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Captiva Fishing, Blacktip Sharks, June 2!

Sanibel Fishing Charters, June 2, 2020: Blacktip Shark, Catch & Release!

Current Red Tide & Water Quality Update Here.
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Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday June 2, 2020.
Blacktip Shark, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, June 2, 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, June 2, 2020

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Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Tuesday, June 2, 2020: Blacktip Sharks, Catch & Release, Captain Joe’s Charters – the weather is great – a lot of tarpon around – 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.

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

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, June 1!

Sanibel Fishing Charters, June 1, 2020: Redfish, Catch & Release!

Current Red Tide & 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, Monday June 1, 2020.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday June 1, 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, June 1, 2020

Please Click To Rent Homes Direct From Captiva Homeowners; No VRBO Booking Fees.
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Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Monday, June 1, 2020: Redfish, Catch & Release, Captain Joe’s Charters – the weather is great – a lot of tarpon around – 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, Tarpon, May 24!

Sanibel Fishing Charters, May 24, 2020: Tarpon, Catch & Release!

Current Red Tide & Water Quality Update Here.
Captiva Fishing: Please Click For Rates & To Book A Captiva Fishing Charter Or Call 239-472-8658.
Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, May 24, 2020.
Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, May 24, 2020.
Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, May 4, 2020.
Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, May 4, 2020.

Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, October 21, 2019.
Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, October 21, 2019.

Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, June 15, 2019.
Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, June 15, 2019.
Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, June 9, 2019.
Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, June 9, 2019.

Tarpon, Jimmy Burnsed, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, April 26, 2019.
Tarpon, Jimmy Burnsed, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, April 26, 2019.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, May 24, 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: Sunday, May 24, 2020: Stay Safe!  Tarpon, Catch & Release, Captain Joe’s Charters – tarpon 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.

Tarpon, Jimmy Burnsed, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, April 23, 2019.
Tarpon, Jimmy Burnsed, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

Turner Beach, the beach adjoining Blind 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.

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Sanibel & Captiva, Birthplace Of Big Game Fishing!

Zane Grey, Courtesy Of WGCU, Tarpon Fishing, History Of Tarpon Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Zane Grey, Courtesy Of WGCU, Tarpon Fishing, History Of Tarpon Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

Both resident tarpon and tarpon moving up from the south are in off Captiva currently. Tarpon season has begun early this year!

Jimmy, Tarpon, Boca Grande Pass, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Jimmy Burnsed, Huge Tarpon, Boca Grande Pass, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

“Tarpon are large air-breathing fish of the genus Megalops; one species is native to the Atlantic, and the other to the Indo-Pacific Seas. They are the only members of the family Megalopidae.

The two species of tarpon are Megalops atlanticus (Atlantic tarpon) and the Megalops cyprinoides (Indo-Pacific tarpon). M. atlanticus is found on the western Atlantic coast from Virginia to Brazil, throughout the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, and throughout the Caribbean. Tarpon are also found along the eastern Atlantic coast from Senegal to South Angola.[3] M. cyprinoides is found along the eastern African coast, throughout southeast AsiaJapanTahiti, and Australia.

Tarpon 3, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
Tarpon 3, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

Both species are found in both saltwater and freshwater habitats, usually ascending rivers to access freshwater marshes.[4] They are able to survive in brackish water, waters of varying pH, and habitats with low dissolved O2 content due to their swim bladders, which they use primarily to breathe.

They are also able to rise to the surface and take gulps of air, which gives them a short burst of energy.

Tarpon Jumping, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
Tarpon Jumping, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

The habitats of tarpon vary greatly with their developmental stages. Stage-one larvae are usually found in clear, warm, oceanic waters, relatively close to the surface. Stage-two and -three larvae are found in salt marshestidal poolscreeks, and rivers. The habitats are characteristically warm, shallow, dark bodies of water with sandy mud bottoms. Tarpon commonly ascend rivers into freshwater. As they progress from the juvenile stage to adulthood, they move back to the open waters of the ocean, though many remain in freshwater habitats.[5][6]

Tarpon, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, May 30, 2017.
Tarpon, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

Tarpon grow to about 4–8 ft long and weigh 60–280 lbs. They have dorsal and anal soft rays and have bluish or greenish backs. Tarpon possess shiny, silvery scales that cover most of their bodies, excluding the head. They have large eyes with adipose eyelids and broad mouths with prominent lower jaws that jut out farther than the rest of the face.[3][4][5]

Tarpon, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, August 4, 2017.
Tarpon, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, August 4, 2017.

Tarpon breed offshore in warm, isolated areas. Females have high fecundity and can lay up to 12 million eggs at once. They reach sexual maturity once they are about 75–125 cm in length. Spawning usually occurs in late spring to early summer.[5]

Their three distinct levels of development usually occur in varying habitats. The first stage, the leptocephalus stage, or stage one, is completed after 20–30 days. It takes place in clear, warm oceanic waters, usually within 10–20 m of the surface.

Tarpon Fishing, Memorial Day Weekend, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, May 28, 2017.
Tarpon Fishing, Memorial Day Weekend, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, May 28, 2017.

The leptocephalus shrinks as it develops into a larva; the most shrunken larva, stage two, develops by day 70. This is due to a negative growth phase followed by a sluggish growth phase.

By day 70, the juvenile growth phase, stage three, begins and the fish begins to rapidly grow until it reaches sexual maturity.[3][7]

Stage-one developing Megalops do not forage for food, but instead, absorb nutrients from seawater using integumentary absorption. Stage-two and -three juveniles feed primarily on zooplankton but also feed on insects and small fish.

Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

As they progress in juvenile development, especially those developing in freshwater environments, their consumption of insects, fish, crabs, and grass shrimp increases. Adults are strictly carnivorous and feed on midwater prey; they swallow their food whole and hunt nocturnally.[5][6]

Tarpon Off The Beach, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, August 26, 2016.
Tarpon Off The Beach, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, August 26, 2016.

The main predators of Megalops during stage one and early stage-two development are other fish, depending on their size. Juveniles are subject to predation by other juvenile Megalops and piscivorous birds. They are especially vulnerable to birds when they come to the surface for air, due to the rolling manner in which they move to take in the air, as well as the silver scales lining their sides.[8] Adults occasionally fall prey to sharks, porpoises, crocodiles, and alligators.

One of the unique features of Megalops is the swim bladder, which functions as a respiratory pseudo-organ. These gas structures can be used for buoyancy, as an accessory respiratory organ, or both.

Big Tarpon, Josh, Catch & Release, North Captiva, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, May 28, 2016.
Big Tarpon, Josh, Catch & Release, North Captiva, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, May 28, 2016.

In Megalops, this unpaired air-holding structure arises dorsally from the posterior pharynx. Megalops uses the swim bladder as a respiratory organ and the respiratory surface is coated with blood capillaries with a thin epithelium over the top. This is the basis of the alveolar tissue found in the swim bladder, and is believed to be one of the primary methods by which Megalops “breathes”. These fish are obligate air breathers, and if they are not allowed to access the surface, they will die. The exchange of gas occurs at the surface through a rolling motion that is commonly associated with Megalops sightings.

This “breathing” is believed to be mediated by visual cues, and the frequency of breathing is inversely correlated to the dissolved O2 content of the water in which they live.[5][9]

Tarpon In November, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, 11-5-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Tarpon In November, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, 11-5-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

Megalops is considered one of the great saltwater game fishes. They are prized not only because of their great size but also because of the fight they put up and their spectacular leaping ability. They are bony fish and their meat is not desirable, so most are released after they are caught. Numerous tournaments around the year are focused on catching tarpon.[10]

Since tarpon are not commercially valuable as a food fish, very little has been documented concerning their geographical distribution and migrations.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Big Tarpon 5, Closeup, Josh, Saturday, 6-13-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Big Tarpon 5, Closeup, Josh, Saturday, 6-13-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

They inhabit both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and their range in the eastern Atlantic has been reliably established from Senegal to the Congo.

Tarpon inhabiting the western Atlantic are principally found to populate warmer coastal waters primarily in the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, and the West Indies. Nonetheless, tarpon are regularly caught by anglers at Cape Hatteras and as far as Nova Scotia, Bermuda, and south to Argentina.

Tarpon, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, May 10, 2018.
Tarpon, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, May 10, 2018.

Scientific studies[11] indicate schools of tarpon have routinely migrated through the Panama Canal from the Atlantic to the Pacific and back for over 70 years. However, they have not been found to breed in the Pacific Ocean. Nevertheless, anecdotal evidence by tarpon fishing guides and anglers would tend to validate this notion, as over the last 60 years, many small juvenile tarpon, as well as mature giants, have been caught and documented principally on the Pacific side of Panama at the Bayano River, the Gulf of San Miguel and its tributaries, Coiba Island in the Gulf of Chiriquí, and Piñas Bay in the Gulf of Panama.

Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

Since tarpon tolerate wide ranges in salinity throughout their lives and will eat almost anything dead or alive, their migrations seemingly are only limited by water temperatures.[citation needed]

Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, March 16, 2019.
Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Tarpon prefer water temperatures of 72 to 82 °F (22 to 28 °C); below 60 °F (15.6 °C) degrees they become inactive, and temperatures under 40 °F (4.5 °C) can be lethal.”  Please see source & more information here.

Tarpon: Megalops atlanticus

Florida Regulations 

Regulations Gulf State Waters Atlantic State Waters
Minimum Size Limit No Minimum Size Limit; Tarpon over 40 inches MUST remain in the water
Daily Bag Limit Tarpon is a catch-and-release-only fishery.

One tarpon tag per person per year may be purchased when in pursuit of an International Game Fish Association (IGFA) record. Vessel, transport, and shipment limited to one fish.

 

Captiva Fishing, Tarpon, 5-10-15, Josh Schardin's Team Scallywag, 2015 "Ding Darling" & Doc Ford's Tarpon Tournament, 5-9-15.
Captiva Fishing, Tarpon, 5-10-15, Josh Schardin’s Team Scallywag, 2015 “Ding Darling” & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament, 5-9-15.

“Boca Grande Pass Regulations:

  • Fishing with gear that has a weight attached to a hook, artificial fly or lure in such a way that the weight hangs lower than the hook when the line or leader is suspended vertically from the rod is prohibited when fishing for any species year-round within Boca Grande Pass. If this gear is on board a fishing vessel while inside the boundaries of the Pass, it cannot be attached to any rod, line or leader and must be stowed. Natural bait is not considered to be a weight. If the jig fishes in an illegal manner it is prohibited.
  • Any jig that allows the attached weight to slip down the shank so that it hangs lower than the hook while the line or leader is suspended vertically from the rod is prohibited, and must be stowed so it is not readily accessible.
  • During the months of April, May, and June, no more than three fishing lines may be deployed from a vessel at any one time.
  • During the months of April, May and June, no person shall use, fish with, or place in the water any breakaway gear.

Learn more about recent regulation changes by reading our Frequently Asked Questions.

Unsure if the gear is prohibited? Call the regional office at 863-648-3200.

Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, March 15, 2019.
Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, March 15, 2019.

Map of Boca Grande Pass

Several buoys marking Boca Grande Pass were moved by the U.S. Coast Guard in 2016 to better align with the shifting channel. One buoy specifically (Flashing Red Buoy #12) was a reference point marking the boundaries of Boca Grande Pass for the purposes of specific gear restrictions. Red buoy #12 was removed and replaced with a new buoy (Charlotte Harbor Channel LB 6). This new buoy is about a quarter mile East-Southeast of the old buoy.  Please note that due to this buoy change, the boundaries of Boca Grande Pass have also changed.

Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

Gear Requirements:

  • Legal Gear: hook and line only.
  • Snagging, snatch hooking, spearing and the use of a multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead natural bait is prohibited

Tarpon handling guidelines

Tarpon is an iconic saltwater fish. When handled properly, these large fish are more likely to survive and evade predators. Follow these guidelines to ensure tarpon remains the strong and viable fishery it is today.

Tarpon, 5-29-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Tarpon, 5-29-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Know tarpon regulations

  • Tarpon over 40 inches MUST remain in the water unless a tag is used.

  • Tarpon tags may only be used to harvest potential IGFA record-sized tarpon. Taxidermy mounts can be made with length and girth measurements and a photograph.

  • Don’t tow a tarpon unless it is necessary to revive it. If you must tow, go as slow as possible while still moving water over the gills.
Tarpon, 6-1-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Tarpon, 6-1-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Keep head and gills in the water

Do not target from bridges or piers – Releasing tarpon from bridges or piers requires specialized lifting gear or cutting the line, which leaves long amounts of line trailing behind the fish.

Use proper tackle

  • Use barbless, single, non-offset circle hooks for natural bait.
  • Use single hooks rather than treble hooks.
  • Use tackle heavy enough to land the tarpon quickly, minimizing exhaustion, and helping the fish avoid predators after release.
Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, March 14, 2019.
Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Other tips

  • Do not drag tarpon over the gunnel of a boat.
  • Use a dehooking tool.
  • Tarpon smaller than 40” should be supported horizontally when removed from the water. Tarpon larger than 40” must remain in the water.
  • Do not fish for tarpon when large predatory sharks are in the area feeding.  If sharks show up, move to another fishing location.

State Waters Harvest Seasons

Tarpon Fishing, Caught Inshore Of Captiva Island, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, July 30, 2017. File Photo.
Tarpon Fishing, Caught Inshore Of Captiva Island, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, July 30, 2017. File Photo.

Habitat and Fishing Tips: 

Tarpon are found throughout Florida’s coastal environment during the summer months. During the winter months, coastal water temperatures in much of the state drop significantly and cause tarpon to concentrate in South Florida.

Tarpon, which feed primarily on fish, shrimp, and crabs, are powerful, explosive and acrobatic fighters. Tarpon also have great stamina, making them one of Florida’s most challenging and exciting nearshore sportfish.

Captiva Fishing, Sea Trout, 5-6-15, Tarpon caught inshore of Captiva Island, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Captiva Fishing, Sea Trout, 5-6-15, Tarpon caught inshore of Captiva Island, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Tarpon can be caught on flies, streamers, floating and diving lures, jigs, live bait and dead bait. The tackle to be used depends largely on the type of bait used, the location and the size of fish being targeted.

While tarpon are not a toothy predator, a long, heavy monofilament leader is very important to protect your line from being cut by the gill plate or tail.

Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, March 18, 2019.
Tarpon, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, March 18, 2019.

Tarpon have poor food value and are almost exclusively a catch and release fishery. If you intend to keep a tarpon, you must purchase a tarpon tag in advance.

State Record: 243 lb, caught near Key West.  For more information on Tarpon, please see FWC.

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Tarpon Rolling, May 17, 2017, File Photo, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Tarpon Rolling, May 17, 2017, File Photo, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

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

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.

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Clark, Tarpon, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, May 10, 2018.
Clark, Tarpon, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Friday, May 10, 2018.

Captiva Fishing, Snook, May 23!

Sanibel Fishing Charters, May 23, 2020: Snook, Catch & Release!

Current Red Tide & Water Quality Update Here.
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Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, May 23, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, May 23, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island,Saturday, May 2, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island,Saturday, May 2, 2020.
Snook, Captiva Fishing Report: Monday, April 27, 2020.
Snook, Captiva Fishing Report: Monday, April 27, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, January 23, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, January 23, 2020.
Snook Fishing, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, January 7, 2020.
Snook Fishing, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, January 7, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, January 1, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, January 1, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, December 19, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, December 19, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, December 9, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, December 9, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, October 16, 2019.
Redfish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, October 16, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, July 12, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, July 12, 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 on that area. Source: FWC.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, February 25, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, February 25, 2019.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, May 23, 2020.

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Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Saturday, May 23, 2020: Stay Safe!  Snook, Catch & Release, Captain Joe’s Charters – the weather is great – tarpon 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.

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

Turner Beach, the beach adjoining Blind 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, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, January 12, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, January 12, 2020.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, January, 2020.

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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, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, February 13, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

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

Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, March 4, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, March 4, 2019.

lands, 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.

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Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, December 11, 2018.
Snook, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

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

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

“The common snook (Centropomus undecimalis) is a species of marine fish in the family Centropomidae of the order Perciformes. The common snook is also known as the sergeant fish or robalo. It was originally assigned to the sciaenid genus Sciaena; Sciaena undecimradiatus and Centropomus undecimradiatus are obsolete synonyms for the species.

Big Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, May 26, 2019.
Big Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, May 26, 2019.

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, 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.

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, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, May 17, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, May 17, 2019.

There are no restrictions in most of Central America on the size or quantity of snook one can keep, consequently, many locals have been keeping and killing the massive snook for quite a while.[18] Occurring in shallow coastal waters (up to 20 meters (66 ft) depth), estuaries, and lagoons, the fish often enters fresh water. It is carnivorous, with a diet dominated by smaller fishes, and crustaceans such as shrimp, and occasionally crabs.[19]”  Please see more information here.

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

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

Snook

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

License Requirements:  Snook permit and recreational fishing license

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

Florida Regulations:

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

Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, August 16, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, August 16, 2019.

Allowable Gear: Hook and line only

Snook Map

2016 Snook Symposium

Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, March 2, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, March 2, 2019.

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.

Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, December 14, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, December 14, 2019.

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.

Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, August 9, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Friday, August 9, 2019.

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, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, June 20, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, June 20, 2019.

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, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, December 23, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Monday, December 23, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, December 21, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Saturday, December 21, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, September 11, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Wednesday, September 11, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, October 20, 2019.
Snook, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Sunday, October 20, 20197

Captiva Fishing: False Albacore, May 22!

Current Red Tide & Water Quality Update Here.
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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, May 22, 2019: False Albacore Tuna, Catch & Release!

Please Click To Rent Homes Direct From Captiva Homeowners; No VRBO Booking Fees.
Sanibel Island Fishing, May 22, 2020.
Vote Water! Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island.

Vote Water For Florida’s Future!

Captiva Fishing Guide Report: Friday, May 22: False Albacore Tuna, Catch & Release, Captain Joe’s Charters – the weather is warming up, a lot of good fish have moved back into the gulf, bay and passes; water is in very good shape – tarpon, redfish, snapper, 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.

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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, Bluefish, May 21!

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Bluefish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, May 21, 2020.
Bluefish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Thursday, May 21, 2020.
Bluefish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
Bluefish, Sanibel Island Fishing, Catch & Release, Captiva Island, Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
Bluefish, Sanibel Island, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, December 4, 2018.
Bluefish, Sanibel Island, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, December 4, 2018.
Bluefish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 22, 2018.
Bluefish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 22, 2018.

Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, May 20, 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, May 20: Bluefish, Catch & Release, Captain Joe’s Charters – the weather is warming up, a lot of good fish have moved back into the gulf, bay and passes; redfish, sheepshead, black drum, snapper, 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.

Turner Beach, the beach adjoining Blind Pass, is frequently covered with a bounty of shells from Olives to Fighting Whelks to the more common Conchs.

The fishing is also renowned for sharks in the summer, tailing redfish on the bayside flats and snook under and off the Blind Pass bridge. Because Turner Beach faces Westward, the sunsets are spectacular and a popular viewing point for residents and visitors alike.

Bluefish, Blind Pass, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, March 29, 2018.
Bluefish, Blind Pass, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Thursday, March 29, 2018.

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

Bluefish Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 28, 2017, [File Photo - December 2016].
Bluefish Fishing, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 28, 2017, [File Photo – December 2016].
“The bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) is the only extant species of the family Pomatomidae. It is a marine pelagic fish found around the world in temperate and subtropical waters, except for the northern Pacific Ocean. Bluefish are known as tailor in Australia,[2] elf in South Africa, and shad in KwaZulu-Natal.[3] Other common names are blue, chopper, and anchoa.[4] It is a popular gamefish.

Bluefish, 5-11-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Bluefish, 5-11-14, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

The bluefish is a moderately proportioned fish, with a broad, forked tail. The spiny first dorsal fin is normally folded back in a groove, as are its pectoral fins. Coloration is a grayish blue-green dorsally, fading to white on the lower sides and belly. Its single row of teeth in each jaw is uniform in size, knife-edged, and sharp. Bluefish commonly range in size from seven-inch (18-cm) “snappers” to much larger, sometimes weighing as much as 40 lb (18 kg), though fish heavier than 20 lb (9 kg) are exceptional.

Bluefish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island,Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
Bluefish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Bluefish are widely distributed around the world in tropical and subtropical waters. They are found in pelagic waters on much of the continental shelves along eastern America (though not between south Florida and northern South America), Africa, the Mediterranean and Black Seas (and during migration in between), Southeast Asia, and Australia.

Bluefish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 28, 2017.
Bluefish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

They are found in a variety of coastal habitats: above the continental shelf, in energetic waters near surf beaches, or by rock headlands.[5]They also enter estuaries and inhabit brackish waters.[6][7][8] Periodically, they leave the coasts and migrate in schools through open waters.[9][10]

Captiva Fishing, Bluefish, 4-6-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Captiva Fishing, Bluefish, 4-6-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.

Along the U.S. East Coast, bluefish are found off Florida in the winter. By April, they have disappeared, heading north. By June, they may be found off Massachusetts; in years of high abundance, stragglers may be found as far north as Nova Scotia. By October, they leave the waters north of New York City, heading south (whereas some bluefish, perhaps less migratory,[11][12] are present in the Gulf of Mexico throughout the year). In a similar pattern overall, the economically significant population that spawns in Europe’s Black Sea migrates south through Istanbul (Bosphorus, Sea of Marmara, Dardanelles, Aegean Sea) and on toward Turkey’s Mediterranean coast in the autumn for the cold season.[13] Along the South African coast and environs, movement patterns are roughly in parallel.[14]

Tough Fishing, Bluefish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, March 12, 2018.
Tough Fishing, Bluefish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, March 12, 2018.

Adult bluefish are typically between 20 and 60 cm long, with a maximum reported size of 120 cm and 14 kg. They reproduce during spring and summer, and can live up to 9 years.[9][10] Bluefish fry are zooplankton, and are largely at the mercy of currents.[15][16] Spent bluefish have been found off east-central Florida, migrating north. As with most marine fish, their spawning habits are not well known. In the western side of the North Atlantic, at least two populations occur, separated by Cape Hatteras in North Carolina. The Gulf Stream can carry fry spawned to the south of Cape Hatteras to the north, and eddies can spin off, carrying them into populations found off the coast of the mid-Atlantic, and the New England states.[17]

More Bluefish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, December 6, 2016.
More Bluefish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, December 6, 2016.

Adult bluefish are strong and aggressive, and live in loose groups. They are fast swimmers which prey on schools of forage fish, and continue attacking them in feeding frenzies even after they appear to have eaten their fill.[9][10] Depending on area and season, they favor menhaden and other sardine-like fish (Clupeidae), jacks (Scombridae), weakfish (Sciaenidae), grunts (Haemulidae), striped anchovies (Engraulidae), shrimp, and squid. They are cannibalistic and can destroy their own young.[18] Bluefish sometimes chase bait through the surf zone, attacking schools in very shallow water, churning the water like a washing machine. This behavior is sometimes referred to as a “bluefish blitz”.

Windy, Bluefish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, March 12, 2018.
Windy, Bluefish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Monday, March 12, 2018.

In turn, bluefish are preyed upon by larger predators at all stages of their lifecycle. As juveniles, they fall victim to a wide variety of oceanic predators, including striped bass, larger bluefish, fluke (summer flounder), weakfish, tuna, sharks, rays, and dolphins. As adults, bluefish are taken by tuna, sharks, billfish, seals, sea lions, dolphins, porpoises, and many other species.

Bluefish, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, 12-24-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Bluefish, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, 12-24-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

Bluefish should be handled with caution due to their ability to snap at unwary hands. Fishermen have been severely bitten, and wearing gloves can help. Wading or swimming among feeding bluefish schools can be dangerous.[19] In July 2006, a seven-year-old girl was attacked on a beach, near the Spanish town of Alicante, allegedly by a bluefish.[20]”   Please see more information here.

Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658 and here for Live Sanibel Traffic Cams.  Friday, May 18, Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Bluefish, Passes & Oyster Bars, click here for College Of Fishing Hats & Apparel.

Bluefish, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, 12-21-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.