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Captiva Fishing, SeaTrout, November 15!

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SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 15, 2018.
SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 15, 2018.
SeaTrout, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, October 15, 2018.
SeaTrout, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, October 15, 2018.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, November 15, 2018: SeaTrout, Catch & Release!

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Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Thursday, November 15: SeaTrout, Catch & Release, Captain Joe’s Charters; water is much, much better – red tide appears to be gone, a lot of small snapper, snook, seatrout, and ladyfish have moved in – 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.

Snapper & Seatrout, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Sunday, October 14, 2018.
Snapper & Seatrout, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Sunday, October 14, 2018.

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

Thursday, November 15, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters: Snapper, Catch & Release.  Please also visit the SanibelFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites. 

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.

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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.

 

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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.

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Spotted Seatrout

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

Spotted Seatrout: Cynoscion nebulosus

Florida Regulations:

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

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

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

Spotted Seatrout Management Zones:

 SpottedSeatroutZoneMap.jpg

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

State Waters Harvest Seasons

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

Habitat and Fishing Tips:

Seatrout 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.

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

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

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, 6-30-15, Sea Trout 2, Grass Flats ~ #Sanibel #Captiva
Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, 6-30-15, Sea Trout 2, Grass Flats ~ #Sanibel #Captiva

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

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, Redfish, November 6!

Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, November 14, 2018.
Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, November 14, 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, 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.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, November 14, 2018: Redfish, Catch & Release Only!

Current Red Tide & Water Quality Update Here; Getting Clearer (Page Down For Detail On Sampling & Location Table).
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Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Wednesday November 14: 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, November 14, 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.

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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.

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

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

Captiva Fishing, Snook, November 13!

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.
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, Sunday, November 11, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, November 11, 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, November 13, 2018: Snook, Catch & Release!

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Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, November 11, 2018.
Vote Water! Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island.
Vote Water! Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island.

Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Tuesday, November 13: 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.

Tuesday, November 13, 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 Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, April 6, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, April 6, 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.

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Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

Snook

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

License Requirements:  Snook permit and recreational fishing license

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

Florida Regulations:

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

Snook, 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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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, Jack Crevalle, November 12!

Jack Crevalle, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 12, 2018.
Jack Crevalle, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 12, 2018.
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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Jack Crevalle, Jimmy Burnsed, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 8, 2018.
Jack Crevalle, Jimmy Burnsed, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 8, 2018.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, November 12, 2018: Jack Crevalle, 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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Vote Water! Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island.
Vote Water! Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island.

Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Monday, November 12: Jack Crevalle, Catch & Release, Captain Joe’s Charters – red tide is gone around Sanibel & Captiva 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.

Jack Crevalle, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, August 8, 2018.
Jack Crevalle, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

Jack Crevalle, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, November 12, 2018. Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.

Jack Crevalle, Inshore, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, May 19, 2018.
Jack Crevalle, Inshore, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, May 19, 2018.

Captiva Fishing Charters

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.

Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, March 25, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, March 25, 2016.

“The crevalle jack (Caranx hippos), also known as the common jackblack-tailed trevallycouvalli jackblack cavallijack crevale or yellow cavalli, is a common species of large marine fish classified within the jack family, Carangidae.

The crevalle jack is distributed across the tropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic Ocean, ranging from Nova Scotia, Canada to Uruguay in the west Atlantic and Portugal to Angola in the east Atlantic, including the Mediterranean Sea.

Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, 11-17-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, 11-17-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

It is distinguishable from similar species by its deep body, fin coloration and a host of more detailed anatomical features, including fin ray and lateral line scale counts. It is one of the largest fish in the genus Caranx, growing to a maximum known length of 124 cm and a weight of 32 kg, although is rare at lengths greater than 60 cm.

The crevalle jack inhabits both inshore and offshore waters to depths of around 350 m, predominantly over reefs, bays, lagoons and occasionally estuaries.

Captiva Fishing, Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service. Friday, September 15, 2017. File Photo.
Captiva Fishing, Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service. Friday, September 15, 2017. File Photo.

Young fish dispersed north by currents in the eastern Atlantic are known to migrate back to more tropical waters before the onset of winter; however, if the fish fail to migrate, mass mortalities occur as the temperature falls below the species’ tolerance limits.

The crevalle jack is a powerful, predatory fish, with extensive studies showing the species consumes a variety of small fish, with invertebrates such as prawnsshrimpscrabsmollusks, and cephalopods also of minor importance. Dietary shifts with both age, location and season have been demonstrated, which led some researchers to postulate the species is indiscriminate in its feeding habits.

Jack, 4-3-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Jack, 4-3-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

The crevalle jack reaches maturity at 55 cm in males and 66 cm in females, with spawning taking place year round, although peaks in activity have been documented in several sites. The larval and juvenile growth has been extensively studied, with the oldest known individual 17 years of age.

The crevalle jack is an important species to commercial fisheries throughout its range, with annual catches ranging between 1,000 and 30,000 tonnes over its entire range. It is taken by a variety of netting methods, including purse nets, seines, and gill nets, as well as hook-and-line methods.

Jack Crevalle Are Running Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, September 1, 2017. File Photo.
Jack Crevalle Are Running Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, September 1, 2017. File Photo.

The crevalle jack is also a revered gamefish, taken both by lures and bait. The species is considered of good to poor quality table fare, and is sold fresh, frozen, or preserved, or as fishmeal or oil at market.

The crevalle jack is closely related to both the Pacific crevalle jack and the longfin crevalle jack, the latter of which has been extensively confused with the true crevalle jack until recently.

Jack Crevalle, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, August 18, 2018.
Jack Crevalle, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, August 18, 2018.

The crevalle jack is a popular and highly regarded gamefish throughout its range, with the recreational catch of the species often exceeding commercial catches. The only amateur catch data available are from the US, which has an annual catch of around 400 to 1,000 tonnes per year.[2]

In Trinidad, the species is the basis for several fishing tournaments.[36] Crevalle jack are targeted from boats, as well as from piers and rock walls by land-based anglers.[41] Fishermen often target regions where depth suddenly changes, such as channels, holes, reefs or ledges, with strong currents and eddies favorable.[42]

Big Jack Crevalle, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, September 24, 2017. [Wednesday, August 30, 2017. File Photo.]
Big Jack Crevalle, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, September 24, 2017. [Wednesday, August 30, 2017. File Photo.]
The fish take both live and cut baits, as well as a variety of artificial lures; however, when the fish are in feeding mode, they rarely refuse anything they are offered. Popular baits include both live fish, such as mullet and menhaden, as well as dead or strip baits consisting of fish, squid or prawns.

Crevalle jack readily accept any style of lure, including hard-bodied spoons, jigs, plugs, and poppers, as well as flies and soft rubber lures.[42] There is some evidence based on long-term observations that the species favors yellow lures over all others.[42] Tackle is often kept quite light, but heavy monofilament leaders are employed to prevent the fish’s teeth from abrading the line.[42]

Jack Crevalle Are Running Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, September 1, 2017. File Photo.
Jack Crevalle Are Running Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, September 1, 2017. File Photo.

Crevalle jack are generally considered quite poor table fare, with the selection of younger fish and bleeding upon capture giving the best results. The flesh is very red and dark due to the red muscle of the fish, which makes it somewhat coarse and poor tasting.[9]

When pulled from the water, this fish snorts in what many people describe as “a pig-like” fashion. The crevalle jack has been implicated in several cases of ciguatera poisoning, although appears less likely to be a carrier than the horse-eye jack.[43]”   Please see more information here.

Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, September 1, 2017.
Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, September 1, 2017.

Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658 and here for Live Sanibel Traffic Cams.  Sunday, June 17, Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Jack Crevalle, Passes & Oyster Bars, click here for College Of Fishing Hats & Apparel.

Jack Crevalle, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, May 19, 2018.
Jack Crevalle, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, May 19, 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.

Big Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island,Tuesday, May 9, 2017.
Big Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

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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.

Captiva Fishing, Jack Crevalle, 3-22-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Captiva Fishing, Jack Crevalle, 3-22-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

Captiva Fishing, Snook, November 11!

Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, November 11, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, November 11, 2018.
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.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, November 7, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, November 7, 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, November 11, 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.
Live Weather Cams Here.
Please Click To Rent Homes Direct From Captiva Homeowners; No VRBO Booking Fees.
Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, November 11, 2018.
Vote Water! Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island.
Vote Water! Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island.

Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Sunday, November 11: 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.

Sunday, November 11, 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.

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Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, April 6, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, April 6, 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.

SnookCommonDRP.jpg

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, Jack Crevalle, November 8!

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Jack Crevalle, Jimmy Burnsed, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 8, 2018.
Jack Crevalle, Jimmy Burnsed, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 8, 2018.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, November 8, 2018: Jack Crevalle, Catch & Release!

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Vote Water! Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island.
Vote Water! Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island.

Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Thursday, November 8: Jack Crevalle, Catch & Release, Captain Joe’s Charters – red tide is gone around Sanibel & Captiva 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.

Jack Crevalle, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, August 8, 2018.
Jack Crevalle, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

Jack Crevalle, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 8, 2018. Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.

Jack Crevalle, Inshore, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, May 19, 2018.
Jack Crevalle, Inshore, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, May 19, 2018.

Captiva Fishing Charters

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.

Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, March 25, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, March 25, 2016.

“The crevalle jack (Caranx hippos), also known as the common jackblack-tailed trevallycouvalli jackblack cavallijack crevale or yellow cavalli, is a common species of large marine fish classified within the jack family, Carangidae.

The crevalle jack is distributed across the tropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic Ocean, ranging from Nova Scotia, Canada to Uruguay in the west Atlantic and Portugal to Angola in the east Atlantic, including the Mediterranean Sea.

Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, 11-17-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, 11-17-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

It is distinguishable from similar species by its deep body, fin coloration and a host of more detailed anatomical features, including fin ray and lateral line scale counts. It is one of the largest fish in the genus Caranx, growing to a maximum known length of 124 cm and a weight of 32 kg, although is rare at lengths greater than 60 cm.

The crevalle jack inhabits both inshore and offshore waters to depths of around 350 m, predominantly over reefs, bays, lagoons and occasionally estuaries.

Captiva Fishing, Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service. Friday, September 15, 2017. File Photo.
Captiva Fishing, Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service. Friday, September 15, 2017. File Photo.

Young fish dispersed north by currents in the eastern Atlantic are known to migrate back to more tropical waters before the onset of winter; however, if the fish fail to migrate, mass mortalities occur as the temperature falls below the species’ tolerance limits.

The crevalle jack is a powerful, predatory fish, with extensive studies showing the species consumes a variety of small fish, with invertebrates such as prawnsshrimpscrabsmollusks, and cephalopods also of minor importance. Dietary shifts with both age, location and season have been demonstrated, which led some researchers to postulate the species is indiscriminate in its feeding habits.

Jack, 4-3-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Jack, 4-3-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

The crevalle jack reaches maturity at 55 cm in males and 66 cm in females, with spawning taking place year round, although peaks in activity have been documented in several sites. The larval and juvenile growth has been extensively studied, with the oldest known individual 17 years of age.

The crevalle jack is an important species to commercial fisheries throughout its range, with annual catches ranging between 1,000 and 30,000 tonnes over its entire range. It is taken by a variety of netting methods, including purse nets, seines, and gill nets, as well as hook-and-line methods.

Jack Crevalle Are Running Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, September 1, 2017. File Photo.
Jack Crevalle Are Running Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, September 1, 2017. File Photo.

The crevalle jack is also a revered gamefish, taken both by lures and bait. The species is considered of good to poor quality table fare, and is sold fresh, frozen, or preserved, or as fishmeal or oil at market.

The crevalle jack is closely related to both the Pacific crevalle jack and the longfin crevalle jack, the latter of which has been extensively confused with the true crevalle jack until recently.

Jack Crevalle, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, August 18, 2018.
Jack Crevalle, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, August 18, 2018.

The crevalle jack is a popular and highly regarded gamefish throughout its range, with the recreational catch of the species often exceeding commercial catches. The only amateur catch data available are from the US, which has an annual catch of around 400 to 1,000 tonnes per year.[2]

In Trinidad, the species is the basis for several fishing tournaments.[36] Crevalle jack are targeted from boats, as well as from piers and rock walls by land-based anglers.[41] Fishermen often target regions where depth suddenly changes, such as channels, holes, reefs or ledges, with strong currents and eddies favorable.[42]

Big Jack Crevalle, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, September 24, 2017. [Wednesday, August 30, 2017. File Photo.]
Big Jack Crevalle, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, September 24, 2017. [Wednesday, August 30, 2017. File Photo.]
The fish take both live and cut baits, as well as a variety of artificial lures; however, when the fish are in feeding mode, they rarely refuse anything they are offered. Popular baits include both live fish, such as mullet and menhaden, as well as dead or strip baits consisting of fish, squid or prawns.

Crevalle jack readily accept any style of lure, including hard-bodied spoons, jigs, plugs, and poppers, as well as flies and soft rubber lures.[42] There is some evidence based on long-term observations that the species favors yellow lures over all others.[42] Tackle is often kept quite light, but heavy monofilament leaders are employed to prevent the fish’s teeth from abrading the line.[42]

Jack Crevalle Are Running Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, September 1, 2017. File Photo.
Jack Crevalle Are Running Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, September 1, 2017. File Photo.

Crevalle jack are generally considered quite poor table fare, with the selection of younger fish and bleeding upon capture giving the best results. The flesh is very red and dark due to the red muscle of the fish, which makes it somewhat coarse and poor tasting.[9]

When pulled from the water, this fish snorts in what many people describe as “a pig-like” fashion. The crevalle jack has been implicated in several cases of ciguatera poisoning, although appears less likely to be a carrier than the horse-eye jack.[43]”   Please see more information here.

Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, September 1, 2017.
Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, September 1, 2017.

Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658 and here for Live Sanibel Traffic Cams.  Sunday, June 17, Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Jack Crevalle, Passes & Oyster Bars, click here for College Of Fishing Hats & Apparel.

Jack Crevalle, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, May 19, 2018.
Jack Crevalle, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, May 19, 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.

Big Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island,Tuesday, May 9, 2017.
Big Jack Crevalle, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

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Captiva Fishing, Jack Crevalle, 3-22-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Captiva Fishing, Jack Crevalle, 3-22-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

Captiva Fishing, Snook, November 7!

Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, November 7, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, November 7, 2018.
Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, November 2, 2018.
Snook, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, November 2, 2018.
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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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.
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, November 7, 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, November 5, 2018.
Vote Water! Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island.
Vote Water! Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island.

Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Wednesday, November 7: 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.

Wednesday, November 7, 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 Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, April 6, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, April 6, 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.

Two Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, August 17, 2018.
Two Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, August 17, 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, Drifting Blind Pass, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, July 25, 2016.
Snook, Drifting Blind Pass, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, July 25, 2016.

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.

SnookCommonDRP.jpg

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, Redfish, November 6!

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.
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.

 

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.
Current Red Tide & Water Quality Update Here; Getting Clearer (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.
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, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, October 2, 2018.