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!

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Thursday, November 23: Thanksgiving Redfish, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

Captiva Fishing, Redfish!

Fly Fishing, Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, November 19, 2017, [File Photo - Wednesday, October 11, 2017].
Fly Fishing, Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, November 19, 2017, [File Photo – Wednesday, October 11, 2017].

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, November 19, 2017: Redfish.

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Sunday, November 19: Redfish, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff, but no red tide); and more fishing reports from other areas and Captains.

Sunday, November 19:  Redfish, Passes & Oyster Bars.  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 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.

Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, November 19, 2017, [File Photo - Friday, October 20, 2017].
Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, November 19, 2017, [File Photo – Friday, October 20, 2017].
“The red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus), also known as channel bassredfishspottail 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, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, October 22, 2017.
Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, October 22, 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, Mangroves, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, October 4, 2017.
Redfish, Mangroves, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, October 4, 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]

Redfish & Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, September 24, 2017.
Redfish & Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, September 24, 2017.

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.

Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, September 27, 2017. [File Photo: Tuesday, July 11, 2017].
Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, September 27, 2017. [File Photo: Tuesday, July 11, 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.

Joey Burnsed, Big Redfish, Big Smile, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, October 22, 2017, [File Photo: October 2012 ?].
Joey Burnsed, Big Redfish, Big Smile, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, October 22, 2017, [File Photo: October 2012 ?].
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Redfish, Oyster Bars, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, March 11, 2017.
Redfish, Oyster Bars, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, March 11, 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.

Big Redfish, Little Fisherman, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, November 11, 2016.
Big Redfish, Little Fisherman, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, November 11, 2016.

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Big Redfish, Oyster Bars, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, August 22, 2016.
Big Redfish, Oyster Bars, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, August 22, 2016.

Captiva Fishing, SeaTrout!

SeaTrout, Grass Beds, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, November 18, 2017, [File Photo - Saturday, October 7, 2017].
SeaTrout, Grass Beds, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, November 18, 2017, [File Photo – Saturday, October 7, 2017].

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, November 18, 2017: SeaTrout.

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Saturday, November 18: SeaTrout, Grass Flats, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff, but no red tide); and more fishing reports from other areas and Captains.

Saturday, November 18:  SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Sand Holes.  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, 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, 2017,  [File Photo -Thursday, May 18, 2017].
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.

Sea Trout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, October 7, 2017, [File Photo: Thursday, March 30, 2017].
Sea Trout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, October 7, 2017, [File Photo: Thursday, March 30, 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.

Sea Trout, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, March 5, 2017.
Sea Trout, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, March 5, 2017.

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.

Sea Trout, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, January 26, 2017.
Sea Trout, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, January 26, 2017.

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]

Sea Trout, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 22, 2016.
Sea Trout, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

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.

Sea Trout, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, November 20, 2016.
Sea Trout, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, November 20, 2016.

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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Sea Trout, Grass Beds, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, July 2, 2016.
Sea Trout, Grass Beds, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, July 2, 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.

Sea Trout, Grass Beds, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, April 12, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Sea Trout, Grass Beds, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, April 12, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

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Two Sea Trout, Grass Flats, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, April 8, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Two Sea Trout, Grass Flats, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, April 8, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

Captiva Fishing, Spanish Mackerel!

Spanish Mackerel, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, November 17, 2017.
Spanish Mackerel, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, November 17, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, November 17, 2017: Spanish Mackerel.

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Friday, November 17: Spanish Mackerel, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff, but no red tide); and more fishing reports from other areas and Captains.

Friday, November 17:  Spanish Mackerel, False Albacore Tuna, and sharks feeding on bait schools moving south offshore.

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

Spanish Mackerel, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, November 17, 2017 [File Photo -Monday, July 31, 2017].
Spanish Mackerel, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, November 17, 2017 [File Photo -Monday, July 31, 2017].
“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, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, April 27, 2017.
Spanish Mackerel, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, April 27, 2017.

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.

Fly Fishing, Spanish Mackerel, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, April 3, 2017.
Fly Fishing, Spanish Mackerel, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, April 3, 2017.

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, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, November 1, 2017, [File Photo - Friday, July 22, 2016].
Spanish Mackerel, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, November 1,
2017, [File Photo – Friday, July 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 caught in Redfish Pass, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Spanish Mackerel caught in Redfish Pass, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

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Noah with his two Spanish Mackerel on Sanibel & Captiva charters!
Noah with his two Spanish Mackerel on Sanibel & Captiva charters!

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 caught on Sanibel & Captiva charters!

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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, Grouper!

Grouper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 16, 2017.
Grouper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 16, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, November 16, 2017: Grouper.

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Thursday, November 16: Grouper, Structure, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff, but no red tide); and more fishing reports from other areas and Captains.

Thursday, November 16:  Grouper, Inshore Structure; still a lot of Spanish Mackerel, False Albacore Tuna, and sharks feeding on bait schools moving south offshore.

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

Grouper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 16, 2017, [File Photo - Thursday, August 10, 2017].
Grouper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 16, 2017, [File Photo – Thursday, August 10, 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.

Grouper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, March 19, 2017.
Grouper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, March 19, 2017.

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.

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.

Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday December 13, 2016.
Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday December 13, 2016.

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.

Grouper, Thanksgiving Weekend Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, November 26, 2016.
Grouper, Thanksgiving Weekend Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, November 26, 2016.

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Grouper, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, July 24, 2016.
Grouper, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, July 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.

Grouper, Structure In The Passes, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, June 20, 2016.
Grouper, Structure In The Passes, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, June 20, 2016.

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Grouper, Structure, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, June 5, 2016.
Grouper, Structure, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, June 5, 2016.

Captiva Fishing, Snook!

Snook, Inshore, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, November 15, 2017.
Snook, Inshore, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, November 14, 2017: Blacktip Sharks.

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Wednesday, November 15: Snook, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff, but no red tide); and more fishing reports from other areas and Captains.

Wednesday, November 15:  Snook, Tide Change; still a lot of Spanish Mackerel, False Albacore Tuna, and sharks feeding on bait schools moving south offshore.

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

Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, October 23, 2017.
Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, October 23, 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, Mangroves & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 5, 2017.
Snook, Mangroves & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 5, 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]

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

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 & Smiles, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 12, 2017.
Snook & Smiles, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 12, 2017.

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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 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.

Hurricane Irma, Power Still Out, But Back in Water Fishing, Nice Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
Hurricane Irma, Power Still Out, But Back in Water Fishing, Nice Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

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Snook In The Passes, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, June 19, 2017.
Snook In The Passes, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, June 19, 2017.

Captiva Fishing, Blacktip!

Blacktip Sharks, Inshore, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 14, 2017.
Blacktip Sharks, Inshore, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, November 14, 2017: Blacktip Sharks.

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Tuesday, November 14: Blacktip Sharks, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff, but no red tide); and more fishing reports from other areas and Captains.

Tuesday, November 14:  Blacktip & Blacknose Sharks; still a lot of Spanish Mackerel, False Albacore Tuna, and sharks feeding on bait schools moving south offshore.

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

Blacktip Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 14, 2017, [File Photo - Saturday, September 30, 2017].
Blacktip Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 14, 2017, [File Photo –
Saturday, September 30, 2017].
“The blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) is a species of requiem shark, and part of the family Carcharhinidae. It is common to coastal tropical and subtropical waters around the world, including brackish habitats. Genetic analyses have revealed substantial variation within this species, with populations from the western Atlantic Ocean isolated and distinct from those in the rest of its range. The blacktip shark has a stout, fusiform body with a pointed snout, long gill slits, and no ridge between the dorsal fins. Most individuals have black tips or edges on the pectoral, dorsal, pelvic, and caudal fins. It usually attains a length of 1.5 m (4.9 ft).

Blacktip Shark & Children, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, July 16, 2017.
Blacktip Shark & Children, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, July 16, 2017.

Swift, energetic piscivores, blacktip sharks are known to make spinning leaps out of the water while attacking schools of small fish. Their demeanor has been described as “timid” compared to other large requiem sharks. Both juveniles and adults form groups of varying size. Like other members of its family, the blacktip shark is viviparous; females bear one to 10 pups every other year. Young blacktip sharks spend the first months of their lives in shallow nurseries, and grown females return to the nurseries where they were born to give birth themselves. In the absence of males, females are also capable of asexual reproduction.

Blacktip Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, July 3, 2017.
Blacktip Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, July 3, 2017.

Normally wary of humans, blacktip sharks can become aggressive in the presence of food and have been responsible for a number of attacks on people. This species is of importance to both commercial and recreational fisheries across many parts of its range, with its meat, skin, fins, and liver oil used. It has been assessed as Near Threatened by the IUCN, on the basis of its low reproductive rate and high value to fishers.”  Please see more information here.

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.

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

Big Blacktip Sharks Stealing The Tarpon Bait, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, July 1, 2017.
Big Blacktip Sharks Stealing The Tarpon Bait, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, July 1, 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.

Big Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island,Thursday, June 29, 2017.
Big Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island,Thursday, June 29, 2017.

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Big Blacktip Shark Wrestling; Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
Big Blacktip Shark Wrestling; Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, October 31, 2017, [File Photo –
Wednesday, February 15, 2017].