Captiva Fishing, Manatees!

Manatee, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, February 27, 2017.
Manatees Feeding, Jensen's Marina, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, March 10, 2018.
Manatees Feeding, Jensen’s Marina, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Sanibel Island, Saturday, March 10, 2018.

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Sanibel Island Fishing & Captiva Island Fishing, March 10, 2018: Manatees!

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CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report,  Sanibel Island Fishing Charters, Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Saturday, March 10: Visiting Manatees At Jensen’s Marina; water quality in relatively good shape; (Caloosahatchee:no/little freshwater runoff impact right now; Red Tide Report, there is some spotty red tide impact right now; more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Saturday, March 10, Sanibel Island Fishing Charters & Sanibel Island Fishing Charters: Manatees At Jensen’s Marina.  Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.  Better water moving north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva.

Manatee, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, February 27, 2017.
Manatee, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, December 19, 2017, [File Photo – Monday, February 27, 2017].
Please also visit the SanibelFort MyersFlorida Fishing Report and Cuban Fishing sites.  Better water moving north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva.

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

Manatee Physiology (fysiologie by David dO, Via Creative Commons).
Manatee Physiology (fysiologie by David dO, Via Creative Commons).

Watch Out For Migrating Manatees!  Manatee zones in effect through March 31.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently provided an annual reminder about Manatee season and migration.

“Manatee numbers are up and these bulky aquatic mammals are on the move! The annual migration of Florida manatees begins in November, as the weather cools.

Watch out for manatees swimming in Florida’s rivers, bays or coastal waters. Keep in mind this time of year manatees are searching for warmer waters to help them survive winter’s cold.

Manatee Protection Zones, Source: Lee County.
Manatee Protection Zones, Source: Lee County.

With the onset of the manatee migration, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds people in boats and personal watercraft to slow down to avoid manatees, particularly in shallow areas. Many seasonal manatee protection zones went into effect as of November 15 and continue though March 31.

Adult manatees weigh about 1,000 pounds but can be difficult to see, especially when just below the water’s surface. Manatees are easier to spot if boaters wear polarized sunglasses and keep a lookout for signs of manatees such as the circular “footprints” they trace on the top of the water.

Three Sister Springs Manatee Count. Approximately 5-7 years ago, about 65 manatees congregated at the springs at high tide on an average cold winter’s day. In recent winters, the count at times has gone as high as 528! Courtesy Of FWC.
Three Sister Springs Manatee Count. Approximately 5-7 years ago, about 65 manatees congregated at the springs at high tide on an average cold winter’s day. In recent winters, the count at times has gone as high as 528! Courtesy Of FWC.

“Boaters who slow down and keep a lookout for Florida manatees are an important reason the overall population of this species is doing better,” said Carol Knox, leader of the FWC’s Imperiled Species Management section. “

The FWC spends about $2 million a year on manatee conservation, including research, rescue, management and public education efforts, and works in partnership with agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on manatee issues. Floridians contribute to manatee conservation when they purchase the “Save the Manatee” license plate at BuyaPlate.com or donate $5 for the manatee decal.

Manatee Noses, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday, December 19, 2017, [File Photo -Sunday, February 26, 2017].
Manatee Noses, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Tuesday,
December 19, 2017, [File Photo -Sunday, February 26, 2017].
For information about manatee protection zones by county, including the seasonal changes, go to MyFWC.com/Manatee and click on “Data and Maps.” At the bottom of that same page, there also is information on FWC Manatee COLD-weather changes to speed zones. FWC law enforcement officers will be on the water enforcing these seasonal rules to protect manatees in busy boating areas.

Report sightings of injured, sick or dead manatees to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922, #FWC and *FWC on a cell phone, or with a text to Tip@MyFWC.com.

Want to see a manatee? Go to MyFWC.com/Manatee and click on “Where can I see Manatees?”

Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658 and here for Live Sanibel Traffic Cams.  Saturday, March 10, Captiva Island Fishing Charters, Manatee Families, click here for College Of Fishing Hats & Apparel.

FWC 2016 Manatee Aerial Survey. FWC photo taken by Amber Howell in Palm Beach, FL. Activities were conducted under the USFWS permit #MA773494, Via Creative Commons.
FWC 2016 Manatee Aerial Survey. FWC photo taken by Amber Howell in Palm Beach, FL. Activities were conducted under the USFWS permit #MA773494, Via Creative Commons.

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.

FWC 2016 Manatee Aerial Survey. Photo taken by Holly Edwards at the FPL Fort Myers Manatee Park in Lee County. Activities were conducted under the USFWS permit #MA773494, Via Creative Commons.
FWC 2016 Manatee Aerial Survey. Photo taken by Holly Edwards at the FPL Fort Myers Manatee Park in Lee County. Activities were conducted under the USFWS permit #MA773494, Via Creative Commons.

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Florida Manatee, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, February 27, 2017.
Florida Manatee, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Monday, February 27, 2017.