The shimmering blue-green waters of Sanibel Island’s coast call to fishers from all over the world, to take their chance at catching their own saltwater prize. From surf-fishing to fly-fishing, there are several ways to indulge in this sport, whether it’s on your own or with a fishing charter. Note that to hit the water to fish on your own, you’ll have to order a recreational license from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation!
Spend a Day Fishing at Sanibel Pier
Located in the popular Lighthouse Beach Park, this fishing pier is well known among both travelers and locals. Here you can cast your line for the chance of catching redfish, snook, snapper, and more. The park is also home to beautiful beaches and recreational facilities if you want to BBQ a fresh catch! It’s a great destination to spend a day out enjoying the area and the fishing it offers.
Try Your Hand Out on the Back Bay
If you’re interested in fishing and crabbing in a unique environment, visitors will find there are areas they can fish in the nearby J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. They have the full list of authorized Sanibel fishing areas and rules on their website, but fishable areas include most areas outside the Bailey Tract. Get out in the heart of nature for some quality fishing time.
Visit Sanibel Island’s Bowman’s Beach
This gorgeous beach also offers ample fishing opportunities and gives you access to both the bay and the beach. Clam Bayou offers additional species to be caught and is a great spot to experience the tranquility of kayak fishing. You can also fish out in the surf, trying your luck for prizes that lurk out in the sea.
Book a Sanibel Island Fishing Charter
Of course, you’ll find several local companies where you can charter a day out on the water, with an experienced fisherman and captain. It’s a great way to get a one-on-one experience with a pro and makes for a great way to explore the area by sea.
Tropical Escape—Your Sanibel Island Vacation Experts
We’re proud to offer a lovely selection of short-term vacation rentals in the area that will put you within reach of some of the best Sanibel fishing spots around. From properties with ocean views from screened-in lanais to condos with their own beach access, our variety of homes has something for everyone! If you’re ready to discuss reserving your Sanibel Island fishing rental, give us a call today!