Captiva Fishing, Snapper!

Snapper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, March 31, 2018.
Snapper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, March 31, 2018.

Sanibel Island Fishing & Captiva Island Fishing, Mangrove Snapper.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, March 31, 2018.

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Mangrove Snapper, Near Offshore Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Saturday, February 3, 2018.
Mangrove Snapper, Near Offshore Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Saturday, February 3, 2018.

Saturday, March 31, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters: Mangrove Snapper, Roosevelt Channel, Catch & Release.  Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.  Better water moving north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva.

Mangrove Snapper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, March 17, 2018.
Mangrove Snapper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, March 17, 2018.

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Mangrove Snapper, Near Offshore Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, January 31, 2018.
Mangrove Snapper, Near Offshore Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

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

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Gray Snapper: Lutjanus griseus

Appearance:

“Also known as mangrove snapper, mango or black snapper.

  • Dark brown or gray in color, with red-orange spots in bars along the sides
  • Two large canine teeth near front of upper jaw
  • Anchor-shaped vomerine tooth patch
  • Dorsal fins with dark or reddish borders
  • Young have dark stripe from snout, through eye, to upper edge of gill cover

Similar Species: Cubera snapper, L. cyanopterus (triangleshaped tooth patch and grow much larger than gray snapper); schoolmaster, L. apodus (yellow fins and faint white bars); and true black snapper, A. dentatus (rare in Florida; do not range north of the Florida Keys)

Size: Common to 24 inches (10 pounds)

Mangrove Snapper, Jimmy Burnsed, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, March 17, 2018.
Mangrove Snapper, Jimmy Burnsed, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Habitat:

Coastal waters near structure such as reefs, mangroves and seagrass.  Juveniles may enter freshwater.

Behavior:

Spawn June through August.  Feeds on crustaceans and small fish.

Big Mangrove Snapper, Near Offshore Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
Big Mangrove Snapper, Near Offshore Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

Additional Information

Gray snapper caught offshore are common 8 to 10 pounds.”  Recreational Regulations.  More Information &  Source @ FWC.

“The mangrove snapper or gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus) is a species of snapper native to the western Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea. They can be found in a wide variety of habitats, including brackish and fresh waters. It is commercially important, as well as being sought as a game fish. It can also be found in the aquarium trade.[2]

Snapper, Warmer, Near Offshore Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, January 11, 2018.
Snapper, Warmer, Near Offshore Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, January 11, 2018.

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]

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.

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 – Thursday, August 3, 2017].
Many specimens caught in Florida, specifically Punta Gorda, are actually misidentified dogtooth or dog snapperLutjanus jocu. The best way to distinguish between the two species is dog snapper has a lighter triangle of color with a blue band under the eye and large, sharp fangs in the front (canines), hence its common name. These fangs can deliver a painful bite, even in a small fish.

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

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

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]

Schoolmaster Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, January 11, 2018, [File Photo - Thursday, December 28, 2017].
Schoolmaster Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, January 11, 2018, [File Photo – Thursday, December 28, 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.

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.

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

FWC: Gray Snapper Overview

“Also known as mangrove snapper, mango or black snapper.

  • Dark brown or gray in color, with red-orange spots in bars along the sides
  • Two large canine teeth near front of upper jaw
  • Anchor-shaped vomerine tooth patch
  • Dorsal fins with dark or reddish borders
  • Young have dark stripe from snout, through eye, to upper edge of gill cover
Snapper; Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, February 12, 2017.
Snapper; Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, February 12, 2017.

Similar Species: Cubera snapper, L. cyanopterus (triangleshaped tooth patch and grow much larger than gray snapper); schoolmaster, L. apodus (yellow fins and faint white bars); and true black snapper, A. dentatus (rare in Florida; do not range north of the Florida Keys)

Size: Common to 24 inches (10 pounds)

Coastal waters near structure such as reefs, mangroves, and seagrass.  Juveniles may enter freshwater.

Spawn June through August.  Feeds on crustaceans and small fish. Gray snapper caught offshore are common 8 to 10 pounds.”  Please Click Here For More Information and Recreational Regulations.

Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, November 13, 2016.
Snapper, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, November 13, 2016.

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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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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, Flounder!

Flounder, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, March 30, 2018.
Flounder, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, March 30, 2018.

Sanibel Island Fishing & Captiva Island Fishing, Flounder

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, March 30, 2018.

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Better water moving north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva. Friday, March 30, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters: Flounder, Inside The Passes, Catch & Release.  Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites. 

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Flounder, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, March 30, 2018, [File Photo: November 17, 2017].
Flounder, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, March 30, 2018, [File Photo: November 17, 2017].
Flounders are a group of flatfish species. They are demersal fish found at the bottom of oceans around the world; some species will also enter estuaries.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Captiva Fishing, Bluefish!

Bluefish, Blind Pass, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, March 29, 2018.
Bluefish, Blind Pass, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Sanibel Island Fishing & Captiva Island Fishing, Bluefish.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, March 29, 2018.

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Better water moving north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva. Thursday, March 29, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters: Bluefish, Inside The Passes, Catch & Release.  Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites. 

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Windy, Bluefish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, March 12, 2018.
Windy, Bluefish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, March 12, 2018.

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Bluefish Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 28, 2017, [File Photo - December 2016].
Bluefish Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 28, 2017, [File Photo – December 2016].
“The bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) is the only extant species of the family Pomatomidae. It is a marine pelagic fish found around the world in temperate and subtropical waters, except for the northern Pacific Ocean. Bluefish are known as tailor in Australia,[2] elf in South Africa, and shad in KwaZulu-Natal.[3] Other common names are blue, chopper, and anchoa.[4] It is a popular gamefish.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Along the U.S. East Coast, bluefish are found off Florida in the winter. By April, they have disappeared, heading north. By June, they may be found off Massachusetts; in years of high abundance, stragglers may be found as far north as Nova Scotia. By October, they leave the waters north of New York City, heading south (whereas some bluefish, perhaps less migratory,[11][12] are present in the Gulf of Mexico throughout the year). In a similar pattern overall, the economically significant population that spawns in Europe’s Black Sea migrates south through Istanbul (Bosphorus, Sea of Marmara, Dardanelles, Aegean Sea) and on toward Turkey’s Mediterranean coast in the autumn for the cold season.[13] Along the South African coast and environs, movement patterns are roughly in parallel.[14]

Tough Fishing, Bluefish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, March 12, 2018.
Tough Fishing, Bluefish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, March 12, 2018.

Adult bluefish are typically between 20 and 60 cm long, with a maximum reported size of 120 cm and 14 kg. They reproduce during spring and summer, and can live up to 9 years.[9][10] Bluefish fry are zooplankton, and are largely at the mercy of currents.[15][16] Spent bluefish have been found off east-central Florida, migrating north. As with most marine fish, their spawning habits are not well known. In the western side of the North Atlantic, at least two populations occur, separated by Cape Hatteras in North Carolina. The Gulf Stream can carry fry spawned to the south of Cape Hatteras to the north, and eddies can spin off, carrying them into populations found off the coast of the mid-Atlantic, and the New England states.[17]

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

Adult bluefish are strong and aggressive, and live in loose groups. They are fast swimmers which prey on schools of forage fish, and continue attacking them in feeding frenzies even after they appear to have eaten their fill.[9][10] Depending on area and season, they favor menhaden and other sardine-like fish (Clupeidae), jacks (Scombridae), weakfish (Sciaenidae), grunts (Haemulidae), striped anchovies (Engraulidae), shrimp, and squid. They are cannibalistic and can destroy their own young.[18] Bluefish sometimes chase bait through the surf zone, attacking schools in very shallow water, churning the water like a washing machine. This behavior is sometimes referred to as a “bluefish blitz”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Captiva Fishing, Snook!

Two Snook, North Captiva, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
Two Snook, North Captiva, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

Sanibel Island Fishing & Captiva Island Fishing, Snook.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, March 28, 2018.

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Wednesday, March 28, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters: Snook, Catch & Release.  Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.  Better water moving north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva.

Snook, Alexander, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
Snook, Alexander, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

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, Passes, Docks,, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, February 10, 2018.
Snook, Passes, Docks, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, February 10, 2018.

“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, Redfish Pass, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, February 15, 2018.
Snook, Redfish Pass, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, February 15, 2018.

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]

Snook, Redfish Pass, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, February 18, 2018.
Snook, Redfish Pass, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, February 18, 2018.

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

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

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

There are no restrictions in most of Central America on the size or quantity of snook one can keep, consequently, many locals have been keeping and killing the 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.

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Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

Snook

Snook is managed by two regions in Florida: Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Regulations apply in state and adjacent federal waters. No commercial harvest or sale of snook is permitted.

License Requirements:  Snook permit and recreational fishing license

Myra's 35 LB. Big Snook! Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Sunday, March 18, 2018. [File Photo - July 12, 2012].
Myra’s 35 LB. Big Snook! Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Sunday, March 18, 2018. [File Photo – July 12, 2012].

Florida Regulations:

Atlantic (state and adjacent federal waters, includes Lake Okeechobee and Kissimmee River) Gulf of Mexico, Monroe County, and Everglades National Park (state and adjacent federal waters)
Closed Harvest Season Dec. 15 – Jan. 31; June 1 – Aug. 31 Dec. 1-end of February; May 1-Aug. 31
Size Limit Not less than 28″  total length (TL) or more than 32″ TL Not less than 28″  total length (TL) or more than 33″ TL
Bag Limit 1 per harvester per day; zero captain and crew for hire limit

Snook, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, March 1, 2018.
Snook, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Allowable Gear: Hook and line only

Snook Map

Snook Map

2016 Snook Symposium

Snook is managed by two regions in Florida: Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Regulations apply in state and adjacent federal waters. No commercial harvest or sale of snook is permitted.

If you have questions about your snook permit, visit the Snook Permit page.

Small Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, February 23, 2018.
Small Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, February 23, 2018.

Research and Biology

To learn more about snook biology and research projects conducted by the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, visit their snook page. For source & more information, please see FWC/Snook.

Redfish Pass, South Seas Resort, Charlie, Hank & Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, March 3, 2018, [File Photo: Saturday, 11-21-15].
Redfish Pass, South Seas Resort, Charlie, Hank & Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, March 3, 2018, [File Photo: Saturday, 11-21-15].
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We’re located in Castaways Marina, Santiva, Sanibel Island, just before the Blind Pass bridge to Captiva Island.

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

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

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

Captiva Fishing, SeaTrout!

SeaTrout, North Captiva, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, March 27, 2018.
SeaTrout, North Captiva, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

Sanibel Island Fishing & Captiva Island Fishing, March 27, 2018: Spotted SeaTrout!

Captiva Island Fishing Charters

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SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, March 23, 2018.
SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, March 23, 2018.

Tuesday, March 27, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters: SeaTrout, Grass Beds, Catch & Release.  Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.  Better water moving north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva.

SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, February 24, 2018.
SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, February 24, 2018.

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.

SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, February 11, 2018.
SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, February 11, 2018.

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Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

Silver SeaTrout: Cynoscion nothus

“Appearance:

Also known as white trout.

  • Grayish back, silvery sides and white belly
  • Faint rows of spots may be present on upper sides
  • All fins are pale yellow, except for the darker, dusky dorsal fin
  • Pair of large canine teeth at tip of upper jaw
  • Eyes large and snout short
  • 8 to 9 soft anal fin rays
  • Bottom half of tail more elongated than upper half

Similar Species: Sand seatrout, C. arenarius (more yellow color and larger size)

Size: Usually less than 10 inches (1 pound). Smallest seatrout species; usually no more than 1/2 pound (less than 10 inches).

Windy, Tough Fishing, Silver SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
Windy, Tough Fishing, Silver SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

Habitat:

Most common over sand or sandy mud bottoms offshore along both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of Florida. Migrate into bays during cold months.

Behavior:

Spawn offshore in deep water during spring, summer and fall. Feed on small fish and shrimp.

Additional Information

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

Recreational Regulations  

Please see FWC for more information on Silver SeaTrout.


SeaTrout, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, March 8, 2018.
SeaTrout, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Spotted SeaTrout

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.

SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, February 16, 2018.
SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, February 16, 2018.

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, 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.

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]

SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, February 18, 2018.
SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, February 18, 2018.

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.

SeaTrout Fishing, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 26, 2017, [File Photo - Wednesday, July 26, 2017].
SeaTrout Fishing, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 26, 2017, [File Photo –
Wednesday, July 26, 2017].
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).

SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

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.

More SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, February 26, 2018.
More SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, February 26, 2018.

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Spotted Seatrout

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

Spotted Seatrout: Cynoscion nebulosus

Florida Regulations:

Regulations Northeast zone Northwest zone Southeast and Southwest zones
Minimum Size Limit More than 15 inches and less than 20 inches total length (may possess one over 20 inches included in bag limit)
Daily Bag Limit 6 per harvester per day 5 per harvester per day 4 per harvester per day
Season Open year-round

Gear Requirements: Allowable Gear: Hook and line; cast net

Two SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
Two SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Spotted Seatrout Management Zones:

 SpottedSeatroutZoneMap.jpg

  • Northwest: Escambia County through Fred Howard Park Causeway near Pasco County.
  • Southwest: Fred Howard Park Causeway through Monroe County line at Card Sound.
  • Southeast: Miami-Dade County at Card South through Volusia County.
  • Northeast: Flagler through Nassau counties.

State Waters Harvest Seasons

SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Sunday, February 25, 2018.
SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Sunday, February 25, 2018.

Habitat and Fishing Tips:

Seatrout found inshore and nearshore in and around seagrass meadows, mangrove-fringed shorelines, deep holes and channels and above oyster bars. Free-line live shrimp or small pinfish or pigfish (grunts) near the bottom to entice trout out of grass-bed holes. Attaching a float will allow these baits to drift over the grass beds as you search for trout. Casting with soft-bodied jigs, top-water poppers and spoons can be effective. Trout are very delicate, so returning unwanted or illegal fish promptly to the water is necessary to maintain a healthy population. Spotted seatrout are a good eating fish.

Charlie, Big Sea Trout, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service, Monday, February 5, 2018, [File Photo: 3-3-14].
Charlie, Big Sea Trout, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service, Monday, February 5, 2018, [File Photo: 3-3-14].

State Record: 17 lb 7 oz, caught near Ft. Pierce

Florida Rule

Spotted Seatrout Management in Florida

Spotted seatrout is managed for both commercial and recreational fishing in Florida.  Management in Florida began for spotted seatrout in the late 1980s when the fishery was declining. At the Nov. 2011 Commission meeting, the FWC made several changes to how spotted seatrout are managed, including splitting the South management zones in two and going from a total of three management zones (Northeast, Northwest and South) to four management zones (Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest.)

Big SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, February 9, 2018.
Big SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, February 9, 2018.

The management goal for spotted seatrout in Florida is a 35% spawning potential ratio (SPR). Stock assessments were conducted in 2003 and 2006 that showed the spotted seatrout population as relatively stable. The 2010 stock assessment includes data through 2009 and it showed that the Northeast, Southeast and Southwest zones are exceeding the 35% SPR management goal. The Northwest area is hovering right at 35%.

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

At the Nov. 2011 Commission meeting, the following rules were approved, becoming effective February 1, 2012:

Recreational

  • Removal of season closures
  • Northeast bag limit increased to 6 fish

Commercial

  • Southeast and Southwest region defined
  • Increase in seasons
    • Southeast: May 1- Sept 30
    • Northeast: June 1- November 30
    • Southwest and Northwest: June 1- October 31
  • A commercial vessel limit of 150 with two or more licensed fishermen are aboard
  • Sale of seatrout inventory will be allowed for 30 days after the season closes”

Source & more information @ FWC.

Sea Trout & Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, June 17, 2016.
Sea Trout & Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, June 17, 2016.

Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658 and here for Live Sanibel Traffic Cams.  Tuesday, March 27, Captiva Island Fishing Charters, SeaTrout, Grass Flats & Oyster Bars, 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.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, 6-30-15, Sea Trout 2, Grass Flats ~ #Sanibel #Captiva
Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, 6-30-15, Sea Trout 2, Grass Flats ~ #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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Fair winds and following seas,

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

Sea Trout, Grass Beds, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, March 9, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Sea Trout, Grass Beds, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

Captiva Fishing, Triggerfish!

Triggerfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, March 26, 2018.
Triggerfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, March 26, 2018.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, March 26, 2018: Triggerfish.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters

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Captiva Fishing Report,  Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Monday, March 26: Triggerfish, Catch & Release; water quality in relatively good shape; (Caloosahatchee: no/little freshwater runoff impact right now; Red Tide Report, there is some spotty red tide impact right now; more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Monday, March 26, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters: Triggerfish, Catch & Release.  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.

TriggerfishGrayDRP.jpg

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

“Gray Triggerfish: Balistes capriscus

Appearance:

  • Olive-gray in color with plate-like scales
  • Small mouth with chisel-like teeth used for crushing
  • Dorsal and anal fins marbled
  • Upper and lower lobes of tail elongated in large adults
  • Young have large dark spots on the back (sometimes persist in adults)

Similar Species: Other triggerfish

Size: Up to 17 inches

Triggerfish + Snapper, Still Cold, Structure, Near-offshore, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, January 8, 2018.
Triggerfish + Snapper, Still Cold, Structure, Near-offshore, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, January 8, 2018.

Habitat:

Hard-bottoms, reefs and ledges

Behavior:

Triggerfish can raise and lock their first dorsal spine; pressing down on the second dorsal spine acts as a trigger, unlocking the first spine.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website 12lb 7oz

Recreational Regulations:   Please see more information here.”

Triggerfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, January 8, 2018, [File Photo - Sunday December 18, 2016].
Triggerfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, January 8,
2018, [File Photo – Sunday, December 18, 2016].
“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 behavior 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 fertilizes 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 behavior.[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.

Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658 and here for Live Sanibel Traffic Cams.  Triggerfish, Monday, March 26, Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sheepshead, 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.

Triggerfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, January 8, 2018, [File Photo - December 3, 2015].
Triggerfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, January 8, 2018, [File Photo –
December 3, 2015].
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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Captiva Fishing, Sheepshead!

Sheepshead, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Sunday, March 25, 2018.
Sheepshead, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Sheepshead, Docks, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, March 22, 2018.
Sheepshead, Docks, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, March 22, 2018.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, March 25, 2018: More Sheepshead.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters

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Sunday, March 25, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters: Sheepshead, North Captiva, Catch & Release.  Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.  Better water moving north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva.

A Little Better Fishing, Sheepshead, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, March 15, 2018.
A Little Better Fishing, Sheepshead, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, March 15, 2018.

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

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Sheepshead, Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, January 26, 2018.
Sheepshead, Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, January 26, 2018.

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]

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, Sheepshead, Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, January 30, 2018.
Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, Sheepshead, Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

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, Still Cold, Hiding In The Passes, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, January 20, 2018.
Sheepshead, Still Cold, Hiding In The Passes, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, January 20, 2018.

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, Very Cold, Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, January 18, 2018.
Sheepshead, Very Cold, Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, January 18, 2018.

Sheepshead: Archosargus probatocephalus

“NEW: At the February meeting, FWC moved forward with a draft proposal to reduce the recreational daily bag limit from 15 to 5 fish per person and to create a recreational vessel limit of 50 during March and April. The draft proposal also included extending state regulations into federal waters. This proposal will be brought back in April for a final public hearing.

View the February Commission meeting presentation on this topic.

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Sheepshead

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

Windy, Tough Fishing, Sheepshead, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
Windy, Tough Fishing, Sheepshead, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. 

Florida Regulations: 

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

 

More Sheepshead, Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, January 28, 2018.
More Sheepshead, Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, January 28, 2018.

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, Warmer, Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, January 10, 2018.
    Sheepshead, Warmer, Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

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, 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.

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.

Sheepshead, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 21, 2016.
Sheepshead, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 21, 2016.

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.

Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658 and here for Live Sanibel Traffic Cams.  Sheepshead, North Captiva, Sunday, March 25, Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sheepshead, click here for College Of Fishing Hats & Apparel.

For Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, we’re located in Castaways Marina, Santiva, Sanibel Island, just before the Blind Pass bridge to Captiva Island.

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

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

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

Captiva Fishing, Redfish!

Little Girl, Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, march 24, 2018, [File Photo: Sunday, October 15, 2017}.
Little Girl, Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, March 24, 2018, [File Photo: Sunday, October 15, 2017}.

Sanibel Island Fishing & Captiva Island Fishing, March 24, 2018: Redfish!

Captiva Island Fishing Charters

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Saturday, March 24, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters: Redfish, Sand Holes, Catch & Release.  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, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, February 14, 2018.
Redfish, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

“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.

Redfish, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, March 7, 2018.
Redfish, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

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, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, February 9, 2018.
Redfish, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, February 9, 2018.

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 Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, February 22, 2018.
Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, February 22, 2018.

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, Very Cold, Hiding In The Mangroves, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, January 5, 2017.
Redfish, Very Cold, Hiding In The Mangroves, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, January 5, 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, Oyster Bars, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Satuday, August 19, 2017. File Photo.
Redfish, Oyster Bars, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, August 19, 2017. File Photo.

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.  

Red Drum

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

Red Drum: Sciaenops ocellatus

Florida Regulations: (Harvest in federal waters prohibited)
Regulations Northeast Zone Northwest Zone South Zone
Minimum Size Limit Not less than 18″ no more than 27″ total length
Daily Bag Limit 2 fish per person per day; 8 fish vessel limit 1 per person per day; 8 fish vessel limit 1 fish per person per day; 8 fish vessel limit
Remarks Bag limits apply in areas adjacent to fishing sites such as docks and parking lots

6 fish per person transport limit applies when traveling in a vehicle on land away from a fishing site.

Must remain in whole condition until landed ashore

Commercial harvest prohibited

 

Redfish, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, March 6, 2018.
Redfish, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, March 6, 2018.

Gear requirements:

  • Legal Gear:  hook and line, cast nets
  • Illegal Gear: Spearing (includes spearfishing, gigging and bow fishing) and/or use of multiple hooks in conjunction with live or dead natural bait is prohibited

Red Drum Management Zones

red drum management zones map

  • Northwest: Escambia through Fred Howard Park Causeway near Pasco County
  • South: Fred Howard Park Causeway through Monroe County (west coast) and Miami-Dade through Volusia counties (east coast)
  • Northeast: Flagler through Nassau counties

State Waters Harvest Seasons

Redfish, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, March 9, 2018.
Redfish, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, March 9, 2018.

Habitat and Fishing Tips:

Red drum, also called redfish, channel bass, spot tail, red bass or reds, are one of Florida’s most popular sportfish and the state’s most widespread estuarine fish. Red drum are named after the “drumming” sound they make during spawning and when taken out of the water. The sound is produced by muscles rubbing against the inflated air bladder. Red drum inhabit the nearshore and offshore waters throughout the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast from Massachusetts to Key West. Juvenile red drum inhabit rivers, bays, canals, tidal creeks, and passes in estuaries for up to four years, after which they usually move to nearshore or open ocean waters as adults.

Redfish, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, February 19, 2018.
Redfish, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, February 19, 2018.

Red drum in Florida can reach lengths of 45 inches and weigh up to 51 pounds. The world record red drum was caught off North Carolina waters in 1984 and it weighed 94 pounds, 2 ounces.The oldest recorded red drum in Florida was aged at 40 years. Floating a live shrimp under a popping cork is a good way to fish for red drum.

They also chase crabs, mullet, pinfish, and killifish (mud minnows). Casting soft-bodied jigs, spoons and even top-water plugs will catch the attention of these powerful estuarine musicians.

State Record:

52 lb 5 oz, caught near Cocoa (1996)

Florida Rule

Please also visit:

Redfish Catch, Hold and Release Tournament Exemption Permit page

Redfish, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Sunday, March 11, 2018.
Redfish, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Red Drum Management

Management of red drum in Florida is considered a success story.  In the late 1980s red drum was overfished, thus several emergency closures were established to reduce fishing pressure. In 1989, the slot limit of 18-27 inches, the bag limit of one fish per person and a closed season from March-May were put in place. Red drum stocks have rebounded and are currently meeting or exceeding the FWC’s management goal of 40% escapement in most parts of Florida. Escapement is the proportion of fish that survive through age four relative to the fish that would have survived if there was no fishery.” Please see FWC for more information.

Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, August 20, 2016.
Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, August 20, 2016.

Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658 and here for Live Sanibel Traffic Cams.  Saturday, March 24, Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Redfish, Passes & Oyster Bars, click here for College Of Fishing Hats & Apparel.

More Redfish , Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, May 3, 2016.
More Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, May 3, 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.

Big Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, 11-11-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Big Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, 11-11-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

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Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, November 4, 2017, [File Photo - Saturday, 10-31-15] .
Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, November 4, 2017, [File Photo – Saturday, 10-31-15].

Captiva Fishing, SeaTrout!

SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, March 23, 2018.
SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, March 23, 2018.

Sanibel Island Fishing & Captiva Island Fishing, March 23, 2018: Spotted SeaTrout!

Captiva Island Fishing Charters

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Friday, March 23, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters: SeaTrout, Grass Beds, Catch & Release.  Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.  Better water moving north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva.

SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, February 24, 2018.
SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, February 24, 2018.

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.

SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, February 11, 2018.
SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, February 11, 2018.

SeatroutSilverDRP.jpg

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

Silver SeaTrout: Cynoscion nothus

“Appearance:

Also known as white trout.

  • Grayish back, silvery sides and white belly
  • Faint rows of spots may be present on upper sides
  • All fins are pale yellow, except for the darker, dusky dorsal fin
  • Pair of large canine teeth at tip of upper jaw
  • Eyes large and snout short
  • 8 to 9 soft anal fin rays
  • Bottom half of tail more elongated than upper half

Similar Species: Sand seatrout, C. arenarius (more yellow color and larger size)

Size: Usually less than 10 inches (1 pound). Smallest seatrout species; usually no more than 1/2 pound (less than 10 inches).

Windy, Tough Fishing, Silver SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
Windy, Tough Fishing, Silver SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

Habitat:

Most common over sand or sandy mud bottoms offshore along both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of Florida. Migrate into bays during cold months.

Behavior:

Spawn offshore in deep water during spring, summer and fall. Feed on small fish and shrimp.

Additional Information

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

Recreational Regulations  

Please see FWC for more information on Silver SeaTrout.


SeaTrout, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, March 8, 2018.
SeaTrout, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Spotted SeaTrout

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.

SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, February 16, 2018.
SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, February 16, 2018.

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, 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.

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]

SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, February 18, 2018.
SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, February 18, 2018.

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.

SeaTrout Fishing, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 26, 2017, [File Photo - Wednesday, July 26, 2017].
SeaTrout Fishing, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 26, 2017, [File Photo –
Wednesday, July 26, 2017].
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).

SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

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.

More SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, February 26, 2018.
More SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, February 26, 2018.

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Spotted Seatrout

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

Spotted Seatrout: Cynoscion nebulosus

Florida Regulations:

Regulations Northeast zone Northwest zone Southeast and Southwest zones
Minimum Size Limit More than 15 inches and less than 20 inches total length (may possess one over 20 inches included in bag limit)
Daily Bag Limit 6 per harvester per day 5 per harvester per day 4 per harvester per day
Season Open year-round

Gear Requirements: Allowable Gear: Hook and line; cast net

Two SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
Two SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Spotted Seatrout Management Zones:

 SpottedSeatroutZoneMap.jpg

  • Northwest: Escambia County through Fred Howard Park Causeway near Pasco County.
  • Southwest: Fred Howard Park Causeway through Monroe County line at Card Sound.
  • Southeast: Miami-Dade County at Card South through Volusia County.
  • Northeast: Flagler through Nassau counties.

State Waters Harvest Seasons

SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Sunday, February 25, 2018.
SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Sunday, February 25, 2018.

Habitat and Fishing Tips:

Seatrout found inshore and nearshore in and around seagrass meadows, mangrove-fringed shorelines, deep holes and channels and above oyster bars. Free-line live shrimp or small pinfish or pigfish (grunts) near the bottom to entice trout out of grass-bed holes. Attaching a float will allow these baits to drift over the grass beds as you search for trout. Casting with soft-bodied jigs, top-water poppers and spoons can be effective. Trout are very delicate, so returning unwanted or illegal fish promptly to the water is necessary to maintain a healthy population. Spotted seatrout are a good eating fish.

Charlie, Big Sea Trout, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service, Monday, February 5, 2018, [File Photo: 3-3-14].
Charlie, Big Sea Trout, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service, Monday, February 5, 2018, [File Photo: 3-3-14].

State Record: 17 lb 7 oz, caught near Ft. Pierce

Florida Rule

Spotted Seatrout Management in Florida

Spotted seatrout is managed for both commercial and recreational fishing in Florida.  Management in Florida began for spotted seatrout in the late 1980s when the fishery was declining. At the Nov. 2011 Commission meeting, the FWC made several changes to how spotted seatrout are managed, including splitting the South management zones in two and going from a total of three management zones (Northeast, Northwest and South) to four management zones (Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest.)

Big SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, February 9, 2018.
Big SeaTrout, Grass Beds & Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, February 9, 2018.

The management goal for spotted seatrout in Florida is a 35% spawning potential ratio (SPR). Stock assessments were conducted in 2003 and 2006 that showed the spotted seatrout population as relatively stable. The 2010 stock assessment includes data through 2009 and it showed that the Northeast, Southeast and Southwest zones are exceeding the 35% SPR management goal. The Northwest area is hovering right at 35%.

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

At the Nov. 2011 Commission meeting, the following rules were approved, becoming effective February 1, 2012:

Recreational

  • Removal of season closures
  • Northeast bag limit increased to 6 fish

Commercial

  • Southeast and Southwest region defined
  • Increase in seasons
    • Southeast: May 1- Sept 30
    • Northeast: June 1- November 30
    • Southwest and Northwest: June 1- October 31
  • A commercial vessel limit of 150 with two or more licensed fishermen are aboard
  • Sale of seatrout inventory will be allowed for 30 days after the season closes”

Source & more information @ FWC.

Sea Trout & Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, June 17, 2016.
Sea Trout & Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, June 17, 2016.

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Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, 6-30-15, Sea Trout 2, Grass Flats ~ #Sanibel #Captiva
Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, 6-30-15, Sea Trout 2, Grass Flats ~ #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, Wednesday, March 9, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Sea Trout, Grass Beds, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

Captiva Fishing, Sheepshead!

Sheepshead, Docks, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, March 22, 2018.
Sheepshead, Docks, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, March 22, 2018.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, March 22, 2018: More Sheepshead.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report,  Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Thursday, March 22: Big Sheepshead, Catch & Release; water quality in relatively good shape; (Caloosahatchee: no/little freshwater runoff impact right now; Red Tide Report, there is some spotty red tide impact right now; more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Thursday, March 22, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters: Sheepshead, North Captiva, Catch & Release.  Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.  Better water moving north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva.

A Little Better Fishing, Sheepshead, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, March 15, 2018.
A Little Better Fishing, Sheepshead, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, March 15, 2018.

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

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

Sheepshead, Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, January 26, 2018.
Sheepshead, Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, January 26, 2018.

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]

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, Sheepshead, Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, January 30, 2018.
Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, Sheepshead, Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

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, Still Cold, Hiding In The Passes, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, January 20, 2018.
Sheepshead, Still Cold, Hiding In The Passes, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, January 20, 2018.

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, Very Cold, Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, January 18, 2018.
Sheepshead, Very Cold, Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, January 18, 2018.

Sheepshead: Archosargus probatocephalus

“NEW: At the February meeting, FWC moved forward with a draft proposal to reduce the recreational daily bag limit from 15 to 5 fish per person and to create a recreational vessel limit of 50 during March and April. The draft proposal also included extending state regulations into federal waters. This proposal will be brought back in April for a final public hearing.

View the February Commission meeting presentation on this topic.

Share your input or comments at MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments.

Sheepshead

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

Windy, Tough Fishing, Sheepshead, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
Windy, Tough Fishing, Sheepshead, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. 

Florida Regulations: 

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

 

More Sheepshead, Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, January 28, 2018.
More Sheepshead, Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, January 28, 2018.

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, Warmer, Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, January 10, 2018.
    Sheepshead, Warmer, Structure, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

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, 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.

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.