Captiva Fishing, New Year’s Sharks!

Sandbar Shark, Catch & Release, Redfish Pass, North Captiva, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service, Saturday, December 30, 2017, [File Photo - January 19, 2015].
Sandbar Shark, Catch & Release, Redfish Pass, North Captiva, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service, Saturday, December 30, 2017, [File Photo – January 19, 2015].

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, December 13, 2017: Sandbar Shark.

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Saturday, December 30: New Year’s Weekend Sandbar Sharks, Redfish Pass, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff may be lessening a bit; some Red Tide but it has broken up and largely dispersed); more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Saturday, December 30:  Cold Weather, Sandbar Shark, North Captiva; Pompano & Bluefish schools running inshore, Snook in the passes, Seatrout on grass flats, Redfish on oyster bars, and Grouper on 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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Captain Joey, Sandbar Shark Fishing, Redfish Pass, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
Captain Joey, Sandbar Shark Fishing, Redfish Pass, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

“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.[19]

Tim, Sandbar Shark Fishing, Redfish Pass, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
Tim, Sandbar Shark Fishing, Redfish Pass, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

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.

SandbarShark, Captiva Pass, 12-23-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
SandbarShark, Captiva Pass, 12-23-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Their upper teeth have broadly uneven cusps with sharp edges. Its second dorsal fin and anal fin are close to the same height. 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.

Sandbar Shark, South Seas Resort, Redfish Pass, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, 1-6-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Sandbar Shark, South Seas Resort, Redfish Pass, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, 1-6-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

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.

Sandbar Shark, 1-25-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Sandbar Shark, 1-25-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

Juveniles are common to abundant in the lower Chesapeake Bay, and nursery grounds are found from Delaware Bayto South Carolina. Other nursery grounds include Boncuk Bay in MarmarisMuğla/Turkey[4] and the Florida Keys.[3]

Natural predators of the sandbar shark include the tiger shark, and rarely great white sharks. The sandbar shark itself preys on fish, rays, and crabs.

Sandbar Shark, 1-19-14, Redfish Pass, North Captiva, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Sandbar Shark, 1-19-14, Redfish Pass, North Captiva, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Sandbar sharks are viviparous. The embryos are supported in placental yolk sac inside the mother. Females have been found to exhibit both biennial and triennial reproductive cycles, ovulate in early summer, and give birth to an average of 8 pups, which they carry for 1 year before giving birth.[3] The longevity of the sandbar shark is typically 35–41 years.[5]

Sandbar Shark, 1-18-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Sandbar Shark, 1-18-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

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]

Sandbar Shark, 11-26-14, Redfish Pass, North Captiva, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Sandbar Shark, 11-26-14, Redfish Pass, North Captiva, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers 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.

Sandbar Shark, File Photo, Monday, 12-14-15, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Sandbar Shark, File Photo, Monday, 12-14-15, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Sandbar Shark Summary

  • Snout broadly rounded and short
  • First dorsal fin is large and triangular, begins over or in front of pectoral fin insertion
  • Back is brown or gray, fading to a white belly
  • Interdorsal ridge present

Similar Species: Dusky shark, C. obscurus (first dorsal starts over pectoral fin free tip); bull shark, C. leucas (no interdorsal ridge)

Size: Up to 8 feet

Coastal and offshore waters, typically found at depths ranging from 60 to 200 feet. May enter estuaries.

Predators and scavengers. Feeding occurs chiefly near the bottom on fish and shellfish.  Migrate long distances and they mature at about 6 feet in length.

Florida State Record:External Website This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Recreational Regulations”    Please see more information here.
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Sandbar Shark, 2-28-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Sandbar Shark, 2-28-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

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

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.

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.

Sandbar Shark, North Captiva, 1-16-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Sandbar Shark, North Captiva, 1-16-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

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Cole & Big Sandbar Shark, Redfish Pass, North Captiva, 2-18-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Cole & Big Sandbar Shark, Redfish Pass, North Captiva, 2-18-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

 

Captiva Fishing, Grouper!

Grouper, Patrick Joey, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 29, 2017.
Grouper, Patrick Joey, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 29, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, December 29, 2017: Grouper!

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Friday, December 29: More Grouper, Inshore Structure, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff may be lessening a bit; some Red Tide but it has broken up and largely dispersed); more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Friday, December 29:  Grouper & Snapper, Structure, Near-Offshore; Pompano & Bluefish schools running inshore, Snook in the passes, Seatrout on grass flats, Redfish on oyster bars, and Grouper on the structure.

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

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

Two Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 29, 2017.
Two Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 29, 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, Inshore Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 1, 2017.
Grouper, Inshore Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 1, 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.

Hank, Joey, Grouper! Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, December 20, 2017, [File Photo - Friday, December 1, 2017].
Hank, Joey, Grouper! Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday,
December 20, 2017, [File Photo – Friday, December 1, 2017].
Members of this species are known to be protogynous hermaphrodites, schooling in harems with the most aggressive and largest females shifting sex to male, probably as a result of behavioral triggers, when no male is available. Commercial and sport fishing have created tremendous selective pressures against the largest animals, typically male, restricting the reproductive capacity of the entire breeding population.

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

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 In The Passes, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, December 21, 2017, [File Photo - Tuesday, September 19, 2017].
Grouper In The Passes, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, December 21, 2017, [File Photo – Tuesday, September 19, 2017].
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We’re located in Castaways Marina, Santiva, Sanibel Island, just before the Blind Pass bridge to Captiva Island.

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].
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.

Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, December 21, 2017 [File Photo - Tuesday, June 20, 2017].
Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, December 21, 2017 [File Photo – Tuesday, June 20, 2017].
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Fair winds and following seas,

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

Grouper, 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.

Captiva Fishing, Schoolmaster Snapper!

Schoolmaster Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, December 28, 2017.
Schoolmaster Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, December 28, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, December 28, 2017: Schoolmaster Snapper!

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Thursday, December 28: Schoolmaster Snapper & Grouper, Offshore Structure, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff may be lessening a bit; some Red Tide but it has broken up and largely dispersed); more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Thursday, December 28:  Snapper & Grouper, Structure, Offshore; Pompano & Bluefish schools running inshore, Snook in the passes, Seatrout on grass flats, Redfish on oyster bars, and Grouper on the structure.

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

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

Mutton Snapper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
Mutton Snapper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

The schoolmaster snapper (Lutjanus apodus) is a colorful, subtropical fish found over coral reef areas along the coasts of Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean, though it can range northward along the Atlantic coast of the United States.[1] Adults are 12–14 in (30–35 cm) long and weigh 1.0–2.0 lb (0.4–0.8 kg), though rare individuals can weigh 8 lb at 24 in long.

It has a robust, slightly compressed body, with a pointed head. Its color varies from silvery to bronze. Fins and tails are yellow and the snout contains blue stripes. As the common name suggests, schoolmaster snapper live in groups of dozens of subjects. They keep a short distance from the seafloor at depths between 10 and 90 ft, prefer the cover provided by coral reefs during the day, and expand their range to seagrass beds at night. The schoolmaster snapper is sometimes called the barred snapper or the caji. Like other snapper species, it is a popular food fish.

Mangrove snapper, 7-17-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Mangrove snapper, 7-17-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

The schoolmaster snapper is found in coastal areas of Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. It lives in shallow, clear, warm, coastal waters over coral reefs, sand with plants, and mud in mangrove areas or other reef-associated bottom types. Juveniles stay over sand bottoms with or without seagrasses, and over muddy bottoms of lagoons or mangrove areas. The young tend to be in littoral (shore) areas, grass plains and from time to time enter briny waters. They may be seen resting in accumulations during the day. The groups of juveniles in shallow coastal waters, as they grow, move into deeper and deeper water. Large schools are often noticed by divers over shallow wrecks and certain coral patches, and this behavior inspired the common name.

French Snapper or Grunt, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
French Snapper or Grunt, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Adults usually stay near shore at depths ranging from 0 to 200 ft (2–60 m) and shelter around elkhorn and gorgonian coral. Large adults are sometimes found on the continental shelf. Typical depths are up to 12 ft (4 m).[2] reported that at night, schoolmaster snapper may increase their range to twice the daytime range, mostly by visiting seagrass beds.

Snapper, 9-12-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Snapper, 9-12-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

The schoolmaster snapper has a husky, moderately deep body with a pointed head. Its thickness can be more than a third of its standard length. The head is large, and as long as the body is thick; the representation is straight from snout to the backside, and regularly curved to the large, unforked tail. Its triangular snout is long and pointed, with a large mouth. One of the upper pairs of canine teeth is clearly larger than back teeth in the lower jaw and can be seen when the mouth is closed. There are 40 to 45, usually 42 to 44, tubed scales in the lateral line. The interior scale rows on the back are parallel to lateral line.

Mangrove snapper, 7-18-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Mangrove snapper, 7-18-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

The soft dorsal and anal fins have scales. The single dorsal fin has 10 spines and 14 soft rays; the spiny portions of the fin are not deeply engraved at the junction with the soft portion. The anal fin has three spines and eight soft rays that are rounded from the tail. The caudal fin is emarginated. The 16 or 17 rays of the pectoral fins are longer than the distance from the longest point of the snout to tail edge of preopercle, reaching the level of anus.

Mutton Snapper, Cayo Costa, 10-31-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Mutton Snapper, Cayo Costa, 10-31-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

The color is olive gray to brownish on upper back and upper sides, with yellow to reddish mite around the head. The lower sides and belly are lighter; there is no dark lateral spot below the anterior part of the soft dorsal fin. There are 8 narrow, light vertical bars on the side of the body which may be faded or absent in large adults. A solid or broken blue line runs beneath the eye; it may also disappear with growth. From the upper jaw to the tip of the fleshy opercle, the line is often broken into parts that resemble dashes and spots. The fin and tail is bright yellow, yellow-green, or pale orange, and the snout contains blue stripes.

Snapper, 4-1-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Snapper, 4-1-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Rooker reported the diet of small L. apodus (<70 mm) consisted of crustaceans (more than 90%), specifically amphipods and crabs. Larger schoolmaster snapper preferred smaller fish (more than 50% by weight) and also ate crabs, shrimp, and stomatopods. He attributed the difference in eating habits to the fact that the bigger fish could open their jaws wider for bigger prey.[3]

Schoolmaster snapper are gonochorist, meaning males and females are separate. They spawn over most of the year, with the majority of the spawning happening during middle to late summer. They spawn during April–June off Cuba. They reproduce by spawning in open water with both male and female fish releasing their gametes at the same time. The fertilized eggs then settle to the bottom, where they are left unguarded.

French Snapper, 3-23-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
French Snapper, 3-23-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Most mature schoolmaster snapper average a pound (0.4 kg) or less in shallow water. Big individuals on the deep reefs may reach six or seven pounds. They can grow up to 8 lb and 24 in (62 cm) long, but individuals 12–14 inches (35 cm) long are more commonly observed.

Weight: length relationship for schoolmaster snapper L. apodus[4]

As fish grow longer, they increase in weight, but the relationship is not linear. The relationship between length (L) and weight (W) for nearly all species of fish can be expressed by an equation of the form: 

Invariably, b is close to 3.0 for all species, and c varies between species. A weight-length relationship based on 100 schoolmaster snapper ranging in length from 2 to 7 in (50 mm to 180 mm) found the coefficient c was 0.000050015 and the exponent b was 2.9107. This relationship suggests a 12.5-inch schoolmaster snapper (320 mm) will weigh about 2.2 lb (1 kg).[4]

Snapper, Floyd, 12-1-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Snapper, Floyd, 12-1-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

Schoolmaster snapper, along with other snapper species, are sought by both recreational and commercial fishermen. Their food quality is reported to be excellent.

Fishing regulations in US state waters are specific to each state, but they have similarities. For example, the minimum length in Florida for schoolmaster snapper is 10 in (about 25 cm) total length with a catch limit of 10 per fisherman per day. However, the 10-fish limit is an aggregate for all species of snapper.[5]Louisiana and South Carolina have similar limits except the minimum length is 12 in (about 30 cm) total length, and non-stainless steel circle hooks and natural bait are required.[6] These regulations are consistent with current US guidelines for schoolmaster snapper caught in federal waters.[7] The guidelines change from time to time. In certain marine protected areas,[8] fishing is not allowed to help specific species maintain or recover healthy populations.

Grouper & Snapper, 1-1-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Grouper & Snapper, 1-1-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

Light spinning and baitcasting tackle are used to fish for schoolmaster snapper. Live shrimp and baitfish, as well as shrimp pieces and cut bait, are the best natural bait. While jigs make for the best artificial bait, artificials are rarely used and rarely successful.

Larger schoolmaster snapper whose white vertical bars are faded might be mistaken for dog snapper. The schoolmaster, however, does not have the white cone-shaped patch on the gill that identifies the dog snapper. Though different in appearance, schoolmaster snapper have habits similar to those of the mangrove snapper.  Please see more information here.

Snapper, 2-8-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Snapper, 2-8-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & 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 in Castaways Marina, Santiva, Sanibel Island, just before the Blind Pass bridge to Captiva Island.

Snapper 3, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, 7-23-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Snapper 3, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, 7-23-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

After a fierce storm, Turner Beach, the beach adjoining the Pass, is frequently covered with a bounty of shells from Olives to Fighting Whelks to the more common Conchs. The fishing is also renowned 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.

Bradley, Big Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, 1-22-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Bradley, Big Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, 1-22-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

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

Snapper, Jean, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, 1-30-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Snapper, Jean, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, 1-30-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

Captiva Fishing, Grouper!

Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, December 27, 2017.
Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, December 27, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, December 27, 2017: Grouper!

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Wednesday, December 27: Grouper, Inshore Structure, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff may be lessening a bit; some Red Tide but it has broken up and largely dispersed); more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Wednesday, December 27:  Grouper, Structure, Inshore; Pompano & Bluefish schools running inshore, Snook in the passes, Seatrout on grass flats, Redfish on oyster bars, and Grouper on the structure.

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

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

Gag Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, December 27, 2017.
Gag Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, December 27, 2017.

Mycteroperca microlepis (the gaggag groupervelvet rockfish or charcoal belly) is a species of grouper from warmer parts of the West Atlantic, including the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. It is a drab, mottled-gray fish lacking the distinguishing features of most other groupers. Its pattern of markings resemble the box-shaped spots of the black grouper. It lacks the streamer-points on the tail fin that scamp (Mycteroperca phenax) and yellowmouth grouper (M. interstitialis) have, and lacks yellow coloration around the mouth.

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

Red Grouper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, 3-5-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Red Grouper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, 3-5-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

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

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

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

Grouper Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, 11-16-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Grouper Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, 11-16-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

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Grouper & Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, 8-15-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Grouper & Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, 8-15-15 ~ #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 for sharks in the summer, tailing redfish on the bayside flats and snook under and off the Blind Pass bridge. Because Turner Beach faces Westward, the sunsets are spectacular and a popular viewing point for residents and visitors alike.

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

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Grouper, Floyd, 11-30-14, Fort Myers Fishing Report & Charters ~ #FortMyersFishing.
Grouper, Floyd, 11-30-14, Fort Myers Fishing Report & Charters ~ #FortMyersFishing.

Captiva Fishing, Ladyfish & SeaTrout!

Ladyfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, December 26, 2017.
Ladyfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, December 26, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, December 26, 2017: SeaTrout & Ladyfish!

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Tuesday, December 26: SeaTrout & Ladyfish, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff may be lessening a bit; some Red Tide but it has broken up and largely dispersed); more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Tuesday, December 26:  Ladyfish & SeaTrout, Inshore; Pompano & Bluefish schools running inshore, Snook in the passes, Seatrout on grass flats, Redfish on oyster bars, and Grouper on the structure.

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

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SeaTrout, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, December 26, 2017.
SeaTrout, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, December 26, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Big Seatrout caught on Sanibel & Captiva charters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Captiva Fishing, Christmas Fishing!

Two Redfish, Christmas Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service, Monday, December 25, 2017, [File Photo - 12-24-14].
Two Redfish, Christmas Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service, Monday, December 25, 2017, [File Photo – 12-24-14].

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, December 25, 2017: Christmas Redfish!

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Monday, December 25: Merry Christmas, Redfish, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff impact continuing to lessen a bit; some Red Tide but it is broken up and largely dispersed); more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Monday, December 25:  Christmas Fishing, 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.

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.

Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 15, 2017, [File Photo - Friday, October 20, 2017].
Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 15, 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, Mangroves, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, October 17, 2017.
Redfish, Mangroves, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, October 17, 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 & 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 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, 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 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.

Big Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, April 28, 2017.
Big Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, April 28, 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, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, November 14, 2016.
Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, November 14, 2016.

Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658 and here for Live Sanibel Traffic Cams.  Redfish, Click here for College Of Fishing Hats & Apparel.We’re located at Castaways Marina, Santiva, Sanibel Island, just before the Blind Pass bridge to Captiva Island.

Redfish, Catch & Release, North Captiva, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, September 21, 2016.
Redfish, Catch & Release, North Captiva, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, September 21, 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.

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

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Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, November 4, 2017, [File Photo = Wednesday, June 21, 2017].
Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, November 4, 2017, [File Photo = Wednesday, June 21, 2017].

Captiva Fishing, Christmas Eve!

Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, December 24, 2017.
Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, December 24, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, December 24, 2017: Sheepshead!

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Sunday, December 24: Christmas Eve Fishing, Sheepshead & Grouper, Structure, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff may be lessening a bit; some Red Tide but it has broken up and largely dispersed); more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Sunday, December 24:  Sheepshead, Docks; Pompano & Bluefish schools running inshore, Snook in the passes, Seatrout on grass flats, Redfish on oyster bars, and Grouper on the structure.

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

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Sheepshead, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, December 24, 2017.
Sheepshead, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, December 24, 2017.
 “Archosargus probatocephalus, the sheepshead, is a marine fish that grows to 76 cm (30 in), but commonly reaches 30 to 50 cm (10 to 20 in). It is deep and compressed in body shape, with five or six dark bars on the side of the body over a gray background. It has sharp dorsal spines. Its diet consists of oystersclams, and other bivalves, and barnaclesfiddler crabs, and other crustaceans.[1] It has a hard mouth, with several rows of stubby teeth – the frontal ones roughly resembling human teeth – which help crush the shells of prey.[2]

 

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

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

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

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

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

“Florida Regulations: 

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

 

Gear Requirements:

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

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

State Waters Harvest Seasons

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

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

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

Tim with his Sheepshead on Sanibel & Captiva charters!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Captiva Fishing, Triggerfish!

Jimmy, Triggerfish, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 22, 2017.
Jimmy, Triggerfish, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 22, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, December 22, 2017: Triggerfish!

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Friday, December 22: Triggerfish, Structure, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff may be lessening a bit; some Red Tide but it has broken up and largely dispersed); more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Friday, December 22:  Triggerfish, Near Offshore and Inshore Structure; Pompano & Bluefish schools running inshore, Snook in the passes, Seatrout on grass flats, Redfish on oyster bars, and Grouper on the structure.

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

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Triggerfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 22, 2017, [File Photo - Tuesday January 3, 2017].
Triggerfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 22, 2017, [File Photo – Tuesday, January 3, 2017].
“The grey triggerfish (Balistes capriscus) is a ray-finned fish in the triggerfish family. The species is native to shallow parts of the western Atlantic from Nova Scotia to Argentina and also the eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean Sea and off Angola on the west coast of Africa.

In its appearance and habits, the grey triggerfish is a typical member of the genus Balistes except for its drab, uniformly grey coloration. It is a relatively small fish, usually less than 2.3 kg (5 lb) in weight. It is fished recreationally and despite its tough skin, is an excellent food-fish.

Triggerfish, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, December 22, 2017, [File Photo - Saturday, March 19, 2016].
Triggerfish, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, December 22, 2017, [File Photo –
Saturday, March 19, 2016].
The grey triggerfish is a medium-sized fish that can grow to 60 cm (24 in), but a more common length is 44 cm (17 in). The small beak-like mouth at the tip of the snout has fleshy lips. The eyes are set far back near the top of the head. The body is laterally compressed and deep-bodied with a tough, leathery skin. The front dorsal fin has three spines, the first being very strong and much longer than the other two. The second dorsal fin has 26 to 29 soft rays and is much the same size and shape as the anal fin directly below it which has no spines and 23 to 26 soft rays. The pectoral fins are small and rounded. The outer rays of the caudal fin are elongated in larger individuals. The scales on the head and front half of the body are large while those on the hind half are smaller and smooth.[2][3]

Triggerfish, Offshore Wreck, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, 12-18-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Triggerfish, Offshore Wreck, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, 12-18-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

This fish is predominantly pale grey, greenish-grey or yellowish-brown. The body has three indistinct broad dark bars and there is a pale streak on the chin. The upper part of the orbit of the eye is blue and there are some small blue spots and lines on the dorsal fins and upper parts of the body, and sometimes white dots and irregular lines on the lower parts of the body. Both the second dorsal and the anal fin present a somewhat marbled appearance. The body color fades a little as the animal gets older: juveniles are more colorful.[2][3]

Triggerfish, 1-2-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Triggerfish, 1-2-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

The grey triggerfish is principally a fish of shallow waters in the western Atlantic Ocean. Its native range extends from Nova Scotia to the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and Bermuda, and southwards to Argentina. It is typically found over hard bottoms on reefs and rocky areas, in lagoons and in bays, at depths down to about 55 m (180 ft). It is also found on the other side of the Atlantic, around the British Isles, in the Mediterranean Sea and off the coast of Angola.[3] It may have crossed the Atlantic as a result of the movement of water in the Gulf Stream. It does not breed in the waters around Britain but does do so in the Mediterranean.[4]

Triggerfish, 12-30-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Triggerfish, 12-30-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

Locomotion in the grey triggerfish is by means of undulations of the dorsal fins. If threatened, the fish can work its way into a protective crevice and wedge itself in place by erecting its front dorsal spine. It is difficult to dislodge from this position. The second spine is connected to the first and when it is depressed, it triggers the unlocking of the first spine.[3]

The grey triggerfish is a demersal species and feeds on bottom-dwelling invertebrates such as shrimpscrabsmolluskssea urchinssand dollarsstarfish and sea cucumbers. It has strong teeth specialized for making holes in hard-shelled prey. An interesting feeding bbehavior has been observed, in which the fish positions itself vertically above a sandy seabed and puffs a stream of water out of its mouth. This disturbs the substrate and may reveal something edible. Further puffs expose more, and the prey item is gripped with the fish’s sharp teeth and removed from the seabed. If it is a sand dollar, the fish drops it and picks it up again several times until the prey lands upside down. The fish then adopts its vertical stance once more and attacks the middle with closed jaws, crushing the soft central area. It then scoops out and devours the flesh.[3]

Triggerfish, 4-12-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Triggerfish, 4-12-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Males develop a charcoal grey coloration and are highly territorial during the breeding season, which commences in summer when the water temperature reaches about 21 °C (70 °F). The males prepare up to a dozen nests in hollows blown out of sandy seabed[5] and then patrol the area, driving unwanted fish away. The females roam around inspecting the nest sites. When a female is ready to spawn, both male and female enter a nest and tightly circle round each other while she lays large numbers of minute eggs and he fertilises them. The female stays in the nest, guarding the eggs and blowing and fanning them. The male defends his territory, which may contain other nests with females guarding their eggs. In this way, the male exhibits harem behaviour.[6] Wrasses and red snappers sometimes feed on the eggs which, if they survive that long, hatch after about fifty hours. The fish larvae migrate up towards the surface of the water where they often become part of the community depending on floating sargassum weed. There they feed on algaebarnacleshydroids and polychaete worms. In the autumn, when they reach about 15 cm (6 in), the juvenile fish leave the sargassum and sink down to the sea bed.[3]

Triggerfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 22, 2017, [File Photo - April 6, 2014].
Triggerfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 22, 2017, [File Photo – April 6, 2014].
The grey triggerfish is fished recreationally around Florida and elsewhere. It is known as a notorious bait stealer and is found over hard bottom in 20 to 40 m (66 to 131 ft) depths off the Atlantic Coast of Florida, often in association with black sea bass and red snapper. Because of its bony mouth it needs a small sharp hook which is usually baited with squid or cut bait.[7] The flesh is of high quality but the consumption of this fish has been linked to isolated cases of ciguatera poisoning.[3]  Please see more information here.

Trigger fish caught offshore of Captiva Island, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Triggerfish caught offshore of Captiva Island, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

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Trigger Fish, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
TriggerFish, 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 for sharks in the summer, tailing redfish on the bayside flats and snook under and off the Blind Pass bridge. Because Turner Beach faces Westward, the sunsets are spectacular and a popular viewing point for residents and visitors alike.

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Triggerfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 22, 2017, [File Photo - December 3, 2015].
Triggerfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, December 22, 2017, [File Photo – December 3, 2015].

Captiva Fishing, Grouper!

Grouper In The Passes, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, December 21, 2017, [File Photo - Tuesday, September 19, 2017].
Grouper In The Passes, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, December 21, 2017, [File Photo – Tuesday, September 19, 2017].

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, December 21, 2017: Grouper!

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Thursday, December 21: Grouper, Structure, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff may be lessening a bit; some Red Tide but it has broken up and largely dispersed); more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Thursday, December 21:  Grouper, Near Offshore and Inshore Structure; Pompano & Bluefish schools running inshore, Snook in the passes, Seatrout on grass flats, Redfish on oyster bars, and Grouper on the structure.

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

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Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, December 21, 2017 [File Photo - Tuesday, June 20, 2017].
Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, December 21, 2017 [File Photo – Tuesday, June 20, 2017].
Mycteroperca microlepis (the gaggag groupervelvet rockfish or charcoal belly) is a species of grouper from warmer parts of the West Atlantic, including the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. It is a drab, mottled-gray fish lacking the distinguishing features of most other groupers. Its pattern of markings resemble the box-shaped spots of the black grouper. It lacks the streamer-points on the tail fin that scamp (Mycteroperca phenax) and yellowmouth grouper (M. interstitialis) have, and lacks yellow coloration around the mouth.

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

Red Grouper, Structure, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, October 16, 2017, [File Photo: Sunday, July 3, 2016].
Red Grouper, Structure, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, October 16, 2017, [File Photo: Sunday, July 3, 2016].
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, Structure, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, June 5, 2016.
Grouper, Structure, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, June 5, 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.

Jean, Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, 2-15-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Jean, Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, 2-15-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

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Grouper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, 1-16-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Grouper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, 1-16-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

After a fierce storm, Turner Beach, the beach adjoining the Pass, is frequently covered with a bounty of shells from Olives to Fighting Whelks to the more common Conchs. The fishing is also renowned 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.

Red Or Strawberry Grouper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, 12-20-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Red Or Strawberry Grouper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, 12-20-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

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Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thanksgiving Weekend, Sunday, 11-29-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Grouper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thanksgiving Weekend, Sunday, 11-29-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

Captiva Fishing, Snapper!

Snapper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
Snapper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, December 20, 2017: Snapper.

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Wednesday, December 20: Snapper, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff impact continuing to lessen a bit; some Red Tide but it is broken up and largely dispersed); more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Wednesday, December 20:  Snapper, Offshore Structure; 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.

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

Mutton Snapper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
Mutton Snapper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
 “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]]
Mutton Snapper, Cayo Costa, 10-31-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Mutton Snapper, Cayo Costa, 10-31-14, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

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.

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 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.