Author Archives: Charlie & Tim Landon

Captiva Fishing: False Albacore Tuna, November 28!

Sanibel Fishing Charters, November 28, 2020: False Albacore Tuna, Catch & Release!

Red Tide/Algae & Daily Salt Water Quality Update Here.
Blue-Green Algae & Daily Fresh Water Quality Update Here.
Captiva Fishing: Please Click For Rates & To Book A Captiva Fishing Charter Or Call 239-472-8658.
False Albacore Tuna, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, November 28, 2020.
False Albacore Tuna, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, November 28, 2020.
False Albacore Tuna, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, November 27, 2020.
False Albacore Tuna, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, November 27, 2020.
False Albacore Tuna, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, November 21, 2020.
False Albacore Tuna, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, November 21, 2020.
False Albacore Tuna, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
False Albacore Tuna, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
False Albacore Tuna, Bonito, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, May 22, 2020.
False Albacore Tuna, Bonito, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, May 22, 2020.
False Albacore, 5-20-2020
False Albacore Tuna, Bonito, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
False Albacore, Bonito, Bonita,Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, March 8, 2019.
False Albacore, Bonito, Bonita,Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, March 8, 2019.
Charlie, False Albacore Tuna, Chasing Threadfin Schools, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 19, 2017.
Charlie, False Albacore Tuna, Chasing Threadfin Schools, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 19, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing Charters, November 27, 2020: False Albacore Tuna, Catch & Release!

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Sanibel Island Fishing, November 28, 2020.
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Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Saturday, November 28, 2020: False Albacore Tuna, Catch & Release, Captain Joe’s Charters – the weather is great – no Red Tide presence, and a lot of good fish in the gulf, bay, and passes; Sharks, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Snook, and Seatrout are currently present.

Redfish & snook are regulated as catch & release at this time.

Already seeing some positive impact.  Some very nice big redfish and snook around, more big redfish than snook.

The Caloosahatchee freshwater releases are also not an issue right now, but still a huge 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.

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

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

False Albacore Tuna Fishing, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 19, 2017, [File Photo: Thursday, July 6, 2017].
False Albacore Tuna Fishing, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 19, 2017, [File Photo: Thursday, July 6, 2017].
Blind Pass is one of the best shelling spots in Florida. Its waters yield seashells that inhabit both the bay and gulf in one consolidated location.

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.

Bonita, False Albacore Tuna, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, August 23, 2016.
Bonita, False Albacore Tuna, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

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False Albacore Tuna, Bonita, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, 10-25-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
False Albacore Tuna, Bonita, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, 10-25-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

Captiva Fishing: False Albacore Tuna, November 27!

Sanibel Fishing Charters, November 27, 2020: False Albacore Tuna, Catch & Release!

Red Tide/Algae & Daily Salt Water Quality Update Here.
Blue-Green Algae & Daily Fresh Water Quality Update Here.
Captiva Fishing: Please Click For Rates & To Book A Captiva Fishing Charter Or Call 239-472-8658.
False Albacore Tuna, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, November 27, 2020.
False Albacore Tuna, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, November 27, 2020.
False Albacore Tuna, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, November 21, 2020.
False Albacore Tuna, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, November 21, 2020.
False Albacore Tuna, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
False Albacore Tuna, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
False Albacore Tuna, Bonito, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, May 22, 2020.
False Albacore Tuna, Bonito, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, May 22, 2020.
False Albacore, 5-20-2020
False Albacore Tuna, Bonito, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
False Albacore, Bonito, Bonita,Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, March 8, 2019.
False Albacore, Bonito, Bonita,Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, March 8, 2019.
Charlie, False Albacore Tuna, Chasing Threadfin Schools, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 19, 2017.
Charlie, False Albacore Tuna, Chasing Threadfin Schools, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 19, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing Charters, November 27, 2020: False Albacore Tuna, Catch & Release!

Please Click To Rent Homes Direct From Captiva Homeowners; No VRBO Booking Fees.
Sanibel Island Fishing, November 27, 2020.
Vote Water! Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island.

Vote Water For Florida’s Future!

Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Friday, November 27, 2020: False Albacore Tuna, Catch & Release, Captain Joe’s Charters – the weather is great – no Red Tide presence, and a lot of good fish in the gulf, bay, and passes; Sharks, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Snook, and Seatrout are currently present.

Redfish & snook are regulated as catch & release at this time.

Already seeing some positive impact.  Some very nice big redfish and snook around, more big redfish than snook.

The Caloosahatchee freshwater releases are also not an issue right now, but still a huge 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.

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

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

False Albacore Tuna Fishing, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 19, 2017, [File Photo: Thursday, July 6, 2017].
False Albacore Tuna Fishing, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, October 19, 2017, [File Photo: Thursday, July 6, 2017].
Blind Pass is one of the best shelling spots in Florida. Its waters yield seashells that inhabit both the bay and gulf in one consolidated location.

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.

Bonita, False Albacore Tuna, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, August 23, 2016.
Bonita, False Albacore Tuna, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

Please click calendar at upper right or call 239-472-8658 to book a charter.

And you can like us on Facebook.

Fair winds and following seas,

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.

False Albacore Tuna, Bonita, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, 10-25-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
False Albacore Tuna, Bonita, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, 10-25-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

Captiva Fishing, Redfish, November 26!

Sanibel Fishing Charters, November 26, 2020: Redfish, Catch & Release!

Red Tide/Algae & Daily Salt Water Quality Update Here.
Blue-Green Algae & Daily Fresh Water Quality Update Here.
Captiva Fishing: Please Click For Rates & To Book A Captiva Fishing Charter Or Call 239-472-8658.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, November 26, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, November 26, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, November 14, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, November 14, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, November 5, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, November 5, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, November 2, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, November 2, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, October 19, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, October 19, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, October 5, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, October 5, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, May 3, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, May 3, 2020.
Redfish, Captiva Fishing Report: Sunday, April 26, 2020.
Redfish, Captiva Fishing Report: Sunday, April 26, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, January 27, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, January 27, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, December 26, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, December 26, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, December 13, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, December 13, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, December 5, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, December 5, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, November 3, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, November 3, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, October 13, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, October 13, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, September 14, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, September 14, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, June 18, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, June 18, 2019.
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 in that area. Source: FWC.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, November 26, 2020

Please Click To Rent Homes Direct From Captiva Homeowners; No VRBO Booking Fees.
Vote Water! Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island.

Vote Water For Florida’s Future!

Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Thursday, November 26, 2020: Redfish, Catch & Release, Captain Joe’s Charters – the weather is great – no Red Tide presence, and a lot of good fish in the gulf, bay, and passes; Sharks, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Snook, and Seatrout are currently present.

Redfish & snook are regulated as catch & release at this time.

Already seeing some positive impact.  Some very nice big redfish and big snook around. Trout are also coming back.

The Caloosahatchee freshwater releases are also not an issue right now, but still a huge 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.

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

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

Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monay, December 24, 2018.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, December 24, 2018.
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, September 12, Catch & Release.  Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.

Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, September 16, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, September 16, 2019.

Redfish 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.

Redfish, Clark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, October 4, 2019.
Redfish, Clark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, October 4, 2019.

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.

Two Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
Two Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

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

 

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.

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
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, February 24, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, February 24, 2019.

Red Drum Management Zones

  • 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.

Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, June 22, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, June 22, 2019.

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, 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.

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.

Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, October 27, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, October 27, 2019.

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.

Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, September 11, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, September 11, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, January 11, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, January 11, 2020.

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, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, December 7, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, December 7, 2019.

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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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Fair winds and following seas,

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

Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, October 7, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, October 7, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, October 11, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, October 11, 2019.

 

Captiva Fishing, Blacktip Shark, November 25!

Sanibel Fishing Charters, November 25, 2020: Blacktip Shark, Catch & Release!

Red Tide/Algae & Daily Salt Water Quality Update Here.
Blue-Green Algae & Daily Fresh Water Quality Update Here.
Captiva Fishing: Please Click For Rates & To Book A Captiva Fishing Charter Or Call 239-472-8658.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, November 25, 2020.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, November 25, 2020.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, October 30, 2020.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, October 30, 2020.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, October 10, 2020.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, October 10, 2020.
Big Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, June 25, 2020.
Big Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, June 25, 2020.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, June 14, 2020.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, June 14, 2020.
Blacktip Sharks, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, March 27, 2020.
Blacktip Sharks, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, March 27, 2020.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, February 12, 2020.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, February 12, 2020.
Blacktip Sharks, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, February 8, 2020.
Blacktip Sharks, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, February 8, 2020.
Blacktip Sharks, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, October 17, 2019.
Blacktip Sharks, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, October 17, 2019.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, August 1, 2019.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, June 21, 2019.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, June 21, 2019.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, April 28, 2019.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, April 28, 2019.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, November 25, 2020

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Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Wednesday, November 25, 2020: Blacktip Sharks, Catch & Release, Captain Joe’s Charters – the weather is great – no Red Tide presence, and a lot of good fish in the gulf, bay, and passes; Sharks, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Snook, and Seatrout are currently present.

Redfish & snook are regulated as catch & release at this time.

Some very nice big redfish and big snook around. Trout are also coming back.

The Caloosahatchee freshwater releases are also not an issue right now, but still a huge 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.

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

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

Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, April 17, 2019.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

September 3, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters: Blacktip Sharks, Catch & Release.  Please also visit the SanibelFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites. 

Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, March 17, 2019.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, March 17, 2019.

Captiva Fishing Charters

September 3, fishing is very good right now; 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.

Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, April 3, 2019.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

Tarpon, snook, redfish & seatrout fishing; we’re located in Castaways Marina, Santiva, Sanibel Island, just before the Blind Pass bridge to Captiva Island.

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Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, May 11, 2019.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, May 11, 2019.

“The blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) is a species of requiem shark, and part of the family Carcharhinidae. It is common to coastal tropical and subtropical waters around the world, including brackish habitats. Genetic analyses have revealed substantial variation within this species, with populations from the western Atlantic Ocean isolated and distinct from those in the rest of its range.

Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, March 22, 2019.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, March 22, 2019.

The blacktip shark has a stout, fusiform body with a pointed snout, long gill slits, and no ridge between the dorsal fins. Most individuals have black tips or edges on the pectoral, dorsal, pelvic, and caudal fins. It usually attains a length of 1.5 m (4.9 ft).

Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, March 28, 2019.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Swift, energetic piscivores, blacktip sharks are known to make spinning leaps out of the water while attacking schools of small fish. Their demeanor has been described as “timid” compared to other large requiem sharks. Both juveniles and adults form groups of varying size. Like other members of its family, the blacktip shark is viviparous; females bear one to 10 pups every other year.

Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

Young blacktip sharks spend the first months of their lives in shallow nurseries, and grown females return to the nurseries where they were born to give birth themselves. In the absence of males, females are also capable of asexual reproduction.

Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, March 25, 2019.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, March 25, 2019.

Normally wary of humans, blacktip sharks can become aggressive in the presence of food and have been responsible for a number of attacks on people. This species is of importance to both commercial and recreational fisheries across many parts of its range, with its meat, skin, fins, and liver oil used. It has been assessed as Near Threatened by the IUCN, on the basis of its low reproductive rate and high value to fishers.”  Please see more information here.

Blacktip shark, picture from http://www.captainmikeholliday.com/fish.php
Blacktip shark, picture from http://www.captainmikeholliday.com/fish.php

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

“Blacktip Shark: Carcharhinus limbatus

Appearance:

  • Back is dark bluish-gray (juveniles paler) fading to a whitish belly
  • Anal fin lacks black tip (in adults); dorsal fins, pectoral fins, anal fin and caudal fin lower lobe are black-tipped in juveniles (fades with growth)
  • First dorsal fin starts above pectoral fin inner margin
  • Long snout that appears nearly V-shaped from below
  • No inter-dorsal ridge

Similar Species: Spinner shark, C. brevipinna (first dorsal fin starts behind the pectoral fin; anal fin is black-tipped)

Size: Up to 6.5 feet

Blacktip Sharks, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, July 26, 2018.
Blacktip Sharks, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, July 26, 2018.

Habitat:

Coastal to offshore waters. Blacktips often come inshore in large schools, particularly in association with Spanish mackerel. Frequently, the most common shark in clear-water cuts and along beaches in Florida and Bahamas.

Behavior:

One of the most common shark species in Florida coastal waters

Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, June 17, 2019.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, June 17, 2019.

Additional Information

State Record: 152 lbs.

Fishing Tips and Facts: Blacktip sharks are sometimes caught by sport fishers off the beach or offshore. They provide a good fight, often leaping out of the water.”

Recreational Regulations here.  Please see source & more information here.

Captiva Fishing, Blacktip Shark 4-2-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Captiva Fishing, Blacktip Shark 4-2-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658 and here for Live Sanibel Traffic Cams.  Monday, July 9, Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Captain Joe’s Charters, Blacktip Sharks, Catch & Release, click here for College Of Fishing Hats & Apparel.

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

Big Blacktip Sharks Stealing The Tarpon Bait, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, July 1, 2017.
Big Blacktip Sharks Stealing The Tarpon Bait, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Saturday, July 1, 2017.

After a fierce storm, Turner Beach, the beach adjoining the Pass, is frequently covered with a bounty of shells from Olives to Fighting Whelks to the more common Conchs. The fishing is also renowned 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.

Big Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island,Thursday, June 29, 2017.
Big Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, June 29, 2017.

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Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, April 1, 2019.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, April 1, 2019.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

 

Captiva Fishing, Redfish, November 24!

Sanibel Fishing Charters, November 24, 2020: Redfish, Catch & Release!

Red Tide/Algae & Daily Salt Water Quality Update Here.
Blue-Green Algae & Daily Fresh Water Quality Update Here.
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Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, November 24, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, November 24, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, November 26, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, November 26, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, November 14, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, November 14, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, November 5, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, November 5, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, November 2, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, November 2, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, October 19, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, October 19, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, October 5, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, October 5, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, May 3, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, May 3, 2020.
Redfish, Captiva Fishing Report: Sunday, April 26, 2020.
Redfish, Captiva Fishing Report: Sunday, April 26, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, January 27, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, January 27, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, December 26, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, December 26, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, December 13, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, December 13, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, December 5, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, December 5, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, November 3, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, November 3, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, October 13, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, October 13, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, September 14, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, September 14, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, June 18, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, June 18, 2019.
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 in that area. Source: FWC.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, November 24, 2020

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Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Tuesday, November 24, 2020: Redfish, Catch & Release, Captain Joe’s Charters – the weather is great – no Red Tide presence, and a lot of good fish in the gulf, bay, and passes; Sharks, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Snook, and Seatrout are currently present.

Redfish & snook are regulated as catch & release at this time.

Already seeing some positive impact.  Some very nice big redfish and big snook around. Trout are also coming back.

The Caloosahatchee freshwater releases are also not an issue right now, but still a huge 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.

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

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

Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monay, December 24, 2018.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, December 24, 2018.
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, September 12, Catch & Release.  Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.

Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, September 16, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, September 16, 2019.

Redfish 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.

Redfish, Clark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, October 4, 2019.
Redfish, Clark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, October 4, 2019.

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.

Two Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
Two Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

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

 

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.

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
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, February 24, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, February 24, 2019.

Red Drum Management Zones

  • 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.

Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, June 22, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, June 22, 2019.

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, 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.

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.

Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, October 27, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, October 27, 2019.

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.

Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, September 11, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, September 11, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, January 11, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, January 11, 2020.

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, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, December 7, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, December 7, 2019.

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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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Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, October 7, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, October 7, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, October 11, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, October 11, 2019.

 

Captiva Fishing, Snook, November 22!

Sanibel Fishing Charters, November 22, 2020: Snook, Catch & Release!

Red Tide/Algae & Daily Salt Water Quality Update Here.
Blue-Green Algae & Daily Fresh Water Quality Update Here.
Captiva Fishing: Please Click For Rates & To Book A Captiva Fishing Charter Or Call 239-472-8658.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, November 22, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, November 22, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, November 13, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, November 13, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, November 7, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, November 7, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, November 4, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, November 4, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, November 1, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, November 1, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, October 25, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, October 25, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, October 18, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, October 18, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, October 8, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, October 8, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, October 6, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, October 6, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, October 3, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, October 3, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, August 1, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, August 1, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, July 9, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, July 9, 2020.
SeaTrout, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, June 28, 2020.
SeaTrout, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, June 28, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, June 10, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, June 10, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, June 8, 2020.