they shrink and then metamorphose into the adult form.

Wind & Ladyfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, November 4, 2016.
Wind & Ladyfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, November 4, 2016.

This family is fished, but the body is bony and therefore this fish is not marketed widely for consumption. They are caught and used as bait or may be ground down for fish meal.

The name comes from the Greek ellops – a kind of serpent.[1]”  Please see more information here.

Ladyfish 2, April 2, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Ladyfish 2, April 2, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

The “poor man’s tarpon,” the ladyfish is a great all-around sport fish for all anglers. Whether you’re an avid fly fisherman or a die-hard live bait angler (live ladyfish make excellent baits for other fish), there is a lot of fun to be had catching Ladyfish. Even at small sizes, juvenile ladyfish pack a punch, and full of energy, while the larger adults can be a good five pounds or more and of course, just as energetic.

Chicago Charlie with bunny ears and a ladyfish!, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 20, 2017. [File Photo - March 24, 2012].
Chicago Charlie with bunny ears and a ladyfish!, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 20, 2017. [File Photo – March 24, 2012].
Throughout most of the year, ladyfish inhabit brackish environments with slow-moving water, such as mangrove and salt marsh channels. Here, their favorite food item is fish, such as anchovies, mullet, sardines, menhaden, but will also consume shrimp and other crustaceans when available. Stomach content studies often reveal over 90% of their diet being fish-based. If the fall, adult ladyfish form large aggregations offshore for spawning, where they are often found just off the beaches. Please see more information here.

Ladyfish, Redfish Pass, July 26, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Ladyfish, Redfish Pass, July 26, 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.

Ladyfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, 12-29-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Ladyfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, 12-29-15 ~ #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.

Trout, Grouper, Ladyfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, July 15, 2017.
Trout, Grouper, Ladyfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, July 15, 2017.

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

Sea Trout and a Ladyfish caught in Redfish Pass, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Sea Trout and a Ladyfish caught in Redfish Pass, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.