Saturday, March 12, 2011

Gone Fishin' on Sanibel

If the thought of being on a boat in the middle of the ocean makes your stomach turn over, then you might be up for a Sanibel Island fishing experience.

Our Gulf of Mexico waters are generally calm, and anglers can be out as far out as 30 miles in water only 50 or 75 feet deep. Nice and peaceful does it!

In addition, on and around Sanibel and Captiva there are many other ways to experience the joy of fishing without tempting fate with mal de mer.

Inshore, back bay fishing is very popular and relaxing. One of the grand catches in these waters is the tarpon. And we are entering the period when tarpon will be migrating and in their greatest numbers, beginning in mid April.

Fly fishing (you know the type, the zen activity of the movie, A River Runs Through It) is often done from the shore line and in the mangrove swamps. The snook around Sanibel, though elusive, are numerous and are prized by knowledgeable fly fisherman all over the country. Though Sanibel's fly fishing is still a well kept secret so you won't find hordes of fly fisherman on the Island and can most likely manage to find a spot just to yourself.

But if you seek some socialization with your fishing, you can fish along with others at the Sanibel Pier, located next to the light house and a great place to meet up and compare notes with other fishing fans.

Whatever your game, Sanibel will give you the right spot and the right fish.

And should your greatest desire be to teach you grand son the ins and outs of fishing, there are plenty of pretty, safe places to do that as well...even if you both choose to catch and release and just savor each other's company in our brilliant sunshine and gulf breezes.