Charlie & Pelican, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, [File Photo - Thanksgiving Weekend, November 23, 2011].

Captiva Fishing, Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 22: Thanksgiving Weekend Fishing; a lot of turkey, football, and fish! Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.  Better water moving north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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