Author Archives: Charlie & Tim Landon

Captiva Fishing, Snook, December 6!

Two Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, December 6, 2018.
Two Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, December 6, 2018.
Current Red Tide & Water Quality Update Here (Page Down For Detail On Sampling & Location Table).
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Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 13, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 13, 2018.
Snook and red drum will be catch-and-release only in state waters from the northernmost point of Anna Maria Island in Manatee County to Gordon Pass in Collier County due to impacts from red tide on that area. Source: FWC.
Snook and red drum will be catch-and-release only in state waters from the northernmost point of Anna Maria Island in Manatee County to Gordon Pass in Collier County due to impacts from red tide on that area. Source: FWC.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, December 6, 2018: Snook, Catch & Release!

Current Red Tide & Water Quality Update Here (Page Down For Detail On Sampling & Location Table).
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Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, December 6, 2018.
Vote Water! Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island.
Vote Water! Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island.

Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Thursday, December 6: Two Snook, Catch & Release, Captain Joe’s Charters – red tide is gone and a lot of good fish have moved back into the gulf, bay and passes; water is much, much better – snapper, snook, seatrout, and ladyfish are abundantly present – which is a very good sign – redfish & snook are now catch & release only.

Caloosahatchee freshwater releases also still a huge near-term and long-term problem.  Extremely frustrating.  We need wholesale changes in the Florida state government.  It is not a Republican or Democrat issue – it is a Big Sugar control everyone issue.  It is stunning how we continue to let the sugar industry and the agriculture north of Lake Okeechobee to damage the water and all of Florida.

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

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

Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, July 20, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, July 20, 2018.

Some big, nice redfish around now, but they generally have been tougher and less prevalent; for more information just see recent fishing reports, background on any species, and other recent fishing, water quality reports, and information.

December 6, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters: Snook, Catch & Release.  Please also visit the SanibelFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites. 

Big Snook & One Happy Little Boy On Sanibel & Captiva Charters! Monday, October 2, 2017. [File Photo: 2005(?)]
Big Snook & One Happy Little Boy On Sanibel & Captiva Charters! Monday, October 2, 2017. [File Photo: 2005(?)]

Captiva Fishing Charters

Redfish continue to be less prevalent and are now catch & release only; for more information just see recent fishing reports, background on any species, and other recent fishing, water quality reports, and information.

Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, May 23, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters; please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.  

Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, September 8, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, September 8, 2018.

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

Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 19, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 19, 2018.

a Grande or Fort Myers fishing guide trip or shelling charter.

Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, July 16, 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, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, November 2, 2018.
Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, November 2, 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]

Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, October 1, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, October 1, 2018.

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.

Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, June 2, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, June 2, 2018.

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.

Common Snook, Sanibel & Captiva Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Common Snook, Sanibel & Captiva Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

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, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, September 6, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, September 6, 2018.

Allowable Gear: Hook and line only

Snook Map

2016 Snook Symposium

Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 5, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 5, 2018.

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.

Big Snook, Jimmy Burnsed, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, April 19, 2018.
Big Snook, Jimmy Burnsed, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, April 19, 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].
Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658 and here for Live Sanibel Traffic Cams.  Snook, Friday, June 22, 2018; Captiva Island Fishing Charters, 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.

Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 25, 2018.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 25, 2018.

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

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

Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, July 16, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, July 16, 2018.

Captiva Fishing, SeaTrout & Ladyfish, December 5!

Current Red Tide & Water Quality Update Here (Page Down For Detail On Sampling & Location Table).
Captiva Fishing: Please Click For Rates & To Book A Captiva Fishing Charter Or Call 239-472-8658.
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Ladyfish, Sanibel Island, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, December 5, 2018.
Ladyfish, Sanibel Island, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, December 5, 2018: Ladyfish, Catch & Release!

Current Red Tide & Water Quality Update Here (Page Down For Detail On Sampling & Location Table).
Captiva Fishing: Please Click For Rates & To Book A Captiva Fishing Charter Or Call 239-472-8658.
Live Weather Cams Here.
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Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, December 5, 2018.

Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Wednesday, December 5: Ladyfish & Seatrout, Catch & Release, Captain Joe’s Charters – red tide is gone and a lot of good fish have moved back into the gulf, bay and passes; water is much, much better – snapper, snook, seatrout, and ladyfish are abundantly present – which is a very good sign – redfish & snook are now catch & release only.

Caloosahatchee freshwater releases also still a huge near-term and long-term problem.  Extremely frustrating.  We need wholesale changes in the Florida state government.  It is not a Republican or Democrat issue – it is a Big Sugar control everyone issue.  It is stunning how we continue to let the sugar industry and the agriculture north of Lake Okeechobee to damage the water and all of Florida.

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

Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658.

Ladyfish & SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Ladyfish & SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters: Ladyfish, December 5, Catch & Release.  Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.

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

Sea Trout caught in Redfish Pass, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Sea Trout caught in Redfish Pass, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Redfish continue to be less prevalent; for more information just use the search box and search on any species for recent fishing reports, background on any species, and other recent fishing, water quality reports, and information.

SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, July 17, 2018.
SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

Online on-demand workshop available. Provide input on this fishery. Workshop information. Comment online at MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments.

SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, April 30, 2018.
SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, April 30, 2018.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Seatrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
Seatrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

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, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, April 5, 2018.
SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, April 5, 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.

SeaTrout, Cayp Costa, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Sunday, April 1, 2018.
SeaTrout, Cayo Costa, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Sunday, April 1, 2018.

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.

“Online on-demand workshop available. Provide input on this fishery. Workshop information. Comment online at MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments.

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 are 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.

SeaTrout, Cayp Costa, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, April 3, 2018.
SeaTrout, Cayo Costa, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

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 Rules

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
SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, April 10, 2018.
SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

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.

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.

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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, Bluefish, December 4!

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Bluefish, Sanibel Island, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, December 4, 2018.
Bluefish, Sanibel Island, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, December 4, 2018.
Bluefish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 22, 2018.
Bluefish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 22, 2018.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, December 4, 2018: Bluefish, Catch & Release!

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Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, December 4, 2018.

Captiva Fishing Guide Report: December 4: Bluefish Catch & Release, Captain Joe’s Charters – red tide is gone and a lot of good fish have moved back into the gulf, bay and passes; water is much, much better – snapper, snook, seatrout, and ladyfish are abundantly present – which is a very good sign – redfish & snook are now catch & release only.

Caloosahatchee freshwater releases also still a huge near-term and long-term problem.  Extremely frustrating.  We need wholesale changes in the Florida state government.  It is not a Republican or Democrat issue – it is a Big Sugar control everyone issue.  It is stunning how we continue to let the sugar industry and the agriculture north of Lake Okeechobee to damage the water and all of Florida.

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

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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 Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters: Redfish, December 3, Catch & Release.  Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.

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”.

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.

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, Redfish, December 3!

Redfish, Sanibel Island, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, December 3, 2018.
Redfish, Sanibel Island, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, December 3, 2018.
Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
Two Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
Two Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
Current Red Tide & Water Quality Update Here; Getting Clearer (Page Down For Detail On Sampling & Location Table).
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Snook and red drum will be catch-and-release only in state waters from the northernmost point of Anna Maria Island in Manatee County to Gordon Pass in Collier County due to impacts from red tide on that area. Source: FWC.
Snook and red drum will be catch-and-release only in state waters from the northernmost point of Anna Maria Island in Manatee County to Gordon Pass in Collier County due to impacts from red tide on that area. Source: FWC.

 

Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, November 24, 2018.
Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, November 24, 2018.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, December 3, 2018: Redfish, Catch & Release Only!

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Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Monday, December 3: Redfish, Catch & Release Only, Captain Joe’s Charters; redfish & snook are now catch & release only; fishing is very, very good right now – snapper, grouper, big and little snook, redfish and Spanish mackerel; no red tide presence; Caloosahatchee freshwater releases still a huge near-term and long-term problem.

Extremely frustrating.  We need wholesale changes in the Florida state government.  It is not a Republican or Democrat issue – it is a Big Sugar control everyone issue.  It is stunning how we continue to let the sugar industry and the agriculture north of Lake Okeechobee to damage the water and all of Florida.

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

Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658.

Redfish, Alex, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, June 4, 2018.
Redfish, Alex, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, June 4, 2018.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters: Redfish, December 3, Catch & Release.  Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.

Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, July 24, 2018.
Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

Redfish have been scarce and are now catch & release only.

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}.

“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, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 12, 2018.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, October 12, 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, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, October 5, 2018.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, October 5, 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.

Two Happy Fishermen, Two Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, October 1, 2017 [File Photo: Tuesday, 9-22-15].
Two Happy Fishermen, Two Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, October 1, 2017 [File Photo: Tuesday, 9-22-15].
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]

 

Fly Fishing, Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, August 9, 2016.
Fly Fishing, Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

The red drum uses its senses of sight and touch, and its downturned mouth, to locate forage on the bottom through vacuuming or biting. On the top and middle of the water column, it uses changes in the light that might look like food. In the summer and fall, adult red drum feed on crabsshrimp, and mullet; in the spring and winter, adults primarily feed on menhaden, mullet, pinfishsea robinlizardfishspotAtlantic croaker, and mud minnows.

Two Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, October 6, 2018.
Two Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, October 6, 2018.

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, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, November 4, 2018.
Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, November 4, 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, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, October 8, 2018.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, October 8, 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.

Two Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, May 3, 2018.
Two Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, May 3, 2018.

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, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 4, 2018.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 4, 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.

Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, May 28, 2018.
Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, May 28, 2018.

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, Dan, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Sunday, September 30, 2018.
Redfish, Dan, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Sunday, September 30, 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, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658 and here for Live Sanibel Traffic Cams. Sunday, September 30, Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Redfish, Passes & Oyster Bars.

Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

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

Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, October 2, 2018.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

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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.

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, Snook, December 2!

Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, December 2, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, December 2, 2018.
Current Red Tide & Water Quality Update Here (Page Down For Detail On Sampling & Location Table).
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Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 13, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 13, 2018.
Snook and red drum will be catch-and-release only in state waters from the northernmost point of Anna Maria Island in Manatee County to Gordon Pass in Collier County due to impacts from red tide on that area. Source: FWC.
Snook and red drum will be catch-and-release only in state waters from the northernmost point of Anna Maria Island in Manatee County to Gordon Pass in Collier County due to impacts from red tide on that area. Source: FWC.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, December 2, 2018: Snook, Catch & Release!

Current Red Tide & Water Quality Update Here (Page Down For Detail On Sampling & Location Table).
Captiva Fishing: Please Click For Rates & To Book A Captiva Fishing Charter Or Call 239-472-8658.
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Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, December 2, 2018.
Vote Water! Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island.
Vote Water! Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island.

Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Sunday, December 2: Snook, Catch & Release, Captain Joe’s Charters – red tide is gone and a lot of good fish have moved back into the gulf, bay and passes; water is much, much better – snapper, snook, seatrout, and ladyfish are abundantly present – which is a very good sign – redfish & snook are now catch & release only.

Caloosahatchee freshwater releases also still a huge near-term and long-term problem.  Extremely frustrating.  We need wholesale changes in the Florida state government.  It is not a Republican or Democrat issue – it is a Big Sugar control everyone issue.  It is stunning how we continue to let the sugar industry and the agriculture north of Lake Okeechobee to damage the water and all of Florida.

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

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

Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, July 20, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, July 20, 2018.

Some big, nice redfish around now, but they generally have been tougher and less prevalent; for more information just see recent fishing reports, background on any species, and other recent fishing, water quality reports, and information.

December 2, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters: Snook, Catch & Release.  Please also visit the SanibelFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites. 

Big Snook & One Happy Little Boy On Sanibel & Captiva Charters! Monday, October 2, 2017. [File Photo: 2005(?)]
Big Snook & One Happy Little Boy On Sanibel & Captiva Charters! Monday, October 2, 2017. [File Photo: 2005(?)]

Captiva Fishing Charters

Redfish continue to be less prevalent and are now catch & release only; for more information just see recent fishing reports, background on any species, and other recent fishing, water quality reports, and information.

Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, May 23, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

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Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, September 8, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, September 8, 2018.

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Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 19, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 19, 2018.

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Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, July 16, 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, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, November 2, 2018.
Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, November 2, 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]

Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, October 1, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, October 1, 2018.

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.

Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, June 2, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, June 2, 2018.

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.

Common Snook, Sanibel & Captiva Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Common Snook, Sanibel & Captiva Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

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, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, September 6, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, September 6, 2018.

Allowable Gear: Hook and line only

Snook Map

2016 Snook Symposium

Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 5, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 5, 2018.

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.

Big Snook, Jimmy Burnsed, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, April 19, 2018.
Big Snook, Jimmy Burnsed, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, April 19, 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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Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 25, 2018.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 25, 2018.

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

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Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, July 16, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, July 16, 2018.

Captiva Fishing, Black Drum, December 1!

Black Drum, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, December 1, 2018.
Black Drum, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, December 1, 2018.
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Big Black Drum caught inshore of Sanibel Island, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service. Monday, January 1, 2017, (File Photo - November 26, 2013].
Big Black Drum caught inshore of Sanibel Island, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service. Monday, January 1, 2017, (File Photo – November 26, 2013].

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Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Saturday, December 1: Black Drum, Catch & Release, Captain Joe’s Charters – black drum starting to move in; red tide is not present around Sanibel & Captiva; a lot of good fish have moved back into the gulf, bay and passes; water is much, much better – snapper, snook, seatrout, and ladyfish are abundantly present – which is a very good sign – redfish & snook are now catch & release only.

Caloosahatchee freshwater releases also still a huge near-term and long-term problem.  Extremely frustrating.  We need wholesale changes in the Florida state government.  It is not a Republican or Democrat issue – it is a Big Sugar control everyone issue.  It is stunning how we continue to let the sugar industry and the agriculture north of Lake Okeechobee to damage the water and all of Florida.

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Big Black Drum, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, January 1, 2018, [File Photo - Friday, 2-19-16].
Big Black Drum, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, January 1, 2018,
[File Photo – Friday, 2-19-16].
Some big, nice redfish around now, but they generally have been tougher and less prevalent.

December 1, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters: Black Drum moving into the passes.  Please also visit the SanibelFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites. 

“The black drum (Pogonias cromis), also known as “Blue Drum” for its dark and hint of blue color, is a saltwater fish similar to its cousin, the red drum. It is the only species in the genus Pogonias. Though most specimens are generally found in the 5-30 lb (2–14 kg) range, the black drum is well known as the largest of all the drum family with some specimens reaching excesses of 90 lb (40 kg).

The world record black drum was just over 113 lb (51 kg). They are often black and/or gray in color with juvenile fish having distinctive dark stripes over a gray body. Their teeth are rounded and they have powerful jaws capable of crushing oysters and other shellfish.

Tom, Black Drum, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, January 1, 2018, [File Photo - Friday, 4-29-17].
Tom, Black Drum, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, January 1, 2018, [File Photo – Friday, 4-29-17].
It is recommended those over 15 lb pounds (7 kg) should be released. Black drum are capable of producing tones between 100 Hz and 500 Hz when performing mating calls.

The black drum is usually found in or near brackish waters. Larger, older fish are more commonly found in the saltier areas of an estuary (closer to the ocean) near oyster beds or other plentiful food sources. Juvenile fish have 4 to 5 bold vertical black bars on a light background and can be mistaken for Sheepshead at first glance, but are distinguished on closer inspection because sheepshead have teeth and black drum have chin barbels. These stripes usually fade to dull grey as the fish grow from 12 inches to 24 inches in length.

Black Drum caught inshore of Captiva , Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Black Drum caught inshore of Captiva, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Juvenile fish are more commonly found in less salty areas and relate more strongly to structure and cover. In the western Atlantic, black drum are found from Nova Scotia to Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, the Antilles (uncommon), and the southern Caribbean coast; also from the Orinoco delta to Argentina.[1] They are common between the Delaware Bay and Florida coasts, and most abundant along the Texas coast. After reaching maturity by the end of their second year, black drum spawn in and around estuarine waters. In Texas, most spawning takes place in February and March.[2]

Black drum larvae eat mostly zooplankton, and young black drum (less than 20 cm long) eat worms and small fish. Black drum are mostly bottom feeders, with adults eating mostly mollusks and crabs. In shallow water, they have been reported to feed with their heads down so that their tails show above the water surface. Their sensitive chin barbels help locate food, and strong pharyngeal teeth crush the shells of these preferred foods.

Black Drum 2, 1-18-14, Blind Pass, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Black Drum 2, 1-18-14, Blind Pass, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

It has been reported that, in captivity, large drum were able to eat more than two commercial-sized oysters per kilogram of body weight each day.[3] This translates into the potential for a 20 kg drum (about 45 lb) to eat 40 oysters a day. Fishing advice for black drum along the east and southeast coasts of the United States often includes the suggestion to locate an oyster bed. However, this preference has also caused black drum to be a nuisance for those who raise oysters commercially.[4] A group of black drum can do great damage to an oyster bed in a single day.

Black drum are bottom feeders, so they are most commonly caught with bait either on the bottom or suspended within a couple feet of the bottom. Bottom fishing methods are used both in surf fishing and inshore fishing.[11] Shrimp is a typical bait that works well; squid can also be used and is less subject to bait stealing by hardhead catfish and Atlantic croakers which often frequent the same waters.

Black Drum, Great Kids' Fishing, 11-27-13, Sunday, 5/12/13, Captiva Fishing Report: Sanibel, Captiva & North Captiva, #CaptivaThere are times when the older, larger fish are more readily caught on a half or a quarter of a blue crab with the top shell removed and cut or broken to fit on a 4/0 to 9/0 hook. This type of fishing is often combined with chumming, a baiting practice that involves scattering bits of fish parts and blood into the water as an attractant.[12] Sometimes black drum are caught on spoons and jigs.

Black drum are reported to mouth a natural bait, so anglers need to wait a few seconds before setting the hook.[13]Once a big adult drum grabs the bait, it takes off with gusto, and can put up quite a fight. An unsecured rod can easily be pulled into the water. Landing these big fish on light tackle can be challenging, and since drum are primarily scent-based feeders, there is little disadvantage in using heavier line and tackle. A 40-lb braided line with a comparable weight fluorocarbon leader is a good compromise between castability and strength. However, big drum are frequently caught with everything from 8-lb monofilament to 100-lb braided lines with heavy steel leaders.

Floyd, Black Drum, Black Drum, April 7, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Floyd, Black Drum, Black Drum, April 7, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

An effective strategy for fishing from a boat is to select a spot with a sandy bottom or oyster bed where food is plentiful at a time of day with some tidal movement. Pier or bank fishing should target jetties, structure, or a boat channel near a rapid increase in depth and some tidal movement.

With stout tackle, black drum above 10 lb are relatively easy for children to catch because they are not particularly skittish and do not easily come off once they are hooked. Because bigger drum can make a long, strong run right after taking the bait, preventing broken line often requires a relatively light drag setting early in the fight.

Black Drum caught in Blind Pass on Sanibel & Captiva charters!
Black Drum caught in Blind Pass on Sanibel & Captiva charters!

One researcher reported good success with trotline fishing techniques, which he used to catch a large sample of the black drum for tagging and scientific study.[14]

Some states, such as Texas (as of summer 2017), allow spearfishing for black drum which often frequent jetties and other nearshore structure. Check locally to see if spearing black drum is legal in your area.

Black Drum caught in Blind Pass on Sanibel & Captiva charters!
Black Drum caught in Blind Pass on Sanibel & Captiva charters!

Black drum are edible, with a moderate flavor and are not oily. Some restaurants in the southern US serve smaller black drum. A big drum can be challenging to clean; removing the large scales is a challenge. Many fishermen prefer to fillet with an electric knife, first removing the fillet from along the backbone, and then using the electric knife to cut the fillet from the skin and scales. Fish over 15 lb can become tough and have a consistency comparable with chicken, rather than the flaky texture of many species of fish. Younger fish are often indistinguishable in flavor from the red drum.[15] ” Please see more information here.

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Blackdrum, 6-9-14,Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Black drum, 6-9-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

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

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Black Drum caught in Blind Pass on Sanibel & Captiva charters!
Black Drum caught in Blind Pass on Sanibel & Captiva charters!

Captiva Fishing, Blacknose Shark, November 28!

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Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, November 25, 2018.
Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, November 25, 2018.

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Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, November 28, 2018.

Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Wednesday, November 28: Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Captain Joe’s Charters – red tide is gone and a lot of good fish have moved back into the gulf, bay and passes; water is much, much better – snapper, snook, seatrout, and ladyfish are abundantly present – which is a very good sign – redfish & snook are now catch & release only.

Caloosahatchee freshwater releases also still a huge near-term and long-term problem.  Extremely frustrating.  We need wholesale changes in the Florida state government.  It is not a Republican or Democrat issue – it is a Big Sugar control everyone issue.  It is stunning how we continue to let the sugar industry and the agriculture north of Lake Okeechobee to damage the water and all of Florida.

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

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Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, June 30, 2018.
Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, June 30, 2018.

Some big, nice redfish around now, but they generally have been tougher and less prevalent.

November 25, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters: Sharks, Catch & Release.  Please also visit the SanibelFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites. 

A lot fall of snook, both small and large, in the passes right now; for more information just see the recent fishing reports, background on any species, and other recent fishing, water quality reports, and information.

Captiva Island Fishing Charters

November 28: Blacknose Sharks, Catch & Release, 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.

Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, February 12, 2018, [File Photo: Friday, October 13, 2017].
Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, February 12, 2018, [File Photo: Friday, October 13, 2017].
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 “The blacknose shark (Carcharhinus acronotus) is a species of requiem shark, belonging to the family Carcharhinidae, common in the tropical and subtropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean. This species generally inhabits coastal seagrass, sand, or rubble habitats, with adults preferring deeper water than juveniles.

Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, May 17, 2018.
Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, May 17, 2018.

A small shark typically measuring 1.3 m (4.3 ft) long, the blacknose has a typical streamlined “requiem shark” shape with a long, rounded snout, large eyes, and a small first dorsal fin. Its common name comes from a characteristic black blotch on the tip of its snout, though this may be indistinct in older individuals.

Blacknose sharks feed primarily on small bony fishes and cephalopods, and in turn fall prey to larger sharks.

Blacknose Shark, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island,Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
Blacknose Shark, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Like other members of their family, they exhibit a viviparous mode of reproduction in which the developing embryos are sustained by a placental connection. The females give birth to three to six young in late spring or early summer, either annually or biennially, after a gestation period of eight to 11 months.

This species is not known to attack humans, though it has been documented performing a threat display towards divers. It is of moderate commercial and recreational importance.

Blacknose Shark, Inshore, Stealing The Redfish Bait, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, February 12, 2018.
Blacknose Shark, Inshore, Stealing The Redfish Bait, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, February 12, 2018.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has assessed this species as Near Threatened. In 2009, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the populations of the blacknose shark off the United States are being overfished and proposed new conservation measures.

Drawing of a blacknose shark and one of its upper teeth – the arrows and vertical line refer to diagnostic features of the species.

The Cuban naturalist Felipe Poey published the first description of the blacknose shark in 1860 as Squalus acronotus, in his Memorias sobre la historia natural de la Isla de Cuba. Later authors moved this species to the genus Carcharhinus. The type specimen was a 98-cm (3.2-ft)-long male caught off Cuba.[2]

Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, October 13, 2017, [File Photo: Tuesday, April 11, 2017].
Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, October 13, 2017, [File Photo: Tuesday, April 11, 2017].
Based on morphological data, Jack Garrick suggested in 1982 that the blacknose shark has a sister relationship to a group containing the whitecheek shark (C. dussumieri) and the blackspot shark (C. sealei), while Leonard Compagnoproposed in 1988 that this shark belongs in a group with five other species, including the silky shark (C. falciformis) and the blacktip reef shark (C. melanopterus).

Molecular analyses have been similarly equivocal regarding the blacknose shark’s phylogenetic relationships: Gavin Naylor’s 1992 allozyme analysis found this species to be the most bbasal member of Carcharhinus, while Mine Dosay-Abkulut’s 2008 ribosomal DNA analysis indicated affinity between it and the blacktip shark (C. limbatus) or the smalltail shark (C. porosus).[3][4] The whitenose shark (Nasolamia velox), found along the tropical western coast of the Americas, may be descended from blacknose sharks that experienced the teratogenic effects of incipient cyclopia.[2]

Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, March 25, 2017.
Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, March 25, 2017.

The blacknose shark inhabits the continental and insular shelves off the eastern coast of the Americas, as far north as North Carolina and as far south as southern Brazil, including the Bahamas, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea.

They frequent coastal waters over beds of seagrass, sandy flats, and shell or coral rubble.[5]This species is spatially segregated by size and sex. Generally, only young sharks are encountered in shallow water, as the adults prefer depths greater than 9 m (30 ft) and are most common at 18–64 m (59–210 ft).[1][6]

Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, September 3, 2016.
Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, September 3, 2016.

Blacknose sharks in the South Atlantic Bight (off the Atlantic coast of the southern United States) migrate northward in the summer and southward (or possibly offshore) in the winter; a similar migration occurs for sharks in the Gulf of Mexico.[7]

The blacknose shark has a slender, streamlined body with a long, rounded snout and large eyes. There is a well-developed flap of skin in front of each nostril, defining the inflow and outflow openings. Twelve to 13 and 11 to 12 tooth rows occur on either side of the upper and lower jaws, respectively, with one or two teeth at the symphysis (middle). The teeth are triangular and oblique, with serrated edges; the upper teeth are stouter than the lower teeth. The five pairs of gill slits are short, measuring less a third the length of the first dorsal fin base.[6][8]

Blacknose Shark, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, August 31, 2016.
Blacknose Shark, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

The first dorsal fin is small and somewhat sickle-shaped, with a pointed apex and a short, free, rear tip; its origin lies over the free rear tips of the pectoral fins. The second dorsal fin is relatively large, though still less than half the height of the first. No ridge is seen between the dorsal fins.

The pectoral fins are short and tapered.[8]The body is covered with overlapping dermal denticles that bear five to seven longitudinal ridges (three in very young individuals) leading to three to five marginal teeth.[6]

Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, July 7, 2018.
Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, July 7, 2018.

The coloration is yellowish to greenish-gray or brown above and white to yellow below. A distinctive dark blotch at the tip of the snout is most obvious in young sharks. The tips of the second dorsal fin, upper caudal fin lobe, and sometimes the lower caudal fin lobe, are dark.

Blacknose sharks are typically 1.3–1.4 m (4.3–4.6 ft) long and 10 kg (22 lb) in weight.[2][8] The maximum length and weight of record is 2.0 m (6.6 ft) and 18.9 kg (42 lb), respectively.[9]

Blacknose Shark, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, July 29, 2016.
Blacknose Shark, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, July 29, 2016.

A small, fast-swimming predator, the blacknose shark feeds primarily on small, bony fishes, including pinfishcroakersporgiesanchoviesspiny boxfish, and porcupinefish, as well as on octopus and other cephalopods.[6]

When competing for bait, their speed allows them to snatch food from larger sharks such as the Caribbean reef shark (C. perezi).[10][11]

Blacknose Shark, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, July 18, 2016.
Blacknose Shark, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, July 18, 2016.

This species may form large schools that are sometimes associated with anchovies and mullet.[6] Blacknose sharks demonstrate a high degree of philopatry: both juveniles and adults have been documented returning to the same local area year after year.[12]

Blacknose sharks are preyed upon by larger sharks,[6] and captives have been observed to perform an apparent threat display towards encroaching divers or newly introduced members of their species. The display consists of the shark hunching its back, lowering its pectoral fins, gaping its jaws, and swimming with an exaggerated side-to-side motion.[2][13]

Blacknose Shark, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, July 16, 2016.
Blacknose Shark, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Known parasites of this species include the copepods Nesippus orientalisPerissopus dentatusPandarus sinuatusKroyeria sphyrnaeNemesis atlantica, and Eudactylina spinifera,[14] as well as tapeworms in the genera Paraorygmatobothrium and Platybothrium.[15][16]

As in other requiem sharks, the blacknose shark is viviparous: after the developing embryos exhaust their supply of yolk, the empty yolk sac develops into a placental connection through which the mother provides nourishment.

Blacknose Shark, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, July 12, 2016.
Blacknose Shark, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

Off the United States, males are thought to reproduce every year, while females reproduce every other year.[17] However, off northeastern Brazil, the female reproductive cycle is short enough to occur annually.[1][18]

Vitellogenesis (the formation of yolk within the ovary) occurs in the late summer, and is immediately followed by mating and fertilization in the fall, with the young being born the following spring to summer.[6] The seasonality of these events means the reproductive cycle is offset by six months between populations in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

Man Bites Shark, Blacknose Sharks, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, June 28, 2016.
Man Bites Shark, Blacknose Sharks, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, June 28, 2016.

The gestation period has been variously estimated at eight months off northeastern Brazil and 9–11 months off the southeastern United States.[18]

Females typically give birth to litters of one to six pups in shallow nursery areas, such as coastal bays or mangrove swamps;[1][19] one known nursery area is Bulls Bay off South Carolina.[6] There is no relationship between female size and the number of young.[7] The newborns measure 38–50 cm (15–20 in) long.[2]

Blacknose Shark, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, June 3, 2016.
Blacknose Shark, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, June 3, 2016.

Female blacknose sharks grow more slowly, attain a larger ultimate size, and have a longer lifespan than males. In addition, Gulf of Mexico sharks are slower-growing and longer-lived than those from the South Atlantic Bight.[20]

In the South Atlantic Bight, both sexes mature at a fork length (from snout tip to caudal fin fork) of around 90 cm (3.0 ft), corresponding to ages of 4.3 years for males and 4.5 years for females. In the Gulf of Mexico, both sexes mature at a fork length of around 85 cm (2.79 ft), corresponding to ages of 5.4 years for males and 6.6 years for females.[7] The maximum lifespan has been calculated as 19 years in South Atlantic Bight and 16.5 years in the Gulf of Mexico.[1]

Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, May 22, 2016.
Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, May 22, 2016.

The blacknose shark has never been implicated in an attack on humans. However, caution should be exercised if it begins to perform a threat display.[19]

This species is regarded as a game fish and offers a respectable fight on light tackle (a more delicate fishing line).[6] It is also of regional commercial importance, being taken intentionally and as bycatch via gillnets and surface longlines across its range, most significantly off southwestern FloridaVenezuela, and Brazil; the meat is sold dried and salted.

Blacknose Shark, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, May 19, 2016.
Blacknose Shark, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, May 19, 2016.

Large numbers of blacknose sharks are also caught incidentally by shrimp trawlers, which may pose a greater threat to its population, as many of the sharks taken are immature.[1][2]

Off the United States, the fishing of the blacknose shark is regulated by the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service 1993 Fisheries Management Plan (FMP) for Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico sharks.

Blacknose Shark , Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, May 16, 2016.
Blacknose Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, May 16, 2016.

For the purposes of commercial quotas and bag limits, the blacknose shark is classified within the “small coastal shark” (SCS) complex.[7] From 1999 to 2005, an average of 27,484 blacknose sharks (62 metric tons) were caught each year off the United States.

Recent stock assessments conducted by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have determined the populations of this species have become overfished in both the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico.

Blacknose Shark, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, April 7, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Blacknose Shark, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, April 7, 2016, ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

In 2009, the NOAA proposed instituting a separate quota for blacknose sharks of 6,065 sharks per year, and a ban on using gill nets to catch sharks in the Atlantic.[21]

By contrast, blacknose shark stocks off northern Brazil appear to be stable, while no fishery data are available from the Caribbean. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has assessed this species as Near Threatened globally.[1]  Please see the source and more information here.

Blacknose Shark, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, April 3, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Blacknose Shark, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, April 3, 2016, ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

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Blacknose Shark, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, March 29, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
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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.

Blacknose Reef Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, March 28, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Blacknose Reef Shark, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, March 28, 2016, ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

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